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Mother’s Day, which is Sunday May 8, requires a few things: flowers, a nice card, and most importantly, brunch. Fortunately, there’s a ton of different ways to do the latter in Austin. Show her the love by making a reservation at one of these fabulous restaurants. From omelet stations to pancakes and free-flowing mimosas, this day is basically the Olympics of brunching. Here is a list of places where you can really do it right:

The always amazing and over-the-top Jeffrey’s is kicking it up a notch on Mother’s Day, with truffle deviled eggs, lobster and caviar blinis, a carving station with wood-grilled tenderloin, and, the main attraction: a roving mimosa cart. Enjoy a relaxing meal with mom accompanied by Margaret Wright on piano in the lounge. Call 512-477-5583 for reservations. Price is $80 per person.

Of course, right next door to Jeffrey’s is the beautiful little cottage restaurant known as Josephine House, and it’s a fantastic place to take your mom. Seriously, all moms love this place. The decadent brunch here will include options like lemon ricotta pancakes with berries, maple syrup, and housemade cultured butter; and steak and eggs with a sunny side up egg, roasted fingerling potatoes, and avocado chimichurri. We’re drooling! Complimentary mimosas are also available upon request. $45 per person. Call 512-477-5584.

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Goodall’s Kitchen is offering a three-course prix fixe brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with a choice of an appetizer, main, and dessert. A quick scan of the menu, and the perfect order looks like: warm sugar and Nutella donuts, shrimp and grits, and strawberry cobbler with ice cream to finish. Get it all for $44. Call 512-628-4400 for reservations.

While not technically brunch, we still had to put this one on the list. If you want to treat the mother in your life to a classy affair, make a reservation for Mother’s Day Victorian Tea at The Driskill. Each afternoon from 3-5 p.m. starting on Thursday, May 5 until Mother’s Day, enjoy traditional tea service, including tea sandwiches, petite fours, French pastries, and champagne. Make a reservation by calling 512-391-7227. Prices are $46 for adults and $26 for children ages 12 and under on May 5 and May 6, and $56 for adults and $33 for children ages 12 and under on May 7 and 8.

For a delicious, buffet-style brunch for the entire family, try Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Mother’s Day brunch, featuring everything from an omelet bar and shrimp bisque to coq au vin and braised short ribs. As a bonus, there will be chocolate-dipped strawberries for mom, and a buffet just for the little ones. Call 512- 329-7906 to make reservations. Prices are $66.95 for adults and $24.95 for children 6-12; children under 5 eat free.

Another great family friendly option is The Carillon between 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Featuring breakfast favorites like eggs benedict and berry pancakes, plus a cold seafood bar, a carving station with wagyu beef, and a children’s buffet. Adults pay $65, kids ages 6-12 are $25, and kids 5 and under eat free. To make a reservation, call 512-404-3655.

Lonesome Dove on Colorado, is the second location of Chef Tim Love’s famous western restaurant. They’ll be serving up a three-course brunch with highlights like Elk-Pork Feting Benedict with Roasted Red Pepper Hollandaise. The meal will kick off with freshly squeezed orange juice, a screwdriver, or a mimosa for Mom. Price is $56 and brunch runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 512-271-2474 to reserve a table.

Last, but certainly not least, Central Standard Kitchen & Bar is doing their classic American thing with favorites like bacon fat cheddar biscuits, gulf shrimp cocktail, eggs benedict, and prime rib roast. Price is $45 per person with complimentary valet at South Congress Hotel. Reserve a table online or call 512-942-0823.

Above, from top: Central Standard Kitchen & Bar; Josephine House, photo by Casey Dunn

There is nothing better than ending your Monday with a whiskey flight—unless, of course, it’s a Pappy flight! Tonight Easy Tiger is offering a taste of the good stuff: the 10 year, 12 year, 13 year Rye, and 15 year. If that’s not exciting enough, tomorrow they are serving the 10 year, 12 year, 13 year Rye, and 20 year. They will only sell 30 flights per night, so if you’re a Pappy person, make sure you get there right at 5 p.m. This one is going to sell out fast!

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Soak up all that whiskey by treating yourself to one of their famous pretzels. With one of the best patios in town, Easy Tiger is the ideal place to enjoy this beautiful weather!

Tickets: $50

When: Today, May 2nd and tomorrow, May 3rd

Time: 5 p.m.

Location:
Easy Tiger
709 East 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

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If you thought the Domain, North Austin’s city-within-a-city couldn’t get any bigger, the highly anticipated entertainment district known as Rock Rose has started to open—bit by bit. With a plethora of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and more already open or set to open in the near future, here are some of the highlights.

Already open:

Lavaca Street Bar is the northern version of the popular downtown sports bar, only 2,000 square-feet larger. Featuring skee ball, pool, and 40 screens plus a video wall, this is the perfect spot to catch a Rangers or Spurs game while you enjoy a sandwich from Turf n’ Surf Po Boy.

Need a new pair of tan leather boots? A bar of beard soap? Just a cup of coffee or a glass of whiskey neat? Weathered Coalition is part mountain lodge bar and part men’s boutique, featuring rugged yet elegant menswear and accouterments.

The third Austin location of Corepower Yoga is now open. The nationwide chain of studios has a stated mission of  “intensity for the body, presence for the mind,” combining the intensity of core workouts with the mindfulness of yoga.

Featuring classic Irish, Scottish, and Welsh food and drink, Jack & Ginger’s is already a prime spot for both lunch and dinner. With more than 50 taps plus a selection of whiskies from across the pond, you can’t go wrong at this locally owned pub.

More than a run-of-the-mill café, Two Hands Coffee prides itself on serving customers only the best, hand-selected coffee beans, the most freshly squeezed juices, and the tastiest craft ales and lagers.

Coming soon:

Now taking reservations for June, Viva Day Spa is opening its third location at Rock Rose for spa packages, facials, hair removal, nail care, and services for men, too.

Named one of the “50 Best New Restaurants in America” in Bon Appetit magazine, South Austin’s Sway will soon bring its delicious brand of modern Thai made for sharing to the northern reaches of town at Rose Rose.

Get your thin crust on at Salvation Pizza, a dog-friendly, beer-garden-style parlor on 34th Street set to open its second location at Rock Rose soon.

 

 

If you think you’re too old for camp, think again. Last Halloween Alamo Drafthouse, Do512, and Karbach Brewing had the ingenious idea of creating a weekend-long, adult-only sleepaway camp party. They called it Camp Halloweekend and the fun that was had is now the stuff of legend:

We spent our days drinking beer while firing arrows, or climbing on rockwalls and ropes courses, or jumping off rope swings, or sliding down waterslides, or showing off our athletic prowess in heated whiffle ball matches, then we spent the nights partying with incredible live music and watching classic camp movies on the Alamo’s outdoor screen.

As soon as the party was over, the creators of the event started planning the next iteration of the greatest camp that has ever existed. But a year was a really long time to wait, so they’ve dreamed up Camp BrewHaha. Registration is open now for May 6-8 and it’s bound to book up fast. Call your friends and get organized! Here’s how it works:

Your ticket includes your own bunk in an actual summer camp cabin, all activities on the camp grounds, concerts, movies, and meals, which will be prepared by Alamo Drafthouse Chefs. We’ll also have several open bars at screenings, concerts, and select activities (like a hot dog eating contest!), and everyone is welcome to bring other beverages that they may want to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Each bunk sleeps 10 adults, and you can select your ticket by the bunk so that you have the option of choosing some or all of your bunkmates. Check out the full map of the campground and pick out your favorite bunk, then purchase tickets on this site for your favorite available bunk.

Lastly, you could actually be the king or queen of camp! They’ll be tracking everyone’s activities throughout the weekend by giving campers merit badges for activities they complete. Whoever stands out and has the most badges at the end will ride off into the sunset on an amazing cooler scooter.

Happy camping! Oh and don’t be the first one to fall asleep … that’s just asking for it.

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Movies:

Heavyweights, Meatballs, Moonrise Kingdom, Addams Family Values, Wet Hot American Summer, and more

Activities:

Swimming, the Blob, Ropes Course, Archery, Arts & Farts & Crafts, Wiffleball, Climbing Walls, Drinking, Relaxing, Maxing & Relaxing, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Bonfires, S’mores + Karaoke Talent Show & Music Video Dance Party

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Above: The Alamo Drafthouse, Do512, and Karbach Brewing present CAMP BREWHAHA! from Alamo Drafthouse on Vimeo.

 

 

Just west of downtown Austin lies Clarksville, one of the most unique neighborhoods in the entire state of Texas. The area’s rich history began in 1871, when Charles Clark settled here after being freed from slavery. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Now almost frozen in time, Clarksville harkens back to the days of an older Austin, filled with historic homes, quirky restaurants, and mom-and-pop shopping. If you’re looking for the quintessential Austin experience, spend a day exploring this truly walkable neighborhood.

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Start your day at Sweetish Hill Bakery, an Austin institution since 1975. Grab a Texas Coffee Traders espresso to enjoy with a cinnamon roll or a schnecken, a traditional German sticky bun. Then take a fresh-baked baguette and a chocolate croissant (or two) to go.

One of Austin’s oldest gallery spaces Artworks, features original paintings, sculptures, glassworks, and more. Head over to the 5,000-square-foot space to take it all in.

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Next, stop at Nau’s Enfield Drug, a no-frills soda pop shop that will transport you all the way back to the days when you could grab a flat-top cheeseburger and a chocolate malt in the back of a pharmacy. The prices are a bit higher than they were in 1951, when Nau’s opened, but not by that much.

Walk down to 6th and Lamar to Waterloo Records, open since 1982, when vinyl was still king. This megastore still carries new and special release vinyl records, used classic albums, and a large variety of films, books, shirts, and even toys and trinkets. Whoever said that the record store was dead surely hasn’t been here.

End your day at Jeffrey’s, opened in 1975 and revamped in 2013. It’s been named one of the top 10 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit magazine. Get there early and sit at the bar for some crispy fried oysters and a Hokkaido Highball, a Japanese twist on the classic cocktail. Stay for dinner, and try one of four cuts of Wagyu beef topped with one of eight different classic toppings, including the ultra-decadent foie gras butter—an amazing way to cap of the day.

Here is one of our favorite Real Estate listings in the neighborhood.

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For more information on Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties

 

 

Austin’s favorite start-up has been expanding rapidly and making big moves across the country. They have just recently launched in the city that is home to the Philly cheesesteak. You guessed it – Favor has taken on Philadelphia!

Their pick-up zone covers the neighborhoods of Temple, University City, No Libs (Northern Liberties), Fishtown, Rittenhouse, Fairmont, Center City, and Old City. This zone will continue to expand.

Favor will delivery ANYTHING for a $5 delivery fee. Enter the promo code:  PhillyBlog and first delivery is free!

Tell all your Philly friends!

Vintage Market Days Austin Hill Country is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and more.

The Market is a three day event held just twice this year in the Austin Hill Country area. Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues.

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Early Buying Event on Friday    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Early Buying Event (3-Day Pass) $10
General Admission (Sat/Sun) $5

Admission for children under 12 is free.
Cash only at the gate please.

Location: Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Once purchased, your ticket is good for re-entry into the event all weekend.

More Info: http://austinhillcountry.vintagemarketdays.com/

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Name: Poppy
Animal ID: A724761
Age: 11 year old
Breed: American Eskimo
Sex: Neutered Male
Location: Kennel B20

Poppy is a special dog in need of just the right owner for him. He needs an quiet household without children. He has lived with senior humans for all of his life and another small dog. Being at the shelter now is very stressful for him. Please come meet Poppy if you feel you are the right match for him.

 

If this is not the Pet of the Week for you please check out our other pets looking for forever homes.

The new standard for happy hour is Central Standard. Yesterday we flirted with a 90-degree temps and it made me want to enjoy Austin’s patios before the blazing summer heat rolls in. Central Standard has recently become my go-to happy hour spot for a few reasons. One, it’s seven days a week. Two, insider secret: South Congress Hotel offers free valet parking. So there’s no more worrying about where to park.

Here are the details on my new favorite happy hour, available at the bar and on the patio:

  • $1 off oysters
  • $2 off beer and wine
  • Half off bubbles by the glass

Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Location:
Central Standard
1603 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

Central Standard Kitchen & Bar

Being the hip hippie town that it is, Austin boasts a plethora of farmers markets within the city limits—so many, in fact, that picking just one to visit on a weekend can be daunting. If you’re on a quest to eat better and fresher, here is a list of five markets where you’ll never go wrong:

Texas Farmers Market at Mueller

Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

4550 Mueller Blvd.

Listed by the Austin Chronicle as the top farmers market in Austin the last two years, Texas Farmers Market features dozens of local favorites. You can find everything you need to throw a legendary dinner party here. Grab a baguette from Easy Tiger, dried pasta from Gourmet Texas Pasta, olive oil from Texas Hill Country Olive Company, some Texas Gulf shrimp from K&S Seafood, and get those dull knives sharpened by Assured Sharp. It’s a one-stop shop.

Springdale Farm

755 Springdale Rd.

Wednesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Formed in 2009, this family operated farm in East Austin grows more than 75 vegetables. The indoor farm stand is currently featuring chicken and duck eggs, fennel, and collared greens, plus handmade spa products, like soap, body butter, and scrubs, made right on the farm.

Boggy Creek Farm

3414 Lyons Rd.

Wednesday thru Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Opened in 1992, Boggy Creek is the first urban farm in East Austin. The market stand, in addition to featuring farm-fresh pink beauty radishes, sugar snap peas, and French sorrel, also sells one-of-a-kind products like fermented cowboy kimchi, wild mustang green grape jam, and smoke-dried tomato bean dip, all from Larry’s Commercial Kitchen.

Sustainable Food Center East

Tuesdays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

2921 East 17th St.

The main draw of this farmers market is Johnson’s Backyard Garden, a 1,000-member community supported agriculture (CSA) operation. On Tuesdays, you can pick from some of the freshest vegetables you’ll ever eat, from bok choy and rainbow chard to golden beets and daikon radishes. JBG even has an extensive veggie guide, with storage and culinary tips for every product.

Green Gate Farms

8310 Canoga Avenue

Tuesdays, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am. – 2 p.m.

Sustainability is key at Green Gate Farms, they have a farm stand built entirely from found items in and around an old shed in East Austin. Located in what is considered a food desert, Green Gate Farms provides some of the only organic food in the neighborhood, including seasonal vegetables like heirloom tomatoes and a wide variety of meat, from chicken and beef to bison and mutton.

Photos: Jason Neff