Uchi

Uchi is one of the best restaurants in Austin, Texas. It was the place that put food on the map here. After Uchi came, other good restaurants followed. Despite living here about 8 years, tonight was my first time eating at Uchi. SO GOOD. Sam and I had been to Uchiko, it’s sister restaurant beforeContinue reading “Uchi”

Taking it Easy

One of the requests my parents had before they came down was to have time to just sit outside and relax. The hubby spent the day smoking a brisket for dinner, meanwhile my dad made banana pancakes for breakfast. I haven’t had pancakes in forever! Yum! Our plan for the rest of the day wasContinue reading “Taking it Easy”

Austin Opera

Yay! My parents are here! It feels like forever since we have seen them. They came down to celebrate my mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day. To celebrate, we went to the Opera on Sunday night. The wonderful and dramatic ( like all operas) Tosca by Puccini. It was the first performance since the opera hadContinue reading “Austin Opera”

Smoked Ice

Sounds funny, doesn’t it? It kind of is. But I guess you truly can smoke anything. And the hubby is not one to say “no” to smoking stuff. He considers smoked ice to be a great party addition. With my parents soon to arrive , he decided that we would be remiss as hosts ifContinue reading “Smoked Ice”

Who is excited for side salad?

This girl!! See those beautiful leaves we’ve got? Yeah, that’s fresh from the garden spinach and arugula. We’ve paired it with broccoli and quiche, but the real star here is the greens! I tossed a little balsamic vinaigrette on top and it was delicious. Bright, tasty and packed with vitamins. I felt like Popeye! I’mContinue reading “Who is excited for side salad?”

The Garden is Growing!

Is there anything better than watching (literally) the fruits ( ok vegetables) of your labor? We are getting very excited by the baby veggies that are starting to appear. Little string beans, the start of tomatoes, and little bits of bell pepper. It was a tough start with the freak snowstorm in Texas which basicallyContinue reading “The Garden is Growing!”

Michelin Style Food

The hubby and I enjoy binge watching Hells Kitchen and it has influenced us many times. From learning certain techniques to trying different meals. Recently we’ve made ratatouille and risotto. Well, the hubby is at it again! He’s decided he wants to up his cooking game, especially since he wants to impress the in-laws (Continue reading “Michelin Style Food”

Macrame Update

I was really hoping that I would be finished by the end of the weekend… But no, I am not. Sigh. To be honest this project is starting to drag on me a little bit. It is very time consuming, making little knots round and round and around. It’s not so bad when watching tv,Continue reading “Macrame Update”

Dad’s Scarf

Whew! Finished it just in the nick of time! My parents are set to arrive in about a week and I owed them each a scarf. My mom’s scarf was finished weeks ago but I sort of lost some steam after. When I finally got my focus back, I went looking for the right yarn.Continue reading “Dad’s Scarf”

Grooming is Love

Who doesn’t love to do something to make their loved ones happy? Max, my cat LOVES to be brushed. You can see it in his eyes and his body language. He feels loved when we brush him. It probably reminds him of his mother grooming him as a kitten. And it just feels darned good,Continue reading “Grooming is Love”