Favorite Places in Austin to Eat & Drink

Favorite places in Austin to eat and drink

I get so many emails asking about my favorite places to eat and drink in Austin. It used to be pretty easy to make a list for people from out-of-town, but in the past couple of years Austin has really become a top notch food city. The list of restaurants to hit is becoming endless, so today I’m narrowing it down to just a few of my favorites and when (and with whom) I would go.

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And now, let’s eat!

Meet over Margaritas (w/ Guac tasting platter): La Condesa or El Naranjo

Brunch with Girlfriends: Josephine House or Café No Sé

Patio Perfect: Perla’s or Contigo

Breakfast in Bed: South Congress Hotel or Hotel St. Cecilia

All the tacos: Taco Deli or Veracruz All Natural

Favorite places in Austin to eat and drink

Very Veggie: Bouldin Creek Cafe or The Steeping Room

Most Instagrammable: Elizabeth St. Cafe

Something Sweet: Sugar Mamas (vegan & gf cupcakes!) or Lick Ice Cream

Dinner with the Folks: Odd Duck or Central Standard

Remote Office: Mañana or Seventh Flag Coffee

Yes way, Rosé: House Wine or Lenoir Wine Garden

When in Rome Austin: Dolce Neve Gelato

Favorite places in Austin to eat and drink

Table for Two: Lenoir

Quick Bite: Snap Kitchen or the Downtown Whole Foods

Hike the Town Lake Trail and Head To: Juice Society

Noodles! Ramen Tatsu Ya

This post is sponsored by Square Cash, all opinions are my own!

10 Vegetarian Memorial Day Recipes

Portobello Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Sauce

Is it Friday yet? I’m SO ready for the long weekend. After a whirlwind 2 days in Toronto this week promoting the book, I’m ready to relax, sleep in, and of course eat some yummy food! If you’re hosting (or heading to) a picnic or BBQ this weekend – here are some very favorite Memorial Day veggie ideas:

Pictured above: Portobello Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Sauce

Ginger Peach Sangria

First things first, get your guests a cocktail! Mix up a big batch of this ginger peach sangria. It’s light and refreshing – my favorite summer cocktail. Serve it along with chunky Avocado, Black Bean & Corn Salsa and Cucumber Apple Green Gazpacho.

Chunky Avocado, Black Bean & Corn Salsa Cucumber Apple Green Gazpacho

For a veggie main course, try the Portobello Tacos (pictured at the top of this post), Orzo Stuffed Peppers or Chickpea Avocado Salad Sliders.

Vegetarian Orzo Stuffed Peppers Curried Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sliders

On the side: Sara’s Strawberry Tabbouleh and Grilled Corn on the Cob.

Sara's Strawberry Tabbouleh Grilled Corn on the Cob

For Dessert: Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Skillet Cookies with melty ice cream.

Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Skillet Cookies

For Dessert #2 (since it’s a holiday two desserts are allowed): Fancy S’mores! Put the Hershey bars away and gather a bunch of non-traditional toppings like crushed blackberries, almond butter, bananas and strawberries. Let your guests create their own customizable s’mores.

Fancy S'mores

Copper Vitamix Giveaway

Vitamix Giveaway

Today, we’re celebrating our cookbook launch with one last giveaway – and it’s a good one! You may have noticed that I have a thing for smoothies, blended soups and creamy sauces. I just love my Vitamix – but have you seen the new copper Vitamix!? It’s pretty, it’s powerful, and one of you will get one!

Vitamix Giveaway

pictured above: Carrot Gazpacho with Lemongrass and Creamy Miso Brussels Sprout Fettuccini from the Love & Lemons Cookbook.

This giveaway is now closed, thanks for entering!

 

If you don’t have a book, click here to get one!

A winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only.

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And congrats to @jamielynne19 who made our Quinoa Tacos and won the Staub Cookware Giveaway! Thanks to all of you who entered – it was so fun to see what you all made!

Special thanks to Vitamix and Williams Sonoma!

Sweet Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Sweet Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Is it Saturday yet?

I’ve been on the biggest breakfast kick and lately fruit-filled smoothies, muffins, and waffles are all I’ve been able to think about. I just finished eating a blueberry version of these muffins and now I’m sitting here daydreaming about what I might bake up this weekend.

Since sweet breakfasts can get unhealthy really quickly, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite lighter morning treats. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

pictured above: Sunshine Citrus Chia Bowls
Vegan French Toast / Matcha Kale & Peach Smoothies
Vegan Carrot Cake Waffles / Cinnamon Quinoa Bowls

Sweet Healthy Breakfast Recipes

pictured above: Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Vegan Coffee Cake Muffins / Maple Walnut Granola

Oh, and just a reminder – don’t forget to enter our Staub cast iron cookware giveaway by sharing a photo of a recipe you make from The Love & Lemons Cookbook! The giveaway ends Tuesday – happy cooking!

Staub Cookware Giveaway!

Staub Cookware Giveaway

Happy Monday! To celebrate the 3rd week of our cookbook being in the world, I have a really fun giveaway. I absolutely love my Staub cast iron cookware and it’s the best I’ve ever owned so I thought – why not share the love?

The pieces are made in France, the quality is amazing, and they look SO beautiful. I’m giving away the 4 cast iron items that you see here in this post. I mean, not literally these, you will get brand new cookware and you can choose whatever colors you want too.

Summer Squash Succotash from The Love & Lemons Cookbook

One lucky reader will receive these lovelies:
– one 12-inch cast iron fry pan (pictured above)
– one large 5 1/2 Qt. cast iron cocotte (pictured at the top of this post)
– two cute mini cocottes (pictured below)

(a value of $878!)

Cardamom Apple Crisp from The Love & Lemons Cookbook

Here’s how to enter:

1. Make a recipe from the cookbook and take a photo. (If you don’t have a book, click here to get one!)

2. Post your photo on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook with the hashtag #loveandlemonscookbook between April 11th and April 19th, 2016.

Post as many different recipe photos as you like and feel free to cross-post them on each social channel for extra entries – just be sure to use the hashtag so that we can see all of your entries. A winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

The Love & Lemons Cookbook

recipes pictured in this post from The Love & Lemons Cookbook:
Summer Squash Succotash (page 272)
Cardamom Apple Crisp (page 4)

Special thanks to Staub for hosting this giveaway!