Welcome to another installment of Dishin’ It Up – October 2016 Edition! Where I share my favorite books, music, food and fun from the past month!
Like whoa (said in my best Joey Lawrence voice)! October went by so fast. I am tired just thinking about how much we have been on the go! Lots of fun things though, and I am super grateful for so many opportunities with work and for fun!
November is already off to a running start and I am so excited for Thanksgiving! Our Friendsgiving celebration is quickly approaching and I am already planning our Thanksgiving Day menu! Stay tuned to the blog for many delicious recipes but first, here is a little peek into what we have been up to.
What I’ve been up to:
October was packed with lots of events! I went to the BlogherFood Conference, a blogging conference just for food bloggers. I have been to blogging conferences before and it is a great way to make new friends, reconnect with old friends that live afar, network with companies, learn new skills and find new inspiration.
Since the conference this year was in Austin, I was able to hang out with several of my local blogging friends as well as meet new blogging friends and hang out with some of my blogging friends that I know in person that live afar and finally meet bloggers that I have been friends with online for a long time.
I left the conference re-energized and enthusiastic about blogging, something I hope you all have felt and seen! I have lots of things I am working on behind the scenes and I can wait to share them all with you!
Austin City Limits Music Festival also happened in October. This year was the 15-year anniversary of this world-renowned music festival, and I can’t believe I’ve made it to most of these years! However, this year was the first time I’ve been to ACL in a couple of years and it was so much fun being back. Not that there was a specific band I was looking to see, although The Band of Horses and Mumford and Sons both put on great shows, but because I have been so many times and because there weren’t any specific brands I wanted to see, it was fun just kinda hanging out and not worrying about the crowds.
Of course, an Austin music festival wouldn’t be complete without an amazing selection of food from local restaurants and food vendors. Each day we treated ourselves to a special treat and enjoyed mini cinnamon sugar donuts from Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts early morning festie style and then Skull and Cakebones birthday cake ice cream sandwiches featuring NadaMoo vanilla ice cream. Both an amazing and delicious way to celebrate 15 years of music!
Another world-renowned event that took place last month was Formula One. F1 is the highest class of single-seat auto racing and is an international race. A few years ago the first North American F1 race tract was built in Austin, which was a pretty big deal! In addition to hosting F1 the race track hosts other races and is a concert venue, so we have been there for other events, but it was super fun to go for our first official Formula One race. Not only was the race super exciting but in case you haven’t heard Taylor Swift was the headlining performer, which was also a first for me to see her in concert! Despite the fact that she was suffering from a cold, and had to take a few breaks, she put on a great show, for 80,000+ fans of all ages!
Another highlight of October was Lipton’s Chef Fest! Chef Fest was a giant family style dinner hosted by Lipton tea. The meal included specialty cocktails featuring Lipton tea and multiple courses from Iron Chef and The Chew’s Chef Michael Symon, as well as a few extremely popular local chefs Andrew Curren (executive chef at Austin’s 24 Diner, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, Arro, Italic and Irene’s) and Amanda Rockman (South Congress Hotel). Some of the menu highlights were Chef Symon’s porchetta, Chef Curren’s Roasted Mushroom Crostini and Braised Lamb Over White Beans and Chef Rockman’s Lemon Tea Meringue Tarts.
What I’ve been eating:
In addition to all the drool worthy eats that I ate at BlogherFood, Acl, F1 and Chef Fest, I had the opportunity to try Snap Kitchen’s new vegan menu. If you recall in last month’s dishin’ it up I shared that I had the opportunity to try some of Snap Kitchen’s salads and they invited me back to sample their new line of vegan entrees. From Veggie Pot Pie to Creole Fab Cakes and Meatless Meatballs with Marinara Snap Kitchen’s new vegan line has an assortment of menu items. We thoroughly enjoyed the Sweet Potato Black Bean Sliders and really liked the spicy heat of the veggie packed Spicy Dan Dan Noodles.
Prohibition Creamery hosted the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s October happy hour and treated us to some creamy frozen concoctions. Prohibition Creamery is a fun and unique new ice cream shop and bar that features boozy ice cream and ice cream treats in addition to a full bar. They do have non-alcoholic menu items as well all dished out of an adorable little ice cream parlor on east 7th. The non-alcoholic PB&J ice cream tasted exactly like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (thanks to a secret ingredient, malt powder) and I loved the tart and tangy sangria sorbet topped with charcoal waffle cone pieces. In addition to regular menu items they have rotating seasonal flavors and dished up a Black Magic ice cream; coconut ash activated charcoal and creme de cacao ice cream served in a jet-black charcoal waffle cone, for the month of October! From the bar, I tried their version of a French 77 ½. Prohibition Creamery was such a quirky spot with delicious eats that I can’t wait to go back and it will definitely be a spot that I take visiting out of town friends.
What I’ve been watching:
I’m still a huge fan of the Walking Dead and without spoiling it for others, let’s just say I was completely devastated by the brutal season premiere.
I went to the movies for the first time in forever and saw The Girl on the Train. I haven’t read the book but enjoyed the movie despite guessing the ending about half way through.
Speaking of movies, Netflix has a few good movies right now. I really liked Tallulah, staring Ellen Page (from Juno) and Allison Janney. While the previews for this show make it appear to be a comedy, it is not. There are many comedic parts, but overall it is just heartwarming and at times tear jerker. But definitely worth the watch.
Well that’s it for now! What have you been up to lately? Share in the comments below!
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Note: This post is not sponsored. I was provided samples of Snap Kitchen’s vegan menu items but was not compensated or required to share my opinion. I just love sharing some of my favorite things with you as part of my Dishin’ It Up series! All opinions are my own.