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Vegan Restaurant Options?

Up north, I'd second Bombay Express and add in Sunflower (that's on Research Blvd, in the same shopping center as Ramen Tatsu-Ya.

If you venture south, I highly recommend Thai Fresh and Bouldin Creek Coffee House. Bouldin is entirely vegetarian with lots of vegan options, and Thai fresh has lots of meat and vegan options and they're super knowledgeable about vegan and gluten-free stuff.

Dec 15, 2014
chrischris in Austin

Missing Las Manitas

Oh man, I miss them too. Their corn tortillas were so delicious.

Jan 07, 2013
chrischris in Austin

On a budget in Avignon...

I second Ginette and Marcel. The tartines are wonderful, especially the Fourme d'Ambert with prune-apricot paste. They sell wines by the carafe (like most places in the region) that are both delicious and reasonably priced.

The terrace is lovely. It's large, with lots of tables and great people watching.

Nearby, I also liked L'Epice and Love. The couple that runs the restaurant is very friendly and will talk to you about your preferences and bring out wonderful food. The tables near the back, with the couches and cushions, were very cozy and casual.

I'd gone to L'Epice and Love for dinner, to find they were closed. Ginette and Marcel was nearby, so I ate there instead and was very pleased. (I went to L'Epice the next day.)

Jul 18, 2012
chrischris in France

Aguas Calientes Near Machu Pichu

I was only there for a day, but I had lunch at Indio Feliz, and it was pretty good. (From what I heard, great food is hard to find there.) The food was fresh and really pretty. I'm vegetarian, and I was with a group with all different diets, and everyone found food they liked.

The portions were much larger than I expected, but I also had a low appetite at the altitude.

Kale Salad on Whole Food's Salad Bar

Have you tried massaging it? It sounds weird, but it works to tenderize and season kale.

Wash and dry the kale, then add a good pinch of salt and a little bit of the oil you're going to use in the salad.

Using your hands, massage - squish and knead - the kale for two or three minutes. Then let it sit for a few minutes.

Jul 01, 2012
chrischris in Home Cooking

Petit Fours in Austin, TX

I've seen the at Blue Dahlia, but I haven't tried them.

Nov 17, 2011
chrischris in Austin

Re-visiting Raw Milk In Austin Texas: Raw, Low Temp, Real Milk From A Grocery Store

Texas Daily Harvest (http://www.texasdailyharvest.com/home...) makes low-temperature pasteurized milk, cream, cheeses, and yogurt.

I've bought it at Wheastville, Whole Foods, and at the Barton Creek farmers market.

Nov 17, 2011
chrischris in Austin

Anyone finding HOT Hatch chiles around town?

I got some last week from Whole Foods on Lamar that were quite hot. Really, I almost wished I'd gotten a mix of the hot and mild so it'd have the heat with more of the chile flavor.

Aug 21, 2011
chrischris in Austin

Blue Velvet Cake

I've never heard of it, but someone may be willing to make it for you. Sugar Mama's has a really good red velvet cake. Maybe they could make it with blue coloring instead of the red?

May 14, 2011
chrischris in Austin

Dinner for two -- $100 or less. Thoughts?

I'm a big fan of Fabi and Rosi. The food is really good, a lot of it is local, and it doesn't cost a lot. I think you could easily get two people a great meal, wine included, for under $100.

Fabi and Rosi
509 Hearn St, Austin, TX

May 14, 2011
chrischris in Austin

Non-traditional "Austiny" venue for wedding ceremony and reception

Hotel St. Cecilia is beautiful, and I think it'd be a gorgeous wedding venue.

Some of the city's club houses don't have a/c systems, so be aware of that. Even though the wedding is in April, it could be hot, especially with 100 people in the room.

Sep 25, 2010
chrischris in Austin

Pepsi or Mountain Dew Throwback (sugar)

I found some at the Target off of Ben White.

Jan 11, 2010
chrischris in Austin

Chocolate Covered What?

I love chocolate-dipped ridged potato chips. So good.

I also really like to stuff a dried apricot with a salted almond, then dip the whole thing in chocolate.

Or, mix chopped nuts and dried fruits (my favorite is cherry-almond), and mix into melted chocolate. Drop spoonfuls onto waxed paper, and you've got really nice clusters.

Dec 16, 2009
chrischris in Home Cooking

Take-out in central Austin?

I really like Banzai, across from Central Market on North Lamar. I can't vouch for their fish, but they always have fresh, well-prepared veggie sushi. Their rice is always perfect, and they have some really good veggie rolls.

I like the deli counter at Wheatsville, too.

Dec 09, 2009
chrischris in Austin

Need a vegetarian, wheat free main course to go along w/Beef Tenderloin at Christmas!!! Help!

Oh, I hadn't seen that type before. I'm going to have to be on the lookout - it looks interesting.

Dec 08, 2009
chrischris in Home Cooking

Need a vegetarian, wheat free main course to go along w/Beef Tenderloin at Christmas!!! Help!

I love the idea of a quiche. Maybe a fritatta would work, or a Spanish-style tortilla?

I'm not sure about the mock duck, though. I've seen it made from seitan, a wheat gluten product. Maybe there are wheat-free versions, though.

Dec 07, 2009
chrischris in Home Cooking

Need a vegetarian, wheat free main course to go along w/Beef Tenderloin at Christmas!!! Help!

Acorn squash stuffed with quinoa (or rice) and veggies could go nicely with the rest of your meal.

Tamales are great, can be made vegetarian and gluten-free, and are traditional at Christmas.

Or, maybe a Thai-inspired dish with rice noodles, or a curry with rice?

An entree salad with quinoa, black beans and lots of veggies?

Dec 07, 2009
chrischris in Home Cooking

Locally grown pecans

The last two Saturdays, there have been pecan growers at Sunset Valley, and they're fantastic.

Nov 23, 2009
chrischris in Austin

Prepping Butternut Squash = Dry Skin?

This happens to me too. Wikipedia has a little bit about it, calling it a type of contact dermatitis. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butternu...


After a particularly bad reaction, I now use gloves when peeling and chopping butternut squash.

Nov 22, 2009
chrischris in General Topics

Which restaurants do you consider 'healthy'?

Have you looked into Blue Dahlia? They've got some really good hot food, plus great salads and cold plates. They use a lot of local ingredients, too.

Nov 21, 2009
chrischris in Austin

Afternoon Tea

Russian Tea Time, across from the Art Institute on Adams, serves a great tea.

Russian Tea Time Restaurant
77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

Nov 17, 2009
chrischris in Chicago Area

What brand of eggnog is your favorite?

I love Silk Nog, too. I really love the flavor of regular eggnog, but the texture is a little thick to me. The Silk has all the flavor, with none of the heavy mouthfeel.

Nov 17, 2009
chrischris in General Topics

Which restaurants in Austin serve homemade pasta?

Primizie serves housemade pasta, too. I've only tried it in the lasagna, but it was really good.

1050 E 11th St, Austin, TX

Nov 07, 2009
chrischris in Austin

Locally grown pecans

I've gotten them at the Sunset Valley market on Saturday mornings, and I'm pretty sure I saw them last weekend.

Oct 18, 2009
chrischris in Austin

Help with Fussy Foodie Friend

I agree. I've been there during fig season when they open, and they sell out by the time I get to the table. It's wonderful to visit, but do get there early.

Oct 14, 2009
chrischris in Austin

Help with Fussy Foodie Friend

You can try Boggy Creek Farm. They have a farm stand on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, and have some great produce and local cheese and meats in the barn, and some gorgeous free-roaming chickens.

For dining out, you can try East Side Cafe. The use local food, and even grow some of their own produce in their on-side garden that you can check out before or after your meal.

Oct 13, 2009
chrischris in Austin

Late night dining - help.

What type of food are you looking for, and how late?

I really like Enoteca on South Congress, and they're open until 10 every night but Sunday.

Taqueria Arandas on South First is open until 11, too. I've always liked their tacos, and tostadas, and they do breakfast tacos anytime.

Oct 05, 2009
chrischris in Austin

have a craving for a lemon cupcake

Jack's Lemon cupcake from Sugar Mama's. It's lemon cake with lemon buttercream frosting. I usually don't go for the buttercream (I'm a cream cheese frosting lover), but it's delicious. Lemony, tart and sweet.

Sep 02, 2009
chrischris in Austin

Taco Delivery?

I'm pretty sure Tacodeli delivers.

Aug 26, 2009
chrischris in Austin

Vegetarian Austin

I'm vegetarian, and I've never had trouble finding a dish in even the most upscale restaurants. One of the best meals I've had was a tasting menu at Wink, which uses a lot of local, seasonal produce.

Olivia was just voted one of Bon Appetit's Best 15 New Restaurants, and I've had a really good meal there, too. I went with another vegetarian, and though there was only one veg. dish on the menu, the chef made us up a new one so we could have different dishes.

I believe Aquarelle also does a veg. tasting menu. I've had some good snacks in the bar.

Vespaio uses some garden veggies and herbs and is upscale, and they have a mid-range sister restaurant (Enoteca Vespaio) next door that I like even more than the fancier one. They have a lot of veggie dishes like panini and pizzas, and some great pastas (my favorite: fresh tagliatelle with mushrooms in truffle cream sauce) and salads, along with (in my opinion) the best fries in town.

Aug 25, 2009
chrischris in Austin