Finally, brunch at Launderette

New restaurants in Austin are a constantly reappearing commodity. And when they’re new, they are crowded. “You’ll be waiting two hours, but it’ll be worth it,” they say. “Don’t even bother going on a weekend,” they say. So when Launderette popped up on the East Side several months ago, I postponed the trek over there… Continue reading Finally, brunch at Launderette

Ladies who munch: drinks (and snacks) at Fabi + Rosi

Hands down the saddest part about being an adult (read: someone who is not in college anymore) is the fact that the simple act of seeing your friends is suddenly SO difficult. They are no longer hungover in your living room on Saturday mornings. Gone are the days when you know you’ll see them in… Continue reading Ladies who munch: drinks (and snacks) at Fabi + Rosi

Austin Musts: Sunday Brunch at Olivia

When it comes to breakfast, Southern food has my heart. There’s a place in Athens, Georgia that I think about every time I try a new breakfast place. Mama’s Boy is packed every weekend morning with college-aged patrons looking for homemade biscuits, cheese grits, fried chicken breakfast sandwiches, raspberry jam in a squirt bottle and… Continue reading Austin Musts: Sunday Brunch at Olivia

The happiest of hours at Uchi

Last week, I finally reached the sushi promised land. Since I’ve moved here, Uchi has consistently held a reputation for “the best month’s paycheck you’ll ever spend in one sitting.” It was a Japanese holy land that I would possibly never reach due to the current state of my finances. It was this mysterious, beautiful… Continue reading The happiest of hours at Uchi

Michi Ramen and the Perfection of Takeout

I love takeout. Some of my favorite childhood memories include my mom, my sisters and a plastic bag of MSG-drenched goodies. I love takeout of all kinds, but Asian food has a special place in my heart. There’s something about it that makes it taste so much better when it comes out of a white plastic bag with THANKYOU… Continue reading Michi Ramen and the Perfection of Takeout

The family vacation cocktail: Yooper Nectar

Last week I did what every good Ohioan does in August: I went to Michigan with my family. The Frankes have been making the 9-hour trek to Drummond Island, Michigan for almost two decades now. As kids, we would catch up on summer reading, go to the beach for hours, plunge into the icy cold water,… Continue reading The family vacation cocktail: Yooper Nectar

24 hours in Austin: Sunday/Monday edition

How do you entertain a visitor without a weekend at your disposal? Ava requested three things during her visit to Austin last week: good food, physical activity and live music. I am extremely proud to say that in the first 24 hours of her presence, I tackled two out of three of those requests. And… Continue reading 24 hours in Austin: Sunday/Monday edition

The good, the bad and the boozy: 3 meals at Swift’s Attic

When I moved to Austin, Swift’s Attic was buzzing with enough neon-blue hype to electrocute a passing mosquito. When a stranger learned I was “into food,” it was always, “Have you been to Swift’s Attic? Oh man, you have to go.” So I did. Three times. Twice for brunch, once for dinner. My verdict? Meh.… Continue reading The good, the bad and the boozy: 3 meals at Swift’s Attic