Qui Austin

One of the last things I thought I’d find in Austin was Filipino food, but alas, this incredible city proved me wrong.

On my next trip to Austin I definitely want to have the tasting menu at Qui, but for this first trip I HAD to have the Pulutan menu. It means “pick up” in Tagalog.

The menu had so many things I wanted to try from the lumpia tacos to the dinuguan (pork dish made with pork blood – it’s delicious if you don’t think about it).

The shrimp/pork lumpia taco  was probably one of the best things I ate in the past year. I ordered seconds – something I never ever do.

The chicken kabobs remind me of birthday pool parties as a kid where these were overflowingly serviced. Nothing like a little kabob after a long swim in the sun!

The dinuguan – which is something I’ve never made so honestly all I know is that it’s this chocolatey color dish, which is how it was described to me as a kid until my brother told me the truth. It’s pork and pork blood and usually served with rice. A definite must-try.

The service was pretty incredible and we sat outside on the covered patio even though it was raining. The outdoor heaters and blankets kept us warm!

For dessert, the cheddar cheese ice cream sandwich was perfection. It wasn’t heavy or overly cheesy and made me think of the many times I had some sort of cheese/corn ice cream as a child.

If you love Filipino food, want to try it, or just feel adventurous, I highly recommend the bar menu at Qui. I will remember this meal for years to come.IMG_1835IMG_1839IMG_1962IMG_1965

 

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Brunch at the Driskill Austin

I read about the Driskill’s Bloody Mary Bar and made it a must-do on my Austin list. They give you your spirit of choice (whiskey) in a huge mason jar and let you fill up on unlimited amounts of bloody mary mix and all the fixin’s including  Sausage, Carrots, Olives, Lemons, Limes, Cheese, and all the hot sauces. It was absolute heaven and the perfect treat to have before we sat down for brunch in the cafe.

I had the farm fresh quiche and it was the best quiche I’ve ever eaten. I couldn’t believe how delicious and fresh everything was. Highly highly recommended.

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Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

Austin Love x Breakfast Tacos

I spent the last few days in Austin, a city I fell in love with 9 years ago but hadn’t been back since. Every single meal (seriously) was mind-blowing.

Our first breakfast was at Tamale House East. I had the Migos Breakfast Taco and Potato/Bacon/Egg Taco. They were both absolutely incredible. They also have Mimosa Carafes for $14. The atmosphere was cute, hip and lively on a Thursday morning. IMG_1979

Tamale House East
1707 E 6th St.
Austin, TX 78702