- Las Ramblas' pork chop
Foodies hoping to escape San Antonio during the last weekend of Fiesta can take a quick trip to Austin. Trade turkey legs and gorditas for the Austin Food + Wine Festival, April 23-26, which will feature five SA chefs, including Jason Dady (who will compete in the Rock Your Taco challenge judged by Bizarre Food's Andrew Zimmern); Diego Galicia and Rico Torres of Mixtli; Steve McHugh of Cured at Pearl; and Quealy Watson of Hot Joy. Tickets to the chef-studded weekend are nearly gone, but some all-in ($550) and weekender ($250) passes are still available at austinfoodandwinefestival.com.
Pop-ups are so hot right now. There are two on the way, and another that recently kicked off inside Lupita's Mexican Seafood (101 Carson). Gallo/Toro, held Sundays and Mondays from 6 to 11 p.m., features an a-la-carte menu of modern Mexican dishes such as Mayan hummus, requeson ravioli and Nutella-based besos de merengue. On Sunday, February 8, the Southeast Asian-inspired Tim Doi will host its second dinner, this time inside 2809 N St. Mary's. The multicourse dinner will also feature cocktails created by pop-up chefs and partners Jerald Head and Kane Sorrells, sous chefs at Arcade Midtown Kitchen. Tickets, at $80, can be reserved at email@example.com or calling (210) 620-1185. Finally, The Experiment will host its first dinner on Sunday, February 22, also at 2809 N St. Mary's. Operated by Winnie Mak and Lorenzo Morales of Tuk Tuk Tap Room, the pop-up will host an "Oz and Floyd" themed event with an a-la-carte menu and groovy tunes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Panifico Bake Shop (602 NW 24th, (210) 434-9290) celebrates 10 gluten-filled years on Saturday, January 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with giveaways, cake and mariachis. Stop by for a taste of the West Side.
The city's caffeine levels keep rising as CommonWealth Coffeehouse and Bakery (118 Davis, 210-560-2955) opened its doors this weekend. The shop, which sat around in limbo as the city cleared up a pricy zoning snafu, sits inside a quaint remodeled home and will feature baked goods and Cuvee Coffee.
Valentine's Day — it'll get here before you know it. Get those reservations in ASAP, or don't say we didn't warn you. Boiler House (312 Pearl Pkwy, Building 3, 210-354-4644) will celebrate with a three-course dinner menu ($59 per person, optional wine pairings) on February 14 from 5 to 11:30 p.m. StoneWerks Big Rock Grille (multiple locations) will be whipping up chef features such as barbecued Gulf oysters (wink, wink), chicken scaloppini and surf and turf with prices varying from $5.95-$34.95, from February 13-15. Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa (306 W Market, 210-298-8040) will feature a three-course prix fixe menu on February 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. at $80 per person.