ACL 2015: Sunday Top Picks

So many bands to see and so little time…

Weekend 1 of Austin City Limits 2015 is officially here! With 130-plus artists representing every genre of music performing throughout the festival, there are plenty of fantastic bands at every turn. Here are a few top picks to help decide which sets to catch!

Friday Top Picks Here. Saturday Top Picks Here.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

1:30pm

Daughter – Miller Lite – Though indie folk band Daughter can get a little too ambient for my own personal taste at times, that same moody sound will make for an easy, relaxed . . . → Read More: ACL 2015: Sunday Top Picks

November Happenings 11/15-11/19: Brooklyn Brewery MASH & More

Brooklyn Brewery MASH Festival – 11/15-11/22

One of my favorite beer companies, Brooklyn Brewery, is making its way down to Austin for a week of events beginning Saturday, November 15 through Saturday, November 22. From special dinners to educational events, there are several ways to participate in the Brooklyn Brewery MASH week, starting with guided tastings and beer pairings at various locations on Saturday. Other highlights from the week include:

  • A beer-soaked Sunday Funday at Easy Tiger complete with food pairings, games & more (11/16; free to attend)
  • Barley Swine/Odd Duck + Brooklyn Brewery Farm Dinner at Simmons Family Farm (11/16; Tickets $55)
  • MASH Edu: Beer & Spice pairing discussion led by Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson at School House Pub (11/19; $6)
  • MASH Bash Finale Party ft. live music, beer and more at Red 7 (11/22; free)

Full details can be found here!

San Jose Hotel Jazz Brunch – 11/15; 10am-2pm

San Jose Hotel’s Fall Jazz Brunch returns this Saturday. Head over to the South Congress hotel between 10am and 2pm to enjoy live jazz from The Raincross Trio. $24 grants you access to an all you can eat brunch buffet with options such as housemade granola, egg tarts, bacon, and more. Details can be found here. 

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November Art Happenings: East Austin Studio Tour & More

Waller Creek Show Light Night

From 5pm – midnight this Thursday, experience downtown’s Waller Creek area in a whole new ‘light’ as the creek transforms into a walkable community space adorned with five light installations representing the intersection between nature and innovation. In addition to offering a unique view of the ongoing revitalization project, the Creek Show will feature a full lineup of local musicians taking the stage at Empire Control Room beginning at 7pm. Entrance the music portion of the evening is free with RSVP or $5 at the door (RSVP here). Kick off your Creek Show experience . . . → Read More: November Art Happenings: East Austin Studio Tour & More

October Happenings: Austin Beer Week

From tastings to tours, Austin Beer Week, happening now through Sunday, November 2 offers a number of not to miss events for beer lovers to enjoy. You can check out the full list of happenings here, but I’ve listed a few top picks below to help guide you along the way.

Wednesday, October 29

5pm – Austin Cider Soiree @ East End Wines – Mix and mingle with three local cider companies Argus, Austin Eastciders, and Texas Keeper while tasting the latest releases from the respective cider makers.

5pm – Contigo Beer + Food Tasting – Stop by Contigo . . . → Read More: October Happenings: Austin Beer Week

Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28

There are few entities that capture the spirit of Austin’s food culture quite like Springdale Farm. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown, the urban farm not only supplies produce to some of the city’s best eateries, but it also houses one of my favorite restaurants, Eden East. In addition, the farm also hosts a number of private events such as weddings and fundraisers that are essential to sustaining their viability as a small business.

However, the recent changes to the city’s zoning laws have threatened to temper or even close Springdale Farm’s operations. Keeping up . . . → Read More: Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28

ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 1 Top Picks

Austin City Limits Festival is right around the corner, and you know what that means: ACL AFTERSHOWS! One of the best byproducts of last year’s switch from one weekend to two is that there are now also twice as many Official Aftershows. Whether attending the fest or just hitting late night action, the Aftershows are a perfect way to see a favorite band without too large of a crowd. This year’s lineup is stacked with a bevy of options, but I’m breaking it down to help make the decision making process a bit easier. Tickets will fly off the . . . → Read More: ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 1 Top Picks

August Friday Faves, Part I

IMG_6732Drink of the Week: Sister Creek Vineyards

Over the past several years, Texas’s once fledging wine industry has finally hit its stride, not only in the growing number of wineries but also in the quality of wines produced. Today’s wine of the week comes from one of these emerging wineries, Sister Creek Vineyards located in Sisterdale, TX. Though Sister Creek has been producing wine since 1988, it has recently begun stacking up awards for their high-quality wines at competitions around the country. I recently picked up this Sister Creek’s 2011 Red Bordeaux blend ($16) while sampling Texas wines at Tasting Buds in Wimberely, TX. Crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes, it is a smooth, easy drinking everyday wine that is light enough to enjoy in the hot summer months. Sister Creek Vineyards wine can be found in Austin at local retailers like Whip Inn, Central Market, and Whole Foods.

New Farm to Table Delivery Alert: Fry Family Farms

While farm to door delivery is a booming concept, Fry Family Farms is unique in that it allows the customer to retain an additional level of flexibility when it comes to scheduling orders and deliveries, customizing basket contents, and price points. Fry Family Farms works with a wide variety of local farms to keep their produce offerings diverse. In addition, the family owned operation plans to expand its farm operations to grow much of the produce themselves using the forward-thinking farming technique of Aquaponics, a form of farming through a self-contained ecosystem. This technique utilizes on average 10-20% of the water used in traditional farming methods – something important in drought-plagued central TX.

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July Friday Faves , Part IV

Drink of the Day
sparkling red
Though I pretty much enjoy a glass of red wine no matter how hot it gets outside, come late summer, I start to reach my limit. While a glass of rose or a good craft beer make for a solid alternative, I can never fully shake my hankering for glass of red. I found an answer to my dilemma recently at East End Wines via a delicious bottle of sparkling Shiraz. The Chook Sparkling Shiraz NV is a smooth, well-balanced blend of mainly 3-5 year old Shiraz grapes. The Australian wine is blended with a younger vintage Shiraz, which gives it a rich layer of juicy red fruit without being too sweet. Easy to drink but rich enough to stand up to hearty, spicier dishes. Pick a bottle up of the Chook Sparkling Shiraz NV ($18) at East End Wines, located at 1209 Rosewood, Austin, TX 78702.
the chook

Quesoff IV at the Mohawk Saturday, July 19 from 2-6pm

Mentioned here, the Quesoff IV features over 20 teams in four categories vying for to be named the big cheese of the competition. And, with the addition of this year’s new wild card category, expect the unexpected. Other categories include veggie, meat, and spicy. With each team cooking up at least 5 quarts per entry, there will be more than enough queso to go around, which means the real winner of the competition is you, the taster. Bags of chips for tasting will be available for purchase at $5/bag. See you there!

It’s Go Texan Week Y’all – July 21-27

We Texans have no shortage of things to be proud of, not the least of which is our amazing community of farmers, ranchers, growers and producers across the state. The GoTexan campaign is a State of Texas initiative designed to support products created from Texas ingredients and produced in the state (you have most likely seen the label at your local grocery store). In addition to that component of the campaign, each year, the restaurants across the state join together to celebrate GoTexan Week as a way to highlight their local suppliers and give back at the same time. Participating restaurants, found here, will do this by serving a special GoTexan menu beginning July 21 through July 27. More details can be found here.

Uber + National Ice Cream Day

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