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USA, Texas, Austin – Vince Young Steakhouse

  
My wife and I, along with another couple, visited the Vince Young Steakhouse the evening before last. This was our second opportunity to enjoy the food there and it was every bit as good as the first time. It is located at 301 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 in downtown Austin near the convention center. Public parking is a couple of blocks away, but they do have valet parking. 

We had not been out to a fancy restaurant in a while so we made an evening of it. We started out with appetizers – Shrimp Gratin, Daily Beef Tartare, Shrimp Cocktail, and Roasted Bone Marrow. I only sampled the Shrimp Gratin which was excellent, but the others said the rest of the spread was outstanding. For salads we selected a couple of Grilled Caesar Salads, a Farm to Table Salad , and (for me) a Wedge Salad with Blue cheese. We followed those ups with various steaks and a selection of sides. 

  The decor is a little on the modern side, but very nice and cozy. All together it was a wonderful dinner enjoyed by all. The steaks were the best we have had in Austin. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but it is worth every cent! I am sure we will be back again in the future more than once. 

If you are looking for a great steak in a refined dining atmosphere, I strongly recommend Vince Young Steakhouse.


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USA, Louisiana, New Orleans – Blue Frog Chocolates

USA, Louisiana, New Orleans - Blue Frog Chocolates

My wife and I came across Blue Frog Chocolates when we were in New Orleans last April. This is a small eclectic shop with a wide variety of things chocolate. The shop has been open since 2000 in a old cottage on Magazine Street (5707 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115). The location is in the Garden District and the cottage is nearly 100 years old. The family owned and operated shop takes it’s name from the “Legend of the Blue Frog“.

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The shop carries a wide assortment of chocolate goods – molded chocolates, chocolate covered nuts, bark, pralines, cocoa mix, assorted gift boxes , dipped strawberries, body paint, . . . The list goes on and on. Some of their products are imported, or from other sources in the US, but many are made locally in the shop. Not only do they have great sweets, orders can be made through their on-line catalog for shipment to you anywhere.

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We tried a few of the chocolates and we both had one of their “Icy Hot Chocolate” drinks. Everything that we tried was outstanding!

If you are in New Orleans, this is a stop I highly recommend.


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USA, Nevada, Las Vegas – Freed’s Bakery

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Freed’s Bakery (9815 S. Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada 89183) is a full service bakery that we have visited a half dozen times over the past 10 years. They offer everything from high-end specialty cakes (including wedding cakes), to cupcakes and cookies.  Freed’s has been in operation over 50 years, and is under management by the third generation of the Freed family.

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Over the years we have bought a couple of birthday cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and their pastries. Everything that we have tried have been wonderful!

This is a great place to stop if you are in Las Vegas and want to get away from the casinos.


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USA, Texas, Austin – Gourdough’ s Donuts

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Gourdough’s Donuts (1503 S 1st St., Austin, TX 78704) is one of the popular food trucks around the Austin area.My wife and I visited a few weekends ago and were very impressed. So, what makes these donuts different? The toppings!!!!

On our visit I had a Cherry Bomb (Glazed Cherry-Topped Holes, Cinnamon, Sugar & Cake Mix Topping) while my wife had a Heavenly Hash (Marshmallow With Chocolate Fudge Icing Topped With Brownie Bites). They were both very good. I am looking forward to going back and trying one of the other 23 toppings that Gourdough’s offers.

If you are in the mood for a great desert and are in South Austin, Gordough’s is a great place to stop. If you are out-and-about, then the Roaming Hunger App is a great way of seeing if Gordough’s is open, or to find any Food Truck around Austin.


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iOS – Roaming Hunger App

My wife and I took the opportunity this past weekend to explore Austin in search of food trucks we had seen featured on the Unique Sweets TV program. We found  Cow Tipping Creamery and Gourdough’s for some wonderful deserts. Then we visited  Melizoz’s Tacos for lunch.

We were able to find these fairly easily. There is a web site/App I came across in a National Geographic article (“How One Korean Taco Truck Launched an $800 Million Industry“, July 2015) that will help if you are in search of Food Truck opportunities in Austin (they also cover 36 other cities across the US, including San Antonio, Dallas and Houston) called Roaming Hunger. There are also FREE Apps for both iOS and Android so you can find a truck while on the go.

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You can find where trucks are located and when they are open. You can even book a Food Truck for your next event through Roaming Hunger. You can find the top Food Trucks in an area, recommend a new Food Truck you have found, so that it may be added to the list or vote for your favorite Food Trucks. I have this App on my iPhone now and look forward to using it to discover interesting dining not only in Austin, but in other cities I might visit.

Pros

  • Free
  • Web site, iOS App and Android App
  • Users can add new food trucks as they are found
  • Identifies wide range of food trucks in your area

Cons

  • More cities need to be added

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USA, Texas, Austin – Cow Tipping Creamery

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My wife and I had heard about the Cow Tipping Creamery on Unique Sweets (Episode CCUQS501H). This isn’t a brick and mortar store, but one of the many food trucks that can be found around the Austin area. This one is located in a small lot with a few other trucks near the campus of the University of Texas in downtown Austin (2512 Rio Grande St., Austin, Texas 78705). Parking was a challenge as that area of town is full of apartments primarily occupied by students and most of the available street parking was taken up by those living in the area.

This ice cream vendor offers soft serve with a wide array of interesting toppings on their menu. We chose to share an “At the Ritz” 12 ounce ‘stacker’. The ‘stacker’ is their version of a sundae, but they stack the ingredients to give great flavor throughout the desert. The “At the Ritz” is soft serve vanilla with brown sugar hot fudge peanut butter sauce. To top it off there were crumbled Ritz crackers sprinkled over the top.  This made for a unique creamy, salty, chocolate indulgence.

We won’t be visiting the Cow Tipping Creamery too often, but we can certainly recommend it as a great desert.


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USA, Minnesota, Minneapolis – Salty Tart Bakery

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Our last stop on our day of desert exploration was at the Salty Tart Bakery. There are two locations. We visited the one located at the Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN. It was a little hard to find as it was near the center of the Market among a variety of restaurants and shops. The Salty Tart Bakery is the establishment of award winning pastry chef Michelle Gayer. We sampled a few items and they were all delicious. We particularly liked the Coconut Macaroons, but that was to be expected since they were featured on the Food Network program Best Thing I Ever Ate.

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If you are in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area and looking for something sweet I highly recommend a visit to the Salty Tart Bakery
and the Global Market.


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USA, Minnesota, Minneapolis – Angel Food

USA, Minnesota, Minneapolis - Angel Food

The third food establishment my wife and I visited in the Twin Cities area was Angel Food located at 86 S. 9th Street, Minneapolis, Mn 55402. We had a little difficulty finding Angel food as it does not have an external door. We drove by the site without seeing it and had to find a nearby place to park, then come back on foot. At walking speed we discovered that Angel Food lay within the first floor corridors of the building and we soon arrived at our destination.

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There were several items available and we selected a few to have with coffee at the small counter side bar inside. Seating space was very limited. Most of their business seemed to be take out and deliveries. The items Angel Food had were good, but I think our earlier stops in the day (Nadia Cakes and Mojo Monkey) had over whelmed our taste buds and we were left a little disappointed. Had we made Angel Food our first stop of the day our opinions would likely have been higher.

That said, Angel Food did have some nice treats, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to someone in the area.


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USA, Minnesota, St. Paul – Mojo Monkey

USA, Minnesota, St. Paul - Mojo Monkey

My wife had business in St. Paul and I tagged along as she had to stay over the weekend. We made a day of searching out interesting places and appetizing food.

Our second stop was at Mojo Monkey. A bakery specializing in donuts which we had found recommended by one of the Cable Food programs. They had a nice and very tasty selection of donuts, and good coffee. This small bakery is located at 1169 7th Street West, St. Paul, MN 55102.

If you are in the St. Paul, Minnesota area and looking for something sweet I highly recommend a visit to Mojo Monkey.


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