Austin

A Trip to June’s All Day

26 May, 2017

June's All Day in Austin, Texas

This month, we’ve had a lot of fun stuff happening! We celebrated our third wedding anniversary, Josh had a birthday, and I had a birthday. May is always a fun month for us, even if it winds up being busy with celebrations.

For Josh’s birthday, we decided to try out a new place in our neighborhood called June’s All Day. It recently was on Food & Wine’s list of best restaurants. What sold us though? Half price on ALL their food during happy hour (which runs from 4-6pm, everyday).
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Drinks

Blackberry Iced Tea with Mint

9 May, 2017

Blackberry Iced Tea with Mint

What do you do when you have a giant carton of blackberries in your fridge? You make a cocktail!

What do you do when you’re pregnant and can’t have cocktails? You make something that feels like you’re drinking a cocktail, but is sans alcohol. The secret is adding a garnish and a pretty straw. That makes you feel fancy.

Josh made a giant pitcher of iced (decaf) green tea, so I decided to try out the combination of blackberry and tea. And I gotta say, I’m a fan.
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Austin

Waller Creek Pub House

5 May, 2017

Waller Creek Pub House in Austin, Texas

Every month, the Austin Food Blogger Alliance holds a monthly happy hour for its members. We always get to go to a restaurant here in town and sample their menu. I look forward to this because I love to hang out with my fellow food bloggers, meet new ones, AND I usually get to try out a new restaurant I haven’t visited.

In April, we got to taste food and drinks from the Waller Creek Pub House. When I think of a pub, I think a dark space and some meh food. Not true for this place! The inside was much brighter than I thought it would be, and that food. SO good. They try to make as much as they can completely from scratch, and it shows.
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Dinner, Pasta

Cheesy Tortellini Bake

28 April, 2017

Cheesy Tortellini Bake

You know when you just want a BIG helping of cheesy pasta, but you don’t want to put in a bunch of work? Enter this dish.

Back when Josh and I lived in Seattle many years ago, this was a staple meal in our house. We’d get a package of tortellini from Trader Joe’s, boil it up, add some sauce, top with cheese and broil. It was so easy and yummy. We’d usually make a quick Caesar salad to go with it, you know, to make sure we had some greens with our pasta and cheese.
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Breakfast, Snacks

Peanut Butter Toast with Apple and Honey

25 April, 2017

Peanut Butter Toast with Apples and Honey

One of the things I’ve been trying to do with this pregnancy is to eat a lot of protein. I mean, I prefer a juicy hamburger or some fried chicken, but that’s probably not healthy to have at every meal, right? Also, meat can be expensive, especially when you’re trying to buy grass-fed, organic, and all that stuff.

Enter other sources of protein! Peanut butter was one that came recommended by my doctor’s office, and luckily it’s perfect on toast! Especially if you sweeten it up with a fresh apple and some honey. Seriously. The honey MAKES this snack. Josh isn’t a huge fan of peanut butter, and even he liked this! So with his stamp of approval, I wanted to share this recipe for peanut butter toast with you guys.
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Announcement, Baby Stuff

A New Addition to the Food Banjo Family

21 April, 2017

baby announcement baby announcement

We’re expecting a new addition to the Food Banjo family! A little girl will be joining us in late September. We’ve wanted a baby for quite awhile, and we’re thrilled it’s finally happening!

So this is the real reason why posts have been so lacking this year. That first trimester is brutal. Thankfully, my “morning” sickness was pretty mild. I had nausea for a few weeks, mostly in the afternoons/evenings. I kept a bag of Trader Joe’s Ginger Chews with me at all times, and those helped a ton.

What was bad though? The TIREDNESS. And complete lack of motivation to do anything other than lay on the sofa. I’d go to my full-time job, and when I would get home I would have no energy to work on Food Banjo posts or even think about the blog. The weekends were the same. I’d start the weekend with big plans to develop recipes, shoot photos, and write posts. Did any of that happen? Nope.
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