It’s that time of year in Central Texas when one day you’re out in a t-shirt soaking up the sun (i.e. today) and the next you’re bundled up in everything you own to stay warm and dry (i.e. tomorrow night). Our thoughts are with our intrepid farmers, who brave this volatility with courage and row cover. Fingers crossed some of our favorite Texas veggies make it through this next cold snap. Remember to water and cover your own sensitive outdoor plants (i.e. succulents, young trees, vegetables), and get yourself into the kitchen to stay warm!
CLOSING EARLY THIS WEDNESDAY!
On Wed, Jan 7th we will be closing at 6pm for our Staff (Post) Holiday Party. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we have a stellar team of employees to thank for a great year.
Everyone knows cold weather is a great excuse to fire up the oven and do some baking. Give the kitchen an extra kick of warmth and lighten everyone’s mood with something warm and tasty. With all this cold and wet weather in the forecast, we’re putting a few of our favorite baking ingredients on sale, including Maple Valley’s impeccable organic maple syrup and Equal Exchange Fair Trade Organic chocolate chips and baking cocoa. Happy baking!
Maple Valley Coop Maple Syrup: $8.95/lb (Save $2.00/lb)
This month’s Block Party is on the second Friday of the month (because who wants to party the day after New Years?) with lots of great food and drinks lined up: Rahr & Sons Brewing Co will be visiting from Forth Worth to sample out their tasty brews, EIEIO Organic Farm in Wimberley will be here with their fantastic homemade mayo, pesto and other spreads, and MALK Artisan Almond & Pecan Milks will have their sweet dairy alternatives for all to try. Meanwhile, listen to the sweet live tunes of Alicia Adkins and maybe have a seat for a chair massage from Devon of One Love Healing Center. All this to support and benefit our Community Partner, Literacy Coalition! Find Out More.
New Sweden Coffee Sampling
Saturday, January 10th at 10am
New Sweden will be out on the porch sampling some of their great roasts this Saturday morning. As one of the newer roasters to town, they deserve a warm Manor Road welcome. And if you like what you taste, head inside and find their beans on sale this month! Details here.
Saturday Night Porch Session w/ Bo DePena
Saturday, January 10th at 7-9pm
Mr. Bo DePena is back on the porch for a month-long residency and he kicks it off this Saturday. Join us for a night of fun, down home music from this talented young man. Every Saturday in January from 7-9pm. Details here.
Send us a message if you’d like to plan an event here – we’re a great spot to host your next happy hour, meeting, or birthday party.
Promotions and News
Mulled Wine Monday & Tea Pot Tuesday!
Come in and warm up with a glass of homemade mulled wine or a pot of one of our many teas. Get $1 OFF every Monday and Tuesday, respectively and start your week off right. #MWM #TPT
Happy Hour(s) $1 off pints/cans of beer and glasses of wine
$2 off pitchers and bombers Mon-Fri 4-7pm
“Wine” of the Week: Texas Keeper 2013 Gold Rush Cider
Texas Keeper says 2013 “created an apple like no other.” Its lemon-lime zing popped when they were tasting the apples as they came through the press and it stayed a zesty lemon-lime grapefruit right through fermentation. They kept the sugar slightly higher to balance out the GoldRush’s natural acidity to create a crisp and refreshing cider. Enjoy on a sunny TX afternoon!
Coffee of the Month: New Sweden Coffee Ethiopia Duromina
With the new year comes a new roaster for our coffee of the month! A sweet and fruited cup with peach/nectarine jammy flavors, berry notes, fruit juice acidity, and a raw sugar sweetness layered on a thick mouthfeel. Excellent as a brewed coffee or single origin espresso.
Preheat oven to 325F. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with oil and lightly dust with flour.
In a saucepan heat the oil and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly until fully melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour batter into pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool before cutting.
Makes 9 brownies.
Are you in.?
Weekly profiles of some of our favorite regulars
Louie the Loquat
Describe yourself in 3 words: Young, green and sweet.
What’s your favorite part about the neighborhood? The crisp air and friendly people.
How did you hear about in.gredients? I grew up around here.
Why do you come back? I just don’t see a reason to leave.
What are you favorite things about in.gredients? The soil is so rich! It must be the hugelkultur beds nearby in the garden.
If you were to describe in.gredients in one word, what would it be? Rooted
Last but not least, if you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?
Don’t you mean, “If I were a human, what kind would I be?”