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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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Juan in a Million: The Famous Taco Challenge

In Breakfast, Dish Review, East Austin, Mason Scheer on December 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

The Don Juan Taco. Photo by Mason Scheer

By Mason Scheer

Juan in a Million has been featured on the show “Man vs. Food”. The host faced the Don Juan Challenge. In order to win, he had to eat 8 Don Juan Tacos, and set the new record. In one of the rare losses for the host, he didn’t even come close, eating 4.

So I had to at least try it.

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Where the locals go for eggs in East Austin

In Breakfast, Dish Review, East Austin, Food Cart, Lunch, Rebecca Adams, Restaurant Review, Sandwich Search, Vegetarian on December 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

The Florence at The Local Yolk. Photo by Rebecca Adams

By Rebecca Adams

If you’re not yet tired of Austin restaurants touting their “organic” or “local” cuisine, then you might just enjoy The Local Yolk, an East Austin food cart that serves fried egg sandwiches.  I have developed an affinity for food carts, partly because I’m a sucker for kitsch outdoor decor and partly because I think there is just a little more love in the food.  Owner Shelley Speer started up The Local Yolk after she “fell in love” with the egg (her words, not mine) to promote wellness by serving up fresh healthy sandwiches.

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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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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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Bacon Week: Bacon + Donut = Best Idea Ever

In Bacon Week, Breakfast, Dessert, Dish Review, Food Cart, Rebecca Adams on November 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm

The Flying Pig donut at Gourdoughs. Photo by Rebecca Adams

By Rebecca Adams

“You’ve got to be kidding me.”

This was the first thing that came out of my mouth when a friend told me about the Flying Pig donut at Gourdoughs.  This delectable, heart-attack inducing monstrosity consists of a fluffy donut doused in maple syrup icing, topped with a mound of crunchy bacon.  It isn’t too hard to imagine my surprise that this mythical creation actually exists.

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Repeat after me: food carts are not diet spoilers

In Dish Review, Food Cart, Gluten Free, Lunch, Rebecca Adams, Sandwich Search, Vegan, Vegetarian on November 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm

By Rebecca Adams

The Bella hot wrap at Conscious Cravings. Photo by Rebecca Adams

After my thoroughly enjoyable yet highly caloric afternoon at the Gypsy Picnic, I felt the need for a detox.  There truly is no better way to spend a Saturday than scarfing down Moroccan chicken followed by cake balls followed by a barbecue sandwich followed by a fried avocado cone but a girl’s got to know when enough is enough.  I decided to spend my week eating as many organic, local products as possible to start my health kick.  After looking into my options (and believe me, Austin has plenty), I came across Conscious Cravings, a vegetarian food cart in West Campus that I happened to miss at Gypsy Picnic in my quest for only the sinfully delicious.

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Pleasant Surprises and Shocking Upsets at Gypsy Picnic

In Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Dish Review, Festival, Food Cart, Jasmin Sun, Lunch, Vegetarian on November 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Chimichurri Seitan Wrap at Conscious Cravings. Photo by Jessie Wang, Editing by Jasmin Sun

As you might have garnered from my comrades’ previous posts, the Gypsy Picnic food trailer festival took place this past Saturday (Nov. 6) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  It goes without saying that there were plenty of delicious eats to be had at the event–which was, for the record, like Austin City Limits for food–so I’ll be concentrating on what I found to be the most unexpectedly tasty dish as well as a cart that wasn’t all it was hyped up to be.

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