Matcha Swiss Roll with Lemon Cream Recipe

This Matcha Swiss Roll With Lemon Cream Filling – light, fluffy and not too sweet. Green tea flavored sponge cake, filled with fresh and smooth lemon mascarpone whipped cream.

Ingredients:

Matcha Swiss Roll

  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp matcha
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk 

Lemon Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

Matcha Swiss Roll

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. Place a mesh sieve over the opening of a large mixing bowl. Sift the flour, cornstarch, matcha, and baking powder. Pour the sifted dry ingredients into another bowl and sift 2 more times. 
  3. Separate the egg yolks and egg whites into 2 separate bowls. Place the egg whites in the fridge. 
  4. Add the egg yolks into a mixing bowl and whisk. 
  5. Add ¼ cup of the sugar into the egg yolk mixture and whisk until it doubles in size. 
  6. Add the egg whites into another mixing bowl. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy then gradually add the rest of the sugar while mixing. 
  7. Beat until the egg whites form stiff peaks. 
  8. Gently mix some of the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture until incorporated. Pour this mixture into the egg whites. 
  9. Fold the mixture until incorporated.
  10. Add in the dry ingredients and milk and gently fold until incorporated. 
  11. Line the bottom and sides of a sheet pan with parchment.
  12. Pour the batter into the sheet pan and spread evenly. 
  13. Tap the sheet pan on the counter to remove air bubbles. 
  14. Bake for around 10 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 
  15. Remove the cake from the oven.
  16. Carefully place another sheet tray over the cake and flip. The cake should come out of the other sheet pan.
  17. Carefully remove the parchment paper. 
  18. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top of the roll and carefully flip the sheet pan onto a flat surface. 
  19. Gently roll the cake on the parchment paper. Transfer it to a wire rack and let it cool completely. 

Lemon Cream

  1. Add the heavy cream, sugar, and lemon juice into a chilled mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk the mixture until it forms soft peaks. 

Assembly

  1. Unroll the cake onto a flat working surface.
  2. Using an offset spatula, spread an even layer of lemon whipped cream onto the cake.
  3. Gently reroll the cake. Cover the roll with cling wrap and refrigerate for around 2 hours before serving. 
  4. Remove the roll from the fridge and unwrap. Slice off the ends to reveal the beautiful swirls and serve!

Egg Frittata

Do you have that one recipe you’ve made so often, it is a staple in your meal rotations? For me, it is an egg frittata. The recipe is so forgiving and is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Depending on what sides you serve it with, it is the ideal staple for any meal. 

This is my go-to frittata recipe, but what is fantastic about them is you can change up the ingredients to fit whatever you have in your refrigerator. I love making mine toward the end of the week to use up my leftover veggies.

Here’s what you’ll need:

8-10 eggs 

½ pound ground turkey 

2 handfuls cherry tomatoes 

½ cup yellow onion 

1.5 cups potato hash 

1 cup shredded cheese (measure with your heart)

1 large handful of spinach 

3 Tbs parsley 

1 tsp Salt 

1 tsp Pepper 

1 tsp Garlic powder

You’ll notice in the list of ingredients, a few things are measured by the handful. My method of cooking is not to stick to hard to exact measurements! If you have more or less of one ingredient, it will not change the integrity of this recipe. The only ingredient you should account for is the eggs. 8-10 eggs are enough to coat all of the fillings and yield you a whole frittata. 

The Recipe

Start by dicing your onion and slicing your cherry tomatoes in half.

Set the oven to 375 degrees. 

Turn the stove on medium heat and place the oven-safe pan on the burner. My favorite to use is a cast iron skillet. 

Saute the ground turkey and onions until the turkey is fully cooked and the onions are translucent. 

While the turkey is cooking, crack the eggs into a separate bowl and beat until fully incorporated. Set aside. 

Remove the turkey and onions from the pan and add in cherry tomatoes and potato hash. Cook the cherry tomatoes and potato hash until the tomato skin starts to wrinkle. This will take About 3 minutes.

Add back in your ground turkey and onions. Cook together for an additional 2 minutes. 

Add spinach, parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until spinach is wilted. 

Add in egg mixture and cheese. Stir until all ingredients are evenly dispersed. 

Place the entire pan into the oven and set a timer for 15 minutes. 

Remove the pan and let cool. Slice and serve! 

The entire recipe comes together in about 45 minutes, including cook time! 

What are some other ways to modify the recipe? Here is a list of other veggies that would go great in a frittata: 

  • Olives
  • Sun-Dried tomatoes
  • Artichokes 
  • Zucchini 
  • Peppers 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Broccoli 

You can also switch up what meat and cheese you use. Ground beef, ground pork, feta cheese, mozzarella, and pepper jack would be great substitutes. 

Traditionally, frittatas are served for breakfast, but this dish is also great for lunch or dinner. Serve with a side of sweet potatoes and your favorite cooked veggie for the perfect and easy weeknight dinner. 

After you try this recipe, you may find a modification that works best for you. I encourage you to try new flavor combinations and see what you like best! 

10 Best Cakes in Austin Texas

Looking for a cake for your birthday, wedding, or maybe just for fun? From chains to local joints Austin has it covered when it comes to cake shops. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best cake in Austin for your next birthday party or just a hankering for something sweet.

10 Best Cake Shops in Austin

  1. 85C Bakery Cafe
  2. Lady Quakenbush’s Cakery
  3. 1886 Cafe and Bakery
  4. Paper Route Bakery
  5. Capital City Bakery
  6. La Mexicana Bakery
  7. Upper Crust Bakery
  8. Tous Les Jours
  9. Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
  10. Hank’s Austin

1. 85C Bakery Cafe

Address: 6929 Airport Blvd #197, Austin, TX 78752

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85C Bakery Cafe has an in-shop bakery with over 50 pastries baked fresh hourly. However, their award-winning master chef’s favorite is the Deluxe Strawberry Chiffon Cake. The cake is layered with strawberry mousse and vanilla creme brulee, and is decorated with fresh cream, strawberries, and topped off with strawberry chocolate shavings.

Deluxe Strawberry Chiffon Cake

2. Lady Quakenbush’s Cakery

Address: 1900 Simond Ave #300, Austin, TX 78723

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This local bakery has many options to choose from such as their triple chocolate and carrot cakes, but the best cake you can order at Lady Quakenbush’s Cakery is the cake you get to design yourself. They specialize in custom cakes in which their decorating team works diligently to create the cake you desire, like this custom succulent cake.

custom cake

3. 1886 Cafe and Bakery

Address: 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

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1886 Cafe and Bakery is located at the base of the Driskill Hotel. They focus on Texas home-cooked comfort foods and are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The pastry team is widely known for their specialty cakes such as their Chocolate Sheet Cake dressed in chocolate shavings and served with a side of vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Sheet Cake dressed in chocolate

4. Paper Route Bakery

Address: 1010 E Cesar Chavez St D, Austin, TX 78702

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If you are looking for a decadent chocolate cake for your next event look no further. Paper Route Bakery’s Chocolate Fainting cake is the way to go. This chocolate feather fudge cake with black onyx cocoa has cacao ganache infused with toasted brazil nut and chile pepper and is finished with a chocolate Chantilly cream.

Chocolate Fainting cake

5. Capital City Bakery

Address: 2211 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

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Sometimes, the classics are always the best. Especially when it comes to Capital City Bakery’s Confetti Cake. The vanilla confetti cake has vanilla buttercream frosting and is covered in rainbow sprinkles. It’s a festive classic that is a must-try.

vanilla confetti cake

6. La Mexicana Bakery

Address: 1924 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

This Mexican-style bakery is the home of some of the best Mexican loaves of bread and pastries in Austin. One of these authentic and traditional baked goods is their Pastel de Tres Leches with a variety of three kinds of milk: mocha, strawberry, or chocolate.

authentic and traditional baked cake

7. Upper Crust Bakery

Address: 4508 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

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It is imperative to try the Italian Cream Cake from Upper Crust Bakery. The cake is a take on a southern tradition. It has slightly dense layers accented with sweetened coconut flakes, buttermilk, and organic Texas Pecans. It is frosted with buttery cream cheese icing and is available daily for pick up.

Italian Cream Cake

8. Tous Les Jours

Address: 6808 N Lamar Blvd B-115, Austin, TX 78752

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Tous Les Jours meaning “Every day” in French offering more than 300 different baked goods made fresh in-store each day. One of those is their Heart Chocolate Cake with light and moist sponge cake topped with a rich layer of Belgian chocolate ganache.

Heart Chocolate Cake

9. Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop

Address: 1905 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

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Although she specializes in cupcakes, Sugar Mama can make any cupcake flavor into a whole cake. Sugar Mama’s favorite cupcake of all time is The James. The James is a fluffy Valrhona chocolate cake topped with rich chocolate buttercream frosting and colorful sprinkles.

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop

10. Hank’s Austin

Address: 5811 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX 78723

A list of best cakes in Austin TX, would not be completed without mentioning Hank’s. The Chantilly cake is a small layered white cake with buttercream frosting and is beautifully decorated with fresh fruit and flowers, which yes are edible.

Hank’s Austin

NBA Twitter’s Favorite Artist – Our Deep Dive Into NBA Paint’s Genius

If you’re an NBA fan looking for a break from the aggressive, repetitive nature of the NBA Twitter world, look no further than NBA Paint. NBA Paint is a Twitter account that makes basketball-related art, providing users with the creativity that is so often overlooked by major media outlets. Ironically enough, the simplicity of their art is what makes it so creative. 

NBA Paint comes in with a fresh and fun take on the ongoing drama around the NBA community. Using Microsoft Paint, the creator makes simplistic cartoon graphics featuring play-on-words that can be made of an NBA player’s name. This includes things like Mason Plumlee drawn as a plum, Evan Mobley mowing a lawn in his Cavs jersey, or Fred VanVleet as a fleet of vans. These brightly-colored, NBA stick figures, often sporting a smile, resemble something a child might draw with crayons. 

(via @nba_paint/Twitter)

We’ve all seen it before. A player makes an incredible highlight play or accomplishes a massive feat and the huge social media accounts like ESPN, BleacherReport, and House of Highlights rush to be the first to post it. Within minutes Twitter is flooded with the exact same highlight, quote, or headline from every outlet. You can’t escape seeing the same replay all over your feed. NBA Paint steps in to disrupt this echo chamber of monotony. Let’s take a look at some examples.

Ja Morant is typically known as one of the most explosive players in the league in today’s NBA, often attacking the rim with extreme ferocity. On a night where he had a vicious highlight dunk that made it seem like he had some sort of vendetta with the rim, NBA Paint posted this image. 

On the night where Stephen Curry broke the NBA record for career 3-pointers made, the major sports outlets all rushed to post some variation of “Stephen Curry now holds the all-time 3-point record.” NBA Paint posted Curry, quite literally, holding the record. 

As you can see, the trick to their greatness is not only finding names that could phonetically be made into punny graphics, but also paying attention to the storylines of the NBA Twitter world. On any given night, a new opportunity for an illustration may arise based on the theatrics around the NBA community. Some more examples: 

On a night where Russell Westbrook posted a career-high 24 assists with the Washington Wizards, NBA Paint tweeted out this graphic depicting Westbrook “gifting 24 buckets to his pals” 

Michael Beasley quickly went viral for tweeting out, “Btw every 10 seconds another person that can’t guard me comes into the world.” NBA Paint replied to his tweet with this graphic: 

Most recently, the NBA community was up in arms about a situation involving Grayson Allen, who committed a hard foul on Alex Caruso, resulting in Caruso fracturing his wrist. Allen, who has garnered himself the reputation of a “dirty player,” was quickly chastised throughout the social media world. NBA Paint joined in on the discussion with this tweet:

In addition to this, they have also garnered attention from a number of NBA teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls. The Cavaliers’ Twitter account posted an NBA Paint graphic of Darius Garland, as a star with the caption “Darius All-StarLand” to promote Garland being voted as an All-Star this season. The Bulls have also frequently collaborated with NBA Paint on a number of social media posts, including a promo for a special Bulls calendar and their Social Night. 

 

Perhaps their biggest collaboration to date, NBA Paint most recently was featured on NBA on TNT, where they illustrated graphics for Tuesday night’s matchups between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors. NBA on TNT posted a video of their own graphic which is then pulled away to reveal NBA Paint’s simplified graphic. Throughout the night, the crew would also show stick figures of LeBron James, Steph Curry, and other players drawn in NBA Paint’s style.

With more eyes being drawn to NBA Twitter’s favorite artist, it’s no doubt that NBA Paint will continue to flourish as they bring joy to the community with their hilariously punny illustrations. Throw them a follow @nba_paint on Twitter!

17 Best Breakfast Places in Austin, Texas

A get together that becomes an experience is what Breakfast is all about in Austin. A last minute show up won’t suffice so make sure to make a reservation before. A variety of restaurants for your craving are here for your taste, from Mexican to soul food and more.

The diverse variety of food that will satisfy every palette will become a memory than a stomach satisfier. Choosing the best breakfast in Austin? Well here are a couple of top picks that will help determine that for you.

list of Austin’s the Best Breakfast Places To Enjoy Meal

  1. Forthright
  2. Upper Crust Bakery
  3. Irene’s
  4. Mour Cafe
  5. Josephine House
  6. Cafe No Se
  7. Bird Bird Biscuit
  8. Snooze, An AM Eatery
  9. Kerbey Lane Cafe
  10. Elizabeth St. Cafe
  11. Paperboy
  12. Launderette
  13. El Naranjo
  14. Biscuits and Groovy
  15. Dai Due
  16. 24 Diner
  17. Nervous Charlie’s

1 – Forthright – Honest food from scratch, using quality ingredients

From table bites to entrees, Forthright offers a variety of delicious plates to choose from. Enjoy their most popular dishes like Avocado Toast, Eggs Benedict, Wild Mushroom Toast, and Waffle Sandwich. Don’t forget to pair it up with a good cup of brewed coffee and take a look at their other options of coffee beverages and tea. 

Address: 35 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

2 – Upper Crust Bakery – Locally owned for 28 years offering quick coffee and breakfast 

Looking for a bite before heading to work? Upper Crust Bakery has excellent pastries and sandwiches both sweet and savory to take on a busy morning.

Address: 4508 Burnet Rd., Austin TX 78756

3 – Irene’s – Classic American Bar and Restaurant

Irene’s cute setting is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast with friends. Order their snacks to share and to start. My personal favorites are the Buffalo Cauliflower and Irish Nachos. Irene’s menu offers a range of plates for every palette to enjoy. During the weekends don’t forget to enjoy their affordable cocktails and drinks. 

Address: 506 West Ave., Austin, TX 78701

4 – Mour Cafe – Eat, Drink, Shop

Mour Cafe creates their internationally inspired dishes with ingredients from local farmers. Every dish on the menu is excellent but a must try are the Chilaquiles with Pastor. Mour’s breakfast is the best enjoyed if paired up with their version of a mimosa, Mymosa that is so delicious! After eating, make sure to look around at their favorite bottles, brews, and products available for purchase.

Address:  1414 Shores District Dr. Unit 120, Austin, TX 78741

5 – Josephine House – Offering an Eclectic Menu

The cottage looking restaurant features a marble bar offering coffee or cocktails. Enjoy seating inside or outside while eating their delicious brunch options until 3:00 pm. 

Address: 1601 Waterston Ave., Austin, TX 78703

6 – Cafe No Se – A Seasonal Menu 

The perfect place to grab breakfast and visit retail shops afterwards in South Congress. Cafe No Se has a delicious granola and yogurt for those who are looking for a Paleo and Gluten Free option. Here you will find sweet bakery items such as bowls and sandwiches. My favorite sandwich is the Salmon Burger that is worth trying. 

Address: 1603 S Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704

7 – Bird Bird Biscuit – 1 of the Top 100 Places to Eat in America by Yelp

Bird Bird Biscuit has two locations, visit your nearest location for a yummy morning biscuit! There are different options for all eaters, including impossible sausage available. After trying Bird Bird Biscuit you will only want to go back!

Address: 2701 Manor Rd., Austin, TX 78722

8 – Snooze, An AM Eatery – Creative Twist to Breakfast

A can’t go wrong breakfast offered in many locations here in Austin is what Snooze has to offer. Enjoy your classic American Breakfast and more at Snooze! Here you can try different versions of Eggs Benedicts and Pancakes. Don’t forget when you visit Snooze that the bar is open the moment they open their doors!

Address: 1109 E St., Austin, TX 78702

9 – Kerbey Lane Cafe – Local Comfort Food Made From Scratch

Kerbey Lane Cafe is a local restaurant chain from Austin that has been open since 1980 is a great option when getting breakfast with a big group of people. Their big menu will have you choosing between a couple of dishes! 

Address: 3704 Kerbey Ln., Austin, TX 78731

10 – Elizabeth St. Cafe – Vietnamese Cafe and French Bakery

Elizabeth Street Cafe is a place to enjoy fresh daily made bakery items from Swedish Hill and coffee from Stumptown roasters. If not in the mood for a pastry order from their Vietnamese inspired dishes that are delicious!

Address: 1501 S 1st. St., Austin, TX 78704

11 – Paperboy – Creative Breakfast

Grab breakfast downtown on their outdoor patio. Paperboy’s menu offers delicious plates and even GF options! 

Address: 1203 E 11th St., Austin, TX 78702

12 – Launderette – American Gourmet Breakfast

Your traditional breakfast items just made it taste a little better! Enjoy Launderette’s specialties, especially their yummy Fried Chicken Sammie!

Address: 2115 Holly St., Austin, TX 78702

13 – El Naranjo – Oaxaca To You

If you are in the mood of eating authentic Mexican Cuisine head on over to El Naranjo. Enjoy their Sunday Brunch from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Everything in this menu is worth trying! Start off with their delicious cafe de olla and conchas traditional staples of Mexico.

Address: 2717 S Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704

14 – Biscuits and Groovy – Fluffy Biscuits and a $5 Homemade Jam Jar

Biscuits and Groovy serves breakfast to all, you can make their entire menu completely vegan! You can go try their biscuits in two different locations until 2 pm everyday. 

Address: 1210 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704

15 – Dai Due – Only Food Found in Our Region

If you are looking for a restaurant that uses ingredients found in Texas Dai Due is the place to go. Enjoy wines and beers that are only from Texas and also food that is Non GMO. 

Address: 2406 Manor Rd., Austin, TX 78722

16 – 24 Diner – Good Atmosphere, Good Food

Grab Breakfast in an inspired 50’s Diner. Enjoy comfort food like Chicken and Waffles and more at 24 Diner.

Address: 600 N Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703

17 – Nervous Charlie’s – Best Bagel in Texas

Experience a great morning Bagel at Nervous Charlie’s! Experience their variety of cream cheeses and bagels. 

Address: 5501 N Lamar Ste. Unit B101, Austin, TX 78758

Vegan Tomato Soup Recipe – Easy Step Process

A daily dose of vitamin A and C can come from vegan tomato soup with coconut milk. A bowl of tomato soup keeps the doctor away. If you’re looking for a meal with low calorie and low fat food vegan tomato soup with coconut milk is the meal for you.

Our favorite thing is that you can have this soup with so many other dishes like sandwiches (we love grilled cheese), salads, veggie quesadillas, and so many other favorites.

How To Make Vegan Tomato Soup (Homemade Process)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups diced onion
  • 1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions To Make Vegan Tomato Soup

  1. Add in olive oil, onions and a little bit of salt into your pot.
  2. Then wait for 5 minutes for your onions to turn brown.
  3. Add in diced tomatoes and coconut milk.
  4. Add dried parsley, basil, and oregano.
  5. Use a blender to blend until it is smooth.
  6. let it simmer for 5 minutes again.
  7. Eat with any side you like.

How To Store Vegan Tomato Soup?

Your soup can simply be stored outside for about 6 hours. If you plan to enjoy at a later time, refrigerate and warm on high for 45 seconds.

What To Serve with Vegan Tomato Soup?

Here is a list of our favorite items to serve with your soup: grilled cheese sandwich, green bean salad, fried paneer and cheese parokras, stuffed potatoes (bakes), shrimp avocado salad, smoked salmon, oven-fried zucchini, cornbread, and so much more!

10 Best Ice Cream Places in Austin

On a hot, sticky afternoon in Austin, Texas there is nothing better than a creamy bowl of ice cream or a freshly made waffle cone. With an overwhelming variety of bakeries, gelato shops, and creameries, it can be hard to choose just one. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best ice cream spots to help you narrow your search and get that creamy cone in your hand in no time.

10 Best Ice Cream Shops in Austin, Texas

  1. DipDipDip Ice Cream
  2. Fresa’s
  3. Besame
  4. Dolce Neve Gelato
  5. Thai Fresh
  6. Gelateria Gemelli
  7. Lick Honest Ice Creams
  8.  Amy’s Ice Creams
  9. Anti Social Icecream Co.
  10. The Baked Bear

1 – DipDipDip Ice Cream

Location: 7301 Burnet Rd #101, Austin, TX 78757

With local milk cream, house-made hand-dipped cones, and delicious Japanese flavors, DipDipDip Ice Cream is a local favorite. This walk-up ice cream shop prides themselves on their menu full of outrageous toppings and incredible flavors like Matcha Cha-Cha (Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream), and many others that rotate frequently – there is always something new.

2 – Fresa’s

Location: 915 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78703

A beloved Mexican food spot famous for their tacos and margaritas, Fresa’s also offers a delicious selection of ice cream – available both in to-go pints, and by the scoop. With yummy flavors like Mexican Hot Chocolate, Cookie Butter, Pink Peppermint, and Apple Crisp, this is an Austin ice cream spot you won’t want to miss!

3 – Besame

Location: 3901 Promontory Point Dr, Austin, TX 78744

Built out of a shipping container, this adorable walk-up sells some of the best ice cream in Austin! Bésame rotates their flavors daily, always offering a delicious array of fun names from Brownie Points to Over the Rainbow

4 – Dolce Neve Gelato

Location: 1713 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Owned and operated by three Italian gelato connoisseurs, Dolce Neve Gelato is the best authentic gelato in Texas! With staple flavors like Vanilla from Madagascar, rotating/seasonal flavors like Almond Custard, and an array of other delicious desserts, Dolce Neve is unforgettable.

5 – Thai Fresh

Location: 909 W Mary St, Austin, TX 78704

Thai fresh is a gluten-free restaurant and bakery that serves delicious and authentic Thai food right here in Austin. They make all of their ice cream in house using coconut milk, making it 100% vegan. With rotating flavors such as Dark Chocolate and Golden Milk Turmeric, you’re sure to find one you can’t resist!

6 – Gelateria Gemelli

Location: 1009 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Named for the Italian word for “Gemini,” this authentic Italian gelateria serves amazing gelato, as well as incredible cocktails and coffee. Flavors change seasonally and are always made fresh and in-house– guaranteed to taste like walking the streets of Italy.

7 – Lick Honest Ice Creams

Location: 1100 S Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704

With three locations in Austin and shipping nationwide, Lick Honest Ice Creams has some of the best ice cream not just in Austin, but in the United States. With everyday favorites like Texas Sheet Cake, as well as seasonal and vegan options, anyone can find a flavor they love at Lick.

8 – Amy’s Ice Creams

Location: 1301 S Congress Ave

Famous for their wide variety of flavors and vibrant energy, this Austin favorite, which we visited last year, is sure to be fun and delicious. With various locations around the city and nationwide shipping options, your favorite scoop is never far away!

9 – Anti Social Icecream Co.

Location: 6550 Comanche Trail #109, Austin, TX 78732

This all-vegan and non-dairy ice cream shop is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a scoop without the dairy and all the YUM. Located at Oasis Texas at Lake Travis, this is a great stop on your Austin getaway or weekend stay-cation. Anti Social Icecream does close December-February, so make sure to grab your treat during the warmer months!

10 – The Baked Bear

Location: 211 Walter Seaholm Drive, Suite LR150, Austin, TX 78701

The Baked Bear is famous for their mouth-watering ice cream sandwiches– get them hot pressed and they’re truly to die for! With locations across the country, there is truly something to be said for their wide array of cookies and ice cream flavors– the combination possibilities are endless!

THE NUDGE Review: Your Personal Planner In ATX

1 in 4 Austin millennials are “nudgers”… you should be, too! Nudgers subscribe to an SMS service called The Nudge which sends out detailed plans for things to do around town. The Nudge is completely FREE and it can easily plan an amazing day for you- while remaining COVID conscious of course.

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“Our goal is to help people live their best lives. We make tools that help you watch more sunsets, try new workouts, and sip wine with friends. In other words, be your best self in your precious free time,” The Nudge Co-Founder Sarah Peterson told me. “We believe in #nudging – the way you live when you remember life is short.”

So how does nudging work? Well, you’ll get 2 nudges sent to you per week. These are texts you’ll actually be excited to get, and I promise they’re nothing like the annoying political texts everyone got this year. A nudge might tell you about a new outdoor patio on South Congress and attach a link to reserve a table.

A couple of days later, a nudge could ask you how you’re wanting to spend Halloween and ask you to reply to an idea with a corresponding number. So they might list ideas labeled 1-6 and tell you to respond to one. You pick “#4 ghost tours”- the Nudge will then send you a detailed plan of where to catch a ghost tour in Austin and dinner close by. The next week it could send you a location of a secret hike with lots of wildflowers, and a sick food truck for breakfast tacos afterward.

Nudge Halloween celebration

This service is especially great because it takes all the hassle of research away. Especially due to COVID, it’s hard to anticipate where is really open, and what you can do. The Nudge is like your planner friend that always knows where, what, and how to make the most of your time!

Austinites need to take advantage of this incredible resource because we are one of only four cities across the country where The Nudge has launched. Started in San Francisco, the Nudge has since graced NYC, Seattle, and Austin with its lovely presence. Austin has an outgoing millennial population, and there’s enough here to be discovered for every type of person.

Peterson told me that at the beginning of the pandemic, the nudges were geared towards creative at-home ideas. More people were nudging than ever! As things began to re-open, the Austin city director and a team of local ambassadors constantly adapted content according to safety guidelines.

Every nudge sent out is something that has been personally done by someone on The Nudge team, so don’t worry about being bombarded by advertisements or paid promotions. This subscription is purely customer-based, so it’s all about what you can get from The Nudge- not the other way around.

Nudge advertising

“We want Nudgers to know they can trust us to only send them nudges for things and places we genuinely love, rather than just being paid to send them,” Peterson said.

That being said, if you really love The Nudge they just launched a premium version a few days ago! This will just give you access to local discounts, complete on-demand access to all nudges ever sent, and exclusive seasonal nudges just for you! This Plus subscription will only cost you the price of one medium coffee per month. If you thought The Nudge was already great, The Nudge Plus makes it amazing.

You’re missing out if you live in Austin and don’t subscribe to The Nudge. Free texts are sent twice a week telling you stuff to do, and you can sign up in less than a minute here www.nudgetext.com/austin. They also have an App available on the App Store and Google Play. The Nudge won’t sell your data nor push sponsored recommendations- it’s just an easy, clutter-free tool to help you use your free time in this amazing city!

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Seoulju Korean Kitchen and Bar

Seoulju Korean Kitchen and Bar sits just down North Lamar, known for its fresh ingredients and large-format Korean dishes.

Seoulju Menu

Whether you want to enjoy a casual pop-up dinner, a planned event, or a night full of karaoke, Seoulju has you covered. Their crispy Korean Fried Chicken and late-night bar are just two things that will convince you to come to visit this spot. 

This delicious eatery is only open at this particular location in Austin, and hours are limited. It is important to keep in mind that they are only open four days of the week, starting from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Thursday/Sunday and 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday/Saturday. Their specific hours make it the perfect excuse to celebrate the end of the week with some Korean food, friends, and family. 

Interior of Seoulju Korean Kitchen and Bar.

Seoulju Atmosphere

I owe it all to a friend of mine who recommended this place and even made a reservation for us. Right when you walk in, dark-colored walls and green lights surrounding the interior surround you. The restaurant has tables spread apart, and blackboards separate each table from one another. 

During COVID, Seoulju has taken every precaution to ensure safety for all of its employees and customers. Although walk-ins are always welcome, I recommend to make a reservation ahead of time in order to avoid long waits. If you choose not to dine in but still want a taste of their menu you can pick up your meal at their location or order through Seamless GrubHub for delivery. 

Interior of Seoulju Korean Kitchen and Bar.

I got to dine in with a couple of my close friends and the ambiance was the perfect match for our Thursday night dinner together. There are various flatscreen TVs surrounding the restaurant where all of them display popular K-pop music videos. I saw couples enjoying date night, families gathering for a huge meal, and just groups of friends taking turns with the Hotpot. Clearly, Seoulju is the hot spot for all of your Korean food cravings and entertaining nights.

For the Table 

Being that it was our first time eating here, we took our time reading over the menu and figuring out what was best to split amongst the three of us. Our server was outstanding and never hesitated to bring us more bottles of water. For starters, we ordered Corn Cheese and Bulgogi Kimchi Waffle Fries. This was my first time trying this traditional Korean dish made of sweet corn loaded with cheese and butter. 

No words – the Corn Cheese was absolutely delicious and so creamy. Every time I dipped my spoon in for more and brought it to my mouth the cheese would stretch, and I would have to wrap it around continuously as if I were eating spaghetti. Next, the Bulgogi Kimchi Waffle Fries were generously coated with all of the ingredients and each bite had a savory taste. Each fry was equally heavy because of all of the bulgogi and kimchi piled on top. 

Corn Cheese was absolutely delicious and so creamy

The next order of business was the Kimchi Fried Rice topped with a sunny side egg. I have always been a fan of kimchi, which is known as spicy fermented cabbage and consists of pickled vegetables. The perfect of amount of spice with each spoonful made it easy to finish the entire dish. Now, who could visit this place without having some of its famous Korean Fried Chicken? We ordered Thigh Nuggets tossed in the Korean Sweet Chili sauce. 

Kimchi fried rice topped with a sunny side egg.
Korean fried chicken with Korean Sweet Chili sauce.

With each bite of the chicken, all I could think about was how fresh, crispy, and mouthwatering it all was. For the amount of food given, the prices are unreal. I admit, we devoured every dish so no to-go boxes were necessary. I didn’t even get to try a quarter of the menu, but I know I will be making a reservation very soon in the future. 

Until Next Time

I already know I will be visiting Seoulju again at the end of the month. I cannot wait to reorder some of the dishes I got previously while trying new ones as well. Treat yourself to completing another week and go celebrate with soju and Korean dishes to share with your table! Go follow their Instagram @seouljuatx to see all their latest updates and yummy content for your feed.  

Austin is filled with delicious Asian cuisine eateries and you can never get enough! Whatever specific craving you are having just know ATX has you covered. Check out 1618 Asian Fusion for another tasty restaurant recommendation! 

Barlata Austin – Reviewed for 2022

As I was FaceTiming a good friend, we conversed about our need for wanderlust. We fantasized about the thought of Europe, especially along the coast. Sipping on Aperol spritz, eating fresh seafood, and getting away from the hustle of American life.

Dreaming of the food led to the reality of a craving. That’s how we ended up at Barlata located in Austin.

As someone who loves tapas and seafood, I was shocked that I haven’t been to Barlata. And as a fiend for happy hours, I’m further surprised they weren’t on my bucket list. Their happy hour is all day on Mondays and that is my favorite way to start my week.

What drew me to Barlata is their offerings of Paella. I love a good paella because of the difficulty of preparation and the attention it needs for the ingredients.

I was able to be squeezed for a reservation. As soon as my friend and I arrived, a waft of saffron and Spanish cuisine waved upon my face. There’s a sensation when I immediately smell the cooking as I walk into a restaurant. It reminds me of walking into my grandma’s kitchen and knowing that I’m about to have an amazing meal.

Barlata Menu

I instantly noticed the many options that were on Barlata’s happy hour menu. From simple Spanish olives to grilled lamb brochette Moroccan style, I had difficulty narrowing down on what to order. I was for sure ordering a Paella, but choosing from the 6 variations was also difficult.

The first thing I ordered was the Paella Barceloneta. Kept it simple as it was their seafood paella. My friend ordered the Paella Barlata, which included chicken, chorizo, seafood, and vegetables (which was a close 2nd option for me).

chicken, chorizo, seafood, and vegetables

This blew me away and succeeded to fulfill my craving. The spices penetrated each grain of rice where each bite made me truly feel like I was in Spain. The seafood was fresh although I wish they kept the shrimp un-peeled with the head on as how it would be traditionally served. Also don’t expect a big serving as the layer of rice is thin. Overall, this paella is phenomenal and became one of my favorite Austin dishes.

And Even More Food

Our next order was the mussels with pancetta and sofrito which I highly recommend. Sofrito, which means “to lightly fry” in Spanish, is a unique pairing with mussels. I’m normally used to simple white wine and garlic but the sofrito adds a fragrant kick to the ocean taste of the mussels.

And Even More Food

Our next round included croquets and brussels sprouts. They were once described to me as “mozzarella sticks but mashed potatoes.” While it doesn’t fully describe Barlata’s version, it comes close. The filling is combined with Iberico ham (THE best ham in the world) and serrano peppers. Crunchy on the outside and soft and decadent on the inside. I loved the kick from the peppers and the bite-sized ham pieces were perfect. As far as the brussels sprouts, they were good and simple but nothing extraordinary.

THE best ham in the world

My seafood craving continued onto the “Yucatecan style” ceviche, a combination of gulf shrimp, octopus, and avocado. Typically, I’m accustomed to ceviche with white fish such as red snapper and shrimp but I love octopus and thought I’d try a different style of ceviche. This ceviche was good and my favorite part was the octopus but I still preferred a fish-version of ceviche.

Yucatecan style

Our last dish was the St. Louis style sweet & sour ribs. Even though it’s a non-traditional tapas dish, I enjoyed this dish. I simply dragged my fork down and the meat fell off the boat easily. The sauce was indeed sweet and sour and unlike a typical BBQ sauce.

St. Louis style sweet & sour ribs