Food For Thought
We all know that sad look that our furry friends give us when we walk out the door, begging us to take them with us. For those of us who can't stand the guilt, but don't want to sacrifice our social lives, we have the answer! Swing by the house after work and pick up your pup for a special outing, or head over with a friend after a walk around Town Lake. These pet friendly happy hours give us Austinites the opportunity to take our (well-behaved) pets with us for drinks, snacks and socializing, so nobody misses out on the fun!
As Texans, some of us tend to complain about the scorching heat that seems almost inescapable at this time of year. However, these Austin bars and restaurants have given us something to celebrate this summer! What better way to end a long day in the sun or to begin a weekend away from the office than with a refreshing summer cocktail? You don't want to miss out on our favorite local cocktails.
Although Austin is a very vegetarian and vegan friendly city, there are always those few unexpected dining destinations that serve both set of palates. Many of Austin's old and new restaurants are adding veggie options. Here are a few surprising restaurants that have crossed over into the vegetarian world:
The sausage and beer garden haven of Rainey Street is no longer just for the carnivorous set. They've recently added Beet & Goat Cheese Sausage, a Veggie BLT and a Tempura Battered Fire Roasted Eggplant & Red Bell Pepper Vegan Sausage. With specialty veggie sausages, vegetarians won't have to forego the lively outdoor atmosphere of Banger's any longer.
We all know how much Austin loves tequila-- whether it be in a margarita or a shot dressed with salt and lime. Well folks, there's a new tequila on the market and it's local to our beloved city. Tequila 512 has been creating quite a bit of buzz around town since its launch last November.
Tequila 512's story began with a young graduate's passion for the Austin live music scene. Willis, a local Austinite, began with a career in technology but decided to follow that passion to become part of Austin's unique culture. "I figured the liquor business and the music business go hand and hand," says Willis. "It's all about making people happy."
When you think of Austin’s bourgeoning restaurant scene, it’s hard not to think of Larry McGuire and his multitude of concept restaurants. Proof of his restaurants’ popularity was manifested on May 14 when TRIBEZA and Frost partnered up to host a sold-out dinner at the new Josephine House—30 tickets were sold in under 24 hours to the people who acted fast for a $100 dinner that included cocktails, wine and a four-course meal.
By combining the love of food and learning, Escoffier School of Culinary Arts has created an extraordinary program for culinary expertise. Escoffier prides itself on its sustainability and its partnerships with local farmers and ranchers.
Design by Jett Butler of FÖDA Studio
Spring has sprung in Austin, and the Sustainable Food Center is celebrating the new season with a sumptuous evening of farmhouse dining. Spring Bounty is the latest installment in the SFC’s Chef Series and will be hosted by Rene Ortiz and Lauara Sawicki of La Condesa.
For most of us, design isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about beer. Then again, Helms Workshop is anything but a conventional design firm, and its most recent collaborator, Modern Times Beer, walks a similarly distinctive path. Named after an 1850s Long Island utopian colony, Modern Times Beer is a San Diego-based brewery intent on leaving its mark as a “colorful, ambitious little pocket of history that develops in the folds of progress.”
Image courtesy of Swarovski
When it comes to giving gifts on Valentine’s Day, there are two kinds of people: the ones who worried about this weeks ago and the ones who will wait until the very last minute. If you already have a personalized and carefully-wrapped gift tucked away in your closet, congratulations. You can relax. If you chose the procrastination route, you’re probably starting to panic right about now. But before doing something drastic, like recording your best rendition of Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” into an animatronic card from Walgreens, check out these creative, local gift ideas that are only a call, click or stop on the way home from work away.