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Ladies who Lunch: Paggi House

Last night I met up with a bunch of blogger friends for happy hour at Paggi House in south Austin.  We all met through our mutual friend Grechen, who organizes weekly meet-ups through her blog New to ATX.  Fellow food lover and awesome-dress-wearer Becky co-hosted the happy hour and set things up with Paggi House. (Great choice for large groups, by the way!)

These meet-ups are awesome because they give bloggers in Austin a chance to network, vent, and be fabulous together.  The group yesterday was almost all women, with a great mix of fashion, food, and lifestyle bloggers in the group.

We were seated on Paggi House’s fabulous patio.  They have a good wine list, but I found the specialty cocktails much more exciting. Everything on the bar menu is 50% off during Happy Hour.  My friend Amy and I shared the cheese plate and bruschetta:

The quality of the food was top notch, but I was bummed that the bruschetta only included 5 pieces of bread. The cheese plate had a measly 11 crackers.  Why the prime numbers and lack of carbs, Paggi House??  The honey and quince jam on the cheese plate (back left and right corners, respectively) were terrific, but I ended up with more on my fingers than in my mouth. Later in the night Amy and I ordered a $5 bowl of fries from the regular menu.  Not as fancy, but much more satisfying after a few drinks.

Here I am with KathyPhantastic and TheAmyShow.  I was too busy boozing to get a picture of my new friend Sandhya, but you should check out Amy’s and her new Austin Street Style blog: The Style Co-op.

I aspire to accessorize like Diya and Anslee.  And like Rose and Laura.  I didn’t get their pictures so you’ll have to take my word for it that they’re adorable.

There’s Diya again, and Joyce!  Besides wonderful fashion blogs, both these ladies have willpower of steel.  It came out during HH that Diya had worked at Ann Taylor and Joyced worked at Anthropologie.  They both actually made more money than they spent on clothing there. How is that possible??  (I worked at Chili’s for a while and never actually ate any of the food, so I guess I can see where they’re coming from.)

Also fabulous: Joanna and Becky. Joanna covers Austin fashion at Keep Austin Stylish. Becky writes about cocktails and restaurants for the Austinist and the Examiner.

I so, so wish I could have gotten a group shot of everyone last night so that we could document all the amazing early fall looks we were wearing.  Ladies please let me know if you’ve got additional shots so that I can link to your pictures, too!

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Cheese Grits

Today I went to a brunch hosted by my new friends Grechen and Cassiday where I met lots of wonderful Austin bloggers! Although it was only the second time I’d been to an event, this group meets about once a week to chat, network, and eat good food.  Most of the ladies who lunch/brunch are fashion bloggers so when I see them I have to restrain myself from asking them annoying questions about accessories.  (Can I wear leggings with flats? In September in Austin??)

Anyways, at this brunch I ate some terrible cheese grits.  Everyone knows that cheese grits should be tender and creamy, but these were flaky and dry. Lame! I have been so irritated all afternoon about these grits that I decided to make them for dinner tonight.  Here’s to you, ladies!

Cheese Grits (serves 2)
1 and 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup chicken broth (vegetarians, sub water or milk)
1/2 cup grits or cream of buckwheat
1/2 clove garlic, minced
2 centimeters jalapeno, minced (I left the seeds in)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

I have a little corn allergy, so I like to use cream of buckwheat instead of hominy grits for this recipe.

1. Bring the liquid to a rolling boil in a saucepan.  Meanwhile, mince the garlic and jalapeno. Add to saucepan.

2. Once liquid is boiling add the grits and lower the heat to medium low. Whisk constantly until the grits are creamy and thick, about 10 minutes. This one boils over easily and it will scorch if you use milk, so pay attention and stir away!

3. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, whisking until completely melted. Season and serve immediately.