“Can you drive in those heels?”

I didn’t think much of the question—I can run a marathon in heels higher than the ones I was wearing when I walked into K1 Speed Austin. And I’d been in a go-kart before… how hard could it be? The answer, as it turned out, was K1 racing was hard enough for me to have to ask for help putting my helmet on, but not so hard that I had to curse my favorite boots.

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I’m not exactly a speed demon; I’m more of a car-dancer which is probably the product of growing up in a city where ‘driving’ primarily consists of stop-and-go traffic on I-35. Naturally, getting behind the wheel of a K1 Speed European-style 20hp electric kart made me a bit nervous. With top speeds up to 45 mph, and a track with turns tighter than a Herve Leger bandage dress, this is definitely more thrilling than the amusement park go-karts I was expecting.

This Monday (Feb 15th), K1 Speed is hosting a special event, The Pirelli World Challenge Driver Shootout. Some lucky fans will be able to race with their favorite pro drivers and there will also be a meet and greet!

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When: February 15th, 7-9pm

Where:
K1 Speed
2500 McHale Ct.
Austin, Tx 78758

Website: https://www.k1speed.com/austin-location.html

Article written by Dani Barrow for 365 Things Austin

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This Valentine’s Day, give that someone special the experience of a lifetime! Austin Helicopter Tours is offering a romantic treat guaranteed to win hearts and make it an unforgettable evening.

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From February 12 through the 15th, Austin Helicopter Tours is will be offering Romantic Valentine’s City Lights Tours. There will be only 6 flights nightly from 6:30- 8 p.m.

Flights will include flyovers over the Capitol building, Downtown, the University of Texas and Lady Bird Johnson Lake. They’ll give you the opportunity to see Austin like you have never seen it before!

The Valentine’s Special is a sweetheart of a deal, just $332.48 per couple.

“Our Holiday Lights Tours during the Christmas Holidays were incredibly popular,” says Stacy Riggs, co-owner of Austin Helicopter Tours. “There’s just something extra special about the beautiful sights of Austin when the sun sets.”

Call Austin Helicopter Tours today at 210-287-5797 and reserve your special flight.

Location:
Bud Dryden Airport
10301 F.M. 969
Austin, Texas 78724

http://www.austinhelicoptertours.com/austin/home-atx.htm

If you thought the days of doctors making house calls were over, you thought wrong. Remedy, a simple new model for healthcare that brings the doctor to you.

 

Remedy Brings The Urgent Care to Your Door.
Remedy is an on-demand service providing mobile urgent care to Austin. Whether it’s your home, office or hotel, they bring the medical expert to you.  The best part is that there’s no more waiting in waiting rooms. You will be seen where you are most comfortable, your home.

How It Works?
Using their phones with Remedy’s mobile website, patients log in, pay a service charge and the provider arrives to the preferred location within 90 minutes of the initial request.

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What Do They Offer Care For?
Remedy’s medical team is prepared to care for illnesses such as coughs, flu, strep and other minor infections, as well as sprains and other minor injuries. The teams are also prepared for minor procedures including stitches, IV fluids, injections, and splinting of minor fractures.

How Much Does It Cost And What’s The Payment Process?
Remedy’s process is simple, affordable and convenient with no hidden fees. Patients initiate a request for a provider through the company’s website or smartphone application. The initial fee is $49, and once processed, a medical doctor or physician’s assistant will arrive at the requested location within 90 minutes. The provider will assess the patient’s needs, listen to their concerns and prescribe medication, stitch wounds or provide whatever medical attention is necessary at that time.  The patient is then charged a $99 fee or their urgent care co-pay at the time of service.

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Check them out on social media:
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In 2016 I resolved to treat myself more. So one of the first orders of business was getting a massage as it had been at least a year. After mulling over some different places, Viva Day Spa won me over. Holy cow, can I treat myself everyday. Their prices were reasonable and the experience was just what I needed.

If you need Valentine’s ideas, you should check out one of their special Valentine’s packages.

We are giving away a 60 minute Sweetish Massage for you and someone special. Follow us on instagram for more info.

Viva Day Spa is opening a new location in the Domain this spring. Follow them on instagram, Facebook and twitter to keep up to date with the latest!

Valentine’s Day Spa Packages

Love You Head-To-Toe Spa Package
$285 for 4 hours, includes:
75-minute Swedish Massage
Hand Hydration Treatment
Hot Steam Towel Treatment
Custom Designer Facial
Deluxe Viva Pedicure
Take Home Gift Bag
Served with Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream and Chocolates

Love Rocks! Massage Package
$189 for 1 hour 35 minutes, includes:
One-hour Swedish Massage with Hot Rocks on Neck, Shoulders and Back
Cocoa Cocoon Hydrating Body Wrap
Full Body Dry Brush Exfoliation
Hot Herbal Steam Towel Treatment
Magic Mint Scalp Treatment
Cool Cucumbers on the Eyes
Take Home Gift Bag
Served with Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream and Chocolates 

Sweet Cheeks Organic Facial Package
$189 for 1 hour 30 minutes, includes:
Organic Custom Designer Facial
Organic Blueberry Detox Peel
Exfoliating Organic Lip Treatment
Emollient Organic Eye Treatment
Neck, Shoulder, and Arm Massage with Cocoa Cocoon Hydrating Lotion
Warm Cocoa Butter Hand Hydration Treatment
Take Home Gift Bag
Served with Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream and Chocolates

Choco-Love Mani/Pedi Package
$85 for 1 hour 30 minutes, includes:
Express Viva Manicure with Warm Choco-Love Lotion
Express Viva Pedicure with Warm Choco-Love Lotion
Cocoa Cocoon Hand Hydration Treatment
Cocoa Cocoon Foot Hydration Treatment
Served with Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream, Tea, or Wine andChocolates 

WHEN:
January 27 – February 16, 2016 
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Viva Day Spa
Central: 1811 West 35th Street
South: 215 South Lamar Blvd.

http://www.vivadayspa.com

Welcome to 365 Things Austin’s Cocktail of the Week program. We’ve partnered with our friends at Sourced Craft Cocktails to announce a new cocktail (available for delivery in Austin) each week. Whether you’re looking for a fun date night at home, or hosting a party that your guests won’t soon forget, Sourced delivers EVERYTHING you need to make mixologist-worthy craft cocktails.

Originally crafted by Australian born Sam Ross at the famous Milk + Honey lower east side NYC bar, this cocktail will fix whatever ails you!

Penicillin:

The Penicillin combines luscious, soothing flavors of honey, fresh ginger, and hand squeezed lemon juice fortified with a healthy dose of blended Scotch whisky. Shaken and poured over a flawless, hand cut artisan ice rock, we finish this life saving remedy with thin pour of Islay Malt to top with a wood smoked aromatic fragrance.

Go ahead, the doctor will see you now!

Ingredients:

Johnnie Walker – Black:

The iconic squared bottle isn’t the only thing smooth…this premiere spirit takes Scotch from the four corners of Scotland and blends together into silky pure amber gold. Perfected in 1909 and exclusively featuring whiskies with a minimum of 12 years aging, this rich, complex Scotch offers the perfect balance of dark fruits, sweet vanilla and it’s signature smokiness.

Honey/Ginger Syrup:

The “medicinal properties” of our Penicillin may/may not be found in Mr. Walker’s Black Label. They are absolutely found in our homemade Honey/Ginger Syrup. Locally sourced Austin honey is combined with richly muddled fresh ginger to deliver velvety goodness…to use the technical medical term.

Fresh Lemon Juice:

We hand squeeze fresh lemon juice every single morning. You’re busy, we’ve sourced the absolute freshest product possible to help you add the acidity to this balanced cocktail.

Islay of Scotch:

Ahhh, the secret…we love sourcing the secret ingredient for you. After pouring your medicine over the perfect hand cut artisan ice rock we provide, we help you with a heady “aromatic.” What, you ask, is an “aromatic” for I thought we were drinking? Glad you asked…this wood smoked smell is placed right on the top of the rock so as you take each sip your nose alerts your brain that we’re now in the comfort of a roaring fire and well on our way back to health!

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Included in your Sourced Barrel Delivery:

  • Written Recipe Instruction
  • Johnnie Walker – Black
  • Homemade Honey Syrup
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Candied Ginger
  • Double Rocks Glasses
  • Hand Cut Artisan Rock Ice
  • Scotsman Ice (for shaking purposes)
  • Shaker and Strainer
  • Small and Large Jigger
  • Pump Stray Bottle with Islay of Scotch

Visit Sourced Craft Cocktails now to order yours!

Scrolling down Instagram about a month ago and I saw this little gem…

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First thought: How has a woman of international fame NEVER had lamb before the age of 34?

Second thought: DAMN that looks good and I am kind of hungry now.

Lamb is delicious and that is a flat out fact. My office is obsessed with lamb shawarma so much that when we expect it for lunch on Fridays, we count down the days until it gets there. Yet a lot of people are pretty squeamish about eating lamb. Whether it’s the fear of the unknown or the childhood memory of that Lisa-centric episode of the Simpsons, the average dude on the street will opt for beef or chicken.

If you’re skipping lamb you are missing out. It’s delicious, yes, but it is also a part of Texas culinary history. Sheep ranching began when the first Spanish settlers came to Texas. Today, we are the largest lamb producing state in the country. With Austin’s exciting culinary scene, bringing the Lamb Jam back to the Capitol City is a no brainer.

On Sunday, February 28, 12 of the region’s finest chefs will gather at Barr Mansion for the American Lamb Jam Global Flavors Tour—the annual event where attendees as well as food media vote on top Texas chefs; inventive American lamb dishes.

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New and returning regional chefs will prepare local lamb fare infused with Mediterranean, Asian, Latin or Middle Eastern flavors. Austin’s food media will judge the dishes in a blind taste test, and attendees will do their own tastings to vote for a “People’s Choice” winner. Victors are named in each global flavor category and a “Best in Show” champion will advance to the New York finale later this year to compete with Lamb Jam winners from Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston, for the ultimate title of “Lamb Jam Master.”

“Texas is the nation’s largest lamb producer, and we have no doubt Texas chefs will live up to the big reputation,” says Megan Wortman, executive director of the American Lamb Board. “The Austin event is sure to give lamb fans an intensely savory experience that celebrates lamb’s versatility.”

Tickets are $60 a person and can be purchased online. If a group of friends or family wants to make a day of it, the American Lamb Board is offering a “Flock Special”.  The Special includes 4 tickets for the price of 3 and is available on the website—so go ahead and bring the entire flock and spend the afternoon sampling the best of local breweries, winemakers, food artisans, and chefs.

For more information visit www.americanlamb.com or online here. Follow the American Lamb Board on Facebook or Twitter.

Event details:

Event is 21+ only.

Lamb Jam: Sunday, February 28, 2016

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Barr Mansion
10463 Sprinkle Road
Austin, Texas 78754

Participating chefs:

  • Danny Kievit – Moonshine Grill (Austin)
  • Camden Stuerzenbeger – Fork & Vine (Austin)
  • Shawn Cirkiel – Olive & June (Austin)
  • Joe Anguiano – VOX Table (Austin)
  • Chris Hurley – The Bonneville (Austin)
  • Reina Morris – Buenos Aires Café (Austin)
  • Frank Mnuk – Geraldine’s (Austin)
  • Julio Peraza – Madrina/Proof + Pantry (Dallas)
  • Robert Lyford – Patina Green Home and Market (McKinney)
  • Barrett Black – Black’s BBQ (Austin)
  • Jacob Weaver – Juliet (Austin)
  • Brian Moses – Contigo (Austin)

This event is organized by the American Lamb Board, and a portion of the ticket sales will benefit The Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Visit americanlamb.com for ticketing and event information.

Is it just me or was it on the chilly side this morning? Okay, so we’re not dealing with the arctic temperatures of the northeast, but Austinites aren’t built for 30 or even 40 degree days.

Stay warm this winter with some of Austin’s best, soothe-your-soul meals. And with the help of Favor, you don’t even need to step outside of your central heating.

1. Tomato Basil Soup from The Soup Peddler

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Whether it is a cold evening or a late night, you can always enjoy a nice hot bowl of Tomato Basil Soup and a grilled cheese.

2. Egg Noodle Soup with Chicken from 888 Pan Asian

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You can’t go wrong with chicken noodle soup. 888 offers it all the way until 2 am and we highly recommend you try it if you haven’t had the opportunity already.

3. Sapporo from Michi Ramen

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When in doubt, grab the Ramen. Michi Ramen offers an exquisite variety of ramen options. Don’t see what you like? Pick your broth, pick your ramen, and add your toppings to create your own ramen delight.

4. Hot Cocoa from Mozart’s

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For all you coffee and hot cocoa lovers out there, Mozart’s has you covered. Enjoy it paired with one of their many pastry options.

5. Pho from Elizabeth Street Café

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You can’t go wrong with Pho. Elizabeth Street Cafe offers several varieties with fresh herbs from their own garden!

6. Tom Kha from Thai Fresh

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Looking for Thai meals with fresh local ingredients? We recommend the Tom Kah from Thai Fresh. This soup has all the flavors in Thai cooking; sweet, salty, sour, spicy, and savory.

7. Madras Soup from The Clay Pit

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In the mood for Indian Contemporary Cuisine? The Clay Pit has delicious dishes to choose from. We especially enjoy their Madras tomato-coconut soup infused with Indian spices along with onion, cumin, and garlic (vegan)

8. Manicotti Florentine from Enoteca Vespaio

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This hits the spot when you’re in the mood for handmade pasta. It’s baked with arrabbiata sauce and fresh mozzarella, and will make you feel warm all over.

Use the code: 365THINGS to get $5 off your first Favor delivery

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The best-burger-in-Austin debate kicks up more dust than a West Texas tornado. Even suggesting something on the topic spurs heated debates amongst family members, and some of the nastiest comments we’ve seen on our Facebook page.

Hopdoddy however, always seems be in the conversation, and it’s definitely one of our favorites.

On January 18th, the Austin-born burger bar will open its third area location in Round Rock. Coincidentally, it’s also MLK day, so if you’re looking for something fun to do on your day off, get there early and be one of the #first to try the new location.

Pro-tip: Seating at the bar is first come first served, so if you’re solo, or a party of two, you can often skip the line! Don’t forget to tip your bartender for the privilege.

When: January 18th at 11am

Where:
Hopdoddy Round Rock
2800 N. I-35
Round Rock, TX 78681

Follow them on Facebook to stay in the loop: https://www.facebook.com/hopdoddyroundrock

The Escape Game is the newest (and possibly best in our opinion) interactive game in Austin. Participants work their way through complex puzzles and multiple challenges in hopes of “escaping” the room in under an hour.

Here’s the basic rundown and some tips for first time ‘escapees’:

You and the rest of your team will be led into a room and given some brief instructions (there are 4 different game rooms each with their own theme and mission). After receiving your mission objectives, the clock starts counting down from 60 minutes…time to start looking for clues and solving puzzles to ultimately complete your goal and escape! These games are not easy, so get ready for a challenge! You’ll need to practice exceptional communication, critical problem solving skills, and a dose of creativity if you want to escape in time.

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Our group was lucky enough to play the recently opened “Gold Rush,” which is set in a cabin in the mountains. The objective of the game is to find the hidden treasure of an old, greedy gold prospector that has gone missing. Word on the street was that he gambled with the mob too much and has disappeared. Our team had to work fast and find his lost gold in under an hour. Through hidden clues and mind challenging puzzles, we worked our way through the game and escaped successfully. Sorry, we don’t want to give too much away…the mystery is half the fun! (watch game video here)

The Escape Game is perfect for friends, family, coworkers, and visitors to Austin. You can book a game for as few as one person but we suggest playing with at least one more friend to share in the experience with you. The Escape Game should absolutely be added to your list of “best things to do in Austin,” it’s definitely on ours.


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I don’t remember the exact date that I saw a bottle of Deep Eddy Sweet Tea pop-up on the shelf of my favorite watering hole. I do remember that we were convinced by the bartender to try it in shot-form with a squeeze of lemon, and that it quickly became EVERYONE’S drink of choice that summer.

Much like Jay-Z in the late 90’s, Deep Eddy went on to “hold the next six summers down,” with their follow up hits, Deep Eddy Grapefruit, Cranberry, and Lemon flavored vodkas.

This summer, they’ve chosen a fruit close to the heart of every Texan… enter the summer of Deep Eddy Peach.

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Be The First To Try It!

You’ll be able to Snapchat and Instagram your friends, bragging about the fact that you tried it #first.

Right now, the new Peach Vodka is only available at the Deep Eddy Tasting Room in Dripping Springs, Texas. If you drive out there yourself, they’ll only let you sample two cocktails before they cut you off, which is why we suggest riding out there in style (and responsibility) with our friends from Austin Tour Company.

THEY DRIVE, YOU GET TO RELAX

They’ll pick you up from outside of the JW Marriott Hotel in Downtown Austin and take you out to the amazing Deep Eddy Distillery in Dripping Springs.

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