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Somehow, it never stays long enough—with good reasons to have margaritas and mojitos—nor can it be gone too quickly—with the need for both sunscreen and aloe vera. Regardless, it's a great time to be an Austinite, as the city limits not only begin to stretch even more than one thought possible; but the influence of Austin culture reaches well beyond those limits, influencing the culture of the sprawling metropolis just up Interstate 35, delivering precious exports to our neighbors north of the Mason-Dixon SHAWN LIVELY & RACHAEL RAY line and embedding our mentality deep within the minds and hearts of national figures, who continue to champion the city. Austin, it can be said, is a state of mind. It doesn’t reside in any one place. Instead, it is constantly changing, re-inventing itself and evolving without ever losing its foundational spirit. Austin continues to cherish all things that are independent, unique and irresistibly compelling. It does so especially with its citizens, whether they are here for a matter of weeks or a number of generations. To that end, we celebrate that way of thinking this issue with everything that is distinctly Austin, from new creations like custom-made ice cream sandwiches and craft cocktails to the city’s oldest influences and cultural ambassadors—like fun, food and music (sometimes all-in-one, if the Alamo Drafthouse has any say in the matter). So, although there are many ways to classify an Austinite or explain the rites of passage in order to become one, we would rather revel in the fact that we can call this unique city our home; and that we can share it with the past, present and future citizens of Austin. Take in all this city has to give, Shawn Lively, Publisher & the ALM Team
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Hangover? Not for this skin. D’Andra Simmons, the developer behind Hard Night Good Morning, has been in the nutrition and skin care industry for over 12 years, working for Ultimate Living International, Inc., formulating and developing new products. “I felt I had gained enough experience to develop my own product line and share with women and men of all ages what I had learned about antiaging and healthy skin care,” D’Andra said. “Hard Night Good Morning was the result of my years of hands-on experience in the lab, my meetings with raw material providers and my research traveling the world discovering new and unique ingredients. I have spent a lot of time in Africa and many of my ingredients hail from that magical continent—my favorite place on earth!” So how does one come up with a name like that? D’Andra spills the details: “My college roommate, Amy Lemieux, actually named the line. We went to Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Most people do not realize that women’s colleges are just as raucous and rowdy as co-ed colleges, considering there are no men. We always managed to find a creative way to get into trouble and locate the men around us! I spent many years in the entertainment industry prior to commencing on this career and I spent many a night out much too late and still had to find a way to ‘fake it’ in the morning.” The Hard Night Good Morning skin care line is aloe vera based, which means that the many active ingredients and nutrients used are able to penetrate the skin and provide the full benefit of each ingredient. Hard Night Good Morning’s first product, the Facial Cocktail, was created just for the gal or guy who needs a facial “pick me up” for the morning after. “Your body may feel like crap, but your face looks fabulous!” D’Andra says. The Hard Night Good Morning line includes a morning cleanser, nighttime oil cleanser, daytime moisturizer, nighttime moisturizer, detox toner, detox mineral mask and the facial cocktail serum. Products can be purchased from the company's website: hardnightgoodmorning.com. ALM
Located in Round Rock, Synergy is a plastic surgery center that uses modern technology to enhance cosmetic elements of its clients. Boardcertified plastic surgeons Dr. Mahlon Kerr and Dr. Amy Bekanich are skilled in modern surgical procedures that can enhance or correct features with a natural look. “We use minimal surgical incisions that on average can decrease the size by one half to one third of the national average,” said Dr. Kerr. Both doctors Kerr and Bekanich specialize in breast enhancement procedures (augmentation, lift and reduction), body contouring and facial sculpting. Synergy also offers a wide range of popular non-surgical treatments like BOTOX, injectable fillers and chemical peels that are commonly used to soften the signs of aging with minimal downtime. Dr. Kerr always knew he wanted to be a surgeon, but he didn’t know what specialty he wanted to pursue until medical school. “My first med school class was anatomy and the lab was taught by a plastic surgeon,” Dr. Kerr said. “I asked one day if I could accompany him to the operating room. One thing led to another and by the time I finished my second year of medical school, I had scrubbed about 200 cases and had already devoted my life toward plastic surgery.” Synergy believes in treating patients like family, making them feels as comfortable and as knowledgeable as possible. The doctors operate exclusively in accredited hospitals and safety is their utmost priority. “I personally call my patients at home the night of their surgery each time I operate to make sure questions are answered and recoveries are on track,” Dr. Kerr said. Dr. Kerr sums up his philosophy on his website: “I called my practice 'Synergy' to reflect more than myself, but rather all the people and procedures that work together with me to enhance each patient's appearance and self-confidence through plastic surgery." For more information about Synergy Plastic Surgery, please visit synergyplasticsurgery.com. ALM
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"Tess Dress" It Up!
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Cooling off becomes a salient priority during these brutal Austin summers. As a part of the ever-so-growing food truck movement, Coolhaus artisan ice cream sandwich truck finds its permanent home at 6th and Waller on the East Side. Its second truck has a rotating schedule, and can be found roaming around town according to its online-posted itinerary. The truck and its concept were conceived by Los Angeles residents Natasha Case and Freya Estreller. The idea is a creation of architecturally inspired ice cream edifices. The nominal “triple entendre” reflects an influence of the Bauhaus style, architect and theorist Rem Koolhaas, and consumption of a literal “cool house” (a.k.a. frozen construction of ice cream and cookie!). Coolhaus can be found in L.A., New York, Miami, Austin and, most recently, Dallas/Fort Worth. In Austin, venues like the East Side’s East Village Café and Hillside Farmacy, Whip-In, Hyde Park Market and Royal Blue Grocery, among others, serve the ice cream “sammies” packaged. Otherwise, at the trucks, customers choose an ice cream flavor from the daily rotating list and then choose two cookies from an equally, and excitingly, as fickle a rotation of options. The result is a completely individualized, freshlyscooped creation of delicious, locally produced, primarily organic and entirely uniquely devised flavor combinations in a towering specimen of ice cream and cookie sandwich. Such flavor combos include the likes of Maker’s Mark Manhattan (cocktail-inspired), vegan strawberry mojito sorbet, bourbon candied bacon (with nitrate-free bacon!) and root beer float, among other more “conventional” flavors. Cookie options include an ever-changing assortment of, for example, ginger molasses, double chocolate with sea salt, vegan carrot cake, potato chip with butterscotch, hotcake and gluten-free coconut almond. Though the concept is enticing, it’s the experimental sweetness and savoriness of these scrumptious flavors that will keep you coming back! ALM
You wouldn’t expect the floral-wearing woman with the mellifluous voice and baby on her hip to be a veteran of combat. You may expect her to be a women’s wear designer, perhaps. But the art of mixing military instinct with an innate style and dressmaking sensibility can only be achieved by a woman of strength; by a woman of sartorial capability and the stamina to persevere in the ruthless world of fashion. Theresa Kopecky grew up with a mother who ran an alterations business from the home. She had sewn for herself her entire life, but hadn’t the slightest intention to turn her patterns, ideas and garments into any sort of business venture until a shopkeeper complimented her dress, encouraging Theresa to pursue dressmaking under her own label. Thus was created Tess Dress. The core of the company and its designs lie in the cooperation of modern techniques and fabrics with a strong sense of classic glamour and beauty. Theresa strives to produce garments that, as she describes, embrace women rather than disguising them. In these feminine pieces, women are able to “feel their beauty as a power for good,” says Theresa, as opposed to feeling stifled by their womanhood and their bodies. “The fabric becomes a part of their bodies,” she says of her clientele. “The dresses are very personal.” The Summer 2012 collection presents halter necklines, full skirts, and gorgeous prints like the A-line dancing ladies print dress. The fabrics are deliberate—all natural and hand-selected. Crossed bodices, empire waists and white eyelets embody southern summertime style. The upcoming Fall/Winter 2012 collection is a complementary collection of silky patterned tops, English tweed mix-and-match separates, bold colors and sultry floral prints. What’s next for Tess Dress? Theresa and her husband Mike, their baby Marshall and their two Great Danes are packing up and setting out to spread the Tess Dress love with a trip to stock boutiques all across the southern U.S. As for now, Tess Dress can be found in boutique shops throughout Texas and online at tessdress.com. ALM
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There is no sign above the green door. A dimly-lit red light and plain apartment-style buzzer serve as the only indicators that you have indeed found Midnight Cowboy—the newest cocktail bar on Sixth Street. Opened in March by Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League, Midnight Cowboy seeks to play off the secretive nature of the nefarious Oriental Massage Parlor of the same name that was shut down last year. “We decided that because this location was already home to a secretive business, we would roll with that and turn it into a speakeasy,” said Brain Dressel, General Manager of Midnight Cowboy. Hidden in plain sight, Midnight Cowboy is meant to serve as something of an escape to its customers and provide a destination for those that normally shy away from this part of Sixth Street. Several unique aspects give the bar an intimate feel that many bars on this side of the street currently lack. Once inside, customers are transported to a 1920s-style speakeasy, complete with a vintage bar, black leather booths and three private rooms for groups of up to eight people. Dressed to the nines in vintage attire, servers wheel pushcarts through the bar, making drinks tableside. “It’s a great feeling when you are standing at the drink cart, talking with a table and can say ‘I came up with this drink.’ People love to hear those stories,” Dressel said. While currently the brainchild of Dressel and Drink Director Bill Norris, the menu will eventually develop into a more collaborative effort, incorporating recipes from each of the staff. Whether you’re looking for something light and summery (Lovebirds) or a drink that packs more punch (Smoke + Mirrors), the bars elaborate drink menu features something for everyone. Interested in experiencing Midnight Cowboy for yourself? Make your reservation at midnightcowboymodeling.com, or just look for the vacancy sign above the door.
Everyday Minerals Like most women, I’m constantly searching for that one makeup line that brings out natural beauty without costing me a fortune. If it wasn’t for Everday Minerals, I’d still be looking. Created by Austin transplant, Carina Menzies, Everyday Minerals is one of the only vegan makeup lines that is affordable and offers flawless performance at all times. Raised on a small farm outside Los Angeles, Menzies grew up with an appreciation for all that nature has to offer, regularly helping her grandmother make skin care products from ingredients found in their garden. As an adult, this (as well as her belief that makeup should be fun) inspired Menzies to create quality products that were fun and never cut corners. She noted, “When I looked into the market place for my clients, I realized there wasn’t a makeup line that had all these qualities—and the ones that came close were priced expensively.” Thus came the creation of Everyday Minerals. A standout in the market, Everyday Minerals carries more mineralbased foundation finishes than any other brand and sells 100% vegan bamboo brushes. Each piece of her collection is designed to make women look their best each day, without spending too much time applying. The company even allows new customers to test out seven samples for just a penny, so that each person can find their perfect shade without making a commitment. Unique to Everyday Minerals is the company’s focus on sustainability. Menzies is dedicated to working with local farmers to source all the ingredients and supports international, women-based farms. What’s more, Menzies created the Wilderness Preservation Project following the drought last year, which helps set up wildlife refuges in Austin and the surrounding Hill Country area and reimburses her staff for food purchased from local Austin farms. Both in business and in life, Menzies' best advice for all women—less is more. According to her, “When it comes to enhancing your natural beauty, always keep it simple. And don’t be afraid to try something different.” Everyday Minerals is available at everydayminerals.com, in both the US and internationally.
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W Hotel’s Forager Looks Local
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Technically titled Food and Beverage Buyer and Forager for W Austin, Valerie Broussard is the first of her kind in Austin hotels and a first for Starwood properties. As the buyer and forager, Valerie focuses on local products and visits farmers’ markets, like Downtown SFC Farmers’ Market and Barton Creek Farmers’ Market, once a week and farm stands, like Springdale Farm, twice a week. She works closely with the chef, making sure menu items are available and even suggesting menu options when she makes a good find. “I am the liaison between the chef and the farms,” Valerie said. “Foraging is all about research and there are lots of spontaneous decisions based on what I find.” Valerie studied food and nutrition at Florida State University for her undergraduate degree and went on to culinary school after realizing clinicals weren’t for her. She ended up working in a grocery store, where she was became interested in foraging. Valerie traveled to Italy to study food culture and communication for grad school. “When we were there we joked about being at ‘food camp,’” Valerie said. “We did tastings and developed our palettes. We went to vineyards in Greece and saw cheese making in France and Spain.” Leading up to her role at W Austin, a friend of hers introduced Valerie to Alan Tangren, the original forager for the legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California. “Since it is a rare position, it was nice to have someone familiar with the position that could answer my questions, like if farmers delivered, if he was at farmers markets, how often the menu changes, and things like that,” Valerie said. In her professional career, she has worked in just about every aspect of a kitchen. She’s been a private chef in the Hamptons, a recipe tester for a cookbook, assistant food stylist and the organic food coordinator for Austin’s own Barr Mansion. Valerie not only shops for local products, but she also believes in developing relationships with the farmers. “In this position, I’m learning about farming and each farmer’s philosophy,” Valerie said. “Many farmers have the attitude of ‘we’ll grow for you, just tell us what you want.’ I love seeing fresh produce knowing it was just harvested.” One important aspect of Valerie’s job is working closely with the chef to find out not only what ingredients are needed, but how they are used with each dish. “I’m in the kitchen all the time, tasting dishes to see how the products are used. I brought in peaches and Chef Ben [Hightower] turned it into peach ketchup. He’s really good on being creative on the fly with the items I bring for him. Janina [O’Leary], the pastry chef, has been doing amazing things for summer fruits—especially native fruits that aren’t traditional.” So what’s the best part about this job, according to Valerie? “I’m working for the way I like to eat—sustainably grown, local food. It just makes you feel good.” ALM
Tips for being your own kitchen’s forager: • Read Edible Austin magazine for tips • Join non-profit groups like Slow Food • Grow your own garden (learning about seasonality) • Go to farmers’ markets and ask questions
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Everyone Can Afford a Little Bliss BY DANIEL RAMIREZ PHOTOS BY PAUL BARDAGJY
ot everyone will have the opportunity to live in a home of this scale, complete with a view of the Westlake Hills. We can, however, all afford a little bliss for our budget. What better time of year to focus on outdoor living spaces, and what better city than Austin to discuss the importance of maximizing views, nature and lifestyle? Designed and constructed by Jay Hargrave Architecture and Gary Robinson, this dream home showcases phenomenal spaces throughout its 5,500 square feet. The house has three levels, with primary living spaces on the second floor and a total of five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and a main gathering space that overlooks the pool area. The particulars include a three-car garage, a workshop and a wine room. Jay has been designing and building in Austin for over 15 years, which allows him to build
The main entry is bookended by a small glass office and load bearing masonry stair tower. The stone pattern, which Jay calls the "zipper," includes three carved stone windows.
precisely what he likes: permanent structures that have a strong and beautiful presence. As a design-build establishment, he can accomplish this because he is more involved with his projects than other architects or builders. The bones of this house are a combination of concrete, reinforced CMU (concrete masonry units) and masonry or stone over a CMU backup, including structural steel with light gauge steel framing throughout. It provides a stark, sturdy and innovative appeal. The exterior is clad in limestone veneer and stucco, flashing copper accents to attract the eye further. Uncategorized by words alone, one must stand in the home and touch the walls to understand the quality, extent and magnitude. It has masonry walls that range from 18 inches to more than 40 inches thick. The stairwell has three stone windows that can be seen from the front of the home, again
As you look through the glass over the elevated lawn, it is apparent that the spaces in this house are conservatively sized yet grand and richly rendered with a warm palette of materials.
Sweeping vistas and forward-thinking art and architecture contrast without making the home seem any less inviting.
connecting indoor space with outdoor vistas, via visual experience and through use of materials that have no boundaries. Most importantly, this house was designed and built to take advantage of the natural beauty around it. Its kitchen and living spaces share a view of the courtyard, a cantilevered pool and the beautiful expanse beyond the property boundaries. The kitchen countertops project outside the walls, further connecting the outside and inside living spaces. The entire home was strategically placed, as to preserve tree lines and visual privacy. The culmination allows the homeowners to enjoy their outdoor living without missing the fact that they do not have a backyard. Proper design, scope and budget can allow every one of us to take advantage of the beauty and living opportunities beyond the walls of our home. This could mean investing in a pool or outdoor living set
up or adding an artistic focus borrowed from indoor living areas. Jay Hargrave's firm has also seen an increase in demand for xeriscaping and minimal living design plans that allow homeowners to enjoy their spaces via minimal care and maintenance. This home is a perfect example of well-utilized space. But don't think you cannot have something just as amazing. Take the time to budget, design and execute your own piece of bliss. Jay can design your home, outdoor living, pool, xeriscape or other renovation project and then build what you have imagined. A onestop-shop with experience and a team that will work with any budget. Jay Hargrave Arcitecture is located in South Austin at 701-A South Lamar. (512) 225-2400. jayhargravearchitecture.com. ALM
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tand tall—or as one of my darling friends says, "Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn." That message is a swift visual reminder to roll the shoulders back and walk with poise.
Posture—it's not just about vanity, looking great in a photo or on the catwalk. In fact, it’s amazing how something as simple as good posture can alter the quality of one’s life. I spent some time consulting Austin’s finest experts in the fields of core strength, physical therapy and etiquette. Once my research was complete, it became clear that standing tall is a directive for health, success and beauty. Maintaining good posture not only helps you look better (there’s a reason inept people are called slouches), it improves muscle tone, makes breathing easier and is one of the best ways to stave off back and neck pain. If your spine is not balanced, you will inevitably have problems throughout your body including your joints. Not to mention the side effect of perception: It is proven that people who have better posture are more likely to think and act in a powerful way and take on in-charge roles—whether as top tier executive or newbie intern. Good posture conserves energy, giving fuel for life and a pure sense of one’s individual confidence. First we make our habits, then our habits make us. Here are a few great tips from the field so we can take the control back:
CONSISTENCY Many of us may have the intention to keep a good posture, but we usually forget about it after 5 minutes! A reminder in the form of a Post-It note or item in your calendar (just let Siri handle it) keeps you on your game. The frequency is up to you, from once a day to as often as every 15 minutes. With sufficient reminders, you will start kicking into a unbelievable posture soon.
in front of computers for long periods of time. By forcing yourself to keep your feet planted you are able to keep the upper part of your body straight. You might be sitting in the most expensive office chair from Steelcase, but if your spine is torqued with crossed legs, the value of that investment is lost on you and going into visits to back specialists instead! So plant those feet on the ground and get up and take a walk when you start desiring to cross your legs...break the habit and enjoy the benefits!
VISUALIZ ATION Time and time again, the power of imagery came up in my research. Imagine that your spine and head are held up by a balloon on a string extending from the crown of the head. Focus on keeping your spine and head aligned with the balloon while relaxing other parts of your body. Often people end up tensing all other parts of their body when trying to keep proper posture. The balloon visualization keeps you focused on maintaining a straight back while loosening your other muscles. With a little effort on your part, you can be walking tall and feeling as light as a feather.
FIND YOUR CORE The foremost of these exercises is pilates. Pilates' flexible system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises. No muscle group is under or over trained. Other great posture improving modalities include yoga, exercise balls and simple stretching. Stretching helps break bad patterns and allows your muscles to return to neutral, fabulous after a night out in heels or too much time in front of your laptop. ALM
HEED THE KNEAD If you have always been in a bad posture, you will find that it’s hard to change yours due to the hardening of your joints. I find that getting a massage loosens up the joints, making it easier to get into a better posture afterward. It's true that regular massages combined with a good workout are the perfect combination. Your body will thank you by performing better. As if we needed another excuse to head to the Mecca Gym and Spa!
GET GROUNDED This means having both feet planted flat on the floor and not resting your weight on a particular foot, which is a very common habit. While sitting, try not to cross your legs, a number one problem for people
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The must-attend event of the year – THE ICE BALL – is the place to be seen this August. In its eighth year, the gala, which supports the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, will take guests into a winter wonderland of cool, local restaurants, frosty signature cocktails, towering ice sculptures, exotic trips and local luxuries for auction, live music and dancing. Since its inception, the Ice Ball has raised more than $400,000, enabling BBBS to provide life-changing mentoring relationships for hundreds of kids in Central Texas. Guests of the party can expect to mix and mingle with 500 of their closest friends while sampling tempting treats from 10 of Austin’s hottest restaurants and daydreaming about winning a vacation during the live auction. Some of the trips up for grabs include the ultimate hunting experience on King Ranch, a week’s worth of rays in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and an amazing rainforest adventure at a boutique resort in Costa Rica. Attendees get the added pleasure of meeting current and former Bigs who amp up the excitement as they serve as bid spotters during the live auction. Last year’s Ice Ball raised more than $200,000 to support the BBBS mission of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Regular attendee and event extraordinaire, Michael Barnes of the Austin AmericanStatesman, says he knows of no similar event that has reached such “charity stardom.” For more than 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
who build friendships and offer encouragement and support to each child. BBBS’ one-to-one mentoring model helps kids facing adversity achieve measurable outcomes leading to lifelong success. The agency is currently addressing community need through targeted mentoring initiatives, such as serving children who have been involved with the juvenile justice system; serving children of military personnel; serving middle-school aged children; and serving children with an incarcerated parent or other family member. THE ICE BALL Last year, BBBS volunteers provided 90,000 hours of August 25 mentoring to 1,500 children in Travis, Williamson and Hilton Downtown Hays counties. The value of that time is nearly $2 million. austiniceball.org Even more impressively, last year more than 97 percent of the children served by the BBBS program stayed in school, improved their grades and avoided early parenting. The organization also supports education through their scholarship program. Last year, more than $45,000 was given in scholarship funds to more than 70 students who were pursuing higher education. The Ice Ball takes place on Saturday, August 25 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Hilton in Downtown Austin, located at 500 E. 4th Street. Tables and other sponsorship opportunities are available at austiniceball.org. Sponsorships start at $1,500 and include exclusive access to the VIP pre-party. Tickets are also available for purchase at austiniceball.org. Through July 31, enjoy an early bird discount of $250 per pair of tickets. Tickets purchased after July 31 will be $150. Reserved tables for 10 are available for $1,500. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.
The Heart Gallery Portrait Premiere ADOPTION COALITION OF TEXAS
We all come across people we converse with at work, run into at the store and at restaurants and know as friends or acquaintances, that when the adoption topic comes up, they mention that they were adopted or a child in their family was adopted into a loving family and permanent home. This is the same thing that, on the average, 750 foster kids in Central Texas are waiting to experience as well, a forever family that they will bond with and have a connection with for the rest of their lives. In Austin, we have a terrific organization that represents Central Texas whose mission is to help find forever families for children languishing in the foster care system—the Adoption Coalition of Texas (ACT). This is a coalition of Child Protective Services and nonprofit child placing agencies who make these demanding efforts their mission. ACT accomplishes this goal through community awareness and education about kids in foster care, recruitment of families and systemic change with the goal of ultimately increasing the number of kids who become adopted. They also have a special annual project, the Heart Gallery of Central Texas, held in September of this year, that acts as one of ACT’s several recruitment projects. It will also be a fundraising event starting 2012. In Central Texas alone, approximately THE HEART GALLERY 750 children are awaiting adoption every day. PORTRAIT PREMIERE These are all children who were removed from September 20 their natural families due to abuse or neglect. Shoal Creek Event Center ACT helps inform the public about adoption, adoptioncoalitiontx.org identify which children are available in their area and break down common misconceptions regarding the process of domestic adoption so that these children can find permanent homes and families. The Adoption Coalition of Texas is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that was created in 2003. All funds used to support ACT and its programs, including the Heart Gallery of Central Texas, come from individual donors, community funds, direct sponsorships, foundations or from the organization’s general operating budget. No government funds are received for any ACT program or initiative. ACT serves as an umbrella organization that includes these child-placing partner agencies: Arrow Child & Family Ministries, Lutheran Social Services, Pathways Youth and Family Services, and Child Protective Services, in addition to its two recently added agencies, The Settlement Home for Children and STARRY Foster Care. Participating CASA organizations are: CASA of Bastrop, Lee and Fayette Counties, CASA of Central Texas, Inc., CASA for the Highland Lakes area, CASA of McLennan and Hill Counties, CASA of Travis County and Voices for Children, Inc., CASA of Brazos Valley.
On September 20th, 2012, The Heart Gallery of Central Texas project will debut approximately 110 portraits of 150 foster children that are in need of permanent homes. The portraits will make up the new traveling exhibit that will move around Central Texas for the following 12 months. Now celebrating its eighth anniversary, this project of the Adoption Coalition of Texas helps generate awareness about the many foster children in Central Texas who are still awaiting adoption and need a forever family. This year, the special event will be held at a new location, the Shoal Creek Event Center in Austin, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and will also act as a fundraiser for the non-profit featuring a silent auction with many great items. Any groups interested in hosting an exhibit or mini-exhibit of the portraits in their place of business or venue after the September 20th premiere event can contact the Adoption Coalition of Texas for more information. Murray Chanow, Executive Director of the Adoption Coalition of Texas commented, “Each year we try to evolve the event to a new level. This year’s event will feature a video presentation told from the kids’ perspective, a silent auction for the first time and of course a premiere of the extraordinary portraits that our dedicated photographers take of the foster children needing a forever home.” As a special and heart-stopping part of the program, the Heart Gallery will again feature a short video that puts a voice and face with the name of a child and conveys the message from the child’s thoughts and perspective. “Our end goal remains the same: we want to reach out to as many people as we can in the Central Texas area with this portrait exhibit so that we can help find permanent homes for these foster kids,” added Chanow. Since its inception in the Austin area eight years ago, the Heart Gallery of Central Texas has generated a 60% success rate in the adoption of foster children in the Central Texas area into permanent homes. These efforts also help educate the community on the adoption process and encourage people to reach out to a child in need. The Heart Gallery also helps inform the public about adoption, identifies which children are available in their area and breaks down common misconceptions regarding adoption. The portraits that will appear in the 2012 Heart Gallery of Central Texas would not be possible without the time and talent donated to the cause by more than 50 renowned Central Texas photographers. These individuals continue to volunteer their time and talents to photograph the children, many of whom are older or special needs children, minorities or are part of a sibling group; all are considered hard-to-place children. ACT wants to get the word out about these children living in foster care, many for extended periods, and that are waiting for a permanent family—a life of stability and love. If you would like more information on the Adoption Coalition of Texas, The Heart Gallery of Central Texas or to find out ways to help, visit adoptioncoalitiontx.org, heartgallerytexas.com or call Murray Chanow, ACT Executive Director, at (512) 301-2825. The Adoption Coalition of Texas operates as a special 501(c)3 project of the Austin Community Foundation.
Excellence in Leadership Gala CONCORDIA UNIVERSIT Y TEXAS
More than 400 friends of Concordia University Texas will come together at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin on Friday, August 17 for the University’s sixth annual Excellence in Leadership Gala. This year’s gala will honor Reid Ryan, Founder and CEO of the Round Rock Express, for his servant leadership and commitment to the Austin and Central Texas communities. Concordia University Texas has a unique mission of developing Christian leaders, and this black-tie event recognizes an outstanding Christian leader annually while raising money for the University’s scholarship fund. The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception followed by a short program and motivating speech from Ryan, during which supporters will be treated to a fine three-course meal from the Four Seasons Hotel. Guests will enjoy socializing with fellow attendees, dancing, cocktails and music. With the social event’s growing popularity each year, the 2012 gala promises to be another successful night, in part to Ryan being the evening’s guest of honor. Ryan serves as Founder and CEO for the Ryan-Sanders Baseball group, which owns several minor league baseball teams in Texas, including the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, the Round Rock Express. Under Ryan’s leadership, the Express broke the Texas league single-season attendance record in its first season in 2000 as an affiliate of the Houston Astros and won the league championship. Over the following four seasons, the Express gained more fans and appeared in the playoffs on three more occasions. The team has undergone more changes since then, including an expansion of the stadium. In addition to his leadership roles in baseball, Ryan is involved in many other business ventures locally. He serves as a board member for Fired Up, Inc., the parent company of Carino’s Italian Grill;
director and organizer of R Bank in Round Rock; and a partner behind the Texas expansion of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Ryan enjoys giving back to Central and South Texas. He has served on numerous non-profit boards and has helped raise more than $900,000 for charities in the greater Austin and Corpus Christi communities. He currently serves on the advisory boards for the Ride on Center for Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and the Cancer for College golf tournament in Austin. Most recently, Ryan worked closely with the Miracle League on the initial design phase for a special playing field in Corpus Christi that will be similar to the Express’ Miracle League Field that was completed in Austin in 2007. The Miracle League is a non-profit baseball league that features specially designed facilities for kids with mental and physical disabilities. The Miracle EXCELLENCE IN League allows all kids to enjoy the fun of playing LEADERSHIP GALA baseball and being on a team. August 17 Ryan and his wife, Nicole, are the proud parents Four Seasons Hotel of one son, 12-year-old Jackson, and two daughters, 10-year-old Victoria and 7-year-old Ella. The family lives in Georgetown and enjoys spending free time with family and friends at the family ranch, watching sporting events and traveling. Concordia University Texas is an award-winning institution of higher education, offering undergraduate, graduate and an Accelerated Degree Program for adult students. The main campus is located in Northwest Austin with four university centers in central Austin, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. A privately held, accredited, liberal arts university, Concordia is under the auspices of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It is a member of the highly respected Concordia University System, in which more than 28,000 students are enrolled nationwide. This year’s Concordia University Texas Excellence in Leadership Gala will be held Friday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. Ticket prices start at $300. For more information, please contact Gala Director Heidi Doering at (512) 313-4110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rocking The Rhythm Of Love And Ready To Find It
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f you’ve heard the songs “Hey There, Delilah” or “The Rhythm of Love,” you are familiar with Tim Lopez’s work. Originally lead guitarist for the band Plain White T’s, Lopez has emerged from behind the guitar to take on some writing and lead vocal duties (most notably on “The Rhythm Of Love”), and is poised for still more popularity as one of the focal points of a new television show, entitled “Ready For Love,” produced by Eva Longoria. Lopez has lived within the Austin city limits for a good while and took some time out while on location to talk with Austin Lifestyle Magazine about his life, his band and the city he proudly calls home.
liking that. I've been listening to the new Fun. record. I do listen to a lot of classic rock, still. But there's an Austin band called Alpha Rev that I really like. I'm kind of all over the map. I listen to a lot of singer/songwriter stuff, not a lot of pop music, even though I'm playing in a pop band. I tend to be moved by the storytelling in the singer/songwriter style of music.
What is it that brought you to Austin? I ended up going to Austin because of a divorce. I was living in Santa Barbara, California, which is kind of a small town, and I got really tired of running into the ex. I had toured through Austin quite a few times and just loved it there. I've been in Austin almost four and a half years now. I like how laid back it is. I love the weather there. Chicago is far too brutally cold for me and I always feel like, when I'm home, I'm actually on vacation. We travel so much of the year and coming home to Austin just feels like I'm going there to relax.
When you're on the road as much as you are…what do you miss about home? It's the simple stuff that I really miss. You can get a really good meal in a lot of cities, but I miss Torchy's. I miss Torchy's and Tacodeli. I was also bummed when I found out I was going to miss the entire summer. I just bought a boat and was hanging out on Lake Austin. Right before I left, I was out there almost every day.
Do you go to many shows? I don't go to that many. It's like we [musicians] are all just tired of being in venues. It's not like music ever feels like work, because it's not—but when I'm home, I tend to do other stuff. I've got a couple of friends who are in local Austin bands and I like checking them out. My friend Patty is in the Soldier Thread, who've been getting a lot of love from around town. I'm bummed out that I missed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I really wanted to see them when they came through but I was out of town.
Do your songs get old for you? Not really. We've been playing "Delilah" every single night for the last seven or eight years, and it doesn't get old. You're usually feeding off the crowd anyway.
Tell us about this new venture, "Ready For Love," that we're looking forward to. It's a show that Eva Longoria is executive producing, involving me and two other guys on a quest to find the right girls for us. They've hired three of the world's top matchmakers and they work alongside us and alongside the girls that are on the show, and we're trying to find out who has the best chemistry. The girls were able to apply through Facebook and say why they were a good match for one of us. Then we work with Eva and the matchmakers to find out which girls they thought were the best match and we're spending the summer dating. It's not a bad racket.
Is that the last wish show, the one show you want to see and haven't? That's it. I'm a huge Petty fan. That was the first record I ever bought and ever since then, he's the songwriter I turn to when I'm trying to find the bar I need to reach. Every time they come through Austin or when they came through L.A., when I was in Santa Barbara, I always missed it because I was always on tour. That's the show I feel like I'm still missing out on. And he's getting old. I want to see him while he's still got some energy left [laughs]!
I'm sure you're under a Non-Disclosure Agreement to reveal nothing, but how is it going? So far, so good. I love everybody that's worked on the show. It feels like you're surrounded by great people and it should make for an awesome summer. I'm living it up.
What are you listening to these days? A buddy of mine turned me on to Father John Misty. I'm really
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Do you anticipate finding "The One" in this process? I am one hundred percent open to that idea. I hope so. It would be great to find someone to bring back to Austin and show them how I'm living. ALM
RACHAEL RAY The Definitive Austinite?
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f one were to define the ultimate Austinite, there are certain characteristics, qualities and requirements that must be considered. Painting in broad strokes, the general assumption holds that one should be slightly quirky, significantly laid-back and generous, either with their kindness or with their money and time. But to use only these traits as a barometer is to be too liberal, too forgiving. Citizens of a variety of cities exhibit these characteristics and to be defined as an Austinite requires a good bit more. Which is why it may seem curious, to say the least, that any media outlet would submit the following proclamation: Rachael Ray is a definitive Austinite. She resides in either New York City or Los Angeles, to begin with. The hipster elite, a mainstay of the current Austin culture, could never openly claim her as one of their own since she is a member of the mainstream, the ‘black mark’ of the subculture. She has coined phrases that have caught on as part of the suburban vernacular, which the many of the “weird” independent denizens of Austin would no doubt disdain. “E.V.O.O.” and “yum-o” are simply not weird enough for many. Meanwhile, some of her celebrit y peers have even called her stardom and skills into question—most notoriously including one who has “no reservations” about doing so. Needless to say, the discovery that Rachael Ray is a bona fide Austinite comes as quite the shock. The evidence, however, speaks for itself, and speaks loudly, year after year. She is, indeed, one of us. Having experienced a level of popular success that is only outshined by the likes of Oprah Winfrey or Bill Gates, Rachael Ray’s career in the public eye had humble beg in n ing s, a s she made her way t hrough minor roles in the cookware and restaurant industries, until she emerged over thirteen years ago as a host for an upstart food television show, complete with a catchy concept. From “30 Minute Meals,” Ray’s success and influence grew in equal measure. Now the moniker for multiple lines of home goods, the face of a magazine,
a syndicated talk show host and a cultural resource on the subject of food, Ray released yet another book this summer, bringing the total to twenty with “The Book Of Burger,” an exhaustive guide on innovative and traditional executions of an American classic. It is fair to say that Rachael Ray has reached the status of not only household expert, but also a household name. In order to accomplish that, one needs to study her passions, which can be studied during the microcosm of one of Austin’s defining attributes, South by Southwest. Rachael Ray has been attending the event for over a decade and, in typical SXSW style, she hosts a party, the free-to-all and highly sought event known as Feedback. “I've been coming here for about a dozen years and this is our fifth Feedback,” Ray stated when approached during SXSW 2012. What began as a simple celebration in one of the smaller venues at Beauty Bar has grown into a multiple-day event that now spreads over two different venues. The main event is at Stubb’s— which bursts at the seams with the thousands who attend—while a more intimate venue on the East Side plays host to Ray’s friends and media relations. A picture of her passions, she provides food and music at both events; and when questioned about the effort that goes into planning the annual events, her answer is as passionate—and definitively Austin—as it is honest. “Who needs to sleep? You'll sleep when you're dead,” Ray offers with a voice on the verge of disappearance and a smile that has only just begun. In evaluating why she pursues this level of investment, one has to look at one of the most typical characteristics of an Austin resident. To be a model citizen, for example, one should love live music. But it doesn’t stop there. It is important for one to find new bands, telling the world about them when given the opportunity. It simply won’t do to be a fan of mainstream music performed in live venues. The music tastes of the city favor the most forward edge, with SXSW calling our city home, launching new creations into the airwaves, year after year. What catches the ear of an
Austin audience finds its way around the nation soon enough. would attribute this number to celebrity stalkers, Ray deflects the notion. Consider it justification, then, that Rachael’s evaluation of this past “They're coming to be at the party,” she says. “I don't think it's me. I think year’s SXSW includes names that only now, three months after the it's our lineup. We have a really strong lineup. They know they're going conference, are making their way up the radio charts. “LP was great, to get free food and good music and they know it's not going to suck.” my ears are still ringing. Imagine Dragons, they were great.” Ray offers The music and food spectrums are wide and varied, as Ray will these names without prompting, commenting on two of the most rapidly routinely “try and have somebody for everybody every year. And that's emerging artists in online sales and airplay. Her ear is refined and with how we curate it. We look and find, ‘we really haven't hit this group of the help of her husband, who is lead vocalist for the band, The Cringe, people or we're really not representing that.’” A steady dose of Chicken they hand select the headliners and artists for Feedback every year. “We Suiza sliders and vegetarian-friendly Green Chile Nachos, alongside the curate everything,” she proudly explains. “We've seen the people that sounds of bands like Southern-alt-folk band, Givers, or the hip-hop flow we booked and then booked the people that we knew.” She isn’t talking of Theophilous London flash Ray’s empathy, kindness and generosity in about Hollywood parties or network television events either. She rattles a way that Austin understands well. off a list of names at a whim and is sure to mention where she found “The whole idea is to hug Austin, so we want to give Austin as big a “Amy Cook and Alabama Shakes and J. Roddy, all in the parking lot of hug as possible,” she states, genuine in both passion and delivery. Little the Hotel San Jose.” If musical tastes are a requisite test for citizenship, else explains why she continues this pursuit, year after year; and she has Ray aces the exam. shown no plans of taking a hiatus or calling Austin anything but home Further, to be an Austinite, it is beholden upon one to be friendly. for a handful of days in March. Home of more nonprofit enterprises, the city speaks not only the common With the requisites complete, it isn’t so far-fetched to call Ray a language of generosity, but does so with innovation and gusto. Rachael definitive Austinite, in everything save for zip code. “If I could live any exhibits hers in the growth of the event and the effort put into it. “From place else on the planet Earth other than New York City?” she ponders years ago at Beauty Bar and even our first year at Stubb's, we get more and openly. It is clear this isn’t the first time the thought has occurred or more music and more and more people in every year,” Ray explains. Any the question has presented itself. “I’ve told my husband many times. who would dispute her generosity should note the sheer size of this year’s My heart is so torn,” she explains. “I am an upstate girl and I'm very Feedback, which is, it cannot be overstated, a free event. The lineup plays proud to come from the Adirondacks—but this [Austin] is my home away across two stages, constantly bringing new sounds and new exposure from home.“ to both the bands featured and to the crowd’s judgment. Stubb’s boasts Austin, for all its tacit requirements for model citizenship, can proudly a capacity of around 4000 persons and enlisted the help of the city to claim the affable Ray as one of its own. If for only a short while every police the safety, as is expected of an outdoor concert. year, Rachael Ray stands as the consummate Austinite. ALM Of course, for the Austin music lover, capacity is relative; and Ray’s sensibilities line up, albeit respectfully. “I think the cops counted about 5000 people at last count,” she playfully explains. And, while many
Young Designers Deliver High-Drama Fashion BY R ACHEL BROCK
he fashion industry is arguably one of the most competitive in the world. Successful modern designers are expected to be a dynamic combination of artist and magician, with a healthy side of business acumen and extremely thick skin. So, while Austin enjoys a reputation for relaxed style (where else are flip-flops considered appropriate yearround footwear?), it seems our city is also a hotbed for budding designers with extremely sophisticated taste and skills to match. If the early collections of Katrina Raz, Sofia Maldonado and Vivienne Hoang are any indication, it looks like these three are talented young designers to watch. Sofia Maldonado, who grew up in and around the theater, began designing at the tender age of 12 and loves to create strong, dramatic pieces. The Decrepit Cake creation was inspired by Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and the story of Ms. Havisham’s decaying wedding party. An unexpected hue and bold elements ensure that the stunning gown definitely delivers the “wow” factor. “The color palette worked perfectly with a non-traditional bridal gown… I wanted the dress to exude an elegant sadness,” Maldonado explains. “I used treated fabrics to enhance texture and the beautiful sequined lace to represent the feel of [a] chandelier.” Vivienne Hoang, who also designs a line of custom bowties that are sold locally, loves a red carpet look—less glitz and glamour, more timeless and elegant. The intricate gown from “The Cold Queen” Collection manages to be both daring and delicate at the same time. “Soft textures and feminine silhouettes, combined with icy colors, create a beautiful and bold look fitting to the modern woman,” she explains. And, in fact, there is one A-list Austin woman who should seriously consider giving this dress a red carpet moment. (Are you reading, Sandra Bullock?) “The basis of a quality garment is the fabric and its content and the construction,” says Hoang, who is spending the summer working in New York. She loves unusual fabrics and plans to use her time in the Garment District to stockpile those materials that cannot be found locally, for future use. Her fabric choice of the moment? “Sheers—because of the subtle sexiness. [They are] perfect for the summer season.” Katrina Raz describes her aesthetic as feminine and organic. And it is precisely those elements that have garnered her awardwinning bridal couture a good deal of attention. The spectacular wedding gown creation featured is made entirely of silk, with the exception of the tulle. A gown can take weeks to go from concept to execution, so vision, skill and adaptability are a must. “I wanted to construct something with a haute couture intricacy to it, but at the same time make a dress that women would really love to wear,” says Raz. “There are more than 80 yards of tulle strips gathered [just] on the bottom tulle layer [and] I spent six days sewing all the bias silk strips on the bodice to create the specific texture of it standing up.”
If Project Runway has taught us anything, it’s that in fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out. Still, these savvy young women are already thinking of how to best diversify in order to stay relevant in the world of fashion. Both Maldonado and Hoang would eventually like to expand their style to a wider field, including shoes and bags. Maldonado has even considered menswear and children’s clothing and with her lifetime love of the theater, costumes are a must. Additionally, so long as brides need dresses, Raz will happily design them. She utilizes Pinterest and tumblr to create an enormous archive of inspiration that can be tailored to trends or specific needs. What advice would they offer others looking to break into fashion as a career? “There is definitely no instant gratification,” says Hoang, “but if you are eager to learn and are persistent in prying into the fashion industry it [can be] rewarding in the end.” “Work hard and give it your all,” recommends Raz. “Pick and choose advice, but don’t ever doubt yourself.” Maldonado takes a very realistic approach. “You need to be passionate about your creations, but be open to change and criticism.” All three women agree that the most rewarding part of being a designer is the satisfaction of seeing the final product being worn - fabulously. And while Austinites will not likely be parting with flip-flops any time soon, there is real comfort in knowing we have some glamorous alternatives. ALM
Photographer: Jai Mayhew Photography Styling: Edith Henry Makeup: Marge Gomez Hair: Mel Martell Location: The Plotkin Residence Furnishings: The Home Consignment Center Light green gown (left): Sofia Maldonado on model Ashley Whelan Purple gown (right): Vivienne Hoang on model Maddie Underwood Wedding gown (previous page): Katrina Raz on model Ashley Whelan
Life on MOUNT OLYMPUS BY C ARLO BLIG H PHOTOS BY MITCHELL HA A SE TH / NBC OLYMPIC S GREATNESS WALKS AMONGST US.
In ancient Greece, it was believed that within the general population there roamed gods, half gods, people with a few godlike alleles mixed into their DNA and people born of divine parentage, but for whom the genes would skip their generation. Of course, it never hurt to drop their parents names to get out of a jam. Today, some of the most accomplished athletes on the planet make Austin their home, thanks in no small part to the University of Texas. These elite beings, built like their ancestors from Mount Olympus, train here and with what little time they have left over, they go out into the city, slipping by us without a turned head or a murmur. Austinites are constantly on the look out for two different actors, three different musicians, one chef, an orange Ferrari, a thronged man on a bicycle, a coterie of reality TV contestants, Lance Armstrong and buried atheist gold. Everything else blends into the background, even those with super-human physiques and auras that scream, “We are not one of you!” In the Olympic games of antiquity, each city-state would send their strongest and their fastest to Olympia with the hopes that they would bring glory back to their homelands. That tradition continues in its essence today. This summer, Troy Dumais and Trey Hardee will leave our city-state and journey to London with a singular purpose. For Dumais, a renowned diver, London will be his fourth and final Olympic competition, where he will aim for medals in both the three-meter individual and synchronized competitions. Hardee will compete in just one event, the decathlon, essentially meaning that he will battle it out in ten different track and field events to claim the title of the World’s Greatest Athlete. It’s really not hard to spot either of them. When you walk into a Chipotle and for Hardee, he’s the one that looks like a World Champion. Having to out run, jump and throw his opponents, his body is built as such. In the days of yore, Hardee would have been the one to live until old age, drinking shakes of mammoth puree and die of natural causes, while the rest of us were saber tooth food. If you head over to Starbucks, where you can perhaps find Dumais, look for the guy that looks like he could be a male model. If they were to remake Top Gun right now, he could easily play Maverick or Ice Man. But when the aviators come off, you see into a soul that knows truths about life that can only be learned when you’ve gone head-first off the high platform. Greatness is right there, having a taco salad or a caramel macchiato, and yetmost of us miss it. Somewhere in Austin, Trey Hardee is hungry. This is not a sports metaphor. Hardee really is hungry. It takes a lot of fuel to sprint, hurdle, throw a spear across a field and then
run a mile. Hardee is surely watched over by Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Having captured an NCAA record, an NCAA championship and two World Championships, Hardee still pursues the ultimate trophy. As it turns out, Austin can provide him with the training and meat he needs to win it. Hardee is searching Austin one trailer at a time to find his ultimate fuel. He is a well-known figure at eateries like Austin Land and Cattle and The Salt Lick. When he is on the road competing, it is that mesquite smoke flavor that he misses most in his diet. To win the Olympic decathlon, Hardee must be great at every athletic feat that the human body is capable of executing. Each of the ten events demands equal attention in his training. A marathon lasts a couple of hours, while the decathlon takes two full days to complete. Hardee takes his life at a slower pace, paddle boarding his way down Town Lake in between tests of strength, saving what is within for the big one. “I only have so much adrenal and I have to be selfish—I have to keep it for myself.” Somewhere in Austin, Troy Dumais is rising while Apollo still slumbers. There is something very Sisyphean about his routine, an endless cycle of climbing to the top, only to plunge back down, albeit with some graceful flips and a splashless entry. When you’ve been an Olympian for half of your life, going to work every day can be a grind in a way that dwellers of cubicle cities could never fathom. There is a physical and mental strain that few can withstand; and there are no off days. “The days that I don’t want to get out of bed are the days I actually learn something,” says Dumais. “Those are the days that I have to focus and make adjustments.” He has unlocked a few secrets about the workings of the universe. London will be Dumais’ last trip up the mountain. He’ll have two chances at a medal, but to get them he must have a day of individual perfection and a day of perfect synchronicity with his partner. Fortunately, these do not differ from any other days in Dumais’ life: “My job at any meet is to put it all on the line and do the best I can.” You’ve probably seen Dumais and Hardee before. They were both sitting on either side of you at the Alamo Drafthouse though you may have been too busy cleaning salsa off your shirt to notice. Greatness does not mean fame and fame does not mean that one is great. These figures glide through the grocery store without a turned head. “Nobody in the history of my life has taken a picture of me,” Hardee admits about his time in Austin. “It’s nice to stay in this bubble and train with no stress.” This summer, Hardee and Dumais will suit up and set off on the road to London. You might not notice when they leave our city-state. And if they do come back with laurel leaves ringing their crowns, you still might not notice. After all, this is Austin, and we have ordinary weird people wearing stuff like that all the time. ALM
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AUSTIN NORTH Why The Bishop Arts District Feels All Too Familiar BY DANIEL R A MIREZ PHOTOS BY SE AN KR AY
n the friendly battle of cultures that stretches from near the Oklahoma border to Travis County, Dallas has offered more than a few salvos over the past few years. Certainly responsible for the influx of the retail outlets and posh dining that peppers the Domain and other north Austin haunts, the influence of the Metroplex is abundantly clear, sparking more than a few chides of “Don’t Dallas My Austin.” Bringing with it a more formal dress code and a penchant for rhinestones, the fit isn’t a natural one, but the rivalry never gets too heated, as the neighbors to the north are siblings more than enemies. It seems odd, however, that Dallas seems to be the only entity sending the cultural volley. Austin as a whole has been focusing on its rampant growth and thus has not sent much of a response up I-35. However, in South Dallas near Oak Cliff, a traditionally overlooked area of Tarrant County that is passed through en route to Downtown, Plano and all points polished and shiny, there are a few blocks whose character is all too familiar to Austin residents. In the Bishop Arts District, a number of artists, chefs and proprietors have begun a subtle overhaul of the area—in the process creating a counterculture to Dallas’ glitter. Complete with shops, restaurants and bars that could easily have been transplanted wholesale from distinctly Austin areas, this section of Dallas is growing rapidly and not only integrates well with the people who live south of the Trinity River, but in maintaining some of Dallas’ ethos,
blends well with the natives. If you have plans to venture northward, either for a weekend trip that stays within the friendly confines of Texas or for business interests that require the DFW area, you could do worse than to spend a few days, hours or adventures in the Bishop Arts District. To make the most of your visit, Austin Lifestyle Magazine combed the scene and came back with the Austinite’s guide to FAR North Austin. The shopping offered in Bishop Arts is as eclectic as many of the offerings along South Congress. Independent boutiques line the street and remind one of a small town’s main street, lined with trees. The feel of the area could easily have been cribbed from a number of areas, at once evoking a “village” vibe, at other times reminding one of brownstones and stoops. Step into an antique store such as M’Antiques, which is geared toward masculine collectibles, and you’re certain to find an old sign or a vintage piece of hardware for Father’s Day, a husband’s birthday or some other distinctly manly occasion. Or, you can peruse the living offerings at Dirt, where they specialize in all things beautiful and organic. Part nursery, part florist, Dirt is an ideal place for your inner environmentalist to get lost within. For those who crave more traditional retail therapy, the area proudly offers the outlets one would expect, from handmade clothing to cutting-edge design. Catering to both genders, Epiphany splits itself across North Bishop Avenue, insuring that no one party will have
to idly wait on their significant other to find the perfect pair of jeans, the best summer dress or a perfectly ironic t-shirt, none of which would be found in one of the Metroplex’s mega-malls. Of course, an arts district would not be complete without more than a few places where one can purchase a conversation piece for empty walls and showcases. Bishop Arts doesn’t disappoint in this regard, featuring no less than five collectives for such wares. And, while this may all seem standard fare to those who call the Austin city limits home, the place where Bishop Arts shines most like our capital city star and—dare we suggest, ventures to eclipse that brilliance—is in the restaurant and bar scene. Oddfellows, an establishment dedicated to craft cocktails, artisanal coffees and home-style food, done with a reverence for ingredients only rivaled by farmers’ markets, is a place where any Austinite would feel impossibly at home. Bathed in natural light and featuring light wood accents in an eclectic environment, we could not recommend their brunch more stringently, if only for the red velvet pancakes. Find the chalkboard for recent results of the bartender’s alchemy or sip on a “Ginny,” an apricot cocktail that The Good Knight would have been proud of. If you’re looking for a more hearty meal, Tillman’s Roadhouse carefully blends the funky-ethic of the area, an attention to detail that Uchi would be proud of and a meat-andpotatoes mentality. “Innovative” doesn’t begin to do their Southwest Caprese justice, nor does “fun” accurately describe the fried pickles. Both
of these items, somewhat opposing, sit at home on a menu with Texas necessities like the Cowboy Ribeye, which redefines the notion of a hearty serving, and the Jalapeno Gnocchi—a dish so outside the bounds of normal thinking and yet so comfortable a combination of spice and subtlety that one wonders how the idea has been so absent. Tillman’s patio, cool during even the peak of summer, provides an enviable vantage from which to study other worthwhile watering holes, like the Whitehall Exchange, whose patio is across the street. To combine all possible expectations that an Austinite might have, however, Bishop Arts presents one final note to solidify that it may be Austin’s answer to Dallas’ encroachment on Travis County. Eno’s Pizza Tavern, a sister establishment to Oddfellows, serves up masterworks of pizza and Italian food alongside craft microbrews and bafflingly simple infusions and twists on traditional liquors—the habanero infused vodka makes for a Bloody Mary experience. And while their quirky two-floor space hides comfortable nooks and booths, it is the feature at the back of the room that most reflects an Austin sensibility. Eno’s is as dedicated to the aforementioned food and drink as they are to showcasing live music. As a hallmark establishment of the Bishop Arts District, Eno’s sums up how Austin is responding in kind and spreading the culture we’ve come to love to all points of the compass. ALM
AS FABULOUS AS EVER BY E M I LY R A E P E L L E R I N
The Fabulous Beekman Boys’ Brent Ridge discusses his show’s move to the Cooking Channel, his farm and family, their business and the lessons he’s learned as a pastoral entrepreneur.
wo businessmen from Manhattan pursue a bucolic rural life in upstate
the reality series, The Fabulous Beekman Boys. The show is filmed by World of
New York, building a business together and small-scale producing
Wonder Production Company, who produces Tori and Dean, Million Dollar Listing,
goods sold in stores across the nation. They build a home together,
RuPaul’s Drag Race and more. The company uniquely films an entire year on the
too, complete with typical (and atypical) farm flora and fauna as accoutrement
farm with Beekman Boys to capture a whole season’s worth of footage, which
to their historic abode. They star in their own reality television show, sharing
lends wholly to an uncontrived story line. The show will have moved to the
the protagonist’s role with their star-born llama, Polka Spot. And now, one half
Cooking Channel this July, keeping viewers aware of its food- and lifestyle-based
of the ensemble takes a moment’s time from his involved profession, passion and
partnership to share a bit about the entirely non-fiction story of how he got where
Both Brent and Josh maintain a resonating approach to their livelihood. After growing up in rural environments, then living and working in New York City, the
he is today. It began with a loss of that salient, sustaining thing called “job.” Partners
farm was an important and exciting, though challenging at times, transition to
Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell had bought the 19th Century property
sustainability. “We grow about 80% of all the food we consume,” says Brent. He
and farmhouse, the Beekman Mansion in Sharon Springs, New York in 2007. After
describes how having the absence of something makes it more valued. “When we
parting from his semi-entrepreneurial position as head of Healthy Living at Martha
have that first tomato in August, we really appreciate it.” Harvesting vegetables
Stewart, Ridge, an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine,
and gardening is therapeutic, yes, but it is a commitment that takes a lot of energy.
and Purcell, a New York Times bestselling author, recognized the potential that
“You’re still working, working, working,” says Brent of farm, when compared to the
their little plantation held. The two traded in (at least part-time) urban-fostered
rush of the metropolis. It was a learning process to not only maintain a seasonally-
métiers for a life that, unbeknownst to them, would yield not only a satisfying
driven, sustainable lifestyle, but also to operate with the townsmen. “Work[ing]
crop (and its coinciding products) but an established corporate presence as well.
with people who aren’t on a 24-hour schedule and with artists,” says Brent, “was
“We started the business because we had to,” Brent reflects. The concept of
a challenge in itself.”
Beekman 1802 sprouted from a terrain of financial burden and flourished as a
This challenge, however, led to the formation of some crucial and beneficially
brand of goods, taking on a persona of its own and offering different services,
symbiotic relationships between the Beekman Boys and the people of the “village”
forums, products and more for its public. Beekman 1802 began with goats’ milk
of Sharon Springs, as they call it. “We wanted to start using some of the local
soaps. Chemical-free and made with the milk of the goats that live on the Beekman
craftspeople,” Brent says of Beekman 1802’s beginnings. Incorporating themselves
farm, the soaps successfully sold at Henri Bendel in NYC. From there, the dairy was
into the network of artisanal craftspeople in the local setting led to mutual success.
used for further products, which progressed into Beekman 1802’s foodstuffs. Such
Beekman 1802 has “really been a great economical stimulus in the community,”
goodies include the ash coated Blaak goats’ milk Cheese Wheels, jams, creamed
honeys, fudge cookies, goats’ milk cajeta caramels, goats’ milk soaps, body butters,
For example, the annual Harvest Festival in Sharon Springs witnessed an influx
insect repellants, kitchenware, interior décor, apparel, towel sets and linens, tools,
of 500 guests in its first year. The village, which only had two restaurants, couldn’t
gardening supplies, flower and vegetable seeds, stationery and more—if you can
support the festival goers. So, a local townsman traversed 20 miles to the nearest
grocery store and bought out all of its burgers and hotdogs, grilling them up to
Keeping the shelves of the Beekman 1802 Mercantile stocked, be it online at
ensure that the visitors felt welcome. In its second year, 5,000 people attended the
The Beekman 1802 Annex or Internet Mercantile, the brick and mortar location
Harvest Fest. The following year saw a congregation of 8,000; and this year’s fourth
in Sharon Springs or at its many national retailers (including select Anthropologie
annual festival on September 15 and 16 is expected to draw a crowd of 10,000 people.
stores and Brown in Houston) is a supplementary responsibility to maintaining
The stunning landscape of upstate New York in the Mohawk Valley, between the
the Beekman farm for its permanent tenants. Sweet-mannered Farmer John, the
Catskills and the Adirondack Mountains, is not the only beauty for the Beekman
resident goat farmer, and his tribe of goats co-exist with Brent, Josh and their diva-
Boys and their lives. “The most important thing we’ve learned on the farm is what
licious llama, among others. Polka Spot, the damsel of the crew, uses her cavalier
brought us to the farm in the first place,” says Brent, citing the alleviation of the
appeal to somehow defy animalistic pretense, garnering thousands of followers on
demand for instant gratification. “We’ve so lost what it means to be a neighbor.”
Twitter (her tweets read with the narcissism of a seasoned celebrity), debuting a
And the entire Beekman crew, backed with its village of cohorts, its consumers,
Polka Spot comic book, and developing a “Polka Spotted” app for iPhones, in which
and its supporters, strives to reconcile that sense of isolation, bringing people
the llama herself is posed in every picture alongside its subject.
together and creating community through goods, foods and wares, opportunity
The strength of the Beekman personalities and concept caught the eye of television producers and in 2010, Discovery Channel’s Planet Green launched
for forums and communication, stories and anecdotes, recipes and readings and last but unforgivingly not least, a little bit of llama “llove.” ALM
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Takes Over The Creation Of A Cinematic Monster BY DA N I E L R A M I R E Z | P H OTO S CO U R T E S Y O F A L A M O D R A F T H O U S E A N D J AC K P LU N K E T T
franchises, but the cinema upstart has now branched into new markets, and seems to announce a new location in development with nearly every passing week. The monster is on the move, soon to add more locations in Houston, explore a new market with a location in Dallas and venture into the Big Apple in a big way, with two locations now in development. The brand continues to evolve, even consuming the competition, having now taken over operations for a cinema giant’s mainstay in Kansas City, Missouri. All the while, the madmen (and women) behind the madness continue to adhere to the simple roots that built the unstoppable juggernaut. “Our goal with each new theater is to never lose sight of the vision my wife and I had fifteen years ago: to be
a neighborhood theater for movie lovers run by movie lovers,” League proclaims. ou've heard this story before, in countless horror movies and classic
“Wherever we go, we will be trying to find the most obsessive local movie nerds
thrillers. A small, quirky creature is born or found in relative obscurity.
who can curate programming that works in each neighborhood."
Few people know its origin, but it is nurtured and embraced by the locals
and it grows at a considerable rate, but not one that raises too much alarm.
Add this to the successful distribution of almost ten films, two of which have earned global acclaim, and the path of the giant seems clear and ripped from the
plot of many a film shown on Alamo Drafthouse screens—global domination. And,
Something happens, whether it is a radioactive accident, an improper (or late
no matter how big this colossus should become, Austinites will still be able to look
night) feeding or a sudden anger. Regardless, the creature, once small and easily
at the beast with love in our hearts and claim the Leagues’ creation as “our little
subdued, now grows by leaps and bounds, with its footfalls thundering throughout
baby.” It all makes for great cinema and moviegoers everywhere can’t wait to see
the land. Other creatures which once battled for supremacy, tremble with fear at
how it all plays out. ALM
the approach of this rough beast. And, no matter what, nothing appears to be able to stop the behemoth. A monster is born. Far from a movie plot, this scenario accurately describes the rapid growth of one of Austin’s own beloved creatures, the celebrated Alamo Drafthouse. In the past year and a half since we last checked on Austin’s native species, Tim League and his team have been fostering the exponential growth of the Alamo empire. They’ve opened new locations, announced even more development in other states, and begun the distribution of critically acclaimed independent films that are garnering attention on the national stage. They’ve also managed to make waves in the national culture with their open and honest embrace of a strict no-talking policy at all of their theaters. All of this while continuing to maintain the high level of execution and eccentric programming that made the Alamo Drafthouse what it is today. In short, they have created the aforementioned monster and continue to fuel its growth. Originally, Alamo Drafthouse, the dream of Tim and his wife, Karrie, was a simple idea that caught fire within our fine city. In 1997, the original location began
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the odd programming and unshakable devotion to preserving the movie-going experience that we’ve all come to know and love; and Austin had itself a new landmark. It became an integral part of any visitor’s guide, and soon after, spawned two other locations. The increase in popularity prompted not only requests for franchises in other cities and states, but also copycat executions from major cinema companies. The brand was franchised for a few other cities, but an increasing dilution of the brand led the Leagues and their team to explore a radical solution. The catalyst for the waking of the ‘sleeping giant’ was the reclaiming of the Alamo Drafthouse franchises. The team decided to bring everything back under their watchful eye, moved their founding location from Colorado to the Ritz and began pouring themselves into the enterprise anew. They did it creatively. They did it passionately. But, most of all, they did it intentionally. Consider them the mad scientists of the monster movie metaphor. "Over the years, we’ve gotten requests to open up Alamo Drafthouse locations all over the country,” League states. “We’ve been building an operations team that can manage opening up multiple locations in cities outside of Texas. We now feel we are ready to face the challenge.“
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People often assumed I was Latino and added an “s” to my name, making me plural. After a while, I would stop correcting them and see where the plural identity would take me. In the summers, my family often made the required pilgrimage to the Bronx that one makes out of a sense of devotion—few rarely make the trip out of actual zeal. 99% of my mother’s family lived in one apartment building on Mayflower Ave. The pilgrims probably would have been appalled with the ambiance of the borough and would have fled back to oppression in England. But what made each journey so mirthful for me was the constant stream of different Italian foods that would be passed my way. Running circles on the concrete square of a playground, my uncle Sonny would always ask me the same question: “Can you get this in Texas?” This represented many things: bread, cheese, meat, wine, pastry—the whole spectrum. Sometimes we had this in Texas. PA R T I C U L A R F L AVO R T H AT I CO U L D E S C A P E T O.
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Usually we did not. I had no idea at the time that these tastes of family would finally be brought to Austin by Damian Mandola. For transplants like me, the man is on par with the Berlin Airlift, but with far more personality and gourmet taste. Everything from Mandola’s ventures, from the know-how to the food, would be made from scratch from the rawest ingredients .While he is well-known for his nationwide Italian-American culinary empire, the man started at zero and learned every element of the industry on the job. Actually, to be more accurate, I should say that Damian Mandola started with $2500 when he began. If you were to tell me that one of the biggest personalities in Italian-American food started his journey in Huntsville, Texas, I’d call you crazy. Luckily there are a lot of crazy people out there. As a senior at Sam Houston State University, Mandola was asked the usual question, “What do you want to do with your life?” Luckily, he would be asked the crucial follow up question that the rest of us don’t get:
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“Why don’t we do Italian food?” This first venture would show Mandola’s natural propensity for filling the perfect niche no matter where he is. This would be a recurring theme throughout his career, and may be the key component of his empire. Mandola and his partner put together $5000 total to buy a pizza oven and put it into an old café. Damian’s Fine Italian Food was born and in the process, the number of actual restaurants in Huntsville grew exponentially. “We had the red and white checkered tablecloths and everything,” Mandola reminisces. “We were the first restaurant in Huntsville to open a bottle of wine at the table. Of course there wasn’t a lot of wine available back then. We may have had lambrusca and some chianti.” Huntsville got its first taste of the good life. When you’re building your own empire, most lessons are learned the hard way. Mandola’s role in his first namesake establishment was manning the pasta station in a kitchen that was 140 degrees. He is quite serious about that temperature. In a story of unlikely
origins, the characters must fit the mold. Mandola probably would have died of heat exhaustion if it hadn’t been for a surprise visit by one David Tinsley. Mandola describes Tinsley as a “good ol’ east Texas playboy,” a fried chicken baron and the owner of Hunstville’s most prominent restaurant at the time, The Chicken MANDOLA'S Shack. Mandola was excited that Tinsley wanted 4700 W. Guadalupe, to visit his new establishment, and when Tinsley Suite 12 requested to visit the kitchen, Mandola was happy to (512) 419-9700 oblige. “He comes back and is almost knocked down mandolasmarket.com by the heat. He asked, ‘My God, what are you doing?’ and all I could say was ‘I don’t know!’ He stuck his head way up in our exhaust hood, looks around for a bit, then flips a switch and looks again. Tinsley screamed ‘You don’t have an exhaust fan!’ and nearly collapsed to the floor.” The fan situation was remedied and when the temperature dropped by 50 degrees, Mandola was able to make pasta and think through his strategy that would take him beyond Huntsville,
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a lofty goal for any entrepreneur. Like good Italian food, his recipe for business is a simple one, based on quality ingredients. Step 1: Find an Italian niche. Step 2: Fill that niche with a super successful business. Step 3: Expand. Step 4: Repeat. Many dishes were made that way. Most Houstonians know D’Amico’s and Damian’s Cucina Italiana. Most Americans know Carrabbas, since there is probably one on their block. In 2002, Mandola asked himself a crucial question that thousands have asked before him —“ What’s keeping me in Houston?” Just like the others, he couldn’t come up with a good answer, and so he sold his interests and made the move that changes all lives, experiencing a renaissance in Austin, where he got to work on his recipe all over again. “On my bucket list was an Italian market,” Mandola said with an expressive sweep of his arm to accentuate the surroundings. “I love the market, the ambiance of it.” There is a feel to it that can’t be denied. Maybe I’d had a bit too much pizza and it made me sentimental, but when I was in Mandola’s Market
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with the all different foods and the people and the talk of family, it took me somewhere else. After 38 years in the restaurant business, from competing with The Chicken Shack, to a national chain, to Trattoria Lisina—his exquisite Italian oasis in Driftwood—it is Mandola’s Italian Market that is his professional bliss, and this is easy to sense as you sit with him at his regal round table by the kitchen where he can take everything in. Mandola talks about making an exit so that his twin sons can run the three Markets, and yet while he said this his hands were still conducting. A sandwich plate passes by in his view: “It looks good. But the lettuce needs to be shredded a bit finer.” He’s still learning, still tinkering, building everything from scratch. “I’ve rearranged the store six times now,” he says as he scans the room. He’ll get it just right in time. All roads converge in the market. The meats, the cheeses, the pastas, the breads, the pastries, the gelatos, the wines, the olives…. Can you get this in Texas? Si, si infine. ALM
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Of All Things Cool And Cooler Every year, it continues to come as a surprise how hot the Texas summer gets. As Austinites, most seek the same annual refuges, whether they are nearby bodies of water, faraway climates or familiar drinks that bring down the mercury on our personal thermometers. This year, rather than reaching for the tried and true margarita or beer to battle the oppressive heat, consider a few new solutions, concocted by local artisans determined to keep Austin cool.
As the much-cherished margarita can attest to, the simplest ingredients can address even the most complex tastes. Something about fresh citrus makes the summer heat easier to tolerate, as evidenced by how essential the margarita has become as a part of summer's regimen. But what has all but become the official drink of summer is not the only one that abides by the refreshing power of citrus. Lime juice, gin and a spritz of soda are all that's DRINK.WELL needed, for example, to craft one of the world's oldest 207 E. 53rd Street cocktails, poised for a renaissance. The gimlet, which (512) 614-6683 can be made with vodka instead of gin, is making a drinkwellaustin.com comeback at the perfect time, the Texas summer. And few places can execute a gimlet the way that Austin cocktail culture newcomer, Drink.Well does. As uncomplicated as the simple recipe is, it is their attention to both detail and balance that gives Drink.Well's gimlet the nod over the competition. Uncomplicated, unassuming and sure to drop your personal heat index by 20 degrees, the gimlet is making its way back from relative obscurity with a fortunate fury. SLOOP JOHN BASIL
A quiet favorite that needs to stay quiet no longer, The Volstead Lounge is one of the bastions of cocktail culture in Austin. Humbly located on the East Side, The Volstead is championing fresh ingredients, innovative combinations and liquors that people should never have heard of before, but should. Amid these elements, the bar staff at the Volstead has crafted a six-ingredient cure for â€œthe common hotâ€?. Combining Basil Hayden's, lemon, honest syrup,
Byrrh (a French aperitif ) and Topo Chico, Justin Elliot and his gang of misfits has crafted the most unlikely candidate for staving off the summer heat. Garnished with cinnamon VOLSTEAD LOUNGE basil, this intricate beverage has more than 1500 E. 6th Street enough balance and booze to sate any thirsty (512) 524-1584 Austinite, The Volstead Lounge can help you hotelvegasaustin.com spend unencumbered hours on their patio with this incredible mix. Truth be told, it may not have a proper name, but it certainly has a proper place on the summer menu. SANDIA
It is mystifying how few people have incorporated the tried-andtrue refreshment that is the agua fresca into a summer cocktail. Few beverages slake the thirst like the Latin blend of fresh fruits, water and ice. It seems like all one would need to do is add a little flourish, followed by a little kick, and the perfect poolside or patio beverage is born. And this is where Joyce, the mixologist TRACE AT THE at W Hotel Austin's TRACE, comes in. For one W AUSTIN HOTEL of her latest offerings, the Sandia, she juices a 200 Lavaca Street watermelon, one of the most popular flavors of (512) 542-3660 agua fresca, and mixes it with a little spice and traceaustin.com a little liquor. It delivers a surprisingly late kick from the peppers that Joyce adds to the mixture, which helps the entire drink open up and refresh the palate in a never-ending cycle that only leaves one wanting to order another. Needless to say, the heat of summer is left far behind in the wake of the Sandia. ALM
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The Best Fest (not named ACL) Last year, we had the pleasure of covering a music festival with a little something extra to offer attendees. The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is less than a day's travel from our fair city. And, while one might wonder if it is worth it to travel for a music festival when one of the best gatherings takes place in our own backyard (and is on its way soon!). Let us assure you, the beach makes everything better. Check out our coverage online.
Where the Margaritas Roam You didn't think ALM would steer completely clear of the great margarita debate, did you? Summer's here and with the dog days bearing down upon us, it would be foolish to ignore the citrus concoction. Find out who we think is tops in town and how to craft your own twisted margarita that's sure to impress.
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BY D O N N A WO O DW E L L
July & August Lazy summer days. Laying in a hammock, dozing by the river. Doesn’t that sound nice? If your spring has been intense, it’s time for a break. Even the planets know it. Speedy Mercury, planet of communication and commerce, puts his brakes on. Mercury’s retrograde from Jul. 14 to Aug. 8 is the cosmic time-out, a chance every few months to take stock of where we are and what we’re doing. Give yourself a break from the race, and get things organized for the next round. Back-to-school fever strikes a little early this season. Only do something once in a Blue Moon? Then August is your chance. This month there are two full moons, on Aug. 1 and Aug. 31. Usually there’s only one full moon in a month, so the second one is called a Blue Moon. It’s a bonus chance to soak up the moonlight on a summer stroll or a beer on the patio. Either way, kick back and savor the final days of summer.
MAR 21—APR 20
Order up! Amazing things are coming to your table,
JUL 23—AUG 22
Patience, Jedi. If it seems all your best laid plans go
NOV 23—DEC 21
Still looking for love? Here’s a clue – it’s not
but only if you get your own house in order. Not
awry, it’s just a minor disturbance in the force. Look
something you find outside of yourself. Love is the
just your dwelling place: the world needs you. This
on the bright side, little glitches are a chance for
companion of Trust. What poets call “True Love” is available to all, but only when you love and trust
isn’t a recipe for you to be the conquering hero, but
you to practice staying cool in all situations. A deep
rather a reliable partner in the game of life. So nix
breath, a sense of humor and a little creativity is all
yourself completely. Trust is the key that opens the
the baloney, hold the ego, and be your authentic
it takes. Go with the flow, and let magic happen.
door. Do you trust… Yourself?
self. When you work with others, everyone wins.
APR 21—MAY 20
AUG 23—SEP 22
DEC 22—JAN 20
Do you feel like your carefully color-coded psyche
Work. Home. Life. Stress! If you’ve been
In the lazy days of summer, your mind turns
is out-of-order? Tides are shifting deep within
overwhelmed by it lately, take five. You are gifted
philosophical. Has your hectic pace been worth
you, and your habitual ways of coping may not
at managing so many things, but no one has infinite
it? Does it allow you to enjoy life more? If your
be working. If this is the case, try journaling. Writing
time. We all have to make choices about where to
answer is no, it’s time to slow down. Take a trip to
down your nebulous thoughts will help you regain
invest the time we have. Consider doing less, so
the beach, or just relax in a hammock with your
some much-needed clarity. It may take time, but
you can live more. You’re worth it.
favorite book. A break will help you to get your
have faith that you are building something amazing.
priorities in order.
AQUARIUS LIBRA GEMINI
MAY 21—JUN 21
JAN 21—FEB 19
If you’ve been focusing on your own projects and
SEP 23—OCT 22
As a lover of balance, Libra, you’ve had to walk
dreams, come up for a little air. The people you
Congratulations! You found the glass slipper and
a difficult path lately. Balancing a set of scales
love miss hearing from you. Send a note, go out
it’s a perfect fit. So step out on the town and be the
is simple. Maintaining balance over time while
to lunch, or find some other way to reconnect.
belle of the ball. Just make sure your pockets are
conditions keep changing is far more challenging.
Listening to others can help you put your own
filled with business cards. They’ll come in handy
But you’re up to the task. That’s because you
world into perspective. And fresh perspective may
as you network the night away. You’ll want all the
know that keeping your balance is like playing
be exactly what you need to recharge yourself.
assistance you can summon when it’s time to haul
music. Listen to your favorite composition, and
the pumpkin home.
experience the answer you seek.
JUN 22—JUL 22
OCT 23—NOV 22
Chef Cancer, you’re always whipping up fabulous
Anaïs Nin wrote: “The day came when the risk to
meals to feed those around you. But now the
remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk
question is: what’s sustaining you? Everyone has
it took to blossom.” Take her words to heart. Your
a unique recipe for connecting with Soul, or the
inner world is on the move, soon it will be time for
divine spark within. Now is the time to for you to
these changes to be made manifest in your day-
perfect your own. Take some time to cook for
to-day life. Don’t be afraid. As the rose blossoms,
it radiates its beauty. So will you.
FEB 20—MAR 20
Have you hugged a tree lately? If you can’t shake the brain fog, tree therapy may be the best remedy. Some time outdoors, with plants or creatures, can bring you back in touch with your body and soul in a gentle, organic way. Your body knows exactly what you need to thrive; make space to listen to its wisdom.
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Meditation 101 BY L I S A TA L E V OUR THOUG HT S DE TERMINE HOW WE LIVE OUR LIVE S —RIG HT
Resea rchers have show n t hat some 95% of our thoughts a re repetitive, a nd 80% negative. Th is most likely comes f rom our sur v iva l inst inct , which keeps us look ing over our shoulder for t h reats. Th i n k for a moment of you r most p er si stent , n a g g i ng t hought s—t he ones t hat follow you a round, crit icize you a nd ta lk at you ever y moment of t he day. They may even ma ke you do t h ing s you k now you shouldn’t do, like overeat , sk ip t he g y m or wa ste money on i mpu l se shoppi ng. These thoughts, although they ’re in your head, are not your ow n. We a ll lea r ned t hem g row ing up—f rom our pa rents, T V, f r iend s or ot her i n f luences . Who we rea l ly a re l ies under neat h t he chat t y m ind. We all suf fer to some extent from this so-ca lled “monkey m ind,” wh ich creates a nd react s to t he dra ma of our lives. It ’s the na rrator in our heads, expecting the worst, fea ring, wor r y ing, ma k ing a ssumpt ions. Yet on t he cellula r level, our t hought s a re just elect rica l pat ter ns, shoot ing across n e u r a l t r a c t s i n t h e m o s t e f f ic ie n t w a y p o s s i bl e . It ’s ef for t less for t he bra i n to t h i n k t he sa me t houg ht ag a in a nd aga in, wh ile it ta kes some work to t h in k about a new concept long enoug h to h ave or ig i n a l t houg ht s . A l l day long we t h i n k w it hout t h i n k i ng —we ju s t f loat on aut o pilot , in a drea m. Th i s i s where m i nd f u l ne s s pr ac t ice s l i ke me d it at ion a nd yoga entered huma n histor y: when people rea lized we could act ua lly detach f rom t he chat t y “mon key m ind” a ny t ime we wa nt , to come back to t he moment we’re act ua lly in. Our t hought s a re like drea ms, pulling us into a world of our ow n creat ion: fea rs of t he f ut ure, reg rets f rom t he pa st ...ever y t h ing f iltered t h rough our beliefs, keeping us f rom seeing what rea lly is, right here a nd now. Our cult ure today is conv inced t hat a na ly t ica l t hin k ing a nd product iv it y w ill save us. There is work to be done— we don't d a re sit s t i l l . We h ave b e come hu m a n doi n g s , forget t i ng how to “ be”. Those who don’t med it ate of ten believe t his sk ill is incredibly dif f icult to lea r n, requiring yea rs of disciplined pract ice, like t ra ining in ma r t ia l a r ts. What I sug gest is t hat it ’s act ua lly much simpler t ha n we t h i n k—we ’re ju s t t o o bu s y t h i n k i ng a b out it t o s e e t he obv ious... T h e f a m o u s a u t h o r E c k h a r t To l l e w r o t e : “ B e y o n d u n happi ness a nd happi ness, t here is peace.” It rea l ly is D OWN TO T H E L A S T D E TA IL .
t hat simple: like t he ca lm ocea n f loor, m iles beneat h t he waves—our minds have t he sa me nat ure. There is a perfect s t i l l ne s s i n each of u s , b eneat h ou r rep eat i ng t houg ht s a nd h a bit s . Th i s qu ie t place i n side i s ju s t a s much ou r nat ure a s t hose pesk y t houghts t hat follow us a ll day. We a ll experience t his inner peace occasiona lly, usua lly while doing our favorite t hings: fa lling in love, eating g reat food, l i s t en i n g t o mu sic , enjoy i n g a m a s s a g e , l au g h i n g w it h f riends. It ’s t hat in ner peace t hat relieves our st ress a nd ma kes us feel like we’re okay. We just ma ke t he m ista ke of t hin k ing it comes f rom outside ourselves. Here a re a few si mple ways you ca n come back to t he p e a c e f u l pl a c e i n s id e , w i t h o ut h a v i n g t o h i r e a g u r u o r s p e n d y e a r s i n a n a s h r a m . L e t ’s k e e p i t s i m p l e — Meditat ion 101: 1 . SIT COMFORTABLY IN A QUIE T SPACE , REMEMBERING THIS
You've g iven yourself per m ission to be la z y—a sma ll vacat ion f rom t he st ress of life: enjoy it . How do e s you r b o dy fe el on vac at ion? How do you r muscles sof ten? How does your face rela x? Let your body remember what it felt like to wa lk on t he beach or lounge in a ha m mock . Enjoy t he sensat ion of muscles sof ten ing like but ter. 2 . FOCUS ON WHAT FEELS GOOD IN YOUR SENSES. Even if you have a headache, tension or pa in, t here a re st ill count less ner ves feel i ng plea su re i n ot her places. Sca n you r body, t une into t hose pa r ts. 3. W E L CO M E T O YO U R I N T E R N A L W O R L D . You ’r e i n t he m iddle of your “ocea n” now, below t he choppy waves but not yet at t he bot tom. You a re a bundle of ner ve receptors, feeling st imulat ion f rom t he world a round you. You st ill have thoughts, but they are more like obser vations. Narrate less. Listen more. Feel more. IS A LUXURY—NOT WORK .
4. LE T YOUR BRE ATH E XPAND INSIDE YOUR BODY—SEE IF YOU C AN BRE ATHE INTO YOUR BACK .
Feel your body expa nd w it h
ever y breat h. 5. THIS IS HOME . This sa me peacef ulness is in you a ll t he time, below the choppy waters of your thinking mind. Melt f urther into the lazy indulgence of letting yourself be. Who have you a lways been, since you were bor n, t h rough ever y ph a se of l i fe? You've be en you r sen ses a nd you r breat h , on ly ex ist ing in t he present moment . Come back here to remember. ALM
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The A merica n Ca ncer Societ y recent ly relea sed its 201 2 Ca ncer Fac t s & F ig u re s show i ng t h at new c a s e s of t he most com mon for ms of ca ncer, including lung, colon, a nd prostate, a re decrea sing across t he United States. Ca ncer prevent ion a nd t reat ment is bet ter today t ha n at a ny t ime in h istor y, so it ma kes sense t hat increa sed awa reness of t he s e com mon c a ncer s , combi ne d w it h ea rly s c re en i ng a nd detect ion, is leading to a decrea sed number of ca ses. Wh ile t h is is excellent news for t he count r y a s a whole, u n f or t u n at el y we ’r e s e ei n g a d i f f er ent s t or y i n Te x a s . These sa me com mon ca ncers a re on t he r ise in t he Lone Sta r state. In Trav is Count y a lone, expected new ca ses for lung, colon a nd prostate ca ncer a re a ll expected to rise in 201 2. While ma ny factors likely cont ribute to t his counter t rend in Texa s, some of t he key rea sons t hat ra ise risk for t hese ca ncer t y pes a re obesit y, a sedenta r y lifest yle a nd smok ing. S o , Te x a s O n c olo g y i s i s s u i n g a c h a l le n g e t o e v e r y resident in Trav is a nd across Texa s to ta ke cha rge of your hea lth a nd help combat lung, prostate a nd colon ca ncers in our communit y. Ma king lifest yle choices that help prevent ca ncer, a nd g et t i ng reg u la r screen i ng s to detec t ca ncer at it s ea rl iest st a ges, a re t he most i mpor t a nt f i rst steps to ta ke. Stop Smok i ng, Watch for Ea rly Sig ns of Lu ng Ca ncer Lu ng ca ncer cont i nues to be respon sible for t he most c a ncer-relat e d deat h s i n Tex a s . I n 201 2 , t he A mer ic a n Ca ncer Societ y est imates t hat 9,780 Texa ns w ill die f rom lung ca ncer – which is 220 more tha n last yea r. In addition, t h e nu m b e r o f Te x a n s d i a g n o s e d w it h lu n g c a n c e r i s expected to rise by six percent in 201 2. According to t he A mer ica n Lu ng A ssociat ion , tobacco smoke is by fa r t he most impor ta nt risk factor for developing lung ca ncer, so if you’re a Texa n who smokes, quit today. Quit ting smoking a lso reduces your risk for numerous ot her ca ncers a s well a s hea r t a nd lung disea se. Resources a re ava ilable to help you at websites like SmokeFree.gov.
t he likelihood of developing colon ca ncer, which is a mong t he most dif f icult to detect because it lacks sy mptoms in ea rly stages. However, t here a re f ive t y pes of colon ca ncer scre en i ng s ava i la ble, i nclud i ng a colonoscopy a nd fe ca l occult blood test. Texa ns should beg in to ta ke adva ntage of t hese impor ta nt screen ing mea sures beg in n ing at age 50, a nd t hen ever y 5 -10 yea rs a f ter t hat , depending upon t he chosen test. G et Screened for P rostate Ca ncer Since 2004, prostate cancer incidence rates in the United States have decrea sed by 2.7 percent per yea r a mong men 65 yea rs of age a nd older, a nd have rema ined stable a mong men younger t ha n 65 yea rs. However, in Texas t he number of prostate ca ncer ca ses is expected to rise aga in in 201 2. The sur vival rate for prostate cancer is much higher when detected ea rly, t herefore it is essent ia l t hat men discuss with their physicians the risks and benef its associated with prostate ca ncer screen ing to ma ke a n infor med decision about testing. In most cases, men should schedule prostate screen i ng s beg i n n i ng at a g e 50. Con su lt you r phy sicia n t o de t e r m i n e a n i nd i v idu a l i z e d s c h e du le f or pr o s t a t e screening s—some men w it h risk factors may need to beg in test ing ea rlier. Men at h igh r isk (A f r ica n-A merica n men a nd men w it h a fa m ily histor y of prostate ca ncer) should beg in test ing at age 45. For more information on lung, colon and prostate cancer prevention , please visit TexasOncolog y.com .
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Five Outrageous Weight Loss Myths EXPOSED BY F R E D S A S S A N I
These days you ca n't go a ny where without hea ring about a new weight loss brea k t h rough. A pill, a crea m or a new f ad d iet—you n a me it a nd it 's g oi ng to solve a l l of you r weight loss problems in 30 days or less. Or not. The t r ut h i s t h at mo s t of t he t h i n g s you he a r a b out weight loss a re hy pe. Pla in a nd simple. Here a re t he top 5 my t hs about weight loss: My t h #1 : You ca n spot reduce fat f rom specif ic a reas of you r body Th is my t h is a s old a s t he h ills, yet it persists. It must be t hat t he t hought of melt ing fat f rom a ny desired pa r t of t he body is so appea ling, however unt r ue it may be. In rea lit y, your body w ill lose weight wherever it wa nts to. It 's safe to assume that you'll lose fat “last place on, f irst place of f.”. So if you put on weight f irst in your t highs a nd t hen on your wa ist , t hen expect it to come of f your wa ist f irst a nd t hen your t h ighs. My t h #2 : You have to count ca lor ies for weight loss There a re s o m a ny f ad d iet s out t here t h at pa i nt t he pict ure that weight loss is a complicated process. You have to eat cer ta in foods at cer ta in t imes a nd avoid ot her foods at a ll cost s. Of course a ll of t hese popula r diet s conf lict over wh ich foods you should or shouldn't eat. The t r ut h i s t h at you don't h ave t o m a ke weig ht lo s s such a science. Simply eat hea lt hy f resh foods t hat haven't been processed and eat smaller amounts than you're eating today. No bra in science t here, just result s. My t h #3: You w i l l bu l k up w it h resista nce t ra i n i ng I ca n't tell you how ma ny t imes I've hea rd women tell me t h at t hey won't do resi st a nce t ra i n i ng be cau se t hey don't wa nt to bulk up. Each t ime I have to hide my sm ile. You see, t he process of bulk ing your muscles ta kes a lot of hard work. You have to consume high amounts of protein a nd you have to consistent ly ta x your muscles to fat ig ue. A nd you h a ve t o h a ve t he m a le hor m one t e s t o s t er one coursing t h rough your body. In shor t , t here is no way to accidenta lly bulk up. My t h #4 : You ca n get a si x pack f rom cr unches Just focusing on crunches will not ma ke your midsection ch iseled. Hey, ab cr u nches a re g reat , a nd you should do
t hem, but don't rely on t hem to get into g reat shape. A t rim m idsect ion w ill on ly come a s a result of proper nut rit ion, ef fect ive ca rdio a nd consistent resista nce t ra in ing. My t h #5 : C a rd io i s t he most i mp or t a nt exerc i se for fat loss Most people think of cardiovascular activities when they t hin k of work ing out. G oing for a r un, riding a stat iona r y bike, or ta king a n aerobics class. Well, times have cha nged a nd so should your workout. The benef its of resista nce t ra in ing now t r ump st ra ight ca rdiova scula r t ra in ing. Resista nce t ra in ing st reng t hens you r he a r t w h i le t on i n g mu s c le s a nd i nc r e a si n g b one densit y. C a r d i o wo rko ut s a r e n o t c o m pl e t e l y a t h i n g o f t h e pa st ; t hey should f it into your overa ll pla n for hea lt h a nd wellness. The benef it s of resist a nce t ra in i ng, especia lly in fat loss, a re a stounding. The absolute BEST way to GA IN weight is by not eat ing. Does that come as a surprise? Fasting for extended periods of t ime act ua lly slows your metabolism ( your body 's rate of ca lorie bur n ing ). Add to t hat t he fact t hat you w ill lose muscle a nd energ y by not supply ing your body with proper nut rients. Instead eat sma ll hea lt hy mea ls ever y 4 hours. D o y o u h a v e o t h e r w e i g h t l o s s b e l i e f s t h a t s i m pl y a r en't del i ver i n g r e s u lt s? Ca l l or em a i l m e t o d a y a nd I 'l l h e lp y o u b u s t t h e m y t h s a n d d i s c o v e r t h e t r u t h .
Trainer Fred's Extra Tip: STAY AWAY FROM REFINED SUGAR I ca n't say enoug h a bout t he da ng er s of ref i ned sug a r. R e g u l a r s u g a r c o n s u m p t i o n w i l l a l w a y s c a u s e we i g h t g a i n . I n a dd it ion t o r u i n i n g you r f ig u re , ch ron ic s u g a r consumption puts you at risk of numerous hea lt h problems. When you're in t he habit of ta k ing in suga r ever yday it 's ha rd to qu it , but once you've broken t he habit you won't g ive suga r a second t hought. Whenever your sweet toot h f la res up eat a piece of f resh orga n ic f r uit.
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Time to MOVE BY R AC H A E L G E N S O N P H OTO BY CO U R T N E Y S L A D E WHAT MOVES YOU?
Th is is t he quest ion t hat MOV E Aust in Fit ness ow ners, Kat y Duggan and Jarrod Freshour asked me as I walked into my f irst MOV E cla ss at 5 a .m. It ’s t h is idea of discovering what moves each individual, a nd using that as a motivation to become physica lly bet ter, that inspired Kat y a nd Ja rrod to beg in MOV E . Bot h Ja r rod a nd Kat y g rew up sur rounded by f it ness— Ja r rod, a n at h lete plag ued by a s ma ny injuries a s ta lents, a nd K at y, a ch i ld t h at g rew up u si ng Au s t i n’s pa rk s a s her persona l g y m. A s t he t wo g rew, so did t heir love for f it ness, a nd w it h it , t heir desire to help ot hers reach t heir ow n goa ls to live happier a nd hea lt hier lives. They opened MOV E in Ma rch 201 2. Located in Ta r r y tow n, MOV E seeks to cha nge t he way people v iew f it ness a nd ma ke work ing out f un, f unct iona l a nd i nju r y-f re e —t h re e word s not com mon ly a s s o ciate d w it h f it nes s . K at y a nd Ja r ro d work w it h each cl ient to c reate a pla n sp e ci f ic to t h at i nd iv idu a l , whet her t hei r goa l is to build enough st reng t h to compete or just enough sta m ina to play tag w it h t heir ch ildren. Each cla ss is capped at approx i mately ten people, a l low i ng each per son to receive t he at tent ion he or she requires to succeed. Upon a r riva l at MOV E , you a re g iven a workout log, which is used to t rack prog ress w it h bot h workout s a nd d iet pla n s . A s a n adde d ch a l leng e, g roup member s a re encou ra g ed to develop a per son a l , we ek ly goa l t hat is w rit ten on t he boa rd. These goa ls ra nge f rom no sweets for a week to get ting eight hours of sleep at night to ta k ing f ish oil w it h mea ls. Rega rdless of t he goa l, each MOV E member is held accountable to t heir goa l by his or her cla ssmates. For MOV E mem b er s de si r i n g more , K at y a nd Ja r r o d of f er a 3 0 - d a y nut r it ion c h a l len g e t h a t r e q u i r e s b o t h prepa rat ion a nd ded icat ion . Ba sed a rou nd eat i ng whole
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