Keep your ear to the ground in Austin and you’ll hear the rumblings of #bossbabesATX. This group’s near-viral momentum over the past year and a half shows no signs of slowing down. [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…]
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…]
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…]
We all have our list of guilty pleasures–the things we love though we know they’re not the best choice. As a trashy TV addict and baker, my personal list is at least a mile long. Thankfully, Avery Harris of Austin’s SAvery Grilled Cheese food truck has found a way to take the guilt out of one America’s favorite comfort foods, one cheesy bite at a time. [Read more…]
One small book will make your friends want to hang out with you all the time. Austin Passbook is full of buy one, get one free coupons for local food trucks and activities in Austin. The first edition launched in 2014, and this awesome resource is more popular than ever.
Simple, but fabulous! With Austin Passbook in hand, you can treat a family member or friend to a hip and delicious meal or fun activity in our area.
You can even use Austin Passbook to create a fun and hyperlocal date night. 50% off a meal and activity = date that won’t make your wallet spontaneously combust. [Read more…]
“I used to be normal. I didn’t know better until I was 30.”
You may know Austinite Aralyn Hughes from her apartment on the Weird Homes Tour, her performances, or her recently released book and documentary. Perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of her art car driving around Austin, or you’ve seen a mural painted in her likeness at Bedichek Middle School.
If you don’t know Hughes yet, allow me to introduce you to the “Queen of Weird” through a peek into what’s going on in her life and mind. [Read more…]
While teaching and traveling around Nicaragua, Jennifer Simonson, founder of Esperanza Market, noticed something peculiar. The parks and streets of the town she was visiting were filled with school-aged children in the middle of the school day.
This scene was not uncommon, Simonson had noticed it before: potential students wandered around when they should have been in the class room, yet school was in session. Eager to know why so many young people were missing out on education, she began to do her own personal investigation. [Read more…]
Guest article by Andi G. C.
What is love?
This is a question we’ve all asked ourselves at least once in our lives. Numerous authors have written on the matter; it is the theme of many movies; and a great number of musicians awaken our emotions when singing about the topic of love.
Since Austin is such a vibrant and energetic city, largely due to the abundant number of musicians who reside here, we thought it would be fun to shine light on several local male artists’ perception of love. This time it’s the guys’ turn to open up and share their feelings! [Read more…]
Twelve years ago, Lola Stephens-Bell opened Nubian Queen Lola’s Cajun Soul Food Café at Rosewood and Chicon. I visited during lunchtime on a Friday and watched as the family-style seating filled up.
Lola’s husband and a volunteer named Ellie helped to take care of the growing crowd while I spoke with Lola about her life and her mission to feed the hungry in Austin. [Read more…]