June’s All Day, Erry-Day

Hello my dear lovers! How’s the week been treating you?? As I’m typing this I’m still recovering from a “Sunday Funday” into Monday hangover ;(  ( aaannd it’s Tuesday night right now, btw) I tell you what, recovery time at 37 is significantly different from that of my once 20 year old self. I guess I could say that I’m not as “seasoned” as I once was, as I don’t drink a lot very often, my drinking in my 30’s has mainly turned into a couple (or few) glasses of wine or a couple cocktails at home mainly. Jeff and I decided to “tie one on” as they say this past sunday night but not before we enjoyed a bite to eat at June’s All Day on South Congress, Austin, TexasJune’s All Day is a fairly newer restaurant brought to us by the Dream team of Larry McGuire (Lamberts Austin and Perla’s) and Master Sommelier June Rodil. Aesthetically this restaurant is gorgeous; decorated in blues, golds, and filled with natural light. When you walk in, it feels like walking into a magazine shoot, even the staff look like actors and models.

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We were sat outside on the small perfectly kept, awesome “people watching” patio. To our delight it was also Happy Hour which is offered everyday from 4-6pm. Happy Hour offers 50% off all food and sparkling wines, $2 off all drinks, and 50% off sparkling wines. Seeing that I consider June’s to be a little bit on the pricey side this unplanned happy hour was an awesome surprise.

20170521_162527 We started with the French country Loaf ($9), Salami & Idiazabal Cheese, texas olive oil, castelvetrano olives ($11), the Salt Cod Croquettes, laurel leaf aioli, mojama ($10) and also the Jambon Paris, mustard brown butter, horseradish ($12, not pictured)

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For entrees we had, Chilled Artichoke, dijon vinaigrette, gribiche ($16), Steak Tartare & Frites cornichon, farm egg, dijonnaise ($25), and the Grilled Chicken Paillard harissa, wild arugula, fennel, parmesan ($26) everything was delicious!

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The artichoke is even a “two parter” dish, meaning that once you get to the delicious heart of the artichoke your server will take it back to the kitchen and on its return it is a marvelous “salad” of sorts. They take the artichoke heart, nicely chop and mix with a Gribiche sauce, very similar to an egg salad, et viola! yummy!

In my opinion everything at Junes All Day was deliciously delightful with the exception of service being extremely slow. On our arrival (4pm-ish) it wasn’t very busy but it did gradually get busier throughout our time. I’m not sure if service was slow intentionally or if our server was “weeded” but I am here to be honest in my experiences and service was definitely not bad at all, just felt very slow.

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Lastly we enjoyed the Warm Devil’s Food Cake, Chocolate Ganache, Crème Fraîche Ice Cream ($9) this dessert was like heaven and didn’t taste like the devil had anything to do with it 😉

I would definitely recommend June’s All Day for all occasions, just make sure you’re not in any rush, and tell ’em I sent ya!

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Address: 1722 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Tuesday 8AM–12AM

Wednesday 8AM–12AM

Thursday 8AM–12AM

Friday 8AM–12AM

Saturday 8AM–1AM

Sunday 8AM–12AM

Monday (Memorial Day, Hours may differ) 8AM–12AM

Phone: (512) 416-1722
Reservations: opentable.com
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Not Your Average Drive-Thru

Gooood Wednesday to you Lovers! I’m back from having a longish Mother’s day weekend off of the blogosphere 😉 What’s been going on? Did you miss me, like I missed you?! hahaha!

Let’s talk about our lives and how busy they can get. You’re working, heading into a deadline, which can mean working overtime; or you have an 8-5 (ish), need to get home walk the dog, then head out to an event; or you have a family AND all of the above going on… Life gets busy! When is there even time to go to the bathroom let alone EAT?! 

Enter Sala & Betty and their “Slow food fast” concept. Named for 2 sisters, 1 of which loves the “dining” experience and the other sister who leads a busy life yet wants to enjoy the same type of food you would get in a great restaurant. Our friends had gotten there before us and found awesome patio seating for brunch on a saturday. Austin can tend to get super busy for brunch on the weekends, so I was feeling pretty thankful on this beautiful day. We wanted to celebrate one of my best friends and her new job (YEAH!! JESSY!!) and I think we did a pretty great job with Sala & Betty!

We all were having brain farts when it came to the menu since we all wanted ALL OF THE THINGS. That’s no lie, everything on this brunch menu was screaming “Pick me! Pick me!” luckily our server was patient with us. For the table we started with The Hair Of The Dog, which is a fried egg, layered with pork, amazing fries, queso, and served with a LoneStar beer ($10) or without the LoneStar ($9) Check it out below, it’s a thing of beauty! and I would imagine the perfect remedy to any hangover.

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I ordered the Croque Madame for my entrée ($10) let me tell you, this lady was definitely easy on my eyes!! A fried egg on amazing bread, ham, cheese, Bechamel, and a side of fries.
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BFF Jessy ended up “one upping” our Hair Of The Dog by ordering her own topped with avocado. Everyone, I repeat EVERYone should order it this way!! So ding dang GREAT. Talk about instant regrets 😉 haha! I’m kidding (just a little) this dish is awesome however you order it. I don’t think that anyone can go wrong with topping everything with an egg, avocado, or pig (prepared any way), or in this case ALL 3!

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Moving on to the Drive-thru at Sala & Betty. The drive-thru offers what they call “Family meals” serving 4 people (1lb of meat) with options varying from Beef ($34) Pork Shoulder ($32) and Chicken ($32) There are other Ala carte, fresh made sides, kids items, “make at home desserts, and sandwich options. Since we had such a great experience here, I very much look forward to enjoying all the other offerings by this very well done establishment. They have an amazing thing going and I recommend you give them a try! Tell em’ I sent ya.

Address: 5201 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

Hours:

Wednesday 10:30AM–9PM
Thursday 10:30AM–9PM
Friday 10:30AM–10PM
Saturday 10:30AM–10PM
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:30AM–9PM
Tuesday 10:30AM–9PM
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Brunch at Sala & Betty

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After you enter to win, why not head out to Sala and Betty for a very enjoyable bite to eat!

Until next time Lovers!

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Taste Of Mexico 2017- Recap

Feliz Cinco De Mayo!! Where’s my margarita?! 

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Margarita’s are a breakfast item too, right?! 🙂

How are you lovers doing this Friday? Was the Fourth strong with you? Ok Ok, I know, now I’m just being silly. Who knows maybe I really am drinking and typing right now….

To be honest I’m just excited to talk to y’all about our time attending this year’s Taste of Mexico 2017 put on by the amazing Mexic-Arte Museum and proceeds from this event go to supporting exhibitions and education programs. This means GREAT food for a GREAT cause. As you have already learned about me, I LOVE food! and who doesn’t love supporting educational programs?! On top of which I happen to be a very proud 2nd generation Mexican; this means this event has my name written all over it.

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Greeted by vibrant colors and salsa music by Dj uLovei, I already felt at home. With over 50 different restaurants, caterers, stores, and distillers there was a lot to do. Austin staples like Dai Due Taqueria and Matt’s El Rancho were represented alongside of great tequila and desserts. We took so many pictures that I haven’t the slightest idea where to start for you all. I’ve decided the best bet would be to create a slide show of the entrees and you can go at your own pace.

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Are you wishing you were there yet? Well, I’m not done there were a few of the entree items that I’d like to feature simply because they were standouts to me. Let’s start with a restaurant I hadn’t heard of (my bad) Llama’s Peruvian Cuisine. I was so very impressed and disappointed that I hadn’t heard of this awesome food truck and intend on checking them out asap. Llama’s provided Pork belly, sweet potato, hoisin, cilantro, pickled onions, served in a yummy steamed bun; along with Arroz Chaufa, Peruvian style fried rice with bell peppers, choclo, cilantro, soy with braised chicken and pork belly. Both of these dishes I’m told are newer to their menu and let me tell you they are DELISH!

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Casa Chapala also offered a couple of my favorites of the night. Quail Las Milpas (yup, yummy quail!) along with Milpas tomatillos, peppers, onions, fresh garlic, Casa Chapala seasoning blend, and elote blanco. I’m a little sad they’re a bit far north for this family as we’re south but we may need to have a little road trip for this delicious quail. I must also mention this booth was one of the most attentive and customer service oriented booths we had the pleasure to visit and if that’s a reflection of the service we’d received at the actual restaurant sign me up!

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This standout took me by surprise as it seemed “odd” to me (for lack of a better word) coming from Licha’s Cantina. Licha’s offered Gorditas De Carnitas, Chicharron masa gorditas (this element was what I found “odd” but it was sooooo good!), pork carnitas, salsa de tomatillo, frijoles negros, and queso fresco. The textures of this dish were executed so well, I wish you all could give it a try.

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For entrees my last standout comes from the “new-ish” restaurant El Burro, I have yet to make it to them for a visit, so I was excited to see them on the list of restaurants. They offered up a shrimp cocktail but El burro’s shrimp cocktail was anything but normal thanks to the inventive addition of Corn nuts! Shrimp cocktail with tomato juice, lime, cucumber, onion,cilantro, jalapeno, then topped with corn nuts and avocado espuma. This was a simple yet fun dish and it makes me super excited to give El Burro a try.

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Alrighty are you all still hangin with me here?! Are you hungry yet? because I’m STILL not done we still have desserts and booze to talk about…

My standout dessert came from Rocheli Patisserie not only for presentation but for pure nostalgia. I grew up as a lot Mexicans do eating conchas but I have never seen a concha cupcake! Let alone an amazingly well done Frida Kahlo cake. It was GORGEOUS! If you’re in the market for a beautifully done cake I would definitely consider her. Based on her card she doesn’t just make wedding cakes she also makes grooms cakes, engagement cookies, and so much more. Plus a heads up to any of you attendees that may have attended Taste Of Mexico 2017, tag her Frida cake in your Instagram for a chance to win a free cake of your own.

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Golly, now what do you think we washed all this food down with? If you said Tequila, you’d be right!! From Texas favorites like Dulce Vida Tequila to classics like Jose Cuervo, Herradura and Cazadores tequila there was plenty of tequila represented. There were also some “new to me” Tequilas and more I was more than happy to give a whirl. Amorada Tequila offered a watermelon margarita, Mezcal Real Minero offered delicious mezcals (I wish we could have tried them all) and Caffe Del Fuego, is not a tequila but a coffee liquor that absolutely rocked my socks! I wish I had a bottle next to me right now.

Speaking of things I wish I had right next to me, my absolute favorite adult beverage of the night went to GEM&BOLT Mezcal. Not only is the packaging SUPER RAD but the mezcal is no joke! Somebody get me a bottle stat!

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Just check out that bottle, it’s simple, different, and gorgeous…. at least to me 😉 They’re offered at several different restaurant and bars here in Austin and if you see them on a menu definitely give it a try. Smooth and elegant. You will not regret it.

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With all the food and booze, Jeff and I had a blast at The Taste Of Mexico and recommend you give this event a visit next year. Also go try out all of these very hardworking and deserving vendors and don’t forget tell them I sent you! 🙂

XOXOXO,
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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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See you Lovers Friday!

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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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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

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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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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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XOXOXO

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The Donut Life

Based on my title I’m sure you’ve figured out this wednesday’s review may have a little to do with donuts. In my Instagram life I follow A LOT of other bloggers and foodies which put Bougies Donuts on my radar. I love me some donuts!

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I’ve even had a friend make me a donut birthday cake one year because I love them so ding dang much.

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Hopefully now you can at least appreciate my love of a good donut, so let’s talk Bougie’s Donuts Austin. Bougie’s Donuts is a unique, gourmet donut shop and full service coffee/espresso bar located in South Austin (Sunset Valley) off Brodie. Since this is our hood, and that i felt like I was being taunted by all the yummy Instagram shots, have you ever been stalked by a donut??!! Needless to say I was chomping at the bit to partake. I’m pretty sure that Jeff was totally over hearing me talk about it.

A few days ago after picking up our little from school, Jeff surprised us with a trip to Bougie’s, YAAAAASSSS! ❤ (I love this man). A plus was that we went around 2pm (they close at 3pm) which meant we got our doughnuts 1/2 off! Donut happy hour y’all! It was like Christmas for this girl.

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Downside to the time we went, was there wasn’t a whole lot left to choose from but I was able to quickly push that aside when I saw the bacon sitting comfortably a top of a circle of happiness also known as the Maple Bacon Donut. I had been coveting this donut from pictures for 2 weeks at this point, it felt like my donut dreams were about to come true.

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While we were at it, at 1/2 off why not go for a whole dozen?! I mean, we’re no rookies at this game. Enter in another version of the Maple Bacon Donuts with the difference being a great cinnamon sugar sprinkle, the French Toast with Bacon (also available without bacon, but WHY would you do that??!) a few Cake Donuts, the Classic Cake and the Blueberry Cake, a couple chocolate covered sprinkle donuts for our little called The Homer ( BEST name ever!), and my unexpected favorite of the bunch was the Double Berry Donut in all it’s pink glory.

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I walked into Bougie’s thinking the maple bacon donut would rock my world (which it’s pretty great don’t get me wrong) but the Double Berry was LEGIT, a mouth-gasm if you will. I mean I spoke to one of my BFF’s on the phone about it for a good solid 10min the day after i had eaten it. Now THAT’S a good donut. I’m pretty positive our little was pretty happy with The Homer as well.

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Do you have a hankerin for somethin sweet now??! Head over to Bougie’s and tell ’em I sent ya!

Address: 5400 Brodie Ln, Sunset Valley, TX 78745

Phone: (512) 382-1617

Hours:

 

Tuesday 6:30AM–3PM
Wednesday 6:30AM–3PM
Thursday 6:30AM–3PM
Friday

(Cesar Chavez Day)

6:30AM–3PM

Hours might differ

Saturday 6:30AM–3PM
Sunday Closed
Monday 6:30AM–3PM

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XOXOXO

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P.S.

Sorry I’m NOT sorry for all the exclamation points 🙂 I get really excited about awesomeness!!!!!!!!

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Dai Due

Dai Due, pronounced “Die Due-wee” so I’ve been told, is one of my most favorite places to eat here in Austin, Texas. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen at least one of the several posts of me eating there. My love affair with this Austin local restaurant began somewhere around 2007 (if my memory serves me correctly) when they were a booth at the Republic park farmers market in downtown Austin. I had one of the BEST pork belly breakfast tacos I had ever had. I mean… it was the thing of my sweet savory dreams! along with the Tallow Coffee which is so smooth, rich, and tasty. Before Dai Due I hadn’t heard of Tallow and hadn’t a clue of what is was. Thanks to the people working the booth I now know. Tallow is a rendered form of beef or mutton fat, processed from suet. It is solid at room temperature but melts beautifully into your coffee. People use Tallow as a cream or milk substitute in their coffee, it’s what people call “healthy fat” and I find it to make coffee delish! Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

Speaking of the people at Dai Due, they are so very passionate and amazing at what they do. They are a “Farm to Table” restaurant and support farmers and produce that comes right out of Texas in a way that can make you proud of what you’re eating. The servers are extremely knowledgeable about everything they serve and if they don’t have the answer they go find out for you ,which is my favorite characteristic from a server. Dai Due doesn’t just stop at the food they serve, they even offer classes straight out of their butcher shop, along with hunting trips where they not only teach you how to butcher on your own but even different ways to cook it. I’m also a HUGE fan (total fan girl status!) of Abby Love, one of Dai Due’s resident bakers/ Pastry Chef. Though I have never met her personally I have enjoyed many of her breads and pastries from the “Bake Sales”, to the fresh bread placed before my meals, to dessert. Culture Map Austin has even nominated Abby for the 2017 “Tastemaker” award. Go Abby!

Now let’s get into the food, shall we? Tuesday through Thursday Dai Due offers the “Supper Club” which features the “wild card”, limited availability or esoteric items like wild game, foraged items and interesting cuts. In addition, on Tuesday nights only, they also serve Dry-Aged Wagyu Cheeseburgers and let me tell you, this burger is LEGIT.

On Fridays, they feature a seafood dinner for two from the Gulf, like pompano, shrimp, flounder, black drum, blue crab and mackerel.

The Saturday “Supper Club” is an impressive mixed grill for two featuring a rotating selection of sausages, ribs, chops, skewers and vegetables.

Sunday is tallow-fried chicken night (also my favorite offering besides the brunch, pictured below), with all the fixings.

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The brunch/lunch Dai Due offers is the REAL DEAL and changes daily, though if you can’t tell, I honestly don’t think they do anything wrong 🙂

Since the items do change fairly often there’s always something new to try but a few things I want to suggest if available are the Biscuits and Gravy with Venison Breakfast Sausage ($13) and you can “put an egg on it” for an additional $2 (DO IT!!), the Wild Boar Chorizo and Asadero Cheese Quesadilla on Handmade Corn Tortillas with Ranchero Sauce, 2 Eggs, Roasted Poblano Crema and Cotija ($15), Sourdough Pancake with Macerated Peach, Mexican Cinnamon Bacon Butter and Grilled Bacon ($15), the amazing Woodrow’s Deli Hash, Cured and Smoked Meats, Home Fries, Onion, Two Eggs and Beet Ketchup ($14) and if it’s available the Pastrami Sandwich with Stryk Cheddar Cheese, Sauerkraut and Beet 1000 Island on Sprouted Rye ($13) who doesn’t love a great pastrami sammy??!!

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Dai Due

 

I hope after reading you’re hungry and are on your way to visit this amazing restaurant.

Dai Due 

Address: 2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

Hours:

 
Tuesday 10AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Wednesday 10AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Thursday 10AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Friday 10AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Saturday 10AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Sunday 10AM–3PM, 5–10PM
Monday Closed
Reservations: opentable.com

ENJOY and tell ’em I sent you!

XOXOXO

 

 

 


Weekday Breakfast Spots

There are very few things better to me than breakfast. Not only is it THE most important meal of the day but it’s my absolute favorite meal! Breakfast foods can speak to me for ANY meal of the day, plus I may have a mild obsession with eggs. Think of me like the character “Bubba” from Forrest Gump but with eggs instead of shrimp 🙂 “fried eggs, poached eggs, sunny side up eggs, boiled eggs….” that’s me!

Heading into SXSW here in Austin, Texas, which means thousands and thousands of people coming into our fair city to take on this music, film, and gaming festival had me thinking of breakfast spots during the week, not just weekends. One of my absolute favorite breakfast spots here in Austin is Hillside Farmacy. Pretty positive I may have had everything on the breakfast menu and it makes me so very happy that they don’t save breakfast just for the brunch weekend crowds, it’s served all week!

One of my standard favorite things to order is the “Big Brekkie” which comes with, 2 eggs, bacon, homefries, arugula, and toast for $10. If you’re planning to share this with a friend you can make it a “Parker” which basically doubles the portions to 4 pieces bacon, toast & 3 sunny eggs for an additional $5 and don’t forget to add avocado! I usually choose the Jasmine green tea with my “Big Brekkie” but there are so many awesome beverage choices here. How often do you go to a restaurant that has local organic Kombucha on tap?! ($7) the orange juice, is fresh squeezed and tastes like something from the heavens ($4) and don’t even get me started on the wasabi bloody mary ($8) and grapefruit jalapeño margarita ($8) or if you’re looking for caffeine they have a fantastic local iced cold brew ($3) and various other coffee drinks to choose from.

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Big Brekkie: 2 eggs , bacon, homefries, toast

Hillside Farmacy

Address: 1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Hours: 

Tuesday 9AM–10PM
Wednesday 9AM–10PM
Thursday 9AM–11PM
Friday 9AM–11PM
Saturday 9AM–11PM
Sunday 9AM–10PM
Monday 9AM–10PM

Phone: (512) 628-0168

Menu: hillsidefarmacy.com

Reservations: opentable.com

 

I also have a couple of other “Gems” that I frequent and love for a breakfast during the week. Before you ask. I’m NOT getting paid for any of these recommendations 🙂 though I wish I were!

Cafe No Se is not only aesthetically beautiful but the staff and food is awesome as well. Cafe No Se is a part of the South Congress Hotel here in Austin (someday maybe I’ll get to stay here for a lil’ staycation action) and being a hotel they offer breakfast all week 7am-11am, and brunch Saturday’s and Sunday’s 10am-3pm. Below you will see pictured some of my favorite things to order. To be honest I wish I would have taken more pictures of the burger because that thing is legit!

Cafe No Se

Address: 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Hours:

 

Tuesday 7AM–10PM
Wednesday 7AM–10PM
Thursday 7AM–10PM
Friday 7AM–10PM
Saturday 7AM–10PM
Sunday 7AM–10PM
Monday 7AM–10PM

Phone: (512) 942-2061

Menu: places.singleplatform.com

Reservations:opentable.com

Now to Paperboy Austin, a food truck trailer that has won my heart. If you’re heading down 11th street before you get to the aforementioned Hillside Farmacy, on the right side you will see this awesome location for Paperboy Austin’s food truck. The guys that tend the trailer are so kind, chuck-a-buck full of information, and offer up a seasonal local menu. It should most definitely make your list of food truck trailers to visit here in Austin.

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B.E.C. Sandwich Bacon, Pimento Cheese, Sunny Up Egg, Brioche Bun ($8)

Paperboy Austin

Address: 1203 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Hours:

 

Tuesday 7AM–2PM
Wednesday 7AM–2PM
Thursday 7AM–2PM
Friday 7AM–2PM
Saturday 8AM–2PM
Sunday 8AM–2PM
Monday Closed

Order: doordash.com

Lastly, if you just need a quick breakfast sugar rush by way of the Historic Sixth Street District, checkout VooDoo Doughnuts Austin, I think my picture below says enough about what they have to offer 🙂 Be warned; They ONLY accept cash! There is an ATM inside but if you don’t like those surcharges come prepared.

 

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VooDoo Doughnuts

VooDoo Doughnuts

Address: 212 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

HoursOpen today · Open 24 hours

Phone: (512) 215-8586

 

For now that’s all I have to say about that! but believe you in me, I have many more breakfast and brunch options for you fine folks comin at ya. In the meantime, for you locals “bare the hatches” the SXSW craziness is here! for you visiting, “Welcome! please DON’T move here!” and Happy Hump day to you ALL!

XOXOXO

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