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Come on Austin, let’s paddle our hearts out for an incredible cause! The 6th annual Paddle for Puppies presented by Austin Subaru is right around the corner, but you still have time to be one of the first 500 people to register and secure your spot at this completely heartwarming event.

There will be live music playing on the water while participants paddle on kayak’s, canoes, and SUP for about five miles through downtown. The course begins at Rowing Dock and ends at Rowing Dock with a turnaround point at the S. Congress bridge. Well-behaved and water-loving dogs are encouraged to attend!

Head over to our Instagram feed to enter to win a SUP for four! The winner will be chosen Friday, August 18th.

This will be a beautiful and fun-filled morning on the water, but what really matters is that one hundred percent of the gross dollars raised will go to help Parvo Puppies Program at Austin Pets Alive!

When: Sunday, August 27th

Arrival time: 6:45 a.m.
Shirt pick-up: 6:45 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
Boat pick-up: 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Paddle start time: 7:45 a.m.

Click here to register.

Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. Most occur in homes that lack working smoke alarms, which can cut the risk of death by half. That’s why the American Red Cross Serving Central Texas is holding Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. an event to install 1,000 smoke alarms in Austin homes that need them.

They are looking for volunteers in Central Texas to join fire departments and partners in the community to install smoke alarms and help families develop fire escape plans. No experience necessary. Register here.

When: Saturday, September 23rd

Time:  9 a.m. – Rally and brief training | 10 a.m. – Break into small groups and dispatch into nearby neighborhoods| Lunch provided!

Location:
Central Texas Food Bank
6500 Metropolis Blvd.
Austin, TX 78744

If you follow along on Instagram, you know that I’m a diehard fan of MMH, more formally known as McGuire Moorman Hospitality, and known by food-obsessed people like me as the group behind Austin restaurants like June’s, Jeffrey’s, Elizabeth Street Café, Josephine House, Perla’s, Clark’s, and Lamberts. Whenever I walk into one of their places for the first time, I get the same feeling: It’s like they’ve hired Hollywood production designers to crawl inside our collective mind and create the restaurants we all aspire to hang out in. They’re dreamy and cinematic, but thankfully totally real and right here in Austin. Every detail from the appetizers to the server uniforms and the candles in the bathroom are perfectly thought out.

When I’m having a crappy day, happy hour at June’s never fails to cheer me up. It’s like therapy, only so much more fun. So when the opportunity to eat at ALL seven of their restaurants in 24 hours and document it was presented to me, I responded to the email with a record amount of speed and enthusiasm. Being such a devotee of this restaurant group, you would have thought that I would plan out every moment of the day from soup to nuts, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and wing it.

Here now is hour-by-hour account of the greatest food day of my life. (Editor’s note: You might want to read it with a snack.)

6 a.m.
Swim laps at the YMCA (I need to burn some calories to make room for all the buttery sauces I will ingest.)

7:14 a.m.
Barre class. Two workouts in one day. I am feeling like I can conquer the world, but also eat it—I am famished.

8:30 a.m.
And so it begins: Breakfast at Elizabeth Street Café

A little background on this place: Since opening in 2011, they’ve served up 85,311 macarons and 25,696 Singapore noodles. Both of those items are amazing, but I’m here for the breakfast of champions. I never think to go here, but breakfast at ESC is a hidden gem. As I mentioned before, I am hungry and “pacing myself” is the furthest thing from my mind. So I spend way to much time deciding what to order off their breakfast menu while nibbling on a chocolate croissant. Finally, I settle on the Breakfast Bahn Mi. That was the first perfect decision of my day.

I leave so full and content. Six restaurants to go. I head home to walk off breakfast with my dog, Brady.

11 a.m.
Early Lunch at Lamberts

Lamberts was the original MMH hotspot, and they are celebrating 10 years of slinging high-end barbecue and fabulous cocktails. In that time, they’ve sold 680,000 pounds of brisket and 84,500 gallons of beer. My friend and I walk in, look at each other, and have the same great thought at the same time: should we grab a drink at the bar? Why, yes! Yes we should. It’s the most non-Tuesday of Tuesdays. The first drink of the day slides right down as we head out to the patio. Surprisingly, breakfast has settled and I’m ready to tackle meal number two, lunch number one. We go with the Cripsy Wild Boar Ribs for the appetizer. Can I quit now? There is no way anything else we order today can top this. Amazing. We decide to share a meat plate and fries because we’re at Lambert’s and it would be a Texas crime not to.

1 p.m.
Late Lunch at Perla’s

Listen, I am full but I have never said “no” to Perla’s and I’m not about to start now. Besides, there is always room for oysters right? Apparently because since opening in 2009, this place has shucked 2,105,625 of the little guys. Perla’s does a rotating frozen cocktail and it’s August and I’m sitting on the their beautiful patio, so naturally I get the frozen cocktail. The Blue Hawaiian tastes like vacation. My friend and I decide that we really need to pace ourselves so we decide on a cool half dozen oysters to start. Those slide right down, and I still have room so we go for my favorite thing on their menu: The Grilled Octopus. They also just added Mexican Street Corn to the menu. I don’t claim to be an expert on a lot of things but I am picky when it comes to my street corn. This is easily, some of the best I’ve had.

Honestly, at this point I am ready to wave my white flag and move on. Our waiter insists that we get Salted Butterscotch Pot de Crème for dessert. Hesitant, I mull if over for a split second. Ok, I am getting the dessert. This is up there in the top three desserts I’ve had in my entire life. Now I am feeling full-er. The rest of the day seems kind of daunting, but I’m pretty sure I was born for this so I decide to go on a walk before happy hour number one.

4:00 p.m.
Happy Hour at Clark’s

This walk has me feeling like a new person. I’ve had some time to let the previous meals digest and now I am ready for a light bite and drinks at Clark’s. Since 2012, this cozy little joint has served 1,952 tins of Caviar and their happy hour is a stellar deal: Monday – Friday 3-6 p.m., you get half-off burgers, 50 cents off oysters, and $5 
martinis, oyster shooters and draft beers. Saturday and Sunday from 3- 6 p.m. 50 cents off 
oysters, half-off wine bottles, and $5 oyster shooters.

This is easy, a dozen oysters. We crush those. Then the debate starts: Should we or shouldn’t we get the Happy Hour Burger? For those who don’t know already, the fries at Clark’s are the jam. Ordering the burger (which Austin Monthly just named the best burger in town) means we’ll get those fries. So yes, one burger please. We split the burger, we’re still standing, and now we’re ready for happy hour number two.

5:30 p.m.

Happy Hour at Josephine House

This little cottage restaurant is the perfect prelude to Jeffrey’s. A cool glass of wine and a plate of burrata later, I am feeling like we are making all the right choices today.

6:30 p.m.

Dinner at Jeffrey’s

And now for the main event. Jeffrey’s has been a fixture in Austin since 1975. MMH bought and renovated it from top to bottom in 2013 and that same year, Bon Appetit magazine named it Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the US, along with Josephine House. Also, very importantly, you should know that since 2013 they’ve uncorked 35,956 bottles of wine.

This climax of my day is now somewhat of a blur, but here is what I can tell you: You will not get better service then this in Austin. Everything at Jeffrey’s is done right from the second you walk in the restaurant. Most people, me included, come here for very special occasions, which is a shame because you can enjoy their happy hour without breaking the bank. We went with the cheese plate, King Crab and Avocado Toast, Hamachi Carpaccio (MY FAVORITE), Tortellini, Pan Seared Bar Steak and somehow managed to sneak in a dessert. Those that know, know. Jeffrey’s is the best. If you want first-class dining in Austin, go here.

9:00 p.m.

Dessert at June’s All Day

Seriously, I have never been this full in my entire life. This is way beyond Thanksgiving full. But the show must go on, so a nightcap at June’s. Food & Wine named June’s one of 10 Best New Restaurants in 2017 in the entire country in May and Bon Appetit just named it one of their Top 50 Finalists for Best New Restaurants. They’ve been open less than a year, but they’ve sold 7,525 cups of coffee and 1,426 Monster Cookies.

Sadly, they are out of the Monster Cookie, so I have a Lemon Tart. June herself pairs the perfect dessert wine for me and I call it night.

There’s no need for anymore food for a while, maybe I’ll fast for a week. I’ve had the best of the best all day and I only have the one stomach.

 

In a city with as many culinary delights as Austin, there is a burning question that each of us must answer every single day: What should I eat?

And of course, most days we have the ever-pressing conundrum of: Where should I drink?

Thankfully, the cheerful people at Austin Eats have a very good answer: EAT AND DRINK IT ALL, FOLKS! And they will help you do it.

Since 2011, Austin Eats Food Tours have been offering guided tours of local Texas-born establishments all over town—the unique, only-in-Austin spots they personally love. They are the No. 1 ranked Austin tour on Yelp and the happy customers keep coming back for more.

If either you’re visiting Austin for a few days, planning a celebration, or you’re a local who needs  to catch up on the constantly changing restaurant scene, there is an ideal tour for you. Check out the options below.  

East Austin Happy Hour Walking Food Tour

Eat and drink like a local by discovering the very best of what Austin has to offer.
This tour is equally awesome for Austinites who know Downtown and South Congress like the back of their hand and adventurous tourists. They’ll provide an insider tour of Austin’s hottest and most diverse neighborhood district that pairs great eats with multiple libation options. You’ll finish the tour feeling full and pretty impressed you can introduce friends to hidden gems on the eastside.

Best of Austin Food Truck Bus Tour

From Austin’s best-kept secrets to well-known staples, this tour lets you experience them all. This 10 a.m. bus tour runs every Saturday and will always include one of Austin’s top BBQ stops.

Stops in multiple parts of the city; local food and beverages will be featured all along the way.

Saturday Brunch/BBQ/Brewery Bus Tour

Hungry people on this 10:15 a.m. bus tour will experience some of Austin’s top breakfast tacos, a high end brunch stop, a top rated BBQ stop, and a local brewery.

Stops in multiple parts of the city; local food and beverages will be featured all along the way.

Saturday Pub & Grub Bus Tour

This tour is exactly what the title suggests. It begins and ends in the bustling entertainment district of Rainey Street and includes two pubs, an awesome multi-meat BBQ stop, an East Austin unique restaurant, Via 313 Detroit style pizza, and Gourdoughs Donuts!

Stops in multiple parts of the city; local food and beverages will be featured all along the way.

South Congress Walking Tour

A savvy Austinite will guide your party on an engaging culinary journey to 4-5 local eateries with the best Austin food, drinks and desserts. Guests will sample a wide array of food in the South Congress area, the epicenter of eclectic Austin. This tour typically includes Austin’s best breakfast tacos, an amazing brunch stop, the top burger spot in town, Home Slice Pizza, and  a local dessert stop! In addition 1 non-alcoholic beverage and two libations are provided.

Corporate & Private Tours

Lastly, Austin Eats can completely customize a walking/van/bus food tour in and around Austin.  Corporations such as Facebook, Google, and Dell have signed up along with countless birthday, bachelor, bachelorette outings as well.

Most private events can start anywhere between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. any day of the week and evening tours are available Sunday-Thursday.  Transportation options include executive buses, vans, or walking (naturally!). Let Austin Eats show you the town.

 

 

Picture this: it’s late, you are either working on a project, studying or just got back home from a fun night out and you really need tasty food – enter UberEATS, available after hours to satisfy your late night cravings. ‘Cause if you are up, UberEATS is as well.

Amy’s Ice Creams

Not even the Texas heat can stop you from dancing the night away to “Despacito”. Cool off with some Amy’s Ice Creams, home of the acclaimed Mexican vanilla ice cream. Perfect for that sweet tooth that won’t give up, even after last call.

Easy Tiger

Craving a late night hearty sandwich? Easy Tiger will definitely leave you satisfied with their artisan bread and housemade meats.

Irene’s

Irene’s serves delicious American-comfort food classics, ideal for after hours food needs. Their Strawberry Cake was included in Zagat’s “15 New Dishes to Try in Austin” list. Get it delivered and enjoy with some drinks with friends.

G’Raj Mahal Cafe & Lounge

After party at your house? This Rainey Street restaurant has their large portion trays available on UberEATS until midnight, perfect for big groups that want to keep the party going.

McDonald’s

The Holy Grail of late night eats – Mickey D’s. You can now get McDonald’s World Famous Fries delivered straight to your door with UberEATS, and we are lovin’ it.

Qdoba (Guadalupe)

Get Qdoba delivered and satisfy your middle of the night hankering for Mexican food. Indulge in some Drunken Yardbird Tacos with tequila lime chicken, salsa verde, cotija cheese, and guac that is hand-smashed daily.

Way South Philly

Voted as one of the best Philly Cheesesteaks outside of Philly, Way South Philly serves authentic cheesesteaks, Italian sausage, and tots. For a little taste of the Northeast, sink your teeth into “The Balboa”- seasoned grilled Philly steak, sautéed with steamed onions then topped with cheese whiz.

Yalla Burgers & Wings

There’s no reason for you to go to bed hungry. This food truck located at Spider House has all the late night eats you need, like their special fries with natural grilled steak, grilled red pepper, tomatoes and red onions topped with a fried egg and aji sauce.

Zen City Asian Bistro

Dumplings, crispy egg rolls, chicken with fried rice, Chinese delivery at its finest. Zen City Asian Bistro is available for delivery to make your midnight munchies’ dreams come true.

The Pizza Press

This recently opened pizza joint prides itself on using fresh and nutritious ingredients. Order a signature pizza or build your own with your favorite toppings. Looking for a lighter late night treat? You can also “publish” your own Italian salad.

Let UberEATS take care of your post-last-call treats. ‘Cause if you are up, UberEATS is as well.  

 

Austin and the surrounding Texas Hill Country are home to about a million amazing things to see and do. The only downside to this land we love is sometimes, well, getting around it all.

If you are planning a big day or night out soon, there’s a company that’s trying to make your life easier, much more luxurious, and worry free. Put it this way: Krystal Luxuries Transportation is basically your Austin-based fairy godmother. They’ve been locally owned and operated since 2013 and have perfected the art of leaving your house.

Big Nights Out
You really don’t need an excuse to do it up big in Austin, but if you are planning a major birthday, rehearsal dinner, or even just a Friday, a hired Limousine or Cadillac Escalade SUV and a driver will take the evening to the next level. Krystal has the highest caliber fleet of luxury vehicles in the industry—all at a competitive price—and they are always super clean, modern, and sleek.

Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
Now that Austin has become the wedding party capital of Texas, Krystal has the transportation options to make your weekend celebration a party for the ages. If you host your party in one of their luxury limos or party busses, the fun never stops. Bar hop around Austin, visit LBJ Lake, or create a custom route of all your favorite places.

One of their options is a 2016 Mercedes Sprinter Van, for up to 14 passengers that includes a custom bar, leather seats, stereo sound system, LCD plasma screen, and more. You can bring your own food and booze to send your friend off to married life in style. Airport pickups and drop-offs can also be part of the plan.

Wine Tours
If you want to create a real experience for your group, take them on a Texas wine tour—one where they never have to lift a finger. Krystal will cater to you and your guests specific needs. They’ve been known to fill a bus to the brim with balloons and create custom snack bars for day-long winery tours. If you can dream it up, just ask.

So step out of the same party routine and stop worrying about how you’ll get to the party and how you’ll get home. You, yes you, can have a chauffeur! A very friendly one, too.

Book online or call 512-944-8470 to be hero of your friends and family.

Escape the heat this summer with the Austin Film Society and its new AFS Cinema, an arthouse theater with two screens, a lobby bar, and a café that features films seven days a week. With this cinema, AFS is creating a home for its celebrated programming, which has long included classics and new discoveries from throughout cinema history, often presented on 35mm film in addition to 2K and 4K digital presentations.

The AFS Cinema is a new option for seeing the best international and independent films—many that wouldn’t come to Austin screens otherwise. It’s a nice place to enjoy amazing films, and also a gathering spot for Austin’s community of film lovers to meet and chat over food and drinks.

Peter Klein, formerly of Olamaie, has crafted a menu with hot dogs from local provider Smokey Denmark, small-batch AFS Signature Popcorn, gourmet toasts (egg salad and pimento cheese), and of course, movie theatre candy! The cinema also features a  full bar with signature cocktails, local draft beers, wine, and espresso from Stumptown Coffee.

The AFS Cinema is the next big move for the Austin Film Society, a nonprofit organization that has supported the art, culture and industry of film for over 30 years. Founded by filmmaker Richard Linklater, AFS’s mission is to empower the community to make, watch, and love film and creative media. In addition to the AFS Cinema, the organization financially supports Texas filmmakers through AFS Grants, and operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, and Austin Public, a space for the city’s diverse mediamakers to train and collaborate.

Visit the Austin Film Society’s website for upcoming listings of films screening at the AFS Cinema.

We’ll see you at the movies!

If you’re looking for an affordable stay-cation in downtown Austin, it’s hard to beat the price and location of Embassy Suites’ Downtown Austin location. Just a short walk south of the Congress Bridge, their convenient location provides easy-access to the Ladybird Lake Trails, sunset bat-watching, a plethora of local dining and bar options, and more.

We’re giving away a free night of your choosing (up to $300 value, blackout dates do apply) to getaway to Downtown Austin!

Two ways to enter:

  1. Follow the steps on Instagram 
  2. Share the Facebook Post 

*Winner will be chosen on Monday July, 24th

Everyone loves an underdog story. And this one starts with a power washer.

Back in 2001, the founder of Westlake Home & Commercial Services, JT Hasty, spent his last $300 on a power washer, believing in its benefits for the care and maintenance of Austin homes around the area. He hit the streets and went door to door demonstrating how transformative a simple and relatively inexpensive pressure wash can be.

Through his hard work, they grew from a simple one man operation. Day by day, JT built up clientele in Westlake Hills and Tarrytown. Over fifteen years later, Westlake Home & Commercial Services is now Austin’s premier pressure washing and window cleaning company. They have expanded all over Texas and work with residential, commercial, and multi-family properties.

 


The Art of Customer Service

While the growth of Westlake Home & Commercial Services reflects the rapid growth of Austin, they still maintain their original values as a neighborhood business. Believing in excellence in service in every aspect of what they do. They truly care about providing value to their customers. They love to see their customers’ happy faces after seeing results of a cleaning. They even work around your schedule, so you can get service when it’s most convenient for you.

 


Active in the Austin Community

They wouldn’t be where they are today without the support of local friends and neighbors here in Austin! That’s why at Westlake Home & Commercial, they are dedicated to giving back to the community, including being active members and giving back to Austin Pets Alive!, a local nonprofit that maintains comprehensive and innovative programs for animals at high-risk for euthanasia. They also work with food banks in the local area and encourage their employees to take time volunteering for the causes they personally care about.

 

People Over Profits

At the heart of Westlake Home & Commercial Services is their employees. Taking pride in each and every one’s success is at their core. They’re proud to provide great jobs for people all over Texas. Their employees earn competitive pay and are fully protected by health insurance plans. They believe, “when you treat your employees right, you build a happy and healthy company.”

 

A Service For Every Cleaning Need in Austin

As their business and team grew over the past fifteen years, so have the number of services provided. Their clients expressed a need for things like pressure washing for all types of surfacesgentle but effective roof washing.

In the Austin area, lakefront properties rely on their boat dock cleaning services. And today’s energy-efficient homes maintain solar panels with their low-pressure soft washing service.

Whether it’s time to deep clean your tile and grout or you want to refresh your deck and pool area with power washing before a big party, they can help a neighbor out.

Want to breathe new life into the exterior of your home or business?

Get in touch with Westlake Home & Commercial Services today for a free estimate. They can answer any questions you may have.

Oh for the love of whisky—our favorite celebration of the good stuff is back! Whiskies of the World, a world-class tasting event, will gather skilled distillers and blenders under one roof to showcase over 200 varieties and create a kind-of whisky Shangri-La. “I WANT TO GO TO THERE!” you say? Well it’s all happening on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the JW Marriott Austin and tickets are on sale now.

This event has been successful year after year because of the wide range of experience levels and lack of pretension. (No bearded men in monocles and ascots swirling and sniffing their drinks, thank you very much). You can expect a variety of whisky lovers, from the whisky curious who are discovering how to enjoy this intense yet subtle elixir to the connoisseurs who are tasting new products and sharing their knowledge.

VIP ticket holders can arrive one hour early to taste an exclusive lineup of 10-12 whiskies at the Bon Vivant Hour. The event also includes whisky seminars, a variety of food for pairing, and a whisky and cigar pairing patio.

When: Saturday, September 16th

Time: 5-9 p.m.

Tickets:​ $120 General Admission (6 p.m. entry), $145 VIP Admission (5 p.m.: Bon Vivant Hour), Early Bird to June 30 ($20 off)

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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