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The Happiest Hour: Juliet

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I’ve been referred to as ‘The Happy Hour Queen’ by more than one source, and I take that as a huge compliment! I pride myself on being the first (or almost first) to try any new spot, and conquer appetizers and bar menus with gusto.

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It should come as no surprise that the moment I had a free day, I ran to Juliet’s happy hour (Mon-Sun, 3-7) to try everything.

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All rosé wines were half off, and yes, that included sparklers. House wine was available for a mere $5, beer for $4, and there were some amazing sounding $7 cocktails. I was particularly interested in the Mezcal Negroni, but I’ll be saving that for my next trip there.

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I fell in love with just about everything on the wine list, and I’m still salivating over that delicious crudo. You can view the full happy hour menu here, and I can assure that it’s all delicious.

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You’ll be surprised at how beautiful the space is, and just how welcoming the staff are. If you went to this place back in the days it was Romeo’s location, you will absolutely be astonished with how different it truly is. Both the inside and outside are completely renovated, and it makes for the ideal place to meet for an early date.

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Lucky’s Puccias Opens Brick & Mortar

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Lucky’s Puccias, that locally famous wood-fired Italian sandwich truck, has now moved up the street, and into their own at their first brick and mortar.

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My partner has been a fan of theirs for a while, and even donated to the kickstarter they launched to help them get the restaurant going! That’s dedication, and should tell you just how delicious their hot, crisp bread is; there’s nothing else in town like it.

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With delicious pizzas, bountiful salads, wine, and even gelato from Dolce Neve, this place is ideal for a decadent lunch, or casual dinner just outside of the hustle and bustle downtown.

Recap: The Gelato World Tour

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It’s incredible to think that Austin was the only North American stop on the Gelato World Tour. Our “big, small town” was listed amongst cities such as Rome and Shanghai for this tour.

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Representing Austin was Teo’s own Matthew Lee, who took home 3rd prize this past weekend, and will be continuing on to Italy to compete in the finals. I got to try his award-winning flavor, “Nuts,” which was a delicious blend of hazelnut and peanut butter.

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My partner acted as my official gelato taster, and hand model on this excursion, though I did allow myself a few small tastes (especially of Lee’s creation.)

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There were flavors such as, “Raspberry Beet,” and “Candied Bacon.” A Houston-based gelato shop, Sweet Cup Gelato & Espresso, even brought the tastes of bourbon and cardamom with their creation. Though the cardamom was strong, the gelato was intriguing (and a personal fave).

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As you can see, the portion sizes were generous. We originally planned to try every single flavor on the list, but questioned that decision at about halfway through. (I told my partner not to finish the entire thing on each one, but he did not take my advice!)

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 The sun was hot, but our samples disappeared long before melting.

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If you happen to be in Italy in October, try to catch the last leg of the tour. Otherwise, make a trip to Teo and taste world-class gelato here in Austin.