Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bits and Bites

-- Today, Hopdoddy is donating 100% of their proceeds to the Bastrop fire victims.
-- Cannoli's Joe's is hosting a cooking demo with wine pairings, the Friday, September 23rd, at 6:30 pm, $45 a person, and includes a recipe book.
-- On September 25th, Odd Duck Farm to Trailer will also host a benefit for the Bastrop community; Black Sheep Lodge and Jack Allen's will also be providing food. For a minimum $30 donation, it's all you can eat, between 12 - 4pm.
-- September 25th is also the first day of Austin Restaurant Week! Sept 25 - 28, and Oct 2 - 5.
-- Click here to see the locations that will be hosts for the Austin Bakes for Bastrop community bake sale on Saturday, October 1st.  They will be in seven spots all over town, so please consider baking and donating your goods or purchasing for a great cause.
-- Sagra will celebrate their 4th anniversary (and overcoming this year's fire) on October 8th with dinner discounts of 20 - 100%! Each table will receive a sealed envelope  to be opened at the end of their meal, with a surprise discount inside. Neat concept! Darn, I will be out of town for that one....

-- While sadly, Somnio's on South First has recently closed, there will be an exciting new tenant -- Todd Duplechan, of the Four Season's Trio, and his wife Jessica Maher, have announced they will be taking over the space, to be called Lenoir.
-- I can also report of much construction at the old Bouldin Creek Coffee House, site of the incoming Elizabeth Street Cafe, an upscale Vietnamese spot. The building on the north side of Elizabeth Street, which has sat vacant as long as I can recall has been rumored to also be a new restaurant, and as I drove past there yesterday, noticed the presence of small bulldozers clearing land, perhaps for a parking lot?
-- Kohana Coffee has bottled their cold brew, and it will soon be available at Central Market! I am not really much of a coffee drinker, but I've had this stuff and it is SMOOTH!
-- The iconic gay bar, Charlie's closes on October 3rd, after 27 years.


And a newly released poem by one of my favorites, Shel Silverstein:

Italian Food
Oh, how I love Italian food.
I eat it all the time,
Not just 'cause how good it tastes
But 'cause how good it rhymes.
Minestrone, cannelloni,
Macaroni, rigatoni,
Spaghettini, scallopini,
Escarole, braciole,
Insalata, cremolata, manicotti,
Marinara, carbonara,
Shrimp francese, Bolognese,
Ravioli, mostaccioli,
Mozzarella, tagliatelle,
Fried zucchini, rollatini,
Fettuccine, green linguine,
Tortellini, Tetrazzini,
Oops—I think I split my jeani.

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