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Local Love: Dive Bar & Lounge

26 Dec

Two Chicks (and assorted others) finally made the pilgrimage down to Dive Bar & Lounge for a long overdue happy hour a few months ago.  Dive Bar, a little unassuming bar on Guadalupe and 17th, has been open for less than a year and has already gained quite the loyal following.  It’s low-key, relaxed and a place you want to kick back and have a good time.  They’ve got regular happy hour specials, a boatload of fun events like karaoke night and music trivia night, and, of course, some great beers and cocktails.  It also helps that we think a couple of the owners are pretty awesome too (hi to Jim and Bev)!

Stop in and have a drink or two and stay for the laid-back Austin vibe! And for you Anglophiles out there, start out with a Pimm’s Cup at Dive and go across the street for some fish and chips at Dog and Duck Pub! It makes for a nice little evening. We won’t promise you any discounts if you drop our name, but it might nonetheless be fun if you walk in and shout, “Two Chicks sent us!” Make sure you take video if you do.

A delicious, thirst-quenching UFO White.

 Happy holidays from Two Chicks!

Order Up: That ain’t zombies on the horizon!

21 Oct

There are many things Two Chicks would love to do; were it up to us, we’d spend our weeks blowing off work, visiting food, wine and beer festivals, and taking so many pictures bystanders would think Lindsay Lohan had arrived with our meal. Even locally, we find new restaurants, trailers and food-related events almost daily that make us gleeful. But fate conspires to keep us away — in this case, fate takes the form of a dwindling bank account and personal obligations. Such is life, right? But we feel its our duty to pass along the juiciest tidbits so others can play foodie (if only for the day). Check out these awesome events that are on the horizon; we encourage you to attend so that we can live vicariously through you!

1) For the rest of the month, The Carillon is having a fabulous deal called Taste of October.  They’re offering three tasty courses for the low price of $29 (a steal!) if you dine between 5:30-6:30pm.  If you’ve never been to Carillon, it is so worth it; Two Chicks ventured there before this blog was even a glimmer in our eye and enjoyed an amazing meal and stellar service.

2) The Gypsy Picnic Food Trailer Festival kicks off this Saturday, October 22 at Auditorium Shores. This second annual event will feature live music and 40+ food vendors (trucks, trailers and good old-fashioned food carts), and according to the local weather folks, it should be a beautiful fall day in the ATX. A attended last year and had some tasty food, though – full disclosure – she wasn’t terribly impressed with the overall organization. Still, rumor has it they’ve made significant improvements since that time, so check it out. It’s a great concept and there should be an awesome buzz.

3) If you’re looking for something to quench your thirst – and your raging hops addiction – Austin Beer Week begins this Saturday and runs through Saturday, October 30.  There are a ton of participating pubs, restaurants and other venues, and it’ll give you a good excuse to spend your weekend sloshed and waist-high in beer foam (as if you didn’t already have one). ABW shines a huge spotlight on the awesome array of local craft brewers in and around the ATX, so not only will you enjoy some good suds but you’ll be supporting local business, too. B has particular love for Black Star Pub and Brewery, which is just down the street from her house and represents the first cooperatively owned brewery in the country. We ain’t just a music town, people.

There are a plethora of delicious events scheduled for Austin and the surrounding areas in these next few weeks, so go forth and feast! Maybe (just maybe) we’ll see you out there.

A+B

Country Fried Pflugerville

6 Oct

It’s been a long couple of weeks, with me traveling eyeball deep in work and the Mister suffering through two root canals and a tooth extraction. Despite having just come off the heels of a delicious Austin Restaurant Week (more on that later), I decided to treat him to dinner as a way of saying thanks for holding down the household duties… mostly. I mean yes, it’s a mess, but he didn’t burn the joint down; he even went to the grocery store a couple of times and bought actual food and necessary toiletries, instead of bubble gum, M&Ms and tube socks.

Anyway, I had a $40 gift card and asked him to choose where he wanted to go. After tossing around a few places, he settled on an old favorite of his, Springhill Restaurant in Pflugerville. Needless to say, it was a stark change of pace from Wednesday, when A and I finished up restaurant week at the heavenly Foreign & Domestic. But what Springhill lacked in sophistication and geographic desirability, it more than made up for in pure, unadulterated deliciousness.

gimme more

It’s BACON!

19 Sep

You can wrap it around a filet, crumble it on a salad, add it to a sandwich or simply fry it up and eat it plain. But even an amateur aficionado knows there’s no such thing as just plain bacon. Whether it’s peppered, maple smoked or covered in chocolate, it’s a slab of salty, porky goodness that goes with just about anything. Think of your favorite, most comfortable shirt… but way tastier.

So when a little restaurant down the street from my office opened up by the name of Bacon, I had to be there, and on opening day, no less. I went with several of my co-workers, including — wait for it — a vegetarian! That’s right, this place takes care of them, too, extending its porcine arms to welcome even those who don’t partake. Bacon, my friends, is love.

gimme more!

Tacos y mas: Eating San Diego

31 Jul

Mention San Diego to people and some will tell you where the best beaches are while others will tell you where the best fish tacos are served.  I, of course, listen to the second group since it has everything to do with what I can put in my hungry belly and nothing at all to do with the fact that I dislike sunbathing and large bodies of open water, and that my swimming skills are limited to a very poor doggie paddle.

One of the great things about traveling to new and unexplored places is experiencing these places through food. If I’m to judge San Diego solely on that attribute, it would earn a solid D. Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time but my food experiences left much to be desired.

gimme more!

The Mobile Excursion

13 May

I’m so excited about this recent development that I actually started this blog in the car, while the Mister picked up a script from the ghetto Walgreens in Capital Plaza. At my urging, we sought out mmmpanadas, one of the few food trucks that makes it home north of the river.

Anyone who’s lived in Austin more than six minutes knows the almost cult-like hype that surrounds them in this town, and I’m frankly on the fence about whether or not I want to jump on that hipster bandwagon. In order to preserve my dignity, I won’t use any unnecessary punctuation or adjectives, and will refrain from overly dramatic proclamations of deliciousness. Unless I really, really mean them.

gimme more!