Eating healthy is difficult for people on the move, but locally grown business, Cilantro Lime, is here to help. Their easy meal kits squash many of the excuses that busy Austinites provide for why they eat out so often. Whether your personal reasons include the lack of time for trips to the store, a lack of funds to supplement expensive ingredients, or (like me) you get frustrated with the amount of food that’s wasted when you’re only cooking for two people; Cilantro Lime has you covered.


They offer same-day delivery for orders placed before noon, and with most meals-for-two priced around $20, you can get dinner delivered to your door for about the same price (or less) as you would spend at the store.

Most importantly (for my own issues), they portion out all of the ingredients perfectly for the recipe I’ve selected. Which in addition to making meal prep a breeze, also saves me from throwing away nine-tenths of that bushel of cilantro I’m forced to buy at the grocery store.

The menu selections on their website have badges based on the recipe’s nutritional values, and you can view by categories including paleo, gluten-free, high protein, low carb, and light. Which is super convenient for the “low carb” kick my roommate is currently on (I can deal), but could be an issue if she decides to move to full paleo.


Lastly, they provide remarkably simple instructions with every order. The recipes are interesting enough to have some fun with on a date night, but simple enough that even the most novice chef (shoutout to 365 founder, Kristy Owen) will have no problem executing.

They’re offering a deal for any first time orders for 365 Things Austin readers, enter the code ‘365Austin’ for free delivery.

Garbo’s is hosting a special dinner tonight with Jester King.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with Jester King for this special dinner at our restaurant,” says Garbo’s Owner Heidi Garbo. “Our Executive Chef Mario Fortuna has been innovating incredible dishes to complement Jester King’s beer and couldn’t be more thrilled about this partnership.”


The prix fixe menu will feature six courses, including delectable dishes like Mushroom & Soft Boiled Egg, Shrimp Dumplings, Gyoza & Waffle, Pork Bun, and a Black Sesame Cheesecake, all curated by Garbo’s Executive Chef Mario Fortuna and Pastry Chef Alexandra Lee.

Each course will be paired with one of Jester King’s popular brews, such as the Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer; Snörkel, brewed with oyster mushrooms; Fen Tao, a barrel-aged wild beer; La Vie en Rose, which is re-fermented with raspberries; Bière De Syrah; as well as Atrial Rubicite.

Seating for the collaborative six-course dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and is $80 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call (512) 350-9814.

When: today, October 13th

14735 Bratton Lane
Austin, Texas 78728

Mondays this Fall, Corner Bar (South Lamar) will host the Hot Mess food trailer in their parking lot while Monday Night Football plays on the TVs in their bar and on the patio. Corner Bar will offer drink specials on top of their already low prices, and have 96 Ounce Bud Light Towers for only $15.


The Hot Mess pop-up menu includes four flavors of chicken wings, and burgers that Thrillist recently named some of the best in Austin, as well as their signature “Hot Mess” baked potato! Goodbye Monday blues.


Get there early today because The Rangers play at 3:07 followed by Monday Night Football!

When: Mondays

Corner Bar – South Lamar
1901 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

Fall equals festival season in Central Texas. Gruene Music and Wine Festival is one that any music or wine live would enjoy. The four day festival celebrates everything from local to international wines.

Last year the event raised over $140,000 for the local United Way chapter.

For other things happening around town this weekend check out our Weekend Top Picks!

When: today, October 11th

1601 Hunter Road
New Braunfels, Texas 78130

Photo Credit: Gruene Music & Wine Festival Facebook Page

Celebrate with Hops & Grain at their 4th Anniversary party as they combine their Bike Affair Fiesta Part IV and continue the fundraising for 1400 Miles!


The Bike Affair has been a 4-part series that was held at the H&G Brewery benefitting 1400 Miles, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to spark difficult conversation with stubborn men about prostate health. Read about Hops & Grain owner, Josh, and his 1400 Mile experience here.

They will have a raffle with various prizes from Bikehaus,  P. Terry’sKammok, Whole Foods Market downtown, in.gredients, Seasucker and Hops & Grain gear too!

All prizes are a minimum of $50 and our grand prize is a Fairdale bicycle, an MSRP over $600!

Raffle tickets will be 1 ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20. **Do not need to be present to win**

Live Music Schedule:

12pm-4pm Empty-Handed Vagabonds
4pm – 6pm Adam Johnson Band
6pm – 8pm Aaron Stephens

For other things happening around town this weekend check out our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: $27

When: today, October 10th

Time: noon – 8 pm

Hops & Grain Brewery
507 Calles Street
Austin, Texas 78702—bike-affair-part-iv–hops—grain-bbdc901186ab

Photo Credit: Hops & Grain Facebook Page


Arro Austin Patio

A Taste of Koko

Where To Eat, Shop, & Play in Austin – A Taste of Koko

Jane is the Editor of Austin’s top food blog, A Taste of Koko, covering the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. She strives to inspire your inner foodie by guiding you to the most delicious finds in the city through mouth-watering food photography. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for her daily finds.

Top picks for brunch, dinner, second big dates, and doughnuts in Austin!


Arro Austin Patio


601 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

With Arro’s new gorgeous outdoor patio and new brunch launch, this French restaurant is my top pick!


10 Austin Restaurants Perfect For That Big Second Date


You’ve made it past that awkward-you’re-not-a-creepy-killer first date and now you’re ready for that big second date. Here are my top restaurants for second dates in Austin.


Unit D Pizzeria

WHERE TO DINNER: Unit D Pizzeria

 2406 Manor Rd Unit D, Austin, TX 78722

🍷🍕 Wine, cheese, & pizza at Unit D Pizzeria, new spot in Austin! See more on A Taste of Koko’s Instagram!


Voodoo Doughnuts



212 E. Sixth St.

Portland’s own Voodoo Doughnut opens in Austin this week at old Bourbon Girl location at 212 E. Sixth St. I got a box of arnold palmer, buttermilk bar, chocolate coconut, maple bar, sprinkle cake, and triple chocolate penetration. Cash only.


Banger's Oktoberfest

LOCAL EVENT: Banger’s Oktoberfest 2015

Come out to Banger’s Oktober 15th through 18th for a weekend packed with more sausage, beer, and polka than you can shake a schnitzel at. Banger’s will be serving our complete menu, in addition to some German specialties.

Special Events:
Thursday, 5:00pm – Opening gun salute
Saturday, all day – Special Oktoberfest edition of Smoke Out Saturday! Live music all day, plus Chef Ted’s house-made sauerkraut bowl with pulled pork and choice of our house-made mustards.
Saturday, 3:00pm – Stein hoist competition
Sunday, 3:00pm – Chicken shit bingo
Sunday, 4:00pm – Closing gun salute

When: October 15 – October 18
Where: Banger’s
Details: Facebook event

Austin’s favorite soul band, The Nightowls, are throwing a special late night dance party tonight!  They’ll be playing at Austin City Limits Music Festival earlier today and then headed to C-Boy’s Heart & Soul on South Congress for the after party! Space is limited so you gotta get there quick! Because like all NIGHTOWLS shows, this one is gonna sell out.

No advance tickets! Admission only available at the door.

For other things happening around town this weekend check out our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: $10

When: today, October 9th

Doors at 9pm

Barfield at 10pm

THE NIGHTOWLS at 11:45pm

C-Boy’s Heart & Soul
2008 S Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

Every once in a while, a service launches in Austin, and it reminds us why the city we live in is the greatest on earth. On Tuesday, the fine folks at Sourced stopped by our office, and turned a typical workday into a pleasant afternoon spent sipping craft cocktails.


They showed up with a barrel that included everything we needed to create both classic and cutting edge libations. We got to choose the particular cocktails that appealed to us most from the monthly menu available on the Sourced website. We decide to go with Sourced’s take on the Old Fashioned, as well as the Texas Mule- but more on that later.

The beauty of Sourced is that they handle EVERYTHING. We’re talking recipes, spirits, ingredients, knowledge, barware, glassware- even the proper ice cubes!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Order: Open the web page, scroll through cocktails, read ingredient details and order the cocktail experience.
  2. Package: Sourced receives paymentpre-measures and pre-cuts ingredients and the partner retailer supplies the spiritFrom there the Sourced team packages everything to embody the perfect cocktail experience.
  3. Delivery: Sourced delivers the cocktail experience and they check the consumer’s ID and payment information. The Sourced expert provides needed instructions on returning barware.
  4. Enjoy: Unpack ingredients, and create and enjoy the cocktails.
  5. The Next Day: Pack up the barware and Sourced retrieves the items.\


Now more on the drinks themselves… You know what separates the typical drink you make at home from the ones you pay $12+ for at your local craft-cocktail joint? Lets start with the glassware.

For our Texas Mule, Sourced provided beautiful, and functional copper mugs. They also brought absolutely PERFECT crushed ice, you know, that good stuff like they serve at Sonic drive throughs for the Mules, and stunningly-clear, large, symmetrical cubed blocks for our Old Fashioneds.

They also provided cards with ingredients and directions on how to construct the cocktails. Making the drinks is half the fun!


Lastly, lets talk about ingredients. Did you know that the standard sugar cube you’ll find at any grocery store in Austin is twice the size of what you need to make a proper Old Fashioned? We didn’t, and thus, we’ve been messing up the recipe for years!

For our Mules, they brought local Hellfire Bitters, with a dropper to ensure we got the recipe just right, and crystalized ginger as a garnish that was as aesthetically pleasing as it was delicious.


Sourced is set-up to serve as few as two people (wink* wink* perfect first date), into the hundreds (hello every holiday party we host both at home OR the office).

Give them a try this weekend with some French 75’s before heading out to ACL, or have the cocktails set-up when you get back home the fest for the ultimate after-party. You’ll want to be the first one of your friends to host a Sourced experience… We promise everyone in attendance will leave impressed!

Visit them or setup an order at:

Still have questions? Check out their FAQ section for info on delivery times and more.

Two weekends. Over 150 artists and 75,000 people to push through each day in order to see your favorite bands. How on earth are you going to decide which artists to see? Don’t stress; we’ve done the dirty work for you (or at least some of it).

If we were crazy enough to do it all again this weekend (and we might be), here are 10 artists we wouldn’t want to miss out on. 

10. alt-j
Genre: Indie Rock, Art Rock

Photo by: Charles Reagan Hackleman

Photo by: Charles Reagan Hackleman

If Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad loves alt-j, shouldn’t you? Their music has made waves on the big screen, including being featured on popular television series and movie soundtracks. But, this is not your conventional band singing happy-go-lucky, festival tunes.

The clean drum beat, psychedelic lights, and muffled voice of front man, Joe Newman, all contributed to the weird, but awesome experience at their Sunday ACL set. They began their set by busting out the ever so catchy “Every Other Freckle,” shortly followed by mellow tune, “Something Good.” 

Of course, there was no better finale to their live show than hit single, “Breezeblocks,” which involved the crowd effortlessly chanting lyrics “I love you so, I love you so.” It’s true, alt-j, we love you so. If you came to ACL to get a little weird, it would be foolish to miss out on alt-j.

9. Shakey Graves
Genre: Blues, and what some refer to as “hobo-folk”

Local Austinite, Alejandro Rose-Garcia is a well-known hometown hero here in Austin. Over the past five years, he’s continued to hone his musical talent, by booking bigger shows and building an increasingly large fan base in Austin and across the country. If playing Blues On The Green earlier this year wasn’t enough, booking ACL and bringing a massive crowd with him is a pretty big deal.

For newcomers to Rose-Garcia’s music, he’s notorious for keeping the listener engaged through his constant shift in tempo and tone. As a result, the crowd was nothing short of entertained and observed musicianship at its finest as Shakey delivered an original performance, homemade suitcase drum and all.

He began his performance with one of his oldie’s, “Roll the Bonesand played the popular song, “Dearly Departed” mid-set. Yes, Austin definitely claims Shakey Graves. If you want to support one of our favorite local musicians, don’t miss out on Shakey Graves.

8. Brand New
Genre: Pop-punk

With an unusually large, cult-like following in the punk/emo scene, Brand New is no stranger to Austin. Their previous shows within the last 12 months (Stubbs Outdoors 2014 and ACL Fest Late Night Show 2015) both drew a sold out crowd. Generally, they attract a younger demographic of 20-somethings and this year’s festival was no different.

For fans of the band, they played hits from all four albums of their discography, and finished their set strong with slow-tempoed, crowd favorite, “Jesus Christ.” Without question, this band knows their fans and delivered exactly what the crowd was looking for. If you listened to this band in your glory days and/or can dabble in the punk, music scene, don’t miss Brand New.

7. The Weeknd
Genre: R&B

Photo by: Roger Ho

Photo by: Roger Ho

When your competing headliner acknowledges how good you sound from their stage, and that headliner is The Strokes, you know it’s real. It was a tough decision for most on Sunday night with the schedule clash between R&B artist, The Weeknd and highly-acclaimed rock band, The Strokes.

It was a risky move to check out The Weeknd and one that would be hit or miss. We’re glad it was hit. Despite how new the Canadian is to the scene, the R&b artist has gained solid recognition in the genre by fans and fellow artists. His live performance made it apparent that he’s a natural-born performer and has a voice pure as gold. If you want to hear someone sing the likes of Beyonce and Ariana Grande and actually do them  justice, don’t miss out on The Weeknd.

6. Drake
Genre: Hip-hop/rap

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

Cue the waterworks. Just kidding, Drizzy did not shed tears during his ACL performance (I know, emotional Drake jokes are so last year). However, it is Drake and of course organizers went all out by ending Saturday night at the Fest with fireworks during recent number one hit, “Legend.” 

Arguably, one of the most popular hip-hop/rap artists today, Drake owned the stage and brought a high level of confidence and energy that didn’t make you question how he got there. His set included song snippets/songs from If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late, several covers, crowd favorites from Nothing was the Same, and previous hits for old school fans (“Miss Me” and “Over”).

Given their collaboration on Drake’s newest album, it was only fitting ACL Weekend 2 artist, Future, was brought on stage. Here, they rapped to several songs (including “Jumpman”) from current number one album, What a Time to be Alive. Although it was a slight interruption to the Drake show that we were all there to see, there were no complaints from the crowd. For the best crowd sing-alongs and the biggest party, don’t miss Drake.

5. Sturgill Simpson
Genre: Alternative country

Photo by: Nick Simonite

Photo by: Nick Simonite

It’s certainly atypical for Austin City Limits to choose a generic, country artist to take a slot on the bill. And of course, this year was no exception. With two full-length albums and just breaking through as a solo artist (2013), country music lovers can tip their hat off to this guy for being true to his Southern roots, all the while remaining unique among country music artists making it big, today.

Whether you were among friends, family, or flying solo, Sturgill put on a show anyone could respect and enjoy. Honky-tonk appreciators looking to add a little country dancing into your day – Sturgill is your guy.

4. TV On The Radio
Genre: Indie Rock with electronic influences

These indie rockers know how to make an entrance and live up to it. Based on all band member’s backgrounds and mix of sounds (including indie rock, funk, jazz, soul and electronic), it’s no surprise that TV On The Radio brought an undeniably unique presence to the festival. Kudos to the lead singer, Tunde Adebimpe for how smoothly he can slide across the stage, like he owns the place.

Hit songs, “Wolf Like Me” and “Happy Idiot” were highlights and crowd favorites that left you dancing on your feet. For a unique band you can’t categorize, and one that has been doing something right for over a decade, check out TV on the Radio.

3. Hozier
Genre: Indie rock with gospel and blues influences

Photo by: Greg Noire

Photo by: Greg Noire

Did anyone else feel like they had died and had gone to heaven witnessing the masterpiece that is Hozier? Hozier only recently came out of the woodwork in the last few years, after hit song “Take Me To Church” went viral and then later received enormous amounts of radio play.

Irish singer/songwriter found no barriers to pulling on Austin’s heart-strings from start to finish of his Sunday evening set. From his first EP (2013), he started his show with mesmerizing ballad, “Like Real People Do,” and kept it interesting by covering Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” As expected, the finale of his performance involved Hozier belting out an “Amen” during his hit single, “Take Me to Church.”

He delivered an authentic performance, and as a fan standing in the crowd, you couldn’t help but feel every word he sang. If an Irish man with a man bun that can really sing is your thing, don’t miss Hozier.

2. Foo Fighters
Genre: Rock

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

After headlining the first night of ACL and truly killing it, Dave Grohl might be the world’s most lovable guy. From all age ranges (even 10-year olds), die hard Foo Fighters fans were a-plenty on Friday night. Although currently in a leg brace, frontman, Grohl sacrificed no areas of his performance.

They played their most-loved songs across their 20-year discography, such as “Everlong,” “The Pretender,” “Best of You,” and even ‘95 hit, “Big Me.” As Foo Fighters have been selling out stadiums for years, it goes without saying that this band knows how to engage a crowd. If you want to see the king on his throne (Dave Grohl, literally), don’t miss out on Foo Fighters.

1.  Alabama Shakes
Genre: Southern rock, Soul, Blues

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

Bad-ass female award goes to the lead singer of Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard. Their hit single “Hold On” from their debut album was nominated for multiple grammies and their 2015 sophomore album, Sound & Color also skyrocketed to number one in the US. That being said, when the world first heard Alabama Shakes, they were obviously ready. Undeniably, so was the entire crowd at ACL on Saturday evening.

After experiencing their soulful, and completely unique performance, headed by female lead singer and her guitar, it’s no wonder people like this band. For something different, bluesy, and certainly ACL-epic, don’t miss Alabama Shakes…next time. Because unfortunately they will not be making an appearance for Weekend Two.


Photo by: Roger Ho

Photo by: Roger Ho

Honorable Mentions:
21 Pilots – for scaling up to the top of the Samsung Stage
The Strokes – for being The Strokes
G-Eazy – for having the most fan girls in a crowd
Gary Clark Jr. – for being cool enough to hop on stage during Foo Fighters’ headlining set
BØRNS – for being one of the most enjoyed and talked about up-and-coming artists
Dwight Yoakam – for staying true to ACL’s roots
Tame Impala – for providing us with the best jam (“Elephant”) to get you hyped you’re at ACL
Ben Howard – for playing the shortest set…it’s okay we still love you, Ben.

Written by Danielle McIntosh
Cover photo by Maclay Heriot

Fun Fun Fun Fest is announcing the 2015 festival food, retail, and nonprofit vendors today at NOON at El Chilito. Fun Fun Fun Fest is proud to have El Chilito as the 2015 Taco Cannon partner.

To celebrate, FFF Fest and El Chilito will give out a FREE TACO to the first 100 people from 12PM to 1PM at El Chilito at 1623 E 7th St. To find out more, follow @funfunfunfest on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Free tacos. Today. El Chilito on 7th.

For more fun happening around town this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!

El Chilito
1623 E 7th St.
Austin, TX 78702

Photo Credit: Clair Taus