Welcome to another installment of Dishin’ It Up – February 2017 Edition! Where I share my favorite books, music, food and fun from the past month!
February passed in somewhat of a blur. Not necessarily because I was busy, it was actually a rather slow month, but because part of it I was ill and out of commission. But thankfully I’m back and going strong, which is good because the month of March is already moving extremely fast and I can barely keep up!
So, before March is already long gone and the events of February ancient history, I thought I would share a quick installment of Dishin’ It Up and highlight some of the fun things that did happen last month!
Kitchen Concoctions Around the Web:
February was a busy month for me sharing recipes and articles on other places. I was honored to share some favorite Texas themed Super Bowl recipes in an article for the Austin American Statesman. You can read the full article “How to eat like a Texan at your Super Bowl party” and check out the recipes for Texas Sheet Cake, Texas Chili Stuffed Potato Skins and Barbecue Brisket Nachos, there as well.
Last month I guest blogged on the SoFab Food blog again. Since my Monte Cristo Pinwheels that I shared here on Kitchen Concoctions last fall were such a hit, I decided to share a kid friendly version and share a recipe for Hot Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels over on the SoFab Food blog. These Hot Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels are super easy to make and kid friendly, perfect for an after-school snack or appetizer for family game night.
If case you missed it, as part of the annual Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide, I updated my annual guides regarding Austin’s Best Tacos and the Best Sandwich Shops in Austin, Texas. I also added new this year a guide to the Best Donuts in Austin, Texas, since we are huge donut fans, and I’ve been dying to do a guide to our favorite spots for quite a while.
While these three guides are housed here on Kitchen Concoctions, if you are local or are visiting Austin for a family vacation for spring break or attending SXSW, you need to check out the full guide on the Austin Food Blogger Alliance blog! This intensive restaurant guide has the inside scoop to all the best restaurants in Austin, Texas from best happy hour spots, to best brunch spots and more!
What I’ve Been Eating:
In my research to update my city guides and discover new places, we checked out a new to us Cuban sandwich shop, Cuban Sandwich Café. This little “hole in the wall” restaurant didn’t seem like much, but was, so far, the best Cuban sandwiches we’ve had here in Austin. I won’t say it’s the best Cuban sandwich ever, as I’m kind of partial to my friend’s Cuban sandwiches that he serves at his restaurant in East Texas, but they were good and curbed our Cuban sandwich craving. (read the full review here)
Speaking of sandwiches, we also tried the new restaurant Grand Lux Café. This small restaurant chain is owned by the same people that own The Cheesecake Factory and it definitely has similar vibes and a lengthy menu, only more upscale and on the higher price range.
The menu features a mix of menu items and includes a lot of food fusion like Pastrami Reuben Eggrolls and French Dip Burger. Of what we tried we really liked the Grilled Steak Sandwich (Oak Grilled, Sliced and Served on an Artisan Roll with Tomatoes, Arugula, Onions, White Cheddar Cheese and Horseradish Sauce), the Blood Orange Martini (this martini is a little on the sweeter side, but I enjoyed it) and the Pot Roast Cheese Fries, above (French Fries Topped with Chunks of Tender Pot Roast Smothered with Gravy and Creamy Cheddar Cheese Sauce).
We were also impressed with the hot made to order desserts. While these desserts do take a few extra minutes, taking home a box of 12 Warm Homemade Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies was the perfect way to end our dinner and have a treat for later.
What I’ve been reading and watching:
When I get super busy and stressed, sometimes I wish I could have a day at home to just curl up on the couch and read a book or watch TV/movies. When I was sick last month I thought I would be able to do this while resting, and while I did this some, mostly I just rested and slept.
What I did watch was getting caught up on all my regular current favorites that returned for the spring season (Nashville, How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal and Gray’s Anatomy). I also started the new HBO series Big Little Lies. I never read the book this show is based on and so far (only 3 episodes in) I’m liking it. It’s another present day/flash back show where you try to put together the pieces of what happened. It also stars some pretty big cast members (Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley).
For reading, I picked back up Julie and Julia. I had started this book last summer and then misplaced it and never finished. I finally found the book and decided to get it finished. Since it had been so long, had to re-read most of it, but I’m almost finished so I’ll give a full review next month. I haven’t picked anything to read next, so if you have any suggestions, leave a comment with what you recommend!
Well that’s it for now! What have you been up to lately? Share in the comments below!
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Disclosure: While I am a paid contributor and guest blogger for SoFab Food and a contract writer for the Austin American Statesman, this post is not sponsored. I just love sharing what I’ve been up to and some of my favorite things with you as part of my Dishin’ It Up series! All thoughts and opinions are my own.