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
This last Saturday the 21st I had the pleasure of witnessing my good friend and awesome Artist Gerardo Arellano receive the “Emerging Artist” award at the Mexican American Cultural Center‘s Awards of Excellence here in Austin, Tx.
Ever since I had the pleasure to meet this amazing artist, I’ve been blessed to witness how he’s grown and kick ass repeatedly with/without help and at times with a bunch of obstacles. He has persevered and is now very active and well known not only as a painter, but as a musician, PR machine, Dance Lord and basically a local celebrity!
Who would have thought that the friend of my friend that was basically my first contact here in Austin Tx ended up to be one of my favorite artists a great contact and one of my rocks here in the States. I feel very lucky to be your friend and to have crazy awesome pieces of your art!
Check his amazing work at his website or Instagram! He’s constantly working all over town so I’m sure you’ll recognize it whenever you’re wondering around; if you’re lucky you can even catch him dancing or playing the accordion on the East Side!.
Cheers Gerardo, keep’em coming, you very well deserve this and much much more 😀
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!!!!
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!!!!
- 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!!!
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 🙂
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!
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 )
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 😀