Melody Fury is a writer and photographer that covers cocktails and restaurants in Austin, TX.
Her team and she recently launched Coffer, the world's first naturally carbonated cold brew coffee. In her past life, she founded Vancouver Food Tour to showcase BC's farm-to-fork culture.
When not busy wielding her camera, Melody can be found sipping on cocktails, slurping sea urchin roe from the shell, or sucking on spot prawn heads.
@happyfoodie He sure does. It was an unintentional typo on my part.
@livingawesomely You're not being a jerk. It's my mistake. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
"To die for". No food is worth giving life up for.
Well done, sir! Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Fabulous post. You've included some of my favourites. Much appreciation for including the Vancouver (represent indeed!). Some current favourites are Satan's Whiskers and The Coffee Cocktail (brandy, whole egg, ruby port, sugar).
@nichole I was surprised by the generous portions. Re infusions: not for everybody, I get it. Nice that they have wine and beer specials too :)
@FoodPorncess I couldn't include all of my photos but it's easy to stuff oneself silly during sake hour. Let me know what you think of O&J!
@terrymtz Glad there are some new spots for you to check out. Last time I checked, I believe Swift's called it their happiest hour (5-6). I do enjoy their small bites/ bar snacks but the time is a little limiting for me personally. I can't seem to find the info on their website.
Thanks for the tip @mikeyg83!
@Damaenon I'm a huge eggs-in-my-cocktail kind of girl too. I'd order the Ramos Gin Fizz more if I didn't feel so guilty making them shake for so long.
CU29 definitely pays homage to the classics and serves up some solid interpretations. I'd say chat with the bartender and see what they whip up for you.
p.s. I infuse my own ghost chili vodka at home. Love it in Moscow Mules and watermelon margaritas.
@carriebwc huh, that's such a shame. I haven't been to Uchi in Houston yet and wonder what you had. Nevertheless, did you by chance bring it up with your server? Just curious. Like you, there's often little room left for dessert but I'll squeeze it in somehow :)
@imwalkin I've absolutely noticed. There's something to be said about their passion and determination, but also their acute sense of what works and what doesn't when translated into the restaurant industry. Something I've gathered from them is their ability to see a need for change and to jump on it quickly, unlike some old school restaurateurs that are more resistant to adapt. I'm rooting for each one of them.
That blueberry pie at Pieous is so bomb. I love their chocolate pecan too.
@terrymtz great picks, my friend. Thanks for contributing! Salty Sow's jarred items are truly fantastic. Salt & Time has a serious board indeed: http://ow.ly/nIIbe. Even better to know it's $10 during happy hour.
@noahphex - Please do share some of your favorite spots with quality food and drinks for under $5 a pop.
@historienne Thanks so much for the heads up. I've made the edit. Mettle has a lunch menu now too - I'm pretty excited about that. The funny thing is it's in the same complex as my gym so I always feel a bit at odds stuffing my face there.
@thebarkingdog - Hey friend, I wrote "Quite a few of the drink names are inspired by television shows". Since fans (like you) can already spot the references, there's no need for me to sound like a broken record.
@renaissanceman I understand your sentiment. It's not always easy to ignore the fact that those cooking a certain cuisine in the kitchen is not of the same descent. This reminds me of the episode of No Reservations when Bourdain was in NYC and spent time with all the immigrants that worked in classic French kitchens. Grant Achatz also wrote about the same subject in his book. Can passion, talent, knowledge, research, and experience surpass a person's ethnicity? I believe America has always been a testament that it can. Having said that, you'll have to kill me before I eat Mexican food in Asia ;) I hope you get to try Sway some time and let me know what you think.
p.s. They openly acknowledge that they do fuse many cultures into their food. Having lived in Thailand, I'm sure you understand how neighboring cultures always influence a region's cuisine.
@Rosewood I totally understand. It is, in fact, quite a haul for us too from East Austin but we've consistently been going there every time our friends say they want pizza. Backspace is a good alternative for Neapolitan style pizza in town. Let me know if you get around to trying it and tell them I sent you :)
@ceebee That's great to hear. Thanks for trying it out and for the feedback. Cheers!
@FoodPorncess - Isn't it fascinating how certain drinks can take us back to such precise life moments? Also, is your brother banned from the Cedar Door now? Wow :)
@mp1118 - I'm very aware of the places that you've mentioned and very much enjoy some of them. However, I still maintain my "few to be found" stance. In terms of traditional Asian restaurants in Austin, there are several outstanding ones, a plethora of mediocre ones, and numerous embarrassing ones. Perhaps lumping them all under the "Asian" category was too sweeping. Nevertheless, compared to where I've lived and what I've experienced on my travels, I find Austin's Asian food scene to be lacking. It's on the up and up, though, and that's exciting to see.
@bbqcoma - good eye, my friend. Thank you for pointing it out!
I guess there's such a wide range when it comes to spice tolerance. I found that the food was spicier my first time there than it was recently. I didn't try the drinking vinegar but I'll be sure to next time!