About Cafe Munchkin

Hello! I'm Munchkin Mommy and this is my nook in cyberspace where food takes center stage. I'm not an expert cook...but I am an expert eater. ;) What's on the menu? Mostly anything and everything about food: my kitchen triumphs and nightmares, restaurant explorations and discoveries, recipes, and so much more. Well, you'll find some non-food related entries as well. :D Feel free to hang out here and stay as long as you like. The cafe is open 24 hours! ;)

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Twin Peaks

Posted By on April 4, 2012

In a very recent lunch date, hubby and I went to a mountain lodge that offered scenic views practically anywhere and everywhere we looked.  The really cool thing was, we didn’t have to drive more than 20 minutes away from where we live. So where’s this mountainous region right smack in the middle of Round Rock, Texas?  Twin Peaks! The sports bar’s logo says it all: Eats. Drinks. Scenic Views. And mind you, they were not lying, specially about the scenic views. *wink*

Twin Peaks is the perfect man-cave really.  It is ruled by fun, sexy, confident and very well endowed women dressed in red and black checked tops and wee bit shorter than short khaki shorts.  There were more than enough flat screen tvs that were tuned in to sports and the Twin Peaks channels.  But it would really be quite difficult to concentrate on the tv screens when all the action was right there on the the dining room floor and at the bar. Even I found it hard not to stare! Yeah, envious much! Hee hee.

Twin Peaks has a single-page menu.  You know that it’s not very smart to eat at a sports bar when you’re watching your weight and counting calories, right?   I’m pleased that they had something for the temporary non-meat eaters like hubby and me.

I ordered the Shrimp and Chicken Basket. Fire Fries completed the ensemble.  All the chicken strips became my daughter’s afternoon snack when she came home from school. And mind you, she thought they were delicious. :)

My food was served in a wire basket with a paper liner. I kinda liked the presentation. I had three dipping sauces, too: poblano mustard, cocktail and tartar.  What is it about fries that one just can’t get enough of them?  I would have loved a piece or two more of  shrimps. There were only four.

Hubby ordered the Blackened Fish Tacos served with nachos and salsa…

The fish was seasoned well and perfectly cooked. The veggies did not overpower the flavors of the fish.  The nachos were a little greasy for my taste but guess what, I had a couple of them just the same.

I understand if you have second thoughts about bringing your kids to Twin Peaks.  But you are more than welcome to bring them. Kids eat free at Twin Peaks on Saturdays and Sundays until 4 PM. I can just imagine what my daughter’s going to say if and when we bring her to Twin Peaks, “Their clothes are too small.”

Twin Peaks boasts of beer that is served at 29 degrees in a frosted glass. I hear they even form crystals at the top! Drinks have very playful names, too, like Dirty Blonde and Knotty Brunette. Did I mention that hubby had a Knotty Brunette?

Overall, I liked the energy of the place.  Don’t be surprised if you chance upon guests bobbing their heads like yoyos in a yo yo factory.  You can blame that on the music!  Hubby and I were quite pleased with the food.  We also found the service to be good.

Next time we’re here, we’ll try the wings, which is the true test of sports bar awesomeness. Ha!

Cheers, y’all! Enjoy the view! *wink*

Twin Peaks on Urbanspoon

Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine

Posted By on March 27, 2012

Fans of Madam Mam’s Noodle(s) and More on West Gate Blvd. are all probably already aware by now of the name change to Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine. You’ll find the reason for the said change at the very end of this Austin Chronicle article. The Sap’s staff assured us that only the name has changed. The staff remains the same. So no chef uniforms were hung or retired.

We have been to Sap’s and Madam Mam’s on West Anderson Lane three times in the last four weeks. Three times! That’s every weekend since March 4th, except for March 11th. I guess you can say we like Thai cuisine that much! Haha!

This is my new favorite dry noodle dish, Yum Guay Teaw. My choice of protein was fried tofu. This dish reminded me of the Philippines’ pancit sotanghon or pancit bihon except that this Thai version had cilantro and peanuts and had a sweetness and a hint of sourness to it.

Hubby ordered the Noodle Lord and opted for vermicelli instead of flat noodles. He is usually happy with the dishes he orders at Sap’s, but not during this visit. He found the sauce to be overly sweet.  I guess you win some, you lose some.

This is my daughter’s current favorite, Lard Na with Fried Tofu with the vegetables served on the side. *rolls eyes* I know, we should have a good talk about this veggies on the side thing of hers. For now, I’ll just let her be.

My daughter seems to like it. I’m not a huge fan because I’m not particularly fond of saucy noodles unless it’s a pasta dish. For Asian noodles, I want them stir-fried or with soup.

I think I’m ready to order something new the next time we’re at Sap’s. Sap’s does have an extensive menu. I won’t be surprised if we find ourselves in Thailand again this weekend, gastronomically speaking at least. :)

Here’s a tip if you’re planning on having a meal at Sap’s, be sure to come for either a very early or very late lunch or dinner. Otherwise, there’s a very good chance you’ll have a hard time finding a parking spot and waiting a long time for a table.

Cheers, y’all!

Sap's Fine Thai Cuisine on Urbanspoon

Chompin’ on Chips

Posted By on March 26, 2012

For a change, I was an eager spectator at a race yesterday, the Austin Statesman Capitol 10K. I was cheering, first and foremost, for my favorite runner in the whole wide world – hubby. *wink* I also cheered for a good friend and practically everyone who ran in front of me on the race course. I was yelling like a mad woman and I had so much fun. It was a warm morning, as if to tell everyone that the season for heated gloves is really over, at least here in Texas.

Tents with treats that ranged from flavored coconut water to reusable bags and post-race food awaited the runners at the open field in front of the Long Center.   This was easily my favorite tent…

Why? Here, let me take you closer…

Chips galore! There were boxes and boxes of chips! Sea salt and vinegar was easily my favorite. My daughter’s, too! How can something sooo good be sooo bad for us?! It’s just not right.

Good news for everyone planning to run the Schlotzsky’s Bun Run on April 29. There’s a discount code that you can use to take $5 off your registration fee for the 5K or 10K distances: CAP10K. The code is valid until April 15 only. So take note and take advantage!

After yesterday, specially after hubby’s big personal triumph, I am feeling inspired. I’m excited to do my runs again. ;)

Cheers y’all!

 

Airbrush Basics

Posted By on March 23, 2012

If there was one color rendering technique that always intimidated me as a student of architecture, it was airbrushing. So I stayed far far away from it, embarrassing as it is to admit. I don’t even recall ever touching an airbrush gun and a compressor. But, there comes a time when we just have to face our fears. That time, as far as air brushing is concerned, came last Wednesday, when I attended an Airbrush Basics class. Why now? It’s simple really. I want an alternative option for adding color to my cakes. And I had a Living Social deal that was going to expire! The class, by the way, was held at a baking supplies store that offered a variety of baking related classes. *wink*

So how did the three-hour class go? I think it went well, if I may say so myself.  We started by making dots and lines…

And then, we made some swirls…

Then we attempted to write our names.  Next, we tried to make spheres…

That was pretty exciting. Hahaha! The spheres were followed by a heart…

I love the shadow effect. ;) And then, we made some clouds. I made two! This…

And this, my favorite…

Finally, to end the class, we made a rainbow using only 3 (food) colors…

Perfect for colorful umbrella stands! I realized at the end of class that there’s nothing to be scared of after all. Oh all the years I wasted!

Now I’m thinking I should make up for lost time by getting myself a new toy, an airbrushing kit. I should be able to come up with a final decision by the end of the weekend. ;)

Cheers, y’all!

Pink and Purple Garden Cake

Posted By on March 23, 2012

Here’s another cake entry out of my treasure chest. Majority of the cakes I’ve made for little girls have the same color motif – pink and purple. I have to admit, I love those colors myself. When a friend requested me to make her daughter’s first birthday cake, she basically just told me she wants a pink and purple 2-tier cake with lots of flowers (like a garden), and maybe a fairy or princess. I love it when I practically have free rein on a cake’s design. *wink*

I had fun making this cake. Come to think of it, most of the cakes I’ve made thus far were a lot of fun.

I really need to work on  my figure-sculpting. Hahaha! I appreciate that lately, friends have been requesting for inedible figure toppers, so the kids can play with them after the candles have been blown.  Bless their hearts!

I especially like the mushrooms. I think they’re cute. Do you see the  swings between the mushrooms? Please say you don’t because there’s none! Gotcha!

I think I’ve got a couple more pink and purple cakes in my treasure chest. You’ll see them all soon.

Cheers!