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Austin Farmer’s Market

It pays to have family in Austin, TX.  Talk about one cool town. My husband and I just got back from an extended weekend trip down there and one of the highlights for me was the Austin Farmer’s Market.  I’m quickly learning the best way to get a feel or pulse of a city is to check out it’s farmer’s market. Seeing and tasting what’s locally grown and made in the area gives you a unique glimpse into what  the flavors and foods make up that region.  I don’t think you can really get that anywhere else.  Heck, farmer’s markets are where most of the cool chefs shop too! During our visit we tried locally made popsicles from Mom & Pops.  Pineapple basil had a really unique taste and was refreshing.  It may have been morning but it was already close to 80°…it is Texas afterall. The next stop was to try some saké from the Texas Saké Company.  Embarassingly, I’d never tried saké before and found it to be a unique taste, but knowing …

Memorable Meals: The Orange in London, England

The crowning food glory of my Olympic trip to London was definitely the meal at The Orange Public House & Hotel.  Located on Pimlico Road, it’s surrounded by art galleries and interior design firms.  Window shopping was never so fun or outrageous! If I ever move to the Belgravia neighborhood in London, (I’m talking hitting the Powerball multiple times) I have a few design firms in mind–not holding my breath though. My parents discovered this restaurant while searching out a place to enjoy an Easter meal.  In fact, while at this restaurant my mom fell in love with their champagne braised rabbit.  The irony isn’t lost on me. After spending the afternoon shopping around Regent Street, including my favorite–the largest Anthropologie store I’ve ever been to, we decided to head there for dinner. *Side note, did you know that one my favorite chefs, Giada De Laurentiis is married to a designer for Anthropologie?  I’m telling you, it’s all connected people!* When I meet with those aforementioned designers to go over my new Belgravia home, I will explicitly share my …

Meze, Tapas, and Street Food…Oh My!

Continuing the culinary adventures of London, I’ve decided small plates are the best thing since sliced bread. Or peanut butter and dill pickles together. I know small plates aren’t a new trend, but this trip was the first time I’d had them several times and it confirmed my love for them. If you’re anything like me, you look at a menu and can never decide what to order. “Hmm…I feel like fish but that steak sounds so good. No, wait.  I want that salad.  Maybe the salad and the steak.  What are you having?  What do you recommend?” The best part of having a few small plates is getting to try and sample so much. That sounds good.  So does that.  Oh, that too.  You can order it all and try it! *Now would be a good time to mention all these stops did not occur in one day.  Someone would have had to roll me onto the airplane home.* The first small plate excursion was to The Real Greek where the small plates are know …

Back From London & Considering a Move to Borough Market

Hello everyone! Boy, do the last few weeks feel surreal.  I still can’t wrap my brain around the concept that I attended the Olympics.  Lots more to come on all of our adventures but I wanted to share the “foodie” highlight of the trip. Borough Market. I’m considering a move. Not just to London, but to the market itself. All I need is small corner. We stepped off the Tube and into heaven. This market was buzzing and loaded with pure foodie euphoria. If you don’t live nearby and visit, be prepared for the biggest tease of your life. I seriously weighed the consequences of trying to bring back half the market in my suitcase but came to the conclusion that several hours in customs wouldn’t be the best finale to my vacation. Instead, I brought back what I could in the form of sauces, chutneys, fruit butters, and preserves along with a few tote bags. And it all captured with these photos. I’m in serious talks with my software engineer husband to develop scratch …

Bats Aren’t Kangaroos and Austin Isn’t in Australia {Austin Trip Part 2}

So I knocked out the food on our trip in the last post so here are some other fun things we did while in Austin.3 Important Takeaways from this Post:1. Bats are not kangaroos…but they can be just as cool.Leading up to our trip, Mike’s sister had been emailing us loads of fun stuff to do during our visit.  In one email, I noticed “Bat Cruise” and ruled it out.  I had envisioned swarms of bats flying every which way and decided that was not for me.   Lady Bird Lake at Sunset I could tell I was being labeled the “party pooper” but the subject was dropped.  Closer to our trip, I noticed that everyone kept referring to “going and seeing the kangaroos” quite a bit.  Now, I don’t know about you but I can be a pretty gullible person however, I do know that Austin isn’t in Australia and I’ve never heard of an abundance of hopping marsupials in the Lone Star state.  Even with my gullibility, I quickly caught on that kangaroos = bats when speaking with …

Big Donuts, Burgers, & Brisket {Austin, Texas Trip Part 1}

Mike and I just got back from an amazing trip to visit family in Austin, Texas. And when I say amazing, I mean A-MAZ-ING. Temps were in the upper 90’s the whole trip but that was a great excuse for sweet tea, lemonade, and shakes all day. It was good practice for if we’re ever lucky to move back to Texas one day. Let’s start with the food. We had so much delicious grub I’m surprised no one had to roll Mike and I down the terminal to the airplane. {The Food} Our first major food stop was to Round Rock Donuts. Fantastic donuts the size of your head or your niece! I’m proud to say he almost made it through the whole thing but in the battle of Man v. Food, food won. Austin is full of fun food trucks and trailers. The Mighty Cone had delicious fried pickles and chocolate shakes.  In fact, when we ordered, the woman looked up at us just to confirm we wanted “pickles and chocolate”.  The answer was yes. The …