Field Trip :: A Mezcal Tasting

Two weekends ago, a few of us got together for the ultimate Sunday Funday. While I’m typically content with Bloody Marys and Mimosas, I was excited to step things up a notch with a few of the lovely ladies from our team for an afternoon of mezcal tasting at Austin’s newest hotspot, qui. With the […]

Tastemakers :: Trace

It may be hot outside, but this week we have such a cool treat to share with you: Chef Lawrence Kocurek, Chef de Cuisine at the W Austin’s deliciously stylish restaurant Trace, invited us back into his kitchen for a quick cooking lesson. We asked for something we could all whip up at home without […]

Little Things :: Summer Berry Picking

Today I’m thrilled to introduce a brand new monthly series here on the blog: Little Things will be brimming with inspiration for fun get-togethers to do with the littles in your life — and if you don’t have any, you just might get inspired to let loose and act like a kid yourself for a day. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tastemakers :: Josephine House

For years, we’ve had tacos, barbeque and beer down in Austin. What was harder to find, though, was a touch of refined but casual elegance in our local food scene. Thankfully, Larry McGuire, Austin’s culinary boy wonder, has gotten it just right once again, articulating exactly what we wanted before we even knew quite what […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Holiday Mixology Party

When the owners of one of Austin’s favorite local watering holes invited us over for an exclusive holiday cocktail making class, we immediately jumped at the opportunity. Located just a few blocks from home, Drink.Well has become a personal favorite bar + restaurant of mine… but after our team spent a few hours in a […]