This Valentine's Day weekend, Austin is expected to hit freezing temperatures, so it might be worth ditching the layers of clothing to go to a nice restaurant and stay in with a warm and cozy meal.
Here are seven recipes worth sharing the love over this very cold Valentine's Day.
Flavorful, smooth, creamy and romantic, this lobster bisque is perfect for any dinner with your loved ones. This rich recipe is easy to make and will take up about one hour and 15 minutes of your time, so find the perfect sous-chef, cozy up with your significant other and enjoy a warm bowl this Valentine's Day.
You can find the recipe for lobster bisque here.
Coq au vin blanc
A French classic, this recipe is perfect for any lovers (or families) looking for a comforting dish on this upcoming cold Valentine's Day. Chicken and mushrooms braised in white wine followed by a delicious creamy texture, coq au vin blanc is filled with so many flavors and warmth you will want a second bowl. This recipe will take up one hour of your time and is the perfect addition to any Valentine's Day.
You can find the recipe for coq au vin blanc here.
Valentine's Day is the best opportunity to try something new with your love. If you've never made homemade pizza, try this recipe for a fun night of different flavors. Whether you're a fan of classic cheese pizza or want to change things up by making a truffle pizza, these recipes have you covered. Once you make the dough, the possibilities are endless! Try shaping your pizza into a heart for an ultimate love-fest this Valentine's Day.
You can find the recipe for homemade pizza here.
Mushroom risotto is simple, yet takes patience and time. If you've been trying out new things in the kitchen, this recipe should be your go-to for Valentine's Day dinner. It will take 50 minutes to make, but with constant stirring, you and your love can take turns making this mouthwatering dish for a wonderfully delicious dinner.
You can find the recipe for mushroom risotto here.
Steak lovers can rejoice this Valentine's Day with this steak diane recipe for two. With only a few ingredients and a flavorful bite, this recipe is a perfect main dish for a romantic dinner at home. Try pairing it with herb and garlic mashed potatoes or a beet salad with goat cheese for a delicious dinner.
You can find the recipe for steak diane here.
Lemon garlic scallop pasta
When it comes to making a dish that will satisfy everyone and is easy enough to make, this lemon garlic scallop pasta is the perfect elevated dinner for Valentine's Day. If you're a pasta lover and have never tried making scallops, this recipe is easy to follow and will only take up 30 minutes of your time. Besides, nothing is better for a romantic dinner than sharing a plate of pasta.
You can find the recipe for lemon garlic scallop pasta here.
Lamb chops with mint gremolata
Lamb chops are delicious and super easy to make, and this recipe is no different. With only five ingredients, these lamb chops with mint gremolata are perfect for elevating your Valentine's Day dinner. Marinate your lamb chops 2 hours in advance and you'll have a meal to share with your love in no time. Try pairing it with roasted potatoes and baby carrots with garlic for a full meal.
You can find the recipe for lamb chops with mint gremolata here.
- Comfort food recipes to try as the weather cools in Austin - austonia ›
- Comfort food recipes to try as the weather cools in Austin - austonia ›
- 8 comfort food recipes from around the world - austonia ›
- Austin love stories that will warm your heart - austonia ›
- 11 fried chicken sandwiches to try in Austin - austonia ›
- Austin chicken spots better than Bojangles - austonia ›
If you are a committed, grunge-wearing resident of the Pacific Northwest, it is easy–almost automatic–to look at Texas as an extraordinarily dry, hot and culturally oppressive place that is better to avoid, especially in the summer. Our two granddaughters live with their parents in Portland.
Recently we decided to take the older girl, who is 15, to Dallas. Setting aside the summer heat, a Portlander can adjust to the vibes of Austin without effort. So let’s take Texas with all of its excesses straight up. Dallas, here we come.
Our 15-year-old granddaughter and her sister, 12, have spent summer weeks with us, usually separately so that we could better get to know each individually. In visits focused on Austin and Port Aransas, the girls seemed to be developing an affection for Texas.
Houston and Dallas are two great American cities, the 4th and 9th largest, each loaded with cultural treasures, each standing in glittering and starchy contrast to Austin’s more louche, T-shirts and shorts ways.
Three hours up I-35, Dallas loomed before us as a set of gray skyscrapers in a filmy haze, accessed only through a concrete mixmaster of freeways, ramps and exits. I drove with false confidence. Be calm, I said to myself, it will all end in 10 minutes under the hotel entrance canopy. And it did.
The pool at the Crescent Court Hotel in Dallas. (Crescent Court Hotel)
We stayed three nights at the Crescent Court Hotel ($622 a night for two queens), a high-end hotel in Uptown, patronized by women in white blazers, business people in suits, and tall, lean professional athletes, their shiny Escalades and Corvettes darting in and out, and other celebrities like Bill Barr, the former attorney general who shoe-horned his ample self into a Toyota.
Each morning as I walked to Whole Foods for a cappuccino, a fellow identified by a bellman as Billy the Oilman arrived in his Rolls Royce Phantom. Where does he park? “Wherever he wants to. He likes the Starbucks here.”
We garaged our more modest set of wheels for the visit. We were chauffeured for tips by Matt Cooney and Alfonza “The Rev” Scott in the hotel’s black Audi sedan. They drove us to museums, restaurants and past the enclaves of the rich and famous. In Highland Park, The Rev pointed out the homes of the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones and Troy Aikman along with the family compound of the Hunts, oil and gas tycoons.
The Dallas Museum of Art’s “Cartier and Islam” exhibit (until Sept. 18) attracted an older crowd; the nearby Perot Museum of Nature and Science was a powerful whirlpool of kids’ groups ricocheting from the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the oil fracking exhibit. Watch your shins.
A Geogia O'Keeffe oil painting called "Ranchos Church, New Mexico" at the Amon Carter Museum of Modern Art. (Rich Oppel)
For us, the best museum was the Amon Carter Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth, a 50-minute, madcap drive away via a 75 mph toll lane along I-30. Don’t try it during rush hour. The Carter has an exquisite collection of Remington paintings and sculptures and an excellent array of 19th and 20th-century paintings as well. Pick one museum? The Amon Carter. Peaceful, beautiful, uncrowded, free admission and small enough to manage in two hours.
The Fort Worth Stockyards, a place of history (with a dab of schmaltz), fun and good shopping, filled one of our mornings. The 98 acres brand the city as Cowboy Town, with a rodeo and a twice-daily (11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.) cattle drive. We shopped for boots, drank coffee and watched the “herd” of 18 longhorns. So languid was their progress that if this were a real market drive the beef would have been very tough and leathery before it hit the steakhouse dinner plate.
The cattle drive at the Fort Worth Stockyards. (Rich Oppel)
But we could identify: the temperature was 97. “I saw a dog chasing a cat today,” said the emcee, deploying a very old joke. “It was so hot that both were walking.”
With limited time, we chose three very different restaurants:
- Nobu, in the Crescent Court Hotel; Jia, a modern Chinese restaurant in Highland Park; and Joe T. Garcia’s in Fort Worth. Nobu’s exotic Japanese menu set us back $480, with tip, for four (we had a guest), but it was worth it.
- Jia was an ordinary suburban strip mall restaurant, but with good food and a reasonable tab of $110 for four.
- Joe T.’s is an 85-year-old Fort Worth institution (think Matt’s El Rancho but larger), a fine Mexican restaurant where a meal with two drinks was $115.
Sushi at high-end restaurant Nobu. (Crescent Hotel)
It was all a splurge for a grandchild’s visit. Now we will get back to our ordinary road trips of Hampton Inns, where a room rate is closer to the Crescent Court’s overnight parking rate of $52. And to corner cafes in small towns.
Did Dallas change our 15-year-old’s view of Texas? “Yes. I think it’s a lot cooler than I did. The fashion, the food.” So, not only Austin is cool. Take Texas as a whole. It’s a big, complex, diverse and wonderful state.
Giga Texas, the massive Tesla factory in southeast Travis County is getting even bigger.
The company filed with the city of Austin this week to expand its headquarters with a new 500,000-square-foot building. The permit application notes “GA 2 and 3 expansion,” which indicates the company will make two general assembly lines in the building.
More details about the plans for the building are unclear. The gigafactory has been focused on Model Y production since it opened in April, but the company is also aiming for Cybertruck production to kick off in mid-2023.
While there is room for expansion on the 3.3 square miles of land Tesla has, this move comes after CEO Elon Musk’s recent comments about the state of the economy and its impact on Tesla.
In a May interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley, Musk said the gigafactories in Berlin and Austin are “gigantic money furnaces” and said Giga Texas had manufactured only a small number of cars.
And in June, Musk sent a company wide email saying Tesla will be reducing salaried headcount by 10%, then later tweeted salaried headcount should be fairly flat.
- Grand opening of Giga Texas faces push back from the community ... ›
- Giga Texas may start production of Model Y's this week - austonia ›
- Tesla hosts Cyber Rodeo grand opening party for Giga Texas ... ›
- Musk: Recently opened Giga Texas is a gigantic money furnace ... ›
- Elon Musk is spotted driving a Cybertruck through Giga Texas ... ›
- PHOTOS: Peek inside the Tesla Gigafactory producing Model Ys in ... ›
- Cyber Rodeo: what we know about the Giga Texas opening party ... ›
- Excitement over Giga Texas grand opening continues at Tesla Con ›
- Tesla's mileage range on new Model Y lowers - austonia ›