November 10, 2008
I had a friend who used to live near the original El Chilito (the taco-stand version of El Chile) on Manor Road and she used to talk almost incessantly about how good El Chilito was, and how she lived off their tacos in college. So when I found out that El Chilito Numero Dos is now open (just opened this month!) on Congress between 9th & 10th, I was super excited to finally get the chance to try it out!
I took an out-of-town friend and we tried five different tacos. The meat isn’t free-range, so my choices were fairly limited, but I went with a Vegetal and a breakfast taco of potato, egg, and cheese. Both were really, really good. Since college, where breakfast tacos are the norm, I feel like I’ve shied away from breakfast tacos because most of the time they just aren’t as good as you think they’re going to be. This one was different, however. The potatoes were perfectly crispy, there was the perfect mix of egg and cheese, and the flour tortilla was closer in texture to a corn tortilla, which turned out to be the perfect base for a breakfast taco.
The Vegetal was superb too, actual vegetables piled into two corn tortillas. It needed a little zest, but a healthy serving of the black salsa they serve with tacos revved it right up. The place is sparse, and the tacos come in brown paper bags even if you’re planning on eating there. It’s definitely built to service downtown workers FAST–and it’s only open Monday thru Friday 7am-3pm.
Bottom line: snag a quick and delicious lunch without any frills.
October 15, 2008
I don’t know who this Michele Whoever designer is, nor what she’s selling at this trunk show (er, um, jewelry). All I know is that I popped in to Embellish once just to see what it was all about, and I fell in love. I haven’t even had my nails done there and I still love it! That’s just ridiculous.
The owner of this salon in the Triangle was telling a very annoyed (UT coed) patron that they didn’t have any openings for that day, and the patron just didn’t seem to get it. The owner was very sweet but very firm. I loved her. They do their pedis in armchairs with buckets (much more sanitary, easier to clean, she says) and their manis sitting on barstools at a swooping bar–the kind you see at The Marq, not generally the nail salon. I also hear they feed you snacks and drinks …
Oh, and one of their manicurists was named best in the biz by Austin Monthly in their Beauty Issue this month. Quality, people, quality.
Which leads me to tonight:
Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn On Wednesday, October 15th, from 7 pm to 9 pm, Embellish will host a jewelry trunk show featuring Dallas based designer Michele Busch. Michele will be here in person with a large selection of her unique designs which range from classically elegant to funky chic. You’ll enjoy mimosas and breakfast-y finger foods while Breakfast at Tiffany’s plays in the background. This is the perfect chance to get a jump start on Christmas shopping or pick-up the perfect embellishment for your holiday cocktail attire.
September 26, 2008
FREE Saturday TACO RUN!
It takes a lot to get me out of bed before 8 am. Ever. But on a Saturday? Damn near impossible. But IF I’m going to run 7 or 10 miles, running it with a group might be the way to go. So I suggest Rogue’s Free Taco Run.
Coaches will lead runners on 7 or 10 mile runs starting at 7:30 am and 5 & 3 mile starting at 8:00 am
FREE post-run breakfast tacos supplied by
the good folks at Tacodeli.
All Austin runners welcome! Meet at Rogue, 500 San Marcos. (5th Street on the east side of 35, next to Progress Coffee)
June 10, 2008
Driving over here, I realized why people love Starbucks so much. I was nervous. Nervous to go to a freakin’ coffeeshop! But I didn’t want to look like the newbie. Regulars are nestled into their fave tables with their laptops and “the usual,” and I didn’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. I briefly contemplated re-routing myself to the nearest Starbucks. And then I realized how ridiculous I was being, and how much I wanted to try Bouldin Creek’s breakfasts, made with free-range eggs. Or possibly their vegetarian or vegan food.
So now I sit at this table, working happily, my belly full of delicious bagel sammich and tea. I’m certain I look like a regular to anyone who comes in after me. Mission accomplished! And I feel silly for being intimidated.
So on to my thoughts of Bouldin Creek: I ordered a Tokyo Fog, which is green tea chai with vanilla soymilk–delicious and served at a perfect temperature, which is pretty amazing. For breakfast, I ordered the special: a whole wheat bagel sammich with a patty of free-range egg, spinach, and Swiss gruyere cheese melted together. Aside from being way too greasy, it was quite tasty. Next time I’ll try something else, though, and ask for them to use as little oil as possible. I mean, this thing took TWO napkins to eat!
The atmosphere is pretty chill, I’m inside right now, but they have a substantial number of patios and outdoor seating and covered outdoor seating and such. They also have the requisite game/book bookshelf, which is cool for people that are just hanging out. Obviously they have free wi-fi, since I’m posting this. The staff is typical coffeeshop–a little funky, sometimes scruffy, definitely unique–and super nice. I like the place so far …