Sway Opens Second Location at Domain Northside on Monday, April 30

Helmed by Sway’s Corporate Executive Chef Charles Schlienger and Chef de Cuisine Stacey Jones, Sway brings its Thai menu offerings to North Austin

Photography courtesy of Travis Hallmark.

Sway, the award-winning Thai restaurant by hospitality group New Waterloo, will open its second location at Domain NORTHSIDE on April 30, 2018. Building on the success of its original location in South Austin, the new opening will pull inspiration from the commonly used Thai phrase, “Same Same but Different.” Sway Domain NORTHSIDE will not stray from its popular menu of modern Thai cuisine, and will offer the same dishes that garnered the brand’s acclaim to the diversity of guests who enjoy the upscale shopping and dining experiences offered at the Domain NORTHSIDE. Sway will initially open for dinner service, and will expand to offer lunch and brunch in summer 2018.

Tiger Cry.  Photography courtesy of Travis Hallmark.

Tiger Cry

Sway South 1st opened in December 2012 and quickly became a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Specializing in Australian-style, modern Thai cuisine served in a communal setting, the restaurant has received numerous accolades, including ‘50 Best New Restaurants in America’ by Bon Appétit Magazine in 2013.

Sway Domain NORTHSIDE will be helmed by Chef de Cuisine Stacey Jones. A graduate of Escoffier, Jones joined the Sway South 1st team as a pastry line cook in March 2014 and was promoted to sous chef in September 2015. Sway’s Corporate Executive Chef Charles Schlienger will also oversee the menu and its offerings.

“Chef de Cuisine Stacey Jones has continuously raised the bar at Sway,” says Chef Schlienger. “Evolving Sway’s menu and shaping South Austin’s fine dining landscape with her at the original location has been a great honor, and we’re excited to have Chef Jones take the lead in bringing the concept to life in North Austin.”

Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha Gai

Sway Domain NORTHSIDE’s menu will feature signature dishes such as the son in law, tiger cry, prawn miange, and more. Special to the North Austin location will be à la carte moo sway, a Thai-style pork shoulder that serves 2-3 guests.

Sway’s recently launched cocktail program will also be available at the new location, including specialty cocktails such as the monk water, made with vodka, lime, cucumber and seasonal fruit; an extensive beer, wine and sake list; plus housemade drinking vinegars and sodas.

The new Sway dining room will feature the same communal tables and basket-like light fixtures as its original location, as well as an open kitchen and window ledge with bar seating. At the forefront of the restaurant is a 20-seat bar, plus high top tables for group happy hours and tastings. Patio dining is also available, with seating surrounded by custom planters and foliage to create an oasis alongside the bustling Rock Rose Avenue.

“The design of Sway Domain NORTHSIDE carries a lot over from the original location, with elements like the mahogany tables and warm colors that exemplify the brand,” says Melanie Raines, New Waterloo’s Director of Design. “It’s a much bigger space, giving us room to do more and take things to the next level. For example, the knitted beam at the South 1st location was translated into an 18-foot textile art piece that will go into the new dining room. It’s same same but different.”

Like its counterpart, the NORTHSIDE location was designed by Austin-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and is marked with a neon lotus flower sign. Endeavor Real Estate Group developed and manages Domain NORTHSIDE, the third and final phase of the Domain. Sway will be located at 11501 Rock Rose Avenue, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78758.

Beginning Monday, April 30th, Sway Domain NORTHSIDE will be open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday to Wednesday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday to Saturday. For more information, please visit Sway’s website, www.swaythai.com, or follow the restaurant on Facebook (/swaythai) and Instagram (@swaythai).

Snack Bars Take the Tahini Craze to Health, Delicious New Heights

New! Absolutely Gluten Free TahiniBar super seed energy bars in three flavors, Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, and Pistachio.

New! Absolutely Gluten Free TahiniBar super seed energy bars in three flavors, Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, and Pistachio.

Absolutely Gluten Free, maker of all-natural crackers, flatbreads, and pizza that are both delicious and gluten-free, is taking on the energy bar category with the launch of TahiniBAR, a grab-and-go sesame seed snack that weighs in at only 100 calories. All varieties are certified OU Kosher and dairy-free.

TahiniBAR is leading the pack in many of today’s hottest food trends.

  • Demand for authentic Mediterranean food, particularly seed-based spreads like hummus and tahini, is on the rise in the United States, with even more growth in the forecast.
  •  The market for healthy portable snacks has seen dynamic growth; bars are more widely available and consumed on a more casual basis than ever before.
  • The gluten-free movement continues to gain traction as shoppers become more mindful of diets that support health and wellness. In fact, more than 30% of Generation Z and Millennials say they are willing to pay a premium for gluten-free products.
  • Finally, consumers are expecting intriguing new textures and flavors, and they want to indulge in ingredients like fruits, nuts, and chocolate.

Sesame seeds are truly one of the most ancient foods on earth. In fact, sesame plants are the oldest known plant species to be grown primarily for their seeds (pods) and oils rather than for their leaves, fruit or vegetables.

Health Benefits - Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium. These translate into a variety of health benefits including cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, heart health, improved blood pressure, hormone balance, as well as cancer fighting and fat burning properties. Sesame also helps boost nutrient absorption and energy levels, too.

TahiniBAR satisfies all of these demands in a novel new format. Like tahini and its decadent dessert cousin, halvah, the energy bars are made from all-natural roasted sesame seeds. Sesame seeds help boost energy levels and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and potassium.  Much lower in calories than many other bars, this 100% gluten-free treat is available in three delectable varieties – Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio, and Vanilla – and sold in packs of 7 bars (4.4 oz.). The MSRP is $2.49 – $2.99 per bar.

Absolutely Gluten Free is headquartered in Bayonne, NJ, and currently has a line of gluten free flatbreads and crackers, Superseed Crunch, Blondies and cauliflower crusted pizza, among other items, available in stores nationwide.  Follow them on FB and Twitter @AbsolutelyGF and online at www.absolutelygf.com.

Dads Want Steak

Give your dad the best for Father’s Day

Dads typically love steak, so this Father’s Day and any day to make special, go ahead and shower him with some love straight off the grill. You can make the day even more memorable by sharing the grilling experience together.

In fact, it may be the perfect chance to teach your old man a thing or two with these tips from Omaha Steaks Executive Chef Grant Hon.

Choose Your Protein

Selecting quality protein is the starting place for an exceptional grilled meal. For example, the ribeye is the most well-marbled steak, meaning it’s super juicy, rich with beefy flavor and excellent on the grill.

Prepare the Grill

Always start with clean grill grates. Heat your gas grill to high or start your charcoal 10-15 minutes before you grill. Dip a paper towel in oil using tongs and oil your grill grates before adding steaks for a great sear.

Prepare the Meat

Pat steaks dry with a clean paper towel and season them before they hit the grill. You can’t go wrong with simple sea salt and cracked pepper, but creative recipes like this Dukkah Rub can add a special twist.

Sear and Crust

Cook steaks directly over your heat source to get a tasty, crunchy sear on the outside of the steak. This is where the best flavor comes from, and it offers a delicious contrast to the rich, juicy inside of the cut.

Control Your Cook

Keep the grill cover closed as much as possible to maintain a temperature of around 450 F. This helps lock in flavor and prevent flare-ups. Remember the marbling on a ribeye means more fat, which melts during cooking. This is a good thing, but you may experience more dripping or flare-ups if you’re used to grilling leaner steaks.

To minimize the need to open the grill cover, determine the amount of time you’ll need to reach your desired doneness then use the 60-40 grilling method. Grill 60 percent on the first side then 40 percent after you turn the steak over for an even cook.

Let it Rest

A resting time of at least 5 minutes allows steak juices to redistribute for the best eating experience. A foil tent can help regulate temperature during the resting period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garnish and Flavor

Whether you’re grilling vegetables, sauteing onions or adding a dif­ferent kind of sweet or savory topping, just before you serve is the right time to garnish your steak.

Tasty Toppers

Once you pull a juicy steak away from the flame, there’s only one way to make it better: toppings that create a true taste explosion. When they’re prepared with fresh, premium ingredients, your friends and family may not be able to get enough of these sweet and savory additions. Simply mix them up while your meat is on the grill, or skip a step and rely on Omaha Steaks Toppers to capture the same delicious flavors without the prep work.

Crispy Onions and Jalapenos: Savor a one-two punch of crispy onions combined with spicy jalapenos for some crunch with a kick.

Dijon Mustard Aioli: Blend Dijon and whole-grain mustard with creamy Greek yogurt, garlic, tarragon and white pepper for a rich, tangy topping.

Mushrooms and Blue Cheese: Mix hearty mushrooms and full-flavored blue cheese with your favorite savory spices and a splash of sherry wine.

Smoky Bacon Jam: Start with the finest cuts of bacon browned to crispy perfection then add caramelized onion and an accent like brown sugar or balsamic vinegar.

Sweet Bourbon Onions: Warm things up with a medley of natural honey, bourbon whiskey and sherry wine offset by zesty red onions and balsamic vinegar.

Tomato Jam: Experiment with your favorite varieties to find the perfect balance of crushed tomatoes, sweet gherkins and seasonings.

Find more expert tips for summer grilling and the perfect Father’s Day gift at OmahaSteaks.com.

Dukkah Rub

Prep time: 5 minutes

Active time: 5 minutes

Serves: 12

  • 1/3       cup sliced almonds, roasted with no salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2          tablespoons Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Rub
  • 2          teaspoons sesame seeds
  1. On cutting board, chop almonds to rough texture and add fennel seeds, chopping until mixture is fine. Place almond and fennel mix in bowl and add rub and sesame seeds. (Family Features)

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Omaha Steaks

Introducing Hummus Republic

The Hummus Republic Story

Hummus Republic was established in 2013 by a group of friends who wanted to bring the flavors of their families authentic Mediterranean cooking to a casual, modern setting for people with an on the go and busy lifestyle. Our mission is to bring flavorful, convenient, and primarily plant based meals to the masses; to create accessibility to healthy, real food for more people, and to raise the standard of fast food.

Ethos

Hummus Republic is for the people who celebrate life, and know a healthy lifestyle can also be a delicious one. For those full of life- with a purpose, passion, and youthful spirit.

About its guests Hummus Republic says, “You inspire us, and for that we invite you over with warm welcomes and giving hearts. We are grateful, honored, and so excited to share with you. Our food is made with simple yet unique ingredients, made fresh and served quickly. Here to serve you fresh, flavorful food, inspired by the taste of old traditions and your innovative imaginations, we are truly thrilled to help craft your craving”.

Their vision came from their desire to provide people with an on-the-go, busy lifestyle healthy food that not only satisfies one’s appetite but also one’s soul.

Hummus Republic believes what we eat all comes back to who we are. Healthy food for happy people.

Everything Hummus Republic is found at https://www.thehummusrepublic.com.

Jaime’s Makes Salsa the Way It’s Meant to Be

Review Provided By Arnie and Kristen Steege, Austin, Texas for InFluential Magazine

March 2018

Jaime's Red Hot Salsa

Jaime’s Red Hot Salsa

Jaime’s Hot Red Salsa uses the finest freshest ingredients to create an authentic salsa with ingredients like tomatoes, jalapeño, garlic, and salt. The ingredients are not only fresh, but also simple; essentially nothing more than what you’d use to make delicious salsa at home.

What my family enjoyed most about Jaime’s is it pairs deliciously with a variety of dishes, adding the right amount of spice and heat. We’ve particularly enjoyed it as a complement to baked chicken dish. It would also be an excellent topping for eggs any style as well as burgers, roast beef or meatloaf. We can’t wait to try it as a replacement for tomato sauce for homemade pizza.

With the amount of fresh ingredients, we feel good knowing we’re getting a healthy serving of vegetables.

When stored properly, the salsa maintains its freshness and flavor for several weeks.

Jaime’s definitely makes salsa the way it’s meant to be. We wouldn’t hesitate to enjoy another jar.

About Jaime’s

Jaime’s opened in 1931 as just “Spanish Village” and when it closed was the oldest restaurant in Austin – in continuous operation. Jaime Tames, an ex bull-fighter from San Luis Potosi, Mexico took over the establishment 40 years later, bringing with him his famous Jaime’s Margarita’s and charismatic personality. The name Jaime’s Spanish Village invokes strong nostalgia and memories of those that visited the restaurant either as a college student, repeat tourist, or local regular with his spirit and tradition living on through our salsas and queso. From the family’s humble beginnings, to the opening of the restaurant and the organic launch of the salsa itself, this has been a true family business from the start.

Jaime’s award-winning brand of traditional, hand crafted and gourmet salsas are the #1 seller in Whole Foods and Central Market with a variety of flavors winning or placing in several hot sauce competitions, including the Austin Chronicle’s annual contest. Jaime’s Spanish Village famous salsas and queso are available for purchase at various locations of Whole Foods Market (Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma & Arkansas), Central Market & other fine retailers and available online for purchase at http://jaimessalsas.com.

Do You Love Whole Milk?

New research suggests you can follow your heart

New research suggests “good” fat may be good for your cholesterol. Whole milk may help raise “good” cholesterol and could be considered part of a healthy diet that’s also good for your heart, according to a new study from the“European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”¹

When adults drank two cups of whole milk every day for three weeks, they had higher levels of good cholesterol that promotes heart health (HDL) and similar levels of LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar (risk factors for heart disease) as when they drank the same amount of fat free milk for the same period of time. Based on these findings, researchers concluded whole milk can be part of a heart-healthy diet as long as calories are taken into account.

This study adds to a growing body of research that suggests whole milk can fit within a healthy diet, and some studies suggest it may have additional benefits for both adults and kids – including maintaining a healthy weight and getting enough vitamin D. Researchers followed more than 18,000 healthy-weight women for nearly a decade and found those who consumed more whole milk and full-fat milk products (1.3 servings every day) were less likely to become overweight or obese compared to women who didn’t consume any full-fat dairy at all, according to a study from the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”²

Whole milk may also give kids a vitamin D advantage, according to another study from the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Kids who drank whole milk had higher blood levels of vitamin D than their peers who drank low-fat milk, even when the total amount of milk they drank was the same.³ Researchers believe this might be because milk fat helps kids’ bodies absorb vitamin D more efficiently.

Experts agree milk plays an important role in a nutritious, balanced diet, and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend three servings of low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products each day. Many people are surprised to learn whole milk has the same essential nutrients as low-fat and fat-free milk, so no matter which type of milk you choose to pour in your cereal bowl, use in your smoothie or fill up your glass, you can rest assured that all dairy milk – from fat-free to whole – is simple, wholesome and naturally nutrient-rich. (Family Features)


¹Engel S, Elhauge M, Tholstrup T. Effect of whole milk compared with skimmed milk on fasting blood lipids in healthy adults: a 3-week randomized-crossover study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2018,72:249-254.

²Rautiainen S, Wang L, Lee I, Manson J, Buring J, Sesso H. Dairy consumption in association with weight change and risk of becoming overweight or obese in middle-aged and older women: a prospective cohort study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2016;103:979-988.

³Vanderhout SM, Birken CS, Parkin PC, Lebovic G, Chen Y, O’Connor DL, Maguire JL, TARGet Kids! Collaboration. Relation between milk-fat percentage, vitamin D, and BMI z score in early childhood. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2016;104:1657-1664.

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MilkPEP

Soft Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Spend more time with family in the morning and less time making breakfast with these easy-to-make Soft Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites made with Pillsbury® Refrigerated Breadsticks. They are fun for the kids to make too!  For more recipes go to www.culinary.net.

Soft Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

  • 1 (11oz.) can Pillsbury Refrigerated Breadsticks
  • 3 TBS cinnamon
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 2 TBS butter, melted
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • sugar to sprinkle (optional)
  • 1 TBS water
  • 4 TBS powdered sugar
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt butter and mix with cinnamon and sugar.
  3. Unroll dough; separate into 12 breadsticks. With finger, press dough to make an indention length wise down the center of breadstick.
  4. Spoon cinnamon/sugar mixture into breadstick indention. Fold breadstick dough lengthwise over cinnamon/sugar mixture. Press to seal edges of dough.
  5. Twist and stretch dough to make a rope. Form a pretzel shape and seal ends of dough. Place raw pretzel onto prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Beat egg in a bowl and wash over pretzels.
  7. Sprinkle with sugar (optional).
  8. Bake at 375°F for 12 – 18 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Mix water and powdered sugar to make a glaze. Drizzle glaze over pretzels.
  10. Serve warm.

Note: Recipe adapted from Pillsbury®

SOURCE:
Culinary.net

Easter-Inspired Wine Pairing Ideas

Twin Liquors

Sandra Spalding, Director of Marketing at Twin Liquors, has created a handy spring wine pairings menu just in time for this weekend’s celebrations. Sandra expertly chose a variety of wines with palates perfect for picnic spreads, patio parties and sit down dinner entrees. All featured wines, from ports to rosés, are available for purchase at Twin Liquors.

TL SpringWinePairings Photo

STARTER – Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port $$

Pour 2 – 3 oz. in a glass filled with ice, and top with tonic and a hearty squeeze of lemon. Garnish with mint, orange slices and cherries, and it’ll be the best alternative to Sangria!

SALAD NICOISE – Sean Minor 4 Bears Chardonnay $

This Central California Coast Chardonnay has aromatic notes of apricot and honeydew, gentle notes of butter, and green apple and pear flavors that provide a refreshing finish.

SPRING ROLLS – Mud House Sauvignon Blanc $

At first sip, the front palate will be greeted with fresh melon, citrus and grapefruit flavors followed by crisp acidity allowing for a long mouth-watering finish.

PASTA with GREEN VEGGIES – Côté Mas Rosé $

Made in Languedoc-Roussillon, France, this rosé offers notes of cherry and strawberry with a smooth yet rich, decadent flavor of ripe red fruit and well-balanced acidity.

BEET SALAD – Chandon Sparkling Red $$

With combined flavors of plum, black cherry and sweet cranberry, and hints of cocoa, bergamot orange and spice, this full-bodied sparkling red invigorates the palate.

PICNIC PARTY – Shania Monastrell Box Wine, 3 Liter $$

This wine sports cassis and blueberry flavors and an intense deep red cherry color with fine tannins and acidity that provide a long, savory finish – all from a box!

ROASTED PORK LOIN OR LEG OF LAMB – I Veroni Chianti Rufina $$

With ripe red fruit aromas, this medium-bodied, dry Italian red is the perfect companion for traditional Tuscan red meat, game and poultry dishes.

GRILLED CHOPS OR VEGGIES – Acheval Ferrer Argentinian Malbec $$

Made from a variety of Mendoza grapes, this Malbec will greet a nose and palate with fresh notes of blackberry, raspberry and violets, and its silky tannins provide a lengthy finish.

EVERYTHING – Taittinger Brut La Francaise $$$

Made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this wine is unique due to its higher proportion of Chardonnay grape than other non-vintage champagnes and its extended aging process. With its aromatic maturity, this champagne is characterized by its delicate aromas of peach, white flowers, vanilla and brioche notes, and its fresh fruit and honey tones.

PATIO PARTY BUFFET—Palo Duro Canyon TX Sauv Blanc or Zinfandel $

Texas tried and true – both of these wines pair beautifully with an array of spring fare. The Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and fresh, and the Red Zinfandel is packed with luscious fruit flavors.

Rebalance Your Diet

Striking a balance between work and home life, friends and family, and hobbies and errands can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. As you look to rebalance certain aspects of your life during an opportunity like National Nutrition Month, don’t forget to take your diet into consideration as well.

Including grain-based foods as part of a balanced diet – along with proper exercise – can be an essential part of living a healthier lifestyle and can provide numerous health benefits. In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a 50-50 balance between whole and enriched grains per day for optimal health. Furthermore, research from the Grain Foods Foundation suggests whole and enriched grains supply a variety of key vitamins and minerals, like thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, zinc, selenium and magnesium, and important shortfall nutrients like dietary fiber, iron and folate.

Incorporating grains into meals throughout the day, including these under-500 calorie recipes for Grilled Cinnamon French Toast with Granola Crunch and Roast Beef and Arugula Sandwiches featuring whole and enriched grains, can aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Additional benefits of consuming grains include lowering cholesterol and supporting digestion, while also providing anti-inflammatory nutrients and fiber, which helps fight belly fat.

Find more nutritionist-developed, balanced and budget-friendly recipes for every meal at grainfoodsfoundation.org.

Grilled Cinnamon French Toast with Granola Crunch

Recipe courtesy of Oroweat on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation

Prep time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2

  • 1/2       cup orange juice
  • 1/4       cup light brown sugar
  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 1          cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1          banana, thinly sliced
  • 3/4       cup milk
  • 1          egg
  • 1          teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4          slices whole-grain nut bread
  • 1/4       cup granola, for garnish
  1. To make sauce: In saucepan, stir together orange juice, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, strawberries and banana. Simmer over medium heat 5-6 minutes, or until flavors have combined, stirring occasionally.
  2. To make French toast: In shallow bowl, whisk together milk, egg and cinnamon. Dip slices of bread into milk mixture and cook 2 minutes on each side over medium heat on flat griddle or grill, or until golden brown.
  3. Serve French toast with strawberry-banana sauce and top with granola.

Roast Beef and Arugula Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Roman Meal on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation

Prep time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2

  • 1          tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2          teaspoons horseradish
  • 4          slices whole- or multi-grain bread, toasted
  • 4          slices tomato
  • 4          ounces lean roast beef, thinly sliced
  • 1          cup arugula or wild greens
  1. Spread mayonnaise and horseradish evenly over two bread slices.
  2. Layer tomato, roast beef and arugula on top of mayonnaise and horseradish. Top with remaining slices of bread. (Family Features)

SOURCE:

Grain Foods Foundation