A real vacation. For realz.

I can think of a few Food Network hosts whom have staked their claim in the Nevada desert, but which eatery would you recommend? Or is there a perfect place to enjoy lingering conversations over a juicy tender steak?

One restaurant (if it still qualifies as such) that caught my eye was the Peppermill.  A 24-hour diner which was featured as a set in CSI, and I dunno… Casino!?!

Any suggestions from the audience? What dish would make you crawl across the desert to have again?

I really enjoy the different flavors of frozen yogurt at Front Porch.  It’s the perfect way to treat the kids any time of the year.  They always make crazy sundaes with the toppings.  Sierra loves the balls of fruit juice, Ben always goes for Cinnamon Toast Crunch (which btw goes with the chocolate flavor and reminds me of Mexican hot cocoa).

Join their club to get discounts on more frozen yogurt. Yum!


Check them out on Facebook.

Time flies!  Thanks everyone who reads my blog.  Sorry the posts haven’t been as frequent lately, I’ve been busy with, well…. everything.


Much love,

xox Heather

It’s casting season, I’ve received two emails this week about TV shows looking for hard core foodies to try out for shows.  Oddly enough, both involve travelling all over the country while cooking.  I would love to have the opportunity to see more of the USA, get my mug on TV, and cook to my heart (and stomach’s) content.

I wish.

Too many strings attached to me, two of them in particular kinda need me on a daily basis.

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So I will share these with you instead.
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JAK, as foodies affectionately call Jack Allen’s Kitchen, is always a good place to try something interesting without completely blowing your budget.  The kids menu has full size burgers, neither of my minions could finish their plates of cheeseburgers and fries.

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I tried the Prickly Pear Mojito and was so glad I did!  This is perfect for summer.  Fresh mint, tart lime, and the peculiar cactus fruit juice that gives a blush to the foundation.   A small splurge for myself that was refreshing and exciting.

Prickly Pear Mojito (Jack Allen's Kitchen, Round Rock)

For dinner I chose the Sloppy Jack, a beef short rib shredded like pulled pork and piled on a bun.  Messy and delicious!  If you like sweet BBQ sauces on your meat, this is highly recommended.  And yes, there is a large amount of onion rings on the short ribs, but trust me there is a good amount of meat under there!

Sloppy Jack


Trader Joe's coming soon... near me!

Trader Joe’s under construction at 9772 Great Hills Trail Austin, TX 78759