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What better follow up could there be to the magic of yesterday’s eclipse than a free tarot reading by Kristin of Senders Receive tonight at Irene’s? She may have some heavy truth bombs and predictions for you, so wash it all down with a little tequila.

Tequila Tuesday Specials 5 p.m. til close!
* $3 House Tequila Shot
* $3 Frozen Marg
* $5 Tequila Punch
* $24 Mexican Firing Squad (serves 3-4 people)

When: Today, August 22nd

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location:
Irene’s
506 West Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

KGSR’s ‘Unplugged at The Grove’ is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to experience Austin’s longest-running free live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Tonight, come see Rhett Miller perform and swoon over this magical city!

Unplugged goers will enjoy the finest live music this city has to offer, as well as a signature patio menu of Austin-inspired home cooking and refreshing drink specials, including $4 16oz ZiegenBocks.

“At Shady Grove we are privileged and grateful to present one-of-a- kind live music performances every week, under the stars, in the coolest city on the planet,” says managing partner Rusty Zagst. “Our 24th season promises to be the best yet as our schedule includes everything from musical legends to some of the most exciting new artists on the scene. Don’t forget Unplugged is open to all and always free.”

Admission: Free

When: When: Today, August 17th

Time: 8 p.m.

Location:
Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

 

 

 

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.

 

Wu-Tang’s GZA returns to Austin Sunday, August 20 reuniting with local Latin funksters Brownout at Empire Control Room. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to folks who tag 365 Things Austin and share this preview on Facebook or Twitter. Fans will have another chance to win tickets on our Instagram page. The rapper also known as The Genius (Gary Grice) first collaborated with the Grupo Fantasma spin-off in 2012, performing his 1995 solo masterpiece Liquid Swords with the group during South by Southwest (SXSW). It was a seminal moment for the founding member of Wu-Tang who stated after the performance, “The chemistry is amazing. Expect more shows from us.”

Following the collaboration’s debut the show travelled to Brooklyn and other locales,  most notably Bonnaroo Music Festival. We caught subsequent performances at ACL Live and Utopiafest. Both were exceptional shows.  GZA’s smooth flow and intelligent rap pairs well with Brownout’s improvisational jazz/funk rhythms. The Grammy-winning artists instinctively leave musical space for The Genius to lay his urban wisdom on the audience. Even fans not familiar with Wu-Tang or GZA’s solo material will find the show compelling. 

The project was a precursor to GZA’s bandmate Ghostface Killah working with Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG) to produce Sour Soul early in 2015. The jazz trio subsequently worked with Kaytranada on an album. The hip-hop/jazz collaborative trend is similar to the 1990’s when hip-hop/jazz partnerships began cropping up, starting with A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory (1991) to Guru’s wildly popular Jazzmatazz series, finally winding down the decade with The Roots classic 1999 record, Things Fall Apart. Leave it to an Austin act and GZA to bring back the trend and up the musical ante. 

Brownout drummer John Speice confirmed the set list for the upcoming show will be similar to previous performances stating they’ll play “Liquid Swords and a few Wu bangers.” Surely there will be a few choruses of “Wu-Tang clan ain’t nuthing ta f’ wit” right?

Don’t forget to share this post on Facebook or Twitter and tag 365 Things Austin for a chance to win tickets to the event

Watch GZA and Brownout play Liquid Swords at Bonnaroo. 

       

Name: Vanna
Animal ID:
A746876
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: Great Pyrenees mix
Age: 1 Year Old
Location: In Foster

Vanna is a Great Pyrenees/Australian Cattle Dog mix that weighs about 40 pounds and is about 15 months old. She just had a litter of nine puppies and all her puppies have been adopted out to their new families and now Vanna is looking for hers.  She is a very sweet and loving girl that likes to cuddle, has a lot of energy, and loves to play.  She loves toys so much that she will take every one out of the toy box then decide which one she wants to actually play with!  She has lived with small and large dogs in her foster home and has gotten along well with them.  She is housetrained and she is learning basic commands.  Vanna would love to meet her “furever” family and go to live happily ever after with them. Vanna is in foster through Austin Animal Center, please contact us at 512-978-0500 if you would like to meet her!

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.

 

 

   Mattie’s is celebrating summer with the launch of happy hour on the lawn under the shade of its grand live oak trees. Mattie’s Lawn Happy Hour, which is now running nightly Tuesday through Saturday between 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., features a selection of savory snacks, along with a variety of specially-priced cocktails, wine and beer options. 

                    Choose from delicious bites like Grilled Pimento Cheese ($5) with toasted brioche and Irish cheddar; Prosciutto Tartine ($6) with Texas Goat Cheese, GP figs and honey; and a Chicken Sandwich ($6) with soft roll and spicy blue cheese slaw. The Mattie’s Lawn Happy Hour also includes new, refreshing cocktails like the Summer Old Fashioned ($7) made with rye whiskey, citrus oils, Lillet Blanc and triple bitters; or Oak Garden Ginger Buck ($6) made with your choice of vodka, local gin or Blanco Tequila, and house ginger and lime cordial.

When: Tuesdays – Saturdays 

Time: 4pm – 9 pm

Location:
Mattie’s 
811 W. Live Oak Street
Austin, Texas 78704 

www.mattiesaustin.com

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.