Top Chef Paul Qui’s Flagship Restaurant Opens in East Austin

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 | 2 comments

Top Chef Paul Qui’s Flagship Restaurant Opens in East Austin

Today marks Austin’s most anticipated restaurant opening of the year.  512′s beloved Top Chef and James Beard Award winner, Paul Qui, unveiled his long awaited project in East Austin.

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Austin’s Newest Bars and Restaurant Menus this Summer

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 | 0 comments

Austin’s Newest Bars and Restaurant Menus this Summer

Austin’s food and bar scene is blowing up this summer with a surprising number of newcomers.  I’ve been running around town like a mad woman trying to keep up with all the restaurant and bar openings, and new menus.  I’m by no means complaining, of course, and am enjoying every new experience.  These are exciting times of Austin and it’s motivating to see the industry grow at this lightning rate.

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Where to Eat in Chicago: Best Chicago Restaurant Meals On Our Quick Trip

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 | 2 comments

Where to Eat in Chicago: Best Chicago Restaurant Meals On Our Quick Trip

For my birthday, my husband surprised me with tickets to Chicago. To that, he added two additional surprises: 1) the trip would be during freezing cold February and 2) he also made reservations for us to Alinea.

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Quick and Easy Recipe: Chilled Miso Tofu Appetizer, It’s Vegan Too!

Posted by on May 18, 2013 | 3 comments

Quick and Easy Recipe: Chilled Miso Tofu Appetizer, It’s Vegan Too!

Last weekend, we grilled up some beef short ribs, Korean galbi style.  On the side, we also grilled some sugar snap peas, okra, and mushrooms.  A peanut sauce accompanied the snap peas, while I tossed the mushrooms and okra in two chili dressings.

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Highlights and Photos from Austin Food & Wine Festival 2013

Posted by on May 7, 2013 | 1 comment

Highlights and Photos from Austin Food & Wine Festival 2013

For the second year, culinary all-stars strutted their skills at the highly anticipated Austin Food & Wine Festival

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In the Kitchen with Laura Sawicki, 2013 Tastemaker Awards Winner and James Beard Nominee

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 | 0 comments

In the Kitchen with Laura Sawicki, 2013 Tastemaker Awards Winner and James Beard Nominee

Last night was the 2013 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards.  I did not attend this year.  Instead, I was at home battling taxes and baking cheesy popovers to go with some leftover crawfish and okra bisque.  Woo!

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Pieous: Best Pizza in Austin

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 | 3 comments

Pieous: Best Pizza in Austin

Josh Kaner, the brave soul that transformed a run-down barbeque on 290 W into an inviting pizzeria, does not hold back.  Armed with a 20 year old sourdough starter, hand kneaded pizza dough, and house made mozzeralla cheese, he declared his pizza as the “best pizza in Austin“. 

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