Easy Creamy Cauliflower Soup

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Some days I need a little, ok maybe a big, reminder to eat more veggies! Cheese and wine, welp somehow I don’t need any reminders there haha. I love this soup because it is so simple and full of cauliflower so creamy you won’t even know it’s mostly veggies. The combo of coconut milk + parmesan is also quite lovely. Annnnnd I have some exciting news to share with you! I am now writing on a semi-regular basis for Austin Woman! I couldn’t be more excited to see my recipes in print and forever grateful for all of you for sticking by me this whole time! You can find my first piece in the February 2016 issue here. Now, go make some soup and let me know how you like it!

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Shrimp Khoa Soi (Spicy Coconut Soup)

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Rain, rain go away! We’ve had quite the cloudy, rainy days recently here in our normally too hot to trot Austin, TX. I spent the better part of this Memorial Day weekend curled up in bed watching the thunderstorms and burning a holiday scented candle. It was practically like Christmas, haha. Which brings me to another point, why does the weather affect how we feel about food? Is it the seasonal vegetables? The heat, the rain, the everything that affects our mode. Hmmm, interesting. I need to investigate this more, but all I can say is, the weather definitely pulls my appetite in all sorts of directions. And rainy, cool days at the end of May mean hot, spicy soup! I found this recipe on Bon Appetit a few months ago and had every intention on making it this winter. Well despite all my efforts, it didn’t quite happen, so all this cool weather was my perfect moment to carpe diem and make this tempting soup!

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Titaya’s Thai Cuisine

I’ve been trying to branch out lately from my normal lunch go-to places. A friend and I went to Titaya’s for lunch. We got there at 11:15am because we heard it gets pretty crowded for lunch. At 11:15 there was already a 20min wait! SOO I suggest instead of beating the rush to arrive later than usual. The food however was great! There’s a reason there was such a wait! It’s a casual atmosphere with a mix of business crowd and motorcycle bikers and baby shower lunches. So, who knows who you might run into there. From the outside, it doesn’t look like much but don’t let that discourage you.

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We started off with the spring rolls. They came with a spicy peanut sauce, yum!

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If you order from the lunch menu, the entrees come with the soup of the day. That day it was a broth based soup with cabbage. Pretty good!

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I got the Vermicelli Lover. Tons of veggies and it comes with an egg roll. They also have my favorite Thai dish, Green Curry Chicken, so I plan on going back to try that.

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It also came with a hot and sour sauce to pour over it. Extra flavor and spiciness? I’m in.

If you’re ever up north, give Titaya’s a try!