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The Village in North Austin (on Anderson Lane near Mo-Pac/Loop 1) has been slowly gaining interest and new businesses are moving in steadily filling in the few remaining gaps. The Goodnight is one of the newer kids on the block and is perfect for a date night with your sweetie, or meeting up with friends. A long plentiful bar centers the dinning area. Four billiard tables are flanked by two ping-pong tables in the rear. There are bowling lanes for the adventurous types! The staff are friendly and the food is diligently prepared, although it’s pub grub. Albeit, tasty pub food. The menu includes many fried items, salads, burgers and hot sandwiches, plus a few entrees of the beef/chicken/fish sort. For a light snack I recommend the Chef’s Board, featuring Antonelli’s Cheese Shop and local nibbles. Vegetarians have a few options but are all heavy on carbs. The Cheese Steak has moist meat on a soft roll.

What to order: For your date night I recommend the Farmer’s Market Pizza to share. It comes topped with roasted mushrooms, goat cheese and spicy arugula.

    Address: 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78757
    Phone number: 512-459-5000
    Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday 11am-12am, Friday-Saturday 11am-2am
    Takes reservations: Yes
    WiFi: Yes
    Website: http://thegoodnightaustin.com
    Happy Hour: Monday through Friday – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $7 Pizzas, Megamugs of beer and select cocktails.
    Late Night Happy Hour: Friday and Saturday after midnight – $3 wells, $3 shots of Fireball Whiskey or Jameson Whiskey, $2 PBR or Lonestar cans.

But wait… THERE’S MORE!

Monday through Saturday – $30 per lane per hour after 4:00 pm.
Friday and Saturday – $15 per lane per hour after midnight.
All other times, including all day Sunday are free to play.

Pool, Shuffleboard and Table Tennis
Thursday through Saturday – $4 per hour from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm; $8 per hour from 7:00 pm to close.
All other times are free to play.


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Hey, I’m in a video!

Most bloggers hide behind screens and keyboards, myself included, however there are rare occasions when the elusive blogger is captured on film.  Or digital camera.  “Film” is so antiquated, don’t you think?  I still use it because I’m a child of the 80’s.

Anyways, my friend Elizabeth at Local Savour managed to get this gal from behind the screen to right in the middle of it.  A little video on her blog features Addie Broyles, chief editor of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook chatting with Elizabeth and I.  The AFBA has plenty of copies left for you to purchase for $25, which helps us fulfill our mission as a group.  Procure yours at our upcoming events!

More thank yous and hoorays to our sponsor for the cookbook, Cooking Planit!


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copyright 2013 heather santos

So excited to share with my dear readers about the community cookbook that the local food bloggers put together!  Right about now the press machines are getting primed to crank out hundreds of copies of our beautiful collaboration.

Addie Broyles is the mastermind behind this project.  There is something about a real book, a tangible chronicle that will become a foodie time capsule, which is lacking from the on-line food love affair we all share.  Addie had a vision and asked the other Austin food bloggers (dare I say writers?) to join her in this huge undertaking.  I loved the idea and jumped in, a bit over zealously too, Addie had to remind me she was only asking for two recipes in the first round.  I was madly entering anything I’d ever scribbled down in my kitchen notebook hoping one shred of it would end up in the book.

I still don’t know for sure what made the cut, but at least one recipe did.  Wouldn’t you like to find out what it was?  Don’t you want to see what a bunch of volunteers can pull together on short notice?  Well, I’ll give you that chance.  I’m giving away one copy of the book to one lucky reader.  The best part is that I’m willing to mail this cookbook anywhere! Hurry, contest closes April 30th!


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antonelli's cheese event space austin 2013

Arriving early yesterday to help pour wine gave me a chance to snap a couple of pictures before all of the guests arrived at Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.  The event space across the street is a remodeled turn of the century home, an intimate gathering for cheese and accoutrements.

jordan 2010 chardonnay and 2003 cab sauv

A selection of four wines were presented: (left to right) 2010 Chardonnay, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon.

My favorite wine to drink on its own was the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, it was so mellow and fruity.  The best pairing was the 2010 Chardonnay with Pure Luck’s goat cheese and a lime marmalade.  Most of the food bloggers in attendance enjoyed the Red Hawk cheese with the youngest Cabernet Sauvignon.

jordan wine guests at antonelli's cheese 2013

Lisa Mattson (pictured left) walked us through each wine and described the area north of Healdsburg, CA where the winery is located.  Kendall Antonelli (pictured far right) guided us through the cheeses, her passion for artisanal fromage bubbled.

2013 antonelli's cheese pairing platte

I have to check out the shop next time there is a need for cheese (which is pretty often in my house!).  Pictured above (clockwise) Pure Luck goat cheese, Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk, Ossau-Iraty, and Cabot Clothbound Cheddar.  The Red Hawk had a beautiful cream line under the rind, I could eat my weight of that cheese!

AFBA event 2013 Jordan Wine Antonelli's Cheese

Two of my fellow AFBA members, Elizabeth of  Local Savour and Stephanie of Steph Cooks, who hung out after the tasting.  Elizabeth, Brittanie (Three Diets One Dinner), and I enjoyed the rest of the evening at Dolce Vita as I needed some coffee after all that wine.

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…. yours truly!

I’ve been eyeing Melissa Joulwan’s cookbook since reading about it here and on her blog The Clothes Make the Girl.  Now I have an autographed copy!  Thanks Melissa!  I donated a box of Spiced Ginger Molasses Cookies to the silent auction that was paired up with a gift certificate to Easy Tiger.

My friend and I enjoyed mini cupcakes dressed in flavours inspired by cocktails.  You could text in your vote for the best cupcake and see the results on the projector screen during the event.  Oh, yes I should tell you more about the event!  But first, here are three of the tasty bites competing for numero uno cupcake.

Black and White Russian Cupcake

The Black And White Russian topped with a marshmallowy meringue and chocolate covered espresso bean.  This handsome little guy was the first one I tasted.  It was a moist chocolate cake and all together a good cupcake, however it didn’t scream cocktail to me.

Black Cherry Pomegranate Martini Cupcake

Something that reminded me of a trifle was the Black Cherry Pomegranate Martini, it even came in a mini martini cup!  This looked like a cocktail the most, it got my design award.

Steve’s Special Cupcake

My official vote went to the Steve’s Special Cupcake, Guinness chocolate cake and Irish Whiskey spiked frosting.  Just delicious!  I’ve never had a better cupcake.  If you are looking for a recipe try this one on Smitten Kitchen.  Might not be the best thing for a kid’s birthday party, these would be great for a groom’s cake though!

The event was a benefit for Bake-A-Wish Foundation.  There was hardly a dry eye in the room as we listened to the presentation about the impact Bake-A-Wish has on so many children and elderly lives in Austin.  I can sympathize with those kids who never had a birthday cake.  I was a farm girl way back when, we lived off the land and last time I checked birthday cakes don’t grow from the ground.  I recall my 16th birthday.  I said “My favorite cake is Black Forest, could I please have one for my birthday?” A Sweet Sixteen is supposed to be special and we didn’t have a cake that night.  Granted, we did have an apple pie Mom made using frozen apples from either our trees or my uncle’s.  Mom makes a mean apple pie, but it wasn’t what I wanted.

I want to give someone a birthday cake that they want to have but might be too afraid to ask for it.

Let the kids have some cake on their special day!

I don’t know how much the Austin Food Blogger Alliance managed to raise for Bake-A-Wish, but every dollar counts.  If you missed the event or you are reading this from afar, you can donate directly to the non-profit at www.bakeawishaustin.org

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