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

ACL 2015: Saturday 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 picks here! 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

12:45pm

*Echosmith – Samsung – If there were a reason to make the push to get to the park early on Saturday, Echosmith might be it. I love this sibling foursome’s 80s dark pop sound!

Milo Greene – Honda . . . → Read More: ACL 2015: Saturday Top Picks

ACL 2015: Austin EATS Top Picks

Festival regulars know that when it comes to the food, nothing quite compares to the gourmet eats at Austin City Limits. But with so many options from which to choose, deciding which Austin EATS vendor to visit can be almost as difficult as deciding between music on the main stage. In order to help navigate through the multitude of mouthwatering offerings, I’ve put together a few tips and tricks to ensure you discover the best bites at this year’s Austin City Limits Festival!

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Cure Those Cravings

There are few dishes that have reached the local cult status quite like the fried Brussels sprouts from East Side Kings. The salty-sweet salad is hard to beat but for something a little heartier, you can’t go wrong with an order of ESK’s spicy fried Thai Chicken Kara-Age.

For a match made in food fusion heaven, be sure to pick up an order of Chi’lantro’s spicy kimchi fries topped with bulgogi beef. The local food truck is known to cure many an Austinite’s late night craving but does the trick any time of day.

However, if a day of walking from one end of Zilker to the other has worked up a hankering only a cheesy comfort food can satisfy, then I recommend beelining it over to either Burro Cheese Kitchen for The Waylon & Willie grilled cheese filled with gooey cheese, bacon and pepperoni or Frank for some waffle fries smothered in queso goodness. Finally, for those suffering from a serious sweet tooth, there is nothing better than an order of warm, freshly baked cookies from Tiff Treat’s.

Eat Like a Texan

If you are visiting from out of town, be sure to get a taste for our great state by eating like a tried and true Texan at this year’s fest.

It’s no secret Texans love them some BBQ, and no Austin EATS lineup would be complete without a little ‘cue. You can’t go wrong with either the sausage wrap or the chopped beef sandwich at The Salt Lick – just be sure to smother on that famous sauce. If brisket is what you are after, head to Stubb’s Bar-B-Q for an order of jalapeno brisket. For some gussied-up BBQ, Chef Tim Love is offering BBQ Pork Ribs at Woodshed Smokehouse.

It’s a well-known fact that Austinites fueled largely by the unofficial food of the city, tacos. Live like a local by picking up a couple Green Pork Chili Tacos from Torchy’s Tacos. I recommend throwing in an order of Mexican Street Corn for good measure – extra napkins recommended!

For a quick grab and go in between sets, I recommend getting a little Tex-Mex at mmmpandas for mini pie stuffed with Green Chili Chicken or Tamale Addiction for tamales stuffed with fillings like chicken mole and black bean and cheese.

Finally, no festival is complete of course without a visit to the Austin EATS OG, Mighty Cone, for one of those famed Hot & Crunchy Cones.

Refresh & Revive

With three full days filled with music, sunshine and cold beer, Austin City Limits is a marathon, not a sprint. However, pacing oneself is not always easiest of tasks. Maybe you danced just a bit too hard at Disclosure on Friday or perhaps your tried to keep up with Drake’s Energy on Saturday; no matter the ailment, this year’s Austin EATS lineup has a number of options to get you back on your feet. Continue reading ACL 2015: Austin EATS Top Picks

ACL 2015: Friday 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, October 2

12:00pm

Leopold and his Fiction – Austin Ventures – Start off this year’s ACL fest strong by taking in this blues-infused up and coming rock band. 

12:15pm

*Meg Myers – Samsung – With her angsty single Sorry quickly climbing the . . . → Read More: ACL 2015: Friday Top Picks

ACL 2014: Friday Top Picks

 Two back-to-back weekends of music means there are even more Austin City Limits Festival to enjoy this year. While the majority of big name artists will be performing both weekends, festival producers decided to shift around some of the daytime slots between weekends to give more smaller, up and coming artists a coveted lineup spot. 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!

12:15 PM – Marc Scibilia – BMI Stage

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ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 2 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 shelves Friday, August 22 beginning . . . → Read More: ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 2 Top Picks

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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