Archive | March, 2014

Recipe Roundup: The Mysterious Artichoke

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The artichoke. We all know this beauty and most of us love them too, but their mystic can be somewhat… intimidating. But don’t let the perceived “hassle” scare you away, and I promise you are not the only one who might be shy around an artichoke.

First, get oriented with this great article on 9 Ways to Make the Most of an Artichoke. When you are feeling more adventurous check out these 10 recipes that use the artichoke in a variety of ways, from salsa to on the grill.

Simple Grilled Artichokes – Kristi’s Farm to Table

Pan-Roasted Artichoke with Lemon and Garlic – Cooking Light

Raw Artichoke, Celery, and Parmesan Salad – Bon Appetit

Artichoke Halves Stuffed with Beef – Leite’s Culinaria

Artichoke Salsa – Cooking during Stolen Moments

Grilled Artichoke with Yogurt-Dill Dipping Sauce – Bon Appetit

Minted Tomato Artichoke Salad – Fork and Flower

Braised Artichokes – Simply Recipes

Creamy Artichoke and Asparagus Lasagna  – Cooking Light

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms – Hummusapien

Garlicky Leek and Artichoke Soup – C’est La Vegan

Continue to unravel the mystery with our Artichoke Pinterest board.


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Next Stop: Chavez & Trio

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The New Year brought exciting revamps to two downtown Austin spaces – Shawn Cirkiel’s latest endeavor Chavez at The Radisson and a refresh to the well established TRIO at the Four Seasons.


There aren’t  many restaurants in Austin that boast a lakeside view but Chavez is one of them. It has a lovely, open layout with expansive windows, and even better Mexican-inspired eats. The raw bar and appetizers are fantastic and we can’t wait to explore the torta and entree offerings.  The bar offers an adventurous cocktail list and a truly impressive collection of tequilas, as well as other libations. Chavez is definitely worth a visit the next time you are downtown.

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Chavez smoked cherry margarita.

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Beautiful lights and architectural features at Chavez.


TRIO  at the Four Seasons is already one of the happy hour kings of Austin, with excellent wine and food offerings for a bargain price ($5 off the bar menu appetizers plus half-off wine by the glass). The restaurant has updated their happy hour menu and extended the good deal to seven days a week and included. If you are trying to impress someone or just want to spoil yourself a bit, head to TRIO.

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Shrimp Nicoise from TRIO Bar Menu


Fois gras terrine with bosc pear chutney.

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New signature TRIO cocktail spritzer featuring St. Germain, Cava, and Aperol.


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March Madness- Texas Food Events!

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Music by the Slice
March 14 & 15

It’s that time of year, and once again Urban Roots is partnering with Home Slice Pizza and Retail Me Not for the 9th Annual Music by the Slice. The free, two-day music charity party during SXSW will be thrown on Home Slice’s back patio (1415 South Congress Avenue) and will feature 18 bands from all over the world. Check out the full artist lineup!

Amplify Austin
6pm March 20- 6pm March 21

Amplify Austin is a 24-hour “festival of giving” that provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together and help hundreds of nonprofits that are meeting critical needs.

More than 400 nonprofits are participating in 2014 and all of these organizations play an important role in making our city a better place to live. Amplify Austin raises much-needed funds for nonprofits of all sizes, in all areas of service, and we leave the choosing to you. Connect with one or more of our nonprofit partners and find your passion for giving back to Central Texas!

2014 Foodways Texas Symposium
March 20- March 22

Agriculture is the theme for “Farm to Market 2014,” the 4th Annual Symposium to be held in College Station at the new Agrilife Center facility on the campus of Texas A&M University. Enjoy a welcome dinner Thursday night and then two days of discussing Texas crops and crop history, feeding cities, innovative urban farming, rice history and current challenges, Texas grapefruit, the business of olive orchards, wine terroir, and much more. Check out the program schedule, purchase tickets, and learn about the chefs and artisans that will be serving up the great eats this year.

29th Annual Rare Food & Wine Auction
Saturday, March 22, 6-9pm

Join The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas for our 29th Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction on March 22, 2014, at The Four Seasons Austin. The evening begins with a champagne reception where guests can view 100+ live and silent auction lots of truly rare and collectible wines, alongside amazing wine dinners, and travel opportunities.

For the second consecutive year, the Foundation has chosen Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas as the charitable benefactor to receive a portion of auction proceeds. Purchase tickets here.

Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair
Sunday, March 30, 1-5pm

The annual Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair will be presented by Edible Austinthe SANDE Youth Project and theFrench Legation Museum. This free event will focus on the wellness of future generations by encouraging healthy habits in children! Explore our world of local foods with local artisans, games, tastings, cooking demonstrations, music and family-friendly learning experiences galore.  Bring picnics or purchase fixings from local vendors. 

FarmGrass Fest ’14
Sunday, April 6, 2-8pm

Enjoy a beautiful day of 5 amazing bluegrass bands, in a rural setting on the beautiful Simmons Family Farm in Niederwald, Texas.  Food and fun on a real working farm, benefiting local Texas farmers via the Growers Alliance of Central Texas’ medical emergency fund. More information and tickets here.





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Austin City Guide: Noble Sandwiches Indeed

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To classify Noble Sandwich Co. as a sandwich shop doesn’t do it justice. Yes, they serve sandwiches, but the dishes are so lovingly made that they are, well, more noble than a mere sandwich.

Chefs John Bates and Brandon Martinez opened their shop in 2010 and have had a packed house ever since. They recently moved to a new location off of 620 and Lake Creek Parkway and are hard at work on a second spot on Burnet.  Noble serves breakfast and lunch daily, and the occasional dinner.  

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Smoked duck pastrami sandwich

The chorizo and egg breakfast sandwich is by far one of my favorite breakfast bites in Austin and the biscuits with country sausage gravy are worth every sinful calorie. For lunch, the smoked duck pastrami sandwich  has a delicious crunchy slaw piled on top of the smoky pastrami, all wedged between two thick slices of bread. Roll up your sleeves, dig in and don’t give a second thought to  the Russian dressing dripping down your chin.

If you are craving something meat-laden, try The Noble Pig, stacked high with spicy ham, pulled pork, provolone and bacon.  And, if you prefer meatless, the pimento cheese sandwich is an excellent choice.

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Pates, rillettes and other to-go goodies

You can’t make a bad pick at Noble Sandwiches and, if all else fails, take friends and share. Don’t forget to pick up some goodies to take home with you. After all, you’ll need something noble for dinner.

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