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Fun Fun Fun Food 2011 Day 2

Antonio with his Steak Frite Sandwich from Aquarelle

Day 2 of the festival was better than the first.  We had the opportunity to taste some great food.

Tiffany and I made our way to the Handshake tent at the “top of the afternoon.” Although the weather has been cool here in Austin, the mid-afternoon sun was hot enough to justify a milkshake. After working through our choices, we agreed to an oatmeal shake with chocolate chips and blueberries. Sadly, our mix-ins got left out, but hearts were filled with joy when we tasted this shake. You couldn’t come closer to an oatmeal cookie wit out… well… err… eating an actually oatmeal cookie. The service was fun and we are definately heading to Handshakes for their grand opening next week!

Between Donald Glover, Ra Ra Riot and Kool Keith, Tiffany reminded me that this was going to be the only time in our schedule to get a decent meal and relax for a moment. Tiffany chose to wait in line for Crepe Crazy. Crepe Crazy may have the largest selection of items at the festival, divided into sweet and savory selections, for whichever your heart desires in the moment. While she really wanted the Banana Nutella, she chose a proper dinner item – the Sun-dried Tomato Veggie Crepe, smothered with monterrey jack cheese, sliced tomatoes, spinach, sauteed mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoe pesto. Before you order, know that you will be pointing out what you would like on the menu unless you know sign language. This trailer is impressive with their fluid efficiency – despite being one of the more popular tents, the wait is not long and it’s fun to watch them expertly make crepes and fold in the fresh ingredients.

For myself, after waiting in line for 10 minutes, I learned that Franks had run out of bratwurst. I was offered a hot dog but I thought I would wait for the much anticipated Slayer dog, offered only on Sundays!

In a moment of desperation, I hopped over to the Linda Chan’s. The line moved fast and service was quick. In the end, I picked up the chicken with fried rice. This was a game time decision which I began to second guess myself as the words fell from my lips. I managed to order the one food that is often under-seasoned and quickly dries out. But Chan’s surprised me in all the best ways.

By the end of the evening, Tiffany and I needed a pick-me-up. We swung by the Progress Coffee tent for two cups of joe.  However, we were the last cup – as in singular cup. The staff at Progress was nice enough to grati our cup for the inconvienence.

A few bands later, I was hungry again.

In a hunt for a nibble, I selected the Steak Frites Sandwich from Aquarelle. This Sandwich was over the top and bursting with flavor. Who can say no to stripped steak, pom frites, covered with pepper and parmesan all stacked between a bun. I submit that you cannot. Plus, this late in the evening, the staff at most places are tired and severly overworked. But not Aquarelle, our server Kylie was over the top! Good job, guys! Tiff and I need to stop in soon for a full dinner!

All in all, it was a good day for food! Let’s do it again at Fun Fun Fun Fest. These spoonies are ready!

Aquarelle Restaurant Français
606 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX
(512) 479-8117

Crepe Crazy

Handshakes Trailer
1104 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702

Linda Chan’s Chicken

Progress Coffee
500 San Marcos Street, Austin, TX
(512) 493-0963

Pinot Noir and more

After doing some research, Robert found out that Manchengo is wonderful compliment to Pinot Noir.

Antonio and I went to a wine tasting yesterday consisting only of pinot noir. Our friend Robert is holding wine tastings for $15 per person so he can learn more about wines. We had some from the French region (which I seemed to be the only one to like), a very interesting one from Chile and a few from the states.

Fresh Berries

He had a variety of cheeses, fruit, crackers and some chocolate wafers. He also decided to pick up some rotisserie chicken, since he realized he scheduled the wine tasting around dinner time for most people—5:30 p.m.

Everyone (excluding me) loved the J from J Vineyards and Winery, a vineyard in California. It seemed very pepperry to me, although everyone else said it was the most fruity.

Our arsenal of Pinot Noir for the evening

While there were two that I tried that I wouldn’t mind having again, I don’t believe pinot noir seem to be my favorite type of wine. I will have to go to his next wine tasting now just to see if it’s something that suits me better. I think in all we had eight heads, which I think is a perfect number for a wine tasting—anything more than that and it’s really just a party. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I love a good party. I just realize I shouldn’t call it a wine tasting since I don’t focus on the wine at all and usually end up drinking too much to tell the difference between one or the other.