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Kicking off the holiday season with pumpkin muffins

In Breakfast, Dessert, DIY, Jasmin Sun, Snacks on December 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

By Jasmin Sun

Nothing says “festive” to me more than pumpkin.  Especially when scented with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, it’s the quintessential holiday fragrance. Sure, the veggie might be more appropriate for Thanksgiving, but bake it into a muffin with chocolate chips and you have a delicious snack or on-the-go breakfast fit for any day of the year.

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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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Coolhaus serves up some sweet architecture

In Bacon Week, Dessert, Food Cart, Jasmin Sun, Restaurant Review on November 21, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Brown Butter with Candied Bacon ice cream sandwich with Snickerdoodle cookies. Photo by Jonathan Fong. Edited by Jasmin Sun.

By Jasmin Sun

Growing up, the only ice cream sandwich I could get my hands on was wrapped in foil, printed with a polar bear’s likeness.  Now, I’m not knocking the Klondike bar when I say this — and hey, they’re now Kanye West-approved! — but oh, how times have changed for the tastier.  Nowadays, not only can you get an ice cream sandwich made with fresh-baked cookies, you can get one filled with locally sourced, handmade ice cream.  And once you’ve discovered that said handmade frozen dairy deliciousness contains bits of candied bacon à la Coolhaus, going back to anything prepackaged is out of the question.

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Top 5 most interesting bacon-inspired/infused products

In Bacon Week, Jasmin Sun, Snacks on November 21, 2010 at 12:44 am

Top five Most Interesting Bacon Products. Image by Jasmin Sun.

By Jasmin Sun

If you’re a foodie, you’ve probably heard by now that bacon makes everything better.  It might also be fair to assume that you personally agree with the sentiment.  However, as is true with most things in life, too much bacon can be nauseating.  Or in the case of these five products, potentially awesome or just downright weird.

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Austin Eat Cetera’s Arbitrary Bacon Week is Here!

In Bacon Week, Jasmin Sun, Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 11:43 pm

One week. Only bacon. Get excited! Photo by Sam Breach via Creative Commons.

By Jasmin Sun

After much deliberation (although in the end we just wanted to eat a lot of bacon-filled foods), your friendly neighborhood food writers here at Austin Eat Cetera have decided that it’s about time we dedicated a week to the crispy, savory, porky stuff.  We’re going to fill your RSS feed with bacon dish-related posts.  If you visit our homepage, your eyes will be accosted with images of various Austin eatables filled with bacon.  Unfortunately, we can’t actually come to your house and offer you pieces of bacon, but we’ll certainly have you salivating on the other side of the computer screen.

Let the bacon week commence!

East Austin Unveiled: Franklin Barbecue

In East Austin, Food Cart, Jasmin Sun, Lunch, Restaurant Review, Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Plate of pulled pork, fatty brisket, beans and potato salad at Franklin Barbecue. Photo by Jessie Wang. Editing by Jasmin Sun.

By Jasmin Sun

Call me a purist, but there are some things you must leave to the experts.  Such is the case with barbecue.  The less urbanized your restaurant, the more credibility you’ll have in my eyes.  And my eyes, readers, are born-and-bred Texan eyes.  A Lockhart restaurant’s version will outshine one in Houston, for instance.  I simply can’t have a city boy handling my barbecue.  It’s nothing personal, just good Texan foodie logic.  You can imagine my skepticism, then, when my friend Jessie suggested we try “this barbecue cart off I-35.”  In fact, I think I nearly fell over.

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Wednesday Tech: Urbanspoon App

In Food Tech, Jasmin Sun on November 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Urbanspoon on the iPhone. Photo by Jasmin Sun.

By Jasmin Sun

If your TV watching habits are anything close to mine, you may have already recognized this photo.  If not, this video should be a sufficient explanation for those who are more productive than me with their time.   Got it now?  Right.  I’m talking about the cool slot-machine-meets-magic-eight-ball app which, admittedly, played a disproportionately large role in my decision to purchase an iPhone: Urbanspoon.  Does this make me a sucker for marketing?  Probably.

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Sandwich Search: Lucky’s Puccias

In Dinner, Food Cart, Jasmin Sun, Lunch, Restaurant Review, Sandwich Search on November 7, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Puccia Vegetariana. Photo and Editing by Jasmin Sun

Somehow unbeknownst to us, we here at Austin Eat Cetera have embarked on a search of sorts for the city’s best sandwich.  After we realized the majority of our posts focused on the multi-layered things, we decided to dedicate a new tag for use in our hunt for Austin’s tastiest sandwich.  In a city where healthy meets delicious more often than not, we figured it was a worthwhile undertaking.

The newest addition to our must-try roster?  Lucky’s Puccias.

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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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The First and Last Place to Get Your Halloween Sugar Fix

In Dessert, Jasmin Sun on October 31, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Big Top Candy Shop on South Congress

Ah Halloween.  A season of rampant horror movies, orange-and-black decor, and the one night of the year where scraps of cloth qualify as adequate clothing. Questionable costume choices aside, it’s also a time when consuming large amounts of sugar is accepted and even encouraged.  So to commemorate this lovely holiday, I’ve decided to provide a peek into one of Austin’s holiest meccas of the sweet stuff: Big Top Candy Shop.

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