Field Trip :: A Letterpress Class

We’re always going on and on about paper around here — personalized stationery, greeting cards, thank you notes, we’re obsessed to say the least. And while we love anything letterpress, the process behind letterpress printing (and the machine itself) has always been so intimidating. I’d never actually given thought to learning how to letterpress until I […]

Tastemakers :: Fresh Chefs Society

Just before I left home at 17, headed for college and the great big world beyond, my mother brought home two chickens and called me into the kitchen. “I’m going to teach you to cut up a whole chicken,” she told me. “This is something you’ll need to know—they charge twice as much for the […]

Tastemakers :: Hops & Grain Craft Brewers

Apparently there’s a lot more to making beer than I ever knew. I suppose I never gave it much consideration, opening bottles and cans on hot summer days without a second thought. Feeling there was more to this beer thing, I met up recently with Josh Hare at his Austin-based Hops & Grain Brewery for […]

Tastemakers :: in.gredients

The Brothers Lane will be satisfied at nothing. No waste, that is. Founders of the country’s first zero-waste grocery, brothers Joseph, Patrick, and Christian Lane, along with partner Christopher Pepe, were concerned about how much food packaging gets thrown in the garbage, and wanted to see if they could create a grocery store outside the […]

Guide to Austin Shopping

{clockwise: jm drygoods, spartan, tesoros, nannie inez} After the success of Camille’s restaurant guide we published last spring, requests started coming in for a guide to Austin shopping as well. As with the restaurant guide, we weren’t able to include all of our favorites here… there are simply too many great locally owned shops in […]

Tastemakers :: Flour Bakery

When I visited Flour Bakery’s Hope Williams and Greg Wilson, I didn’t expect to need to know a secret knock. Located above a bar on Red River in Austin’s gritty music district, Flour turns out flaky, buttery croissants, crusty artisan breads and deliciously nostalgic “reminiscents”— reimagined versions of the treats we loved as kids, but […]

StyleMint Giveaway :: Style for your City!

One of the (many) reasons I love living in Austin is the casual, creative vibe this city embraces from its music scene to its design community to the unique personal styles spotted in every neighborhood. You really can wear jeans and fit in just about anywhere, but the key is finding a way to wear […]

Field Trip :: A Cheese Tasting Party

Remember back in September when we rounded up our 10 favorite cheese plates? Well our love for cheese is still going strong, and our commitment to our all-time favorite dish unfaltering. So when the owners of one of our favorite dining spots in town came knocking on our door with the idea to host a […]

I’m With The Band

Jennifer here, already accused of taking this post way too seriously! But hey — after 12+ years of living in Austin and countless wristbands tucked in my scrapbook, I’ve learned a thing or two about surviving music festivals. And I’m not about to send you out there in a pair of espadrilles and tight jeans. […]

Tastemakers :: Salt & Time

Remember when there were neighborhood butcher shops? Yeah, me neither. Back in the fabled past (when you could also get fresh milk delivered to your door every day), I’ve heard there were neighborhood shops where skilled artisans cut whole animals to order. These butchers knew the farmer who raised the animals, knew what their customers […]

Monochromatic Monday :: I ♥ Austin

It’s supposed to hit 80+ degrees today (don’t hate, East Coasters) and it’s days like this when I’m reminded yet again how much I love living in Austin. I’m planning to close the computer early, pull on my favorite cutoffs and take Phoebe to a park somewhere so she can try out a swing set […]

Tastemakers :: Argus Cidery

This feature is part 2 of our new Tastemakers series, in which Elizabeth Winslow uncovers the stories behind the most inspiring food artisans, distillers, retailers, farmers, restauranteurs, bakers, chefs, tastemakers, and innovators. For our first installment with Fresa’s, click here. There’s a new scene brewing in Austin: just southwest of town where the city lights give way to the […]

Field Trip :: A Coffee Brewing Class

Oh, coffee… how do I love thee? For many of us, brewing a piping hot cup of joe is one act of kindness we do for our loved ones every morning. Though I consider myself to be quite the coffee junkie, I’ve had more instant coffee and Keurig cups than I care to admit… so […]

Tastemakers :: Fresa’s, Austin

I’ve been bursting with excitement to unveil the series we’ve been working on with our newest contributor, Elizabeth Winslow. I first got to know Elizabeth when we collaborated on this feature of her gorgeous home, and I could immediately tell from her warmth, creativity and unbelievably vast cookbook selection that she was a foodie soulmate…and […]

Feliz :: A Celebration of Handmade

Thanks to Austin’s vibrant creative community, it seems like there’s a cool artist event happening nearly every weekend… but last week’s inaugural Feliz event definitely upped the ante. Natalie Davis and Abby Powell conceived of this “celebration of handmade” to showcase the work of talented makers, and the weekend lineup included artist-led workshops as well as a […]