Streat, from a founder of Mirabelle, offers a gustatory whirlwind trip around the world in a casual setting

Congratulations to Le Cordon Bleu College pastry student Jason Grimes on his recent win at the third annual Pastry Competition & Cook-off sponsored by the Wine & Food Foun­dation of Texas. The North Carolina native won a $5,000 scholarship, and his winning recipes will appear in the foundation's online cookbook, Plate & Vine ( Runners-up Samantha Wiff and Susan Gofreed, also Le Cordon Bleu students, each received $1,000 scholarships. Pastry students from cooking school programs across the state were eligible to enter the prestigious scholarship competition, which is awarded in honor of a different Texas pastry chef every May... Ever since I enjoyed two bowls of Streat's Thai curry carrot soup at the Empty Bowl Project fundraiser last fall, I've been eagerly anticipating the eatery's opening near the Chronicle office. Mirabelle owner Michael Vilim's new venture (3211 Red River, 628-0288, opened quietly last week, serving tasty versions of various street foods from around the globe in a sleek new shop. Food is affordable ($1.99-$11.99) and available to eat in or take out. Look for hearty, portable dishes like kebabs, satays, spring rolls, noodle bowls, salads, mezze, sandwiches, hot dogs, tacos, gorditas, and desserts, plus assorted coffee drinks, selected teas, aguas frescas, and sodas. In addition to the addictive carrot soup, I've also sampled some dark, spicy gumbo, an authentic muffaletta, and an order of hot beignets. I can't wait to go back!... The Waterloo Ice House in 26 Doors (1106 W. 38th, 451-5245, has recently undergone an interior face-lift and renovation. In addition to sprucing up the paint, floors, and patio, it now boasts a full bar and table service at all three meals, just in time for the World Cup. General manager Brian LeMaster invites old and new customers to drop by and check out the improvements... Roaring Fork (10850 Stonelake, 342-2700, is joining forces with KGSR for Cocktails for a Cause, a charity promotion featuring different specialty drinks during the restaurant's daily happy hour (4-7pm) through the summer. The purchase price of the different monthly libations ($6-8) includes a charitable donation and a raffle ticket for monthly drawings... If Dad is a cake lover, the creative team at Austin Cake Ball (7950 Ander­son Square #104, 826-4824, has some exquisitely decorated sweet treats designed just for his special day. The Father's Day special ($37.95) includes one giant chocolate chunk cake ball paired with a dozen individual cake balls in different flavors. See flavor, decoration, and delivery options online... The summer bounty of local farm crops means there are membership shares available in several community-supported agriculture programs. For more info or to sign up, contact Farmhouse Delivery (, Springdale Farm (, Green Gate Farms (, or Johnson's Backyard Garden ( And speaking of bountiful crops, chefs all over town have been going crazy with the squash blossoms, tomatoes, and peaches now in full swing – and there could be another week of blackberries and plums. Enjoy it all while you can!

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