Saturday, Austin Bakes for West set up shop at eight locations around Austin. Volunteer bakers manned the booths to raise relief funds for the town of West, Texas. It was a big success! Austin Bakes raised over $18,000, with 100% of donations going to West. And more donations are still coming in. If you missed the sale, you can donate online at austinbakes.com.
See more photos of the fun at Whole Foods Bee Cave below:
With Lake Travis dropping daily, all of the Sometimes Islands are now exposed, connected together into one long island. We waded across from Mansfield Dam Park recently and hiked around. We found lots of fossils and this spear point. The LCRA believes Native Americans like the Comanche, Apache and Tonkawa lived around these parts. My anthropologist friend Scott says it’s between 2,500 to 5,000 years old.
It’s the number-one restaurant day of the year (bigger than Valentine’s Day, even)! Sunday, May 12 is just two weeks away. Below, a guide to 25 of the best places out West to take Mom for her special day. Clicking on a restaurant’s name will take you to their special menu. See More »
This Saturday is a chance to treat yourself and help relief efforts in West, Texas at the same time. From 10 to 2, volunteers will be selling cookies, brownies, cupcakes, scones, kolaches, pies and more goodies at the Whole Foods in Bee Cave (there will be seven other Austin Bakes locations across Austin as well). All money collected will go to benefit West (see more details at the Austin Bakes website). Come on out; there’s no tastier way to pitch in!
Photo by Mary Helen Leonard
Talk about a frothy success story! Despite only starting to brew beer just six weeks ago, Infamous has already found its way into 30 bars around town, including Little Woodrow’s, The Dig Pub, and The League Lakeway. The brewery is based off Hudson Bend Road (tours coming soon, they say), and currently produces two brews: The light-and-tasty Hijack cream ale, and a hoppy IPA. Both offer great body and taste for our coming Texas heat. To brewmeisters Josh, Zach and Matt, congrats on your success so far and cheers!
Popular Westlake hit The Grove Wine Bar/Kitchen is busy remodeling the old Mizu Sushi location near Lakeway, and say they hope to open in May if all goes well. Dining and entertainment venue Highlights Gametime Grill says they are opening May 1, and it may happen. And we’re not sure exactly when old fave Hawaiian Shave Ice will open, but it’s usually mid-May.
Not pictured: The new West Main Grill, soon taking the place of the Silver K in Johnson City. Also coming soon, a review of the new pizza place in Bee Cave, Lake Point Cafe.
(map) This Saturday and Sunday, Becker celebrates all things lavender. From sweeping fields of blooming lavender to lavender soaps, sachets, lotions and plants. There’s live music, cooking demo’s, touring and wine-tasting, as well as food and craft vendors. Best of all, it’s free! Just $5 for parking.
Award-winning shorts and features, comedies and dramas, it’s all happening next week at the 4th Annual HCFF in Fredericksburg May 2 through 5. We’re personally interested in the documentary, “Somm.” Description: “Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.” For schedules and ticket info go here.
This annual festival starts this Friday night with a wine-pairing dinner in Fredericksburg, and continues Saturday at nearby Wildseed Farms. Texas wineries and Hill Country restaurants will be on hand with free tastings, and there will also be food, wine and beer for purchase. Live music starts at 11, and continues till 7:30 with Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces, followed by the Almost Patsy Cline band. Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit a new Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts in Fredericksburg.