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Everyone is talking Valentine’s right now but I’m a firm believer that you don’t need a special day to celebrate . If you’re looking to get out of your normal routine this month, here are a few ideas for all budgets. 

1. Visit Austin’s new dining hall, Fareground at One Eleven 

This place is worth ALL the hype it has been getting. Choose from what you’re feeling from the food hall vendors, grab a cocktail from the bar and enjoy. You can’t go wrong with any of the vendors, it’s our new go-to. 

Credit: IG @photographybyvanessa

2. Half-Priced Wine at Juliet Italian Kitchen 

Is it just us or does wine taste better when it’s half -off? Juliet Italian Kitchen does half off bottles of wine on Tuesdays. Bonus: their patio is one of our favorites in town! 


3. Tipster Walking Tour

Explore the city while getting your exercise! Learn something new about the place you live (and love).  Try their East Side Beer Tour for a combo of walking and boozing or the music tour to learn a little bit more about why we’re “The Live Music Capital of the World.”

4. Plant Swap at HOPE Farmer’s Market 

Not all dates have to involve food and booze. The HOPE Farmer’s Market does a plant swap each week. That right, you bring seeds, pots, plants, ect. and there’s a swap. Perfect for the botanist in your life. 

5. Get Married 

Loot Rentals is proud to offer a day of free weddings to be held at the Loot Showroom and Warehouse on Valentine’s Day from 10 AM – 6 PM. The event is available for anyone that is ready to tie the knot or just exchange renewal vows all for free! All couples are welcome as the company is a strong believer that Love is Love. 

6. First Saturday at Alta’s Cafe

Okay, so you’re going to have to table this one until March but this is worth noting. On the First Saturday of the month Alta’s Cafe does $10 bottomless mimosas! I’d take a stroll around the lake then post up and enjoy a few post walk cocktails. 

Name: Sheba
Animal ID: A750191
Age: 2 years old
Breed: Pitbull Mix
Location: In foster

Sheba is a super sweet girl who loves to explore her surroundings and show affection to the people around her. She knows lots of great tricks and would enjoy learning even more with her new family! Sheba is currently in a foster home, so you can meet her by contacting Austin Animal Center and arranging a meeting with her foster parents. 

This is Antonelli’s Cheese Shop’s 8th year in a row to offer over 225 cheese plates at over ten Austin restaurants. Make sure to plan your work schedule around it and get there early, because each restaurant often “sells out” fast.

Each location starts handing out cheese plates at 5pm (or their earliest opening). Make sure to check out their website for details.  Happy Cheese-ing Austin!


Last Saturday, local music concert series, Microsessions featured four Austin artists performing short, 20-minute sets for fans who got to sample each artist, then choose one they’d like to see more of at the conclusion of the event. The format is dubbed “Speed dating for live music” and promises five sets over two hours, often from new and upcoming local acts. Microsessions has primarily used Music Lab for their venue-space but have been exploring other options around Austin. 

 Austin artists Wiretree, Christina Cavazos, Grace Pettis and River Has Many Voices performed for a sold-out audience in small-format rooms with groups of around 30 people watching. Group guides led folks to their designated stages, offering complimentary drinks and information about Microsessions and the invited acts. It was evident, Microsessions founder Paul Schomer carefully curated the lineup Saturday. Each act complimented the other while offering original material in an intimate setting. House concerts were the model for Schomer and scale was the issue. Schomer downplayed his brainchild, emphasizing the simplicity of his project.  But most good ideas are, in fact simple, aren’t they? 

“It’s not really rocket science, but I’ve learned that you can’t just slap it together. Musicians really like it for the intimacy, the undivided attention, and audiences seem to like getting told what to do! Bands get to swap fans, which isn’t common. It’s a good way to try out new material, too,” says Schomer about his series which he’s honed over the past couple years. 

A former NPR journalist, the Microsessions founder has found a tidy formula. We started the evening with the gentle River Has Many Voices playing acoustic guitar to his lyrics. Otherwise known as Matthew Payne, the singer gave a subtle performance to a rapt audience. Like many Texas songwriter’s he pledges his alligiance to the Church of Townes Van Zandt but who can blame him? Steve Earle (another Van Zandt disciple) will practically fist fight someone over his love of the revered troubadour. 

We followed that performance with Wiretree‘s full-band set-up which was a great change of pace. A fair amount of music industry friends are fans of this act. Helmed by former solo artist, Josh Peroni, Wiretree’s indie rock/songwriter mashup has a similar ethos to groups like Caveman or closer to home, Okkerville River. We hate to use that word again, but after 11 years of performing Peroni and Wiretree are, indeed underrated. 

Christina Cavazos followed in a cozy outdoor setting. The singer-songwriter just finished high school and capped her secondary education years by winning a admittance to the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Music which accepted only 80 applicants this year. The reason is she’s good. Really good. And she’s really young. While some under-18 artists can appear a novelty, there’s none of that with Cavazos. She’s simply the gifted, young performer with a beautiful head of hair. It even says so in her Twitter bio. 

Grace Pettis was our photographer’s favorite act of the night. This red-headed young lady has been a buzz act around Texas lately. Her website crows about the Dallas-Morning News’ glowing review, while our own shutterbug, had to restrain herself from sending dozens of shots of her pick of the night. We think she’s pretty amazing too. Check some of her songs for yourself. 

The next Microsessions Austin is February 23 at Imagine Art with Sara Houser, Cari Q, David Hamburger and Ley Line. Tickets and information can be found at the Microsessions website

Hello, Taco Tuesday. Hello, $2 tacos. 

That’s right. One Taco Anderson Lane has launched Taco Tuesday with $2 tacos ALL day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner…you call it! 

When: Tuesdays  

One Taco 
2900 W Anderson Ln Suite K
Austin, Texas 78757

Loot Rentals is proud to offer a day of free weddings to be held at the Loot Showroom and Warehouse on Valentine’s Day from 10 AM – 6 PM. The event is available for anyone that is ready to tie the knot or just exchange renewal vows all for free! All couples are welcome as the company is a strong believer that Love is Love. 

Couples will be able to enjoy:

For more details on how you can reserve your free Valentine’s Day wedding, click here! To make a wedding reservation, contact Loot Rentals at 512-464-1184 or

When: Valentine’s Day

Time: 10am-6pm

Loot Rentals Showroom & Warehouse
3312 Duke Road
Austin, TX 78724

Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden just launched a new Happy Hour menu! 

The new  happy hour menu includes:

  • $3 snacks
  • $5 sausages
  • $4 beer
  • $5 wine specials

The menu includes boiled peanuts, their top-selling bratwurst and more as well as popular tap beers including Live Oak Pilz, Austin Beerworks Bloodwork Orange, a rotating special and house wines that pair perfectly.

When: Monday-Friday

Time: 4pm-6pm

79 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Has there ever been a town with as much love for animals as Austin has to give? We think not. Our rescue pets are family and we celebrate them at every opportunity. That’s why, of course, Austinites will finally get to celebrate Mardi Gras with their furry best friends, because Mardi Paws, the city’s first-ever dog Mardi Gras parade is upon us. Sponsored by the animal lovers at Grocery Pup, a company making insanely fresh and natural dog food right here in Austin, this parade is basically guaranteed to make you happy.

So what goes into a dog Mardi Gras parade, you might ask? Well everything. Just like the human version in NOLA, they’ll have a king, queen, and royal court who parade in little floats that are made from wagons. People and dogs in the parade will throw treats and beads to the crowd.

The theme for this inaugural year is “Saturday Bark Fever.” All floats will be disco-themed and attendees (of every species) are encouraged to dress like John Travolta walking into Studio 54.

Our king for the day will be Sebastian, who was rescued by Cutie PITooties and was fostered by Krista Allenby, owner of Ruff Adventures Dog Photography, at the end of September. When she first got Sebastian, he had severe mange and a skin infection. After just one month, he made a full recovery and was officially adopted by Krista. To celebrate his recovery and finding a new home filled with love, Sebastian has been crowned the King of Mardi Paws! Half of all proceeds from Mardi Paws will go to Cutie PITooties so they can rescue more pups like him.

Our original queen, Lil’ Kim, was rescued by Austin Dog Rescue in November from a shelter in Lockhart, and after multiple surgeries, she was close to being ready to be adopted. After appearing to be on the road to recovery, she developed a type of neurological disorder about a week ago, and her condition steadily worsened despite several visits to her veterinarian and the emergency room. With her passing on January 21, her furry foster brother and fellow Austin Dog Rescue pup, Kaxan, will ride in her honor as the Duke of Mardi Paws

All funds raised for Mardi Paws will be split 50/50 among the two organizations that rescued the king, queen and duke. Come out and have the time of your life for an incredibly worthy cause.

When: Saturday, February 10th

Time: 2 -6 p.m.

Lustre Pearl East

Can’t make it? Click here to donate to the cause and help spread the word on your social media pages.

P. Terry’s launched their newest concept today, Taco Ranch. This drive-thru taco joint is the brainchild of P. Terry’s owners. Like P. Terry’s they plan to offer all natural food at affordable pricing.

Their menu is simple and inspired by the simplicity of the 1960’s Taco Bell menu. They will also offer taco salads, chalupas, tostadas, burritos, and quesadillas. For a full preview of Taco Ranch, check out this great Eater Austin article.

Taco Ranch
5033 US-290
Austin, Texas