(map) Does anything taste better than fresh strawberries? How about some really fresh ones you pick yourself? Now that we finally have some good weather, you can do just that at this pick-your-own place near Marble Falls. For the next few weeks, See More »

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That’s the actual brand name for these. That’s how seriously a company that makes confetti eggs takes itself. Cascarones are real eggshells, hollowed out and filled with colorful confetti. Popular at Easter, having one See More »

Lady Bird Lane Cafe in the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, Texas

(map) This cute cafe just opened in the new, interactive Hill Country Science Mill. And while building your own race car, controlling an armadillo robot and creating explosions can work up an appetite, the good news is you can visit the cafe from either inside or outside the museum. The menu offers fresh salads, sandwiches and See More »

Long before Rick Perry, Texas lawmakers dreamed of freedom from pesky, far-off rulers meddling in Texas’ bidness. 179 years ago, they did something about it, officially declaring independence from Mexico. Celebrate today with some native hooch: Cinco Vodka, so smooth they call it the five-star vodka. Shake up a Texa-tini (okay, I made that name up), sit back and savor the achievements of a bunch of hot-headed Texans a long time ago.

 

 

(map) What better way to celebrate Texas Independence than all month long? And with $1 Lone Star beer? Starting March 1st, Rudy’s Bar-B-Q does just that. Cheers!

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q website

(map) Next Saturday the 28th is Spicewood Vineyards’ 7th annual chili cookoff. $20 gets you a chili-tasting wristband, as well as a souvenir glass of Spicewood’s Cabernet Claret. Judges will decide which chili pairs best with the claret and the competition gets plenty hot! From 1 to 6 pm, with live music and food trucks. Find ticket info and team entry forms here.

topographical sandbox at the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, TX

(map) This new museum geared to kids (and the kid in us all) just opened and is already a huge hit. Housed in a renovated 1880′s grist mill, the exhibits are sourced from all over the world to entice kids to explore the fascinating mysteries of science. Opening day, children of all ages were having a literal blast, See More »

Mad Batter

In: Eating

16 Feb

The new Mad Batter bakery in Johnson City, TX

(map) Brand-new bakery Mad Batter serves up tasty treats like donuts, cupcakes, kolaches, pies, scones, cookies and muffins, all baked fresh every day. Local owners Matt and Shelton run two other restaurants (Lot 102 and 290 Diner) in Johnson City, and felt the town needed the sweet treatment. Go early, because they run out of goodies fast.

Mad Batter website

Next Thursday the 19th marks the beginning of the Chinese or Lunar New Year. According to the zodiac, 2015 is the Year of the Ram. Celebrate by going to Pao’s Mandarin House and ordering off the secret Chinese menu (story here). Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of time – the celebration lasts for 15 days!

Pao’s Mandarin House blog

S. C. Gwynne

In: Stuff

11 Feb

(map) Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author Sam Gwynne will be at the Lake Travis Community Library next Tuesday, February 17 as part of the Lake Travis Reads series. Mr. Gwynne is the author of the bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon. His newest book is Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson. Free, at 7 pm.

Lake Travis Community Library website

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