Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Hope you’re all having a very sweet time with your loved ones! I know my day feels incomplete since this is the first year that my Grandma is not with us. This has made the last few days and specially today very hard for me. I woke up at 6am thinking I wanted to share a little bit about her with you guys; that way I’d have her with me along this important day…

One of the things I loved most about my Granny was her cooking, it was always decadent and lazy, haha yes, she used a bunch of pre-made ingredients and just mixed them in a glorious way! So for starters, Im Thankful for being able to cook like her and as fast as she did! Its a game changer when you’re hosting 😉

Our Thanksgivings were never traditional, Im thankful for that too. We had that amazing meal only once per year, so we would get to grandma’s or whomever was hosting, as early as we could, because we would run out of food every year. This meant, no formalities, not seating on the table all together, it was a race to eat what we loved, talk loudly, laugh a lot and just being grateful while we enjoyed each other. We gave Thanks of course, just in a different, more relaxed way. I thank her so so much for this! People that came over would be so surprised and shocked how holidays were spent in our place, chilling, full and happy. She had a boyfriend that would get frustrated at our ways, but we never think too much about it, we have always known how much we loved each other, and how gratitude was the main ingredient of these reunions. At my home, the same rules apply, get early, be happy and enjoy yourself, whatever that means.

She was also the trendiest woman alive, she was the first one to have an email account (hotmail, we thought it was something naughty haha), cell phone, inflatable dress, liposuctions haha, etc. Just fun and different. I miss her so much!

Anyway, I just wanted to share my feelings and how at least for Today, I choose this date to be about food, loving people and Maggie.

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Bar Dining at Emmer & Rye

So Finally I’m writing about my biggest passion, Food & Drinks! I chose to do my first post on this subject at a place that I’ve been dying to go for some time now, Emmer & Rye. It’s not even that the restaurant has been open for a long time (it just opened on November 7th), but because I am often around the Rainy St. area and I’ve been monitoring the changes and evolution of the space. The design is sweet and over all, it looks like a very nice place to spend the evening.

Lets start at the spot. It’s very spacious with 3 different areas; patio, dining room and bar. Each of these spaces is separated with different but equally modern furniture lending a relaxing mood.

I chose to sit at the bar and chatted briefly with the host and waiter. Both were super nice and accommodating, happy experience so far…

Drink Menu, veeeery nice, big White & Red wine selection, plus a “Pink & Orange” wine option (Of course that’s what I chose 😉 ). They also have a small but nice cocktail list, featuring classics with a twist, like the “Pasado de Moda” (Spanish for “Old Fashioned”) made with Tequila, grapefruit bitters and cinnamon. Yummers!

Their beer selection is small but substantial, their Scotch/Whisky program is bigger, as far as drinks go, you’re pretty much covered…

I perused the bar food menu. At first it was confusing because it’s not thematically defined menu. It has Hispanic inspiration, some Italian, American, and bits from everywhere else. After trying some of it I was impressed by it’s quality.I stuck to the Hispanic inspired cuisine and went for 2 amazing dishes, a Lamb Pozole with Hominy and Cabbage, and The White Bolito Arepa with Lamb and Pork Merguez sausage, relish and Crème fraîche.

First I got the Pozole, and it was DE LI CI OUSSS!!! I’ve had Pozole every way you can imagine, but this one is something else, the hominy is so fresh & meaty, complementing the Lamb broth and meat like you cannot believe! They also brought me “Roti” which is neither tortilla nor bread, but something in the middle. I had never tried it so I asked the server about this amazing thing that was making my pozole even better; he told me the Pastry Chef made it based on his Grandma’s recipe. This completely made sense; those flavors and layers of flaky softness are nothing mass produced — let me tell you!. As we were talking, the Pastry chef happened to pass by and the server was kind enough to introduce him! He explained that Roti originally came from India. This type which they make in South America (where his family is from) its way more flavorful since it’s not only meant to accompany dishes but it’s supposed to shine on its own, as well. In the Caribbean every piece of the meal is supposed to be as flavorful as they can imagine. This is no exception, it does shine like a diamond, shine bright like a diamo-o-ond (sorry, I had to) I just cannot explain how good that thing is.

Aaaany way, I was almost full now, the portion of Pozole was generous plus, I almost finished my big and glorious Roti, so I was making an effort at this point, when along came my corny Arepa. The Arepa was filled with amazing sausage, subtle relish and to my surprise, perfectly bitter Okra that when combined with the Crème fraîche nearly made music. So much goodness out of this place! This plate is not too small either, so keep that in mind, because I didn’t and I had to leave without having dessert which is sad but then again, it gives me a very decent excuse to go back soon! They had some stuff listed that I’m dying to try, like 3 Leches Cheesecake!.

Oh and FYI the orange wine was delicious! It’s orangy, not overly dry, and just the right amount of sweet. I would have it again whenever!

The promoted highlights about this restaurant are Farm-Table ingredients, Seasonal/changing menus & dim sum service, so there is a lot to look forward to here. The prices are not crazy, and the service is outstanding, plus the 90’s music goes well with everything, so there you go, a feast for all your senses!

 

***** No time/will to read and want a short review? Delish, not very expensive, totally worth it 😀

AFF 2015

The 22nd Annual Austin Film Festival took place Oct 29th- Nov 5th, and I was happily part of the audience; The Awesome people at Austin Chronicle gave me a pass and I couldn’t be more thankful for it. It was my 1st time going to the festival & only got to see 4 very different films (lame, they presented over 150!). Anyway, it was a very happy experience, you could see people of all ages talking, and discussing all kinds of topics; it was fun to see everyone being excited about their projects, or to know someone that was passionate about film. I saw many people just getting to their seats and turn around and ask, what do you do in the film industry? awesome conversations followed every time.

Even if you’re not in the industry, if you have the time, going is a must, nothing beats back to back movies, networking, nice conversations, and just the opportunity to have your minds blown!

Ok, so lets go to the movies:

The first movie I saw was “In Transit” directed by: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu

Its a documentary about people traveling on Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the longest train route in the US (a 3 day journey); It shows all kinds of stories and people; some direct, deep conversations, drinking games, kids being kids, etc.

One of the directors talked to us and explained that they would let people know that they were doing a documentary, and invited everyone to talk and share their stories, some did right away, some avoided it, others ended up sharing only because of boredom. There is so much philosophical value to this piece, and all filled with humor, some tears and whatnot. A must see!

* If you’re curios about it, here is the link for the movie: http://www.intransitfilm.com

Second Movie, Isolation, Director: Shane Dax Taylor

Man, where do I start?! Ok, I know… Its supposed to be based in real events; how do you make it seem so fake and without any kind of sense or logic?!!!! Bad acting, bunch of holes in the story, beautiful Bahama landscapes, a gorgeous actress I might say, and thats about it. It’s a thriller with very bad dialogs, it really seems like they inserted some phrases that “kids use now a days” into an already bad script.

Not everyone was bad, but the ones that were, really spoiled the few nice things about this one.

This was the premiere, I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes straight to video…

Third: Monsterman, directed by Antti Haase

Great and very humane story about this Finland Heavy Metal band “Lordi” who got all of the glory, fame and money years ago, and that its struggling to adapt in a Reality TV Show era, and ever-changing crowds.

The story is weirdly nice, interesting, hard and very funny (if you have a bit of a dark sense of humor I might say). Its again a reflection of a very raw, clean human experience living in extreme situations, with technology but more human felt than ever, if that makes any sense…

Here is the link of the movie in case you want to check it out: http://www.monstermanfilm.com/

Fourth: Baby Baby Baby, DirectorWriter: Brian Klugman

Soooo Funny! Im not a fan of Rom Coms but this one is so worth it! Great humor, silly but smart at the same time; filled with awesome acting by Cloris Leachman, Kelsey Grammer, William Shatner and James Roday (among many others).

Great script, talks about creative people and how dysfunctional that life might be; books, art, lots of very weird stories and vulnerability, all hilarious, I swear! The leading characters are very well written, and performed, honestly weeeell done!

Any way, this one doesn’t have an official website yet, but Im sure it’ll come out anytime now. Here is the trailer tho!  Oh BTW, they won Comedy Vanguard Award at the Austin Film Festival 😉

 

So this is my not so short review about the Festival, that I forgot to say before, was very well organized, plus, clean, fast, friendly staff, nothing to complain about!

Count me in for next year!

Cheers!!!!

Soooo, this is my Blog or whatever

My name is Coka Trevino and I live in Austin, TX. I love art, food, travel, learning random stuff, cats, & many other things I plan to write about.

The first time I thought about blogging was when my really good friend told me I should do it; I always had something mean/funny to say about celebrities or whomever. Me, being a big fan of “The Superficial,” I thought I’d give it a try. I don’t know why I stopped, maybe it was because being mean/funny as a professional really intimidated me. Perhaps, I was just too lazy.

After a bunch of years, different jobs, and moving to Austin, I made up my mind and decided to give it a go. I often work with art, music, and creative people, plus, I’m a dedicated eater (the word foodie seems way to trendy right now), so that should give me enough material to write about.

I hope you like it and feel like sharing; that would definitely be awesome!