Miss A Columnist

Meera Rajagopalan is the Austin Editor for Miss A. A proud Longhorn, Meera earned her journalism degree from UT. Some of her hobbies include event planning, writing and baking. She loves trying new recipes and experimenting with food. Her latest creation was Pistachio Fudge. A tech nerd at heart, Meera loves cool iPhone apps and geeking out with friends about social media trends. Aside from the tech stuff, Meera also enjoys discovering new fonts. There’s something about finding the perfect font to help enhance titles. Besides her hobbies, Meera loves free stuff. So far besides tons of samples, she’s won concert tickets, movie passes (compliments of Do512) and a cooking class.

Recap: Official Drink of Austin 2015

The best of Austin spirits and food came together for the sold-out 2015 Official Drink of Austin.  At the end of the night, Garage was given the 2015 title as the Official Drink of Austin with their Indian Paintbrush, featuring Dripping Springs Vodka and fresh flavors of grapefruit, lime and rosemary. The money raised from the evening went towards culinary grants. In addition to ticket sales. local artist Leah Chyma painted the beautiful skyline that was auctioned off and won by Jack Gilmore.

Team from Garage (Photo Credit: Austin Food and Wine Festival)

Team from Garage (Photo Credit: Austin Food and Wine Festival)

The judges for this year’s event were Jason Kosmas, cofounder of The 86 Company and a pioneer of the classic cocktail scene in New York City; Gilmore, chef and owner of Jack Allen’s Kitchen; JD Elliott, last year’s Official Drink of Austin winner and bartender at qui restaurant; Dan Gentile, writer for Thrillist; and Austin’s own singer/songwriter Gina Chavez.

The Judges (Photo Credit: Meera Rajagopalan)

The Judges (Photo Credit: Meera Rajagopalan)

Lick, a Miss A favorite, had a wonderful Bruleed Orange and Bourbon Ice Cream that was a great way to start the night. The bourbon came from the Garrison Brothers Distillery. The two were placed next to each other so guests could enjoy the ice cream and bourbon together.

Summer, Anthony and Claudia of Lick (Photo Credit: Meera Rajagopalan)

Summer, Anthony and Claudia (Photo Credit: Meera Rajagopalan)

 

A new favorite is Delysia Chocolatier. This wonderful chocolate shop in Northwest Austin has some of the best handmade chocolate. There were so many choices at the event and they all tasted amazing. This sweet tooth was also very satisfied with the Fruity Pebbles Macaroon and the Pretzel Magic Bites from Delish. Both treats had just enough sweetness without being overpowering.

Natalie and Callie of Delish (Photo Credit: Meera Rajagopalan)

Natalie and Callie (Photo Credit: Meera Rajagopalan)

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