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Monday Bites…

September 3, 2012

Thoughts, inquiries, and photos from The Bite-Sized Baker… What an amazing week!

1. It’s important to embrace your inner child… And seeing as though I act like a child on the regular this is not a difficult task/mindset for me. I took advantage of Chicago’s gloomy weather last Sunday by consuming a bowl of tomato soup and a Kraft American Cheese grilled cheese sandwich and watching the Harry Potter series marathon all day long.

2. On Wednesday night Tony and I started off our epic Labor Day Weekend with a classic Cubs baseball game. Classic, as in, they lost and we didn’t watch a single inning and just drank beer and ate hot dogs the whole game.

3. We woke up around 4AM on Thursday morning for our 6AM flight to Dallas.. A shot of downtown Chicago in the early morning hours!

4. We spent Thursday swimming and relaxing at Tony’s parents house in Dallas. Tony’s mom is an excellent cook and taught me a thing or two about Lebanese and German cooking while making dinner. We made veiner schnitzel, Lebanese roasted potatoes, and simple green salad. There is nothing better than a home-cooked meal, great company, and good conversation.

5. On Friday we drove to Austin to meet up with my sister, Rachel and her boyfriend, KC. We stopped off at Tacodeli for lunch and ate some amazing Tex-Mex tacos. Epicurious did not lie when they ranked Tacodeli as one of “The 10 Best Tacos in America.”

6. On Friday night, Tony, Rachel, KC, and I had dinner at the Driskill Hotel. Holy moley, I was not expecting a meal that spectacular! Everything was phenomenal from the Prime Beef Tartare to the most tasty Potato and Crab bisque to the Lamb Chop with Potato-Bacon Hash and Foie Gras demi glace to the Hazelnut Crunch Cake and Malted Milkshake pictured below. I would definitely recommend the Driskill Grill for an elegant southern meal.

7. On Saturday, KC started the day off right by bringing everyone an assortment of the world famous Round Rock Doughnuts.We spent the latter part of the day exploring South Congress Avenue in Austin for a hipster delight, the SFC Farmer’s Market, and getting lost in the GINORMOUS Whole Foods’ World Headquarters located conveniently by our hotel.

8. And obviously, no trip to Austin would be complete without meeting little Louie! He is such a little angel.

9. Since we hadn’t already consumed enough food in Austin, we rushed home on Sunday for brunch with Tony’s parents at Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas. The four of us indulged in the three-course meal option so we could sample the best Fearing’s had to offer, including the Texas Heirloom Tomato Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing with Granny Fearing’s Blue Cheese/Pecan Balls, Aged Balsamic Reduction and Crispy 1015 Onion Rings (pictured).

10. Our Texas vacation was absolutely perfect and I couldn’t ask for better food, company, or weather! I now know why everything is bigger in Texas after trying some of their delicious food too! 😉 I can’t wait to go back…. after detoxing for three months.

Hope you’re all enjoying your three day weekend!

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