Posts from April 2012


DOWNLOAD THIS APP!  Do your summer vacation plans include a trip to a national park? Then hike over to the iTunes app store and download National Parks by National Geographic. National Geographic's interactive guide to the United States' parks is a handy free app to have whether you're out on the trails or just interested in seeing photos from the comfort of your couch. National Parks by National Geographic is filled with maps, coordinates, points of interest and more to help you get around the parks when you visit. If you do happen to visit the parks, National Geographic has you covered with lots of cool tidbits within the app. 
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A Round-The-World Adventure, Culinary Style

If your taste buds are suffering from a serious case of the blahs, and they need to get their tingle back, consider taking them on a trip around the world.  Don't worry; you won't have to spend a fortune on plane tickets, cruises, or hotels. The adventure is as close as Central Market and their regular cooking classes right here in Austin.

Central Market Cooking School combines its talented cooking instructors with local, regional and nationally known culinary experts and chefs to create an appetizing experience. Best of all, you get to eat while you learn.

Here are some highlights of upcoming classes that may help put some spice back in your kitchen.

· Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 to 9 Pm: Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Aunt Pearl Burras of "Greater Tuna"

If you're a fan of the Joe Sears-Jaiston Williams "Greater Tuna" plays, this is the chance of a lifetime to get up close and personal with the Grande Dame of Tuna, Texas, Aunt Pearl.  She'll show you the secrets to creating such deliciosos dishes as Chicken Enchiladas, Carne Guisada, Mexican Refried Beans and Guacamole Salad with Homemade Tortilla Chips.

Cost: $50

· Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 to 9:30 Pm: Sushi 101 with CM Cooking School Instructor Scot Loranc

Learn to make and enjoy Pickled Cucumber & Daikon Salad, Tuna Taco with Avocado & Yuzu Puree, Sakemake, California Roll, and other modern flavors. Sushi 101 is one of CM's most popular classes.

Cost: $65

· Thursday, May 3, 6:30 to 9 Pm: Cool Indian with Vegetarian Chef and Food Blogger Chaya Rao

Enjoy a spicy yet cooling menu of authentic Indan flavors, including Coconut & Honey Mock-tails, Peanut Masala (toasted peanuts with chilled, raw vegetables), Paneer & Fruit Kebabs with Chilled Chutney.

Cost: $50

· Saturday, May 5, 10 Am to 1 Pm: Easy As Pie with Sahar Arafar-Ray, Culinary Instructor

You can't miss out on dessert, and this demonstration gives you practice making tasty crusts and fillings: Crust Primer, Mixed Berry Lattice-topped Pie, Key Lime Pie, and more.

Cost: $65

For more information, or to make reservations for these and other future classes, call Central Market Cooking School at (512) 206-1014, or visit the Cooking School page at:
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A Few Of My Favorite Things!

I love our perfect Easter weekend!  I was far from my family this year but had a wonderful time celebrating with some new friends this year!!  It was one of the last weekends for the bluebonnets and I am getting more and more addicted to one of the hottest iPhone Apps out there!!

Pretty an locally grown Easter flowers!!  I took them to a friends house for Easter brunch.

This farm just west of Dripping Springs was dripping in the last of the lovely Bluebonnets.

A heathy and delicious Easter brunch!!  We did have some wafflles and eggs too!!  Yum!!

I love Instagram!!  It's my newest iPhone App addiction!!  Facebook just bought it
for a billion dollars!!  Smart!!  It's the best way to enhance and share your photos!!
This is one I took last week of a beautiful sunrise behind the UT Tower!!

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How to help folks in North Texas

Here are some ways to help folks in North Texas who were hit by tornados.


You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, or visit to donate more money online.


The Volunteer Center of North Texas organizes groups to help where there is the most need. Visit to sign up and learn more. Click here for more

Here's a bit of good news out of the devistation from the tornados!!

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My Wildflower Weekend!!

There is nothing better than Springtime in Austin!!  This weekend I wanted to get out of town and  just go for a ride and soak it all in!!  I highly recommend doing this by the way!   I decided to head to Fredricksburg and enjoy the beautiful wildflowers that I have heard the hill country has to offer.  I was not disapointed!!   From Dripping Springs, to Johnson City to Fredricksburg there was a blanket of color that was stunning.  Check just a few of my photo's below!!  I need to do this more often!!

This field of purple smelled as lovely as it looks!!

This purple field of flowers smelled as lovely as it looks!!

These colorful corn poppies would put anyone in a good mood!!

There is nothing prettier than a mixture of bluebonnetts and indian paintbushes!!

Austin has so many breathtaking wildflowers spots too!!  This one was a the corner of
Mopac and 360!

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