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Tejano pop icon Selena Quintanilla’s unmatched love of pepperoni pizza is legendary, and to celebrate Netflix’s much-anticipated Selena: The Series, Home slice pizzaThe North Loop location offers a “I could fall in love … with pizza” package with food and cocktail. The pack contains a large pepperoni pizza, two Rice Krispies delicacies, a bottle of Yellowbird sauce, two “Bidi Bidi Yum Yum” cocktails with Volcan De Mi Teirra Tequila and two rose gold disco ball souvenir glasses with straws made with the darling of the Tejano Queen are adorned with flower, white roses. Pre-orders for the kits are available now through Homeslicepizza.com or by calling 512-707-7437 and can be purchased on Friday, December 4th, from 11am and 11pm, the same day that Selena: The Series premieres, to be picked up at Home Slice North Loop on Netflix.
One of the hottest new weekly pop-ups in Austin is proof that a solid Mexican breakfast starts with the salsa. Manager and Taquero of the East Side Taco Truck Choose, the tasteful new concept from head chef Alex Macias Que Sazon Foods, pays tribute to his mother’s Fonda of the same name, who fed college students in Monterrey, Mexico, in the late 1990s. Founded in May, Austin-based company offers a variety of homemade offerings from Macias and his wife Jennifer Camacho, including two outstanding homemade salsas. Until the end of 2020, foodies can enjoy Que Sazon’s products every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Macias’ new Chilaquiles-focused pop-up outside Discada at 1319 Rosewood Ave. try. Here, the traditional tortilla-chip-based breakfast dish drowns in either Macia’s red adobada salsa with a creamy texture and a hint of smoked pepper or in its Verde La Tatemada salsa made from roasted green peppers and garlic. Orders for Que Sazon Chilaquiles must be made in person and are served with a fried egg, a queso fresco and a splash of crema. Customers can also order glasses of Que Sazon salsa for pickup from the Discada popup by notifying Que Sazon’s Instagram page directly. Follow the page for information on Que Sazon’s upcoming online store and planned expansion to local farmers markets in the near future.
Elsewhere in the pop-up news, a Louisiana-inspired restaurant Sawyer & Co. works with the cocktail company on the east side Whisler for a special cocktail service. Whisler’s bartenders will be at Cesar Chavez Street restaurant on December 2nd, 9th and 16th, offering cocktails such as La Llorona with mezcal, pepper and blackberries. The cocktail popup is operated via the Airstream trailer from Sawyer and Co. on the socially distant and heated terrace of the restaurant. Walk-ins are welcome to the event and tickets are not required. The next Sawyer & Co. and Whistler pop-up cocktail operation is on Wednesday, December 2nd, from 5pm to 9pm at 4827 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Worried about missing Abuela’s famous tamales during the Christmas season of the pandemic? Don’t fret! Local Tex-Mex favorites El ChilitoThe three Austin locations now offer the soul-affirming masa dish to take away. Customers can order half a dozen black bean and cheese, puerco rojo, or pollo verde tamales, all of which are frozen with instructions on how to warm them up. Tamales are priced at $ 10 per half dozen and can now be ordered during the holidays (or until supplies run out) from elchilito.com for contactless roadside pickup during business hours.
You’re going to need something to drink with all these tamales, right? Based in Austin Twin liqueurs pours special cocktail and wine boxes this year to keep the mood happy and bright during this weird Christmas season. Order special kits like Aperol Fizz or Irish Italian Manhattan, which contain all the ingredients you need to make craft cocktails at home. If wine is more your thing, choose from themed boxes like California reds or Pacific Northwest varieties. Order online here for delivery or roadside pickup.
A new company based in Milwaukee flies to Austin. Jet set localThe pocket-sized Foodie Flight Passports, available at retail for $ 25, provide customers with a handy guide to exploring 25 restaurants in the Austin area, with offerings ranging from Tex-Mex to barbecue to Asian cuisine. When Jettset Pass holders visit local favorites like Scholz garden or 24 dinnersthey can get their passport stamped and receive a $ 10 discount off the total bill. For consumers looking to pamper themselves too, the company’s similar Fab Flight Passport has deals at 25 local Austin beauty and fitness businesses, including free blowouts, yoga classes, plus deals on massage, waxing and more. Both the 2021 Foodie and Fab Flight passes can currently be purchased at jettsetlocal.com.