Beginner’s Guide to Sushi Junai

[Waiter]: Excuse me. [Arthur Spooner]: Yes? [Waiter]: Are you also having the buffet, sir? [Arthur]: How DARE you make such an accusation?! I fought for this country!

[Doug]: Yes, we have been sharing. Here’s $20 for two buffets, keep the change.

I’m no sushi expert. But even I know that what you’re getting at Sushi Junai isn’t the best sushi. It’s a $30/person all you can eat where everything is made to order. From appetizers to rolls, nigiri to dessert, there’s a vast array of choices here that may overwhelm the first timer. It’s a lot to process, so unless you’re a competitive eater, I highly suggest that you walk in with a strategy. This guide isn’t meant to help you maximize value – it won’t give you a sense that you’ve beaten the system. Instead, it’s meant to give you the most enjoyable experience.

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Texas-Sized Food That Actually Tastes Good

Food always tastes better when you’re hungry, and when it’s free – my mama

My mom is absolutely right. Now that this blog and my Instagram page are getting more attention, I’ve been getting more invites and offers to try food around town. And when I go these places, I make sure that I’m hungry – mainly so that I’ll feel less guilty when I inevitably stuff my face and am too full to workout afterwards. So naturally, I can understand why when I write about restaurants that treat me, people may question the legitimacy of my words. I get that. There’s not much I can do to change that. What I CAN tell you, however, is that I loved my Driskill dining experience so much that I will be taking my parents – ie the hardest to please self-proclaimed food critics – to eat there.  Continue reading

The Hottest New Food Spot in Austin, Examined

Come on, dad, be a foodie. You’re already a fatty and a drunky – Bart Simpson

It’s not even debatable – Fareground is currently the newest rage in our town. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s an indoor food truck park on steroids. It features 6 food establishments, almost all of which are already well known in the ATX. Continue reading

Let’s Go to Roadhouse! No, Not That One

Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is never try – Homer Simpson

I was tired and hangry. My friends had just come into town and I had been holding off on eating so that we could all eat together. Two of them were here to get tattoos, so I knew that I was in for at least another 2 hour wait once they arrived. I originally wanted to eat at a restaurant close to the tattoo parlor, but as time passed, I knew that we were cutting it close on time. Instead, I had another friend pick a place that was opened past 11PM. That’s how we landed on College Roadhouse.

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Royal Jelly: A Royal Surprise

Jim – [explaining to Dwight that he can’t be his Bestish Mensch] I just… really wish there was something I could do [Jim looks off into the distance].

Dwight – [turns around, surprised] – Michael. I can’t believe you came.

Michael – That’s what she said.


I love being surprised… the good way. It makes me feel a flurry of emotions in a very short span of time, and it reminds me that life is filled with unexpected twists and turns. It can be as simple as someone leaving a bag of chips on your desk for no reason, or as miraculous as a family member getting pregnant after years of trying (and trust me, I’m speaking from experience here). But a FOOD surprise? That’s rare. In fact, the older you get, and the more your palette develops, the less likely your jaw will drop from a new food experience. Here, I even took the time to graph it:  Continue reading

Quattro Gatti: ‘A’ For Effort

Joey – Here it is – our last pizzas together as roommates.
Chandler – I wish I’d known you were going to do that. I ordered Chinese.
Joey – Oh, well, that’s okay. Hey, actually, in a way it’s kinda nice. You know, our last dinner together. Me, bringing the food of my ancestors; you, the food of yours. 


Oh Quattro Gatti, I had such high hopes for you. After all, when a restaurant has 3.5 to 4 stars on Yelp and over 200 reviews, you can’t blame someone for having expectations. Natasha (you may remember her from the Russell’s Bistro article) recommended a whole slew of authentic and tasty Italian restaurants to try, so after I checked out the Quattro Gatti menu online and read some Yelp reviews, my curiosity piqued, and I decided that I should give it a try.  Continue reading

Nutrition Lesson One – A Broad Overview

Don’t run off and get a pastrami sandwich or something, that’d be bad. Cheeseburger, bad. Fries, bad. Shakes, bad. Coca-Cola: woops, I said it! – Tony Horton, during the P90X Plyo workout


Unless you’re a five year old reading this, then you’re probably at an age where you’ve aligned yourself with one of the following lifestyles or approaches to nutrition:

I. Eat healthy, work out a lot. No ‘cheat days’ allowed

II. I should probably eat healthy, and work out a lot… starting tomorrow

III. Eat healthy and work out most days. Cheat every once and a while as a reward

IV. I’m happy with who I am, and I’m just doing to do whatever I feel like doing

You might read the fourth one and think that it’s the laziest option, but if you’re not already deeply entrenched in the first option, I’d like to explain why I believe doing what you feel like doing is the smartest way to go about being a foodie who can eat whatever, whenever.  Continue reading