Austin Love

No Va Rainey Mac and Cheese

A Very Happy Hour at No Va

The best part about being in the AFBA is definitely bonding with fellow food-obsessed Austinites, but I’d say the second best part is our monthly happy hours. These events are useful for networking and whatnot, but mostly they give me a great reason to try out a different bar/restaurant every month! Case in point, the […] Read more…

Austin Trader Joe's Wine

Rejoice! Trader Joe’s is in Austin

New Austin Trader Joe’s! NEW AUSTIN TRADER JOE’S! Really, what else is there to say besides that?! I’ve been waiting for this moment since I first moved to Austin. Trader Joe’s was a staple of my lifestyle in Seattle, and a big hole was left in my heart (and stomach) when I moved down here […] Read more…

Rio Rooftop Pool

RIO Rooftop Bar + Pool

I know, I know… it’s almost Thanksgiving, so why am I reviewing a rooftop pool? Because rooftop pools are AWESOME, that’s why. And because, to my delight, RIO Rooftop was the location for our October AFBA Happy Hour! I’d been wanting to check out RIO since I first caught wind of its existence back at the […] Read more…

Quail and Grits from US Food

La Dolce Vita Food + Wine Festival Recap

I’ve always wanted to attend La Dolce Vita since I moved to Austin and first heard about this glorious event. The magnificent Laguna Gloria, an absolutely beautiful outdoor venue, is swarmed by over 50 of the hottest Texas restaurants and wineries, and attendees are tasked with the stressful chore of tasting everything. And by “stressful” I clearly mean “AMAZING.” […] Read more…

Imperia Jelly Shots

Imperia Sushi Bar + Lounge

A little less than a month ago I was invited to a special menu tasting at Imperia, a sushi lounge downtown I’ve heard about but somehow had never visited, despite my never-ending obsession with sushi. A group of Austin food writers (myself included) was treated to a lavish multi-course dinner, and I have to say […] Read more…