Monday, January 22, 2018

Previewing Fareground, Austin's First Food Hall

Our little Austin is growing up - we now have our very own food hall! And its creators are doing it up right.

Fareground

The space, designed by Michael Hsu, is open and airy and simply gorgeous. I regret that I didn't snap more photos of the details - luscious tiles and interesting finishes that really elevate the space. It was super cold the night of the media preview, so I didn't venture out to see the outdoor space, but I hear that it's equally lovely.

I was lucky enough to sample complimentary bites from each of the restaurants there. Everything was wonderful; the hardest part about going is surely going to be narrowing down what to eat!

Easy Tiger
Mini sandwiches from Easy Tiger on their excellent house made bread

Antonelli's Cheese
A sampler plate from Antonelli's Cheese, featuring creamy tomato soup, a seven cheese mac 'n' cheese, and a wonderfully satisfying grilled cheese with Der Scharfe Maxx, fontina, and sweet & tangy mustard seeds on levain.

Henbit Matcha Lavender Latte
A fantastic matcha lavender latte from Henbit. They managed to get this just right, avoiding the bitterness matcha can have and the overly floral-ness that lavender can have, and instead blending the best of both into one perfect, not-too-sweet drink.

Henbit Cookies
Miniature versions of Henbit's Monster Cookie. They suggest buying the Monster and eating it over a couple of days. Mine would never last that long.

Contigo
Lemon pepper, kim chi, and chicken dripping sauce wings from Contigo

Ni-Kome
Sushi samplings from Ni-Kome

Dai Due Wild Boar Al Pastor Taco
Absolutely stunning wild boar al pastor taco from Dai Due. I'll be back for this one, for sure.

Dai Due Churros
These churros from Dai Due also had my number. Fried but still somehow light(ish), served with a caramel sauce.

Dai Due
Keeping it real at Dai Due!

Know before you go:
• Open 7a - 10p M-F; 9a - 10p weekends (note that not all vendors are open all of these hours).
• Parking in the garage across Brazos Street from the building (the lot for 111 Congress) is validated with food or drink purchase to reduce the usual parking charge of $7/half hour down to $3/half hour with a maximum charge of $21. However, if there's room in the Convention Center garage next door, the rates there are $4 for 15-60 minutes or $6 for 1-3 hours. Or, try your luck with street parking - meters downtown are free on Mondays and Tuesdays after 6p and all day Sunday.

111 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Off Topic - My 2017 in 365 Seconds

At some point in 2016, I noticed that I was spending more time documenting my food than the people I was with. While I didn't want to stop documenting my food, I did want to pay tribute to and remember all the wonderful friends and loved ones who shared meals and time with me throughout the year. So in 2017, I embarked on a project to document the rest of my life using the excellent One Second Everyday app (which I highly recommend!) While I did sometimes forget to film the most fun parts of my days, by some miracle, I filmed something every day in 2017.

I don't know how interesting it will be to watch this for anyone who doesn't spend time with me on a regular basis, but it will definitely give you a peek into how I spend my free time and who I spend it with. For all of you who put up with my videotaping you all year, fair warning - I loved this so much that I plan to repeat the project again for 2018 (sorry in advance)!

Without further ado, here's my 2017 in 365 seconds! Happy new year, everyone!

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