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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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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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Just The Joint I Needed.

In Joshua Avelar, Lunch, Restaurant Review, Sandwich Search, Vegetarian on December 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm

The Sandwich Joint's order-up window. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

By Joshua Avelar

We here at Austin Eat Cetera have always had a profound inclination toward the art of the sandwich. There just seems to be no better – or cheaper – way to get all of your favorite foods into a compact space in a sociably acceptable manner. Austin has a great selection of sandwich places, but when an establishment has a name so blunt as The Sandwich Joint on Burnet Road and 51st Street, I just had to check it out.

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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.

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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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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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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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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