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5 Best Local Ice Cream Shops in Austin Texas

Everyone freak out: ice cream season is upon us! Let’s be honest. Is there truly such a thing in Texas? As a Canadian, it’s always warm enough here to shove my face into a bowl/ cone/ cup/ waffle bowl/ tub.
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Belated Austin Restaurant and Bar Openings Plus an Olive Dessert Just Cuz

Please pardon my tardiness in updating.   I’ve been swamped.  With what?  *breathe in* In 1 breath, I just came back from vacation and am busily catching up with Vancouver Food Tour operations while freelance writing for Serious Eats et al. with a project for Google on my hands and had to write 2 certification exams before starting my school year of teaching again while preparing for grad school to begin.
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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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Foolproof, Ridiculously Easy Nian Gao Recipe for Chinese New Year Pudding Cake 年糕

This Lunar or Chinese New Year, we attempted to make as much of our Chinese meal from scratch as possible.  In reality, depending on who you ask, it wasn’t a traditional menu.  There were no whole steamed fish or chicken, abalone slices on vegetables , dried oysters stewed with hair-like seaweed, or any of those typical Chinese New Year dishes that we grew to love (or despise) as kids.  We did, however, tried to keep it Chinese-y.
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Desserts Galore at Takano Fruit Parlour in Tokyo, Japan

I’ve never been a chocolate fan.  If you slid a slice of black forest cake or a propped a stack of brownies in front of me, I might take a bite or two.  I will, however, unabashedly face-plant into any dessert made with fresh, seasonal fruit.  Add whipped cream or a fluffy mousse and I’m all yours. Takano in Tokyo is the ultimate mecca for fruity dessert lovers.
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11 Best Restaurant and Bar Experiences in Vancouver in October 2011: Carb Overload

In the Best Restaurant Meals series, I curate my most noteworthy nosh from the past week(s) with mobile photos. So much for fitting in that wedding dress in 35 days. September 8 – October 7
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Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki in Paris, France

How DO Parisians stay so thin? It’s near impossible to find vegetables that aren’t smothered in butter at restaurants. Croissants and baguettes are diet staples, and purchasing fine, yet affordable wines is way too easy.
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Banana Brûlée with Ice Cream Recipe

… or rather, another non-recipe. Preparing dessert for dinner parties is my sore weakness. I have no problem throwing six savoury courses together
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Bubo Pasteleria and Chocolatier in Barcelona, Spain

It was a dreary day in Barcelona, Spain. The drizzly, grey, and chilly weather dampened my mood much like the Pacific Northwest’s. Insistent on exploring solely by foot, I walked alone from my hostel near MACBA to the Museu Picasso.
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Moroccan Orange Blossom Yogurt Mousse Recipe

When was the last time you were so smitten by a dish at a restaurant that you unabashedly asked the chef for the recipe?  That’s exactly what happened last week when I experienced the pop-up Moroccan menu at Bistro Pastis.
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