Kathy Valentine, accomplished musician, writer, original member of iconic female band the Go-Go’s, and current member of The Bluebonnets, is spearheading She Factory, a series of programs that showcase Austin’s female creative pool. [Read more…]
“How can I help?” Hurricane Harvey is wreaking havoc on Texas and parts of Louisiana right now. Harvey arrived in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, with deadly force and several months’ worth of rainfall. The rain has concentrated along the Texas coastline in and near Corpus Christi, Rockport, Aransas Pass, and Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States. It’s hard to watch, yet difficult to look away. More than anything, Austinites want to know how to help. [Read more…]
Looking for a night out with wondrous food to fuel your body, and sizzling music to dance it off? East Austin’s rollicking good time of a dive bar, Skylark Lounge, and its in-house eatery, Ladybird’s Austin Kitchen, beckon.
Skylark Lounge preserves the culture and diversity of East Austin, regularly booking phenomenal R&B, soul, and jazz talent. The venue instantly becomes a favorite for first-time visitors. Ladybird’s Austin Kitchen, with the mantra “Inspire with Food,” perfectly complements the sultry bar. Each dish is painstakingly created with love, passion, and expertise. Heads up, y’all: I’m buying an air mattress and moving in. I can’t get enough of this venue! [Read more…]
Mention Hatch green chiles to Austin residents, and you’ll likely witness a Homer Simpson-esque lolling back of heads, replete with drool.
Austin LOVES its Hatch green chiles and reveres the annual Hatch season—a time of treating our taste buds to some real heat, to accompany the 100-degree+ weather we face in August. Rejoice, for these five locally-based companies embrace the potent peppers from New Mexico, too. If you have a fever and the only cure is more green chiles, then you’re in luck! [Read more…]
Pitchfork Pretty has arrived on the east side restaurant scene, meeting all great expectations. Walking into the airy, cozy spot, I’m instantly taken with the natural light and comfortable setting. Jars of pickled vegetables near the front door catch my eye, and I have to stop a minute to take in the gorgeous surroundings. And then I try the food: sublime. [Read more…]
When Austin reaches triple-digit temperatures, nothing makes me smile like tropical frozen treats.
Here are six of my favorites in town, all delectable and thoroughly “researched.” These inspired, frosty creations are difficult to beat when it comes to bringing down the heat. [Read more…]
Road trips hold infinite promise and possibilities, and Austinites are spoiled with many easy Texas Hill Country day trip opportunities. Blanco lies less than an hour away, offering plenty of fun to fill your day. Here is my recipe for making the absolute best of a day trip to Blanco, Texas. [Read more…]
Austin rocks at brunch. We show up in droves for yummy breakfast foods and casual socializing. Fantastic brunch options can be found throughout the city, but one East Austin intersection stands out as a hipster brunch triangle extraordinaire. Bring your dog, too—each of these places has a dog-friendly area. [Read more…]
If you live in Austin, you likely have a hankering for the outdoors, whether that means hiking the Greenbelt, taking the dog or the kids for a walk, riding your bike, or swimming at one of our outstanding swimming holes. After all that brisk exercise, it’s time to head for a patio and enjoy a cold drink. Patio culture is Austin culture. Here are a few of my favorite patios for happy hour on the east side. [Read more…]