Foreign & Domestic is a Brunch Game Changer!

It took me ages to finally brunch at Foreign & Domestic¬†but better late than never! My dinner experiences have always been amazing, but after Chefs Heard and Lemley took over the restaurant, I’ve been itching to get over there.

Did you know FnD is one of Austin’s original nose to tail restaurants? You’ll be blown away by their creations and the use of the absolute freshest local ingredients.

I went in with my eye on the Fried Chicken Biscuit because I’m more of a savory brunch eater, but I was quickly convinced that I needed to try the Blackberry Crepe. I’m so happy I did – it wasn’t sweet, the ricotta and lemon and blackberries went so dang well with each other, and I ended up wanting more!

Isn’t it gorgeous?

The pancakes were served with a dollop of peach jam and whipped cream and they were super fluffy!

If you love Zucchini bread as much as me, this one has got to be on your list!

Zucchini Bread with lime creme fraiche

And do not leave without ordering the Gruyere and Black Pepper Popovers…oh my word!

Gruyere and Black Pepper Popovers – speechless!

I love any and all meat from 44 Farms and this Steak and Eggs did not disappoint!

44 Farm Steak and Eggs

And finally, what I initially had my eyes and stomach set on, the Fried Chicken Biscuit…look at that egg yolk!

Fried Chicken Biscuit with a sunny side up egg, red eye gravy and lemon confit

Chef Heard’s desserts are to die for, and even though we were stuffed to the brim, we got to try the Olive Oil Cake with Plums – again, no words to describe the yumminess!

Olive Oil Cake with smoked plums and fenugreek ice cream

So, after reading and seeing my pics, are you convinced that your next brunch HAS to be at FnD? I hope so ūüôā

Bon Appetite,

Shveta

October, 2018

VoyageDallas Trailblazer Series – I’m featured!

A huge thanks to VoyageDallas for sharing my story in the South Dallas collection of the Trailblazer Series!

I’d love it if you took a look at the article and would appreciate your feedback here.

I hope it inspires you to pursue your dreams, work hard and have tons of fun while living your best life!

xoxo,

Shveta

Still Austin Whiskey – now distilling Rye Gin too!

Still Austin Whiskey invited us in for a tour of their distillery as well as a couple of cocktails this weekend! I’ve been by before – love the aesthetics of this place! And, even better, they’re located in The Yard, where you can grab you a coffee at Spokesman, a beer at St. Elmo, and some delish Hot Gai at Soursop all on the same day! Emojis Grill Cheese is in the outdoor space of Still too and their Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese is to die for!

Still has whiskey and gin cocktails now! Grab you a bottle of their whiskeys or gins to-go too. The bottles are so pretty and the cocktails are gorgeous and refreshing.

Rye Gin menu

I really enjoyed the Texas Grapefruit Rosemary Gimlet – talk about refreshing!

The Bees Knees on the left and Gimlet on the right – both were very good and of course, photogenic ūüôā

If you didn’t know, Still Austin Whiskey is the first whiskey distillery in Austin city limits since prohibition. They’re still scaling up and distilling as they’ve only been open for right at a year now. Stay tuned for even more whiskey and gin to come. But stop on by next time you’re in the area. It’s really a beautiful space serving up some delicious bevs!

Cheers!

-Shveta

July, 2018

Falling Into Love With Revelry Kitchen + Bar’s New Fall Menu!

You know how you have one or two go-to spots in Austin for that consistent great food and experience? Revelry Kitchen + Bar is that spot for me and the hubs. The staff have been there from the beginning (their 1st anniversary is coming up) and they keep their menu fresh and seasonal. Quite unusual for East 6th Street and what people know as the “bar” scene in Austin.

Revelry’s Beverage Director, Alana, is simply a genius when it comes to creating new seasonal cocktails. We tried out the new “If Figs Could Fly” and Pomegranate Margarita because the hubs loves an old fashion and I love pomegranate.

“If Figs Could Fly” – Bulleit Rye, house-made fig-maple simple syrup and plum bitters – the hubs loved it!

The Pomegranate Margarita was perfection – not too sweet, not too tart!

Of course, Chef Dominique always whips up super creative cajun-inspired bites with seasonal ingredients, like the Blackened Redfish Sandwich, Cauliflower Hummus and NOLA Style BBQ Shrimp.

Blackened Redfish Sandwich with fennel-apple slaw – so legit!

NOLA Style BBQ Shrimp – be careful, these have the shell on them but you can eat it if you want! Spicy and tasty!

Loved the cauliflower hummus with veggie chips and veggies!

Next time you’re on the Eastside and want some solid food at a normal time or even late, head on in to Revelry Kitchen + Bar. The cocktails, draft beers, wine and food is all on point. They have happy hour all week long as well as daily specials! Their brunch on Sundays for #SundayFunday is one of the best in town!

Hope to see you soon for a bite or two!

-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

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 ūüôā 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 Рsuch 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