Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28

There are few entities that capture the spirit of Austin’s food culture quite like Springdale Farm. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown, the urban farm not only supplies produce to some of the city’s best eateries, but it also houses one of my favorite restaurants, Eden East. In addition, the farm also hosts a number of private events such as weddings and fundraisers that are essential to sustaining their viability as a small business.

However, the recent changes to the city’s zoning laws have threatened to temper or even close Springdale Farm’s operations. Keeping up . . . → Read More: Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28

Weekend Field Trip: Jester King Brewery + Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza

Having been a fan of Jester King’s high-end craft beers since they hit the market a few years ago, visiting the brewery has been on my Austin bucket list for sometime now. Jester King specializes in making food-friendly, farmhouse ales in large format bottles. Their brewing process is inspired by techniques commonly used at small, rustic breweries found throughout southern Belgium and northern France. (Read more about their unique process here.

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Jester King Brewery

As for the beer tastings, no two weekends are the same at Jester King Brewery. The brewery’s focus on small production means the tasting menu is consistently changing. While guests will find staples like Jester King’s popular La Petit Prince, they will also get the opportunity to sample seasonal beers as well. Continue reading Weekend Field Trip: Jester King Brewery + Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza

Friday Faves: 4th of July Edition

One day early and not a second too soon: In honor of the good ‘ole U.S. of A., we’re going All-American for this week’s Friday Faves.

Dish of the Day: Frank Hotdog

Dish of the Day: Frank Hotdog

Drink of the Week: Twisted X Brewing Company Fuego Jalapeno Pilsner

Here’s a little 4th of July trivia for you: Americans eat on average 150 million hotdogs every Independence Day (#murica), and that’s not even counting the total tally from the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chances are you’ll be grilling said eats over a hot open flame. This of course requires a cold beer in hand, which leads to today’s Drink of the Week.

With all of the Texas craft beers on the market, it was only a matter of time until someone brewed up a beer meant to go hand in hand with grilling. Enter Twisted X Brewing Company’s Jalapeno Pilsner, the appropriately named Fuego. Though infused beers often sound good in theory, it’s something that can often result in more kitch than quality. This, however, is not the case for the Tex-Mex brewery’s pepper infused brew. It’s a crisp, refreshing pilsner with subtle heat to keep things interesting, especially when enjoyed alongside some grilled meat.

38th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Austin’s annual firework display has relocated this year from Auditorium Shores to the Circuit of the Americas, which is a bit of a bummer. On the plus side, organizers are promising a larger than life display as the facilities can better accommodate such events. Attendees are welcome to join in on the 4th of July fun beginning at 4PM on Friday. At 8:30pm, the Austin Symphony Orchestra will perform in advance of the fireworks display at 9:30pm. Details can be found here.

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#WorldCup Tuesday: Where to Watch Team USA in Austin

Print out your official ‘get out of work free’ note and throw on your best red, white, and blue because Team USA is taking on Belgium on Tuesday, July 1 at 3:00pm. As the perennial underdogs of the tournament, Team USA needs all the support it can get in its match up against Belgium. While it might be hard to consider a country whose contributions to the world include beer, chocolate, and waffles a complete archrival, they do eat their freedom fries with mayo and Brussels sprouts are so 2012 anyways.

World Cup Day Beers

World Cup Day Beers

 

Here is a rundown of the best spots to get in on the World Cup action this Tuesday, including the official Austin watch party, which is taking place at the Long Center:

Taking a note out of Chicago’s viewing events at Grant Park, the Long Center Lawn will turn into the local HQ for all things World Cup beginning at 2pm on Tuesday. There will be Jumbotrons and a massive sound system used to air the game, which kicks off at 3pm. The event is hosted by the Austin Aztexs. 701 West Riverside Drive.

Mentioned here, there are several area bars throwing top-notch parties in support of all things Team USA. Word the wise: get there early as many places like Haymaker and Takoba have been standing room only hours before the matches. Continue reading #WorldCup Tuesday: Where to Watch Team USA in Austin

Tomato Season at Springdale Farm Market

It’s tomato season ya’ll! There is nothing I love more than fresh heirloom tomatoes, and thanks to spring showers, this year’s crop is top-notch. While you can find a plethora of tomatoes in every shape, color and size at various farmer’s markets and grocery stores around town, I recommend visiting the biweekly Market at Springdale Farm if you haven’t yet. Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am-1pm, Springdale Farm opens a market inside the Hen House to sell a bounty of fresh produce grown in the rows just outside the shop’s doors. From squash blossoms to peppers, Springdale offers the season’s best options, but it’s the center table covered in a variety of tomatoes that is the real star of the show. On a recent visit I picked up a range of different varieties – all of which were sweet, juicy, and impossible to stop eating.

 

Tomato Season

Tomato Season at Springdale Farm

Cooking with produce this delicious requires barely any heavy lifting. Continue reading Tomato Season at Springdale Farm Market

Brunch at La V Austin

With its glamorous, eclectic décor, warm service, and access to free flowing wine, spending Sunday brunch at La V is a must, especially when there is something to celebrate. Since La V falls into the higher end category of restaurants in Austin, visiting during brunch is a great way to sample goods on a smaller budget, especially with their recently added $12 bottle of rosé brunch special. And while the rosé special might have coax you in the door, it’s everything else – from the service to the food – that will entice a return visit, as proven by a recent leisurely Sunday spent at the east side restaurant.

Brioche Donuts - $11

Brioche Donuts – $11

Our meal started and finished on a high note, bookended by two ridiculous orders of La V’s brioche donuts. Light and airy on the inside and coated in cinnamon sugar on the outside, the donuts are perfection. Though the donuts, created from twice-proofed brioche, hardly need any help, La V ups the anti by serving them with a freshly made berry jam and vanilla bean pastry cream dipping sauce on the side.

The straightforward presentation of three high quality cheeses, fig preserves and crackers was another winning way to start the meal. I am not the hugest fan of soft, pungent cheeses, so I was pleasantly surprised to find La V’s plate offered a selection of three crowd pleasing yet interesting cheeses rather than sticking to an all-French lineup.

Cheese Plate - $12

Cheese Plate – $12

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April Eats in Review

My apologies for the lack of posts as of late – work and life have been a bit hectic. Though I have had an unintentional break from food blogging, my waistline can attest I have not taken a break from food eating. Have no fear – new content will be posted imminently. Here are a few snapshots of some of the delicious bites I have been enjoying to get your appetite going in the meantime!

One of the best Sunday afternoons I had in April was spent strolling through the grounds of four local farms during the East Urban Farm Tour. A uniquely Austin experience, the annual fundraiser allows guests to tour local farms while enjoying small bites from some of Austin’s best restaurants created from produce grown on site. The four participating farms – Springdale, Rain Lily, Boggy Creek, and HausBar – are close enough together to walk to and from, which was perfect for working up an appetite in between stops.

Next to pizza, meatballs, and other amazing things topped with cheese, imagine my surprise to find my unexpected favorite of the day to be an ah-mazing roasted carrots, quinoa, pesto, and mustard dish from Bufulina.

Bufulina at East Austin Farm Tour

Bufulina at East Austin Farm Tour

Keep your cake, candles and frosting; for my birthday, the only dessert I want is Uchi’s Peanut Butter Semifreddo. This little piece of heaven taste like the PB&J you wish your mom used to make it. A very happy birthday indeed!

Peanut Butter Semifreddo at Uchi Austin

Peanut Butter Semifreddo at Uchi Austin

Speaking of birthdays, I naturally spent my birthday as any girl should: Drew Drinks at the Texas Chili Parlor followed by a special Selena tribute night during TuezGayz at Barberella. While at the TCP, I was tipped off to a dish I had somehow never tried: the pork tamale topped gratuitously with a housemade green chili sauce and cheese. See you later Freddy Style Nachos; I just found my new go-to order. Continue reading April Eats in Review

Drinks and Eats: Whisler’s Austin + Dumpling Happiness

Opened by Lustre Pearl, Clive, et al vet Scranton Twohey, the East Sixth bar Whisler’s quickly became a favorite since opening last spring. Housed in the former home of the historic East Side dive bar Rabbit’s, the space was given a complete overhaul of the old stone building’s interior prior to opening.  Save for its faded logo on the building’s façade, there is little reminder of the space’s former tenant in the revamped space, thanks largely to a glamorous and stately new bar. At the same time, Twohey was certain to create a space that felt at home in the neighborhood as well as played homage to its predecessor. The result is a bar that lacks the pretention one expects from a typical East Side upscale cocktail joint.

Whisler's Austin

Whisler’s Austin

As for the cocktail program, Whisler’s offers a number of seasonal offerings as well as a nightly punch option. Don’t see something you like? Whisler’s bartenders are more than happy to spend some extra time discussing something that may strike your fancy. Thanks to this friendly staff and outstanding craft cocktails – combined with its casual atmosphere – Whisler’s is the type of place you can convince even the most strangely east side adverse friend to meet for a drink.

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