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Mary Helen Leonard
Works at Mary Makes Dinner
Attended Northwestern CT Community Culinary School
Lives in Austin, TX
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Hey Austin! I did you a favor and ate all the pizzas. You're welcome. 

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Note: This post has been updated from last year's guide to New York style pizza in Austin. Click here to check out last year's post. Let's talk about pizza, specifically, New York Pizza. What constitutes New York style pizza anyway? Is it the thickness of the crust, the flavor of the sauce, or the type of oven that it's cooked in? The short answer is "yes". It's all of those things, but above all, it's a combination of textures and flavors that s...
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Austin people, if you are free this Wednesday you need to get yourselves to my sister's sketch comedy show at The New Movement. I saw their debut last night and it made me cry laughing. I'm not just saying this because she's my sister, this shizz is really, really funny - plus it's only 5 bucks and BYOB, so hello cheap date! 

For real. Get there. Wednesday 8pm The New Movement Theater (616 Lavaca)

#thenewmovement   #tnmcomedy   #austintexas   #improv   #sketchcomedy   #austincomedy  
Taken Seriously is a sketch group performing at The New Movement Theater in the heart of downtown...
I completely redesigned and rebranded my website. I hope you'll like it! I combined my three former blogs into one massive blog megatron. Food, family, diy, crunchy hippie stuff - it's all there! 

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Why eat kale chips when you could eat SPICY kale chips? Recipe via +Theresa Greco and The Food Hunter's Guide. 

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Guest Post By: Paulding & Company Founded by mother-daughter duo Tracy and Terry, Paulding is a full catering kitchen based in San Francisco boasting vast opportunities for bonding and excitement. Teaching people to cook, and...
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I'm hosting a giveaway!! Get hooked up with free tickets for the Fit Foodie Weekend's 5k, yoga or boot camp -all happening this weekend in ATX!

I've got a pair of tickets for each event to give out. Just stop by Mary Makes Dinner to enter.

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You don't win friends with salad! (But maybe you would if you packed them in mason jars.) I'm hosting a giveaway! Stop by Mary Makes Dinner for a chance to win a lovely book about stuffing your greens into glass jars. #giveaway   #masonjars   #masonjarsalad   #cookbook   #cookbookreview  
Last week the folks over at Ulysses Press hooked me up with a copy of Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go . At first glance, I thought the concept was a little silly. I mean, do we really need to put EVERYTHING in mason jars? But when I read the introduction it made me stop for a moment and consider Juliana's reasoning. It actually makes perfect sense to pack salads ahead of time in glass jars. First off, salads in jars a...
If you had to choose between living #glutenfree  or #dairyfree , which would you choose? Or have you already kicked one or both of these to the curb?
During the past few weeks of being on a gluten and dairy free diet I've been asked several times which is harder to give up. Considering that I can't eat a proper pizza either way, I have a hard time answering with any enthusiasm. When pressed, I'll admit that I do have a preference. If dairy and gluten were both dangling over a cliff and I could only save one... The thing is I'm not really that big of a cheese eater. Apart from pizza and ice cre...
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You know how I feel about ice cream. Here is my guide to Austin's best, most unique scoops. What's your favorite? #atxbesteats   #icecream   #austin   #austintx   #atxfoodie   #austinfood  +Austin Food Blogger Alliance 
Psst. Have you heard? Crush-ins are so last season. The cool people are totally over them. Ice cream lovers in-the-know have developed a taste for frozen desserts with more unique characteristics. With the cupcake fad long dead, and a doughnut obsession well underway, will gourmet ice cream be the next national craze? One can only hope. Image courtesy of Ice Cream Social So where can sweet-toothed Austinites get in on a scoop of upscale ice cream...
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Hey did you know that I've been writing a book? My first book, to be exact! The Natural Beauty Solution (previously under the working title, Natural Beauty Reset) is a step-by-step guide to replacing your beauty products with a totally natural routine using easy handmade recipes and simple ingredients.

I just handed in the manuscript and finished up the photography. The book is coming out this Spring, and I can't wait to share it with you!

If you'd like to keep up with the book's progress please sign up for my mailing list. I'll be sharing information on pre-order specials, workshops, and demo events. 

#naturalbeauty   #DIYbeauty   #oilcleansingmethod   #nopoomethod   #naturalliving   #greenbeauty  
I'm writing a book! As the author of The Natural Beauty Workshop, I've been formulating natural and DIY skin care products for almost a decade. I'm excited to share the benefit of my experience in Natural Beauty Reset, a guide to ditching commercial products for a totally natural and homemade...
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I'd eat the heck out of these dumplings. If only they delivered to Austin. Thanks for the photo, +Marc Hurwitz!

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Photo of pork dumplings in a roasted chili vinaigrette from Sichuan Garden in Brookline, MA...this picture is part of a food photos feature within the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site.
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A very belated thanks, +Mary Helen Leonard! (I tend to work from my business page, so don't get notices about shares and mentions.)
Hey #Austin ! Someone came up with a 5k race that tempted even the likes of me. There's a cocktail party the night before, a mini-food fest at the finish line, and brunch/yoga the next morning. Now THAT'S the kind of exercise I can get down with. 09/12 - 09/14 in #ATX  

#5k   #fitfoodie   #fitfoodierun   #austintexas  
I've been invited to participate in the Fit Foodie 5k Race Weekend this September here in Austin. Of course, for me it will be a bit more like the Slightly Chubby Foodie 5k Walk. While I did my best to keep fit during my pregnancy with loads of walking and swimming, it's been well over a year since the last time I attempted to jog. But even as a imperfectly fit foodie, this race is pretty appealing. First of all, it's short! I can walk the whole ...
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I'm telling stories at The Megaphone Show this Saturday night! Show starts at 10:30pm at The New Movement on Lavaca Street. My sister, Caitlin McNally will also be performing. Come out and watch us be funny. XOXO 

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The New Movement's longest running show and it’s every Saturday @ 10:30pm! 616 Lavaca St. / $5 / BYOB
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Mary Helen Leonard, Emmy Gabriel
Vegetarian Food, Craft, and Beauty Blogger living in ATX, Hand-Maker, Noodle-Nibbler, Day-Dreamer, Song-Bird, Herb-Gardener, Cat-Whispering She-Dragon
Hello Google Plussers!  It's nice to meet you all.  I'm a cook, culinary instructor, and blogger from Austin, TX. My true loves are food and music, but I'm pretty much a fan of anything creative.  If it involves making something with my own two hands, I've probably tried it.

I'm one of those people who starts to sound crazy if she starts listing off all of the things that I like, or even just the things that I do.  Bullet points to the rescue!
Ahh. It's all so simple now.
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Lived in Beijing for Three Months (not like a tourist, more like a train wreck), Can be trusted around flames and sharp objects thanks to bonified culinary training, Known hamburgler
Blogger, Social Media Coordinator, DIY Bath n Body Formulator
  • Mary Makes Dinner
    Blogger, 2007 - present
  • Natural Sourcing, LLC
    Writer, DIY Bath n Body Formulator, 2007 - 2012
  • Subway
    1998 - 2005
  • Sushi Yoshi
    1999 - 2001
  • Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse
    2001 - 2005
  • Pitney Bowes
    2005 - 2007
  • NMCCS Catering
    Prep Cook, 2010 - 2010
  • Hilton Garden Inn
    Cook, 2010 - 2010
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Austin, TX
Bangor, Maine - Yonkers, New York - Bethel, Connecticut - Beijing, China - Melbourne Beach, Florida - Austin, Texas
Conan's is known for their deep dish pizza, and wacky South-Austin vibe. Though deep dish pizza is not my personal favorite, I thought Conan's pie was as good as I'd had it anywhere else. The Conan the Barbarian artwork on the wall, and charming in-house folk singer made for a lovely evening though. I hope Conan's will remain a South Austin fixture for years to come.
Food: GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Imagine everything you loved about Elio's as a kid, then having all of that magic translated into really, really good deep dish pizza. That pretty much sums up Via 313. It starts out with a deep, puffy crust that is just greasy enough to provide a delightful crunch on the bottom. That tasty pillow is smothered in cheese that pushes all the way up to the edges of a square pan, burning it into a thick, crispy cracker. Gobs of sweet, chunky tomato sauce are plopped on the the pie after it finished baking, turning your whole idea of pizza upside-down. In short, Via 313 is unlike any pizza you've ever had, and it rocks.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Lately it seems like sausage is the new taco in Austin. Though Easy Tiger still reigns supreme in my book, it's neat to see another specialty sausage and beer house open up. We came here to meet up with the Austin Drink n' Click gang one night, and were impressed by the sheer volume of beer taps. Banger's has a huge draft selection, perfect for curious beer drinkers. Their sausage and sides were fun and tasty. The service was a little confused, but when we visited the place was still fairly new, so I'm guessing they might have worked out a better system by now. At the time, we shared one paper menu between about a dozen people, and waited eons for our orders to come out. Banger's has a dog run in the back, which I haven't had the chance to take advantage of yet. It seems like a cool idea, and I'd be curious to see it in action.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Austin Java is a little pricey for my liking, but their coffee is always good, and their morning glory muffins are delicious. The location on Barton Springs also has a great patio that is perfect for lounging on a lazy afternoon.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Woodland is one of my very favorite places in South Austin. They specialize in Southern favorites, like meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and shrimp n' grits, all of which are well loved by my family. While their dinners are wonderful, what really sets Woodland apart is their pie. Cream pies seem to be their bread n' butter. It's worth visiting the Woodland just for the pie alone, so if you visit, make sure to leave room.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I'm glad that Austin has Magnolia. This diner-style restaurant serves up a massive menu complete with everything from breakfast tacos to pasta alfredo. Though the food isn't always extraordinary, it's always pretty good, which is just what you should expect from a casual neighborhood place. Beware the Saturday and Sunday brunch crowds, as you could be stuck waiting for a table for some time. Instead, try stopping at Magnolia on the way home from a night out. Migas, home fries, or queso will help you sober up.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Recently I was invited to a tasting at Hyde Park Bar & Grill's south location. Their new chef has updated the menu with a whole bunch of new items, including a few things that I was pretty wild about. I had only been to Hyde Park's north location before the tasting, and I remember trying a couple of different sandwiches, and of course, their famous french fries. The new menu contains some much more exciting options, like sour cream and onion rings, modernized meatloaf, Ten Tomato Pasta, and vegan cauliflower steak (my personal favorite, served in a bed of spicy lentils and topped with mango and cucumber salsa). They are also rolling out a new vintage-inspired cocktail menu. All of the drinks were on the sweet and sour side, designed for patio sipping. I was treated to this tasting, but I honestly enjoyed everything on the new menu, and look forward to trying it again, especially the cauliflower.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
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