Grizzelda’s Sunday Brunch Buffet – NOM!

The Sunday brunch buffet at Grizzelda’s is a must! You can even listen to the DJ Vibing with 90s vs 80s or Cher vs Madonna!

I finally made it in a couple weekends ago and it won’t be my last time to go. The buffet is $20 for all you can eat, also pancakes and eggs made to order, $5 Margaritas and $10 Mimosa Pitchers. Quite a steal for all the best Interior Mexican food you can eat!

My first plate with all so much yumminess! And a Mimosa in the background and fresh corn tortillas.

Second plate of more goodness – but, ordered over easy eggs to put on top.

Enter, the over easy eggs

Plate 2 with an egg on top!

And last but not least, Mexican Chocolate Pudding – so perfect!

 

Stop in the next time you want one of the tastiest and affordable buffets for brunch — make reservations  on Grizzelda’s site if you can plan ahead because they get packed!

Happy brunching,

-Shveta

October, 2017

Austin Daily Press Starts Bar Menu at The Wheel!

Two of my neighborhood faves have partnered together to offer a Bar Menu at The Wheel daily from 5PM to close with yummies from Austin Daily Press!

I had the pleasure of trying out all of the items on the menu: Grilled Queso Fresco with a Seasonal Fruit Salad, Crispy Pork Belly with Grilled Broccoli, Fried Brussel Sprouts with Marinated Feta, and the September monthly special, The Princess of Mushroom Kingdom (chicken edition).

If you haven’t enjoyed an ADP entree before, head on over soon. They’re mostly a scratch kitchen and use local produce for their grub. I love the names of their monthly specials, like The Princess of Mushroom Kingdom pictured here (but with fried chicken instead):

That’s a huge fried queso fresco on top!

Did you know for every Monthly Special you purchase, a meal is provided to someone in need through Mealshare? Just another excuse to eat for a cause, y’all!

Here’s everything pictured in this overhead shot:

ADP is opening a second location off of E. Cesar Chavez soon so be on the lookout as their empire grows!

Bon Appetite,

Shveta

October, 2017

Frosé Tour with Envy and Me! Because Frosé all day (literally)

Haven’t heard of Envy? Well, what are you waiting for — check out findyourenvy.com for all the details about this amazing visual search engine for all the things you love. I’m one of the Austin Ambassadors for Envy and had the pleasure of co-hosting a Frosé Tour! Thanks to all of you who joined and for those of you who were interested but unable to join, there will be more tours with me in the near future!

There were 5 stops along the way and each of the stops participated either with free snacks, discounted food or drinks, and they were all wonderful hosts!

First up, Revelry Kitchen + Bar where everyone who had a ticket to the tour came by to pick up their wristband and grab a frosé!

Second stop was Kitty Cohen’s — it was so hot out that day so a Frosé was in order!

Next up, Irene’s because who doesn’t love a good Frosé with some amazing nutella toast and popcorn?!

Moving along to downtown off Red River, Cheer Up Charlie’s welcomed us in with Watermelon Frosé!

And the last stop on the tour was Eastside Tavern where we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset on the rooftop, lots of yummy brisket tater tots and nachos and of course, the last Frosé for the night!

Cheers to all who joined and drank Frosé with us literally all day!

CEO and Co-Founder of Envy on the left and me on the right 🙂

 

Hope to see you soon for some Frosé!

Cheers,

Shveta

October, 2017

Prettiest Dinner at My New Fave – Pitchfork Pretty

Admittedly, I stalked Pitchfork Pretty for their opening date for months! Within a month of their opening, I had the opportunity to take some friends visiting from San Diego for dinner. I was so impressed with Pitchfork Pretty, I feel they deserve an entire post on my site!

Ok, so I recommend ordering the following because this is how I ate them and LOVED every bite:

Buckwheat Cornbread – that’s honey miso butter with the prettiest edible flowers on top

Pimento cheese with embered chiles and whole wheat crackers – YUM!

Aguachile – I’m obsessed with this since having it in Tulum. It has snapper, watermelon, aloe and basil and it’s just too good!

Yuca Dumplings – come here my pretty! These tasty yuca pillows with queso oaxaca, escabeche and wild oregano had me singing!

Grilled Blue Crab with cucumber, melon and sunflower – this was just outstanding…such an awesome punch of flavors. Get a bit of everything in one bite!

Poached Ruby Trout with roasted tomato, fennel, and breadcrumbs – I’ve never had Ruby Trout but I’d definitely eat this again. So light and flavorful!

Last but not least, FRIED CHICKEN with sweet potato salad, rolls, red chile paste and buttermilk dressing – oh my word! GET IT!

We had absolutely no room for dessert but did enjoy a glass of wine (or two).

Officially proclaiming that Pitchfork Pretty is my favorite restaurant. I hope you get to dine there soon!

Bon Appetite,

-Shveta

October, 2017

 

Brunch with AustinOnBudget at Eureka Austin

I’ve been a long time fan of the food and beer selection at Eureka since they opened in Austin a year or so ago!

When asked if I’d like to join for brunch, it didn’t take much convincing.

Brunch isn’t complete without a bev! The Weekend Thyme (left) and Bloody Mary (right) were legit!

Avocado toast with a hard boiled egg, diced tomato, chimichurri and watermelon radish was one of my favorite avo toasts to date!

We loved the Steak and Eggs (top) and Chilaquiles (bottom). The steak and eggs had firecracker aioli and kale inside. The chilaquiles weren’t soggy at all – they had feta, sour cream, purple onions, avocado and pico of course!

You had me at Fried Chicken! The Fried Chicken and Sweet Cornbread was a nice twist on a chicken and waffle. And some crumbled bacon in there for a nice surprise! The Bread Pudding French Toast (bottom) was a nice sweet bite after all the savory!

 

Next time you’re downtown at brunch time, or nearby, or far away but want a good brunch, head on over to Eureka. You’ll be totally happy with your decision 🙂

Bon Appetite!

-Shveta

October, 2017

Getting “Knotty” at Knotty Deck and Bar

I don’t know if y’all have noticed, but the hotel scene in Austin is really starting to pick up their restaurant game! Perhaps it’s all the competition (man the restaurant business is so cutthroat right)?!

A few food bloggers and I dined at Knotty Deck and Bar at the Renaissance Austin Hotel earlier this week and I was blown away with the freshness of the ingredients, flavor of each dish, and the concept. Did you know they source their meat products from local farms and ranches, they have an on-premise garden and they pride themselves in having a scratch kitchen? I had NO IDEA!

Chef Chris who moved from Florida to take the position as Executive Chef, has been onboard at Knotty Deck since they opened a few years ago. He really knows what he’s doing and we thoroughly enjoyed our entire experience and everything we ate (which was ALOT)!

The bar staff make super creative drinks and they even randomly started barrel-aging a few spirits (totally unintentional really).

This Negroni was delish

Rye Fashioned – my hubs would love this one!

Of course, I had to get a glass or vino!

The Tex-Mex Charcuterie, Wild Boar Spare Ribs, and the Fried Pig Ears were a wonderful way to start our dining adventure (and night of spoiling)—–

Fried Pig Ears – and that fried egg!

Yasssssssss to charcuterie! They have a bee hive on the roof where they source their honeycomb!

Wild boar spare ribs and the side salad — so good!

Enjoy their deck if you can — it’s absolutely stunning and a beautiful view of the preserve below. I can’t wait to go back one evening when it cools down a bit. They’ve got a huge fire pit that makes for a perfect place to warm up and/or make s’mores!

Next up, more yummy food —

 

Lobsta!!!

Diver scallops!

Veggie Cavetelli

Ugh, I can’t remember the name of this fish but it’s rampant in the ocean and really tasty!

And although we had no more room in our tummies to eat anymore, a few highlights from the brunch menu came out and I’ve gotta go just for brunch now —

Knotty Patty Melt – grassfed beef, oaxaca, house bacon, hash brown, grilled onion, 2 farm eggs, picante aioli on rye bread!

Knotty Fries – pulled pork, farm fried egg, redneck cheddar, picante aioli, grilled onion

Lastly, out came dessert and we were beyond blown away…took some to-go because I didn’t have the heart to throw away the leftovers or leave it behind.

Chocolate and hazelnut HEAVEN!

Crumbled cake with meringue and edible flowers — isn’t it gorg!

Sweet Potato Cobbler – OMG!

Y’all, you’re depriving yourself of an amazing meal — go dine there now. You won’t be disappointed. It’s not even too far north, for those of you who don’t venture out of Central Austin.

Enjoy and until we dine together (soon),

Bon Appetite!

-Shveta

August 2017

Prince’s Hot Chicken from NashVegas comes to ATX!

When Prince’s Hot Chicken says they’re coming to Austin, you do what you can to get your a** over there to eat the HOT chicken! As an Envy Ambassador, I had the opportunity to devour some Prince’s Hot Chicken this week and takeover @findyourenvy ‘s IG account while I was there! Such a fun event and definitely one I didn’t want to miss!

It was hosted at Independence Brewing’s taproom by October Family Craft. The venue was perfect for the occasion and I loved the table setup! As part of our ticket price, we were treated to a Family Style meal and Indy Brewing beer tastings and pours.

I mean, how cute is this setting?

While the meal was being prepared, we were treated to samples of Independence Brewing’s Stash IPA, White Rabbit Wit, Austin Amber, and Power and Light Pale Ale. All were great for palate cleansing and cooling off the heat from the chicken we consumed shortly thereafter!


Then the food started coming out – potato salad, baked beans, seasoned fries, ranch dressing (to cool off that HOT chicken), pickles, the works! The potato salad was just like I like it – mustardy and less mayo. The seasoned fries were so addictive. Loved the crunch and the spice on them! The baked beans were sweet-ish and really helped to temper the upcoming heat from the chicken.

I only caught a pic of the fries – rest was on video!



Then plates and plates of HOT chicken. Mild, medium and hot were the levels of chicken. The guys at the table started with the hot. Not sure why! I mean, after that heat, everything was bound to be hot. Even the potato salad.
Genius that I am, started with the mild. So glad I started with the mild, y’all. Even the mild was quite hot. The medium was hotter and the hot, I could only eat 2 bites. All in all, I probably ate 1 and a half pieces of chicken given that I took too long taking pics and I had to cool down before I continued 🙂

I present my plate of yumminess! Hottest chicken on top, then medium, and then mild.



After we all died from the heat (yes, I’m generalizing and probably being a tad bit dramatic, but seriously the HOT chicken is hotter than anything I’ve eaten), we watched 3 brave souls eat a piece of the XXX Hot. It was soooooo black from the cayenne sauce, y’all.

XXX Hot Chicken




The night’s event was put together by October. Love that they’ve started this new series of events, Family Craft, which aims to highlight those families behind some of the country’s most inspired craft breweries and restaurants! I look forward to attending their next event!

May, 2017

Wined and Dined at Andiamo Italiano

This little gem of an authentic Italian restaurant might be tucked away, but it’s worth every mile you go off the beaten path!

A friend of mine enjoyed a totally indulgent experience at Andiamo earlier this month. Paired with wine, each course we enjoyed was thoughtfully prepared and even met my dietary restrictions when appropriate.

First up, super warm and absolutely divine, bread, and a glass of prosecco! The bread was heartier than you’re probably used to getting at the start of an Italian meal – nonetheless, I loved it and it turns out, each loyal customer does too!


Our first antipasti course was the Involtini di Melanzane. It appears to be similar to a stuffed canneloni (in my opinion). I’m not a fan of eggplant, but the breaded eggplant stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella was out of this world! And that homemade tomato sauce…OMG!


The Tartare di Salmone came out right after and let’s just say, I’ll be dreaming about it for a while! I don’t think I’ve had Italian-style tartare before. The salmon mixed with green olives, dijon, capers, green onions, EVOO, and lemon juice was so bright, zesty and flavorful.


Up next, the shining star of the night: Ravioli di Barbabietola. Holy wowzas! I’d never eaten beet ravioli before but I love beets and I love a good ravioli. This was a combo made in heaven! The homemade ricotta and the homemade pasta (yes, they make their own) sauteed in pistachio and on a bed of basil pesto was outstanding! Not too rich. Not too anything. Literally, every bite was just right. And how pretty in pink is it, right?

Winding down the meal, we enjoyed the Capesante e Gameberi and the Polpette Vegetariane. The shrimp and scallops in the Capesante were perfectly cooked and I loved that neither of them smelled seafood-y! Now the Polpettes usually come with a pea and tomato sauce, but due to my tomato allergy, I had it on a sauce of solely peas. The Polpettes went so well with the pea sauce. They were stuffed with cauliflower and cheese – more like a fritter, but really rich and good!




One can never dine at an Italian hot spot and leave without eating dessert! We were stuffed and so we almost left without dessert. But, Daniela, the owner, had me at nutella!


Enter the Rotolo alla Nutella. HOLY WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! Two of my favorite things – chocolate and nutella – in one dessert?! Yassssssssssss! This chocolate cake rolled in nutella was not only a beauty, but it tasted like heaven in a bite. I’m so glad I enjoyed it before heading out. I did have to be rolled out of the restaurant though 🙂

Oh, and if you were unaware, they host a wine dinner the last Tuesday of every month. $60 for 4 courses and full wine pairings. Call to make your reservation!

May, 2017

My favorite spots around town to get your caffeine on (and eat, of course)!

I’m the biggest sucker for latte art and if any of you have ever grabbed a cup of coffee with me, you know that I beg (and bribe) Baristas to “make my drink look pretty please!” #sorrynotsorry

I’ve also been known to scout out coffee shops with WiFi since I work remotely on occasion.  I can appreciate a solid spot with an excellent choice of pastries, savories, lattes, adequate table space to spread out my laptop and other goodies, as well as feel like I’m somewhere vacation-y.

Thanks for stopping by to hear what I’ve got to say about my favorite caffeine-providing locations around the ATX!

First up, an East ATX gem, Sa-Ten Coffee & Eats. 

Discovering this beautiful Japanese coffee and eats “mecca” in The Canopy was life-changing for me. I live only a mile away and am happy to boast that I’m a frequent flyer 🙂 Perhaps, I’d like to call myself their “Ambassador of all things yummy.” Because there are quite a few small businesses and art studios in the area, you’ll see people hosting meetings and talking strategy (as well as conducting some business deals). Nevertheless, Sa-Ten makes for the perfect spot for you to have a productive day working, meeting up a friend for a lunch/dinner/coffee date, stay warm with a hot bev in hand (cool off with an iced coffee during most of the year in Austin), or nourishing yourself with their ever-so-tasty bites.

My fave: Almond Milk Latte with a splash of hazelnut. Try a peppermint mocha as well. Check out their monthly specials which are always perfection. Oh, and their Turkish Mint tea is great if you want an herbal tea.

WiFi: Yes, it works well and rarely kicks you out

Grub: Tons of options (toasts, curries, katsu) and they also have pastries from Quack’s

Bike Racks: Yep

Parking situation: Parking Lot for all of The Canopy

Website: http://www.sa-ten.com/

Specialty Creation – they make their own syrups and come up with the best monthly specials. This was the nutella latte.

Peppermint mocha (check out that art)!

 

But First, Coffee! Yes, this is my mission as soon as I walk into Picnik on Burnet, which is next up on my list! I was absolutely thrilled when Picnik expanded to a brick-and-mortar up North in 2016. It’s a stunning spot that has me feeling light, relaxed and grateful to be in the company of like-minded people. Aside from serving up entrees and bites with the freshest, local ingredients (that meet any kind of dietary restriction you may have), they are one of the earliest providers (in Austin) of a tasty cup of butter coffee. The butter coffee craze has been going on a while, but I only became familiar with it when trying out Bulletproof Coffee at an event back in 2014. Anyhow, Picnik makes some amazing butter coffee creations and if you are a vegan, you can get coconut milk instead!

My fave: I have a few — Mocha Latte, Candy Cane Mocha, and Pumpkin Spice Latte

WiFi: Nope, put that laptop away! You’re here to soak in the beauty and RELAX!

Grub: The loaded guacamole is a must! I frequently devour the Picnik Cobb as well as their breakfast tacos. Be sure to get a blondie ice cream sandwich on your way out for a late afternoon treat.

Bike Racks: I’m not 100% but probably since there are lots of restaurants nearby and there neighborhoods in the vicinity.

Parking situation: They have a parking lot behind the building as well as even farther back in the overflow lot.

Website: http://picnikaustin.com/

Mocha Latte (perfectly foamy and grass-fed buttery)

 

Walton’s Fancy and Staple – the cutest spot for sandwiches, salads, epic desserts and of course, COFFEE!

I can’t recall the first time I laid eyes on Walton’s, but I do remember it being love at first sight. If you like feeling like you’re in an earthy garden with succulents and floral arrangements surrounding you all while nibbling on a macaron and sipping on a Turkish mocha, then Walton’s Fancy and Staple is the place for you!

Located on West 6th street, in the heart of all the excitement Austin has to offer, this little haven will quickly become your go-to spot for an indulgent latte and a perfectly-crafted sweet treat. I’ve worked from there many times as they have a quiet area in the back as well as counter space in the main dining area. It might get noisy during the lunch rush, but you’ll figure out a way to stay here a while.

My fave: The Turkish Mocha was to die for – not sure if they make it anymore. They know what they’re doing, so you won’t go wrong with a latte and syrup of your choice.

WiFi: Yep!

Grub: I order the “Fancy Lunch” and generally have half of a Ham on Pretzel and a side caesar salad. Get a dessert, please – macaron, slice of cake, whatever…just get something!

Bike Racks: In the vicinity or you can do what I do, lock my bike to a street parking sign.

Parking situation: They have street parking all around that area but you’ll have to pay the meter.

Website: https://www.waltonsfancyandstaple.com/

Turkish Mocha!

 

The Baristas know what they’re doing at Fleet Coffee! 

Being an Eastsider, I passed the building where The Lost Well is located everyday and suddenly saw some activity going on at the far end of the place. After a lot of curiosity, patience and sleepless nights with anticipation, I came across an article in Eater Austin (I think), about Fleet Coffee. Reading that the owners are the best-of-the-best when it comes to Austin Baristas, I started stalking that location for an opening date. It opened in mid-2016, and I fell in love. What a place! It’s gorgeous, quaint, intimate and serves up the most unusual coffee “cocktails” you’ll ever get your hands on. Love their newly added patio with additional seating. Don’t let the tonic water in the E.T. scare you – that concoction is v good! They had a fruity pebble milk/treat at one point and they update their menu with new seasonal items regularly. If you want a good ‘ole dairy-free latte, they make their syrups in-house and they have a local almond milk (Dulcis), which is so good!

My fave: Cappuccino or a butterscotch almond milk latte

WiFi: Yep!

Grub: I think I’ve seen pastries. The vegan BBQ truck, BBQ Revolution, is in the parking lot and Gourmand’s and Dog & Duck are across the street.

Bike Racks: In the vicinity

Parking situation: They have street parking on Webberville

Website: http://www.fleetcoffee.com/#nowopen

Cappucino – that blue with the art – wow!

 

Houndstooth – serving up your dose of caffeine Downtown and on North Lamar!

Too many friends have told me about Houndstooth being their favorite in town, yet I hadn’t managed to stop by. Until today…This morning, I saw a picture of someone’s cinnamon cappuccino on Instagram, and that gorgeous photo had me convinced it was time for me to try them out. Finding a parking spot Downtown to hit up the location on 4th street was harrowing and I circled the block probably 5 times before finding a spot on the street where I could pay the meter. I guess the downtown location caters more to those who work in the Frost Bank Tower and other walkable areas? Nevertheless, I was determined to enjoy a pretty drink (it was way later than I typically have caffeine, but whatever)! Totally worth it – I had the Rhum Nut Cappuccino (pictured below) and was blown away with the flavors and colored-art!

My fave: Being that I’ve only been once, the Rhum Nut Cappuccino is my fave – with almond milk.

WiFi: Yep!

Grub: They have pastries

Bike Racks: In the vicinity

Parking situation: Downtown parking – such a pain. Find a metered spot though. Can you believe the parking garages and parking lots are $10+ compared to $3 for 3 hours at a meter?

Website: http://www.houndstoothcoffee.com/

Rhum Nut Cappuccino. What a beauty!

 

You can betcha I’ll be adding and updating this in the months ahead, but until then, I hope you enjoy my recommendations!

Cheers!

January, 2017

Brunch at Revelry Kitchen + Bar

We East ATX’ers love to support the Eastside and are always on the hunt for the best food and drank!

Mission accomplished — Revelry Kitchen + Bar is killing it, y’all!

They just started serving brunch on Sundays starting December 18th. You’ll want to stop on by for Brunch (Sundays 11-3PM), Happy Hour (M-F 5-7PM), or Dinner (5PM – varies depending on the day).

Chef Simon (previously at Chinatown) brings his Indonesian flare to the bites and you’ll love what he’s got going on in the kitchen!

We were greeted at the door by their new Beverage Director, Alana, who is super sweet and knows how to make a kick-a** drink!

Enter the Grapefruit Mule:

It’s got a kick to it, and it’s strong – and oh so good!

The parade of food begins:

Ever had a Scotch Egg? This soft-boiled egg wrapped in a sausage patty will have you shouting something nasty! It’s so good!

 

Curry Up! Rendang curry, 2 fried eggs, pita bread of course. You’ll feel all the feels after this one.

 

Biscuits + Sausage – the biscuits are jalapeno cheddar! Oh, that creamy gravy and rosemary is clutch!

 

Wings + Waffles – heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, those chicken lollipops aren’t your average wings! The honey-maple bourbon syrum and pandan sauce will have you singing for more!

 

Ribeye Hash Skillet – you had me at hash. No wait, skillet. No seriously, that ribeye is epic! There are home fries and eggs under there too 🙂

 

Splurge on the Lavender Pisco Sour. Trust me.

 

Finished off with the Deep End! Deep Eddy Peach, iced tea, lemon and mint. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

 

LisaMarie, who helped Jonathan Lochrie get this place started, knows what she’s doing, gang. This place has an amazing vibe, staff are so friendly, killer food, knock your pants off cocktails, and it’s on the Eastside. Head on over. Quick! You’ll be happy you’ve added them in to your Sunday Funday routine, dinner date spot and just a good ole spot to hang with a cold one!

Bon Appetite!

December, 2016