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We survived the seemingly unhealthiest month of the year! If you put your mind to it and try to avoid all the sweets, it’s possible to do, and I escaped this month mostly unscathed. This month I was trying to cook as many Smitten Kitchen
Lunch at Darna (Complimentary)
Darna, a new-ish Moroccan and Mediterranean restaurant, invited us in to try their menu, and it was delightful! The appetizers might have been my favorite – Moroccan olives, regular hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, and
We also enjoyed the kofta
Austin Food Bloggers Alliance at Wild Chix & Waffles (Complimentary)
Our blogger group had our holiday party at Wild Chix & Waffles. This restaurant recently re-opened as a completely gluten-free restaurant, and their offerings are noteworthy! Their sangria is tasty. Be sure to get the guacamole with yucca chips, Aloha Beaches (poke) salad, Black Angus Beef Burger, and Gone Bananas (waffle with bananas and Nutella) for dessert.
Dinner at Le Bleu
I met up with a friend visiting from out of town for Vietnamese food at Le Bleu. This is the brick-and-mortar shop from the food trailer Saigon Le Vendeur. We tried the OG banh mi, grilled pork bun, and a side of brussels sprouts. I was surprised to find it more expensive than I expected but maybe I’m too comfortable with the low cost of other mom-and-pop Vietnamese restaurants. It reminds me of the question from the show Ugly Delicious about why Asian food is so cheap.
Tacos at Bohemian Barbecue at Trail of Lights (Complimentary)
The Austin Food Bloggers Alliance was invited to experience Trail of Lights and its food trucks. I loved these brisket tacos from Bohemian Barbecue. They typically only do events in Austin, so if you need a caterer, check them out.
Happy Hour at Mongers
One of the best happy hours in town, Mongers has a solid seafood offering. One day, I’ll go and order “normal” food, but their specials are perfect for sharing. Pictured: tuna tacos, oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, crab fingers.
Beer at Whichcraft Taproom (Complimentary)
My friend Caitlin of Big World, Small Girl invited me to a beer history class at Whichcraft. We learned so much about women’s accomplishments in the history of beer. I’m pretty sure beer would not be where it is today without female influence, and I’m glad our influence continues to propel the industry forward. I tried the Greetings from Brenham IPA from Brazos Brewing, and I was a big fan!
Lunch at Colleen’s Kitchen (Complimentary)
After our beer history class, we walked over to Colleen’s Kitchen for a southern meal paired with Jameson cocktails. We enjoyed fried green tomatoes, bacon-wrapped dates, deviled eggs, a cheese board, a variety of biscuits, and a cherry brownie for dessert. My favorite cocktail was the Merry Berry Punch with Jameson Black Barrel, Cranberry,
Ice Cream at Gati
I spotted this new coconut ice cream food truck while I was out and about and had to stop and try it. I got the cookies and cream flavor and found it to be very coconut forward, so it wasn’t my favorite, but maybe the coconut is toned down in the other flavors?
Homemade Persimmon Bread
My parents have a persimmon tree, so they’re always giving them away by the bag full in the fall. To use them up, I tried persimmon bread, which was not too bad!
Matcha and Breakfast at Tribal (Dallas)
Fiancé and I went to Dallas to see my family for Christmas and we were there for a few days. To get some work done and to find some healthy eats, fiancé and I ventured to a coffee shop. The matcha lattes were so good, I kept sneaking sips of his instead of my chai latte. I also had the breakfast tacos, which comes with soft scrambled eggs, beets, and sweet potatoes. His lox bagel was also very good.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
For New Year’s Eve, my friends and I hosted a low-key potluck. We had a fancy cheese plate, baked cheese pastries, prime rib,
What was your favorite thing you ate in December?