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pring is here, and for most, New Year's resolutions are long forgotten. People are getting out, moving around, breathing the crisp air, and soaking in the sunshine. As one of the fittest cities in the U.S., Austin has plenty of ways to get fit and stay fit and to network and build community in the process. In this issue, we do just that—we look at fitness as more than just a gym membership or a new year’s resolution. It seems if there is a community mindset applied to well-being, then fitness becomes more than meeting a personal goal. It creates a new standard of accountability, and it becomes fun and impactful in the process. As for myself, if I am not motivated, then I am not willing to promise someone else that I will do something. Consequently, the human brain finds other things to occupy its time rather than sticking to a commitment that only one person was involved in. Hence the reason why New Year’s resolutions are, for the most part, long gone. So in this issue, we think about all the reasons to remain motivated throughout the year. First is competition: working as a team to prove you are the better team. Second, the impact seen in your mental state and physical body are equally rewarding when you are able to stick with that commitment and impact others in the process. Being part of a community or working as a team, compiled with winning or meeting goals, releases endorphins. Finally, when change happens in your physical or mental state it creates happiness. Happiness is fun, and when you have fun, you’re ten times more likely to repeat. These are some of the reasons we selected all the topics we did for this issue. And this is why we think community, relationships, and camaraderie play an important role in any health and fitness regimen. As someone who has been very fit and healthy at times, and also not so healthy, I know how important it is to find reasons to stay fit and to figure out how to allow fitness to become a daily habit—something to look forward to. Thanks for reading, Will Bowling

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From competitive and high-energy to soulful and healing, fitness takes on many forms. But the constant remains the same: good health cab be a priority. Discover the varied exercise options throughout East Austin and its many fitness activities that range from classic to unconventional.

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eastside | local “We wanted to bring an authentic vision to the community, and I don't think it’s a vision that isn't already present in Austin.”

Sustainable Earth A local cricket farm is making the idea of cricket flour normal in the city that keeps things weird. WORDS BY MALLORY LEHENBAUER PHOTOS COURTESY OF ASPIRE

Just ten minutes from the airport, Aspire and Austin brand, Exo, are on a mission to bring crickets to dinner tables in an effort to create a more sustainable planet.

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Prize, one of the most prestigious business awards, for their efforts addressing this very issue. “We have about 7.5 billion people today,” he urges and goes on to explain. “In order to feed them, we need to use tremendous amounts of land, water, and energy. If everyone in the world ate a Western diet, we would need two planet Earths just to feed everybody.” The Aspire team recognizes that it's not just enough to concentrate on hunger issues; focusing on making food production systems more efficient is equally important. They bring a degree of innovative, cutting edge approaches

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to addressing some of the most pressing challenges in the world. “We are doing that by recruiting some of the best talent in East Austin, producing great products, and having Austin become essentially a hub for a lot of this innovation,” explains Mohammed. In fact, six years after the Hult Prize, East Austin now houses the leading commercial cricket farm in the world. Exo, the recently acquired consumer-facing brand of Aspire Food Group, is putting crickets in protein bars. “Exo is trying to lead the charge and educate people on why they should eat crickets, the benefits both in terms of nutrition and in terms of sustainability,” Mohammed says. He and his team want to continue building a community around food sustainability and innovation in Austin as they launch retail products at H-E-B. The goal is to “generate fantastic products that people can actually enjoy and that fit into [their] lifestyles.”

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time as an advocate for those who need healthcare the most. In the past, he has served in many leadership roles in the healthcare realm, including chief resident during his residency program, appointment on the executive committee of Project Access, and he currently serves as Chairman of the Central Health Board. Dr. Zamora firmly believes his duty is to serve and contribute to the health of our community. Dr. Guadalupe Zamora’s office is located in Zamora Medical Center on East 6th Street. Scheduled appointments are recommended for wellness exams and chronic care, but same day appointments can usually be obtained for acute illnesses, infections, allergies, suturing, and toenail removals by calling his office. Dr. Zamora also highly encourages all ages to schedule annual physical exams. Other services provided include pap smears, women’s health, men’s health, blood work, flu vaccines and testing, and strep and urine analysis. They also help with chronic care management for diabetes and hypertension. New to Dr. Zamora’s team is Natalie Brown who proudly serves as Physician Assistant. find more at eastsideatx.com

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“I hope that [students] can get a set of tools that they can use in their own practice [and] in any situation.”

Community & Confidence

Demystifying the Artistic Process WORDS BY TAYLOR DUTCH PHOTOS BY ERIC MORALES

When Justin Balleza stands in front of his students in the classroom at Atelier Dojo, he instructs them in the practice of cast drawing. But while the students listen intently to the influential direction of their teacher, Balleza is just as impacted by their presence.

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hile he hopes to provide his students with a versatile set of tools for their own art practice, teaching has also enabled Balleza to appreciate and refine his own process as an artist in Austin.

“What I’m trying to teach my students in this accelerated way is absolutely affecting the way I’m looking at my stuff so I’m learning from my students… and that’s really exciting,” Balleza explains. “I don’t think I could have done that on my own without this group, without my students, without the community aspect and all the different voices that are involved.”

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Balleza is one of 11 instructors at Atelier Dojo, a professional arts academy that offers classes, workshops, and open studio space for artists. Located inside Canopy Arts Complex on Springdale Road, the Dojo has a curriculum in realism taught by local experts. He joined Atelier Dojo in the spring of 2018 and has since gained an appreciation for the studio’s mission of “opening things up and providing a way to demystify” the process of classical art for students of varying abilities. Similarly, Atelier Dojo and the artistic community built into the academy have also helped Balleza clarify his own artistic process. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in 2009, Balleza spent three years studying at Atelier Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy, where he trained in classical realist techniques. Drawing from the long format training he earned in Florence where artists could spend weeks or even years on a single work of art, the chance to teach at the Dojo has provided Balleza with a new opportunity to share knowledge and skills in the most functional way possible. Melding the beauty of longform practice with the efficiency of an eight-week curriculum has provided him with a better understanding and appreciation for instruction. “I’m forcing myself to work faster and more consistently, and the quality has improved because the momentum in these pieces is a lot fresher, rather than pieces in the past that would take a long time,” he acknowledges. In turn, he’s become even more enthralled in his work because he’s trying to give his students “a more functional way of looking at this universal language of drawing and painting.” His cast drawing class is an eight-week course in which students learn how to draw from real objects in the studio using the “sight-size method,” a technique that focuses on starting “from life to the scale of life” by using

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The classes at Atelier Dojo include cast drawing, figure drawing, fundamentals of painting, intro to drawing, portrait painting in oils, figure painting in oils, portrait drawing, and master copy class. They even have a summer art camp for high schoolers. atelierdojo. com

sculptures for reference. In drawing sculptures from a distance, students are trained to see objects through light and dark shapes, a perspective that develops a drawing style focused on line, value, and composition. “I hope that [students] can get a set of tools that they can use in their own practice [and] in any situation,” he says. For years, Balleza has struggled to find his identity as an artist. However, joining the Dojo has not only enabled him to contribute to the artistic community in Austin but has also helped him find his sense of self as an artist and instructor. “I feel like I’m in the Austin art community as me, not trying to figure out what I need to do and still maintain my identity,” he admits. “That feels extremely liberating. There’s no questions there, and that’s really nice because I think most of the people at the Dojo feel really free to just come in and let their hair down. It’s a really good environment.”

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April 12-13 The 18th annual Lonestar Round Up will feature miles of vintage vehicles and custom cars driven into Austin from around the country. This festival brings together cars, history, art, culture, and music that the whole family can enjoy. Admission is $15. lonestarroundup.com | 7311 Decker Ln.

East Austin Urban Farm Tour

Community Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 10am Bring the entire family to Huston-Tillotson University for a morning of fun at the Community Easter Egg Hunt. Prizes found in the egg hunt vary from candy to a $500 scholarship. The event will have an Easter story before hunt starts. Then will kids join their age groups to begin the hunt. The event is free and open to the public. htu.edu/35319/community-easter-egg-hunt | 900 Chicon St.

Weird Homes Tour

April 14, 1-5pm Enjoy bites made from fresh farm ingredients and drinks from local brewers and wine merchants at the East Austin Urban Farm Tour. Boggy Creek Farm, Hausbar Urban Farm & Guest Haus, Rain Lilly Farm, and Eden East Farm will have guided tours which allow guests to meet the farmers and learn their processes. Single and group tickets are available.

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Fusebox Festival

April 17-21 Enjoy five action-packed days filled with local, national, and international interdisciplinary artists whose work encourages people to come together. With over forty free performances and events, Fusebox Festival hopes to bring people together at locations throughout Austin at various East establishments, including Ground Floor Theatre and Santa Cruz Studio Theater. fuseboxfestival.com

April 20, 10am-6pm See the inside of ‘weird homes’ around Austin and meet the owners and architects during the tour. This unusual tour allows people to go at their own pace throughout the city visiting these unique homes. Under the Sea house, an Eastside favorite from the 2015 tour, is back on the list with an brand new ocean fence, beach driveway, and a new backyard.

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Rock the Park

May 3, 6:15-9pm Grab a spot on the lawn and enjoy a night of music at Rock the Park. Make sure to bring a blanket to sit on as chairs are not permitted. Headlining is Austin-based band, Shy Beast. Food trucks will be on site, and there will be face painting, coloring, and other fun activities. Admission is free, and there will also be cold beverages for adults to purchase. 4550 Mueller Blvd.

May 5, 12-2pm & 3-5pm Learn how to make the perfect drinks for Cinco de Mayo at Revelry’s Tequila Cocktail Workshop. Get hands-on experience using professional bar tools while learning how to prepare, measure, and mix three tequila-based cocktails. Light bites and take-home recipes are included in the workshop. Tickets are $50 per person. thisisrevelry.com/ | 902 E 5th St., Unit 105

Hops & Games

May 8, 6-10pm From Candy Land to Ticket to Ride, Board Games & Beer Night at Hops & Grains mixes tasteful competition with adult beverages. This free-to-play event allows gamers to bring their own favorites or choose from games there. Drinks will be available for purchase, so grab some pals for a night of friendly competition.

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AHA Cycle Nation

May 18, 9am-12pm Join the American Heart Association for its first CycleNation Austin event taking place at Amy Donovan Plaza at The Domain. CycleNation empowers people across the country to use road and stationary bikes to get brain and heart healthy, all while raising funds for community programs that will prevent stroke and heart disease. Reserve a spot to have a guaranteed bike, then start finding supporters to help reach the fundraising goal. cyclenation.org/austin | 11410 Century Oaks Ter.

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Renegade Craft Fair

May 18-19, 11am-6pm Shop from over 130 national and local makers and designers at the Renegade Craft Fair. This springtime marketplace will also have vinyl DJ sets, interactive features, drinks, and local food trucks for visitors to enjoy. Entrance into the fair is free while food, drinks, and art will be available for purchase. renegadecraft.com/fair/ austin-spring | 1100 E 5th St.

Family Sunday Funday

May 26, 10am-1pm backYARD at Waller Creek's Family Sunday Funday transforms their spacious lawn into the ultimate playscape for families to enjoy. With a bounce house, face painting, yard games, balloon makers, live music, brunch, and drinks, there will be no shortage of memories to be made. The event is free for children and $10 for adults. backyardbaraustin.com |

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June 1, 12-6pm The Soul of Austin Culture Fest is returning to celebrate a mosaic of cultures manifested through art, music, food, and unique performances. Striving to be a tool for the community, the festival will offer free job advice, books to kids, medical/health screenings, and more. General admission is free. eventbrite.com | 900 Chicon St.

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“What ESPN does for football, we’re going to do for marching bands.”

FloSports From Niche to National

WORDS BY SAM LAURON PHOTOS BY SHELBY BELLA

Founded in 2006 by brothers, Mark and Martin Floreani, FloSports was born out of a personal desire to see more coverage of nontraditional sports. It was this desire that drove FloSports to become the innovator in sports media.

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s track and wrestling athletes, the Floreani brothers were looking for more information about their sporting events but couldn’t find any coverage. So, they set out to capture the stories that no one else was telling. They packed up a van and traveled across the country, cameras in hand, determined to shed light on nontraditional sports by filming live track and wrestling events and interviewing coaches and athletes. While the athletes and organizations they encountered were receptive to the brothers and appreciative of the coverage, these groups had long been underserved and didn’t realize how this attention could make an impact on their sport.

Back then, content and social media were completely different than now. "There was no understanding of what that coverage could mean to a community or sport," explains Ryan Fenton, Director of Global Rights Acquisition for FloSports. Ryan, who has been with FloSports for 11 years, has seen the company through its humble beginnings and tremendous growth. In fact, he was one of five who lived and worked out of a two-bedroom house in East Austin while they were building the company. Living and working in a crowded space was not without its challenges; it meant that “every minute was work,” he remembers. But being on the Eastside, he adds, provided

All In This Together

a “sense of community” that allowed them to keep going strong. As the videos they shared online gained traction, so did the company. What began with filming and posting one sporting event a week, turned into one a day, and eventually, FloSports discovered a new channel for delivering content: live streaming. Transitioning to live streaming marked a turning point for the company that allowed them to expand their offerings and launch subscriptions. With the shift into live streaming, they were not only able to “start investing more into the sports we were currently in,” Ryan says, “but also expand into sports that were lacking coverage and content and the ability for people to watch the events.”

It probably comes as no surprise that many FloSports employees are sports enthusiasts, if not athletes themselves. Staying active by participating in group workouts or joining outside leagues is “definitely something that is embraced,” Ryan says. 20 EASTside | Apr/May 2019

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FloSports has since expanded their network to include more than 20 sports channels—everything from dance and cheer to grappling and rodeo—and employs hundreds of passionate people, but the core of what they do remains the same. Their mission is to share the stories of all sports communities, whether traditional or nontraditional. “What ESPN does for football, we’re going to do for marching bands,” he explains. This growth took the company from working out of East Austin homes to moving into an office downtown, a natural progression for growing startups. But they eventually made their way back to the Eastside, which Ryan says, “felt like home.” The once small, niche company has transformed into a national, and even international, one that has grown alongside the community. “To be able to grow the way we did and come back to the Eastside was really cool,” Ryan smiles. “East Austin is part of the fabric of who we are.”

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What is coffee without brunch? The answer is, not much. To prove it, Halcyon devised a menu where you can taste test your way to your perfect pairing of food and coffee, and did we mention mimosas and cocktails? With options like country style Benedict, gourmet salads, and banana Nutella waffles you’re going to have to come back to try all the combinations. And you can, anytime. Halcyon is a coffeehouse by day and a lounge by night because if we’re being honest, there’s no wrong time to enjoy a solid brunch pairing.

Known for its “farm to pizza” ethos, there are so many more tasty options at Stella Public House than just pizza. With a seasonal menu featuring wood-fired skillet entrées like roasted rib-eye and delectable appetizers like warmed beets and goat cheese or sweet potato gnocchi, the pub’s relationship with local growers, ranchers and purveyors now has even more chance to shine. Plus, there is a beer list with 30 rotating taps of craft beer and an approachable, internationally-curated wine list.

Every scarf is its own story, and the story is not completed until it finds its owner. The ino scarf elegantly flows from the past with ancient artwork laced into today's silk fabric for you to enjoy for years to come.

Are you ready to start a conversation within the community? Whether you’re looking to reach Mueller, the surrounding neighborhoods, or Central & East Austin, the EASTside Magazine team engages 100,000 active, educated, and involved readers who have discretionary income and take action based on what they read in our publication because we fit their lifestyle. As a part of the community, you can benefit from of one of the most sought-after stomping grounds. Let people know about your business!

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Find your Much like a pair of shoes, fitness is something that has to fit. If it doesn’t, the activity will end up like a pair of dress shoes: wonderful to look at but terrifically uncomfortable. So, whether it’s being outdoors that injects the fitness fuel or pumping music is what it takes, heed the call. There are plenty of activities that keep the body feeling its best inside and out. After all, fitness is a balancing act that involves keeping the mind, body, spirit, and community healthy in order to cultivate a well-balanced life that suits each individual. WORDS BY JESSI DEVENYNS


Competitive Fitness In the classic sense of the term, fitness is often associated with Greek Olympics-style sports where humans heave javelins and run circles around a track in an attempt to prove that they have a competitive edge over their peers. While javelins have fallen out of style, there are still plenty of options to maintain a competitive edge, both independently and on teams.

CAMP GLADIATOR An outdoor fitness boot camp that originated in Austin, Camp Gladiator (CG) focuses on not only the competition between individuals but also on the competition between one’s own fitness goals. Joey Kelly, who is a partner trainer with CG Mueller and whose sister founded the company, explains that fitness is not something that should be an afterthought. Joey says, “Fitness is life. Working out just a few times a week… can add 7 years to your life.” To ensure that those extra years are lived to the fullest, CG trainers focus on improving individual fitness through integrating workouts into a lifestyle. From outdoor workouts to neighborhood 5K’s and happy hours. Joey

illustrates that the success of CG stems from the community that the organization has built. “We do life together,” he says. Part of that lifestyle includes attending outdoor workouts where certified personal trainers coach individuals through workouts and monitor their form and progress. The idea is that by showing up regularly to this community, the power of the group will create a sense of accountability for everyone; the trainers are just there for the nitty gritty questions. Joey proudly admits, “We want to be the fitness heroes of our local communities and be a resource for anyone who wants to reach any fitness goal that they have.” campgladiator.com | 4209 Airport Blvd.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CG MUELLER


AUSTIN BLACKS RUGBY/ AUSTIN HUNS RUGBY Sure, Americans like football, but there are also plenty who are fans of its cousin: rugby. With two teams in East Austin, there are plenty of chances to attend a match as either a spectator or a player and enjoy the sport that has been a staple of the British Isles since 1845. Blacks: austinrugby.com | Burr Field 6013 Loyola Ln. Huns: austinhunsrugby.com | 4107 Nixon Ln.

PHARR TENNIS While many public courts dot the city, one of the crown jewels of the Parks and Recreation Department is in the heart of East Austin. Known as Pharr Tennis Center, these public courts welcome both players who come by to serve a few balls or those who attend rigorous noon workouts to prepare for weekend matches, all for a $4 court fee. pharrtennisatx.com | 4201 Brookview Rd.

AUSTIN CRICKET ASSOCIATION Founded in 2006, the association is part of a lively Central Texas cricket scene. The Austin league has three teams that practice on Wednesdays and Thursdays and compete on the weekends. Consistently ranked among the top teams in the Central Texas Cricket League, the ACA encourages participation from all levels and all ages. austincricket06.wixsite.com | 6013 Loyola Ln.

Impactful Fitness is a journey that sometimes reaches further than the individual. With these programs, not only is keeping in shape a goal, but participation in community programs also helps to shape East Austin into a better place.


AUSTIN ROWING CLUB As Austin’s oldest non-profit rowing club, ARC has accrued over three hundred members of all ages and life stages. Although a highly effective sport for getting into shape, rowing is simultaneously a quiet adventure and an exploration of teamwork. Rowers have the luxury of gliding unencumbered over the glassy lake through the cityscape, but doing so takes the power of a cohesive team. This teamwork aspect has naturally evolved off the water as ARC has become a community organization that is active with Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin schools, including Martin and Murchison Middle School and Travis High School. Through this RISE program, the rowing club donates indoor rowing machines to the schools and trains PE staff on how to incorporate them into workouts. Additionally, ARC provides free rowing for youth with demonstrated financial need. In an effort to continually increase their diverse membership, the club also offers adaptive rowing programs, programming for veterans, summer programs with Austin Parks and Rec, and a program that works with juvenile offenders called Project Engage. austinrowing.org | 74 Trinity St.

PHOTO BY MARDEE ROSUELLO

RBI AUSTIN It is so much more than just a game. It is about asking how a child’s day is going and working side-by-side with them to help guide them through youth and adolescence as they develop into self-sustaining adults who are able to thrive. The community just happens to revolve around America’s favorite pastime: baseball. rbiaustin.org {the active side of austin}

I9 SPORTS Kids play sports to have fun. In hopes of encouraging their spirits along with their athletic capabilities, i9 Sports offers flag football, soccer, basketball, baseball and ZIP Lacrosse™ leagues for children ages 3 and up. Through focusing on developing a character trait associated with each sport, i9 hopes to build good sportsmanship not just on the field but also in the everyday lives of children. Although a national program, in Austin one of the largest divisions of i9 Sports operates out of Mueller Lake Park in Austin. i9sports.com | 4550 Mueller Blvd.

RISE KICKBOXING Sure, kickboxing can be a workout, but according to Fernando Bernstein, it is so much more. “It creates awareness, and then it creates empowerment… It gives [students] the confidence that when in a situation they can defend themselves,” he says. While repetition of any movement will create strength and muscle memory, Fernando explains that since kickboxing workouts are conducted in pairs, students are trained to respond to human reactions and body language. The result is that Rise kickboxers are not only physically fit but also incredibly aware of their surroundings, something that Fernando says benefits the individual and the community. “By having people who are more safety conscious and are able to handle themselves if a situation arises, then it is definitely a little bit of a deterrent,” he says. To encourage more preparation and street safety, Rise Kickboxing offers selfdefense focused classes on Sundays. risekickbox.com | 1181 Airport Blvd. eastsideatx.com

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Healing/ Nurturing Sometimes fitness is dependent on the state of heart and mind. That is, after all, why they say, “Get your head in the game.” To achieve this, there are more than a few locales that specialize in the emotional equilibrium required to heal the body and mind while staying fit.

YOGA WITH ADRIENE Among other things, Adriene Mishler is an Eastsider. She also happens to be the face behind Yoga with Adriene, a YouTube channel with over 4 million subscribers. While Adriene teaches traditional yoga poses, she also focuses on having her students tune into mindfulness through storytelling and humor. Her mantra flows along the lines of “do what feels good,” which is a message regularly heard as she reminds yogis that whatever they do on the mat is just for them. So if one cannot dive into a pose, it’s not worth getting ruffled. She’ll follow this observation with a reminder that the same philosophy is applicable to life. Calm, she insists, is one of the basic tenants of self-care, but this state of being calm is something that has to be nurtured with daily practice. yogawithadriene.com

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CHULEL PILATES When it comes to the body, there is no quick fix. One of the best overall cures, however, is movement. Although a simple concept, Shannon Rashap, Chulel founder, explains that motion can be deceptively complex. Every facia and joint within the body is connected, physically or energetically, and Shannon explores the interconnectivity of the body’s systems in order to improve function. To do this, she employs three methods of modality: neurokinetic therapy, ki hara or stretching, and Pilates. Each discipline of bodywork is integrated to drill down and realign the body’s natural movement through identification, rewiring, and reeducation. Shannon says that she offers healing from the inside out. At Chulel, it begins with watching a person walk, then Shannon can identify patterns that contribute to chronic

pain or misalignment. Through individual sessions, Shannon works to get patients back into balance both physically and emotionally. chulel.com | 2025 E 7th St.

HOMESTEAD HEALING Laura Gilpin approaches fitness through restorative and reparative therapy, not through physical exertion. A bodywork expert, she practices myofascial release massage where “the main tenant of that practice is looking for the underlying case while addressing the symptoms,” she explains. This two-pronged approach allows Laura to treat immediate pain points and relieve tension while also educating her clients on how to better structure their workouts and lives to avoid injury and pursue long-term health. Through regular sessions, Laura teaches her clients about

their bodies to prevent them from employing “band-aid” tactics to resolve lingering issues in both their mental and physical states. myhomesteadmassage.com | 1109A Shady Ln.

SWIMMING It’s the second most popular sport in the United States, according to the Census Bureau, and for good reason. Swimming for just half an hour three times a week can lower stress levels, raise mood, lower depression and anxiety, and improve sleep patterns. It is also uniquely well-suited sport for individuals with locomotion impairments and visual disabilities. Thankfully, this sport is easily accessible in East Austin, which has 12 public pools and East Communities YMCA which offers both children and adult swimming lessons.

PHOTOS COURTESY YOGA WITH ADRIENE, CHULEL PILATES, HOMESTEAD HEALING, & EAST COMMUNITIES YMCA


Fun Fitness Fitness is not just about health; it can also be about the fun. From surfing in the middle of the Central Texas plains to cutting a rug with your favorite partner, there are more ways than not to get your body moving for the pure joy of having fun. PHOTOS BY ERIC MORALES

AUSTIN BOULDERING PROJECT Scaling cliffs in the Texas heat can seem like a daunting endeavor even to the most seasoned rock climber. Thankfully, for those unbearably hot days, Austin Bouldering Project offers indoor rock wall puzzles for climbers to solve with their hands and feet. With boulders that are 13 to 17 feet tall, there is plenty of space to get a workout. austinboulderingproject.com | 979 Springdale Rd.


GOLF It's one of those magical sports that can be as serious or as casual as players make of it. With Morris Williams and Harvey Penick Golf Courses located in the heart of East Austin, there is no shortage of opportunities to play 18 holes. However, if 9 holes with colorful obstacles and a kid-friendly atmosphere are a better speed, visit Duke’s Adventure Golf down in Bluff Springs.

“GOLDEN ACE” R&B DANCE LINE At the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, there are a multitude of activities available to adults who are looking to have a little fun and exercise while they’re at it. On Thursdays, the music gets loud and feet get moving at Golden Ace dance line practices. Everyone over the golden age is welcome to join, and classes are free. 808 Nile St.

EAST SIDE TRAILS For the BMX community, the Eastside has some of Austin’s finest jumps. Standing up to 15 feet high, this course is recommended only for experienced riders as the dirt ramps will propel bikes up to 30 feet into the air. East Side offers three main lines to ride in, but because of the unique terrain, many of the jumps graze trees so caution is encouraged.

ROLLER DERBY Sometimes it can be fun to get down and derby. If strapping on a pair of roller skates and racing around a track dodging humans sparks joy, then check out Texas Rollergirls. This local league is credited with starting the modern flat track derby movement that now consists of 300 leagues worldwide. Today, they play and practice at the Pan Am Park track where spectators are welcome, and competitive spirits can join. texasrollergirls.org

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Research has shown that children with disabilities benefit from learning alongside their typically developing peers. They are more engaged in the classroom, they receive more instruction in both functional and academic activities, and the quality of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) improves (Bui, Quirk, Almazan, and Valenti, 2010). “No studies conducted since the late 1970s have shown an academic advantage for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities educated in separate settings” (Falvey, 2004).

PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR YOUR CHILD’S SUCCESS Upon entering The Rise School of Austin, you are greeted by a beautiful mural of a sprawling tree with flying doves displaying the quote, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to leave our children… one is roots and the other is wings.” Established in 2003, the mission of Rise is to provide the highest-quality early childhood education for ALL children - gifted, traditional and developmentally delayed - in an inclusive setting, where individualized learning techniques enable every child to achieve their maximum potential.

Typically developing students also benefit from inclusion. The Rise School is proof that inclusion provides better outcomes for children with and without developmental delays. “The presence of students with disabilities results in a greater number of typical students making reading and math progress compared to non-inclusive general education classes” (Waldron, Cole, and Majd, 2001). Each Rise student learns necessary skills for being productive, empathetic, compassionate human beings who contribute to society in a meaningful way, becoming the leaders we want them to be.                                                                                                                                        “With 90% of brain development occurring before the age of five, it is crucial that children are provided a high quality, individually tailored early childhood education,” says Megen Bethune. “Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two children learn and develop in the same way. Rise not only values individuality but also embraces the exceptional contribution each child brings to the school community. At Rise, we are able to give our children strong roots, so they are able to spread their wings.”

“Research has shown that children with disabilities benefit from learning alongside their typically developing peers. They are more engaged in the classroom, they receive more instruction in both functional and academic activities, and the quality of the Individualized Education Plan improves."

What is inclusion, and what does it look like in the early childhood classroom? Inclusion “supports the right of every infant and young child and their family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society” (DEC/NAEYC, 2009, pg. 2). “Inclusion means being intentional with instruction, classroom environment and curriculum development. It means giving every child the opportunity to learn together, no matter their abilities, interests, socioeconomic status, or cultural background, to enhance every child’s development,” according to Megen Bethune, Executive Director at The Rise School. The belief in inclusion is what shapes The Rise School. Their masters’ level teachers and speech, physical, occupational, and music therapists are driven every day by current and former Rise students who have made significant strides in their cognitive, physical, language, and social development. “We are grateful that inclusion is such a strong force in the culture of The Rise School,” says Rise parent Kate Robinson. “Inclusion is pervasive at Rise, and it has meant that both of our children are learning to recognize their feelings, tolerate emotions, and accept themselves. They are also learning the same acceptance and compassion for their classmates. Both my child with developmental delays and my typically developing child have made enormous developmental leaps, moved toward greater independence, and deepened their hunger for learning because of inclusion.” 34 EASTside | Apr/May 2019

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The Myco Alliance teaches the benefits of fungus. WORDS BY JESSI DEVENYNS PHOTOS BY ERIC MORALES

“Fungi are problemsolving organisms that will, when fully understood, benefit the communities who integrate them into their systems.”

Unobtrusively situated at the end of a dirt path in the Montopolis neighborhood is a lean-to shed surrounded by thousands of gallons of water cisterns, a brica-brac greenhouse, and haphazardly placed pockets of what appears to be sawdust.

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yco Alliance is a community project directed by Daniel Reyes, a passionate evangelizer of all things fungi. At Myco Alliance, Daniel welcomes community members to come and educate themselves about mycology – or the study of fungi – which Daniel says plays a critical role in all of earth’s processes and is an opportunity to “completely change up the way we do environmental remediation [and] ecological restoration.” To test potential remediation capabilities of these organisms, not only does Daniel experiment with fungi, but he also partners with various local businesses to collect their organic refuse. “Things that would ordinarily be a waste for them are converted into a useful resource for

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us,” Daniel explains. Many of the organic debris that are piled around the research station are actually ideal food to grow the fungi mycelium that will produce the “fruit” or mushrooms. Those materials include landscaping logs, sawdust, woody debris, cardboard, and coffee grounds which in turn produce oysters, shitakes, reishi, and Lion’s Mane that Daniel then offers to the community. From donating samples to local restaurants like Bento Picnic and Curcuma for recipe testing to offering courses in mushroom cultivation and operating a mobile fungi lab around town, the end goal of this outdoor project is to not only feed people but also to research different substrates in order to eventually take advantage of all the urban waste streams that the city provides.

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While currently small in scale, Myco Alliance has recently joined forces with several other local mycology initiatives to form the Central Texas Mycological Society. By expanding, Daniel says the idea is to “create community programs that don’t necessarily need ticket sales to stay afloat.” Now that he has a little more financial wiggle room, he explains that his classes will be expanded to provide courses on mushroom identification, cooking, and extracts in addition to the current offerings on cultivation research and application. The goal is that the partnership will help develop a volunteer network for on-site mushroom cultivation which will, in turn, produce enough mushrooms so that volunteers are guaranteed “payment” for their time.


Upcoming Events The idea behind this model Daniel shares is to allow the community access to the powerful health benefits of fungi, which can often be pricey and limited in selection compared to supermarkets. Still, the primary function of the project is education. “Fungi are problem-solving organisms that will, when fully understood, benefit the communities who integrate them into their systems.� While he is looking to save the planet through organic means, it only makes sense to share the powerful by-product with the community to help nourish itself.

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420 Kemp Street txfungi.com @centraltxmycologicalsociety

April 20, 2-5pm: Land Restoration Workshop with Leif Olson (Pisgah Gourmet Mushrooms) May 4, 2-5pm: Mushroom Cultivation Workshop with Daniel Reyes June 14, 2-5pm: Mushroom Cultivation Workshop with Daniel Reyes

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Be chased by zombies through a rugged terrain at Zombie Charge. The goal for this run is simple: survive. There are no chips to keep time and no competition against fellow humans: only three flags attached to each runner that zombies have been trained to take. Make it to the end of the course with at least one flag remaining and survive the zombie apocalypse. 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. | zombiecharge.com

Race through Whisper Valley community at the Taste of East Austin 5K. Each participant receives an event bag, t-shirt, and finisher’s medal, while runners 21+ also get a complimentary craft beer at the finish line. Perfect for experienced runners and beginners, this 5K is an ideal way to run into the Taste of East Austin Festival which provides live music, activities, local artisans and food vendors. 9400 Petrichor Blvd. | whispervalleyaustin.com

Fun Runs

Not Your Typical Race WORDS BY ALISON BRYCE PHOTO COURTESY OF COLOR RUN

Traditional 5K’s can be lackluster for non-runners which is why more unique races are on the rise. These 6 best fun runs are designed to get participants moving through extraordinary obstacles.

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Color Run April

Color Run aims to create a less stressful environment while promoting healthy and happy lifestyles. Color powder packets will soar through the air, coving runners with different shades. Since the run is not timed, each participant receives a unicorn medal with registration. Stick around afterwards for a festival filled with giveaways, food, and drink. 7311 Decker Ln. | thecolorrun.com 38 EASTside | Apr/May 2019

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Oddwood Ales Run May

As part of the Texas Brewery Running Series, Oddwood Ales puts on a race any beer-lover can cheer for. The course starts at Oddwood Ales and weaves through the surrounding area. It is an open course, and volunteers will be stationed along the way to help navigate. Beer will be awaiting each runner when they finish—no matter their pace. Registration for this fun run also includes find more at eastsideatx.com

Feel like a child again skipping down the trails at Mueller Lake Park during the Austin Skipathon. This knee-raising event raises funds for Foster Angels of Central Texas, which has helped over 19,000 children and young adults since 2010. Previous years also included live music, food trucks, and activities for families to enjoy. 4550 Mueller Blvd. | austinskipathon.com

If running through enough colored foam to cover each runner from head to toe sounds like fun, Bubble Run is the perfect 5K to participate in. The white shirt that comes with the registration packet will be a rainbow of colors by the end of the 3-mile race. While there may be a small parking charge from the venue, the actual race is free to runners who sign up early. 7311 Decker Ln. | bubblerun.com


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WORDS BY JESS HAGEMANN PHOTOS BY RYAN MICHAEL, PAUL BARDAGJY, & ANDREA CALO

Architect Thomas Bercy (of Bercy Chen Studio) was just 11 years old when he signed up for his first art class in Brussels and fell head over heels for design. He recalls an instant and abiding affinity for graphite, charcoal, and India ink. These raw materials brought his visions of sustainably built, story-driven structures to life on the page—and eventually, after graduating from UT’s School of Architecture, to East Austin’s empty lots.

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oday, Bercy Chen Studio predominately designs commercial buildings, but Thomas likes to mix it up with “half a dozen homes a year,” plus multi-family, office, and mixeduse structures. “With commercial,” he says, “it’s often about the bottom line … but with a house, there’s a story—a clear narrative that comes from the home owners and our collaboration.” Residential projects also allow Thomas “more freedom to experiment,” as these three exotic homes demonstrate.

Edgeland House “Too many people in Texas think of homes as big air-conditioned boxes,” Thomas laments, 42 EASTside | Apr/May 2019

“and they don’t interact with the outdoors. We want a continuum between inside and out, with a focus on outdoor living.” Nowhere is this aesthetic more evident than Bercy Chen’s “fully buried” house, modeled after a Native American “pit house,” or hogan. In place of a branch-based thatch roof, steel I-beams support a “living roof” of native plants and grasses (sourced from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) that makes the dwelling energy efficient and pays homage to the Texas prairie. An annual orchestra of Texas bluebonnet, Indian paintbrush, and Mexican Hat flowers speaks to the passing of time and the wabi-sabi changing of the seasons.

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“Too many people in Texas think of homes as big air-conditioned boxes [that] don’t interact with the outdoors. We want a continuum between inside and out, with a focus on outdoor living.”


Riverview Gardens Whenever possible, Bercy Chen takes inspiration and direction from the immediate environment of Central Texas.. These separate, but matching, residences located near Fiesta Gardens are comprised of three 40-foot-tall “super structures on stilts,” complete with rooftop terraces and cantilevered top floors that, when it rains, create “curtains of falling water” reminiscent of Hamilton Pool. The intentionally thin, long design channels wind off the lake to reduce temperature, while sandstone shipped from India regulates humidity by absorbing moisture on very wet days and releasing it when the air is dry.

Casa Marrakech According to Thomas, “Every residence starts with a dialogue: how many bedrooms, how many bathrooms.” These details he calls “important but trivial,” noting: “We want to get to the philosophical. What are the clients’ interests? Where do they travel? How do they entertain? The more abstract, the better for the creativity of the design.” Bercy Chen’s latest Eastside residence is a nod to Moorish architecture. It reflects “life in a harsh desert climate,” like Morocco, and attempts to reclaim “peace in the middle of chaos” through the use of soothing water features {the active side of austin}

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Built to Budget Think you can’t afford a Bercy Chen home? Think again. “We like building high-end homes,” Thomas comments, “as well as affordable housing.” Budget constraints come as a welcome challenge to this guru, who says, “There’s a beauty in art when there’s a struggle … You just have to put more thought and care into the design.”

and beautiful mashrabiya privacy screens. The home’s interior (including the floors!) was painted, at the owner’s request, 100% white. Color, says Thomas, “comes through art, furnishings, and vegetation,” plus a distinct blue door that mimics Marrakech’s Majorelle Garden (the final resting place of Yves Saint Laurent).

Bercy Chen Studio Early adopters of Austin’s Eastside, Bercy Chen Studio has enjoyed a few different locations since their founding in 2001. They worked on Rosewood Avenue for a time, before moving to their current space on East 11th. The present studio was both designed and built by the firm to capitalize on the area’s “compelling geometry.” As Thomas explains it: “Each face of the building orients itself to a landmark around the site: the capitol, a historic church, etc.” Its overlapping and offset ‘sections’ represent the “cantilevering boulders of Austin’s greenbelt,” and 44 EASTside | Apr/May 2019

are accordingly framed in COR-TEN steel, which naturally oxidizes for a rustic, weathered appearance. As parking became an issue for the studio, however, Thomas started looking for “more space in a parklike setting.” Last year, Bercy Chen bought a property on Govalle, just north of a park, and has since begun construction on a 54,000-sq. ft. facility, part of which will be leased to other professional creatives as a means of fostering “synergy between different businesses.” In keeping with Bercy Chen’s values, the “industrial-style, wedge-shaped” building will feature lots of natural light, a giant library, and earn a 3-star rating from the U.S. Green Business Council.

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Washington Columbia River Gorge WORDS BY JESSI DEVENYNS PHOTOS BY ANDREA JOHNSON

Despite its reputation as a drizzly corner of the country, the Pacific Northwest hides a secret: the Columbia Gorge. Straddling the Columbia River in both Washington and Oregon, the Columbia Gorge boasts gorgeous landscapes along with one of the best wineproducing regions in the world. So grab some hiking shoes and experience the incredible diversity of scenery, climate and activities that the region has to offer.

Friday After dropping bags at the hotel, head to Maryhill Stonehenge, a replica of England’s Stonehenge and a memorial to the people who died in

World War I. It is a short drive from Maryhill Winery which is one of Washington’s largest and most-visited wineries. They have breathtaking views that go excellently with sunsets and glasses of the mineral-intense wine

the region is known for. Back in Hood River, Oregon, the main town in the area, stop at Solstice for a wood-fired pizza that is sure to end the day on a high note.

Saturday Enjoy a leisurely morning in bed before touring the wineries. First, stop at Cor Cellars whose sleek, modern winery houses wines inspired by the Mosel and Bordeaux regions of Europe. Then, head west to Syncline Winery, one of the founding wineries of the Co-

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lumbia Gorge region. The consistently exceptional wines pair perfectly with a picnic on the sweeping grounds. Lastly, pass by AniChe Cellars where as much care is put into wine production as into the environment and winery staff – which happens to be all female. If there is time left, make the journey to Hiyu, where visitors can enjoy a tasting set against a backdrop of nature and biodynamics. After a couple of hours sipping wine and learning about Washington agri- and permaculture, head back to the hotel for a peaceful night’s rest.

is the ideal landing pad to take day trip adventures. Check for deals at Best Western or venture across the river and stay at the Skamania Lodge or

Sunday As the sun rises, enjoy a walk to the banks of the Columbia River to watch early morning windsurfers as they are propelled along by mountain winds. In fact, the Gorge is one of the best windsurfing spots in the continental U.S.! After an energizing coffee at Ground Espresso Bar and Café before heading home, leave early enough to make an unforgettable pit stop at Multnomah Falls. Located about halfway between the Columbia Gorge and Portland, this 611-foot-tall cascade

of icy water is awe-inspiring. Climb up to the viewpoint above the falls for an unparalleled view of nature’s majesty.

Where to find Washington Wines in Austin Washington wines are generally small production affairs coming from family vineyards. As such, Master Sommelier Craig Collins says that there are quality options with great value that pop up in robust wine programs across the city. However, for take home, he suggests selections at Whole Foods, H-E-B, Twin Liquors, and The Austin Wine Merchant.

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Happiness A COLORFUL APPROACH TO HEALTHY EATING WORDS BY SAM LAURON PHOTOS BY SHELBY BELLA

At Nancy’s Sky Garden, freshness abounds through vivid plates of food, refreshing greenery throughout the restaurant, and the bright demeanor of Nancy herself. Should one be lucky enough to run into her, a meal at Nancy’s promises a healthy serving of joy.

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or Nancy Lee, owner of Nancy’s Sky Garden, serving nutritious food was just one of her goals when she decided to open a restaurant of her own. Her mission was to create the experience she always sought when visiting restaurants. Lee recalls always feeling guilty about taking her children out to eat because she felt as if many restaurants weren’t serving healthy food. She also, like most, disliked waiting around for her meal when she would arrive somewhere hungry. Dissatisfied with the overall restaurant experience but also not fond of cooking, Lee remembers thinking, “I’m going to open a restaurant for the people like me.”

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Did You Know? Nancy’s daughter named the restaurant after its unique location in Georgetown, which is located on the fourth floor of its building and features a rooftop garden where guests can enjoy their meal.

After her husband retired from his 20-year career in diplomacy, her family immigrated to the U.S. from Korea. Once here, the Lees decided to open their first restaurant in 2005, Koriente, in downtown Austin. Lee was set on making sure the restaurant was three things: healthy, fast, and affordable. Koriente saw much success from its healthy Korean-fusion menu, and the Lees decided to bring the concept to Georgetown where they opened the first location of Nancy’s Sky Garden. At Nancy’s Sky Garden, which now has four locations, patrons can expect to find colorful plates of food because “vivid colors are more nutritious,” Lee insists. The menu consists of customizable bowls that offer a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, proteins like almond ginger chicken salad and various fish options, plus four different carb options: purple rice, sweet potato noodles, baked sweet potato, or a super grain mix. What is not on the menu is dairy and MSG. Lee’s focus on providing healthy options also means that everything on the menu is low in oil, sugar, or salt. “Every customer has a different need so we are trying to give them options for healthier choices,” she says.

For Lee, receiving positive feedback on the many diets the restaurant accommodates is “the best part about running a restaurant.” But there’s another passion that MANSIONAPARTM E N t SH she has fostered over the years, ACKH O U S E MANSIONAPA and that’s her love of gardening. At RTM E N t SHACKH O USEM her first restaurant, Koriente, ANSIONAPARTM E NLee t SHA planted a small garden around the CK HOUSEMANSIONAPAR space which learned was TMshe E n later t SHACKHOUSEMA somethingNSIONAPARTMEntSHAC the customers thorKHOUSEMANSIONAPART oughly enjoyed. Now, with each restaurant MEntSHACKHOUSEMAN she opens, Lee brings SIONAPARTM E N t SHACK the space to life with fresh flowers HOUSEMANSIONAPAR and succulents. TMENtSHACKHOUSEM ANSIONAPARTMENtSH Through her approach to providACKH O U S EMANSIONAPA ing nutritious a welcoming RTMfood E N tin SHACKH OUSE

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet also the meal most often skipped.

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n busy mornings, rushing out the door, breakfast is a fleeting thought, but it’s essential to start the day right. A good breakfast supercharges the metabolism and prepares the mind for a productive day. Breakfast bowls are convenient, customizable, and portable. They’re easy enough to make in just minutes or even prepare the night before for an instant breakfast the next morning. These bowls are so delicious, you may even want one for lunch, too. For these versatile receipts, use simple, fresh, healthy ingredients, or incorporate leftovers from the fridge, including overripe fruit and veggies. Let your tastes guide the preparation to keep breakfast interesting and well-suited to your morning mood—sometimes sweet and sometimes spicy. This smoothie bowl recipe is more of a formula than recipe. Customize this dish by substituting favorite fruits and vegetables for those listed. Use seasonal ingredients, like fresh berries or peaches in the summer, and apples or pears in the fall. Winter smoothies are a celebration of all things citrus. Add natural sources of protein, such as plant-based milks or plain yogurt. Top with seeds, nuts, and unsweetened coconut to balance the sugars in the fruit, or add dried fruit, nuts, and honey to sweeten the bowl. Ancient grains will take this bowl to a whole new level. Quinoa, millet, amaranth, farro, Kamut, teff, and other ancient grains offer flavor and texture that processed grains cannot match. Their flavor is nutty, rich, and complex. These hearty carbs also tend to have higher levels of fiber, protein, and minerals. However, the true test is in the taste. This savory bowl might just be the most exciting part of each morning! This recipe calls for leftover couscous, sautéed beet greens, sliced watermelon radishes, and a soft-boiled egg. If breakfast tacos are a favorite, you will love the spicy goodness of this savory bowl, and it is much better for the waistline. Greens, Sriracha, and radishes may make this bowl a new staple in any breakfast routine.

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Ancient Grains Breakfast Bowl

Savory Breakfast Bowl

Serves: 1 Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 2 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. dry ancient grain cereal (wheat, millet, barley, oats, and buckwheat) 3 c. water Pinch of salt Toppings: local honey, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds

Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. chicken, beef, or vegetable broth (preferably homemade) 3/4 c. quinoa, amaranth, bulgur, farro, millet, teff, or wheat berries 1/2 t. salt 2 eggs, soft-boiled, or 3 oz. leftover grilled or roasted chicken, beef, pork or lamb 1 T. olive oil 1 c. greens, rinsed (spinach, kale, arugula, bok choy, Swiss chard, turnip greens, beet greens) 1 fresh vegetable, thinly sliced (radish, carrot, beet, avocado, turnip, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, sweet peas, green beans) 1 t. hot sauce (red chili sauce, salsa, cayenne pepper sauce)

Ingredients: 2 c. frozen fruit (bananas, berries, peaches, pears, oranges, mangos) 1 c. liquid (milk, plant-based milk, plain Greek yogurt, coconut water, water, or ice) 1 T. healthy fat (nut butter, coconut oil, avocado, nuts, flaxseed oil, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds) Optional: 1 c. vegetables (sweet potatoes, greens, beets, squash, jicama, or celery) Toppings: 1 T. of your choice (fresh fruit, dried fruit, granola, seeds, nuts, coconut, raw cocoa nibs, bee pollen) Directions: Place all ingredients (except for toppings) in a blender. Blend until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. Add a one of the toppings listed or any desirable combination.

Directions: In a medium-sized pot, combine all ingredients except toppings, over medium-high heat. Stirring occasionally, heat to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for another 15-20 minutes, until grains are tender and creamy. Top hot cereal with honey or brown sugar, milk, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, or any desirable combination.

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Directions: Rinse grains in a colander, removing any that look suspect. In a small pot, heat grains, broth, and salt over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low, and stir grains occasionally. Cook for another 20 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed. If grain is too al dente, add more broth and continue to simmer on low until desired doneness has been achieved. Drizzle olive oil in a sautĂŠ pan and place over medium-low heat. Once oil is heated through, add greens and cook until wilted but still vibrant green. In your serving bowl, fluff grains and top with halved eggs or slices of meat, sautĂŠed greens, and thinly sliced vegetable. Drizzle hot sauce on top, and finish with a sprinkling of sea salt.

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Eden East

Under the wizened oak trees of a 4-acre farm is an unmarked trailer whose plain façade belies hyper-seasonal, farm-totable dishes. Whether it’s a farm-fresh breakfast on market days or a sit-down prix fixe dinner under the stars, Eden East reinvents the idea of eating local. Be sure to visit during their a-la-carte nights on Thursday evenings. 755 Springdale Rd. | edeneastaustin.com

Arriving via a twisted trajectory through Israel, Spain, and NYC, Berty Richter landed with an inkling that Austinites needed real hummus in their lives. With Turkish and Israeli roots, his fresh-toorder hummus is bold and daring with just the right amount of spice. 1906 E Cesar Chavez St.

Artessano

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Hillside Farmacy

Something about Hillside Farmacy’s happy hour oysters, weekend brunches, and dinner cocktails just make you feel better. Perhaps that's due to its historical location in the lovingly renovated 1950s Hillside Drugstore. Or perhaps it’s because the fresh, carefully selected seasonal food that comes from local farms and onto your plate is just good medicine. 1209 E 11th St. | hillsidefarmacy.com

La Fruta Feliz

A happy place where breakfast is served all day. Of course, you can also get lunch, but why would you when you can have chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and authentic breakfast tacos at 8PM? 3124 Manor Rd.

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In an out-of-the-way shopping center is one of the freshest Asian food options around. Sip on one of their fine teas as you build your lunch – Nancy’s operates on a build your own bowl ethos. With no red meat or pork on the menu, it’s the perfect option for a lunch that is light but filling. 6448 Hwy. 290 E. #A100 | nancysskygarden.com

The fresh tropical fruit juice and the arepas are why you need to visit Artessano. As a food trailer specializing in Colombian food, expect dance music and lots of friendly conversation when you visit. 1211 E 6th St.

Flyrite Chicken

Disrupting the fast food industry one sandwich at a time, Flyrite is a drive-thru with all-natural, antibiotic-free chicken as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options. 2129 E 7th St. | flyritechicken.com

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El Sunzal

El Sunzal is a quintessential hole-in-thewall that makes up for its bare-bones appearance with its exceptional El Salvadorian fare. Make sure to sample the fried yucca, seafood soup, and the pupusas. 642 Calles St.

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This unassuming store-front houses an outstanding array of donuts, kolaches, and breakfast croissants. Even if the food wasn’t enough, owners Socea and Sarorn make the trip to S-H worth it every time. 5313 Manor Rd.

Kinda Tropical

Step into a space where food and drink should always be a pleasure. Watch an old western at the bar while sipping on colorful drinks and munching on fresh cabana food. Or stop in to pick up a few pantry staples on your way home. 3501 E 7th St. | kindatropical.com


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Austin Daily Press has spent the last five years honing their craft, and it shows! The ADP team, led by Chef Reed Faitak and co-owners Dustin Knef and Chase Rushing, have found their voice through creating incredibly flavorful experiences sandwiched between locally baked telera. 1900 E MLK Jr. Blvd. | 4620 E Cesar Chavez St. austindailypress.com

Expect to find vibrant dishes that match the food truck’s colorful personality. With cuisine that’s fresh and packed with flavor, the establishment offers a JapaneseHawaiian fusion menu that includes poké bowls, soba noodles, and dumplings. 1606 E 6th St.

Paper Route Bakery

Hidden behind a little window next to Cenote, this tiny operation serves up small-batch organic baked goods daily: from cheddar chive scones and strawberry balsamic pop tarts to custom orders. 1010 E. Cesar Chavez St. | paper-route-bakery.business.site

Come for brunch, come for happy hour, come for a good time. Whether you’re on the shaded patio or inside at the bar, the food is always good, and the drinks are always cold at Yellow Jacket Social Club. Plus, this is a pet-friendly establishment. 1704 E 5th St. | yellowjacketsocialclub.com

Cherrywood Coffeehouse

With an expansive patio and a continual rotation of events, you’ll find yourself frequenting for the community as often as food, which is an inviting array of tacos, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and smoothies. 1400 E 38th 1/2 St. | cherrywoodcoffeehouse.com

Oddwood Ales

Designed as a cozy neighborhood pub, Oddwood Ales provides a variety of flavorful ales, home-made pizzas, and Italian dishes in a relaxed atmosphere with arcade games and a pet-friendly patio. 3108 Manor Rd. | oddwoodales.com

Unlike most eateries around, Tso is carryout and delivery only, but that doesn’t mean that the cuisine suffers. Each meal is made fresh to order, delivery is free, and tipping is discouraged. (512) 774-4876 | tsodelivery.com

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Roland’s Soul Food & Fish

The soul food cooked within this bright orange building is made with such heart that it is overflowing with flavor. Ask any soul food lover and they will tell you each piece of battered fish and every bite of your smothered pork chop is a mouthful of comfort. Come hungry; Roland’s doesn’t skimp on potions. 1311 Chestnut Ave.

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Little Big Burger

Serving up all-natural 1/4 lb. burgers with Tillamook cheeses, truffle fries, floats, and a wide selection of local brews. Bring veggie burger lovers too and enjoy Happy Hour M-Th 3-7pm. Free onsite parking. 1630 E 6th St. #100 | littlebigburger.com

Micklethwait Craft Meats

Although known for their beef ribs and brisket, if you’re headed to Micklethwait’s, you can’t forget about the sides. Your meal won’t be the same without a scoop of the jalapeño cheese grits or lemon poppy seed coleslaw. 1309 Rosewood Ave. | craftmeatsaustin.com

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Simple Life One Juice at a Time WORDS BY SAM LAURON PHOTOS BY WILL BOWLING

If someone had asked Veronica Torres 10 years ago if she would be working in a restaurant today, the answer would have been no. But as life would have it, she has found herself back in the industry she grew up in and running a shop of her own, a new organic juicery called Vida Pura.

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eronica’s experience in the industry began in high school when she helped her parents open longtime Manor Road establishment, Mi Madre’s. After working there for 22 years, Veronica decided to spend time traveling. “I tried to run away from [the restaurant business],” she recalls. “I just wanted to ‘live’ a little bit.” However, this period of self-discovery proved to be a difficult time for both Veronica and her family; she had fallen into a depression and her family learned that her father had cancer. These two life-altering moments marked a turning point for her. “When I saw him fighting for [his health],” 58 EASTside | Apr/May 2019

says Veronica, “I thought ‘okay, I need to fight my depression.’’’ Veronica made a shift in her lifestyle and started implementing exercise into her daily routine. At the same time, she was introduced to cold press juices because her father had turned to juices as part of his cancer treatment. After personally experiencing the health benefits of juicing, she remembers thinking, “Why are people not talking about juices?” Thus, the seed for Vida Pura was planted. Every detail that went into Vida Pura, which officially opened in February, was well thought out. From the decor to the

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logo design, everything is intentional. This is especially the case when it comes to the menu. Each ingredient that goes into the juices and smoothies serves a purpose. The drinks, which contain no sugar, dairy, or soy, are created to target various health concerns: energy support, immune boosts, digestive system issues. Take the Corazón, for example. The bright red juice is made with carrot, red apple, ginger, pineapple, beet, and lemon—an ingredient combination that promotes a healthy heart. For those who may be unfamiliar with cold press juices, the flavorful menu and fresh ingredients offer a way to ease into the healthy habit, “one juice at a time,” Veronica encourages. From the fun drink choices to the community-centric space, Vida Pura is a reflection of Veronica and her welcoming spirit. She hopes to connect with everyone on their journey to wellness. “I want everyone to understand the concept of juicing the right way,” she says. “There’s a juice for everybody.”

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