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Need a quick no fuss lunch option under 10 bucks? If you’re in north Austin (ok, way NORTH) I’d suggest stopping at La Tapatia. It’s a tiny taqueria on the south bound frontage of Research Blvd (Hwy 183).

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Typical selection of sodas are available, as well as beer. The chips and salsa are nothing to write home about, probably not freshly prepared in-house, not that I’d expect it here.

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There’s a jukebox that randomly wakes up to flood the cement-walled eatery with Latino folk music. A bit loud when you’re sitting right next to it, and startling if you’re not expecting it. Restroom was clean and well maintained but didn’t have a changing table, just a heads up if you tote along ninos.

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Lunch for myself was less than $5 (not including tip). The lengua was very soft and sliced thin, very few clumps of pure fat, in fact I only found one. Needed a little salt, or I’m just craving salty tongue right now for some reason. Very filling lunch option for those with smaller appetites (and wallets).

La Tapatia is located at 13450 N Hwy 183 Austin, TX 78750

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Giveaway: Jade Monk Tea

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I met the folks of Jade Monk Tea at TECHmunch this year.  They offered samples for a giveaway and I was excited to share this with you, lovely readers!

I tried the Lime Blossom cold tea.  It’s as light as a feathery lime petal as the name suggests.  Matcha is whole-leaf tea which allows you to enjoy the full potential of your beverage.  From Jade Monk’s website:

Regulating inflammation, in particular, has become a hot topic. Jade Monk® helps control the activation of proteins associated with the body’s inflammatory response-COX-2 and inflammatory cytokines-which appears to help thwart arteriosclerosis and other diseases.

Pretty nifty!

I have a variety pack to give away to one lucky reader.  How do you win your box of matchawesomeness?

ENTER HERE

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My loquats are showing

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Fresh off the tree!

With the warmer days of late April come the golden fruit of my loquat tree.  You have to work quickly once they start to ripen, bugs and birds snack on the juicy yellowish orbs while they turn in the sun.  These are the very first loquats of the season in my back yard.  Now I have to keep the big critters from devouring them all before I can cook them down into a jelly or butter format.  Sweet and sour notes prevail when raw or cooked.  The butter I made last year was put to good use.  My friend at Full & Content rounded up recipes for this unusual fruit which will be posted soon!

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My prayers and condolences go out to the Stern family today.

Allen, I didn’t know you very well personally, however your enthusiasm shone through everything you were involved with.  Your spirit was warm and welcoming.  I wish I had the opportunity to know you as a friend, someday I’ll see you on the other side.

I’m sure everyone in this room will be making a smoothie today in memory of Allen, this was taken at the AFBA Google+ class, which Allen attended with fellow Austin bloggers in February.

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Here is my smoothie for Allen.

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  • 1 tablespoon Goji Powder
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup kale, chopped
  • 2/3 cup crushed ice

Blend until smooth.  Makes one tall smoothie.

Cheers, Allen.

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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!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

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Salsa options range from mild and tangy, to slightly sweet fire sauce.  Clockwise above: medium heat tomato based salsa, hot Habanero sauce, and mild tomatillo sauce.

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Lunch specials include $4.99 for two tacos and an iced tea (including refills).  I tried the Cochinito Pibil tacos, pork in a habenero sauce cooked in banana leaves, which was flavorful and very tender.  If you are gluten-free, ask for corn tortillas.  I didn’t ask if they have separate kitchen areas for the gluten-free orders, although a friend eats there on a regular basis who recently discovered their aversion to gluten.

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This is one of the other lunch special tacos on the menu: Green Chile.  Not spicy.  Pork is just as tender as the first tacos.  I removed most of the large pieces of white onion, otherwise it’s a great taco.

Spinach Enchiladas

Also tried the vegetarian option on the lunch menu that did not involve fish, the Spinach Enchiladas, which were tasty and full of veggies.  The black beans were slightly harder than I would make them.

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Lastly, the carnitas rojo tacos which are pork simmered in a red sauce, probably my favorite so far.

The atmosphere is hole-in-the-wall but the staff were all pleasant.  They try to spruce up the tangerine walls with art and mirrors.  It lacks in high class comforts but makes up for it with authentic Mexican flavors.  Evidence is on the chalkboard menu on the wall next to the kitchen, it lists “Gourmet Tacos” which are not found on the menu, you’ll have to ask if they have any of them available that day.

Molca’s is at 8127 Mesa Dr, Austin, TX 78759

For more Mexican restaurants check out my city guide post, or view the entire Austin City Guide here.

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The best places to find authentic Korean food all seemed to be tethered to Lamar Boulevard.  There are a couple downtown worth noting, however North Austin keeps the best kimchi and bulgogi secrets.  Surprizingly, there are hardly any Korean themed restaurants south of downtown.  A few of the places recommended below cross into sushi territory but have notable Korean menu items. 

Downtown

Geisha Sushi & Grill (616 East 6th Street) Downtown fusion restaurant where bibimbab and bulgogi on the menu.  Geisha shares the block with El Sol y La Luna, a local Mexican restaurant, and is a short walk from Esther’s Follies if you like twisted political comedy shows (8pm start time).
Koriente Restaurant (621 East 7th Street) North from Geisha on Sabine Street you’ll find Koriente.  A quaint and cozy spot to enjoy vegan-friendly MSG-free Korean fare and bubble tea.  Nearby you will find Lipstick24 and Barbarella to get your groove on after dinner.

North Austin

Together Restaurant (9200 N. Lamar Blvd.) Nestled between a Mexican joint and a Pho place you’ll find Together.  The menu is full of authentic Korean dishes, some of which are only in Korean so you might have to ask what they are.  The decor is old and doesn’t really seem Korean, more like a collection of posters of places the owners might have been or want to go.  The Effiel Tower being among them.  The kimchi was fresh, crisp, and clean tasting.  I had the beef bulgogi which came in a bowl of sweet broth topped with carrot and onion slices.  Very affordable if you don’t mind the setting.

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Korea House (2700 West Anderson Lane #501) My favorite Korean restaurant in this area.  Often a lunch spot for traveling clients who want to try something other than BBQ or Mexican, this is at the top of the list.  Service can be curt but they are generally quick.  The lunch bento boxes are plenty of food and are great when you can’t decide what to order.  Prices are fair.

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Bento Box off the lunch menu at Korea House

Tous Les Jours (6808 N. Lamar Blvd) A French-Korean bakery chain that started in Korean in 1997 and opened thier first store in the USA in late 2000.  It smelled amazing in here!  Beware if you have nut allergies by reading the labels.  So many delicious pastries with almond cream that I could not test for you, but I did buy a chocolate croissant and a bean bun.  There are a few sandwiches if you’re looking for a light lunch with a juice or coffee.

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Manna Korean Restaurant (6808 N. Lamar Blvd) Manna shares the same plaza as Tous Les Jours, Rockin Rice, a Korean grocery store, Austin Karaoke, and a hair salon.  You are greeted with a smile by the waitress and hostess for the cozy Korean restaurant.  Clean design, Korean television, and a peek of the wizardry in the kitchen is visible from your table.  I had to try the Bi Bim Bap in Hot Stone!  I even took a video so you could hear the snap-crackle-pop of the rice in the blazing hot stone bowl.

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Umiya (1540 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park) Usually pretty busy for dinner but worth the wait once you get in.  The Korean dishes are delicious and the sushi is reasonable with a fair quality.  A good place to eat if your night includes Cedar Park Center for a hockey game.

Here’s a handy map

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Thanks Michelle from Foodie Is The New Forty for some of the photos!

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If you haven’t noticed all the food trucks around Austin, Round Rock, and Pflugerville you must be holed up in a bunker.  Late last year, the City of Round Rock approved a pilot plot for food trailers.  Pflugerville and Georgetown are next on the list.  Besides downtown, South and East Austin, you can find trucks up north too!

Stand Alone Trailers

Hey Cupcake! (10931 Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78759) Every month there is a special flavor on the menu, you can also pre-order online.  One cupcake is $3.

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Melvin’s Deli Comfort (501 E 53rd St, Austin, Texas 78751)  Weekday (11 – 2pm) lunch truck serving up home cured deli meat sandwiches with homemade chips and pickles.

Biscuits and Groovy (5015 Duval Street Austin, TX 78751) Freshly prepared eggs on biscuits with a choice of two gravies, the Aretha Franklin looks so good!  M-F 9-2pm, Sat-Sun 8:30-2pm

Rock-A-Billy’s Park (5430 U.S. 79 Round Rock, TX 78665)  Snow Cones and Classic Cars.

Food Trailer Parks

NATY (North Austin Trailer Yard) (1012 West Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757)

More information on the website:  thenaty.com

Snarky’s Sandwiches & Gourmet Doughnuts – M-Sat 11-9, Sun 12-3

The Yogurt Experience – M-Sat 11:30-9

Johnny T’s BBQ – Mon 11:30-3, Tues-Sat 11:30-9

Louisiana Wild – Daily 11-9

Chilly Dogs ATX – 11:30-9, closed Tues & Sun

Good To Go – Daily 11:30 -9

Went for lunch the NATY and tried Good To Go’s Black Bean Burger and the home-made potato and beet chips.   The beets are sweet and crunchy, I was surprised.  I should have put a little mustard and mayo on my burger, other than that it was a satisfying vegan lunch.

Also sampled the Three Meat from Johnny T’s BBQ, where the turkey was very moist and the pork was tender, with a side of beans and potato salad it’s enough to share!

A good feature here is the little play area for the kids (not in the photos, but it’s next to Johnny T’s) and if you’re a member of Planet Fitness you can work out at the location that shares the same parking lot.

Round Rock Food Trailer Park (500 N. Mays Round Rock,TX 78664)

Dog friendly.  Thursday nights is Movie Night!

The FB Page lists all the trucks and operating hours, I’ve included it here for you:

Curly’s Perfect Pig –      Wed-Sun 11:30-7
Meat Up & Veg Out –     Tue-Fri 11:30-2:30, 5:30-8   Sat 11:30-8
New Orleans Po Boy And Gumbo Shop –    Tue-Sun 11-9
Sylvester’s Soft Serve – Closed until late Feb?
Dawn’s Thai Kitchen –    Tue-Sun 11:30-8
Beef Cake Shop –     Tue-Sat 11-8
Carnival Concessions –     Wed-Sat 11-9  Sun 12-6
Hey Cupcake –   Mon-Sun 11-9
Ms Js Soul Food –   Tue-Sun 11-8
Flavalicious – Tue-Sun 11-8
Full House BBQ – Tue-Fri 11-8 Sun 11-3
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Sylvester’s Soft Serve

Pflugerville Pfood Ranch (2205 West Pecan Pflugerville, TX 78660)

New for 2013 and open Saturdays 11 – 5pm.  Watch the FB page as they add more trailers.

Current offerings are:

Hey Cupcake

Hall of Flame BBQ

and various arts and crafts.  Dog friendly.

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Casey’s Food Court in Georgetown (near 903 Church Street Georgetown, TX 78626)

Coming April 1, 2013!  Should be rockin’ in time for the Poppy Festival.

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James wrote about Vegetarian Food Trailers for the city guide.

Veronica wrote about East Austin Trailers.

Mike rounded up the Downtown Trailers.

Suzanna covered South Austin Food Trailers.

Check out the other categories in the 2013 Austin City Guide!

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midori

A really fresh sushi experience at Midori Sushi in North Austin last week for lunch.  Oh the sauces!  I’m a saucy kinda girl, always pouring extra gravy on my poutine or cranberry chutney on my poultry.  Sushi also deserves to be saucy!

I had the Spider Roll and Scuba Roll.  The Marilyn Monroe Roll looked awesome, that’s what I’m ordering next time!

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Go for lunch and expect a sizable crowd any day of the week.  The prices might seem high until you get your plate and bite into that first piece, not only will it be a fantastic roll, it will be fat.  It’s a good value for excellent sushi. 

Find Midori Sushi at #301, 13435 Research Blvd, Austin, TX  (512) 257-1411

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mango chile lime cupcakes
In case you were wanting the recipe for these little gems from the New Member Mixer at Savory Spice Shop on 6th Street, here it is! 

Mango Chile Lime Cupcakes

9 key limes, zest and juice
1 mango, diced (about 1 cup)
1 tsp Peruvian Chile Lime seasoning
1 cup coconut milk
5 large eggs
1 cup oil
1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
1/2 cup cane sugar
2 cups organic unbleached flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Pre-heat oven to 325ºF and line a mini cupcake pan with paper cups.
Cook the mango with a tablespoon of water until soft.  Use an immersion blender to puree the mango.  To reduce the fibers, push through a wire strainer and squeeze and juices from the fibrous pulp.
Combine the wet ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.  Add the wet to the dry and mix well.  Pour about a tablespoon of batter in each mini cupcake liner.  Bake for 12 – 14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
The frosting is vanilla cream cheese buttercream.
8 oz soft cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 cup Crisco
2 tbsp meringue powder
2 tbsp vanilla extract (Pro tip from Savory Spice Shop: don’t put your vanilla in the fridge!)
enough water to make the consistency you like (about 2-4 tbsp)
16 oz confectioner’s sugar
Whip until incorporated.  Keep chilled until ready to use.

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