It’s almost peak hosting season, when friends and family will be knocking at your door. Could you house use a deep clean before the festivities? We thought so. This year make it a green clean!
Modern Maids is exactly what it sounds like, a cleaning service for the 21st century. A green cleaning service! Ban those toxic chemicals from your life. They provide all the supplies and equipment and offer flat-rate pricing that makes booking super convenient. Once you’ve noticed that crazy layer of dust that lives on each of your ceiling fan blades (gah!) you can book with Modern Maids in under a minute.
And what’s really great is that you can leave your home to go Christmas shopping while they clean and knowthat everything will be fine. They are insured and bonded and do background checks on their employees. For apartments, they even have a key release option where you work with your leasing office to let them in your pad.
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Austin is famous for a lot of things. Live music, world-class barbecue, and hippies notwithstanding, the city is now a brewery mecca. In the past five years, the craft beer industry is booming in the Capital City, thanks to a dozen or so very dedicated brewers cropping up in the area. None of them are run-of-the-mill, boring taprooms, and all are worth visiting (because, at the very least … beer). Here are a bunch of our local favorites:
Austin Breweries Map
“East on Sixth Street,” reads the Hops & Grain website, “when it ends you’re there.” Open seven days a week, sample some award winning drafts from this sustainable brewery. Constantly evolving, beers like the Green House IPA are made with different hops every month, so that you’re not always drinking the same beer. The taproom is humans-only, but the patio outside is a perfect place for a pour and a pup, and make sure to grab a bag of Brew Biscuits to go, made from malted grains left over from the brewing process. Take the tour, where you might get to try something not yet available even in the taproom.
Recommended beer to try: The One They Call Zoe, an American pale lager.
For a truly unique brewery experience, check out the other taproom on East Sixth, Zilker Brewing Co. Every aspect of the brewing process is on display for visitors to Zilker, as they sit at a custom, handcrafted bar in the center of the room. Zilker became an East Side hotspot almost as soon as it opened, its beautiful can art is now iconic. You’ll recognize the look of the Marco IPA right away. There’s great people watching here if you sit out on the patio in front of the store.
Recommended beer to try: Coffee Milk Stout, a coffee milk stout.
The canned beer revolution in Austin seems to have started at Austin Beerworks. Now, it seems like every local beer comes canned-only, but in May of 2011, these curious white, blue, brown, and green cans starting cropping up all over Central Texas. Take a trip to the tap room, where you can sample from ABW’s “core four,” though I recommend tasting something from their “exclusives” list, which is where the brewery gets really experimental. Right now, ABW is pouring an IPA made with blood oranges, for example. There’s also a rotating schedule of offerings from some of Austin’s tastiest food trucks, like Evil Weiner and Texas Chili Queens.
Recommended beer to try: Heavy Machinery, a double IPA.
If you’re willing to go for a bit of a drive, it’s imperative you make it out to Jester King Brewery, a farmhouse brewery on a huge plot that is family (and dog!) friendly. Featuring some truly unique sour beers, farmhouse ales, and imperial stouts, Jester King is a different experience than the others on this list, but no less important. Also of note: you can purchase to-go bottles of Jester King’s own suds, or from a remarkable list of beers that the brewery distributes. As a bonus, Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza is located on the property, featuring delicious pizza and pints of some of the best non-Jester King beers available in Texas, like Lone Pint’s incomparable Yellow Rose IPA.
Recommended beer to try: Atrial Rubicite, a barrel-aged sour.
St. Elmo was founded by two guys who espouse the belief that, “every style of beer has its special place in life.” They drive this home again and again and it’s the philosophy behind this brewery that opened in 2016 and is named after the street it sits on in East Austin. Seriously, they like ALL THE BEER. This bar, beer hall, and beer garden is open six days a week and has a super delish resident food truck called Soursop that serves up Asian drinking food.
Recommended beer to try: Wendy, a summer ale.
Adelbert’s Brewery has been around since 2011 and in addition to a bunch of awards, they can boast about using non-GMO Bohemian floor malted barley, Noble hops, and fresh yeast propagated right on the premises. In short, they take beer very very seriously and their taproom offers tastings and tours to help you get up to speed on the latest and greatest in microbrew-ology. This one is located up north, on Rutland Dr., right off of Burnet Road. Bring your dogs and kids to the picnic tables outside and waste away a solid afternoon.
Recommended beer to try: Black Rhino, an earthy ale with hints of coffee and cocoa.
Pinthouse Pizza (and craft brewpub!) has two locations in Austin, one on Lamar and one on Burnet. They’ve got a long list of mainstay and seasonal options you need to drink. The operation focuses on quality ingredients and sustainable business practices, which makes them an ideal fit for this city. And it doesn’t hurt that the beer chases down the cheesy goodness of their artisan-style pizza menu beautifully. Order a “Cannonball” pie and you’ll be so happy. Their website even has a live feed of the tap menu at both locations so you don’t have to get off the couch until your beer is calling.
Recommended beer to try: Old Beluga, an amber ale.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the ABGB (which stands for Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., but no one calls it that). This place has become a fixture of good times and good atmosphere on Oltorf down south. We’re so glad this brewery/restaurant/temple of fun was brought into the world five years ago. It’s been an awesome local addition. The owners believe, “beer has the power to make everything better” and we heartily agree. It’s kind of why we went to the trouble of putting this list together! In addition to great beer, they have a full menu with great pizzas and lots of live music.
Recommended beer to try: Rocket 100, a pre-prohibition-style pilsner.
We recently had the pleasure of a two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa on a road-trip from Denver to Austin. While 48 hours isn’t nearly enough time to take in all that the resort has to offer, here are some of aspects we enjoyed the most.
The resort is located on a Native American Pueblo, roughly 20 miles north of Albuquerque, NM. The natural beauty of the desert and the Sandia Mountains provided stunning sunset views from our patio, and everywhere we wandered around the resort. There are several hiking trails throughout the property that are beautiful and shaded throughout the day.
Saying that the resort is pet-friendly doesn’t do it justice. Upon arrival we were given a gift basket for our pup complete with treats, a Tamaya bandana, and more. Our guest room had bowls set out for food and water, and there was a large dog bed that got plenty of use as well.
The aforementioned trails were also perfect for early morning, and sunset dog walks.
We’re admittedly huge fans of the game of golf, and Twin Warriors, the on-property golf course was breathtaking and challenging. If you enjoy the sport, this course is worth making the trip on its own.
Srai Wi means “our children” in the Keresan language which is spoken by the Native Americans who live on the Pueblo. Fittingly, the resort offers many family-friendly activities inspired by the local culture. Traditional bread baking, jewelry and pottery making classes are a just a few of the offerings, and we also enjoyed more traditional resort activities including the beautiful pool area, complete with waterslide, and smore making in the evening over an open fire pit.
Tamaya Mist is the onsite spa at the resort, and it offers a wide variety of specialty treatments. We opted for deep tissue massages, which I highly recommend, but also be sure to arrive early; throw on one of the luxurious robes and enjoy the steam room and hot tub beforehand.
The culinary highlight of the trip was dinner at the award-winning Corn Maiden, Tamaya’s fine dining option, but we were also thoroughly impressed with the menu at the more casual Santa Ana Café. We ate there for several meals and were always happy with our experiences. Definitely try the enchiladas!
Overall, we had a great time and will definitely be visiting again before long. Southwest offers affordable non-stop flights daily (golf clubs fly free!) to and from Albuquerque, making this an easy getaway for Austinites.
On this month’s foodie podcast, I am interviewing Todd Duplechan of Lenoir and Vixen’s Wedding. Todd’s love for food and Austin is apparent in both of his restaurant concepts and in this podcast!
Todd and his wife Jessica moved to Austin over 12 years ago and opened up Lenoir on
S. 1st Street shortly there after. Todd is heavily influenced by local farmers. He calls his cuisine “hot weather food” which basically means he likes to use ingredients that are grown near the Equator where it is hot. Austin definitely falls into that category.
At Lenoir, guests can expect a more refined dining experience where Todd and his crew create dishes that are influenced from flavors from all around the Equator from North Africa to Southeast Asia to Austin. The patio at Lenoir is one of my favorites in town and it’s dog-friendly and has happy hour every day of the week!
Duplechan’s newest concept, Vixen’s Wedding, opened this summer at Arrive Hotel at 6th and Chicon. Vixen’s Wedding is a Goan-inspired restaurant that draws it’s flavors from the Goa region in Indian. Some of our favorites on the menu are the Shrimp Samosa, Coconut Saag and Pork Ribs. If you’re curious about the meaning behind the name Vixen’s Wedding, check out the podcast to hear how they came up with the name!
When he’s not in the kitchen at his two restaurants, he enjoys dining out in Austin at local favorites like Bufalina and even gave us the deets on his favorite food truck La Hawaiina! If you’re a gin fan, you’ll be excited to know that Todd is behind the newest gin bar in town located above Lefty’s Bar at Arrive Hotels.
Treme Zombie & Banh-Boy From Lefty’s Bar
Be sure to tune in to the podcast and let us know what you think! You can follow all my eats around town and kitchen cooking over @natalieparamore. Slide into my DMs and let me know which local chef we should feature on upcoming episode!
Pork Vindaloo Recipe
8 piecegarlic cloves, peeled
2-inch piece ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons coconut vinegar
½teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoon Kashmiri chili powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup tamarind pulp
¼ cup grapeseed oil
1 piece cinnamon stick
5 piece cloves
4 piece green cardamom pods
2 teaspoon black mustard seeds, crushed
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 red bell pepper, large dice
Cooked rice or potatoes for serving
In a blender, blend garlic and ginger. Add vinegar, turmeric, cumin, chili powder and salt and blend well. Transfer to a large bowl, add pork and turn to coat well. Cover and set aside at room temperature for one hour.
In a large sauté pan, heat oil. Add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and mustard seeds. Fry over medium-high heat until sizzling and aromatic, about 4 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add pork and cook, turning until lightly browned, about 6 minutes.
Add tamarind and bell pepper bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until pork is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Serve with rice or potatoes.
At 365 Things Austin we are obsessed with helping you make the most out of life in Austin. And doing that means eating your way through it! We are a foodie town full of hungry people who like to take risks and try new things.
That’s why our newest podcast—launching Monday, Sept. 16th—is all about Austin’s thriving, changing, bursting restaurant scene. The choices are overwhelming, so let us help you embrace it all.
Our monthly culinary-themed podcast is hosted by local food blogger Natalie Paramore. She’ll interview Austin’s best chefs (some you may have heard of, not maybe not!) and talk about their restaurants and what inspires them. We’ll also find out where they like to eat when they have a day off and what they make for themselves at home.
As Oprah likes to say, “Your house should rise up to meet you!” We totally agree. And If you need an upgrade for your atmosphere, there is a new store in the heart of Austin’s Crestview neighborhood that is calling your name. Nadeau was founded by Tom Nadeau in 1991 on the idea that great furniture should be attainable by everyone—and it should make you feel at home.
The store has a wide range of solid wood furniture from around the globe at affordable prices. Each piece is handcrafted and won’t be found in everyone else’s living room. This is a way to make your mark with personal style.
The Austin store is Nadeau’s 34th retail location in the U.S. and one of five in Texas. The selection is ever-changing and inventory flies out of the store, so if you see something you like on their Austin page, stop by the store right away. You can also subscribe to their emails and get first dibs on everything!
Check out these Yelp reviews to get a sense of what makes this place so unique: “It really is furniture with a soul. It’s stuff that stands out, stuff your friends will ask you where you got it from. The quality is great and their sales people were so helpful.” – Hilary M.
“Love this place! Awesome customer service and tons of unique pieces at very reasonable
prices. Everything was delivered by a local company for a flat fee. I went back two weeks later and found the perfect little side table for our family room. Every time I walk in this place there are fabulous new things that I desperately want to own!” – Stephanie P.
It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of our favorite things to do in Austin.
They have a new promotion happening until the end of season (November 30th) called “Friends Fly Half Price.”
Fine Print: Valid Monday-Friday. BOGO 1/2 OFF. For every full price ticket purchased, one is half price. Must call 512-614-1996 to receive the discount. Exclusions: Night Flight Tours.
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. The views are even more spectacular! You reach speeds of up to 50 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Wurstfest was voted the number two Oktoberfest in the country by USA Today. This “10-Day Salute To Sausage” in New Braunfels is one of our favorite festivals of the year. With sausage, beer, polka and potato pancakes as far as the eye can see, it’s a Bavarian wonderland that’s not to be missed.
By offering round trip transportation all ten days of the fest again we’re making getting to New Braunfels easier than fitting into last years lederhosen. Why risk the hour drive when you can take our Wheels to Wurstfest?
YOUR TICKET INCLUDES:
Worry free transportation from downtown Austin to / from Wurstfest in New Braunfels.
Buses are comfortable air conditioned motor coaches with bathrooms!
BYOB welcome on the ride down.
Admission into the festival.
Pre and post Wurstfest Specials at our downtown Austin check-in location.
Four hours on site to enjoy the festival, total trip time is approximately six hours depending on traffic.
Each bus holds 54 guests so you can come by yourself and meet new friends or invite all of your friends to book on the same bus as you!
Our buses are 18 and older, proof of valid ID required at check in!
**The bus will pick up and drop off from Revelry Bar + Kitchen on East 6th Street. You can start boarding 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour departure time. Check in early or stay late to receive pre and post wheels specials. To reserve a private bus email email@example.com
E-Scooters have fundamentally changed the way Austinites and visitors get around the city. They are great for buzzing around town, but the city is now looking at where they should be excluded in order to protect Austin’s pedestrians and our beautiful outdoor treasures.
The Trail Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Austin dedicated to protecting, enhancing, and connecting the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, is spreading the word that e-scooters are not allowed on the trail.
As part of their nine-month pilot program, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department excluded scooter use on the beloved 10-mile loop around the lake. The department is also seeking feedback from locals! Click here to take their survey and make your voice heard.
During this temporary period, scooters are allowed for transportation purposes (and to avoid being on trail) at the following bridges: Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, South 1st Bridge, and the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.
Now you can help get the word out and protect our wonderful trail system by buying a T-shirt to help drive awareness! All proceeds from the shirts go directly to The Trail Foundation!
You probably already know that the 2019 Austin City Limits Music Festival is October 4-6 and October 11-13 at Zilker Park and that Guns N’ Roses, Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, Robyn and more big names are playing. But this year’s Late Night Shows have just been announced and that list includes Gary Clark Jr, James Blake, King Princess, Third Eye Blind, Kali Uchis, Rebelution, GRiZ, Jenny Lewis, Fisher, and more. Check out the full list here and below.
10/3 Gary Clark Jr @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/3 Hippie Sabotage w/ Paul Sebastian @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
10/3 FIDLAR w/ XETAS @ Scoot Inn
10/4 Gary Clark Jr @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/4 TroyBoi @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
10/4 The Comet is Coming with DJ Mel @ Scoot Inn
10/4 Pink Sweat$ @ Antone’s (18+)
10/4 Blackillac @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/5 Golden Dawn Arkestra @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/5 Jai Wolf w/ Hotel Garuda and Memba @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
10/5 IDLES @ Mohawk
10/5 Jenny Lewis w/ Cherry Glazerr @ Scoot Inn
10/5 Eric Rachmany w/ Reed Turner – A Benefit for Proclaim Justice @ Antone’s (18+)
10/5 Shura w/ Faye Webster @ 3TEN
10/6 GRiZ w/ Capyac (DJ Set) @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
10/6 Misterwives with Briston Maroney @ Scoot Inn
^10/6 Gospel Brunch: Bells of Joy @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/7 BANKS w/ Kevin Garrett @ Scoot Inn
10/8 Bea Miller w/ Kah-lo @ Scoot Inn
*10/9 Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit feat. King Princess @ Stubbs Waller Creek
10/10 Kali Uchis w/ Mahalia @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater