Everything you need to know about Easter Sunday in Austin
For as long as I can remember, the guilty pleasure most likely to satisfy my Easter sweet tooth has been a bag of Brach's Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs. They're not that easy to find these days for some reason, and that got me to looking elsewhere for seasonal delights. New Driskill Hotel Executive Pastry Chef Mark Chapman has packed the pastry case at the 1886 Cafe & Bakery (Sixth & Brazos, 391-7121, www.1886cafeandbakery.com) with delectable delights, including white and dark chocolate truffles, iced sugar cookie cut-outs, and a selection of 10-inch cakes, custom-decorated for the spring season. Chapman's cake menu can be found online, and cakes can be purchased directly from the case or ordered in advance with special inscriptions or decoration... The coolest new things I found in the food-to-go section at Central Market (4001 N. Lamar, 206-1000; 4521 Westgate Blvd., 899-4300) are Marta's Desserts Tres Leches Parfaits. The creamy treats are festively packaged in three flavors Classic, Cajeta, and Cream Anglaise and the 6-oz. portion is the perfect size to satisfy without overindulging. The bakeries at both stores are turning out lovely cupcakes topped with Easter nests holding tiny chocolate eggs. They'll also create the Easter nests on bigger cakes upon request... The enormous array of choices in the pastry case and candy island at the new Whole Foods (525 N. Lamar, 476-1206) is just downright overwhelming. Once you're able to focus, you will notice that there are both giant and tiny cupcakes topped with Easter scenes or chocolate bunnies and an inviting assortment of petite sweets such as palmiers, eclairs, tarts, and macaroons to fill out a holiday dessert tray... The most enticing thing I found at Sweetish Hill (1120 W. Sixth, 472-1347) is the Lemon Curd Cake: moist yellow cake layers spread with lemon curd and frosted with real butter cream. Heaven for a lemon lover like me!
Easter Bunny Chronicles
The Easter Bunny has a busy weekend planned in Austin:
Event Menu: March 26-27
The Austin Farmers' Market (Fourth & Guadalupe in Republic Square, 236-0074) will hold an Easter egg hunt in which the prizes are coupons redeemable for market merchandise; Saturday, March 26, 9am-1pm.
The Westlake Farmers Market Spring Fling (Toney Burger Center, on 290 West between Brodie Lane and Westgate, 280-1976) will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank with donated canned goods. Entertainment events for children will include an appearance by the Easter Bunny, an egg-decorating demonstration, an egg hunt, and baby goats to bottle-feed and pet; Saturday, March 26, 9:30am-1pm.
Cafe Caprice (900 W. 10th, 477-5576) is serving Easter Sunday brunch and is also now open for lunch Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:30am to 2pm. Check out their menus at www.cafecaprice.com; Sunday, March 27, noon-3pm.
The new restaurant in the Atrium Lobby of the Renaissance Austin Hotel (9721 Arboretum Blvd., 795-6100) makes a splashy debut this Sunday with a seated brunch that will include a personal appearance by the Easter Bunny, egg-decorating demonstrations, and baby ducks and chicks on view. The three-course meal is $39 for adults, $15 for kids 6-12, and complimentary for kids 5 and younger. Reservations suggested; Sunday, March 27, 10:30am-2:30pm.
For the second year in a row, the Story of Texas Cafe in the Bullock Texas History Museum (1800 N. Congress, 320-0403) will present one of the most affordable all-you-can-eat Easter Brunch buffets in town with a menu that includes both breakfast and lunch items. The rest of the museum will be closed; $19.95 for adults, $9.95 kids 3-12; reservations suggested; Sunday, March 27, 11am-2pm.
The most unique brunch offering this weekend has to be at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown (409-B Colorado), where they'll be screening the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany's. Chef James Holmes has designed a delicious three-course New York brunch complete with Bagels and Lox, Eggs Benedict With Holly Golightly Hollandaise, New York Cheesecake Crepes, Mimosas, and Champagne to complement the film. Tickets are $19.50, and reservations are your best bet vegetarian options by reservation only; www.originalalamo.com; 2:30pm, Saturday, March 26; noon and 2:30pm, Sunday, March 27.
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