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NewYorkTexan

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  1. After driving past this place on Burnett a million times, I decided to go in this weekend. The Migas is among the best in the city... It is a tiny place with lots of charm and the people who work there could not be nicer. I need to go back and try some of their lunch items, they are not open for dinner. Their website
  2. Talking about trailers has anyone else been to Torchy's Tacos on S. First? I love this place, great breakfast tacos in the morning and phenomenal shrimp tacos at night. They also opened a second location on 6th across from the Star Bar. Rumor has it there might be a third location.
  3. Maybe the group should plan a run up to Walburg for Octoberfest.....good food plus an awesome beer garden in the back.
  4. What...to busy to even stop in and say hi..... The class was a breeze to work. Jim was an interesting guy, very nice. I ended up driving him back to his hotel. The class covered a lot of basics, I think folks had a good time.
  5. Anybody heard the buzz on the Austin Wine Festival? http://www.austinwinefestival.com/index.html It looks interesting and the event proceeds will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Austin Farmers' Market.
  6. I know the class is filling up fast, but there should be a few open seats left.
  7. Those classic Italian dishes....Rigatoni in Sunday Gravy, Meatballs, Beef Braciole w/ homemade pasta, Sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions....YUM! Our own NapaValley Phil will be teaching this mouthwatering class next week on April 19th.. There are still spaces available! http://www.centralmarket.com/pdf/LLSpring07-Austin.pdf
  8. Had an amazing 3 hour dinner at Jezebel. It is a small place on Congress that has an open kitchen staffed by just Chef Parind Vora and a sous chef. The setting is elegant...in an Austinish way. First course was a trio of sashimi topped with crab and micro greens. The entree was "surf and turf", scallops and ostrich. The portions was surprisingly big. Our desserts were Belgian chocolate mousse with a raspberry truffle sauce and crème brûlée. The crème brûlée was the best I have every had in Austin. The mousse was incredibly rich from what I could tell. My dinner companion a
  9. I finally made to Uchi tonight...what an amazing experience. Wish I paid more attention to keeping notes of each course, but there were so many! My buddy knows Tyson so we sat by the sushi bar and put ourselves in his hands. The eel and Spanish mackerel courses were outstanding. Not sure what I thought about the foe gras pared with peanut butter...... The only miss was the duck dish, it was overcooked. Parsnip custard with almond ice cream for dessert was memorable.
  10. I was underwhelmed on my first visit last week. My expectations were probably to high based on my friends in Houston gushing about Specs. Nice selection of liquors Spotting wine selection but good prices. Not great prices, but good. The staff in that department were very helpful and knew their stuff. They only had 2 labels from Washington State....what's up with that??? Wide selection of gourmet packaged goods, but almost all the cheeses and such were pre-packaged. They have a small deli counter but no one was there. The only folks milling about were giving away samples and
  11. It will be a great class! What a nice touch for everyone to receive a tin of cookies to go. I will see if the lawyer wants to go. It will be a good test to see how much of a foodie she is.....the fact that she does not eat red meat or pork already puts her on thin ice Phil - much to you disappointment, the musician has already left to spend the holidays with her family so I can not take her to your class.
  12. Is everyone going to to the Draught House afterward? I land around 10:30 and probably could use a beer. I might be a little loopy after the flight, but y'all probably wouldn't notice the difference.......
  13. Got an email about a free wine tasting Vino Vino is doing tomorrow night: vino tasting Wednesday, October 25 6-8pm GRAY MONK SIEGERREBE NELMS ROAD CABERNET SAUVIGNON DRAPPIER CHAMPAGNE CARTE d'OR Since I can walk there, I might need to go and check this out.
  14. You know you hit the big time when Kelso writes about you....... article COMMENTARY: JOHN KELSO Two gals are cooking and selling crepes out of a trailer in South Austin; What's next? Space aliens landing on Capitol lawn? AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Sunday, October 22, 2006 Your first inclination when you see the food trailer in the parking lot on South Lamar will be to walk up to the window and ask for salsa. Don't bother. Even though Flip Happy Crepes looks like one of those taco carts you see all over town, it isn't. What it is is two women selling French crepes out of a
  15. Driving back from happy hour I was craving a nice glass of wine and saw that Vino Vino looked open...so I stopped in. Had a chance to talk with Jeff the owner, nice guy. They do not have the liquor license to sell by the glass yet, so the wine bar part is not up and running. He thinks it will be about 30 days until he gets it. The retail operation is open so you can buy a bottle and drink it there. The wine selection looked interesting with most reds in the $20-45 range. When the kitchen is up and running, he will offer a full cold menu (cheese plates, pates, etc.) and one hot en
  16. ok, so they had an issue with one of my dogs, fluffernutter, who on a rare occasion can be a touch vocal. Specifically I was referring to the ways some coffee houses are definitely dog friendly. Jo's has a container of dog treats by the sidewalk casher, Teo's has a big water dish they always keep full on the patio, etc.
  17. The verdict is in, Epoch coffeehouse is NOT dog friendly. Good place for coffee at 3 or 4 in the morning, otherwise I will stick with Jo's, Teo's or 360Primo.
  18. Vino Vino, the wine bar on Guadalupe just opened. It looked cool from what I could see driving by...while trying to avoid swerving into oncoming traffic. Anyone been there yet or what to check it out? There is finally a cool 24 hour coffee shop in town, Echo coffee on North Loop. It is large with a lot of outdoor seating and they pull a mean espresso. Today I will check out how dog friendly they are.
  19. There are tons of options depending on budget, food and local preferences, etc. For the last few years I have been to a holiday party at the Thistle café downtown where we take over the restaurant. A group of 80 should be able to do that. Good food and very cool setting.
  20. Bull was robbed I really thought the actress was going to bitch slapp Steingarten
  21. I'll cover adult beverages. I'll try to keep it local with lots of Texas beer and wines.
  22. my 2 cents: Fino and Wink are two of the more trendy places in Austin, but have different strengths. Wink has a more adventurous menu and you can put together a great 3-4 course meal along with finding some nice deals on the limited but well crafted wine list. Fino is better for ordering lots of small plates and sharing. They also have amazing desserts, Lisa Fox is a great pastry chef. I have had good/fun meals at both places...kinda hard to go wrong with either.
  23. Has anyone been to previous Taste of the Nation events? Taste of the Nation - Austin It looks like fun and helps support the Sustainable Food Center and Caritas of Austin. I am trying to decide if it is worth coming back from Houston in time for?
  24. I want to be accurate, the dry aged prime rib eye at CM is only $34.99/lb not $38/lb yeah, makes me want to run out and buy some.........but those steaks did look awesome!
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