Posts tagged ‘austin’

July 20, 2012

Austin: Breaking News, H&M is coming!!

h&MBut not ’til this fall so you don’t actually get to purchase the teeny bikini shown here. Hennes & Mauritz, or H&M, or “achay y emmeh” as it will always be known to me as my first H&M visit was in Madrid where I was living, will open its 24,000-square-foot outpost in the Domain in the fall, offering women’s, men’s, children’s (newborn to 8), accessories, maternity, and lingerie.

There are 6 H&Ms within the state of Texas and more than 2,500 stores in 44 markets around the world.

This announcement simply confirms the rumors that have long swirled around the city. While I do advocate good shopping by shopping locally, resale, and all that Austin-y stuff, it is nice to have access to affordable, trendy pieces—and there are some great designer collabs coming up! Get excited!

More info:

July 20, 2012

Feel Good Friday 072012

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Happy wedding to Scott & Rhianna!
  • Got to do almost everything on my ambitious Austin list, including some things not on the list: rock climbing with my baby bro, Barton Springs, and a hilarious dinner party at my parents’ house.
  • New opportunities? Big decisions ahead, always exciting/terrifying!
  • … last-minute trip to the beach! Toes in the sand. Body in the Pacific.❤ beach hair.
    pacific ocean
  • I’m grateful for my puppy dog and all the friends who help take care of her, run/bike with her, and bring her (and me!) treats.
  • Finally made it to Thursday free concert in Snowmass! Also got to scarf Venga Venga’s delicious nachos and mezcal margaritas.

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

July 16, 2012

Summer Fashion Updates

I just updated the sidebar (yes, I realize we’re already halfway into summer) with summer fashion nays and yays.

Fashion Sticky Notes … actual hideous things I see people wearing, and how to remedy the problems they present

+ Why are people STILL doing this?! Despite my warnings, people are still slapping skinny belts onto a dress—or worse, a shirt. Do not understand. If your waist isn’t your skinniest feature, why would you highlight it??

+ Crop tops. Srsly, didn’t everyone in the ’90s heave a collective sigh of relief when they went out?

+ Peep-toe booties. 1. WTF 2. It’s summer, you don’t need booties. 3. WTF 4. Why bother wearing a foot-covering shoe if your toes are going to stick out? It looks really weird.

+ Mustache jewelry. I dig funny mustaches on dudes, but mustache jewelry has had its moment and even that lasted too long.

+ Suede shoes in summer. Suede = winter. Not up for discussion.

Things I like … and you should too, because I knew about jellies shoes way before they were cool

*the resurgence of friendship bracelets
*layered jewelry
*open-knit sweaters
*funky manis (loving sea green personally)
*sequins all the time
*big, bold stripes
*rainbow denim cut-offs and skinnies
*chambray shirts

Currently pinning things I love here.

July 13, 2012

Feel Good Friday 071312

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Sunday TAD (Typical Aspen Day): King Yoga Flow + Ute Hike with 2 pups + Sunbathing at the Sky Pool
  • Serendipitously booking the same flight to Austin as my bestie in Denver … drinks and giggles on the plane!
  • Austin. Seriously, it’s always busy and I can never see everyone I want to, but I love coming home.
  • Two great workouts with two awesome girls!

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

July 11, 2012

Austin: My Ambitious Austin Weekend

Waaaaaay back in 2009, I wrote a post called Top Ten Things to Do in Austin … the list still stands as an excellent guide, but as I spend a wedding long weekend in town with locals and not, I thought I’d make a list of things I want to do this weekend. To be clear, this is not a definitive Austin list like the last, it’s a what-hasn’t-Lyssa-seen-yet list!


Workout at The Combine Strength & Conditioning

Hot yoga at Pure Bikram Yoga with my parents

CrossFit Games are this week, so watching my pals compete while eating sweet potato fries and drinking Texas beers (Shiner Ruby Redbird I love you so very much and hope to find you on tap) with other pals at Cuatro’s

Always love running/mostly people watching at Town Lake


Round Rock Express game with wedding crew

Lounging poolside at WET at the W … sure to be similar to the Sky Hotel Aspen scene (Vegas-like).

Sand Volleyball at Zilker

Will I have time to find The Narrows?

Fishing with my dad and playing with my new camera lenses


Tried and loved Easy Tiger and Lick!, now it’s time to make it at least to Elizabeth Street Cafe and hopefully more …


Must visit a craft store or five for supplies for all my recent crafternoons!

Possible massage with Christopher

Always have to hit up Nordstrom Rack with the mama

… we’ll see what else I have time for! I can’t wait!

June 28, 2012

Six Secrets to Grilling the Gill

Executive Chef Chris Bauer of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood on 5th Street in Austin can grill a mean fish—and he’s sharing with us six secrets to grill the gill:

  • Thickness of product to be grilled is important. Fish should not be any thicker than ¾” and no less than ½”. Thicker cuts of fish will result in over-charring and drying out on the outside. Thinner cuts will be too difficult to control doneness and will break apart on grill
  • Build your charcoal fire and allow charcoal burn until it has a white ash covering.
  • Brush grill with a wire grill brush well to remove any burnt on particles
  • Using a kitchen towel dipped in vegetable oil, hold the towel with tongs and rub grill (just before placing items on grill to cook) with oiled towel. This will help prevent items from sticking.
  • Season items to be grilled well salt and cracked black pepper. Additionally, brush items to be grilled very lightly with olive oil. Too much oil causes flare-ups and result in an off taste.
  • Do not over-char grilled fish. This will impart a bitter taste.

swordfish at eddie v's

Ready? Chef Bauer’s Charcoal Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Avocado, Fresh Crab, Red Chile and Cilantro Vinaigrette pairs perfectly with chilled white win and takes almost no time to prepare.

8 oz each Swordfish Steaks, ¾ thick, no skin, no bloodline
1 each avocado, peeled ½ dice
4 oz of fresh crab meat, no shells
1 tablespoon of red pepper, very finely diced
1 teaspoon of Serrano pepper, very finely diced
1 tablespoon of red onion, very finely diced
4 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
6 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of sambal chili sauce
Kosher Salt as needed
Fresh Cracked pepper as needed
2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped

1. Season Swordfish with salt and pepper, brush lightly with some olive oil
2. Grill Swordfish 4 minutes on each side over charcoal fire to desired doneness
(medium-medium rare is preferable)
3. Combine avocado, onion, cilantro, peppers, vinegar, 4 tablespoons of olive oil,
sambal and cilantro, season with salt to taste
4. Place Swordfish in center of hot plate
5. Place avocado mixture on top of swordfish
6. Place fresh crab on top of avocado mixture
7. Serve Immediately

June 26, 2012

New Summer Drink Coco Breve

You know how when you’re floating the river, nothing tastes better than Keystone? But if you’re anywhere else, nothing tastes worse?

Coco Brevé will likely taste better than Keystone on the river—although I did not test this assertion.

This is no small feat. Because literally nothing tastes better.

kiwi lime coco breve

But the coconut water bevvie’s bubbles and alcohol are a pretty killer combo for a hot summer day in a toob, on a boat, by the beach, lounging poolside … you get the idea.

Coco Brevé is launching in Austin and Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami and San Diego this summer with two flavors: Kiwi Lime and Mango Citrus. I preferred Kiwi Lime, though both taste more like coconut water than their respective flavors. I love coconut water. Some people do not.

Specs: 12-ounce bottles at 4.2 percent alcohol by volume and 130 calories

Bottom line: hydrate while you drink? Yes. /

Intrigued? Luckily, you’re invited to the Coco Brevé launch party at—where else?—The W’s WET pool. Invite below + don’t forget to RSVP!

coco breve invite

Sidebar: Have you guys tried Shiner’s Summer Seasonal Ruby Redbird? Ginger + Grapefruit at just 4.2 ABV is HEAVEN in a bottle … mix me a cooler of Coco Brevés and Shiner Redbirds and I will last sun-up to sun-down, slightly drunk and incredibly happy. 

June 11, 2012

Austin: Turtle Summer on Barrio Sixth

turtle racing in austin

All four Austin-area locations of Little Woodrow’s will host a 12-week turtle-racing extravaganza. June 18 through Sept. 3, each of four Little Woodrow’s will host weeknight turtle-racing events: Tuesdays at Southpark Meadows, Wednesdays at Parmer Lane, Thursdays in Bee Cave, and Fridays on Sixth Street.

A testament to turtle tenacity, the Little Woodrow’s turtle-racing events pit six quick-footed turtles—each donning stickers with designated numbers that represent their sponsors—in a caged race to reach one of six sponsor buckets at the outer-lying edges of the race cage. Place bets on which turtle will win and get the chance to win prizes including T-shirts and Woodrow’s bucks.

star barrio austin

Join West Sixth staple Star Bar for their summer Star Barrio from 4pm to 2am every Thursday starting June 14.

FREE nacho bar starting at 7p and drink specials including barrio favorites Mexican Bulldogs, Mexican Beer, Ghost Pepper Tequila, and Palomas. Happy Hour 4-7p with additional drink specials all night.

More summer fun:

Sunday: Geeks Who Drink at 7p / $10 combo with Yumi Burger for a burger and an adult milkshake$3 local drafts

Monday: All-Night Happy Hour

Tuesday: Texas Tuesdays / $3 local drafts and $3 Deep Eddy all night

Wednesday: Wine and Cheese Night / Complimentary Antonelli’s cheese plate (three artisan cheeses, charcuterie, organic grapes and waterwheel flatbreads) with all half or full bottles of wine

June 1, 2012

Feel Good Friday 060112

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • I’m very fortunate to have an amazing family. My mind is with my dad a lot this week as we watched my grandpa lose his fight with Alzheimer’s… love you dad (LYD?!)!
  • Wine tasting, shopping, and eating more food than necessary (from at least four food carts) in Portland. Awesome!
  • The kennel in Aspen, which I have said before is like summer camp for dogs. With a webcam! The staff there is the absolute best.
  • Susie’s Consignment coming through again with a tags-still-on Betsey Johnson gown in a gorgeous clarified-butter yellow for an upcoming black-tie wedding. I’ve been wanting a yellow gown since as long as I can remember wanting a gown. I can’t wait to wear it. And to post pics.

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

May 22, 2012

Austin: Gluten-Free Dinner at Olive & June

Italian and gluten-free don’t often go hand-in-hand … pastas, breads, and pizzas are serious gluten bombs. But leave it to parkside’s, backspace’s, and Olive & June’s Chef Shawn Cirkiel to create a five-course  Southern Italian-style gluten-free dinner in honor of Celiac Awareness month. Olive & June will host two of the gluten-free dinners on May 23rd and May 24th, paired with a selection of specialty cocktails and Italian wines.

At $80 per person, including tax and gratuity, the dinner is a worthy splurge. Seating is family-style in the chef’s table room, an intimate private space with views of the kitchen. Seating is limited, so snag tickets online at 7:30p.

Sneak a peek at the menu:
Piccoli Piatti
Scallop Crudo, Mortadella, Pistachio
*Aperol Spritz, aperol, prosecco, lemon twist
Housemade Baked Ricotta, Roasted Summer Vegetables, Aged Balsamic 
Salad of Roasted Marinated Chipollini Onions, Sweet Peppers, Arugula, Cecina
*Abbazia, Muller Thurgau DOC, Alto Adige 2010
Grilled Prawns, Spaghetti, Strawberries, Scallion
*Rocco del Dragone, Falanghina IGT, Campania 2010
Rabbit, Prosciutto, Pepporanata, Mint Yogurt
*Piazzo, Dolcetto d’Alba DOC, Piedmont 2008
Peaches, Mascarpone, Almonds
*Galiano, star anise, vanilla

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