On the Road Eats: Austin

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I love going to Austin!  It’s a quick flight or drive, there are some great vacation spots, I have fantastic clients there and the food scene is amazing.   I visited one of my favorite spots for breakfast and tried three new places, two of them recommended by one of my clients.

Ranch 616
I asked one of my client for a recommendation and he suggested Ranch 616.  It’s next to Star Bar and was a casual spot for me to have lunch. My dining companion at the bar(pictured below) was “dead” silent through the meal but the bartender who served me was super friendly. I ordered the Shrimp, Oaxaca cheese and poblano tamale with a side of tomatillo cream and guacamole.  Delicious, casual and a great price point that meant I had per diem left to splurge on dinner.

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Odd Duck

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I have been wanting to try Barley Swine for a while so when I found out Odd Duck was open and offered small plates I couldn’t resist. I was with a colleague that was open to ordering a bunch of items to share!  We ordered a roasted turkey leg that was an off menu special, the shrimp salad, the grilled bacon and the foie gras mousse. WOW!  . The bartender made great recommendations and  one of the partners(Jason) checked in to make sure we enjoyed our meal.  Everything was absolutely wonderful!

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Gordough’s
Donuts.  Huge donuts.  With lots of flavors and toppings.  I decided after the wonderful meal I had just finished at Odd Duck to go simple.  I chose the Naughty & Nice, a donut with Sugar & Cinnamon.  Perfect to end the day but definitely too big for me to eat the whole thing.  Four bites and I was in a very happy place.

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24 Diner
I decided to start my day in another “happy place”.  Chicken and Waffles.  Salty and Savory.  The perfect start to my day but a smaller portion to hold me until lunch.  24 Diner has so many awesome dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner but a cup of coffee and this dish puts me in a great mood for the whole day!

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St. Philip Pizza Parlor + Bakeshop
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I had high hopes for this restaurant.  Again, recommended by my client, I checked out the menu and there was one item that caught my eye.  The St. Philip Pizza – Clams, Fresh Ricotta, Garlic, Bacon Jam.  My colleague and I decided to share the pizza and shared the same opinion.  The pizza(crust) was great, the toppings- not so much.  The bacon jam was the dominant flavor, the ricotta was not generous enough and the clams were chopped and not very flavorful.  I had high hopes….maybe it was just an off day.

 

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Rainbow Dinner – Challenge #6

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Purple, yellow and green. The 6th week of Rainbow Dinner and new foods are still being introduced.

What is Rainbow Dinner? Every Monday I cook a meal that has three colors from the rainbow that my daughter chooses for me. The goal? Introduce new foods to my five-year old in the hope that she will start enjoying some new foods.

I knew I had to fly out early Tuesday morning for a business trip so this needed to be an easier dinner. Yellow and green were easy but I didn’t want to repeat a rainbow food. I decided on yellow squash and green zucchini and used a gadget in my kitchen to make them into “pasta”. Now to purple. I googled, I searched Pinterest, I asked the employees at Central Market. Japanese eggplant. Purple on the outside, leave the skin on and we should be good.

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But what can I do with all the veggies? Buy dough and make pizza!!!!

I quickly sautéed the veggies in olive oil and garlic, stretched the dough(wasn’t so good at this) and decorated the pizza with my sauce cheese and rainbow veggies.

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She loved the pizza (which I knew she would) but she ate it with the green and yellow “spaghetti” veggies. She tried the eggplant but was not a fan. My husband said everything was great but the crust. I guess I’ll keep my day job selling software rather than making pizzas!!!

 

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On the Road Eats: Indianapolis

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I just returned from Indianapolis and I must share how happy the airport there makes me.  Everything is just easy.  The security lines are easy(TSA pre-check has its own section), the car rental area is easy, there is finally a gas station with easy access, people movers are where you need them and of course, the dining options are great!  While I was in town, I was able to explore a few new places(new to me) and return to one favorite before I boarded my flight.

Pizzology Craft Pizza & Pub
I visited the location in Carmel and had a nice quiet dinner at the bar.  I normally bring my iPad which doubles as a book with my Kindle app and was able to enjoy a great pizza with my own choice of toppings and a nice glass of wine.  I definitely recommend you try their fennel sausage on your pizza.  For dessert, I took home an order of Zeppole.  Warm with a side of honey, the perfect treat on a rainy night!

The North End Barbecue & Moonshine
I read about this restaurant in the Indianapolis Monthly Magazine and decided I needed to try it.  I live in Texas so I get BBQ pretty often but the mention of pimento cheese and johnnycakes had me interested.  I grabbed my iPhone, clicked my OpenTable app and made a reservation for one.  When I arrived, I sat at the bar, did a little work and was ready to eat.  I wanted to try a few things so I ordered the Pimento Cheese(since that was what caught my attention in the first place) and a smoked turkey sandwich with a side of mac ’n’ cheese garnished with rib jam.  They offered 4 sauces for the turkey, all homemade and the server took the time to share the flavor profiles with me(tangy, sweet, classic and spicy).

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Now I will admit that I did not finish everything l but I ate enough to definitely recommend you visit this spot soon!

Harry & Izzy’s(at the airport)
A few years back during a visit to Indianpolis I was at St. Elmo Steak House and of course I had to try the shrimp cocktail.  It was famous.  And it was fantastic.  Harry & Izzy’s is the sister restaurant and they also serve the famous shrimp cocktail.  AND they have a location in the airport so I am always able to have a small treat before I board my flight.  What makes it famous?  Well, giant shrimp covered in the most spicy cocktail sauce with horseradish that will make you cry.  But it is amazing and now they sell it by the bottle at their locations and online.  I think this is a great holiday gift for those that celebrate spice!

For my next trip to Indianapolis, where do you think I should eat?

 

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