Archive for the ‘FOOD & DRINK’ Category
I decided I wanted to make my own glazes for donuts with a lot of different flavors. Overall, I’d say it was pretty successful. I made a berry glaze, a maple glaze with bacon pieces, cinnamon and sugar, and then good ol’ powdered sugar. Yum.
We headed over to the new Counter Cafe on the Eastside this Sunday for brunch. Although we had to wait awhile, it is fine when really the purpose of getting together is to spend time with friends. So we got to hang out with Crystal and Justin for awhile outside, drinking mimosas and chatting. And then once we got seated, we had delicious food and fantastic service. Excellent brunch.
1 – The punch. So good, I had two glasses.
2 – The decor. Simply wonderful.
3 – Crystal and Justin. So adorable, so chic.
4 – Me and Josh. We never seem to get the posing thing down. Maybe one day.
5 – Tasty drinks. And look at that rim! Yum.
6 – East Coast oysters. Love the brininess.
7 – Cheese plate. That mustard was way too good.
8 – Decor, decor, decor.
9 – Justin’s drink. I didn’t try it, but he got two, so I’m assuming it was good. :)
Last week, Josh and I stopped by Austin Java downtown for a quick breakfast. Josh got the french toast and I think it may have been the best french toast I’ve ever tasted. OMG. So fluffy and sweet and wonderful. And look at that happy face!
This weekend, I read the book The Vacationers. It’s about a family that goes on vacation to Majorca, Spain. On their first day there, one of the family members runs to the market to get things for dinner, and decides on a snacking-type dinner with cheese, bread, olives, etc.
This reminded me of being on vacation in Italy. Our first day there, we did something very similar. We headed to a small grocery store to grab ingredients for lunch. We snacked on the best salami I have ever had in my life, cheese, bread, butter, and tomatoes. I’m always trying to capture that feeling of being on vacation, so I decided we were going to have a Saturday of snacking.
First, I decided to make bruschetta. This was my first time ever attempting to make this tomato toast, so it was a lot of guesswork, but it turned out delicious! Josh said he didn’t think he could have anything more delicious in a restaurant.
5 campari tomatoes
Handful Fresh Basil
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 shake crushed red peppers
salt and pepper to taste
crusty loaf of bread (I used ciabatta, but any baguette should work well)
1. Cut the campari tomatoes into small pieces. I removed most of the seeds. Place this into a bowl.
2. Cut the basil into thin strips. Add to the bowl.
3. Dice the garlic and add to the bowl.
4. Shake some dried parsley, a touch of crushed red peppers, and add some salt and pepper to the bowl.
5. Add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar to the bowl and mix to combine all ingredients.
6. Preheat the broiler on your oven.
7. Cut the bread into thick slices. You want them to be thick enough to easily pick up.
8. Lightly butter each slice of bread and put onto a baking sheet.
9. Broil in the oven until the tops are getting nicely toasted.
10. Take out, and add shredded or slices of mozzarella cheese to the top. Put back under the broiler.
11. Once the cheese is all melty, remove and put the toast onto a plate.
12. Top the toast with the tomato mixture, open a bottle of wine or sparkling water and enjoy!
Next up.. Chili-lime shrimp.
I haven’t been eating out that much lately. I’ve been trying to be good about packing a lunch and also trying to do a lot of cooking at home. Living is Austin is unfortunately getting more expensive by the second and all that restaurant food (and drink) adds up!
But it’s fun to splurge now and again. Recently Josh and I headed to Red’s Porch for a weekend mid-day meal, and then some coworkers and I headed to Hopdoddy for the best burgers in Austin. Both well-worth the splurging!
Red’s Porch —