Archive for September, 2009
This year for the first time we decided to take advantage of Austin Restaurant Week. We’d heard about it in past years but never jumped at the amazing opportunity that it is.
Basically a handful of some of the best (and most expensive) restaurants in Austin create a set 3 or 4 course menu at a set price of $25 or $35/person. It’s such a fabulous deal because on most occasions you’ll walk out of any of the participating establishments with spending no less than $65-$100/person. So Yes, Sign us up!!!
So we dined like kings and queens on two Sundays in a row. First up was Hudson’s on the Bend, a restaurant known for its game fare. Highlights of the night were the duck and jalapeno appetizer that Alex ordered and a hazlenut brownie dessert that Alex also ordered…don’t worry my food was good too.
Then this past Sunday we ventured downtown to the famed Driskill Grill, always listed in the top three of Austin’s Best Restaurants. This place was a must for us because we normally would never eat at such an expensive place, unless it was for a special event. Our three course meal was complete with pretentious serving sizes and a pretentious British waiter. Haha, but the food was great. Besides being slightly disappointed with my sweat pea tortellini I had a great time eating the best lamb chop ever ordered (thanks Alex) and this sinfully, delicious raspberry chocolate mousse that thankfully I had all to myself.
All in all we really enjoyed ourselves and can’t wait to participate in Restaurant Week again, I believe the event will be taking place again this spring. We already have a few places in mind for when that comes around again!
This past week I was a busy baker. Let’s just say I owed a few people after tremendous favors they’d done for me. So how do I repay tremendous favors you ask? With baked goods silly!
I prepared my famous Nutella Trifle for my mom’s office. They were all smiles when I brought it in and I heard that it was a big hit.
Fast forward two days later, I owed another friend for dealing with a major headache for the past four months. I won’t get into it. BUT when I asked her what her favorite flavor or cupcakes were she responded, “strawberry!” How very convenient because my strawberry cupcakes I believe are my best cupcakes. They come out so splendidly delicious and this time was no exception. I sent her home with at least 6 and still had leftover cupcakes and icing. The cupcakes are gone…but there’s still a bowl of icing in the fridge…it’s almost a week old (gross I know) but it’s so painful for me to have to throw it away. It’s on my to-do list for when I get home, calm down people, I’m not going to eat it, or even roll around in it…much.
…this is what my blog would look like. Thank gawd…I can’t have Beyonce having a cooler blog than me.
I’d been hearing about Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop for months. It’s a cupcake bakery on South 1st with the yummiest array of cupcakes (among a few other sweet treats) and the cutest storefront in town. It doesn’t hurt that it’s just blocks away form Torchy’s (our fav taco trailer).
We’ve gone to Sugar Mama’s twice in the past two weeks. When you walk in you’ll usually find a large group of people staring intently at the delicate cupcake display. There are some very inventive flavor combos and choosing just the perfect one is on the top of everybody’s to-do list. So far I’ve tried the Strawberry Love (my fav), the Red Velvet, and a bite of Alex’s Pin Up (yellow cake with chocolate frosting). They’re just so good and I adore the frosting swirls on top. We’re also sure to pick up a pupcake for Saci on each and every visit. They’re peanut butter flavored and she goes nuts for them. Just recently I emailed the owner Olivia with the below picture of Saci awaiting the demise of the pictured pupcake and she gave me a coupon for a free cupcake and pupcake on our next visit. It’s customer service like that and premium sweets that will keep us coming back for more!
…from Kanye’s typical classless outbursts to Lady Gaga’s outlandishly crazy outfits. Her last two outfits in particular stunned the crap out of me (I couldn’t find a picture of her icicle bird’s nest, forgive me). And left me speechless…see for yourselves.
I read (errr look at) Dieline.com on a daily basis. Fun, fresh packaging design is something I’ll never get bored of. Take a looksie at one of the posts today. Oh Nutella, you always brighten my day!