VOX Table review

VOX Table is a new American small plates restaurant & cocktail bar on South Lamar. The inside is modern with high ceilings and the inventive menu has distinctive French and Spanish influence. This is where we decided to spend our 1st anniversary dinner.

Thanks to OpenTable & the “Notes” section, we were greeted with glasses of a very yummy rosè. Our waiter was the best- friendly, personable, interesting and very knowledgeable (Winston- request him before he whirls out of Austin!) and gave us great recommendations.

We started with the charred baby carrots and even though the BF doesn’t like carrots, this changed his tune. They were roasted with brown figs and a housemade ricotta, seasoned with lemon verbena and aged balsamic and topped with toasted pepitas. Then we got the most popular dish- the smoked hamachi pipette. The pipette holds a coconut soy vinaigrette and skewers the hamachi, tomato raisins, pickled cucumber and Thai chili. It was even more delicious than the hype made it to be.

Hamachi pipettes
Hamachi pipettes

Since I’m a big seafood person we also got the red crab with crispy Brussels sprouts, asparagus, radish, and egg crumble over a yuzu pudding smeared on the plate and brioche croutons. The crab was fresh and sweet- I could have buried my face into a whole bowl of it.

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Equally outstanding were the calamari noodles with roasted corn, smoked tomatoes, Spanish chorizo, chili oil and corn nuts. The calarmari is sliced into noodle-like strands. It was the most inventive presentation I’ve ever seen of calamari.

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Since the BF is a big meat fan we got both the braised oxtail dish and the shortrib dish. The oxtail wasn’t overly impressive for either of us- while incredibly tender (fall-off-the-bone tender), the flavor didn’t compare to the shortrib, which came with potato churros- a savory take on the normally sweet Mexican dessert. And they were phenomenal.

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Shortrib

After a meal like that, we couldn’t pass up dessert. We got the foie gras & strawberries- two crispy brioche crackers dolloped with foie gras butter, strawberry marmalade and tarragon cream. Wowza.

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Our drinks were lovely too- after the rosè, I got a hand on the pump cocktail- I couldn’t stop smelling my rosemary garnish.

The hostess was even nice enough to take a picture of us on our way out. It was a memorable experience and I thank VOX Table for it.

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Housewarming!

As another weekend starts, I am finally able to recap the last one. It’s a vicious cycle.

Last weekend was a good one. Friday night was spent watching Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (finally a movie I’ve seen that the BF hasn’t!) and then Saturday we got breakfast tacos at El Chilito before prepping for the event du jour- our housewarming party!

Our housewarming was basically an excuse to show off our new digs to all of the BF’s friends- and to cook even though I knew most people would be coming from dinner. I made watermelon cups with feta and mint (they were a little hard to scoop out without destroying the cube and tasted a little bit meh) and chocolate vodka soaked strawberries (which were a big hit).

Watermelon with feta and mint Chocolate vodka soaked strawberries

But the biggest hit (and something I would highly recommend making) was the Carolina peach sangria. It was polished off by the end of the night- and I doubled the recipe!

Sangria

The biggest bummer was that since our apartment’s management office hadn’t put us in the call-box yet (after 3 requests) the BF kept running up and down escorting guests into the building. But all in all, it was a great night and we ended up at Violet Crown Social Club with their $4 frozen creamsicle drinks (delicious).

Check the napkins (Charming Charlie’s)

Sunday, we got brunch at Arturo’s Bakery & Cafe- a hidden gem on UT’s campus that has delicious migas and eggs benedict (and I will be back to try their French toast!) Then we stumbled upon the BarkHappy Charity Doggy Ice Cream Social right next to our apartment! It was an event benefiting Austin Pets Alive! and Service Dogs Inc. For only $10 per person there was free craft beer (which made the BF happy), a dog ice cream eating contest (which Moxie did not participate in but she did enjoy the free dog ice cream from Amy’s Ice Cream), a K9 agility course, free dog treat buffet, free nail trimming, games, raffles, food trucks, a photo booth, temporary dog tattoos and more! Of course the amount of people and Moxie’s patience limited the amount of things we could do but all in all it was a cool event.

Happy about the grass

Since the humans didn’t get any ice cream, we stopped by Lick for the first time. I got a delicious two scooper of PB&J and Pecans n Cream. Both were to die for but a little icy. I’m eager to get back to try more flavors.

Not sure when I've been more Insta-basic
Not sure when I’ve been more Insta-basic

Posting tomorrow the review of VOX Table where we went for our anniversary. (Spoiler alert: it’s amazing!)

Settling In ATX

Needless to say, I’m overdue for a post. But I can’t say the last couple of weeks haven’t been difficult.

Two weeks ago, my saint of a father drove up a 16 foot Penske moving truck from Baltimore to NYC and professional moving helpers (shout out to Feel Good to move- they’re amazing!) transferred everything I had packed up in my apartment into the truck in AN HOUR. Then my boyfriend, my dog, and I hit the road; destination: Austin, TX.

New lives starting
New lives starting

The drive was nerve-wracking at first- BF drove the whole whole way so he had to get acclimated to the size of the truck and guide it through the Lincoln Tunnel and all the tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike. The total trip took 31 hours (approximately 25 hours of driving plus stops), 2 Burger King stops, 2 bacon, egg & cheeses each, 1 Subway stop, and 1 Sonic stop. We stopped in Nashville the first night at an Aloft Hotel (they’re dog-friendly and don’t charge any extra fees plus BF could use Starwood points!) and the second night we made it to our apartment. Since the bed was too far in the back of the truck, we ended up sleeping on the floor- not comfortable, but cheaper!

Sunset in Tennessee
Sunset in Tennessee
First night problems
First night problems

After a few breakfast tacos, Monday was disastrous- the moving helpers met us at BF’s old apartment to move his stuff into the and then move everything into the new place. It took them 2.5 hours and they broke an ottoman. It was really disappointing at how slow and inefficient they were and they were very unapologetic about any damage. Definitely won’t be calling Sunwest Moving again. Since we had totally missed lunch, we woofed down a pizza from Spartan Pizza- definitely a dangerous thing to have close by because it was delicious.

Tuesday was mostly unpacking (plus a trip to Shake Shack- so I was pretty confident I had gained 6 pounds by this point). Wednesday, BF went back to work and I could feel like myself again- went to the grocery store so I could cook healthy meals, continued unpacking, got to the gym, arranged for Moxie’s dog walker, made a trip to the drugstore.

First home-cooked meal in the new place! With complementary wine glasses.
First home-cooked meal in the new place! With complementary wine glasses.

Thursday, I was back at the office and Friday kicked off Labor Day weekend- I spent my half day off from work with the cable/internet technician. We had it installed on Tuesday and had been having issues ever since. It’s now 12 days from the installation, we’ve had 6 techs come out, and I am still greeted with blinking red lights on the modem. We are both incredibly annoying and frustrated- and frankly, at a loss for what to do.

Labor Day Weekend was exhausting- a mix of fun and new apartment things. Rainey Street, farmer’s market, brunch at Taverna, Hops & Grain brewery, Art of the Brew, several home stores, BF’s family bbq, and more unpacking and organizing – but, as of Wednesday, we finally are done! Patio furniture is put together, wall art is hung, and even decorative towels have been bought.

Moxie's first ATX brunch
Moxie’s first ATX brunch

Now if only the damn Internet would work…

These diary-like posts will stop soon and more fun cooking & lifestyle posts will be up next! Can’t wait to finally get a roll on this thing.