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Odd Duck Farm to Trailer does the slow food movement right

In Dinner, Dish Review, Farmer's Market, Food Cart, Jasmin Sun, Restaurant Review on December 5, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Pork Belly on Toasted Baguette and Half of Quail at Odd Duck Farm to Trailer. Photo by Jasmin Sun.

By Jasmin Sun

The sensation of tasting great food is a bit like falling in love — at least the kind of love my brain romanticizes about.  When you take a bite of something delicious, a smile spreads across your lips and suddenly you’re overwhelmed with an urge to gush about how amazing your mouthful of food is.  You could totally compare that to the whole shouting-your-love-from-the-rooftops thing.  Kind of.  I recently experienced such “food love” last night at Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, and I want to shout about it a bit on this blog.

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Dinner Theater: Alamo Drafthouse Food and Fun

In Dinner, Mason Scheer on December 5, 2010 at 8:31 pm

The Alamo Drafthouse on 6th. Photo by Mason Scheer

By: Mason Scheer

When asked, people will always come up with a basic outline for a date. Dinner, a movie, then a late night kiss at the doorstep. I’m a bit of a traditional guy, so I really enjoy dinner and a movie. Lucky for me, there’s a place where I can do both.

The Alamo Drafthouse.

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What turned me into an Indian food afficionado

In Dinner, Dish Review, Food Cart, Indian, Rebecca Adams, Restaurant Review, Vegetarian on December 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm

A table full of yummy Indian food at G'raj Mahal. Photo by Rebecca Adams

By Rebecca Adams

I am way too amused by puns.  After a friend of mine told me about an Indian food cart that sits on an old car lot and is called G’raj Mahal (a playful Taj Mahal reference, get it?), I couldn’t resist checking it out myself.  I have never gravitated towards Indian food, mainly because of a lack of exposure and an aversion to spicy food, so I was excited to give it another try.

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Living the sweet life in Hyde Park with great gelato.

In Dessert, Dinner, Hyde Park, Joshua Avelar, Restaurant Review on December 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Dolce Vita. Photo by Joshua Avelar

By Joshua Avelar

I cannot stress enough how much I love living near Hyde Park. The eating opportunities and great vibe in this small neighborhood makes gives every night the potential for a great, unforgettable experience. Enter Dolce Vita Gelato and Espresso on Duval Street between 42nd and 43rd streets, a small café with a classy vibe yet nice selection of board games to keep you entertained at your table.

Gelato selection at Dolce Vita. Photo by Joshua Avelar

The gelato flavors offered at Dolce Vita are spectacularly diverse, still keeping within the Austin “weird and usual” motif. My eyes caught the cinnamon roll flavor. It’s not too often that a frozen treat could remind my tastes buds so much of a warm pastry, but the cinnamon roll gelato definitely did the trick. It was like I could still taste the warm dough and icing from the cinnamon roll that inspired this gelato.

Cinnamon roll gelato at Dolce Vita. Photo by Joshua Avelar

Being that a close friend of mine accompanied me to Dolce Vita, I was able to try another gelato flavor: blackberry and lemon. It’s not very often that I find blackberry-flavored treats, so I could not let this opportunity pass me up. It had the right levels of sweetness and tartness I would expect from a blackberry and lemon-flavored treat. I could definitely tell that Dolce Vita did not mess with the natural flavors of this gelato concoction. I thoroughly enjoyed this flavor, and it just may be the best gelato I’ve had in Austin so far.

Blackberry and lemon-flavored gelato at Dolce Vita. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

I’m not too big into the caffeine culture so I did stay away from the “espresso” part of Dolce Vita. I did however manage to try out one of their delicious sandwiches. Dolce Vita’s mozzarella sandwich comes with thick slices of the rich cheese, basil and fresh pesto. I topped it off with some delicious prosciutto and it made for one of the best sandwiches I’ve had here in Austin. I’m excited to come back to Dolce Vita many more times to give their menu the navigation it truly deserves.

Mozarella sandwich with prosciutto and a side of apples. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

Bacon-wrapping in the Warehouse District.

In Bacon Week, Dinner, Dish Review, Joshua Avelar on November 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm

The Carolina Pork It at Frank. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

By Joshua Avelar

On the day after my flirtation with death by bacon grease, I was contemplating whether I should rise-up to the challenge of conquering another obnoxious bacon concoction or just throw in towel and keep drinking gallons upon gallons of water. But in the name of assertive food journalism, I manned up and decided to challenge another pork-fat foe in the Carolina Pork It from Frank on 4th and Colorado streets.

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Why more people should add “pho” to their vocabulary

In Dinner, Dish Review, Lunch, Rebecca Adams, Restaurant Review, Vietnamese on November 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm

 

The pho ga from Pho Danh. Photo by Rebecca Adams

 

By Rebecca Adams

I am by no means a Vietnamese cuisine expert but I know the joys of a good bowl of pho.  For those of you who are not familiar with the Vietnamese noodle soup, it’s usually served with beef or chicken and rice noodles with a side of basil, lime, bean sprouts and peppers.  I was first introduced to this dish in Los Angeles while visiting my parents, so I’ve been on the lookout for some good pho here in Austin.  Lucky for me, I found Pho Danh after many personal recommendations and a long drive up N Lamar Blvd.

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Freddie’s deliciously dangerous Heart Attack.

In Bacon Week, Dinner, Dish Review, Joshua Avelar, Lunch, Restaurant Review on November 21, 2010 at 4:38 am

 

The Heat Attack at Freddie's. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

 

By Joshua Avelar

The photo above this post is not a piece of Photoshop creativity in honor of Eat Cetera’s bacon week. It’s an actual picture of two slices of Texas toast, 10 strips of crispy bacon, a slab of delicious queso and a few juicy tomatoes. After all, I do need some produce.

It’s called the Heart Attack and you can find it at Freddie’s Place on South First Street. The sandwich was by far one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten in my 22 years on this planet. The $2.50 16 oz Lone Star was just the right touch. The bacon seemed extra cured, with a nice salty taste with a strong, crispy texture I appreciate so much in my bacon. The queso on top of it all was some of Austin’s best; it had just the right fluidity for a good serving. In fact, a friend of mine who came with me to Freddie’s ate the chips and queso as an entrée and was thoroughly satisfied.

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Where to get your Star-y late night munchie fix

In Dinner, Joshua Avelar, Restaurant Review on November 14, 2010 at 5:29 am

Service Counter at Star Seeds Cafe. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

By Joshua Avelar

Eating at ungodly hours is a way of life in college. The array of 24-hour cafes and restaurants in Austin make a great way to get by attending one of the top universities in nation. One of these is Star Seeds Café, a small diner on Interstate 35 and 31st Street. Its neon sign and placement on the I-35 access road make it hard to miss.

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Trivia Night Gets A Few Wrong

In Dinner, Mason Scheer on November 13, 2010 at 6:57 pm

The Ultime Prize at Mellow Mushroom. Photo by Mason Scheer

By Mason Scheer

 

We’re always told the same thing when we’re young: Don’t play with your food. It’s still socially unacceptable in our older years. But, there are loopholes.

A variety of restaurants feature one or two nights a week devoted to Game Nights. Typically it’ll be a sports bar, or any other place that sells chicken wings. But here in Austin, one of my personal favorite trivia nights happen right around UT campus, at Mellow Mushroom.

Well, most of the time it’s my favorite.

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Home sweet Hoover’s

In Dinner, East Austin, Joshua Avelar, Lunch, Restaurant Review on November 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm

 

The black board and bar at Hoover's Cooking. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

 

By Joshua Avelar

People are eating out more, and it is not just an American trend. The lack of time, energy and overall will to cook at home is getting the best of most of us. But sometimes, we have an innate desire to want something familiar to the home kitchen environment. Homestyle Cooking fills this void, and I cannot imagine any place in Austin doing it better than Hoover’s Cooking on Manor just a few blocks east of Interstate 35.

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