The Doughminican <3

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I just realized I haven’t told you about my new favourite food truck in town!!!!! You HAVE TO try the Doughminican, it’s so ridiculously good!

As the name says it, it’s authentic Dominican food, yes Authentic as a Dominican Mom and Son cooking the meals 😉 + Dominican people coming, and almost crying right there because the empanadas, pasteles and every item tastes like Grandma’s ❤

This is my first time trying Dominican food and I was almost crying myself when I took a bite of that gorgeous meal, OMG I cannot put into words how delicious it is! The owner, Melvin, prepares them right there and then, so get ready for fresh ingredients handmade to order scrumptiousness ❤

Anyway, go visit them at 1403 East 7th St Austin Texas 78702 (they recently moved from E 5th).

They’ll be this weekend at the “Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K” treat yo’ self if you’re around 🙂

Enjoy!

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EAST 2016, Greometria

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Greometria (Greometry in English :P) has been around art for a long time, but mostly working behind the scenes, it wasn’t until a few years ago that he decided to give his art a chance, and boy was that a good move!.

Working with every color of the rainbow and intervening everything he can find, he’s giving us a more colorful complex world one shoe/wall at a time ❤

He’s grown in a very fast pase, currently he collaborates with amazing people in Mexico in every field you can think of, his art its so fun and versatile, he can pretty much do it all; this will be his first US appearance, hope you can come and witness it!

He’s constantly posting his work online, don’t forget to follow and maybe order something custom made? He totally does that YAYYY!!!!

We’re only a few days from the Happening! Make sure you put Studio #111 in your list, we want to see you there! 11am-6pm on November 19th :*

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Yep… I told you! hehe

What to do in Austin (& San Antonio) this weekend!

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A bunch of things have happened/  lately, so here is a recap:

Think well before buying ACL Vip tickets! Its awesome when you’re in the VIP lounge but you don’t get any benefits where the music is at :/

#WheresWarhol is up and running! The Blanton Museum is sending “Warhols”through the streets of Austin to promote and give passes for the new exhibit “Warhol by the Book”be on the lookout every Wednesday of October and don’t forget to use #WheresWarhol!!! * The exhibition opens this Sunday Oct 16th.

Go to all Austin Chronicle events, specially if it includes “Master Pancake” Comedy troupe, they’re hilarious!!! I went to their “Willow” screening and I cried a lot (laughing of course). It was interactive, funny, and we got to curse a lot, so great stress relief! 😉

POP AUSTIN International Art Show is in town, make sure to drop by, it has some great pieces with old and new favorites like: Richard Colman and Tom Wesselmann.

We’ll be in San Antonio this Saturday with Chido Machine, drop by The Mix and enjoy great music and guilty pleasures yayyy! 😀

Back in Austin, Celebrate the “Intl Video Store Day” at Vulcan Video & I Luv Video! They’re joining forces and will give us great deals on VHS, DVD/Blu Rays plus free beer, prizes, discounts, etc! This Saturday Oct 17th from 12PM-12AM

Saturday is also game day so, I’m sure you’ll find lots of things to do, be careful and have lots of fun! Hope to see you around town!

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Vote for the Best in Austin!

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If you’re thinking about the awesome people you know and want to support, why don’t you go to Austin Chronicle‘s best of and vote?! Here are some of my picks/Awesome friends: Ivete Lucas-Film maker, Gerardo Arellano-Visual Artist, Federico Archuleta-Mural Art, Gabriel Santiago-Musician, Mobley-Band, Xavier Treviño-Pastry Chef, Juan Alfredo Rios#ChidoMachine-DJ, JoyasPio-Jeweler, Limbo Jewelry– Jeweler, Cat Presley/@Chuck Edwards salon-Salon, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt-Hotel, Blanton Museum-Museum #THEPROJECTO-Wild Card

Bear with me :D

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Just wanted to say hi, since I feel it’s been forever since I posted something…

I’ve been busy finishing projects and starting new ones, everything should go back to normal next week, yayyy!

In the meantime I want to let you guys know that I’m working a lot; I’m both excited and exhausted for what is coming and soon you’ll know all about it! Count with a lot of Art, Music, great food and all things happy 😀

Cheers!

Co.

Yelping since 2012

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Just as an FYI, I have a bunch of reviews for restaurants and stuff through Yelp; Since I have over 5200 views I thought it might be of service for you my precious readers, so if you don’t see here the place you’re looking for, why don’t you try my Yelp profile 😉

Have a happy Monday!!!!

 

10 Winter MUSTS in Austin

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Just in case, and because eventually we’ll get a few days of cold weather in Austin, let me share with you my personal favorite spots to cure and enjoy the winter hunger, YUMM!!!!

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  1. Corn Cup at F&F Fruit cups, THE BEST THING EVERRRR!

Im sure you have tried the US version of “Elote en Vaso” which is yellow corn on a cup with butter, cheese, lime and maybe one or two more ingredients, well, forget about it! The original version, is made with white corn, that is more “meaty” and not sweet; if you order your Elote with everything, you’re going to get the corn with Mexican cream, chili powder, cotija cheese and lots of love.  * I always ask them to put lime on it 😉 ! You can accompany your elote with  Topochico with lime and chili (try it Summer or Winter, it rocks!), or order Nachos and mix them with the elote if you’re feeling adventurous!

2. Goat Soup at Taco More

Its just that, a gorgeous Goat soup. If you want to imagine what it is, think about Pozole but with bolder flavors. Delicious and the exact description of comfort food ❤

3. Mulled Wine at Clive Bar

When you first get to the Clive Bar in Winter, the Mulled Wine aroma gets you right away. INCREDIBLE! It feels like home, booze and happiness. They serve it hot and in the cutest cups; its strong and filled with holiday flavors, you sense the apple cider, bourbon, old spice and I don’t know what else. Ever since I tried it (and drank like a gallon in one seating) I’ve been waiting for this awesome drink to come back! Cheers!!!

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4. Anything (wink wink Pizza) at Backspace

I’m in love with this tiny jewel in the middle of Downtown. I first got there when I read about the “Pizza Bianca” (pizza with fresh arugula, mozzarella and ricotta cheese) which I still order every time I go there (you can actually see a bit of it on the pic hihi), aside from my now favorite Pepperoni Americano Pizza (picante salame, tomato, mozzarella, basil/ showing all of its splendor right there in the pic). I’ve tried almost all of the menu, and I can guarantee you’d love it. It fits on my Winter selection thanks to the awesome food plus their exposed brick oven that fills this intimate place with that cozyness that the weather requires. * check their Happy hour!

5. I Luv Video

There is no food here but you can always order a pizza or pick up whatever craving you have and drop by this amazing spot filled with every movie or series you can think of. I’d go to the store first because choosing what you want to see might take longer than expected. Love this spot, and the personnel is always knowledgable and nice 🙂

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6. Pambazo & Mezcal at Licha’s Cantina

Nothing will warm your heart like Mezcal, actually, your whole body if you commit to it ;P  If you’re hungry I suggest you try the Pambazo, *Warning! its very spicy! but scrumptious! They have a wide Mexican Food and Drinks menu, so you have plenty of options, but this are my two favorites there. The restaurant its cozy does home made tortillas, and the staff is super friendly!

7. Mac & Cheese from Ms P’s Electric Cock

Its a food truck so if it is cold, you might consider just pick up. This M&C is the BOMB! It has truffle oil and although it might be on the stronger flavor side, its absolutely toothsome! it also has crunchiness to it, so there you go! And if you are already there, have some chicken & waffles, some of the fluffiest you’ll find! * The slider is smn else too!

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8. Tyson’s Tacos, yes all of them

Tyson’s has this amazing quality to them, they make their food with truly Mexican flavors, but yet, they have their own twists, where “Takis” are a perfectly good ingredient that blends great with the traditionals. They’re usually packed so get there early, order whatever you feel like plus a delicious barbacoa taco on Corn tortilla! some coffee, and enjoy their bonfire right in the middle of the tables. Happy place 🙂 Oh and if you happen to play the banjo, and actually play a tune there, they give you a free taco!

9. #7 at Coco’s Cafe

Ginormous bowl of heaven ❤ Meaty, comfy, super filled with flavor, noodly, you can also buy great bubble teas, and other #s, 7 is just my favorite. Affordable prices, they recently started taking cards, so thats great! and next to another couple of awesome restaurants.

10. Lick Ice Creams

Because when your heart desires Ice Cream, who are you to judge?! Lick is the best! They just opened a 2nd location up north so the whole town its pretty much covered. Their flavors are sometimes crazy on paper, but try them! they know what they’re doing and its just so bold, surprising and plain delightful. My favorite is spicy chocolate and peppermint bark, but you have to try the beet one and how about some goat cheese thyme and honey?! YUMMERS!

Hope this makes our mild winter nicer for you haha

Happy everything peoplesssss!

(No song references, I feel so professional ;P )

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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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.

Bar Dining at Emmer & Rye

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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 😀