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 »

The Texas Olive Festival at the Texas Hill Country Olive Company in Dripping Springs, Texas

(map) A hit last year, this “celebration of all things olive” is back this Saturday at Texas Hill Country Olive Company in Drippin’. Not just for olive-lovers, the festival offers local foods and wine tastings by 16 Hill Country wineries, including Messina Hof, Duchman, Lewis Cellars, and William Chris. There are samples from ten local restaurants, as well as chef demo’s by five local chefs, including Chef Jack Gilmore from Jack Allen’s Kitchen. Live music is provided by four local bands. The festival runs this Saturday, April 5, from 12 to 7. Tickets are $35 in advance. Find more information at the link below.

Texas Olive Festival website

Striking Gold

In: Drinking

28 Mar

Bending Branch Tannat, gold-medal winner at the 2014 Dallas Morning News - TEXSOM International Wine Competition

Lately, Texas wines are on a gold rush, winning 11 gold medals at the 2014 Dallas Morning News TEXSOM International Wine Competition. Lest you think there was a local bias, 55 judges tasted 2,729 wines from 27 states and 20 foreign countries. That’s a lot of vino! Members of the Texas Fine Wines group (Bending Branch, Brennan and Duchman) won four gold medals. Lewis Wines, Stone House, Messina Hof, Spicewood Vineyards, Haak and Eden Hill also won gold. Read more about the winners here and cheers to all!

Steven Saylor

In: Stuff

26 Mar

Celebrated author Steven Saylor appears in Bee Cave, Texas

He’s been called “one of the greatest authors of historical fiction,” and next week, Steven Saylor will speak at the Bee Cave Library. As a guest of the Lake Travis Reads program, Mr. Saylor appears next Tuesday, April 2 at 7 pm. He’s authored the best-selling “Roma” series, as well as a historical novel closer to our homes, “A Twist at the End.” That book focused on America’s first serial murders, which took place in Austin in 1885. The “servant-girl annihilator,” as O. Henry dubbed him, was never caught. This guy can spin a tale, so don’t miss it! For more info, click on Lake Travis Reads

 

If you’re a Texas wine-lover, you’ll be excited to hear that we’ve got well over a dozen fantastic wineries nearby, within a 20-minute to one-hour drive. So whether you’re looking to entertain folks visiting from out of town, or just looking for a fun day trip, here’s a list that’ll have you saying “cheers!”

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Woo-bonnets

In: Outdoors

21 Mar

Nothing shouts “Spring!” like a picture of Mr. Woo in the bluebonnets. Happy Friday!

The crowd at Willie Nelson's Heartbreaker Banquet in Spicewood, Texas during SXSW.

One of the most unique, exclusive, and fantastic events of SXSW takes place out West. For the 80s film “Red Headed Stranger,” crews built a replica of an entire old-West town out on Willie’s ranch near Spicewood. During South By, record labels throw one of the biggest parties out in Luck, Texas, complete with free beer and See More »

March 17

In: Daily Sunset

17 Mar

sunset over Lake Travis near Austin, Texas

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

It’s no blarney – out West, we are celebrating the wearin’ o’ the green with food and drink specials plus live music. Below, a guide with quick descriptions and links to more info. Cheers! See More »

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