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Snapshots of Olamaie, New Modern Southern Kitchen in Austin with the BEST Biscuits

It’s been a little while since I’ve felt excited about a restaurant opening in Austin.  LaV was probably the last debut that perked my interest.  But when I was invited to Olamaie’s soft opening, my heart leaped a little.
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Behind the Scenes of the Dinuguan Dish at Qui in Austin

It’s been some time since I’ve wielded my camera but dang did it feel good to whip it out. Click to see a photo series that I shot of Paul Qui in Austin for Eater’s Five Days of Meat event.
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Snapshots from Jasper’s Gourmet Backyard Cuisine in Austin

I’m always keen to explore new-to-me spots in Austin.  I rarely head up to The Domain because I usually only shop when I’m traveling, or I pick up my essentials from the outlets.  This explains why you’ll never catch me Instagramming my outfits ;)
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laV is Austin’s Best New Restaurant in 2014 (à mon avis after trying every menu)

We’re just past the halfway mark in 2014 and I must already declare laV as my favourite new restaurant in Austin.  Yup, I’ve eaten through each of their thoughtfully crafted menus.
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Game Meats & Crawfish Galore at Max’s Wine Dive in Austin

For some reason, Max’s Wine Dive isn’t the first to come to mind when I think of where to dine in Downtown, Austin. Recently, they invited me to check out their latest local, seasonal menu and I’m glad I did. I didn’t realize how much emphasis they place on featuring local flavors and ingredients. Plus, it’s crawfish season and this menu is ideal for those that are too lazy have a boil.
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Gastro Pub Night at Pink Avocado’s Bread & Circus Dinner Club

Our neighbour Tim is a chef at Pink Avocado, a catering company in Austin.  We first tried his food when he invited us over for one of the most beautifully cooked rack of lambs that’ve ever touched these well-fed lips. 
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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

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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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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Girls’ Night Out at Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia

A close girlfriend and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner on our infrequent girls’ night out. And by nice, I mean we splurged on the tasting menu with wine pairings at Hawksworth Restaurant.
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