(map) Our Texas Hill Country land is perfect for growing olives. Next Saturday, Texas Hill Country Olive Company is holding a big sale of trees from their stock of seven varieties. Experts will be on hand to give advice on planting, growing (and harvesting!) olives. Medium-sized trees (1-1/2 to 2 years old) are $20; large-sized (3-1/2 years old) are $40. Sale goes from 11 to 5 Saturday, August 2. Texas Hill Country Olive website
(map) Looking for fresh, locally sourced meals for your family? 512 Market Kitchen has you covered. Check out their menu online, place your order by Friday, then pick it up on Sunday at the Lone Star Farmers Market in Bee Cave (they also deliver to Steiner). Lasagna made with from-scratch marinara sauce and local basil. Chicken salad with free-range Texas hens and in-house pickles. Handmade breakfast sausage blended with sage and red wine. Most dishes serve four, although some smaller sizes are available. If you haven’t ordered ahead, stop by the farmers market and they may have some extras on hand for you. While you’re there, try the breakfast and lunch specials (see below). Lamb sliders made with IO Ranch lamb, yum!
(map) It would be hard to find a more mellow, laid-back spot than this. Located in a funky old rock house, La Cabana has been serving up good Tex-Mex to families out in Spicewood for almost a decade. Above, the Queso Especial, a creamy, thick queso with guacamole and spicy ground beef. It was so hearty, See More »
(map) Cheers! This Saturday, the 13 wineries along Wine Road 290 will be pairing tastes of their wines with chili made by some of the top Hill Country restaurants. No extra charge; some tasting fees may apply. (Thanks to Miguel Lecuona for the photo.) Wine Road 290 website
(map) Ready for a “positively wild” experience? Join Critterman and his menagerie this Thursday at 10:30 at the Lake Travis Library. Free.
(map) Saccone’s says it serves “pizza with a Jersey attitude.” And while I didn’t see Snooki and The Situation getting into a bar fight (it’s BYOB), the pizza did taste totally authentic. They’ve perfected the super-thin crust, and that “sweet sauce,” Bada-bing! See the pies here: See More »
(map) Good news for everyone who misses Shades! Sundancer Grill just debuted in the former Shades location and promises to be open year-round. Billing themselves as “upscale dining with a casual lakeside atmosphere,” the new spot is delivering when it comes to food (if only See More »
(map) “A brew with a view.” It’s the perfect slogan for a brewery located next to The Oasis, with the same famous view of Lake Travis. It’s actually an even better view, ’cause it’s one floor higher! Cheers to Oasis Brewing, newly established in the See More »
(map) You can hear these falls before you can see them, the sound of water flowing over limestone like a musical call. These river stones were layered here 300 million years ago, give or take a day or two. The lazy, stair-step motion of the cascades belies the ferocity of the flash floods See More »