— With the last ice cream social around the corner for South Congress Hotel and truck Stephen F. Frostin’, the hotel’s pastry chef Amanda Rockman is teaming up with Emmer & Rye’s Tavel Bristol-Joseph. Here’s a scoop on the menu (spoiler: grains play a big part):
- Create Your Own Sundae, topped with whipped cream, boozy chocolate sauce, salted caramel, spiced pecans, bran granola, and honeycomb
- Ice Cream Sandwich, made with Blue Barley and chestnut chocolate cookies, cocoa bean ice cream, and salted caramel
- Raspados, created with peach leaf ice cream, guava lemon verbena whey ice, and fruit compote
- White Sonoran Tres Leches Cake, toasted grain ice cream, whipped cream and salted caramel
Everything will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 28.
— Young Austinite Sydnie Jaye Meyers competed in Food Network's latest cooking show, Star Kids, and was kicked off in the premiere. The nine-year-old is a fan of Sap's, Maru, Panera, and Maggiano's for special occasions.
— Downtown hot spots Small Victory and The Townsend are up for Playboy's best bars of the year, the former for its precise take on everything booze-related, and the latter for for its meld of cocktails, food, and music. Voting is open to the public until August 31.
— Since Franklin Barbecue trekked to Sweden to teach barbecue skills, Daniel Vaughn hung out with host Holy Smoke BBQ, which aims to bring smoked meats, done Texas-style, to the country.
— After a car crashed into a power pole on Anderson Lane yesterday, Hopdoddy Burger Bar was closed because of electricity loss.
— Olamaie is on vacation until Monday, August 29, so you’ll have to wait for those biscuits.
— Texas Monthly critic Patricia Sharpe offered her favorite restaurants to American Express magazine Departures. This runs from Valentina's Tex-Mex BBQ as her barbecue pick, East Side King Thai Kun at Whisler's, Barley Swine, and others. There is also a members-only profile on Larry McGuire.
— Juan in a Million, known for its massive Don Juan taco, donated $10,000 to nonprofit SSP Learning Center, which was raised during a charity golf tournament.