How To Save Money On Your Meat With Zaycon Fresh

Hello Loves! I am so excited to be able to introduce the Zaycon Fresh company to you and I would like to tell you all about my experience with them and tell you how to save money on your meat with Zaycon Fresh. Have you ever heard of them? Have you ever ordered your meat in bulk? I think I like most, would say they, “I haven’t heard of Zaycon Fresh” , “I’ve never gotten meat in bulk… aside from Costco” 😉 Gotta love me some Costco.

Check out this short and very cute video to help me explain to you exactly what Zaycon Fresh is all about.

How awesome does this sound?! Think about how much meat you consume a year. Do you have a family? Think about how much meat that is a year. Zaycon Fresh is a unique way to order meats and save 30-50% off store prices by cutting out the middleman (i.e. the grocery store). This is such a great way to get meats for much less, most meats are farm fresh and from local farms, it is comparable to the highest quality, non-organic meats in the grocery store.

Zaycon Fresh makes it so easy. I went to the Zaycon Fresh website, made an account (it took less than 2 min), and I was on my way. We were so surprised by so many options right at our fingertips. From Kansas City Strip Steaks at only $8.49/lb, Fresh 80/20 Ground Beef at just $2.99/lb, and even Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Fillets at only $8.99/lb. Our Little loves Ground Turkey so we went with the 90/10 Ground Turkey and for a 40lb frozen case containing forty 1lb frozen packs at $87 bucks. I loved the idea of each 1lb. packed individually to make it that much easier to prepare dinners.


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So far we’ve had taco’s, pasta, and even tamales. I have an entirely new view on ordering bulk meats and now I’m a huge fan of Zaycon Fresh and so is our 5-year-old daughter 😉 

When I say I recommend you and yours try Zaycon Fresh out, I truly say DOOOO IT!! Save money and get a better product directly from the farmers.

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Just for good measure I want to share with you my Zaycon Fresh Ground Tamale recipe. You can Also check out my Food & Recipes Tab for other fun recipes.


Zaycon Fresh Ground Turkey Tamales


Soak 20 large corn husks in water (there are usually about 40-50 to a bag sold at HEB Stores). Place a clean plate or tray upon them to keep them from floating out of the water.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 20 ounces ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano powder
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon leaves from 2 sprigs fresh oregano, minced
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • 1 can of Black Bean (optional)

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Add diced onions and fry until translucent then add Zaycon Fresh ground turkey. Stir in chili powder, garlic powder, oregano powder, cumin, and plenty of salt & pepper. Cook until done then set aside.


  • 2 cups masa
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced
  • Sea salt to taste

Place all ingredients into a large bowl. Stir well with a wooden spoon until everything is combined. Taste and stir in additional salt of needed. Or you can “cheat” and use a Kitchenaid Mixer like I did 🙂


Place about 6 cups of water in steaming pot and turn on high. Bring to a boil & turn heat down to medium to simmer. Don’t let the water get so high that it rises to the steaming rack as to not get the tamales wet.

Lay a softened corn husk out with top facing away from you. Press about 2-3 tablespoons of masa on the upper left side. Pressing with fingers, cover about 2/3 across the husk, leaving about 2-3 inches free at the bottom of the husk.

Place a line of about 2-3 tablespoons of ground turkey filling straight up & down the middle of the masa, if you opted to add black beans, place a line of 1 tablespoons straight up & down the middle next to the ground turkey . Turn corn husk so the left masa edge is facing you. Roll tamalesaway from yourself. Fold the bottom (which has no masa dough on it) up toward the top of the tamale. Repeat and place tamales on a tray.

When all tamales are prepared, place upward in the steaming rack. Simmer for about one hour.

Zaycon Fresh Ground Turkey Tamales

When all tamales are prepared, place upward in the steaming rack. Simmer for about one hour and…


Lastly, today is a day of Remembrance, September 11th. Sixteen years ago we as American’s had an unforgettable blow, 2,997 (2,978 victims + 19 hijackers) people died because of the heinous and cowardice acts of terrorists. NEVER FORGET. Please take a moment of silence and prayer today to remember. 

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Until next time Loves!

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Disclaimer: I was provided with samples of the Zaycon Fresh Ground Turkey listed in this blog. The opinions stated are my own and because I truly enjoy my experience with this product. Also, I am a member of the Amazon Affiliates program. I do get a little kick-back if you purchase anything through the Amazon links provided, you however, are not charged anything additional from this. So please use these links and help a sista out 🙂 

In The Mood For A Lil’ Cajun Persuasion

It’s Fri-yay y’all!! I don’t know about you but I am in serious need of a “let’s take it easy” weekend! and maybe a cocktail or two… three…. What say you?! Speaking of “easy” how do y’all feel about “The Big Easy”? aka New Orleans? I happen to have a HUGE love for pretty much anything Louisianan 😉 especially the food. Louisiana is incredibly full and rich in history and that includes their food. This leads me to tell you how lucky I felt to get an invite to try some awesome Cajun style food from Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe.

Get this, Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe is right here in Texas! and they have been at this for over 26 years! Normally when I need a New Orleans fix I head to my favorite Evangeline Cafe on Brodie, in South Austin, but I figured why not give something new a try. I want to say our visit was definitely worth the drive out to Round Rock.

Check out the menu. There is probably a ton that you won’t be able to pronounce but I promise you the staff is used to it, just point and they’ll take it from there. Everything was delicious! So go ahead and be adventurous.

We started with “Rat Toes” (not actually rat toes) shrimp n’ crab stuffed jalapeno batter’d and fried w/ cool buttermilk dip, Fried Green Beans, and Fried Crawfish tails


Those Fried Green Beans tho….. Yummy.


and huge platter of shrimp cocktail


I’m not going to lie, at this point I am already on the edge of stuffed, but now we head into entrees. From Shrimp Creole, Big juicy shrimp in zesty creole sauce over fluffy rice, Cajun Etoufee, made with shrimp or crawfish in rich dark roux sauce with dirty rice, Fish Ah Yee , Fried tilapia fish covered with creamy cajun shrimp & crab sauce, served with rice & veggie’s, wait we’re not done folks…..and Tchoupitoulas, a tasty hickory-grilled chicken breast over smoked ham, rite nice mushrooms and taters topped with a special sauce. I’m getting full just thinking about all we ate. I think I need a second stomach.

But wait we’re still not done. Let’s talk cocktails. We shared the “Gator Punch” which is 6 liquors in a fishbowl and serves 4 ding dang people. I thought this was crazy soooo I went with the 1/2 size haha! it only serves 2 😉


while Jeff went for a more reasonably sized drink called the “Swamp Thing“, which is the “Mardi Rita” and a “Hurry Cane” blended with a melon and raspberry Liqueur topper.


Hopefully you’re now in the mood for a little or a lotta Cajun and I highly recommend you try out Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe. The atmosphere is fun, the food is delicious, and the staff treats you like family, but better 🙂 hahahaha!

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Address201 University Blvd #1300, Round Rock, TX 78665


Monday 11AM–11PM
Tuesday 11AM–11PM
Wednesday 11AM–11PM
Thursday 11AM–11PM
Friday 11AM–11PM
Saturday 11AM–12AM
Sunday 11AM–12AM



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Can Whiskey Be Green?

Hello Lovers! Happy Fri-Yay!! How’s the week treated y’all?! I’m not going to lie, as I’m typing this I could really use a cocktail. Like I’ve said before “adulting is hard!” some weeks are awesome, others not so much. It should be noted; you’re probably reading this and it’s morning, no, I’m not an alchohalic 😉 I’m typing this blog as I often do, in the evening.

Speaking of cocktails, have you ever heard of Austonian Whiskey? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. They just prepared their very first shipment back in May. Austonian Whiskey is a new Texas, FIRST ever sustainably matured whiskey, created by two engineering masterminds.

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One night, 2 Austin engineers, Lawrence and Frank (the masterminds above) were at a local bar hanging out, drinking, and having conversations about the growing whiskey barrel shortage, I mean… what else do guys talk about?! Well, these two turned this conversation into an idea, that idea then turned into inventing a new “green” process in the making of whiskey, this then turned into a business and dreams coming true.


What sets Austonian Whiskey apart from the other whiskeys? Traditionally whiskey is typically aged in wooden casks/ barrels, generally made of charred white oak. Since Lawrence and Frank have created a magical (closely under-wraps) green technology to get the traditional vanilla oak-y taste of a “barrel aged” whiskey without the barrel, we can have cocktails AND save the trees! That’s right folks, do you get what that means?! NO trees are harmed in the making of this whiskey! (I need a shirt that says that btw 🙂 ) The impact can be HUGE y’all. Just think about it, if everyone switched their whiskey choice to Austonian Whiskey it would save about 95% of the trees otherwise used by “the other guys”


It won’t just stop there though…. Do you know what happens when forests are cut down? it’s not just killing trees, it’s also displacing animals. The animals that live in the forests now no longer have their habitat, their homes. I don’t know about you, but that pulls on my heart-strings <3

Just think, there’s a barrel shortage right now; how many trees have already been cut down? How many animals have already been displaced? Now think about the fact that with Austonian whiskey we can directly impact this. We have the ability to help save our planet in more ways than just recycling at home or composting.

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I don’t want to sound like an infomercial here. I TRULY believe and like this product. I am not and have not been paid $$ to promote this product, however, I was given a sample bottle to try them out and hear their story. I want all you Lovers to know that I will NEVER promote something that I don’t truly love, like, use, or believe in. I will always have transparency and want you all to know that my blogs will always come from a very genuine place.

ALL that to say; I believe in this product. We need to get Austonian Whiskey out there!! Ask your bartender to add it to their bar program. Ask your local liquor store like Twin Liquors or Spec’s to pick it up. Follow Austonian Whiskey on Instagram to find out where they’ll be next. Let’s start our very own whiskey movement!! Whiskey can be GREEN!! even without food coloring and the luck of the Irish 😉


Great whiskey. Great Cause. Go Green.

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Can a TeaTox Work? and Amazon Prime Day!

Good Monday to you lovers! How was your weekend? Who else is excited about Amazon’s Prime Day?! Hopefully you know WHAT Amazon’s Prime Day is??! Or have you been living under a rock? 😉 Welp, think Black Friday in July, but better, and only on Amazon.

The idea behind Amazon Prime Day is to entice people to sign up for Amazon Prime by offering INSANE deals – said to be better than Black Friday or Cyber Monday combined. To score on Amazon Prime Day you do have to be a Prime member, which is $99 per year, but they do offer a 30-day free trial. If you are interested in learning more about signing up for Amazon Prime, check out this link. If you’re not all about the online shopping with Prime Day, I do suggest at least taking advantage of their 30-day free trial to score some Prime Day deals! and I’m sure that your mind will quickly change.

Amazon Prime Day officially starts at 9PM ET TONIGHT!! July 10th and runs for 30 full hours. July 11th 2017 is the day they are advertising as “Prime Day”, but I would log on the tonight to try to get some early bird specials. I would absolutely suggest reading Amazon’s official guide on how to make the most out of your Amazon Prime Day shopping.

I have heard that there will be a lot of Amazon specific deals such as on the Echo, Kindle, etc. but you can also expect deals on things like TVs, gaming consoles, and so on. They are also offering an additional 20% off Amazon Home services, I’ve never utilized this aspect of Amazon Prime but I hear it’s pretty rad.


Now, let’s talk about a “new to me”, Teatox, have you ever heard of it? It’s a detox but with tea! I’m a hot tea girl through and through. I’ve been drinking hot tea’s since I was around 5 years old and my grandma would pick mint from the backyard for our tea. Anyway, going back to glorious Amazon, I was checking out hot tea’s on Amazon and stumbled across all sorts of Teatox options. I’ll admit when I first came across these teas I was a skeptic and thought “Ew!” but to be honest, I already have very personal dark issues with any sort of detox. My issues with lots of detox’ are that a lot require not eating and when I don’t eat I get HAngry! After reading reviews and checking out ingredients, I decided on Zen Organics, 14 Day Teatox, Natural Cleanse.


Zen Organics 14 day Teatox is entirely natural! When I say entirely, I mean ALL 13 ingredients! the tea itself contains, Senna leaf, Lotus leaf, Chamomile, Pu’erh leaf, Sencha green tea, Lemon grass, Garcinia Cambogia Extract, Rhubarb root, Fennel, Marsh Mallow leaf, Holy thistle leaf, and Malva leaf and that’s it 😉

As soon as it arrived I was excited to give it a try. It comes in a resealable bag to help with freshness, and also included is it’s very own cute little silicone “pea pod” tea infuser.


Let me tell you, it’s delicious! Surprisingly delicious! I added a bit of organic pure blue agave to it for a little sweetness but it wasn’t necessary at all.

When on this Teatox you drink a hot cup every morning for 14 days on an empty stomach.

Day 1-3: I was loving the taste so much! but wasn’t really feeling much different with the exception of not being overly starving in the morning (I normally wake up so hungry I could eat Jeff’s arm off) and I’m also getting used to the new routine.

Day 4-7: I have more energy and focus and sorry for the t.m.i but…. I also noticed my “bathroom business” was becoming not just more frequent (for me) but also more regular.

Day 8-11: I noticed less of a “heavy /bloated” feeling and oddly enough I felt less anxious. I’ve suffered from clinical anxiety my whole life and I can’t really stand being overly medicated so I prefer all natural homeopathic remedies to anything else. I’m no doctor so I’m not trying to offer any medical advice here, I’m just saying I felt a small difference in my daily anxiety and the only thing new I was doing was using Zen Organics Teatox. When living with anxiety ANY difference is pretty substantial.

Day 12-14: I’m feeling more healthy, lighter, less anxious, and cleansed!! At this point I think it’s safe to say I’m feeling pretty awesome about this product and also kinda sad that it’s ending.

I’m not sure if Zen Organics will be offering a discount for Prime Day or not but it’s definitely worth the purchase. Check them out!

Since I’m on this Amazon and Prime Day kick and it’s just a few short hours away 😉 I’d like to talk about one last thing. If you’re a follower you’re aware of my partnership with JORD Wood watches and how much I love them. Well, I have GREAT news if you’re in the market for a new watch. JORD is now on Amazon!! For Prime Day they are also going to be having great deals! Check out the beauty below that I gave Jeff for his birthday last month.


I know I’ll be checking out what JORD has to offer us ladies tonight for Amazon Prime Day. They make for fantastic gifts and the customer service is incredible! You can’t go wrong here.


I’d like it to be noted I’m NOT getting paid to endorse these products, I just genuinely loved my experience with these brands and HIGHLY recommend them. I most certainly will be ordering more Zen Organics Teatox in the future. If you try out any of these products please share with me what you think. If you have any questions please be sure to reach out in the comments.

Good luck with your Prime Day shopping y’all! 

Until next time Lovers!


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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)


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!


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.


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

By the way checkout that beautiful JORD watch!! and with that, here’s my reminder about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. Have you entered yet?! Well, get on it and click on this Contest link: to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

Until next time Lovers!

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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.



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.

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!


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


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

Just a little reminder about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. You have 26 more days to enter to win! Click on this Contest link: to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) The contest will close June 11 at 11:59pm. This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! That’s awesome, right!?! Don’t answer that, It’s AMAZING!! and what’s even better is, let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

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?! 


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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! 🙂

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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.


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


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.



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.


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


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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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


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

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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?


“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


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


Hours might differ
Monday 8AM–9PM

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