Austin360Drinks: The holidays might be over, but this white wine sangria is worth making all winter long

My cousin’s longtime girlfriend, Haylie Hardin (@hails_hard), impressed everyone at Thanksgiving with this beautiful white sangria, and even though we’re now in January, I’m still thinking about how perfectly sweet and bubbly it was. Lots of folks give up drinking alcohol this time of year, but if you’re not one of them, put this recipe in your to-make pile for this month. It would be great for an Oscars watch party or a My Home Table dinner party.

White wine sangria is perfect for winter, especially with the pomegranate arils and ginger beer. Contributed by @broylesa
White wine sangria is perfect for winter, especially with the pomegranate arils and ginger beer. Contributed by @broylesa

The apple cider, brandy and ginger beer complement the wine nicely, and with the fruit slices and cinnamon sticks, the kind of white wine you use doesn’t matter as much as you might think. We drank it without ice, and if you’re serving it at a party, you should add the ginger beer right before serving for maximum bubbles.

Don’t forget to show us what you’re drinking this winter by adding #Austin360Drinks to your posts on Instagram! (Don’t forget #Austin360Cooks for home cooking pics and #Austin360Eats for your restaurant photos!)

White Winter Sangria

1 (750ml) bottle white wine
1 (12 oz.) bottle ginger beer, plus more for topping if desired
1 1/2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup brandy
3 pears, sliced
3 oranges, sliced
Arils from 1 pomegranate
3 cinnamon sticks
Cinnamon sugar, for the rims of your glasses (optional)

In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients except the cinnamon sugar. Stir and then place in the fridge until chilled. Don’t chill for longer than a few hours or the ginger beer will lose its fizz.

Before serving, rim glasses with cinnamon sugar, if desired. You can also cut up additional pears, oranges and pomegranates for garnish. Serve with or without ice.

— Adapted from a recipe from Half Baked Harvest (halfbakedharvest.com)

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Kill time while you wait for election results by browsing food pics

Instead of stress-eating as you await election results tonight, how about looking at food instead?

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Our #Austin360Cooks and #Austin360Eats Instagram hashtags are going strong, with hundreds of photos submitted every week. We compile them into Storify galleries that make for fun scrolling during those pre-dinner hours or, in the case of today, the (seeming eternity) between now and when the election results will roll in.

Let us help you pass the time and maybe inspire your next restaurant date night or even dinner tonight.

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Austin360Eats: Lobster omelet at Monger’s, comfort food at Daruma Ramen

Editor’s note: This post is part of our ongoing #Austin360Eats social media project. You can share photos of what you’re enjoying at Central Texas restaurants, cafes, food trucks and more by adding #Austin360Eats to your photos on social media. We’ll gather them into a gallery for Austin360.com, and each Friday, we pick some of our favorites to run in print. Questions? Email abroyles@statesman.com or call 512-912-2504.

Since opening a year ago, Olamaie, the Southern restaurant at 1610 San Antonio St., has added both lunch and Saturday brunch, which @thub3r enjoyed last weekend. She knew to order the biscuits, some of the most popular in Austin, which come with honey butter.

In just a few short years, Austin went from having no ramen restaurants to several, and on Sunday, @mountaingirl_lori hit up Daruma Ramen, 612 E. Sixth St., to get her comfort food fix.

Ray Hansen (@ray.hansen.33) recently hit up Red’s Porch, 3508 S Lamar Blvd., for chips, salsa, queso and a Bloody Mary served in a Mason jar.

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Queso con todo #redsporch #austin360eats

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Austin blogger Jennifer Pierce (@jenniferpiercehealth) has been traveling around the world on sabbatical for much of the past year, but it wasn’t long after she got back that she went to Torchy’s Tacos on South Lamar for the restaurant’s signature green chili pulled pork taco.

Last weekend, Gabby Phi (@gabbyphi) hit up Mongers Market + Kitchen, 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St., to enjoy the decadent lobster omelet with hollandaise.

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Austin360Eats: ACL culinary mash-ups, burgers at Black Star, banh mi at Sway

Editor’s note: This post is part of our ongoing #Austin360Eats project. You can share photos of what you’re enjoying at Central Texas restaurants, cafes, food trucks and more by adding #Austin360Eats to your photos on social media. We’ll gather them into a gallery for Austin360.com, and each Friday, we pick some of our favorites to run in print. Questions? Email abroyles@statesman.com or call 512-912-2504.

Thick-cut fries tossed with garlic? Check. Excellent beer? Check. Austin’s best burger? According to @atxhappy, you’ll find all three at Black Star Co-op, 7020 Easy Wind Drive.

You can go to Elizabeth Street Cafe on South First Street and get pho, noodles, fine pastries, a burger, Vietnamese coffee or, one of their other specialties, bánh mi. Instagrammer @mjfaciana recently had a version of the popular street sandwich that was filled with roasted pork.

Across the street from Elizabeth Street, @thehoustongirl found another South Austin hotspot: Sway, a Thai restaurant that serves oysters on the half shell with an Asian mignonette.

Packy Saunders is an artist who loves barbecue as much as a paint (just check his Instagram, @packysaunders), and he was in Austin for the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, where he made a mashup with a Burro grilled cheese sandwich with Lonesome Dove rabbit and rattlesnake sausage, with jack cheese, apricots and figs.

On the second weekend of ACL, @mleeats had not one, but two kinds of tacos — brisket and pork belly — from the Peached Tortilla.

Austin360Eats: Just in time for ACL, new bites for a new month

Editor’s note: Welcome to #Austin360Eats! Share photos of what you’re enjoying at Central Texas restaurants, cafes, food trucks and more by adding #Austin360Eats to your photos on social media. Each Friday, we run our favorites in print, which is where you can catch these Austin-area Instagrammers later this week.

Josie Paredes, (@paredesjosie) who runs the La Fantabulous food truck, has spent plenty of years in fine dining kitchens, so she recently started a monthly pop-up restaurant series called Nelly Nights to release some of that pent-up culinary ambition. The next dinner is Nov. 15. During last month’s dinner, she served prosciutto-wrapped shrimp with blueberry compote, a dish she created while at Eddie V’s. Find tickets by searching “Nelly Nights” on Facebook.)

Brent Mills (@brent_mills), a chef from Australia who recently moved to Austin to work at Buenos Aires Cafe on East Sixth Street, has been showing off some of his new dishes on the menu, including these fried salt cod and potato soufflés served with sour cream, sweet chilli and lemon.

Charlene Oulds, who Instagrams as @coulds21, recently shared this comforting photo of a comforting breakfast at Blue Dalia on East 11th Street.

Tacos aren’t the only thing you can get at Papalote Taco House, 2803 S. Lamar Blvd. Arianna Trevino (@twentytwoplates) recently had the torta cubana packed with ham, bacon, headcheese and franks, not to mention tomatoes, onions, avocado and lettuce.

Round Two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival starts this weekend, but @rebeccateng12 has already been there, done that. Keeping her fueled on Saturday of last weekend’s festival were these sloppy nachos with chopped brisket from the Salt Lick, which she called “the holy grail and quite possibly the highlight of my day.”

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Austin360Eats: First looks at Fukumoto, Café No Sé

Editor’s note: Welcome to #Austin360Eats! Share photos of what you’re enjoying at Central Texas restaurants, cafes, food trucks and more by adding #Austin360Eats to your photos on social media. Each Friday, we run our favorites in print, which is where you can catch these Austin-area Instagrammers later this week.

Fukumoto has only been open for a few weeks, but Amanda Harville (@modestvail) has already found an excuse to stop by the izakaya, or Japanese pub, at 514 Medina St. — these chicken meatball yakitori that you dip in raw quail egg and bonito flakes.

Another new spot on the Austin dining scene is Café No Sé, inside the South Congress Hotel at 1603 S. Congress Ave., where Melissa Carrol (@melissacarroll) had the Basque cake from pastry chef Amanda Rockman.

Mandola’s Italian Market has three locations in Austin, and all of them serve arancini, those fried risotto balls that diners such as Nicole Riccardo (@nicolericcardo) like to dip in marinara sauce.

One of our newest #Austin360Eats contributors is @so.whatcanyoueat, an local teenager who can’t eat milk or gluten and started the account to answer that eternal “So what can you eat, anyway?” question. Recently, the answer was salmon and steamed vegetables at EZ ‘s Diner, 3918 N. Lamar Blvd.

Fredericksburg has always been known for its German roots, but nowadays, peaches and wine seem to be the main draw to this Hill Country destination. Over the weekend, @atxeats went straight for the schnitzel, duck schnitzel, to be exact, from Otto’s at 316 E. Austin St.

Austin360Eats: Fried chicken and waffles at Chez Zee, steak tacos from Pueblo Viejo

Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! We received more than 100 #Austin360Eats photos over the weekend, which I’ve added to the new September Storify gallery of user-submitted pics. (You can find that at the bottom of this post, too.)

Share photos of what you’re enjoying at Central Texas restaurants, cafes, food trucks and more by adding #Austin360Eats to your photos on social media. Each Friday, we run our favorites in print, which is where you can catch these Austin-area Instagrammers later this week.

Fried chicken and waffles never looked so good. Instagram user @eatingatx snapped this photo from Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones Drive, an Austin brunch staple for more than 20 years.

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Classic Austin brunch at Chez Zee

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There’s always lots to love about chicken fajitas at Chuy’s, especially when the sliced chicken takes on the shape of a heart. That detail didn’t go unnoticed by @liveloveeatttt, who stopped by the Chuy’s on U.S. 183 last week.

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Awhhh #Chuys I ❤️ YOU TOO! Tag someone you love😍

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Adi Anand (@adi7anand) has a strong lunch game, posting from both well-known and under-the-radar restaurants all over Austin. Last week, he stopped by Pueblo Viejo, a food trailer at 907 E. Sixth St., for that Taco Nes, made with steak, chorizo, grilled onions and cilantro.

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Taco Nes

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Julieta, an Instagram user who goes by @julsjoys and splits her time between Austin, Geneva and Dubai, posted this photo of roasted chicken from 24 Diner, 600 N. Lamar Blvd., just before her most recent trip Europe.

Kelly (@eatthegains), the blogger behind eatthegains.com, is a huge fan of the acai bowls at Blenders and Bowls, 206 E. Fourth St., which are made with the nutrient-dense acai berry, hemp granola, fresh fruit and honey.

Austin360Eats: Celebrating our 10,000th post w/ bulgogi sausage from Banger’s, brisket hash from Jacoby’s

Hard to believe it’s the first day of September, but that means we’re closing out our August #Austin360Eats gallery and starting a new one to help ring in the new season of football games, back-to-school and, thankfully, slightly cooler weather.

It just so happens that we’re also celebrating our 10,000th #Austin360Eats post, which came in on Sunday and I think was this photo from Noble Sandwiches from @brisketandbagels, who has a photo from Banger’s running in the print edition of Austin360 on Friday.

As always, you can submit your restaurant/coffeeshop/food truck photos by adding #Austin360Eats to your photos on Instagram. (For home cooking photos, use #Austin360Cooks.) We gather our favorites to run in print every Friday and we put all of them in Storify galleries, like the one below.

Corby Wilfley (@nutritionnextdoor) doesn’t eat meat often, but when she does, it’s at a place like Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, 3235 E. Cesar Chavez St., which raises all the beef used in the restaurant on its ranch near Melvin. She had the house-smoked brisket hash with pickled red bell peppers, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

Dave Moser (@brisketandbagels) is a big fan of the housemade sausages at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey St., including this bulgogi-inspired chicken sausage served with soy caramel sauce, kimchi, sriracha and jalapeños on a kolache bun.

County Line BBQ is known for its barbecue, but @ateitinaustin knows that it’s worth saving some room for the restaurant’s homemade white bread. County Line celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and has two locations: one on Bee Cave Road and another on Bull Creek just off Lake Austin.

Instagram user @nashvegasnoms splits her time between Nashville and Austin, and during a recent stint here, she posted these drunken noodles from Madame Mam’s near the University of Texas campus.

Just months after making its Central Texas debut, the popular New York-based hamburger eatery Shake Shack opened at the Domain last month. Kristin Vrana (@foodfash) was there to try the burgers, fries and, not pictured, the Uchi concrete, made with vanilla custard, miso hazelnut blondie and huckleberry jam.

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Austin360Eats: Breakfast at Walton’s, lunch at Lonesome Dove, dessert at Uchiko

Editor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing social media project called Austin360Eats. To submit your photos, use the hashtag on Instagram, and each week, we feature our favorite photos in print and online.

Oatmeal with a side of magazines is how Victoria Wykoff (@queenvictoria9 on Instagram) likes to spend Saturday morning, especially if it’s at Walton’s Fancy and Staple, 609 W. Sixth St., which serves sweet and savory breakfasts and pastries, as well as lunch.

Gregarious Fort Worth chef Tim Love opened his first Austin restaurant, Lonesome Dove, at 419 Colorado St. earlier this summer, but Austin photographer Madelinne Grey (@madelinnegrey) let the food do the talking with this photo of steak tacos she had for lunch last week.

Many people head to Uchiko, 4200 N Lamar Blvd., when they are craving some of Tyson Cole’s inventive Asian cuisine, but diners like Sarah Jacober (@sarahjacober) know you shouldn’t skip the dessert menu, which includes such creative concoctions as tobacco cream, sweet corn sorbet, fried milk and olive gelato.

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triple threat🙌🏼 #uchiko #dessert #austin360eats

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Fried oysters are one thing, and chilaquiles are another, but at Mongers Market and Kitchen, 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St., they combine the two into a brunch favorite that @andreanuu enjoyed earlier this month.

If your Saturday is filled with errands, sometimes it’s a good idea to both start and finish at the grocery store, that is, if your grocery store doubles as a place to fill up the tank before you head out. Last weekend, @traveling.eats and friends gathered at Central Market on North Lamar for pizza, tacos, a burger and a salad.

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Two Austin food makers win big in H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best competition

This is the second year of an H-E-B competition designed to recognize the best food makers in the Lone Star State as well as find new products for the Texas chain’s grocery store shelves.

Austinite Matthew Leo took home the top prize at H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best Finale competition at the Houston Food Bank. Photo credit: H-E-B
Austinite Matthew Lee took home the top prize at H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best Finale competition at the Houston Food Bank. Photo credit: H-E-B

After an initial 400 entries from 74 Texas towns and two days of judging 25 finalists, H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best contest named its 2015 winners.

Two Austin food makers won two of the top four prizes and took home a combined total of $35,000.

After driving to Houston with his ice cream scoopers on the back of his Vespa for the final round of the competition, Texas-born Matthew Lee of Austin gelateria Teo Gelato was named the grand prize winner Thursday.

The Teo Gelato gelateria, famous for it Peanut Butter Nutella and Texas Whiskey Peach flavors, has previously been honored by both the Gelato World Tour as well as the city of Austin, which designated Aug. 13 “Teo Gelato Day” in Austin in 2014.

In addition to consideration for shelf space on H-E-B ‘s store shelves across the state of Texas, the Austin gelateria took home a cash prize of $25,000.

Lee hopes that the prize will help speed up their expansion into Texas stores.

“My goal for us to grow as fast as we can and keep the quality up,” said Lee, whose gelato is currently in the frozen section at the Westlake H-E-B.

You can find the original gelateria at 1206 W 38th St.

Related reads: Teo’s pecan caramel gelato, plus new gin from Dripping Springs

Austin’s Blackbird Bakery (yes, it’s named after the Beatles song) took the third place prize and $10,000 for its gluten-free flour line, which currently includes six blends for baking everything from donuts to pizza. You can read more about the gluten-free bakery in Addie Broyles’ 2010 profile of the gluten-free genius behind the business, Austinite Karen Morgan.

Two other Austin food makers made it the final 25: Martha Pincoffs’ Hot Dang Grain Burgers and Karen Posada Butler’s Good Promise Chilled Juice Smoothies.

Slaton Bakery’s Homemade Vanilla Wafers and Houston-based Blackbird Foods also took home cash prizes, placing first and second respectively.