Last night Justin and I headed over to Sagra for a food blogger happy hour. We had such a great time!
First great thing: the people. Austin food bloggers are a super-fun, super-friendly group! Everyone was so approachable and like-minded…I’m so grateful that our pal Addie set this up for us. I was able to meet and chat with the authors of these lovely blogs:
I was also able to meet Lesley, who writes for the Austin Onion A.V. Club, as well as a few new Twitter friends who represent local restaurants, wines, and event planners (@denisefraser, @notaslutsky, @perkypeggy, @jettemomant).
Second great thing: Sagra! We stopped in for happy hour, and stayed much longer. The folks at Sagra were so accommodating and gracious, warming up the outside patio for us (since the temperature had dropped to the 30s – weird), bringing out snacks, and completely spoiling us rotten. I had a couple of Blood Orange Cosmos, which were really good, and several people tried the Basil Martinis, which smelled delicious. During happy hour, all of Sagra’s drinks, including wine and beer, are $2 off, and the pizzas are half price. We were able to taste the Margherita, Romana, and Quattro Formaggi pizzas, all of which were delicious (I loved their sweet tomato sauce).
Perhaps even better were the cheese plate and charcuterie plate…just my kind of snacking. The cheese plate was massive, featuring fontina, Texas goat cheese, robiola, Parmigiano Reggiano, Taleggio and gorgonzola dolce, with fruit and nuts and crackers and mustards…it was a lavish spread, probably one of the best I’ve seen in Austin. The charcuterie plate had several cured meats (I wish I knew what they were, they were soooo good), olives, and cornichons.
I’m anxious to go back to try the Sagra pizza, which is topped with tomato sauce, fried egg, pecorino and spinach (please see my previous post regarding my infatuation with runny yolks) as well as the pastas and baked dishes. It’s such a nice little spot…I remember when Mars used to be there, and it was so dark (it was hard to read the menus), but now it’s cozy and a bit brighter, though the lights are still romantically low.
All in all, a wonderful evening! A huge thank you to Addie, who has done so much to bring the Austin food community together.