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Tortilla Talk

I make my own flour tortillas because I haven't found one that I like for purchase, but El Milagro's yellow corn tortilla is far, far better than what I can make at home. Their corn tortilla chips in the paper bag are also delish.

Jun 04, 2014
elizgonz in Austin

Tortilla Talk

Have you tried El Milagro yellow corn tortillas? They are the only good store-bought tortilla that I've found.

Jun 04, 2014
elizgonz in Austin

best bakery for a birthday cake?

Upper Crust has very good cakes. I buy the Italian Crème, Gateau Marisa, and Grandma's chocolate on a regular basis for some special luncheons that I host several times a year. All three are consistently excellent.

Feb 07, 2014
elizgonz in Austin

Gourmet Vegetarian Tacos - Tonight

Do you like corn tortillas? If so, pick up some El Milagro tortillas at CM or El Rancho grocery store. Don't get the white corn, just the plain (yellow). If you go to El Rancho, their flour tortillas are definitely good enough if you have tasty stuff to put inside them. I'm not a huge fan of the HEB uncooked, but now I'm anxious to try the place that luckyfatima suggests.

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El Rancho
608 E Polk St, Burnet, TX 78611

Jan 21, 2011
elizgonz in Austin

best bakery for a birthday cake?

Believe me, we've moved on. And no, the kid did not like the cake. The gobs of dark purple and dark green icing, an inch thick in some parts, were greasy. He ate one bite and left it alone.

Nov 13, 2010
elizgonz in Austin

best bakery for a birthday cake?

Yes, Dr. Deliciious, in a perfect world he would be home taking care of the kids and new baby and preparing the meal and house, and I would be out picking up the balloons, cake, and ice. Thanks for your input.

Oct 05, 2010
elizgonz in Austin

best bakery for a birthday cake?

I would caution you not to go to Russell's for a cake. I had an awful experience with them just yesterday. In fact, I'm in the process of documenting the details to send a note to the owner. The basic story is that I ordered a birthday cake for my young son and had a very specific conversation with the employee who took my order about the cake having a simple design that was festive and age appropriate. He specifically mentioned swirls or squiggles and assured me that their decorators would do a great job. The cake that my husand brought home yesterday was covered in grapevines and grape clusters. It was lovely for an adult wine-themed celebration, but it was nothing that you'd request for a child. I immediately called the bakery and had a polite conversation with the employee who happened to box the cake and she absolutely agreed that the decoration was not age appropriate and certainly not festive. When I spoke with the manager, it all went downhill. She attempted to say that squiggles, polka dots, and swirls are all for girls and that grapevines and grape clusters are for boys and that her five-year old son would be thrilled with the grapevine cake. She said that I had to return the cake to get a refund. That wasn't an option because I was expecting 30 guests within the hour and couldn't leave the house, much less be left without a dessert. When I explained that to her, her response was, "And that's my fault?" I was stunned and that was the end of our conversation.

Oct 04, 2010
elizgonz in Austin

Tortillas at Central Market -- sad, sad selection

I don't know of a truly good store-bought flour tortilla that is available in Austin. The only ones I buy, which I wouldn't even call good, are the ones made in-house at the 7th Street HEB. They make the same ones at other stores, including Hancock, but the tortilla is smaller at the East side store.

The only corn tortillas that I'll buy are El Milagro, available at numerous places around town, including CM. Those tortillas are genuinely good.

Feb 01, 2010
elizgonz in Austin