My Oh My Pumpkin Pie!

One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin-based food. Pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin soup, pumpkin ice cream...and now felt pumpkin pie.

I almost passed out from cuteness when I saw this felt pumpkin pie by BeckyM on Etsy.

Here are some of my other non-pumpkin-based felt food favorites by BeckyM.

Big Breakfast

Just in time for the State Fair of Texas: felt corndog

Felt black and white cookies

Pop Tarts

Her creations would be great for a play kitchen. Shop her wonderfully felted BeckyM Etsy store and read her equally felted blog All In One Day's Time.

Do you have a food item you want to turn into felt?

Felt Pumpkin Pie, BeckyM on Etsy, $8 per slice.

Fancy Food at Foreign & Domestic

Photos by Aimee Wenske

Last week, Amy B, an old friend of mine from college, triumphantly returned to Texas. To celebrate her all-too-brief return to Austin we had dinner at Foreign & Domestic.

We had 7 desserts, with only one being a repeat. I ordered the carrot cake sundae, tasted both the chocolate parfait and the chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream, and with sugar-glazed eyes, I stared at the bacon root beer float. Sugar coma aside, my favorite dessert, compliments of the chef, was pomegrante ice cream with apple and fig streudel. It seriously tasted like I was eating magic. I felt a happy tingle on my tongue. Shouldn't magic feel like a happy tingle? I want a secret stash of Foreign and Domestic's pomegrante ice cream for stressful workdays.

Oh yeah, we had entrees, too. Interestingly, we had fewer entrees than desserts. We also had fewer people than desserts.

It was Austin Restaurant Week, so there was no reason not to order off the three course prix fixe restaurant week menu. Half of our table ordered from the ARW menu but we also snagged some gruyere popover appetizers - the redhead has decided that we need to go back and just have popovers for dinner.

Kafe Leopold Brunch with Special Guest Fran

After posting an iPhone picture of the Lincoln Memorial on Facebook, my friend Fran excitedly replied that he, too, would be in DC for a wedding that weekend. Yay!

We decided to meet up for brunch in morning. After a little bit of Yelping and looking over a list of things to eat from my friend Carole, we decided on Kafe Leopold in Georgetown.

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photo by Tina Phan

Boy were we glad we chose Leopold's. There I had the most amazing almond croissant I've had in my life. It wasn't flaky like La Boite (my now second favorite almond croissant). Instead it was dense, moist, and somewhat sticky. Lil Phan got 2 more for the road.

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photo by Tina Phan

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With so many choices, lil Phan had a hard time deciding. I think she's using her phone to look up some of the menu choices. She seems terrified of making the wrong decision.

She ended up going with this:

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photo by Tina Phan

I had lemon souffle pancakes.

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photo by Tina Phan

At some point, I got greedy and started stealing other people's food. I mean tasting other people's food.

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photo by Tina Phan

Look at the bakery case. Drool.

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Yay Fran and Yay brunch.

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photo by Tina Phan

I'm not sure why the redhead's smile is so forced.

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photo by Tina Phan

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We Got A Cover! A TODO Austin Cover

TODO Austin Cover July 2010

Woo hoo! Aimee Wenske and I got a cover this month. Go Team! Our photography and styling efforts are featured on this month's TODO Austin.

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TODO Austin is a FREE monthly newspaper that focuses on ethnic communities in Austin. The site says it's "multicultural."

I'm sure not about all the distribution locations for TODO Austin. I am sure that you can pick up copy of the July 2010 issue at the laundromat next to Quack's Bakery.

Aimee and I made a bunch of bread flags with white bread and condiments.

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I don't think I can show this to mommy Phan, she'd be ashamed that I replicated the current Vietnam flag.

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Here are some non-flag outtakes that didn't quite make it.

Pouring outtakes

Chilantro Korean BBQ Tacos at the Domain

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One lovely Spring Wednesday, the coworkers and I met the redhead and his coworkers at the Chilantro truck at the Domain.

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I've talked about Chilantro before in my Lunar New Year post - they're my favorite food trailer. So, in fact, I talk about them a lot.

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I had never seen so many people waiting for Jae and his crew, not even during SXSW. Crazy. The Domain loves its Korean BBQ Taco trailer truck. Being a super sweet entrepreneur, Jae gave me 4 tofu tacos because of the long wait. Being non morbidly obese, I could only finish 2 of those tacos. I ended up leaving these in the work fridge for lunch the next day. (note: unfortunately Chilantro day 2 is subpar)

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One bizarre thing was with the location - we could buy food in front of the building but if we tried to take even a single bite a security guard, with presumably not much better to do, would come yell at us. Also, we weren't even allowed to sit down and wait for the food. Standing room only? (note: fortunately they've moved to the parking lot adjacent for their Domain visits and it's much more pleasant)

PS I stopped by Chilantro again last weekend after Pixel Pop they now have kimchi french fries. I shared the tofu version with the redhead, Micah, and her husband. Amazing. You MUST eat them. This is an order.

For their daily whereabouts, follow them on Twitter (@ChiLantroBBQ).

United States Cake for July 4th

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I made a United States cake slice for lil Phan when she came back this 4th of July weekend.

Lucky for me I had already baked a cake. She randomly came to Austin last minute.

Happy July 4th everyone. And Happy Birthday America.

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The heart is for Texas.

Photos by Tina Phan

Sharon Loves These Hello Kitty Cake Pops

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So you guys know my friend Sharon, right? Sharon Loves This?

Well, she's getting married this weekend. And I made her these Hello Kitty cake pops for her bachelorette party (which was really a delicious dinner at our favorite restaurant, Vespaio. Sounds like my kind of party.)

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All the girls were enamored by the cake pops. Success! I'll post some pictures from Sharon's bachelorette party at a later date.

I used Bakerella's Hello Kitty cake pop tutorial and adapted the bow. I went with a little pink confetti sprinkle as the middle instead of an M&M mini. The flatness of the sprinkle was definitely easier to adhere to Hello Kitty's cake pop head.

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I swear, I almost died from cuteness while I was making these.

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I even made a her a personalized cake pop stand.

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I'm going to go ahead and say Sharon Loved This.