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I’m Reviewing Restaurants for The Austin Chronicle Now

I’ve written numerous previews and features, but this is my first time reviewing restaurants for The Austin Chronicle. 
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Map of the Best Mimosas & Sparkling Brunch Cocktails in Austin

As a part of Eater Austin’s breakfast week, I contributed my top mimosa picks for your brunching needs.  They span from good deals ($2 a pop), a gigantic “mamosa”, to elevated varieties like the one you see below.  Enjoy + cheers!
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What to Eat Right Now in Austin: The Carillon’s Texas Small Plates

For whatever reason, The Carillon only came to mind when I thought “special occasion”.  But since I checked out Chef de Cuisine Christopher Wilson’s new menu, I now have to rethink them. 
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Best New Restaurants, Meals & Cocktail Bars in Austin 2015

2015 seems to have flown by.  But if I take a moment to think back on everything that I have to be thankful for this year, I can only feel humbled, grateful, and a bit in awe.  Professionally, 2015 has been the most challenging one for me, as I completed my master’s program and obtained my license to practice in my other non-food related career.  I’m also embarking on starting my own practice, which holds many unknowns and promises.  Personally, I’ve made many new friends, and have concreted another layer onto existing relationships.  My family has continued to be my solid rock in the midst of often scary waves.  There is simply much to be thankful for.
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Snapshots from Fukumoto Yakitori Izakaya in Austin Texas

When I heard that Austin was FINALLY getting a proper yakitori izakaya, I was thrilled.  I’ve spent countless hours drinking sake with friends in izakayas while living in Vancouver, and crawling through smoky yakitori bars and restaurants was one of my favorite things I did in Tokyo.  To my relief and delight, newcomer Fukumoto hit the right notes. 
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Wu Chow and Emmer & Rye: 2 Exciting Restaurants Open in Austin

Two highly anticipated restaurants opened within a week of each other in Austin.  Conceptually, they’re vastly different.  One dishes up modern Chinese fare while the other focuses on slow-food techniques like grain milling and fermentation. 
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Sourced Craft Cocktails Delivers Top-Notch Drinks in Austin

I love entertaining but I admit that I’m a little possessive over my liquor collection.  If you’re like me, you hide your best booze before people come over and cringe when guests rummage through your stash to make their own drinks (and end up spilling everywhere or making something undrinkable).  There are very few friends that I give free reign over my cabinet – you know who you are :)
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2015 Best Restaurant Meals in Austin: Master’s Degree Celebration at Qui

After several years of what felt like endless paper writing, research, evening classes, presentations, sleepless nights, exams, and internships, grad school finally drew to a close at the end of this summer.  There were moments when I questioned whether it would ever end, whether I would actually make it through the tunnel where the dim light at the end grew all too slowly.
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Best Cocktails in Austin: Mezcal, Tequila, Fortified Wines & Brunch Edition

I thoroughly enjoy being one of the most active cocktail writers and photographers in Austin.  But in spite of my experience with writing about booze and mixed-drinks, I often feel limited to writing about the same ol’ spirits.  
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New Neapolitan and Roman Style Pizzerias in East Austin: Unit-D and Burn

I know, I know, fancy shmancy gourmet pizza places are poppin’ up all over Austin.  But here’s the thing: there’s NEVER such thing as too much pizza.
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