WHO: Executive Chef of Eden East & Eden East Catering, Hillside Farmacy, and Sinclair in Clifton, TX (edeneastaustin.com).
TRAFFIC-STOPPER: “Chen-Z Noodle House (6705 Hwy 290, 512892-8888; chenznoodlehouse.com) is my favorite spot in town. It’s worth braving the traffic at the highway’s Y split for thoughtfully handmade noodles in a spicy rich beef broth and fresh greens.”
SALVADORAN DELIGHT: “Costa Del Sol (7901 Cameron Rd., 512-832-5331) is another spot off the beaten path. The pupusas are perfectly crispy on the outside with a satisfying bean and gooey cheese inside.”
SMOOTH MOVE: “Olive + M (oliveandm.com) is a skincare product that uses olive oil made in Austin. It leaves my skin smooth and clean after working long hours.”
SECRET SAUCE: “Yellowbird Sauce ( yellowbirdsauce.com) is the secret ingredient to many of my home-cooked meals. We love offering these sauces at our restaurants in support of local business.”
SALSA ADDICT: “I have tried to recreate the 1931 recipe for Jaime’s Spanish Village Salsa ( jaimessalsas.com), but it’s simply impossible (order through Farmhouse Delivery or find it in the refrigerated tortilla area by the coffee roaster at Whole Foods on Lamar—trust me you need the landmark!). The story behind Jaime’s—of love, family, and betrayal—is worth the purchase.”