A Peek Inside Yoshi Ramen

A Peek Inside Yoshi Ramen

Yoshi Ramen is open for business! Stacy Chen, owner of Veggie Heaven, has opened a new ramen shop near UT and Hyde Park. Chen was inspired to open Yoshi Ramen in part of her grandmother whom had her own ramen business in Japan. From Dan Dan noodles to bubble tea to Austin’s first(?) ramen burger (which will be available around February 15) Yoshi Ramen has many options you’re sure to love — they even have ramen for vegans. So if you’re anything like me and like to order based on Instagram aesthetic, you need to stop by this quirky space for some beautiful pictures, good eats and a fun atmosphere.

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I had a great time trying a couple of the ramen options on the menu, leaving highly impressed, I definitely will be back and have recommend Yoshi Ramen to all my friends. I’m super stoked to try the Ramen Burger and add it to my Instagram feed (wink wink)!

See ya there!

Yoshi Ramen
3320 Harmon Ave
Austin, TX 78705
512.243.6161

Say Hello to Cyclone Anaya’s

Say Hello to Cyclone Anaya’s

There’s a new Tex-Mex contender in town, and I officially am head over heels. Cyclone Anaya’s is a Houston native that has finally ventured their way to the 512. It’s no secret The Domain is one of the fastest growing attractions in the city and Cyclone Anaya’s will fit right in. By adding more food and more fun, I’m officially adding Cyclone’s to the top of my list and here’s why…

The Interior + Exterior

When you first walk in you are immediately mesmerized by a giant, custom made, metal marquee reading “ATX.” I seriously need one of these signs in my apartment! You will also see lanterns hanging around with actual cyclone-fires spinning on the inside, make sure to look up! Also, adding a piece of the original location, the Tex Mex chain has a rectangular sign hanging along the wall reading, “Cyclone Anaya’s Inn Mexican Food.” As you can tell a lot of time and love was put into the interior for this location. The exterior also has some fine details, with a huge patio and a fire place, you are sure to enjoy the vibes as much you will enjoy the food.

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Cyclone Anaya’s prides themselves on having an open kitchen. This is where the customer has the ability of peeking into the kitchen and cooks (in Spanish you say “La Cocina”), where you can see the food being served to order and the flour tortillas and rotisserie chicken being made in real time.

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Now we get to the best part: the food. By the way, huge shoutout to Chef Jason for introducing me to some of the best menu items Cyclone Anaya’s has to offer — I was highly impressed!

FOR STARTERS

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Chile Con Queso with Taco Meat
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Fried Plantains
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Campechana (new to the menu)
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Nachos (1/2 chicken, 1/2 beef)

MAIN ENTREES

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Taco Al Carbon
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Beef Brisket Tacos topped with Purple Slaw
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Beef Burrito
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Top: Summer Special: beef enchilada, beef crispy taco and a chalupa served with guacamole Bottom: Enchiladas Anaya’s: gourmet enchiladas, two red corn tortillas filled with charbroiled marinated chicken or beef fajita in a tasty blend of cheese, mushrooms, onions and topped with chile ancho sauce and melted cheese

DESSERT

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Tres Leches

Overall,

  • I highly recommend Cyclone Anaya’s
  • Quality Tex-Mex
  • Officially on my top 3 places for Tex-Mex in Austin
  • Chef Jason is intuitive and knows his stuff
  • Come here for tacos! Come here for queso!
  • Vegetarian and vegan options available

See ya there!

Cyclone Anaya’s Austin
3120 Palm Way #170
Austin, TX 78758
512.339.6277

Cane Rosso Now Serves Brunch

Cane Rosso Now Serves Brunch

You guys! If you follow me on social media you know that I have an obsession with BRUNCH. Every week I anticipate eating some chicken and waffles, pancakes, or eggs Benedict over coffee on a beautiful sunfilled weekend! I wanted you guys to take a look at Cane Rosso’s new brunch menu, it’s the first time Cane Rosso offers brunch — so you know it’s a big milestone for them!

Last weekend I visited the pizzeria located in Sunset Valley, and left with a full stomach and pure happiness… I mean they have fruity pebble waffles! Scroll down for some yummy pictures and make sure to visit Cane Rosso when you get a chance!

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See ya there!

Cane Rosso
4715 S Lamar Blvd #103
Sunset Valley, TX 78745
512.904.0534

Modern Market Opens Downtown

Modern Market Opens Downtown

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On January 12th I visited Modern Market’s new, downtown location for their soft-soft-opening where I was ecstatic to get a first look. If you recall from my last post, a resolution of mine is to eat better in 2018, so I’m really excited to add Modern Market to my rotation! Modern Market is a healthy, fast casual restaurant located adjacent to the Frost Bank Tower. If you’re vegan, vegetarian or simply like to eat clean, Modern Market is for you!

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Everyone working here is happy to serve you, full of smiles and knowledgable on their menu items. I was fortunate enough to meet Chef Josh where he explained to me his vision for Modern Market and where he gets his appreciation for eating well and how happy he is to feed the city of Austin. Josh was happy to introduce me to his new creation: the Curry Salmon Bowl. This warm heirloom rice, with sustainable salmon, braised kale, coconut sweet potato curry, toasted coconut and green curry was heavenly!

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Curry Salmon Bowl

I also had the pleasure of meeting Maddie, the assistant general manager for the Modern Market downtown, Austin location. Maddie is excited to be downtown and could not be happier about this new location — Soul Cycle is right next door! She has a strong passion for educating people on eating better and it shows through her sincerity and outgoing personality. The menu features vegetarian and vegan options that are highlighted with an asterisk and you can make any item vegan or vegetarian by removing the protein, asking for no cheese and/or replacing regular cheese with daiya (a highly popular vegan cheese).

So if you’re looking for a healthy spot downtown, just finished a ride at Soul Cycle, a run on Town Lake or simply want to impress your friends and family with high quality healthy eats, go to Modern Market. Don’t forget to grab a cookie for desert!

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Thai Coconut Salad Bowl
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Pulled Pork Banh Mi Toasted Sandwich
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Crimini Kale Brick Oven Pizza (vegan)

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See ya there!

Modern Market
401 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Make Snooze Your Next Brunch Spot

Make Snooze Your Next Brunch Spot

Snooze an A.M. Eatery has a new Fall menu — and it’s totally worth tasting!

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Snooze has the coolest interior design

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Snooze is one of the best brunch restaurants in Austin, and I’m here to tell you why! When they first opened back in 2015 on North Lamar, the hype was real and this brunch-only chain quickly became a brunching phenomenon. Snooze did so well in the few months they were open, they had to open a second location on South Lamar! Now if that doesn’t prove this place rocks, I don’t know what will… If you live and eat in Austin, you probably know the culinary scene is one of the best in the country — and Snooze is no exception. Typically, you will be waiting in a 30 minute to 2 hour wait (it is that good) and they offer free coffee and games of Jenga while you wait. Currently, Snooze has a new fall menu that is totally worth your while……

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Snooze offers a game of Jenga while you wait

On Tuesday, I visited Snooze’s South Lamar location to try some new fall menu items, I was accompanied by my friend Rachel who runs a food Instagram account: 512 Bites. We decided to go on a Tuesday morning, before heading into work. Normally I don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast, but I really wanted to a) sample these new dishes to showcase them on social media and b) didn’t feel like waiting hours in line on a Saturday.

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You can seat yourself at the bar, here the wait time is much shorter as you don’t have to put your name on a list and the seats are first-come-first-serve.
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Coffee and cream to start my morning

Rachel and I decided to seat ourselves outside, where the lighting was best to take all of our foodie pictures. We quickly ordered some coffees to keep us warm — it was a chilly morning! For breakfast we had 2 dishes off the new fall menu and some pancakes. We started with the I like you E’Lote Benedict, consisting of elote corn quinoa cakes topped with poached cage free eggs, chili lime hollandaise, cotija cheese and roasted corn salsa. We also had the Steak + Eggs Benny, consisting of seared hanger steak medallions atop roasted poblano cheddar grit cakes with asparagus, roasted mushrooms and tomato topped with poached cage free eggs, smoked cheddar hollandaise and gremolata. Lastly, Rachel and I shared a Pancake Flight! I was mostly excited to have something sweet that morning, not to mention Snooze has the best pancakes in town! When you order a Pancake Flight you get to pick three of the pancakes from the menu and get to enjoy the best of all worlds.

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Right: Steak + Eggs Benny Left: I like you E’Lote Benedict
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Pancake Flight

Our Pancake Flight came with the new fall menu item, Bourbon Street Pumpkin Pancake. This flavor was especially yummy, it consisted of a pumpkin buttermilk pancake topped with bourbon pecan jam, sweet cream cheese drizzle, whipped mascarpone and mocha crumble. The Flight also had the Pineapple Upside Down Pancake, which is a buttermilk pancake with caramelized pineapple chunks, housemade vanilla crème anglaise and cinnamon butter. Thirdly, we had the Pancake of the Day, that day it was a Key Lime Pie flavored pancake (tasted just like my childhood)!

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Bourbon Street Pumpkin Pancakes 

Our breakfast was consumed way too quickly, Rachel and I enjoyed every second of our meal, we were re able to catch up over brunch and really enjoyed these new fall menu items. And although, the wait can be long on weekends just remember Snooze offers a) free games of Jenga while you wait b) free coffee while you wait and c) has the best pancake combinations in town. So run, don’t walk!

See ya there!

Snooze – South Lamar

1700 S Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
Daily 6:30am – 2:30pm
512.428.8444

 

Snooze – North Lamar
3800 N. Lamar Suite 120
Austin TX 78756
Daily 6:30am – 2:30pm
512.410.0670

Veggie Heaven is BACK!

Veggie Heaven is BACK!
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R2 D2 Soy Sauce dispenser

If you’ve been in or around Austin since the late ’80’s chances are you have been to Veggie Heaven. After serving the Austin community for 20 years, Stacy Chen, the creator and co-founder of Veggie Heaven, decided it was time to retire. Within 2 years of closing, Ms. Chen had to reopen due to popular demand — and this time she went from vegetarian to all vegan! The above R2 D2 is an example of  the little corks and new touches to the restaurant.

It is no secret that many people in Austin are highly interested in healthy eats and clean eating, and although I am not vegan, I am still subject to eating less meat when possible. This blog post in particular means a lot to me because I felt it would be a great opportunity to introduce Veggie Heaven to people who a) have never been and b) showcase just how filling and delicious vegan food can be.

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The Sweet Bun

When you’re a food blogger in a city like Austin, where tacos and bbq surrounds us, eating a non-meat menu can be a challenge. Veggie Heaven is unique in a way that your taste buds will have you asking for more. Their uniquely flavored dishes are bound to fill your tummy, so much so that it can be hard to believe that the food is even vegan at times! Also, there’s bubble tea on the menu and Veggie Heaven makes some of the best (if not the best) bubble tea in the whole city!

With that said, earlier last week I visited Veggie Heaven with an old coworker, Camille, from my time at Facebook Austin. Camille is newish to the city, she moved here to work at Facebook and she was ecstatic when I asked her to come and try an all vegan menu with me. Camille and I ordered a variety of items: from the Pot Stickers (6 for $6.95), to the Sweet Bun ($3.50), to the Ramen Rumble ($9.95), to my favorite, the Cauliflower “Wings” (which come in 3 flavors: teriyaki, thai chili, or curry) and a couple bubble teas to soak the food down!

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Curry flavored Cauliflower “Wings”
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The Ramen Rumble

Lastly, we ordered the Protein 2000 as it was almost mandatory by our server! The Protein 2000 has been the number one selling item since Veggie Heaven’s previous location over on Guadalupe… still to this day, this menu item is a hot seller. And boy oh boy, was it so darn good! Consisting of fried protein batter cooked in a sweet brown sauce with broccoli, garlic, and onions, the Protein 2000 was definitely worth saving till the end.

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The Protein 2000
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Me with the Cauliflower “Wings”
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Our full spread with Camille in the background

I highly recommend Veggie Heaven for vegans and non-vegans alike! I left with a full stomach and utterly enjoyed my food from beginning to end.

See ya there!

M-Th 11am–10p
F-Sa 11am–11p
Su 11a–10p
https://www.veggieheavenaustin.com
1611 W 5th. St. Suite 135
Austin, TX 78703

Blenders and Bowls has a New Fall Menu

Blenders and Bowls has a New Fall Menu

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Wanna spoon? Blenders and Bowls has a NEW FALL MENU, just in time for the season! Do you like pumpkin? Cinnamon? Granola? Blenders and Bowls has incorporated all of these ingredients into their new fall menu, and I had the pleasure of trying a few of these seasonal specials last weekend…

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The new Fall Menu

The Fall Bowl, which was my favorite of the two, is a great source of clean energy – perfect for my day on Saturday. I really enjoyed the combination of the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, apples and walnuts topped with local honey — mmmmmm.

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The Fall Bowl

The Mocha Bowl is great for all the chocolate lovers (cough cough me) out there, it’s blended with chocolate vega protein, espresso and chocolate almond milk. Topped with coconut shreds, The Mocha Bowl is a perfectly crafted combination of sweetness with a rich, dark taste of happiness.

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The Mocha Bowl

Lastly, I had the Pumpkin Chai Blender… I’ve always been a huge of chai, add some pumpkin, almond butter and apples and you’ve got me! Made with all natural fruit, a blender is basically a smoothie filled with nutrients and organic ingredients, packing a great health kick to any time of day.

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The Pumpkin Chai

Blenders and Bowls is a great place to catch up with friends, have a on-the-go type snack, to come before or after a workout and for anyone trying to eat clean and still have a good taste in their mouth. I’ve been going here for years, and I am so thankful for their new East 6th location. Seeing them expand means they are doing well, and are able to provide to more locals and visitors alike. They have the best açaí bowls in town, no doubt about it!

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Blenders and Bowls new East 6th location
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Blenders and Bowls new East 6th location
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Blenders and Bowls new East 6th location

Come support your local community with some healthy bites! See ya there!

 

Blenders and Bowls has 3 locations

  • Downtown – 206 E. 4th St
  • Westlake – 3736 Bee Cave Rd #8
  • East Side – 1625 E. 6th St

http://blendersandbowls.com