GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up July 21-27, 2014

Posted July 22, 2014 | 4 Awesome Comments

This is a post by blog intern, Samantha. She was invited to attend the GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up kick-off party. All opinions are her own.

GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up

We were invited to attend GO TEXAN’s Restaurant Round-Up kick-off party last week at the Bullock State History Museum to sample some Texas-grown eats and drinks from various Austin-area companies. This year marks the 15th anniversary of GO TEXAN and the 7th anniversary of the Restaurant Round-Up and man alive do we have some great food in this city, y’all. I had amazing fried eggplant from Searsucker, an unexpectedly delicious zucchini flan from Carmelo’s, a sweet blush wine from Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and Winery, and a bite-sized pecan pie from the always reliable Tiny Pies. Some would say I’m a picky eater so the fact that I ate and enjoyed a flan made out of a vegetable says a lot.

The GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up week was created to celebrate and support Texas owned and made food and beverages. This year’s Texas-wide event is July 21-27. Some Austin favorites participating include 24 Diner, all Trudy’s locations, Tacodeli, Red’s Porch, and Hoover’s Cooking. Restaurants statewide have pledged to donate nearly $40,000 to their local food banks, allowing 360,000 meals to be given to hungry Texans in need. For a full list of the 400 participating restaurants, go to www.GOTEXANRestaurantRoundUp.com.

Go TEXAN LogoCreated in 1999 to promote Texas agri-business, this year marks the 15th anniversary of the GO TEXAN program, an arm of the Texas Department of Agriculture. Look for the program’s seal, the shape of Texas inside of a red circle, on products grown and created right here in Texas. Search GO TEXAN in the app store or Google Play store and download the app to find local restaurants in your area that serve Texas-made items.

Show your Texas pride this week by eating at a GO TEXAN participating restaurant!

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A New Texas Classic: The Teagarita #CuervoTeagarita

Posted July 21, 2014 | 4 Awesome Comments

This may only be my fifth summer in Austin (which either makes me a flag waving native or an interloper, depending on your alliances), but I’ve long embraced two Texas classics: iced tea and margaritas.

No gathering of friends or celebratory get-together with family is complete without either, so it just makes sense to combine the two into the Jose Cuervo Teagarita. The teagarita consists of a classic lime flavored margarita blended with Jose Cuervo Tequila and premium orange liqueur, then combined with refreshing iced tea.

Jose Cuervo TeagaritaYou’ve got the iced tea flavors, which are smooth and relaxing. And then you’ve got the margarita flavors which are tangy and sweet with a hint of “things could get a little crazy later.”

The Teagarita is great by itself over ice or as a basis for other cocktail creations. If that doesn’t make the Teagarita a new Texas classic, I don’t know what does.

Jose Cuervo TeagaritaBe sure to enjoy a Teagarita with friends (or by yourself — I won’t judge) this summer and follow Jose Cuervo on Facebook for the latest drink ideas.

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Worthy of the Week

Posted July 18, 2014 | 44 Awesome Comments

Worthy of the Week Pink Flamingo

Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

I pushed all other books aside and binge read Rainbow Rowell’s Landline in 36 hours last weekend (I know some of you may not be impressed, but that is warp speed for me) and I have mixed feelings.

It was good, but it wasn’t great. The distinction between past and present phone conversations got fuzzy and I’m still not sure what clicked with Georgie. I just wasn’t rooting for Georgie and Neal and in a book that’s that much of a mind fuck, you have to be rooting for the couple.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Posted in: Read, Worthy

Books or No Books?

Posted July 16, 2014 | 22 Awesome Comments

Wall of Books

I may have stacks of magazines, but there’s a distinct lack of books in my home.

What?! From the girl who reads a book a week? The same girl who is a Goodreads librarian? (I’m admittedly trying to make other book nerds jealous with that mention.) The one gives endless book recommendations?

That’s right. I can’t stand the clutter. I have a modest stack of books to-read, but once a book has been read, it gets shelved on Goodreads and sold, donated, or passed on to a friend.

Do you keep all the books you’ve read? Only your favorites? Or do you set your books free to have long and fruitful lives in the hands of other appreciative readers?

I work in publishing and the photo above is the wall of rejected submissions. It gives me a bit of a panic attack.

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Office Redesign with Clark+Kensington #HelloBeautiful

Posted July 14, 2014 | 10 Awesome Comments

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oh hey work space

I spend a lot of time in my office, largely because my kitchen, living room, and office is one large open space. I may be overstating when I say “office,” it’s more like a work cubby, but the space gets great light throughout the day with windows that face east and west and has more than enough elbow-room. But for all its charms, it’s lacking a clear differentiation between work and leisure which can make it difficult to concentrate.

oh hey work cubby

I love the large table that I use as my desk and it’s perfectly situated in the cubby of a large window which could easily be fancied up with a fresh coat of paint and new accessories that would make my office feel separate but not lose the benefits of being part of a larger space.

oh hey officeThePaintStudio_AtAceStacked_Gray

Paint is a such a quick and affordable way to redesign any space, especially for a renter like myself, and Ace Hardware’s exclusive in-store paint brand, Clark+Kensington, has amazing colors to choose from. I was immediately drawn to two punchy pastels which would no doubt freshen up my work cubby without overwhelming the larger space — Young at Heart is a blushing pink and Isla Mujeres is a pistachio green.

I was really looking for colors and patterns with a bohemian touch that would make the space feel like a clean slate. It helps that both colors perfectly match a rug that I’ve had my eye on and keep the space light and bright so I can focus on my work, but I’m completely torn on which color to go with.

Which color would you choose? And does anyone want to help me paint? I’ll open a bottle of champagne!

offce redesign with clark+kensington Introducing the New Paint Studio at Ace. Featuring brilliant colors from Clark+Kensington, ranked #1 by a leading consumer magazine in interior semi-gloss. So stop by your neighborhood Ace today to get top color expertise and to find your perfect color with mixable, pint-sized color samples for $4.99 at the hottest boutique, the new Paint Studio at Ace, where helpful is beautiful.

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