Best Austin Restaurant Meals and Dishes that I cooked in July

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012

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.

Happy Canada Day BBQ Brisket by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Naturally, nobody gave a damn about Canada Day in Austin. I insisted on rocking the red and white in celebration.

 

BBQ Brisket by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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 by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Homemade zaru soba - our trick is to always finish the dipping sauce with a sous vide egg. It'll change your life.

 

Yakitori chicken skin by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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 by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Beef carpaccio and roasted bone marrow at Salty Sow kicked off our friend @speedyE's birthday. Happy 3-0 old man!

 

Watermelon mozzarella basil appetizer by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

After scrounging in the fridge, I dug up some watermelon and mozzarella and made this appetizer

 Jalapeno Compressed Watermelon Salad Recipe and a Quick Bonus Appetizer

Vietnamese beef stew at Pho Saigon by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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.

 

Tres leches cake while watching Olympics  by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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  by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Feasting at Noble Pig. 6 sandwiches and 2 breakfasts between 4 people. NBD

 

Sandwiches at Noble Pig by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

My favourite sandwiches at Noble Pig - duck pastrami (L) and BLT (R). That's smoked pork belly, baby!

 

Braised octopus  by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Braising an octopus at home...

 

Stone bowl octopus rice by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

to make stone bowl octopus rice in dashi with mushrooms, Parmesan (yes, trust me) and bonito flakes

 

Fig and anise semi freddo at Olive & June by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Fig and anise semifreddo at Olive & June. Likely the best dessert I devoured in July

 

Homemade peach ice cream  by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Homemade peach ice cream with mango cubes. No better way to beat the heat.

 

Scorpion   by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Scorpion. Actually, I find these creepy crawlers all around my house. We don't really eat them.

 

Apple stuffed pork chops by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Our friends had a baby so we congratulated them with apple and almond stuffed pork chops. Seemed appropriate.

 

Sous vide steak with chimichurri  by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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  by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Rock climbing to burn it all off, or so I told myself

 

Homemade salmon ceviche  by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

A simple homemade wild salmon ceviche with avocado

 

Pigs   by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

I fell in love with these adorable pigs. I would never eat them.

 

Jicama enchillada at El Naranjo  by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Jicama enchilada at El Naranjo - smoked potatoes, pickled jicama, on sliced jicama. It was refreshing and crisp with a subtle kick.

 

Duck mole negro at El Naranjo  by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Star of the evening at El Naranjo: mole negro with duck. Their mole sauce (made with over 30 ingredients) was insanely velvety and complex.

 

Homemade smoked salmon on roasted beet salad by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Quick dinner at home - smoked salmon and daikon salad on roasted beets

 

Homemade Pimms by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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, asparagus at Whole Foods by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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 at Foreign and Domestic  by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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 by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Ghost pepper Moscow Mules... just every single day

Naga Jolokia Ghost Chili Pepper Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

 

Homemade cold Korean noodles and pan fried dumplings/ gyozas by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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.

 

French 75 at Peche by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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.

 

French toast with caramalized banana and mimosas at Takoba by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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 by Melody Fury | Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

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?

 

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  • http://threemorebites.com/ Tawcan

    You’ll be surprised how much calories you burn off while rock climbing… or hanging lol. :)

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    haha I sure hope so! I hung a bit and got stuck at parts but generally pushed on!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/avana.gjendem Avana Gjendem

    I would love to have the recipe for the salmon ceviche if you’re willing to give it up.

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Oh yes, I will once I get back into the kitchen. I’ve been on the road :) Thanks, Avana!