Austin Restaurant Week – Fall 2011

Austin Restaurant Week helps Meals on Wheels!

Austin Restaurant Week is upon us! This is almost like a holiday in Austin.

Now, you might be wondering, “What is Restaurant Week, Antonio?”

In Austin, we celebrate Restaurant Week for 8 days over 2 weeks. This event boasts a 3 course, pre-set menu that the chef has created for the event at a reduced rate. This allows potential patrons to take a chance on a new spot. Lord knows, I don’t want to spend my hard-earned cash on place with bad service and mediocre, high-priced food!

The best part is Austin Restaurant Week benefits Meals on Wheels. In the end, when you eat, you help someone else enjoy a meal. And that is food for the soul!

For a full listing of eateries, you can go to the Restaurant Week website.

Hopefully, they will have the 509  [Bandwidth Limit Exceeded] error fixed. If not, you could begin your hunt for a good date for Restaurant Week!

Food Pic /// Fried Pizza

Fried Pizza is mm-mm good!

Fried pizza sounds disgusting, right? Well, it’s not. This little appetizer is delicious when made fresh. My mom and I took an Italian cooking class for my 31st birthday last October—in Italy. It was ridiculously cheap at about $70 per person and came with hands-on instruction for about four hours, plus a sit-down meal of appetizers, pasta, main course and dessert. You could also pay extra for wine tastings, but I felt gluttonous as was. If you ever go to Rome, take the course from Chef Andrea Consoli over at

Food Pic /// Dragon Fruit

Trying new foods is part of the fun and dragon fruit is absolutely gorgeous. I can’t say it’s my favorite fruit, but I love looking at it. The texture is a lot like kiwi with a lot of seeds.

Soup’s on

Soup’s on

A great comfort meal.

While I enjoy going out to eat, I also enjoy cooking in my own kitchen.

Today I was sick and my boyfriend was out of town, leaving me to fend for myself in the soup department. I had just received a recipe in my inbox for tomato soup, so even though I didn’t feel great, I thought I would make some homemade soup. The trip to the grocery store luckily coincided with my trip to RedBox, so it made sense.

The sandwich called for roast beef, but, since I don’t eat meat, I just left that out. I also forgot to buy arugula, so it was basically a grilled cheese sandwich with horseradish and mayo. The recipe called for sour cream, but I’m an improviser. Some people follow recipes to the T. I’m not one of them.

The result was excellent. I’m glad I made it from scratch, because it’s definitely richer that way. I also like to swirl in a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to my soup as a final touch.

If you want to try the recipe, you can find it over at Real Simple. Let me know what you think!