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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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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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