33 Variations of WINK

So, in my dreams I get to dine at WINK 33 times, and as those who understand WINK know, each visit is a unique experience – always delightful to the palette, but never the same.  Oh well, a girl can dream.

Marc and I decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day early since he will be half way around the world in Africa on this day of love.  We already had tickets to see 33 Variations at ZACH Scott Theatre, so a pre-show dinner at WINK was destined to be a part of our special night out.

There is not much more I can say about WINK that I have not written about in the past.  Wink presents the “gold standard” dining experience in Austin, Texas.  Once again, we enjoyed innovative and delicious food, paired with exquisite wines.  The service is impeccable – from the presentation of the amuse bouche to the delivery of the check.  Here are a few pictures of our “eats” and “sips”.  Unfortunately, some of the pictures do not do these amazing dishes justice.

IMG_1538Buttercup Squash Soup – my favorite taste of the evening, and oh, so beautifully presented.  After I took my first spoonful I noticed that the crème created the image of a heart.


Marc’s Salad- Bib lettuce with roasted tomatoes


IMG_1541His Entree- Rabbit Loin with lima beans, baby potatoes, and romanesco.  What is romanesco you asked?  It was a new veggie to us.  Here is a definition:

IMG_1544Romanesco broccoli, or Roman cauliflower, is an edible flower of the species Brassica oleracea, and a variant form of cauliflower. First documented in Italy, it is light green in color and is a natural approximation of a fractal.

Lamb Chops with sweet potatoes, chanterelles and chicory



IMG_1540Our waiter batted a homerun (now that the Super Bowl is over, I know that baseball season is not far away!) with the wine pairings.  We both enjoyed a spot-on Cava paired with our first course.  I sipped a red blend from France with my lamb, and Marc smiled through his dinner with a Pinot.


If a perfectly orchestrated meal was not enough, I have to mention that we thoroughly enjoyed the play 33 Variations.  Esteemed pianist Anton Nel played some of Beethoven’s greatest keyboard literature throughout the play.  The script, staging and actors were are first rate.  We highly recommend this show to all of our friends.  Some of the best theatre we have viewed in a long time.

33 Variations at ZACH

Oh… and one more surprise.  We were driving out of the ZACH parking lot when a colleague texted me a picture of a bottle of wine.  Wouldn’t you know that he and his wife were enjoying a drink at House Wine – just blocks away!  We could not resist crashing their date to say “hey” and enjoy yet another great glass of wine.  What an evening!


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