Thread Austin Readers:
Because we love you oh so dearly, we wanted to share with you these FREE workout classes in various parks around the city. Not only will you be getting toned but you can also get your tan as well. Double whammy of hotness.
Free Workout Classes In The Park
May 27th - May 31st
8:30am Wednesday (29th) and Friday (31st)
(Just north of Guad and 38th intersection)
6:15pm, 7:20pm Monday (27th) and Wednesday (29th)
(park near the basketball court)
4:20pm Tuesday (28th) and Thursday (30th)
(next to the volleyball courts)
Look for the Camp Gladiator flag
Josh Patton | firstname.lastname@example.org
Example? Showing up to work late 3 days in a row looking like I popped off the set of Fraggle Rock.
The Flatwater Foundation will hold its 4th Annual “Tyler’s Dam That Cancer” event on Monday, June 3, with all proceeds to benefit the foundation. Mark Garza and Rob McKinnie, two Austinites touched by cancer, created the 21-mile dam-to-dam stand-up paddleboard event to spread the message that mental health is vital when overcoming a cancer diagnosis.
Garza, a local Marketing Executive and Event Producer, was driven to put his professional background to use for this cause when hearing about his father’s diagnosis of stage-4 prostate cancer.
“Cancer touches us all in one way or another, and each diagnosis changes so many lives, said Garza. Our organization hopes to bring families back to the serenity of flat water, so they can focus on overcoming cancer, not the waves of mental challenges that arise.”
The event hopes to raise $200,000 in donations for the Flatwater Foundation with a private group of 75 supporters trekking 21-miles from Apache Shores on Lake Austin to Hula Hut at Tom Miller Dam on stand-up paddleboards. Participants will have to raise $1,500 in donations to paddle with the group and supporters will be able to contribute online or at the event.
Dam That Cancer will have a celebration after the paddlers have completed the 21-miles at Hula Hut starting at 5pm with a DJ provided by Red Bull from 5:00 to 7:00pm and Black Pistol Fire from 7:00 to 8:00pm on the Hewlett VW Stage, food and raffle prizes. Raffle prizes include a beach vacation in Dana Point, CA, a mountain vacation in Mammoth Lakes, CA, a stand-up paddleboard, and more.
The event is free to attend but a $100 donation gets entry into the VIP section where there will be complimentary food and drink tickets. All of the proceeds go to The Flatwater Foundation to continue their dedication to providing those diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones access to mental health therapy and family support.
Last weekend Victoria and I had the privilege to tour some of the most “baller” apartments that Austin has to offer and I am speechless. Never have I ever been in a Penthouse nor in an establishment that has a closet that is the size of my actual apartment. Shuttled from one fancy place to the next, we viewed everything from The Shores to Park West to the exclusive Penthouse of the Four Seasons Residences. It was amazing. The views were absolutely breath-taking and I’m not going to lie, I felt a little fancy-mcbutterpants being amongst other tour-goers who could actually afford these places. Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association did a wonderful job from beginning to end and I’d highly recommend clearing out your schedule for next year’s event.
Lesson learned from this experience? Stay on my grind and I will one day be living in a “de-luxe apartment in the sky”…(yes, cue Jefferson’s theme song.)
Houston favorite, Liberty Kitchen Oyster Bar is coming to Austin! Slated to open February 2014, the FEED TX restaurant group has signed a lease for the space at 5th and Pressler in the Gables Pressler complex. Bringing coastal gourmet comfort food to the Austin dining scene, Liberty Kitchen will be serving up their famed raw and grilled oysters, cured fish, Gumbo, roasted meats, and more once they open their doors.
We love Texas. And we love beer. This past Saturday we got to spend a perfect afternoon combining these two loves with the folks over at Craft Pride on Rainey Street. When we first walked in to the bar, we were amazed by all the little touches the owners, homebrewers Brandy and JT, had conceptualized and brought to life. From the beer bottle chandeliers to the velvety wallpaper, it was clear that every aspect of the bar had been hand-picked with a unique vision in mind. There’s even a wooden cut out of Texas on the ceiling with lights marking the individual breweries throughout the state! All of the wood inside the bar was salvaged from the original residence on Rainey street and re-purposed to serve as a unique decor. When asked about the inspiration behind the interior design, owner JT shrugged and cited it as “a mix of bold personalities.” The balance between all of the elements creates an interesting, welcoming aesthetic.
Now, personally, I’m not very knowledgeable about beer. So, after walking in and being presented with 54 different Texas beers on tap to choose from, it’s safe to say that I was a little bit overwhelmed. Usually when I’m in this situation and presented with too many options, I’ll generally just choose at random to save face. This time, however, my choice was guided gently by cellar manager and cicerone Tre Miner. I told him what I liked in a beer and he confidently poured me a delicious draught out of Llano. This man is brimming with brew knowledge, so next time you’re looking to try something new or learn a little bit about the craft that goes into the making of beer, stop by and ask for Tre.
In addition to all the beers on tap, the bar boasts a cozy bottle shop with a separate entrance in the back. Here, you can buy six packs of beer (including gluten free!), singles, ciders, and wine, which, for the most part, are all brewed and crafted in the great state of Texas.
And don’t worry, we didn’t forget about those of you who aren’t big beer fans. In addition to one non-alcoholic draft beer, the bar also serves a variety of ciders, sours, wines, and beer cocktails so there really is something for everyone.
And, if you get a craving for something a little more substantial, there’s a Bacon food truck out back run by Austin native Reid Reynolds. For this past week’s American Craft Beer Week, Mr. Reynolds prepared a meal pairing with each beer that complemented the particular flavors. We were lucky enough to try the Saint Arnold Icon Green Amarillo Hefeweizen and the smoked cantaloupe chicken tacos that accompanied, making for a delicious combination. And for you brunch lovers, we hear that a monthly brunch is in the works for the near future, so keep an eye on Craft Pride’s Facebook page for details about that and other upcoming events.
So, next time you’re in the mood for a good beer in a comfortable environment, including a huge patio, head to Rainey street to get the full experience. Hopefully, you’ll run into Brandy and JT and they can tell you a little more about the story behind Craft Pride. And don’t miss checking out the wallpaper in the ladies’ room; it awesome.
Brandy’s Favorite Current Beer on Tap: Fuego Jalapeno Pilsner or, if you’re in the mood for something sweet and savory, a mix of the Jalapeno Pilsner plus the Texas Honey Ale
JT’s Favorite Current Beer on Tap: Numb Comfort which, we hear, is “not for the faint of heart”
Tre’s Favorite Current Beer on Tap: Porter Del Roble, brewed right here in Austin, Texas.
For more pictures of our adventure at Craft Pride, please visit our Facebook Page.
With the release of The Great Gatsby in theaters, my love for the era has become an obsession. I want anything and everything Gatsby. Flapper hair, fancy dresses, you name it!
So in ode to this amazing piece of literature and my new obsession, this week’s local cocktail comes to us from Sullivan’s on Colorado St. “The Daisitini” is not only Gatsby inspired, its a piece of work all its own. It’s classy, clean, and bold all at the same time.
1.5oz Tanqueray Gin
.75oz St Germaine
.75oz Triple Sec
1oz Lemon juice
1 Lemon twist
Combine all ingredients in a Boston shaker; Shake 10-15 times and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist