Wheatsville Co-op has been serving the Austin community for 40 years and there’s a lot we can learn from their way of doing business. With a purpose statement that doesn’t once mention food, but instead reads, “to create a self-reliant, self-empowering community of people that will grow and promote a transformation of society toward cooperation, justice, and non-exploitation,” you can tell this isn’t your typical grocery store. [Read more…]
Just released by University of Texas Press, “The Tacos of Texas” is the latest book from the duo behind Taco Journalism, Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece. Pour yourself an horchata and get comfortable because you’ll feel like you’re on the patio chatting with friends as you flip through this conversational, colorful book.
“The Tacos of Texas” is the result of the best road trip ever. Armed with [Read more…]
It’s 4:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, the Texas sun is at your back and your stomach is leading the way. Happy hour! Those parched taste buds scream through the end of your work week fog.
Now it’s Sunday morning and your phone is blowing up. Brunch! Friends want to take a last sip of the weekend before returning to work and I-35 traffic.
But do you want a Mexican Martini for happy hour? An endless taco bar for brunch? Maybe wine and tapas are more your scene. Or there’s that new paleo place down the road you’ve been meaning to try.
We’ve all found ourselves in a similar predicament: caught in the battle of deciding what to eat and where to go. Do you stick to a favorite or explore something new? In a foodie haven like Austin, can there be too much of a good thing?
Navigating Austin’s many offerings, from BBQ lines to obscure markets can be intimidating. Heck, sometimes navigating Whole Foods can be an adventure in itself. But all your really need is a spirit guide or, in the case of Austin Food Bloggers Alliance, over 100 knowledgable foodie guides and counting! [Read more…]
Did you know Austin has a zoo? If you didn’t, you’re not alone! It isn’t your typical zoo, as it started as a rescue sanctuary in 1990 and remains a non-profit habitat for rescued animals today. The nature-loving individuals who work there are dedicated to rehabilitation and education.
If you fancy a day spent with amazing creatures other than humans, it’s worth the 25-30 minute drive southwest from downtown Austin. Here are a few key components that make it such a special place. [Read more…]
Here at the Austinot, we love Austin-based companies that integrate the entrepreneurial spirit with a heart for social good. So when I first found out about Eye Gave, a local eyewear startup trying to eliminate trachoma by 2020, I wanted to learn more.
Eye Gave has partnered with a nonprofit called Sightsavers to make a difference. For every pair of sunglasses purchased, Eye Gave funds a sight-saving operation for one person with trachoma, or enough medicine to prevent up to 22 people from getting the disease.
Trachoma is the most common infectious cause of blindness in the world. It starts off as a bacterial infection that can be easily treated, but over time it can cause blindness if left alone. These statistics are staggering:
- Trachoma impairs the vision of approximately 2.2 million people around the world. Of those, 1.2 million are irreversibly blind.
- 10 percent of the world’s population is at risk of losing sight from trachoma.
- Trachoma results in an estimated $2.9 billion in lost productivity per year.
Because the team at Eye Gave is composed of product developers, rather than eye doctors, it was important to them to partner with a respected organization. “Sightsavers will be doing the important work they specialize in,” lead designed Andrew Sanderson shared in a press release, “performing eye operations, dispensing medication and training locals to examine, treat and support people suffering from trachoma, while we concentrate on building a brand known for its loyalty to charities that do great things.”
Through Oct. 15, 2016, Eye Gave is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund their efforts. From each pledge, $12 will go towards a sight-saving eye operation, antibiotics to treat and stop the spread of trachoma, or training for eye health workers.
You almost want to buy a pair of these sunglasses just to support the cause. But it just so happens that these high-end sunglasses are polarized, well-built and stylish! Definitely the best of both worlds.
To learn more and get involved, watch the video below and go to Kickstarter to participate in the fundraising campaign.
@theAustinot wants to know:
What is your favorite social good company in Austin?
Disclosure: I was sent a pair of Eye Gave sunglasses for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.
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Step off the plane into Austin-Bergstrom Airport, and the wafting scent of Salt Lick BBQ is one of the first indicators this town is going to woo you. Try not to swoon over the unmistakable guitar riffs of Stevie Ray Vaughan ubiquitous in bars around town. And if your heart doesn’t do a back flip when gazing at the skyline from a grassy corner of Barton Springs, then you’re beyond help.
I had to leave Austin for it to sink in: living in this overgrown college town is something that ruins a person for living elsewhere. While it’s impossible to completely describe what makes this town so lovely to call home, here are some of the reasons I can never hang my hat anywhere else. [Read more…]
Voted “Best Sampling Room” in Austin in 2015 by the Austin Chronicle, Cornucopia is a place where you can enjoy yourself while discovering sweet and savory treats to pass onto others. As the name suggests, this local business creates a wide range of popcorn flavors, with a special emphasis on seasonal varieties.
Owner and “Poperator” Nadia Elhaj founded Cornucopia in 2008, envisioning popcorn as “a canvas for flavor and fun.” She has always loved the idea of taking something that’s been around for generations, popcorn, and giving it a fresh twist. [Read more…]
If you look to the right side of the road past Johnson City, heading to Hye on US-290, you’ll spot a new winery. It’s from the same family that owns Spicewood Vineyards and it bears the family name, Yates. Starting off with nine releases, Yates wants Central Texans to know there’s a new destination they should add to their Hill Country winery tour list. [Read more…]
I pulled into the Cedar Park train depot on a clear Saturday evening. Ticket in hand and stomach growling, I made my way towards the home of the Austin Steam Train. My journey on the Santa Fe Steam Engine would mark the maiden voyage of the Cider Flyer, a gastronomical collaboration between Austin Wine & Cider and the Austin Steam Train Association. [Read more…]
As a minimalist with an interest in sustainability, excited by the challenge of living in small spaces with a fear of geographical commitment, you could say I’m an ideal candidate for the tiny home lifestyle. But this wasn’t always the case.
Living in a space more than eight times smaller than the average American home didn’t appeal to me until I moved to Washington, D.C. in 2010, where the cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment was roughly $2,000 per month. In that market, my budget afforded me a studio apartment with less than 300 square feet. To my surprise, I found that not only could I tolerate life in a micro dwelling, but I liked it. The dramatic purging of my belongings ultimately led to a feeling of liberation, not deprivation.
When I stumbled upon the tiny house movement in 2012, I was smitten by the thought of designing my own miniature abode [Read more…]