December has arrived! In the spirit of spreading holiday cheer, we are eager and ready for all of the light displays to be present and merry. We have compiled a list of some great places to find some of the best holiday lights in Austin.
37th Street: Hyde Park
Take a stroll down a famous street in the historical district of Austin! The Miracle of 37th Street is a block famously known for a community dedicated to Christmas light displays. This holiday display showcases the handiwork of a neighborhood committee devoted to creating a spirited and exciting holiday atmosphere through festive lighting and decorations.
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This week's fall recipe encompasses all things rich, creamy and comforting: buttery potatoes with lots and lots of cheese. The scalloped potatoes dish will make a perfect addition to any meal, or makes a lovely meal by itself when paired with a salad. It's a versatile recipe that you can add onions, parsley, bacon or anything you love to it. This casserole is a favorite of TRIBEZA's Events + Marketing intern Amy Pham, and was everyone's favorite at her family's Thanksgiving.
Scalloped Potatoes (from simplyrecipes.com)
As you're heading out to numerous soirées this holiday season, host and hostess gifts are a necessity. Of course a bottle of wine is usually the go to gift, but why not spice it up and gift your amigo or amiga with something a little more personal? To help you become a professional party goer, we've provided some host/hostess gift ideas from Austin stores and restaurants that are sure to impress.
Seda France Candle from Adelante ($36.95) 1206 W. 38th St.
Created right here in Austin in 2001, these home fragrances are known for their beautiful Pagoda box packaging that don't even require wrapping paper. They have also been dubbed the "perfect gift" by lifestyle guru Colin Cowie on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Holiday shopping can be a daunting task as the stores grow more and more overcrowded and the nerves set in for picking something your friends and family will genuinely like.
Enter Loop & Tie, a website dedicated to eliminating the stress of gift searching and the worry of choosing an unwanted gift. Loop & Tie offers a collection of products from independent brands throughout the world and allows you, the gift giver, to select the collection you want to send - $25, $50, $75 or $100. Once you pick a collection to send or choose the option to select a specific gift, you enter the recipient's email address. You can send a gift to one person or a large group in a single transaction.
We're about to get out of this 85 degree weather so we can pull out all of our favorite scarves and sweaters.
We’ve been browsing for some new Fall pieces and we have hit the jackpot. This seaon we discovered the Coatigan, a hybrid mix of a coat-and-cardigan that has put all of our layering dilemmas to rest. This new fall favorite combines the coziness of a sweater and the utility of a coat all into one perfect piece of clothing that will keep us warm from the cold weather.
Take a look at some of our favorites:
Urban Outfitters, $79
(Photo from Cookstr.com)
What's a more fall like food than a warm cup of soup? This week's fall recipe is perfect for a cozy night in when curling up on the couch is preferable. It's a favorite of mine that I actually learned from my dad. Cooking was serious business in my house and I'm pretty lucky to have grown up with two parents who are excellent cooks. This Leek and Potato Soup recipe is super simple and takes under an hour to whip up. In France they call it Potage Parmentier, so the name itself should make you feel like a seasoned chef.
Leek and Potato Soup (originally from Jacques Pepin)
There’s nothing more exciting to us than the feast that commences for Thanksgiving – and of course, the leftovers.
However, if the idea of cooking a whole meal from a roasted turkey to a selection of pies seems daunting, we have a Plan B. These Austin restaurants and grocery stores are ready and willing to provide you with a Thanksgiving dinner with no-mess and no-stress.
PLACES TO EAT: If you’re looking to dine out, these restaurants that will be open Thanksgiving Day.