Our Favorite Food TikTok Accounts

Tiktok has taken the world by storm. It’s a place for people to share their experience and express themselves in various ways such as: dance trends, humor, art, and cooking. Food TikTok is full of unique and fun recipes/ places to eat. Here are some of our favorite food TikTokers!

@ Justine_snacks

Justine specializes in special diets and baking. She offers unique recipes and several food series where she finds the perfect chocolate chip recipe. She’s great when it comes to work from home meals or when you just need a quick bite. 

@ Veggiekins

Remy Park is the gluten-free/ vegan queen! She’s addicted to matcha and she shares delicious GF + Vegan recipes for the world to see. Taking us through several ‘What I Eat In A Day’ videos, she shows the life of a gluten free vegan. Turning everyday foods into healthy alternatives for someone with dietary restrictions. 

@ Eitan

Eitan is known for being an adventurous cook. He tries out unique recipes and has techniques even some professionals haven’t mastered. His energetic personality reflects in his fast-paced tutorials. Aside from recipes, he enjoys trying out different types of cooking hacks to see if he can make his life in the kitchen easier. 

@ Newt

Newton Nguyen won our hearts with his charm and humor put into his videos. He has easy to follow recipes and uses commentary/ jokes to lighten the mood. He’s one of the more easy-going food tiktokers. He doesn’t take things too seriously and his light-heartedness helps him stand out in the TikTok community.

@ The_PastaQueen

Nadia is the queen of pasta! She’s Italian, so her recipes are authentic and delicious. Pasta is in her blood; she gives honest reviews on viral pasta trends and even shares some of her own recipes for others to try at home. Her page has all the pasta content you would ever need; from homemade pasta to creamy sauce. Nadia’s recipes and beautiful accent will transform you to Italy.

@ Moribyan 

Hajar Larbah is a TikToker that gives us so much variety. She recreates restaurant chain foods and also shows you how to make the best fusion food that is influenced by North African backgrounds. Her name is a combination of her two nationalities: Moroccan and Libyan. Her page is great if you want to try new cuisine or even when you’re craving something sweet. She has a huge sweet tooth and you might find a rice krispy tutorial here and there.

@ TheKoreanVegan

Joanne is a lawyer by day, content creator by night. She shows us how to spice up vegan food and even incorporate it into her culture. Joanne’s videos tug on our heartstrings as she narrates her life stories and experiences and how she connects food with different people in her life. She shows us how to love food and not fear it. If you’re looking for some life advice or looking for ways to spice up your vegan food, she’s the one to follow.

@ Jasmineandtea

Jasmine walks us through several Asian inspired recipes, but more specifically Korean recipes. As Korean food becomes more popular, she shows us how to enjoy it right from the comfort of your own home. From entrees, snacks, to dessert, Jasmine has it all. 

@ Sulheejessica

Jessica is someone that you all have seen on your for you page before. You might recognize her for her iconic tagline “Let’s make some lunch for my kids!” Jessica took off when she shared the food that she would pack for her kids at school. Cutting the fruit into cute shapes and making sure her kids had tasty and filly meals to eat. She doesn’t show many tutorials, but watching her pack lunches is so satisfying! Lately she has also been including her kids in the video, showing how they help her around the kitchen.

@ Dora.leung

Dora started us off with healthy alternatives for our daily meals and recently she has been doing a series where she bakes through Claire Saffitz’s 105 dessert recipes. She has all of the dessert content you would ever need to satisfy your cravings. What better way to end your night than with a slice of cake. 

These are some of our favorite TikTokers that you should give a follow! You never know what fun recipe you might find. Let us know who your favorite food Tiktokers are!

Gluten-Free Vegan Nuggets

Who knew vegan nuggets could taste exactly like chicken nuggets? The texture is a little different, but the flavor is there.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup avocado oil
  • 12 tbsp JUST Egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cumin

Directions:

  1. Add the coconut flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin into a large bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients until evenly combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, measure out 12 tbsp of JUST Egg. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix with a spatula until everything is well incorporated. Once a dough ball forms, it’s ready to be formed into nuggets.
  4. Place the dough on a surface covered with cling wrap. Using your hands, shape the dough into a rectangle. Seperate the dough into 16 even sections with a knife.
  5. Form the dough into the shape of a chicken nugget. Repeat this step for the rest of the dough.
  6. Pour ½ cup of avocado oil into a small pan. Heat the oil until it reaches around 350ºF.
  7. Gently set the nuggets into the oil and fry until the bottoms turn golden brown before flipping. I would recommend working in batches (e.g. 4 nuggets/batch).
  8. Once the nuggets are cooked, remove them from the oil and palace onto a plate lined with a paper towel. Repeat steps 7 and 8 until all the nuggets are cooked.
  9. Serve with a side of ketchup and enjoy!

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

If you’re new to Indian cuisine and don’t know where to start, you should definitely try making this tikka masala! The pre-made sauce used in this recipe makes learning the flavor notes easier. You can also add in additional spices to suit your taste!

  • 4 lb boneless chicken breast
  • 1 ½  heads of garlic
  • 1 ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 jar Mayura Cuisine Organic Tikka Masala Sauce (18 oz)
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1 cup broccoli

Directions:

  1. Peel 1 ½ heads of garlic.
  2. Smush each garlic clove with the side of the knife and mince.
  3. Add the minced garlic into a large bowl. Continue this step with the rest of the garlic cloves.
  4. Add 1 ½ cup plain yogurt into the large bowl.
  5. Add 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper and 1 tbsp of chili flakes into the large bowl.
  6. Mix the ingredients in the large bowl until combined. This will be the marinade for the chicken.
  7. Slice the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces. Add them into the large bowl and mix until the chicken is covered with the marinade.
  8. Place the chicken in the fridge and let it marinate for 1 hour.
  9. While the chicken is marinating, add 2 cups of rice and 21/2 cups of chicken stock into the rice cooker. Press the start button and let it cook.
  10. After the chicken is done marinating, take it out of the fridge and arrange the chicken evenly on a lined sheet tray.
  11. Set the oven to broil (high). Place the tray of chicken into the oven for 10 minutes or until black spots begin to appear.
  12. Take the tray out of the oven and move the chicken into a large pan. Open the jar of Mayura Cuisine Organic Tikka Masala Sauce and pour it into the pan. Turn the stove to medium-high heat.
  13. Stir the chicken around until the chunks are submerged in the sauce and let it simmer for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  14. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water under tender.
  15. Plate the rice, broccoli, and chicken tikka masala. Enjoy!

Coconut Lime Crusted Salmon

  • 4 oz. salmon fillet
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lime
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Crack 2 eggs into a bowl and beat until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, add in ⅓ cup coconut flour, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp ground pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder, and ½ tsp cayenne pepper. Whisk until combined.
  3. Zest ½ lime.
  4. Add the zest into the bowl. Whisk until combined.
  5. Pour the coconut flour mixture onto a plate.
  6. Pat dry the salmon fillet with a paper towel.
  7. Submerge the salmon fillet in the egg mixture.
  8. Remove the fillet from the egg mixture and place it in the coconut flour mixture. Coat the fillet thoroughly and tap off the excess.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8.
  10. Heat the coconut oil in a pan until it reaches 350ºF.
  11. Place the salmon fillet in the oil and fry each side for around 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Remove the fillet from the oil and place on paper towels. Let the fillet rest for 5 minutes.
  13. Serve with a slice of lime. Enjoy!

Fearless, Taylor’s Version (a review)

On April 9, Taylor Swift dropped a rerecorded version of her album Fearless. Released in November 2008, listening to the album instantly brings a sense of nostalgia. We only felt it was appropriate to include our review of Fearless, Taylor’s Version.

The album features all 19 original tracks on Fearless. Swift added six additional tracks “From the Vault:” “You All Over Me,” “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” “We Were Happy,” “That’s When,” “Don’t You” and “Bye Bye Baby.” “Today Was a Fairytale,” which Swift wrote for the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day completes the track list.

“From the Vault” simply refers to tracks that Swift’s written over the course of her career. Some were meant for various albums that were cut “for reasons that, to me, don’t really matter now,” Swift said.

Why did Swift rerecord Fearless?

Long story short, Swift lost the masters to her first five albums after leaving BMG for Republic Records in 2018. When she requested to purchase these recordings on her own terms, BMG told her she was out of luck. Unsatisfied, she decided to rerecord her previous albums. Thus, Swifties can look forward to plenty more Taylor’s Versions in the future.

What’s different about Taylor’s Version?

Each track retains its essence and would probably sound the same to a casual listener. Of course, there are some changes, mainly regarding production and vocals. For instance, Swift emphasizes certain words differently and slightly alters tunes here and there. Other tweaks include minor tempo changes and a more modern sound to the instrumentals.

What are the new tracks about?

The first track from The Vault, “You All Over Me,” features background vocals from country singer Maren Morris. It’s a catchy, sentimental ballad about not being able to get over an ex. Swift sings, “The way the tires turn stones, on old country roads / They leave ‘em muddy underneath / Reminds me of you” and “Swore that I’d get out of here / But no amount of freedom gets you clean / I’ve still got you all over me,” implying that everything serves as a reminder of the narrator’s past relationship.

“Mr. Perfectly Fine,” an energetic country pop track, describes the narrator’s complex feelings after getting her heart broken by a player who hides behind empty promises and a façade. Swift sings, “Mr. ‘Insincere apology so he doesn’t look like the bad guy” and “‘Cause I hear he’s got his arm ‘round a brand-new girl / I’ve been pickin’ up my heart, he’s been pickin’ up her.”

“We Were Happy” describes the narrator’s guilt about falling out of love with her boyfriend through lyrics like “When it was good, baby, it was good, baby” and “Oh, I hate those voices telling me I’m not in love anymore / But they don’t give me choices and that’s what these tears are for.”

“That’s When” is a duet between Swift and country singer Keith Urban. The song depicts a couple who decide to part ways but realize that they’ve made the wrong choice. Urban sings, “Then through your phone / Came all your tears / And I said, ‘Leave those all in our past’ / And you said, ‘When can I-I-I come back?’” and Swift sings, “That’s when, when I see your face / That’s when I love you, that’s when.”

“Don’t You” tells the story of the narrator running into an ex who doesn’t realize the pain he’s caused her. Swift sings, “But don’t you, don’t you / Smile at me and ask how I’ve been / Don’t say you’ve / Missed me if you don’t want me again / You don’t know how much I feel I love you” and “So I walk outta here tonight / Try to go on with my life / And you can say we’re still friends / (But I don’t wanna pretend).”

“Bye Bye Baby,” like the title insinuates, is about the end of a relationship. Swift sings, “I’m drivin’ away and I, I guess you could say / This is the last time I’ll drive this way again” and “Then the here and the now floods in / Feels like I’m becoming a part of your past.”

And that’s it for our review of Fearless, Taylor’s Version!. You can check out the lyric videos for each track here.

30 Dog Treat Recipes

Have you ever wanted to give your dog an extra special treat?  Below are 30 recipes to make for your beloved dog. This could be for your dog’s birthday, gotcha day, holiday, or if you simply feel like making something with extra love! I know I personally feel a little bad when dogs can’t eat what us humans do, so these tasty treats are perfect for them! Not only could your dog enjoy eating these, but you can have fun making them as well! Most of these are easy to make, less expensive than store-bought treats, and have shown positive reactions in people’s dogs!

Note: Although all of these recipes are safe for dogs, I would be sure to have the right ingredients and check with your vet to make sure everything is okay for your own canine companion!

But, I would definitely recommend exploring these treats and trying something out!

Peanut Butter Treats

One of the most popular flavors for dogs is peanut butter! Just like humans, dogs also get cravings for sweet and salty snacks. Peanut butter will fulfill that, as well as give them a good source of easy-to-digest protein, healthy fats, and vitamins. These are various dog treat recipes that have a peanut butter base with different twists to them! If you know your dog is a peanut butter lover, try one of these!

  1. Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats from The Cookie Rookie
  2. Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats from Allrecipes
  3. Peanut Butter and Bacon Dog Treats from Sally’s Baking Addiction
  4. Soft Peanut Butter Carrot Dog Treats from Sally’s Baking Addiction
  5. Homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats (GF) from Whole Foods
  6. Peanut Butter Bacon Carrot Dog Treats from Comfort of Cooking
  7. Blueberry, Oat, and Peanut Butter Crunchy Dog Treats from Southern Bytes

Sweet Potato Treats

Sweet potato is another popular ingredient used in dog treats! They contain a good source of fiber, which helps their digestive system function. They are also low in fat, rich in vitamins, calcium, potassium, and iron. With all these nutrients, it can help your dog maintain its health and enjoy a delicious snack.

  1. Super Simple Sweet Potato Dog Treats from Allrecipes
  2. Sweet Potato Chewy Fries for Dogs from Food.com
  3. Sweet Potato and Apple Dog Treats from Blue Jean Chef
  4. Healthy Sweet Potato Dog Treats from Pook’s Pantry
  5. Chicken and Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits from My Modern Cookery

Ice Cream Treats

This treat is perfect for a summer day… or any day, let’s be honest! Many dogs love having a cold treat. With these recipes, you can experiment with different fun flavors for your canine companion to try out and cool down!

  1. Frosty Paws Dog Ice Cream from Food With Feeling
  2. Watermelon Dog Treat Popsicles from Barefeet in the Kitchen
  3. Puppy Ice Cream – Peanut Butter and Bacon from The Cookie Rookie
  4. Puppy Popsicles (aka “Pup-sicles”) from The Starving Chef

Meat-Flavored Treats

Meat-flavored treats are a perfect snack to give your dog with a more savory flavor. Sometimes, like humans, dogs want a meaty taste. These treats allow them to snack on something they crave, without having to eat a full meal. From chicken, to beef, to bacon, there are so many options of how to go about these treats.

  1. Homemade Dog Treats with Chicken/Beef Broth from Add a Pinch
  2. Homemade Beef and Cheddar Dog Biscuits from Brown Eyed Baker
  3. Bacon-Flavored Dog Biscuits from Allrecipes

Dog Food

Throughout this article, I mostly talk about treats for dogs to snack on. But, these dog recipes are more of a meal. They tell you how to make nutritious, quality, and healthy meals for your dogs. If you want to give your dog a nice dinner or so, this is the section to check out!

  1. Homemade Dog Food in Instant Pot from Southern Bytes
  2. Homemade Dog Food (Organic Rice, Ground Lean Beef, Eggs, Etc.) from The Mess Is Ours
  3. Pumpkin and Yogurt Bowl For Dogs from The Mess Is Ours
  4. Homemade Brown Rice, Turkey, and Vegetable Mix from Allrecipes

Others

These are more dog treat recipes that are interesting as well!  I recommend checking these links out, as they have some creative ways to make your special dog a special treat. From breakfast biscuits to carrot pupcakes, I think you can find something that stands out to you.

  1. Breakfast Dog Biscuits from HonestlyYum
  2. Pumpkin and Flax Seed Dog Biscuits by White on Rice Couple
  3. Homemade Applesauce Dog Treats with Rolled Oats from Pook’s Pantry
  4. Pumpkin Carrot Pupcakes from My Modern Cookery

CBD/Hemp Seed Dog Treats

As I was doing research on dog treats, I came upon many recipes that had CBD, or cannabidiol, in them. CBD is growing in popularity, and it has shown many benefits in dogs as well. CBD supports healthy joints and flexibility, and can help relieve joint stiffness. It can minimize certain pains your dog might be experiencing, and can even reduce stress. Hemp seeds also come from the hemp plant, and have health benefits related to joints, skin, and immunity. Because of the long-term health benefits of CBD and hemp seeds, I would consider checking these dog treats out, especially if you are looking for some holistic options!

  1. Almond Butter CBD Dog Treats by Emily Kyle
  2. Homemade CBD Dog Treats by The Starving Chef
  3. Homemade Hemp Seed Dog by Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

10 Spots to Take Your Next Date in Austin

Austin is full of unique and next level spaces to take your next date. Vaccinations are on the climb and the light is at the end of the COVID tunnel. To celebrate early, we decided to put together a list of our top 10 favorite date spots in Austin, Texas.

Upstairs at Caroline

Located on the corner of 7th and Lavaca, Upstairs at Caroline provides an outdoor bar experience with plenty of entertainment. With TVs to watch the game or show your competitive side with cornhole, foosball, giant Jenga, and more. Bring your dog along on Sundays for their “Yappy Hour” for 25% off all day.

P6

Located at The Line Hotel, P6 is a rooftop garden lounge offering drinks and dining with fabulous views of Town Lake and the Austin skyline. Open evenings and on weekends for brunch, P6 provides a perfect date spot for post dinner drinks or a whole meal. Be sure to make a reservation beforehand as they are highly recommended.

Garden at Ellera

The Garden at Ellera provides a more casual, yet romantic outdoor setting with games on the lawn and Italian cuisine. In Bee Cave, The Garden at Ellera is an extension of their namesake Ellera and considers itself a place to cultivate community inspired by the Boston Public Gardens.

The Ultimate Drive-In

For a more typical date experience, load up the car and head to East Austin to visit The Ultimate Drive-In offering showings every weekend with various themes. Double features begin at 8 p.m. with the second film starting at 10:30. Pets are allowed and there is a concession stand on-site. Follow their Instagram for updates on the weekend’s theme and upcoming showings.

Broken Spoke

For those trying to lose their two left feet, the Broken Spoke, a true Texas dancehall, offers two-step lessons Friday and Saturday nights from 8-9 p.m. Show up early as spots fill fast and learn the traditional two-step and western swing for $20. The Broken Spoke offers a full menu and if you can’t dance enjoy dinner and a show from Tuesday to Saturday from 6-8 p.m.

Lamberts

For a fine dining experience with a show, Lamberts Downtown BBQ offers live concerts on Wednesday and Saturday evenings from various local Austin artists. The restaurant offers a socially distanced evening with tables of two, four, or six for purchase before seating begins at 8 p.m. 

Zilker Park

Zilker Park offers a variety of free and paid activities from lounging in the fields to hiking the Violet Crown Trail. Cool off after a walk or hike in Barton Creek or paddle boarding in Lady Bird Lake. For a more casual stroll, visit the botanical gardens at Zilker. When you’re there, you can view various themed gardens with native and cultivated plants.

Capital Cruises

Offered year-round, Capital Cruises offers an evening sunset cruise and prime viewing of the infamous Congress Bridge bats. Capital Cruises also offers private BYOB dinner cruises. Various menu options are provided by the Hyatt Regency Hotel including fajitas, seared red snapper, and pasta.

Laguna Gloria

Situated on Lake Austin, The Contemporary’s Laguna Gloria complements the nearby Downtown museum. The lake offers a sculpture park and garden with self-guided tours. Spread & Co. offers cheese boards, salads, sandwiches, and coffee on-site. After your visit, stop by Mayfield Park and view the peacocks who freely roam the site.

Reimers Observatory

Get clear views of the night sky just 30 minutes from Downtown! While star parties are currently on hold due to COVID-19, Reimers Observatory offers public viewings through their two telescopes for the public. The two-hour long program within Reimers Ranch Park holds viewings for $10 per adult.

We hope that this list helps you pick out your next date spots in Austin. Whether you want to take a walk in the park or stargaze with your partner, Austin has plenty of options. That’s part of why the city is so great – you never know what places are hidden just around the corner!

Best Mexican Vacation Destinations from Texas

Summer is just around the corner, and I think that calls for a small vacation. Mexico has some of the best destinations to go to this summer and I wanted to share some of the few that are in my bucket list. I personally cannot wait for the sun tanning, the smell of fresh water, and all the great music that these islands have to offer! I hope you’re ready to pack your bags and buy your plane ticket because these will make you want to do just that.

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Not only does Cancun have beautiful beaches, but it also has a great nightlife. The Hotel Zone is known to be the perfect spot for good resorts, restaurants, and of course, the bars. You also have to visit downtown Cancun on your stay there. It provides a little bit of culture, the delicious street food we all love, small shops, and apparently also Mexican wrestling!

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

The beaches in Tulum are known to be extremely gorgeous and peaceful! The water is extremely blue and the sand is warm and soft all around. I’ve also heard that it is a must to go to the Cenotes while you are here and you can’t forget to visit the Ancient Mayan ruins so that you also get to see more of the culture! And, they also have great places where you can go zip-lining!

Playa del Carmen, México

Playa del Carmen, México

Although this one is smaller than Cancun, there is still so much to do. Playa del Carmen also has so many Cenotes you have to visit if you ever travel here and their nightlife is great! Coco Bongo is known to be one of the best night clubs to go to when you are there! Plus, there is also the opportunity to go ocean parasailing! It does not get any better than this.

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

I have personally been to Cozumel before and I 100% would recommend for anyone to go here! The water and sand were so beautiful and soft, it was definitely such a peaceful view. The nightlife and food was amazing to say the least. I would highly suggest going on a tequila tour in the plaza! The small shops and restaurants in the plaza are to die for, and you can’t forget to take a picture in front of the famous Isla Cozumel sign in the middle of the plaza!

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I have heard such good things about Isla Mujeres’ turquoise water and I am honestly dying to go see it with my own eyes. While you’re here it is a must to rent a golf car in order to admire the entire island. Your first stop has to be Playa Norte, the view here is immaculate. You must also stop at Tortugranja to see the rescued sea turtles and at Garrafon Natural Reef park for some zip-lining and snorkeling. Plus, if you go between June to mid September you can even swim with white sharks!

A Texan’s Guide to Food in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada is a city with a different award-winning restaurant from around the country on every corner. Similarly to Austin, this makes navigating the food scene there overwhelming. Luckily, this is a guide to find the perfect spot on or off the strip to grab a bite of food in Las Vegas.

Bang for Your Buck’ Restaurant – Grand Lux Café 

Bang for Your Buck’ Restaurant – Grand Lux Café 

The Grand Lux Café is located in the Venetian Hotel on the strip in Las Vegas. This restaurant has massive portions with pretty affordable pricing. They have an extensive menu, and serve just about anything you could think of, from burgers to pasta, stir fries and steak. What makes this restaurant even better is that they never close! My favorite was their pasta. I’ve tried the Short Rib Ravioli and the Lemon Chicken Piccata which were both super flavorful and huge! I also recommend starting your meal off with the Crispy Thai Shrimp & Chicken Spring Rolls. If you happen to be staying in the Venetian, which is my favorite place to stay in Las Vegas, having the Chicken and Waffles brough up as room service after a long night out is absolute heaven.

Off-the-Strip Bites – Umiya Sushi

Off-the-Strip Bites – Umiya Sushi

Umiya Sushi is a small Japanese joint off the strip. That just happens to also be right next door to a go-cart track! I usually don’t venture far from the strip when I visit Las Vegas, but if you’re in the mood to explore, definitely check this place out. You can choose one of two dining experiences when you come here, a la carte or all you can eat! The all you can eat option is super affordable, $22 per person for lunch and $27 per person for dinner, and the menu is huge! You can pick anything from rolls and sashimi to noodle dishes and yakitori.

I wasn’t too hungry when we came here so I ordered some rolls a la carte. I tried the Firecracker Roll with spicy scallop and crab, topped with fresh tuna, served with house made hot sauce, spicy mayo, and ponzu. Also, the Red Rock Roll which has tempura shrimp and cucumber, topped with spicy crab and seared tuna, served with a tangy sauce and a spicy mayo. Both of these rolls were incredible, and I definitely want to go back and try more of their menu.

Italian Restaurant – Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano

Italian Restaurant – Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano

Matteo’s is a small Italian restaurant located between the Venetian and Palazzo Hotel. The restaurant is beautiful, with a modern industrial feel to it. The ceiling and walls are lined with steel and copper fixtures, and there are light wood accents around the restaurant which complement the neutral linens. When you first sit down, there is complementary bread and olive oil brought to the table which is one of my favorite things at a restaurant. All of their pasta is fresh and made in house every day.

I always get the Casonezi which is pork and veal filled ravioli with pancetta, sage, brown butter, and Parmigiano Reggiano. The dish is very rich but the filling in the ravioli has some spice which cuts through the creamy sauce really nicely. If you’re a mortadella fan, the Modenesi pasta is a beautiful dish with parma prosciutto filled pasta, pistachios, mortadella, truffle butter, and winter black truffles. The portions here are on the smaller side but you can really tell a lot of time and effort was put into each dish, especially in the perfectly tender handmade pasta.

Dessert – Milk Bar

Dessert – Milk Bar

Milk Bar is located on the second floor of the Cosmopolitan Hotel and is a cute dessert stand that was featured on Chef’s Table: Pastry! Christina Tosi, a James Beard award winning chef is the mind behind Milk Bar. They make cake truffles, huge cookies, cakes, and their famous Milk Bar Pie.

Unfortunately, when I went there, they were sold out of the pie. However, I did try the cake truffles which were like rich and moist cake balls that melted in your mouth. I tried the chocolate birthday flavored ones, but they also have red velvet and vanilla birthday cake. I also had a slice of their birthday cake, which I was really excited for because that cake is featured in Milk Bar’s episode on Chef’s Table. It’s a three-tiered rainbow flecked vanilla birthday cake layered with creamy birthday buttercream. It’s simple and perfect. You can also get Milk Bar treats shipped anywhere in the United States now through their website!

Casual Dining – Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Casual Dining – Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Hattie B’s is a Nashville family-owned restaurant with a location in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. What makes Nashville hot chicken different than regular fried chicken is that there is hot sauce and spices in the breading, and also after its fried, the chicken is tossed in spicy sauce and sometimes also a spice blend. Hattie B’s hot chicken is no joke. They have spice levels from ‘Southern’ (no heat) all the way up to ‘Damn Hot!!’. You can choose from dark or white meat pieces, or they have a chicken sandwich which is what I recommend. The sandwich is a bit messy to eat but the chicken is so flavorful and moist, I think its better than Chick-fil-a.

Instagram-able Bar – Chandelier Bar

Instagram-able Bar – Chandelier Bar

I visited the Chandelier bar while I was waiting for a reservation and was in awe with how beautiful the space is. In the Cosmopolitan Hotel, there is a massive chandelier in one of the foyers that hangs multiple floors down. On the second floor, is the Chandelier Bar, that is located inside the gigantic chandelier. The walls of the bar are rows of crystals, with ambient neon pink lighting. While their drinks are a bit pricey, they are innovative and delicious. 

One of their specialty cocktails, The Royal Tenenbaum was my favorite, refreshing twist on a paloma. It was a well-balanced mix of jalapeno-infused Roca Patron, pink grapefruit liqueur, citrus, cilantro, ginger-tamarind syrup and cucumber soda. One of their most wild drinks is the Verbena Cocktail. It’s like a vodka lemonade with sweet ginger puree, kaffir lime leaves, lemon juice, coconut ginger rooibos tea, lemongrass syrup, vodka and ginger beer. However, what makes this cocktail special is a Szechuan button, a flower bud that once eaten creates a tingly and numbing sensation in your mouth, that sits on top of the drink. If the décor and ambiance doesn’t sell you on this bar, the cocktails definitely will.

My Favorite Overall – Momofuku

My Favorite Overall – Momofuku

I saved the best for last. Momofuku is Chef David Chang’s restaurant located in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Momofuku means ‘lucky peach’ and their logo is a fitting cute peach. However, there could be a correlation between the restaurant and the name of the inventor of instant ramen, Momofuku Ando. Momofuku is an Asian fusion restaurant, and I have to stop by here every time I visit Las Vegas because the food is that good.

My favorite appetizer is the Shrimp Buns. It comes with two per order and its flash fried shrimp tossed in a creamy spicy sauce, pickled red onion, and some shredded iceberg lettuce inside a warm steamed bao bun. Each time I have visited the selection has changed, but the ramen at Momofuku is amazing. I got the Spicy Miso Ramen which comes with braised short rib, black garlic, and a shoyu egg. I’m not a fan of super heavy and fatty ramen, but this dish remained light while still being rich, like a good bowl of ramen should be. They have larger platform protein-oriented dishes, all of which that I have tried were delicious. However, the Shrimp Buns and the ramen are what I highly recommend at Momofuku.

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Las Vegas is an epicenter for amazing food from award winning chefs. Which means I know I am missing some great restaurants on this list. That’s why I love Las Vegas, there is amazing food from world renowned restaurants on every corner, and I haven’t come close to trying them all.

Swamp Tiki Vibes Abound

East Austin has a new food stand courtesy of the Cavalier in the heart of the Webberville District! Wicky’s Walkup Window is a New Orleans-style counter that specializes in sandwiches, takeaway drinks, and other bodega-style items. Let their good vibes and chill crocodile mascot guide you to their outdoor patio.

The Drinks

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite: the drinks. Wicky’s makes a fire daiquiri. They took a piece of New Orleans and learned how to make a truly delicious Hurricane (minus the hurricane glass, sadly). If you’ve never had a Hurricane here’s the ingredient breakdown: passionfruit juice, lemon juice, and rum, of course! Wicky’s serves a frozen Hurricane, and if you’re itching to visit NOLA, it might just tie you over. Their frozen daiquiri flavors are rotating, so make sure you go and see what they’re offering with the classic Hurricane!

wicky's makes a daiquiri

Muffulettas and Rolls

Now, let’s talk about the muffulettas and rolls. You’ve got two options in the muffuletta realm: the Ok, Boomer and the Beet it, Nerd. BTW, Wicky’s is definitely on their creative name grind. The Ok, Boomer is similar to a classic muffuletta with mortadella, salami, ham, provolone, and a to-die-for olive tapenade all on a loaf of Easy Tiger focaccia. The Beet it, Nerd is a little shoutout to the vegetarians in the crowd. Instead of the mortadella, salami, and ham, the Beet it, Nerd features citrus-marinated beets with all of the muffuletta toppings. So yummy! Their roll options are just as exciting. The Shrimp Roll is a classic Cajun-shrimp sandwich with lemon and mayo. There’s another shoutout to vegetarians with their You Don’t Know Jack roll which features Jamaican jerk jackfruit and apple-carrot slaw also on an Easy Tiger Roll. If you’ve never had jackfruit, today’s your lucky day; their jackfruit is so delicious and close to pulled pork, I guarantee you’re going to love it.

Muffulettas and Rolls
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Sides

Their side options are two variations of tots. The first option of tots is the Brunch Tots; if you’re in the mood for some fried egg, bacon, and nacho cheese all on top of some crispy and delicious tater tots, these are for you. The second option is the Elotes Tots. Imagine elite, delicious, and perfect all on its own, but now imagine it on top of a bed of tater tots. The best thing you’ve ever thought of, right? They are everything you’re dreaming of and more.

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If you’re more in a breakfast mood, they also have breakfast biscuits! The Naughty Girl is a ham, egg, and cheese option, and the Good Boy is a meatless sausage, egg, and cheese option — both on a buttermilk biscuit!

Wicky’s Walkup is the perfect spot for a quick lunch break or daiquiri stop on a nice day! They’re a great addition to the East Austin fam, AND they have easy parking right behind their building. You’ll definitely see us there scarfing down 6 orders of the Elotes Tots and filling up on frozen Hurricanes!

Also an extra fun fact: they are also a notary public! $4 per stamp or free with purchase. See y’all at the swamp!

Check out Wicky’s Walkup Monday-Friday from 11 AM-3 PM at 2400 Webberville Road, Austin, TX