Friday, October 28, 2011

♥ Happy Halloween :: Pumpkin Spice

It's Halloween weekend and I've been very excited about getting into the Halloween spirit this year, despite some costume delays :) Although pumpkin carving was never really my thing, I like the thought of adding pumpkin to any ordinary dish or drink to give it the flavor of fall.

The other week I tried a delicious pumpkin beer at the Whip In called Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, which paired very well with the cold rain outside and the spicy yellow curry dish I ordered.

I also found myself drooling over this decadent recipe for Pumpkin Crème Brûlée from Love & Olive Oil.
Click HERE for the recipe!
We may not see the seasons change in central Texas, but the smell of pumpkin spices has the ability to make me eagerly anticipate the holiday season, as well as, induce a curl-up-by-the-fire type coma.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Halloween weekend filled with spooky costumes and sweet treats! Like I said, I am not much of a pumpkin carver, but I did find some people who are. Check out these INCREDIBLE pumpkin sculptures I found on MSN's homepage [they are just too wonderful to call them carvings]!
too cute! what a great idea!


Happy Halloween Y'all!
♥ Mel

Monday, October 24, 2011

♥ Drunken Doughnuts :: Trace Austin at The W Hotel

While there is much to discuss on the Tastytown homefront, I thought I'd drop by to discuss some tasty treats I have had the delight of devouring lately, and you probably should too.

I've had the fortunate pleasure to do some jetsetting this weekend, out of the hot Texas heat and into the blissful Ozark Mountains for a fun and fresh weekend which truly satisfied my mind and body. While my bags are still unpacked and my fingers still a bit frosty, there is much for me to show you and I look forward to writing about my weekend/posting some pics later this week.

Until then, feast your eyes on these little delights to warm your soul.

Drunken Doughnuts, so nice to meet you on my lovely Sunday Morning!

The Drunken Doughnuts from Trace are heavenly! Each pillowy doughnut hole is covered in cinnamon sugar crystals, with three devilishly sweet toppings to dip these fluffy bites; Vodka whipped cream, Tequila chile fudge sauce and my absolute favorite Bourbon Dulce DeLeche. I highly encourage you order these treats when dining at Trace, at any time of day, sharing is of course optional!

Trace is the classy and refined restaurant located right on the corner of 2nd Street and Lavaca, inside the W Hotel. Although I've only had the pleasure to dine during brunch, I do intend on tasting their dinner fare soon.

Cheers to keeping things short and sweet today! 

Keep calm and Eat on,
♥ Mel

Monday, October 17, 2011

♥ Anything Can Happen

Have you ever had to make a really difficult decision in your life?  One where you really felt the road had met an unknown fork; where you could honestly see yourself walking down either path?

October has thrown me for some very unexpected curves and forced me to visualize myself making some very big decisions and walk down some very differnt paths.

I have mentally been a bit overwhelmed and to say the least, this song, Anything Can Happen by Wyclef Jean, brought a smile to my face and sense of peace amongst the stressfulness.

In life, its true that, at times, anything can happen. Future unknown.
And while lately I have been working on positive thinking, setting positive future intentions and studying the law of attraction; I still think there are unknown elements.

The song is catchy and the lyrics are kinda funny. The beat makes you wanna bob your head. Theres a sense of humility to the song as well. It speaks to the people feeling low or feeling high and mighty. Stay humble, cause anything can happen. Most importantly, it just reminds me that no matter how much we stress over decisions or situations, there is only so much we can control, and in reality anything can happen.

It also makes me want to go roller skating :) Party idea anyone?
Hope y'all like!
♥ Cheers,