burger at the New Oasthouse Gastropub in west Austin, TX

(map) This fun take on “elevated pub food” opened last month near the Four Points. We were invited to a special tasting for the media, serving a menu of smaller versions of the regular dishes. Above, the Farmhouse Pub Burger featuring local Akaushi wagyu beef, Guinness cheddar, house-cured bacon, and of course, See More »

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Ice-skating at Barton Creek Resort near Austin, Texas

(map) Soon, Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink opens for the season at Barton Creek Resort. The 4,100-square-foot rink will be open from December 18 through January 6 (check the website for hours). The rink features 200,000 twinkling lights to amp up your holiday spirits, and this year, there will be special skating sessions with Santa. Hot chocolate and cider are on-hand, too. $20-25 per person. Barton Creek Resort website

ice skating at Barton Creek Resort near Austin, Texas

Snow Day

In: Outdoors

16 Dec

In Texas, a white Christmas usually is just a dream. But this Saturday, the Hill Country Galleria will let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Bring the kiddos from 12-4 for snowballs, sledding, and other slushy fun. (Photo courtesy of Sam Chapman, Austin Real Estate Guy.)

(map) Ho ho ho! Rush to the Airstream and pick up one of these new treats, arriving now just for the holidays. Rich chocolate cake studded with chunks of Andes mint chocolates and frosted with peppermint buttercream. Sweet!

Hey Cupcake! website

pumpkin patch at Sweet Berry Farm, Marble Falls, Texas

(map) Now through November 8th, everything’s coming up pumpkin at Sweet Berry Farm. They’re showcasing almost 20 varieties, from tiny little mini’s to giants the size of a chair, and everything in between. They’ve even got pure-white albino pumpkins. There are also hayrides, a maze to get lost in, face-painting, flower-picking, and a grill serving up See More »

(map) Hey Cupcake! launches their newest cupcake for the fall season. The Pumpkinator is a moist pumpkin-spice cake topped with cream-cheese frosting. It’s a frightfully yummy way to welcome the approach of Halloween!

Hey Cupcake! website

It starts this Friday! So if you’re thinking of going this year, here’s a look at last year. Fantastic weather drew record crowds to this historic German town. From beer and bratwurst to bungee-jumping and the Chicken Dance, it’s a great time for folks young, old and in-between. Colorful costumes, whether authentic or silly, and See More »

(map) Tom and Doug, the two brothers behind Hawk’s Shadow Winery, debuted their impressive new tasting room over the summer. It’s got it all: A killer view, cool underground cellar, lots of space for tasting, and most importantly, See More »

Half-pound cheeseburger at The League near Lakeway, Texas

(map) Every Monday, The League serves up a tasty deal: Order one of their half-pound, freshly ground burgers and get the second one free. Above, the American Burger, topped with American cheese and then a fried egg. The Southern Burger is topped with bacon, fried onions and barbecue sauce. They’re a deliciously hot mess! Burgers come with your choice of sides, but go early. Lots of hungry diners are getting hip to this deal.

The League Kitchen & Tavern website

Mark Pryor

In: Stuff

8 Sep

Mark Pryor

(map) Next Tuesday, September 15, local author and Travis County Assistant District Attorney Mark Pryor previews his latest thriller, “Hollow Man.” As Kirkus Reviews describes the book, “Austin’s music scene provides the backdrop for a creepy psychological thriller.” 7 pm, free at the Lake Travis Library.

Lake Travis Community Library website

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