Connecting East and West

Trail projects unlock city potential
Words by Savannah Whitmer Photos courtesy The Trail Foundation
In its 15th year, The Trail Foundation is unveiling ambitious projects for 2018 to protect and expand the trails around Lady Bird Lake.
There’s no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than to walk along the forested trails around Lady Bird Lake, or to paddleboard on a sparkling stretch of the Colorado River. If you’ve spent any amount of time j…

5 Best {Date Nights}

Words by Erin McWilliams
The typical date night can get monotonous, but have no fear! The Eastside has plenty of variety to bring you out of your dull date night routine and put the boredom to bed.
1. Halcyon Coffee + Bar + Lounge
Coffee, Cocktails, & Board Games
Halcyon has expanded to East Austin, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. With plenty of parking (which was our only complaint about the 4th St. location) and ample seating,…

Andy Roddick Foundation Gala {Social Hour}

Photos courtesy of Andy Roddick Foundation
At their 12th annual gala, the Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) celebrated something they like to call “wide-eyed and smiley.”
According to ARF, wide-eyed and smiley is the look kids get when they discover a new passion, but it was also the look of gala-goers throughout the evening who managed to raise more than 1 million dollars in support of ARF. Over 1,500 people turned out to take part in the philanth…

A Weekend in {Georgetown}

A Hidden Gem
Words by Erin McWilliams Photos Courtesy of Newton O’Neill Communications
Georgetown is one of the Hill Country’s hidden gems, boasting the beautiful Blue Hole along the San Gabriel River, one of the best preserved caves in the state, and a dreamy town square.
After a long work week, make it a low-maintenance Friday. Check into the historic San Gabriel House and check out 600 Degrees Pizzeria Drafthouse on the square for …

Racial Reconciliation

“You Can’t Heal What You Conceal”
Words by Jess Hagemann Photos by Ashley Haguewood
“People think Charlottesville was an isolated event,” says Tasha Morrison, activist, speaker, and founder of Austin faith-based organization Be the Bridge, “but people of color know terror when we see it.”
She’s referring to the August 12 event in which a white supremacist sympathizer rammed his speeding car into a group of anti-racist protestors in Charlottesv…

Santa’s Little Helper

A Holiday Sip
Words by Erin McWilliams Photo Courtesy of Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
Jacoby’s New holiday cocktail has a taste that’s anything but little. 
‘Tis the season for a twist on traditional Eggnog. Warm up with this rich, rum-based drink and awaken your Christmas spirit with the smell of nutmeg and orange. While you enjoy this twist on a holiday classic, indulge your food cravings at Jacoby’s, while admiring the eclectic outd…

We Love Pie.

Yes, we are all about healthy eating, but we love pie. We love, love, love pie.
Words by Kayla & Justin Butts   Photos by Rachel Benavides
We don’t, however, love the obscene level of sweetness in most pies. The purpose of pie is not to deliver the maximum concentration of sugar or high fructose corn syrup. The best pies deliver a range of subtle flavors balanced by their natural sweetness. We set out to make three of our favorite pies even…

Pause, Reflect, Connect

Embracing the tea lifestyle
Words by Sam Lauron Photos by Thamica McCook
As the second most consumed beverage in the world behind water, tea boasts benefits that affect not only physical health but also mental and spiritual health as well.
Jeffrey Lorien, founder and owner of Zhi Tea, understands these benefits well. His journey with tea began fifteen years ago when he started to develop health issues that stemmed from alcohol and coffee consu…

Welcome to Buenos Aires Café, Esté

The Faces of {Argentinian Culture}
Paola & Team
It all began in 2005 when Chef Reina’s love of food and wine spilled out of her home and into Austin as she opened the doors of Buenos Aires Café on South First. Then in 2009, they made the move to open Buenos Aires Café, Esté. Built on the love of sharing grandmother’s recipes for empanadas, pastel de papas, and milanesa and showcasing small-production wines from family-owned Argentine vineya…

Core of Community

At Andy Roddick Foundation, Education Begins After School.
Words by Jessi Devenyns Photos by Eric Morales & Courtesy of Andy Roddick Foundation
Andy Roddick Foundation (or ARF), children are viewed as the core of communities where the continued reinforcement of their education and experience is the key to prosperity. The idea is not so much to intervene but rather to educate by bringing the world’s opportunities to children who are at risk …

A Generous Helping

Dining with Purpose
Words by Iesha Boitmann Photos by Ashley Haguewood
Monthly generosity dinners in Austin gather people to pour wine, pool money, share stories, and meet needs.
Friends passed the plates, poured the wine, and began their monthly conversation of who to help. While this same group of people have gathered around the same table for a while, one dinner guest nearly dropped her fork as she realized her sister had been in financial …

Art without Limits

Imagine Art for Everyone
Words by Erin McWilliams Photos by Eric Morales
Vibrant art covers the walls and tables of the Imagine Art gallery. Stepping into the colorful studio, one can expect to be greeted warmly by artists and volunteers alike. Among the art mediums offered by the studio are paints, ceramics, and mixed-media collage. To use the space, an artist must apply, interview, and present a portfolio; once accepted, they can take advanta…

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