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Tortilla Talk

I second tortilleria Rio grande on william cannon. Haven't tried the corn tortilaas, but the flour ones are fantastic.

Jun 10, 2014
allyson in Austin

Greece & Turkey, looking for a few fabulous lunch spots

I'm looking for the same type of recommendations. Have you found any other websites or places to get recs?

May 10, 2014
allyson in Europe

Tomatoes for saucing and canning - price?

I'm trying to figure out where I might be able to find large amounts of slightly bruised or soft tomatoes to can and make sauce with. I've just moved to NY, but back in Texas, farmer's would have big boxes for less than a dollar a pound, but so far the best I've seen here is a 5lb basket for $12. Is that the best I can expect? Or is there some other place I should go to find what I'm looking for? Any advice would be much appreciated!

Sep 15, 2012
allyson in Manhattan

Have Food Magazines Lost It?

The Atlantic listed David Chang's new magazine "Lucky Peach" as the best new food magazine in 2011 and I have to agree. It pushes the limits and is interesting with amazing photography. I can't wait for the next issue.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/arc...

Feb 16, 2012
allyson in Features

Stubbs Gospel brunch

I'm not a fan of the Stubb's gospel brunch. It may have just been an issue of my expectations being to high - but I was pretty disappointed. They have all the basic southern fair with some bbq thrown in - but nothing was very good, taste wise. It was just ok bbq, ok eggs, nothing special. I would recommend the brunch at Moonshine for someone really interested in good food. The gospel music does give it a little something different, but where we were sitting you couldn't hardly hear the music.

Jul 19, 2010
allyson in Austin

Wholy Bagel carries Manhattan Special

I completely agree. FINALLY Austin gets a good bagel spot. Both the savory and sweet flavored bagels are excellent.

Jul 19, 2010
allyson in Austin

The Apothecary, Burnet Rd., initial impression

it's definitely a reminder to tip on the full value of your meal, before the coupon. As far as recommending 18%, I think its really the lowest amount you should tip if you didn't have problems with the service.

Jul 08, 2010
allyson in Austin

Outdoor Kitchens? (and grilling goodness)

I'd love to hear from some people that have outdoor kitchens and what they find themselves using the most. Like, how much storage do you have and is it enough. i have a gas grill right now, but I really want to go back to charcoal - with an outdoor kitchen is one preferable?

Jul 08, 2010
allyson in Austin

Mrs. Johnson's

Next time be sure and try their kolaches. Mr.s Johnson's sausage and cheese are some of the best in Austin.

Jul 01, 2010
allyson in Austin

Uchiko

that's true - it was pretty loud. but i didn't find it to be a problem.

Jun 28, 2010
allyson in Austin

Uchiko

We went on Thursday and it was really fabulous. the tuna and watermelons with cilantro was out of this world and the hasuma or asumo (or something like that) roll was also amazing. The wbyumom (steak with peaches) was good, but not off the charts - stick to the sushi and fish.

overall we were very impressed with the whole experience.

Jun 28, 2010
allyson in Austin

Braise

Stopped in for an early dinner yesterday. It was really good.

We started with the Mussels and they were good, not fall out of your chair amazing, but solid. The rolls that they brought to the table were really good, thick and yeasty with a touch of honey, I think.

For our entrees we had the beef osso bucco and brussel sprouts and portobello mushroom ragout with gorgonzola. Both were fabulous. The portobellas had a really great flavor, balsamic and wine maybe? and there was just the right amount of gorgonzola cheese to kick-up the earthy flavors of the brussel sprouts and mushrooms. The veggies were served on top of grits that were so-so, but they're grits, I've never been blown away by grits.

The garlic mashed, however, did blow me away. I love garlic, but I often shy away from garlic mashed potatoes at restaurants because they tend to overdo it. Not at Braise, the potato/garlic ratio was just right, and the osso bucco itself was beautiful. Tender and just falling apart with the right amount of sauce, I thought it was great.

And dessert. Braise's buttermilk pie was definitely better than the last few places I've been. The filling was soft and creamy with a good bit of cinnamon. The crust was a little overcooked for me

Jun 25, 2010
allyson in Austin

Healthy prepackaged meal joints springing up... any comments?

I really love Snap Kitchen. Of all the healthy take-away places, they seem to have the most varied options and real vegetables, not just brown rice and lean proteins. My favorite dish is the curry dusted cauliflower and french lentils. It fills me up and tastes amazing all for about 200 calories.

May 12, 2010
allyson in Austin

Restaurants in South/Southwest Austin?

I have to second hao hao - they are our go to asian delivery. The lux bakery in the same shopping center with la familia and austin pizza has great bahn mi and thai style soups, plus you can get an awesome dessert. taqueria arandinas at william cannon and 1st is great for breakfast tacos or late night tacos - i think they're open till one.

Mar 16, 2010
allyson in Austin

Best Austin CSA?

Sounds like Johnson's is the way to go. I thought there were a lot of options here in Austin, but it seems like everyone is getting their veggies from Johnson's backyard

Nov 12, 2009
allyson in Austin

Best Austin CSA?

I'm looking to join a CSA and was wondering what the Austin Chowhounds say about the different farms. I'd also like to hear from anyone that gets greenlings delivery or any of the other veggie delivery services.

Nov 09, 2009
allyson in Austin

Flavor Tripping in Austin!

I think you can get the berries cheaper than that at - http://miraclefruitman.com. I haven't ordered them yet, but I'm planning on getting some and hosting my own party. I hear that the effects last much closer to 20 minutes than the 2 hour max.

Jul 28, 2009
allyson in Austin

Fav at Alamo Drafthouse?

I'm not usually impressed with Alamo's general menu - however, their food for the special occasion feasts is always amazing. I remember the oscar party specials form last year at the village particularly fondly.

If I'm just going on a regular night, I stick with the goat cheese salad - it seems to be less hit or miss than the other dishes. It's pretty hard to mess-up fried goat cheese and greens.

Jul 28, 2009
allyson in Austin

Buenos Aires Cafe

I agree completely. Buenos Aires Cafe definitely has the best gnocchi in Austin, and their deserts are heavenly.

Jul 02, 2007
allyson in Austin

Mandola's Italian Market (Austin)

If you're looking for gnocchi - check out Buenos Aires Cafe, its down south and the gnocchi is absolutely to die for.

Jul 02, 2007
allyson in Austin