Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cheese Making Class - Austin Homebrew Supply

I was shopping for brewing supplies at the Austin Homebrew Supply, Anderson and Burnet, when I noticed a flyer advertising a cheese making class happening this Thursday. How cool is that…and only $5 in advance.

Have you ever wanted to make your own cheddar cheese at home? Come to Austin Homebrew Supply on Thursday, December 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and learn how!

Reservations are $5.00 in advance, $10 on Thursday, Dec 18th. Receive a $5 Gift Certificate when you attend!

Austin Homebrew
7951 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 467-8427

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunset Valley Farmers Market - TEXAS

The Senora and I started out a little later than I wanted, around 9:15am or so. We had been out late Friday night checking out the new film Milk, which if you haven’t seen is a real winner and definitely worth the money. Fortunately for us, by the time we arrived at the Sunset Valley Farmers Market (located in the parking lot of the Toney Burger Center - 290 W between Brodie Ln and Westgate Blvd ), not everything had been sold and we were able to get some great shots of the plentiful harvest provided by our local Urban Austin / Hill Country / Texas farmers.

A lot of the farmers selling goods at the Sunset Valley and the Republic Square Farmers Markets (downtown Austin) also sell to Whole Foods and Central Market. So if you can’t make either market on Saturday, you can always hit the grocery store and support our local farmers and their businesses.

Enjoy the pics.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Carrot got a new grill!

It may not look new but it is.

I had originally bought this gem on an impulse buy, and like so many other little things it just ended up in the corner and was forgotten So when I decided to cook chicken Alfredo for the Senora, it just seemed like the perfect time to dust off the olds cobwebs and “break it in”. It was so easy to get the grill started, using my handy charcoal starter. Living in TEXAS I had to throw in a handful or two of mesquite chips, you know for flavor, and by the way it only took one piece of paper from the Austin America Statesman’s real-estate section to get the charcoal started, I love it. I carefully slapped on the chicken breasts with some Roma tomatoes on the side for a later salsa, and then I just kicked back with a Real Ale Pale Ale and wrote this blog.

Austin rocks.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Farmers Market, Republic Square - Austin, TEXAS

Yesterday morning I decided to pay a visit to the Saturday Farmers Market located downtown Austin on Republic Square. I arrived right at 9am and the crowds were already beginning to gather. I was able to take a few pics of the wonderful local products offered before everything was bought up. I hope you enjoy.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Chicken Fried Bacon - Snook, TEXAS

I had heard of it, but had never seen it until I found this video on youtube. By the time I had finished watching, my left arm starting going numb and I felt the sudden need to start taking Plavix......


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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Primize - Austin,TEXAS

Primize has to be one of the most unpretentious fine eating joints in town. I really like the fact that you can seat yourself and also the very local Austin feel about the café with the tattoo-covered wait staff catering to your every need.

After finding a booth open at the back of the cafe, we quickly ordered some coffee and got down to the difficult job of satisfying our need for something sweet. I had tried the tiramisu on a previous visit, which I had enjoyed very much, so tonight I wanted to try something different and I think I chose the best that Primize has to offer.

The Senora had the crostata di pesca e mirtillo (a warm peach and blueberry tart with home made vanilla bean gelato). The look of the tart was simple but mouth wateringly inviting. The crust was both warm and crispy; the fruit sweet and delicious, the overall presentation made me think of the kind of comfort food grandma dreamed of serving. I decided to try the torta di limone (Italian lemon cheese cake). No bull kids, but this may be my absolute most favorite dessert in town right now. The cheese cake was small and round, served with a piece of candied lemon rind and sprig of fresh mint. The cake was so incredibly rich in flavor yet not so lemony that it became a chore to eat. It took me a good twenty minutes, savoring each small bite, to finish. The texture of the cake was perfection, very even throughout, not like some cheese cakes served around town, full of gross cheesy lumps.

Our overall cost with coffee came to $16 plus tip. Well worth the money for a most heavenly dessert experience.

Senor Foodblog says two spoons for Primizies desserts. What can I say, we had a great time. The food combined with the room and the warm local feel make Primizie a must-try dinner place. We were both impressed by the local offering menu; I was especially intrigued by the lamb, quail combination. Can't wait to come back and try it.

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