One “Fine” Reason To Visit South Austin

Hello fellow Lovers! Guess what?! We’re almost halfway through the weekend and only “2ish” days from Fri-Yay! You’ve got this! 

Since it’s Wednesday, it’s time for a review and boy oh boy do I have a “mouthful” to share with you, literally and figuratively 🙂 Yesterday I had the pleasure of my first experience and what I imagine will be the first of many more visits to Independence Fine Foods. Jeff and I live in South Austin and had no idea what we were missing out on just around the corner from home. Independence Fine Foods is a casual dining restaurant located in an unassuming strip mall off Slaughter and Manchaca in South Austin, TX, across the street from Indian Roller, a super rad “hole in the wall-ish” bar that you should make your way to. I promise you on entering Independence Fine Foods there is nothing unassuming about this gem! This restaurant delivers locally sourced, fresh, healthy, scratch-made selections that are well thought out and amazingly executed. We were immediately greeted with a warm smile and the great smell of fresh-baked breads. My eyes were held captive by the baked goods encased near the order counter. Before I had even decided on my lunch I was ordering the house made cinnamon roll and orange brioche.

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Just look at ’em, could you deny your mouth the pleasure of these fresh-baked delights?! I think not.

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Let’s move into our actual lunch shall we? Jeff and I wanted to try everything but you know, we can’t always get our way. We opted for just a few items…. The PORK BELLY BANH MI, House cured roasted Pork Belly, pickled carrots and jalapeno, cucumbers, radishes, cilantro, with your choice of garlic mayo or Sriracha aioli, served on a House made baguette, the BREAKFAST PANINI (served all day), Peppered bacon, Vital Farms Pasture Raised Eggs, Baby Spinach, Roasted Red Peppers and Provolone Cheese Grilled on a House made Focaccia, The SALMON CROQUET, Local Dill, Lemon, Egg, Breadcrumb, Mayo, and Dijon, and a CHICKEN EMPANADA, Roasted Dark Chicken, Green Chiles, Cheddar, Cumin, Chili Powder, and Onion. Notice how you can see exactly what’s in your food?! ALL the ingredients are always listed here. No fillers, additives. Just all natural goodness!

I’m told that the owners are brothers and both have a background in culinary. One brother runs the front of the house, the other runs the back of the house, and together they run a copacetic and well oiled machine. Part of this team is an amazing Pastry Chef Kyle McKinney (pictured below sitting in front of mostly eaten desserts) once Pastry Chef at Austin’s well-known Barley Swine. Chef Kyle provides Independence Fine Foods daily with not only fresh-baked breads but some absolutely delicious dessert options.

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Our “diabetic shock” began with The MILK CHOCOLATE POT DE CREME, Egg, Cream, Sugar, Cocoa, Milk Chocolate, Coffee, Butter, and Flour (Tastes like an adult Jello Pudding “Snack Pack” on steroids) The BLUEBERRY UPSIDE DOWN CAKE, Blueberries, Flour, Butter, Brown Sugar, Cream, Egg, Milk, Baking Powder, Lemon, The HAZELNUT CRUNCH, (almost too pretty to eat) Brownie, Hazelnut Corn Flake, a Caramel Cremeux, and House made “Coco Pebbles”, The BANANA PUDDING, Roasted Banana Pastry Cream, House made Vanilla Wafers, Lime Marinated Bananas, Topped with Housemade Whipped Cream, and the final nail in our “diabetic shock” was The surprising (not so surprising from Chef Kyle) CEREAL MILK ICE CREAM, topped with “Cap’n Crunch”

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Ok so we went a little crazy and our eyes were waaay bigger than our stomachs. We immediately fell deep into food comas.

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A huge THANK YOU to Independence Fine Foods for representing South Austin so amazingly!

EVERYTHING was delicious! and you should give Independence Fine Foods a try NOW! I’ll be honest though I’m pretty bummed I didn’t get there early enough to partake in the breakfast menu, if you follow me, you’d know breakfast foods are my favorite. They also have so much more to offer, fresh made salads, an evening carving station, Cuvee Coffee, and even aguas frescas. There will definitely have to be another trip, or 2, or several, and possibly another blog in it for you, work is work after all and I’m willing to compromise my waist for the greater good.

I don’t think there are anymore reasons for you to still be sitting here reading this blog, unless you haven’t hit the follow button up on the right side of your screen 🙂 Go make your way down south for lunch NOW! You will not regret it. Tell them I sent you! Let’s turn south Austin into a foodie destiniation starting right here.

 

Address: 1807 W Slaughter Ln #100, Austin, TX 78748

Hours:

Tuesday 7AM–8:30PM
Wednesday 7AM–8:30PM
Thursday 7AM–8:30PM
Friday 7AM–8:30PM
Saturday 7AM–8:30PM
Sunday Closed
Monday 7AM–8:30PM

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XOXOXO

See you Lovers Friday!

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13 Random Facts About Me

Good Monday to you fellow lovers! I hope that your Monday has treated you well so far. I’m still dealing with the back pain issues and being a huge turd blossom pain through all of it. Yup, I said turd blossom, what of it?! 🙂 I will say I am a lucky girl to have such a great teammate in Jeff, he’s been taking on the garden and chicken duties like a champ! Thanks Love! You rock my socks!

Anyway, over the last few weeks my following has increased and I figured now would be as good a time as any to drop some random facts about me, like a whole get to know me sesh. Maybe you’re just tuning in and haven’t even read my “About” page, maybe you’d just like to know more about this person who hopefully (If you’re subscribed, if not… DO IT NOW!) you get emails from, or hey, maybe you don’t even care and I’m writing to the crickets right now (probably the most factual of the three)

So let’s get started…. This is me! I’m Nicole aka Love Of All Of The Things, pleased to “meet” you….

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  1. I was born on a Friday the 13th in July (which is why, you guessed it 13 facts!)

  2. The year I was born “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer was the #1 hit in the USA (for some reason my Grandma found that hilarious)

  3. I LOVE to laugh but I’m utterly embarrassed of my laugh. I have a gross “pig-like” snort.

  4. I LOVE to sing everything and it bugs the poo out of Jeff.

  5. Speaking of poo, I try not to cuss and sometimes I fail. This means I say things like, poo, jimminy, golly, ohmylanta, geesum…etc.

  6. I could eat eggs, pizza, fried chicken, tacos, and Jello “Snack packs” anytime! I love em! You know what I just love food! So there’s that.

  7. I’ve lived in 10 different cities (3 of which where not in the US) and travelled to over 10 different countries.

  8. I have an annoying allergy to Capsaicin, which means no chile spicy for this girl.

  9. I met my love Jeff on Bumble, Yup…the dating app!!

  10. I’m Mexican! a lot of people tend to think I’m something else. Maybe because I can’t eat spicy food? 

  11. I can’t stand being cold. I would rather be so hot my skin burns off.

  12. I fully believe that our happiness in life can only come from our Father God.

  13. Thanks to a LOT of betrayal, hurt, distrust, and suffering, I am more solidified and happy with who I am now than EVER before! Praise Jesus!

Wait, that’s it you say…. you want more?! hahahaha!

Favorite Movie: The Usual Suspects, Reservoir Dogs, Son of God, Breakfast at Tiffany’s ( I can’t just choose 1, I have sooo many) I love movies.

Favorite Music: Born and raised on country, The “REAL” country y’all not the “Pop-y” poo out now. That said I just LOVE music! not the techno rave stuff kids listen to nowadays, that’s not music! That stuff’s for the birds!!

and Hot tea over coffee!

Now that I feel like we just had our first date 🙂 I’d love to know more about YOU! Feel free to comment below.

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XOXOXO

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Do You Like Your Chocolate Moist?

Yup, I said it. Moist. Some people have a severe reaction to the word. I’m not sure why but it gives me a chuckle….moist 🙂 How many times do you think I can get away with saying moist in this post?!

Well, You made it! It’s Fri-Yay! Time to take those work pants off and chillax and maybe bake a cake?! hahaha. Your call. Either way, I’m going to share my moist chocolate cake recipe and leave it here for you. I don’t know if you’re like me and need chocolate in your life but sometimes the struggle is real for me and chocolate. Jeff and our little are not really fans of chocolate at all, I mean how many 4yr olds do you know that don’t like chocolate?! Maybe she’s an alien? I kid!! To each their own.

Have you ever watched “Sex and the City”? Ok, there’s an episode where Miranda gets “addicted” to chocolate cake. Have you seen it? It’s sooo good and pretty sure all women can relate. Well, I can entirely relate to this scene, guess I can’t speak for all womankind. To be brutally honest I’ve been exactly in this moment. Please tell me I’m not alone in this??!! I can dream about a classic moist chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and be completely in my “happy place”

Since I’m alone in my chocolate loving world with my family, sadly I don’t often get to eat chocolate cake anymore. I know I know, first world problems 🙂

A couple of weeks ago I was excited that one of my best girlfriends had requested I make her a “chocolate type” birthday cake. OK real talk… she wanted me to make her an Almond Joy/German chocolate cake. I don’t even know if there’s a recipe that comes close to that. I did give it my best go and with the help of a traditional german chocolate cake recipe, fresh coconut, fresh flowers, and almond essence it turned out to be ok. Don’t judge it too harshly though, I’m not a baker! Just a lover of baked goods, who sometimes dabbles here and there.

She’s also a big unicorn fan (as apparently everyone and their grandma’s, including Starbucks is) Her house is even fondly referred to as “The Unicorn Palace”. Though I was happy for the chocolate cake, like I mentioned with my “happy place” dreams, I’m more of a traditionalist when it comes to chocolate cake. I think they’re best with a great Chocolate Ganache frosting or Cream cheese. No other flavoring, just the sweet sweet taste of chocolate… You feel me?

Anywho, making her this cake awakened my chocolate animal but I’m sure you’re over reading me babble. This recipe is for a super simple and MOIST chocolate cake or cupcakes, whichever you fancy. I found this recipe a while back and of the millions of recipes I’ve made this has been my “Go to” ENJOY!

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The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever}
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Prep time: 15 mins    Cook time: 30 mins    Total time: 45 mins    Serves: 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup milk, buttermilk, almond, or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable, canola oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water (I know weird but it’s the secret to keeping it moist. I swear!)
  • Frosting of your choice 🙂 You can be weirdos if yu wanna, no judgement.

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.
  • Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
  • Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined.
  • Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter until well combined.
  • Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the chocolate comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.
  • Frost cake with whatever wild frosting you’re in the mood for.
  • Please Note: The cake batter will be very thin after adding the boiling water. This is correct and results in the most delicious and moist chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted! It works best for cakes rather than cupcakes but it’s your call.

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Let me know what you think of this and any other recipes I’ve posted or if you’re interested in any other recipes let me know and I’m happy to search out, tweak, and experiment my way into a recipe for you.

Last but never least, you know the drill…..

I really hope you have enjoyed this easy recipe as much as me! I’ll be posting a new recipe for you to enjoy every Friday. If you decide to try out this recipe feel free to share and let me know how it goes for you, I’d love to hear all about it! Don’t forget to hashtag #loveofallofthethings in any photos you post.

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XOXOXO

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! SEE YOU MONDAY!

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How Do You Chicken Wing?

Hello Lovers! How’s the week treating you?! Super, I hope 🙂 As for me, I actually messed my back up pretty good, like, it even hurts to breathe or cough messed up. I haven’t had pain in my back like this since my injury riddled years as a ballerina. Do any of you beautiful people have any home remedy suggestions that could help me out? Or I guess I could just wait it out 😦

Anyway, its Wednesday! Which means it’s time for a REVIEW, aaaannnnd btw it’s “National Garlic Day!” (there is truly a day for all things)

The week before last I spoke about an amazing food truck Boteco Austin and today I would like to focus on yet another food truck (Austin’s cup runneth over with food trucks), Tommy Want Wingy. I discovered them when they were located on South 1st, they’re now located on Rainey street, the lollipop style of their wings has fast become the only way I want to eat wings EVER. 

Truth talk, wings aren’t the most conducive for “Lady like” dining and the lollipop style chicken wings make eating these wings wicked easy to enjoy. My favorite on the menu is by far the Garlic Parmesan (#NationalGarlicDay ) and the Lemon Pepper. For those of you that enjoy heat on your wings, I hear the OG is legit, and if you’re really daring with heat go for the Holy Schnikes though be warned I have yet to know anyone that has eaten a whole order of the Holy Schnikes.

They used to have tater tots!! I love love love tater tots. There is something so nostalgically delicious about them. There great with cheese on them, queso,  chili beans, drenched in “Fancy” ketchup (as in the “Whataburger Fancy Ketchup” available at H.E.B) better known to me as THE BEST ketchup, shoot, tater tots are even just plain awesome with salt and pepper. Alas, it was sad news to me that they no longer have these delightful treats, they have moved on to some pretty tasty waffle fries. All that said, the wings at Tommy Want Wingy definitely are the stars to this stage.

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings from Tommy Want Wingy

Tommy Want Wingy’s 5pc. wings sell for $6.50, an order of Waffle Fries $4, and add Ranch or Bleu cheese 50¢, you can even order to go! $1 charge for every 10pc. to-go order.

As I mentioned above they are no longer located on South 1st and have now set up “shop” at a pretty great Austin bar Lustre Pearl located on Rainey Street. On a hot sunny day or a warm night order yourself some wings, grab a beer or one of their amazing cocktails and enjoy the atmosphere. I love the freshness of the Lustre Lemonade,
strawberry moonshine, and lemonade. When I’m feeling frisky I like the Clive Davis
bulleit rye, lemon juice, ginger brew, peychaud’s bitters, chocolate bitters. Either way making this stop has a lot to offer you.

Sweet Chili Wings and Lemon Pepper Wings from Tommy Want Wingy

Sweet Chili Wings and Lemon Pepper Wings from Tommy Want Wingy

So here’s to attempting to eat like a “Lady” or at the least be a little less messy and let’s not forget “National Garlic Day”. Go getchu some Tommy Want Wingy at Lustre Pearl ASAP. I know I’m sure craving them after this, if only I could actually get my old hurt back self into a car 😦 Maybe one of you will bring me some?! No?! Well, can’t say I didn’t try hahahahaha.

Address: 94 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Hours:

Tuesday 5PM–12AM
Wednesday 5PM–12AM
Thursday 5PM–12AM
Friday

(San Jacinto Day)
5PM–1:30AM

Hours might differ
Saturday 2PM–1:30AM
Sunday 2PM–12AM
Monday 5PM–12AM

Happy Hump-Day and Happy National Garlic Day!!

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See y’all on Friday!

XOXOXO

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How Do You Walk Through The Fear?

Helloooo my friends! It’s a new week and another Monday, no matter how hard we try we just can’t shake the Monday’s 😦 but hopefully you had an amazing Easter weekend and it will get you through today.

Starting out today I want to say a BIG GIANT THANK YOU! to all of you who have read, followed, shared, and/or liked my blog, Instagram, Facebook page, or Twitter. You ALL rock my socks!!

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My blog adventure started about 2ish months ago and has been absolutely scary every single ding dang day since. You see, I’m putting ALL that I am into this and hoping to become not only successful at this but to provide words that will be relevant and of interest to you, to bring healing and love not only to myself but hopefully to others.

Over the years many people in my life have “gently” and “not so gently” nudged me to start a blog and even though it sparked something in me, I guess you could say I was too afraid. At times in my life I have been paralyzed by fear. Afraid of judgement, failure, and most of all disappointing anyone I love. If you read last Friday’s blog, you know Easter marked four years since I was baptized, which means four years since my life “started a new”. My walk with Christ has brought me to a new and different way of thinking but…my old self and the negative talk still creeps in every once in a while, I am human after all. Similar to the Pharisees of Jesus’s time maybe I fear that I won’t be welcomed or liked by others so I build up my walls, I fear change, and I keep my dreams and desires to myself as to not get hurt. I know that in my love for God I must place my fears, my anxious heart, my doubts on him and trust in his love for me to see me through everything. I have to “be willing to face the reality of my own limited perspectives and trust that Jesus is enough to… break down the hurtful walls I/we’ve accidentally constructed…” (quoted from “Nothing To Prove” by Jennie Allen; The Founder of the IF Gathering) I have to walk through the fear knowing that God’s plan for me is bigger and brighter than in my humanness I could ever imagine. So for me it is a choice, a daily choice to walk through the fear, through the self-doubt, and trust in God. I know my identity is only found in Him. Like I said, some days are harder than others but my faith, prayer, and being surrounded by people who love not only me but God, keep me balanced.

I would like to encourage each and every one of you to take a risk, do what brings your life joy. You are never as broken as you think that you are. Those hurts and scars can also bring with them wisdom and grace. People will criticize who they think you are, they may place their judgements and opinions on you and that’s ok, forgive them for they are only human just like you, then remember your truth and that is where you will find your strength.

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Though I am scared, I am here. I make myself vulnerable and open to you. I will continue to walk through this fear. So again I say to you, THANK YOU. I thank each and every one of you and though I may not know each of you individually you are ALL a part of this adventure with me and I’m excited for what’s to come. If there’s anything that I can do to make this blog a better experience for you please feel free to drop me an email or a comment, I’d love to hear from you. If you’re in need of prayer please do the same as I would love to pray for you and I am here.

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He Is Risen!

Happy Good Friday to you!! Hopefully this week didn’t bruise or scrape you up too much. I’m taking a little break from the norm of posting a recipe this week  in honor of and to celebrate our LIVING God! Since I don’t post Sunday’s (I try to practice a Sabbath on Sunday’s) I need your help, ok? Today we’re going to pretend this is Easter Sunday 🙂 Do you think we can do that together?! GREAT!

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And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (Luke 24: 2-7 ESV)

HE IS RISEN! Easter is here and our Savior has conquered the grave. Jesus got out of the tomb.

This Easter, four years ago I was baptized at my church and I now often refer to Easter as “My Birthday”. I found that though I was raised as a Catholic and baptized as an infant, I never really knew God, I didn’t have a relationship with him, and didn’t choose to be baptized. As with most people, as life happens, hurt happens. My hurts were BAD (see my first blog post), left deep wounds and a trail of brokenness. This brokenness had me feeling alone, not good enough, worthless, and in the dark. Through this hurt I felt a yearning in my heart for “something”, I now know that yearning was my heart pulling for and towards the love of our Father God, Christ Jesus. I am a daughter of The King! I am now alive! He IS alive, He IS risen! Let us celebrate this!

This simple fact has huge effects on our lives today. That is why we say the words over and over—“He is risen!”

This day is meant for celebrating Jesus, the One Who conquered the grave, and not just today, but every day. Jesus’s triumph over sin and death has daily implications. Without it our entire faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 24:17).

It’s a blast toting around pretty Easter baskets, eating chocolate bunnies and eggs, and having Easter egg hunts, I promise you I like it all! I love thinking about the fun we’re going to have this weekend preparing Easter eggs for our hunt with our Little and how much I loved making her basket but…..

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Let us not forget what Easter is truly about! Let us not forget Jesus’s rising to everlasting life secured our freedom from sin. God loves us so much that he sent down his only son to live as we live, to be tempted as we are tempted, to hurt as we hurt. Though he lived his life sinless he felt every sin and every hurt up to his death to GIVE US LIFE! to bring us from darkness into light. Four years ago this Easter I CHOSE LIFE, I CHOSE GOD. I CHOSE to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I celebrate and remember the sacrifice God made for us his children.

This weekend, Easter Sunday, as we remember our Savior’s triumph over sin and death, let us celebrate this truth:

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:34-36 ESV)

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HE IS RISEN!

Happy Easter to you and yours!

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Pop-Up and Say Hello

It’s Hump-day and for those of you who have followed me, you know what that means, to you new to “Love Of All Of The Things”, THANK YOU for your support and the follow! (come’on click the follow button, you know you wanna 😉 )You’ll find that Wednesdays are for reviews. For all you foodies out there the “Pop-up” may be something you know all about, so how do YOU pop-up?! and for you newbies this pop-up is perfect for you to sink your teeth into.

When Jeff told me about his Chef friend Charlotte and her “Brunch With Charlotte” Pop-up getting started I was super excited for the invite. Charlotte is a Chef with an Austin based catering company called Pink Avocado and I have attended a few events over the years where they catered and have always found their offerings to be consistently awesome, which to me meant Charlotte is “No chop liver” as “they” say. As I would imagine all Chefs want to branch out on their own this pop-up is a way for Charlotte to get her name out there. I think it would be a great idea to discover this new up and coming Chef before she gets so popular there will be a line out the door and “No food for you!” see what I did there Seinfeld?

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“Brunch With Charlotte” Pop-up will be located inside the very new hip and trendy Dia’s Market; a curated, specialty grocery store and deli serving north Austin, Texas including the Crestview, Brentwood, Highland, Wooten & Allandale neighborhoods, every Sunday, including this Easter Sunday (I’m told through September or October) from 11am-2pm, which gives you enough time to sleep in, go after church, or even both 😉

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Every Sunday 11-2pm

Now let’s get into the “meat” of this blog, the food. I wouldn’t have spent so much time talking about this pop-up had there not been awesome food to go along with it…

Tiramisu Pancake, espresso pancake, mascarpone , cocoa powder, and Kahlua cream

Tiramisu Pancake, espresso pancake, mascarpone , cocoa powder, and Kahlua cream ($10)

We enjoyed a small sampling of some items Charlotte will be offering starting with Tiramisu Pancake, (pictured above) espresso pancake, mascarpone , cocoa powder, and Kahlua cream, The Sunshine Crepe, a house made crepe with pineapple, mandarin orange, topped with coconut caramel and toasted coconut, “Tatchos” (my favorite!) tater tots topped with bacon, sausage, ham, queso, pico de gallo, and avocado (because, der!) and lastly Biscuits and Gravy, green chili biscuits topped with a chorizo chipotle gravy.

The Sunshine Crepe, a house made crepe with pineapple, mandarin orange, topped with coconut caramel and toasted coconut

The Sunshine Crepe, a house made crepe with pineapple, mandarin orange, topped with coconut caramel and toasted coconut ($10)

"Tatchos" (my favorite!) tater tots topped with bacon, sausage, ham, queso, pico de gallo, and avocado

“Tatchos” (my favorite!) tater tots topped with bacon, sausage, ham, queso, pico de gallo, and avocado ($14)

Biscuits and Gravy, green chili biscuits topped with a chorizo chipotle gravy

Biscuits and Gravy, green chili biscuits topped with a chorizo chipotle gravy ($12)

For Easter Sunday Chef Charlotte will be offering these items along with an addition of Chicken and Funnel ($15), malt funnel cake topped with buttermilk fried chicken, mint syrup and candied bacon, ummm excuse me Chef….why didn’t I get this??!! Sounds AMAZING!

The pop-up is a “first come first serve” and also offering $1 mimosas! You just place your order at the market counter, pay, and pick your seating. Dias Market will also be open during these events so feel free to buy your own bottle of bubbles or wine, choose one of the many craft beers they offer, or go sans booze and grab a cup of fresh-brewed Metropolis coffee. Heck, you can even get yourself started by making your very own charcuterie & artisan cheese plate since Dias has plenty to offer out of their fully stocked deli counter.

All and all I recommend making this a plan. Mark it on your calendars and make it happen, every Sunday 11-2pm. Tell them I sent you 🙂 To keep up with this pop-up check out the “Brunch with Charlotte” fan page on Facebook, Charlotte’s Twitter, or the Dia’s Market Facebook

Brunch with Charlotte

Every Sunday at Dia’s Market 11am-2pm
Address: 2624, 812 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757

Hours:

Tuesday 8AM–9PM
Wednesday 8AM–9PM
Thursday 8AM–9PM
Friday 8AM–9PM
Saturday 8AM–9PM
Sunday

(Easter)
9AM–6PM

Hours might differ
Monday 8AM–9PM

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What Two Weeks Of Work Got Us

Good Monday to you all! Hopefully this Monday hasn’t beat you up too badly and you’re off to a great week. Have any of you noticed that there have become more and more National holiday’s? For example this past weekend was “National Unicorn day” “National Beer day” and “National empanada day” I mean come’on! There’s a day for everything! and on that note, Happy National farm animals day!!

This helps me to segway into the last two weeks ,Jeff and I have been working our butts off “renovating” our backyard into more of the outdoor living space and I would even say we have a great start to our very own little “Urban Farm” and it all started with a hammock. A couple of months ago we had a couple of warmer days and all I wanted was to hang my hammock , lay in it, and read. Well there’s wasn’t really a place for me to hang it. Jeff said he would be able to put a post up with cement and a wood post and “whala!” my hammock was up! but no, we didn’t stop there….

We were now on a hunt for patio furniture. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money so we checked out Amazon but found our luck at Walmart, with the Better Homes and Garden collection for what the set offers it’s very reasonably priced at $596.00 and just what we were looking for. This same patio set is over $800 on Amazon and other sites and we’re very happy with our choice.

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I believe the hammock must have lit a fire of inspiration for the rest of what I’m about to share leading up to where we sit today, National farm animals day.

We had some old wood pallets in our backyard and I’m not sure where they came from but armed with my “muscle” aka Jeff  we turned the pallets into planters. These planters turned out awesome! We now have them filled with strawberries, mint, sage, Texas sweet onions, cilantro, 4 types of chile and tomatoes.

But no, we’re not done yet… from there we re-purposed two old “Billy Bookcases” from Ikea by flipping them on their backs, adding some particle board with holes to make a bottom that would allow water drainage and lastly added wheels to make for easier movement. The bookcases now house corn, green beans, carrots, okra, lettuce, spinach, sweet potatoes, radish, summer squash, and more tomatoes.

After a week of being planted we’re already seeing growth from almost every seedling.

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From here we added some beautiful black mulch, white rock, and some stepping-stones from Lowe’s and lastly a patio shade sail to tie it all together. I know we’re not designing professionals or people from HGTV but I’d say we did a pretty awesome job, what do you think?

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But wait…. We’re still NOT done yet…. We decided this wasn’t enough so we got CHICKENS!! That’s right we got chickens y’all. This particular part of the adventure started out with the fact that I have a slight obsession with eggs aaand our “little” has a school project due which she has to present to her class how she’s created a shelter for an animal or animals and the steps along with it. I think we may have knocked this project out of the park.

We’re so excited that our family has grown and for what’s to come. I’m going to be honest though I’m mostly excited about our bounty 🙂 all the veggies and eggs we’re about to come on is just making my heart smile. So everyone, I would like you all to meet Rosie, Bella, Joplin, Goldie Hawn, and America.

Our first egg!

After 2 weeks of hard work I believe our work is done here. We now have our little oasis and have already started our fun times.

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Grilled burger topped with bacon wrapped asparagus, cheddar, with tomatoes and serrano from our garden and a side of mustard potato salad

Now that our Monday is coming to an end, kick those feet up, have a glass of wine and relax. Happy Farm Animal Day!

XOXOXO

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See y’all Wednesday!


How I Feel About The “Summer Body”

YEA YEA FRIENDS, WELCOME TO FRI-YAY!

I don’t know about any of you but I have been seeing and feeling the pressures of getting “Summer Body” ready and we JUST started spring! Grant it here in Austin, we have had some summer feeling hot days, it’s barely April people! All over Instagram, Pinterest, heck, ALL the social media platforms, T.V, and Billboards; There are ads and postings for getting that “perfect summer body”, or these incredibly gorgeous women in skiiiimmmmppy bathing suits in my IG feed, all while I still need a big sweater to walk outside in the morning from the “cool” air (Jeff says it feels nice while I’m freezing in 50 degree weather) and I’m perfectly happy sitting with my doughnuts and pasta.

I’m not hating on these people or the women in the skimpy bathing suits, Y’all are HOT! Get after it! I’m just struggling with the fact that it’s still APRIL and to be honest my love of food isn’t going anywhere 🙂 so I guess I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m working on being contented with what God has blessed me with and that includes this body that loves Tacos, Pizza, Doughnuts, Lots of eggs, and Pasta.

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Which brings me to this Friday’s recipe, PASTA!! This is a simple easy recipe that will take you less than 30min. to prepare. I don’t know about you but there’s nothing like the stress of a 4-year-old and your man breathing down your neck in hunger. When they’re hungry they must be fed asap or little hangry monsters replace them both. So let’s get to it.

PAPPARDELLE PASTA WITH MUSHROOMS

PREP: 10MIN.    TOTAL TIME: 25MIN.    YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb Pappardelle, cooked al dente (slightly still firm), drain with colander.
  • 6 tablespoons butter, (I love using Kerry Gold Irish Butter)
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups mushrooms, sliced, for this I used shiitake mushrooms but feel free to sub for your choice of ‘shroom)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried sage (I prefer fresh, especially since we grow our own)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • parmesan cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS

  • In a skillet melt 2 tbsp Butter.
  • Add garlic, allow to slightly brown, then add mushrooms, sage, Salt& Pepper.
  • Cook until the mushrooms are just tender.
  • Add remaining butter and olive oil.
  • Stir and remove from heat.
  • When Pasta is done cooking add the above mixture.
  • Gently mix it all together with parsley.
  • Top off with grated fresh parmesan and a couple additional sage leaves for good measure.
  • Enjoy.

Et Voila, Dinner!

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Why don’t we just put those summer bodies aside and enjoy some pasta, what do you say??! While we’re at it kick those legs up and enjoy the weekend, you deserve it!

I really hope you have enjoyed this easy recipe as much as me! I’ll be posting a new recipe for you to enjoy every Friday. Feel free to share and let me know how yours goes for you, I’d love to hear all about it! Don’t forget to hashtag #loveofallofthethings

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UNTIL MONDAY MY FRIENDS!

XOXOXO


Have You Even Had Brazilian Food?

Happy Hump Day y’all! I hope the week hasn’t beat you up too bad. If you follow me, first off THANK YOU! and you may have noticed I have switched things up on my site including a new logo, let me know what you think in the comments.

Now moving onward….Being it’s Wednesday, it’s my review day 🙂 so serious question? Have you even had Brazilian food? If you say yes because you’ve had Fogo de Chao, let me tell you, that is NOT real Brazilian food! Don’t get me wrong, when i’m craving a meat feast it’ll do the deed just right.

When I want genuine real authentic Brazilian food here in Austin I go for a gem called Boteco Austin. It’s a food truck tucked away on a little lot on East Seventh Street between a coffee shop and an business office. It is own and ran by the sweetest couple Fernando and Lauren Marri. Every time I have been, Fernando treats my friends and I like family. I have no idea if he remembers me each time or if he’s just that friendly to everyone but I’ll take it.

I was introduced to Boteco Austin by my friend Thomas who is from Brazil and he was raving about how amazing it was. I figure if he’s brazilian and he’s saying how amazing and authentic it is, then it has to be legit. Since then I have eaten there so many times I have lost count and it does not get old. The menu changes with daily features and I fully believe that the croquette (coxinha) which I order every time I visit, must have some witch magic in them that makes them addicting (They are pictured above and below). Don’t believe me?! Well just check out the reviews about them. I’ve read that his mother came to Austin from Brazil to help Fernando and Lauren perfect the recipes.

On Sundays Boteco slow-cooks a huge pot of feijoada, a traditional stew of beans simmered with meat (usually pork) for hours. Regulars order feijoada on Sundays with a dish called picanha grelhada. The slow-cooked beans are served with rice, caramelized onions, and farofa (toasted yuca flour), then topped with medium rare sirloin steak and a fried egg, pictured below. Since I’m sharing this information with you, you can now feel like a regular, you’re welcome.

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Boteco is even B.Y.O.B, so pack up your Cachaça (which is similar to rum but made from sugarcane rather than molasses) and make your own Caipirinha’s or just simply grab your favorite beer or wine and enjoy this amazing food in the adorably set up picnic table area. In case you’re feeling adventurous and want to give yourself the “whole” Brazilian experience, try to make your own Caipirinha here’s a link from Food&Wine for you adventurers 🙂

For me, it’s pretty clear that Boteco is a winning food choice and it’s definitely on my top 5 food trucks favorites list (there will be a blog on this list soon!) here in Austin, TX. Go give them a try and tell ’em I sent ya! I’d love to hear all about it! and hashtag #loveofallofthethings if you take any pictures.

Address: 1403 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Hours:

 
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 5–10PM
Thursday 5–10PM
Friday 12 – 2 pm, 6 – 10 pm
Saturday 12 – 8 pm
Sunday 12 – 4 pm
Monday Closed

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