I spent July in Austin TX… and survived. Yes, it was atrociously hot, but after spending most of my life in Vancouver, I’m just grateful for sunshine. It felt strangely normal to sweat from open pores. I still have not adjusted to the intensity of the sun though. I’m blinded every time I step outside without sunglasses. My poor ol’ Pacific NW eyes.
Below is what my month looked like, including my best restaurant meals and a lot of home cooking. If you’d like me to post a recipe, leave me a comment below and I’ll prioritize it.
In the mean time, follow me on Twitter @GourmetFury or Instagram @GourmetFury to see what I stuff my face with daily. Facebook is good too and that’s where I post more interesting food links and articles. Next month, I’ll be back in Vancouver. I can hardly wait for seafood galore! Stay tuned, my loves.
Naturally, nobody gave a damn about Canada Day in Austin. I insisted on rocking the red and white in celebration.
My neighbour Jeff smoked 3 briskets and I pretended he was celebrating Canada Day with me. He preferred to call it "freedom from Canada Day". (Pre July 4th weekend)
Homemade zaru soba - our trick is to always finish the dipping sauce with a sous vide egg. It'll change your life.
To accompany our zaru soba, the Mr. skewered up some chicken skin for yakitori. These were incredible.
Beef carpaccio and roasted bone marrow at Salty Sow kicked off our friend @speedyE's birthday. Happy 3-0 old man!
After scrounging in the fridge, I dug up some watermelon and mozzarella and made this appetizer
Vietnamese beef stew at Pho Saigon hit the spot. It had lots of beef tendon pieces, which makes me a happy and greasy-lipped girl.
We ate this sweetened condensed milk saturated tres leches cake while watching the Olympics. I'm sure this contradiction is happening in your home, too.
Feasting at Noble Pig. 6 sandwiches and 2 breakfasts between 4 people. NBD
My favourite sandwiches at Noble Pig - duck pastrami (L) and BLT (R). That's smoked pork belly, baby!
Braising an octopus at home...
to make stone bowl octopus rice in dashi with mushrooms, Parmesan (yes, trust me) and bonito flakes
Fig and anise semifreddo at Olive & June. Likely the best dessert I devoured in July
Homemade peach ice cream with mango cubes. No better way to beat the heat.
Scorpion. Actually, I find these creepy crawlers all around my house. We don't really eat them.
Our friends had a baby so we congratulated them with apple and almond stuffed pork chops. Seemed appropriate.
Pete used to volunteer at Central Market. His friend started a new sous vide 101 class so we went to check it out. One of the dishes we made was SV NY strip with chimichurri. Vegetables were SV as well. Not bad!
Rock climbing to burn it all off, or so I told myself
A simple homemade wild salmon ceviche with avocado
I fell in love with these adorable pigs. I would never eat them.
Jicama enchilada at El Naranjo - smoked potatoes, pickled jicama, on sliced jicama. It was refreshing and crisp with a subtle kick.
Star of the evening at El Naranjo: mole negro with duck. Their mole sauce (made with over 30 ingredients) was insanely velvety and complex.
Quick dinner at home - smoked salmon and daikon salad on roasted beets
Attempting to make homemade Pimms with gin and sweet vermouth. It turned out 50% like the original. It was more citrusy and I added ginger for zing. That's a personal preference.
Salmon on peas and asparagus at Whole Foods' seafood counter. That's our little secret so I'm not going to divulge any more.
Pork belly on farro with tomato jam at Foreign and Domestic. This place always nails it but I wish it wasn't so mad busy... esp since Guy what's his face rolled through with his bleached tips
Ghost pepper Moscow Mules... just every single day
Cold Korean noodles and handmade pan fried dumplings/ gyozas. We made about 200 dumplings and wontons one night and have been eating them non-stop.
I rarely drink French 75s out but I wasn't going to refuse when the bartender at Peche offered it to me after a photoshoot.
After kayaking, we replenished with syrup soaked French toast with caramalized banana and mimosas at Takoba
Quick and simple chilled avocado cucumber soup with mint, olive oil, and pink salt
I hope your July was as delicious as mine. What was your best meal last month?