2023 Lunar New Year Festival
Join us for the second annual Lunar New Year Festival in East Austin! This year we will be celebrating the Year of the Rabbit! We will be celebrating with this family friendly event featuring over 2 dozen+ vendors of Asian descent, a lion + dragon dance performance and more! Learn more at eventbrite.com.
As one of Austin’s most progressive festivals, OUTsider brings together Austin’s LGBTQ community for five days of creation and inspiration. This multidisciplinary art festival showcases film, performance art, music, visual art and more. Learn more at outsiderfest.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
This family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day fest celebrates all things Irish. Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic! Learn more at stpatricksdayaustin.com.
Austin Reggae Fest
A fundraiser for the Central Texas Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, along with more than 50 vendors selling food and arts & crafts. Learn more at austinreggaefest.com.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Lively restaurant & bar for upscale Southwestern cuisine made with ingredients from local farms.
2500 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 215-0372 | Web: jackallenskitchen.com
Good Luck Grill
Comfortable outpost for catfish, fried chicken & other Southern classics, plus a kid-friendly patio.
14605 FM973, Manor, TX 78653
Phone: (512) 272-8777 | Web: goodluckgrill.com
Sangam Chettinad Indian Cuisine
Inviting dining room in a modest building where a lengthy menu of regional Indian fare is served.
6001 W Parmer Ln #140, Austin, TX 78727
Phone: (512) 770-1104 | Web: sangamchettinad.com
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Fonda San Miguel
Sophisticated takes on traditional Mexican cuisine served in a colorful, hacienda-style space.
2330 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX
Storefront delivering creative pies with organic toppings, including vegan & gluten-free options.
10225 Research Blvd #110, Great Hills station, Austin TX, Tumble22 About Tumble22
Nashville-style hot chicken joint with southern sides, milkshakes, beer, wine & cocktails.
7211 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX
Shu Shu’s Asian Cuisine
Straightforward Chinese kitchen serving up rice dishes & noodles, plus lunch specials.
8303 Burnet Rd #1, Austin, TX
Titaya’s Thai Cuisine
Traditional Thai & fusion dishes are served at this popular, modern bistro. 5501 N Lamar Blvd Suite C101, Austin, TX
Handcrafted Neapolitan pies with artisanal ingredients join beer & wine in a cool space. 6555 Burnet Rd #100, Austin, TX
Top Notch Hamburgers
Austin mainstay since 1971 for burgers & onion rings in a vintage setting with curbside service.
7525 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX
Gyros, baklava & other Greek snacks served in a cheery white cottage with a wine bar & patio. 11800 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Hot Luck Festival
Come hungry and thirsty, and bring your dancin’ boots, to this eat-withyour-fingers food festival highlighting culinary know-how and live music. Learn more at hotluckfest.com.
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Catch screenings of contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Learn more at cinelasamericas.org.
Blues on the Green Pack a blanket and the family and make your way to Zilker Park for this summertime tradition. Held monthly each summer, Austin’s largest free concert series will welcome performances by local artists. Learn more at acl-radio.com.
Austin Pride Parade
Celebrated during Austin Pride Month each August, don’t miss this giant parade down Congress Avenue during the largest annual LGBTQI advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas. Learn more at austinpride.org.
With lodging, food and entertainment all included in one price, choosing to do a vacation on a cruise gives great value. Traveling on the sea can be extremely fun, but it is important to choose the correct cruise line. If you’re going to spend a lot of your vacation time on a cruise ship, it may as well be one of luxury. Thankfully, there’s many luxury cruise lines ready to cater to your every
whim while ferrying you to and from some of the world’s most mesmerizing destinations in plush comfort. Some offer exotic voyages to faraway destinations, while others attract travelers with comfortable cabins and stimulating enrichment programs. Use this guide as a starting point to find out which luxury cruise fits best for your next vacation.
We made a list that factors in itinerary affordability, health ratings, and reputation among experts and travelers.
Control weight gain and compulsive eating behaviors by making better choices about the food that you eat.
Control weight gain and compulsive eating behaviors by making better choices about the food that you eat.
ConsumptionSome of us more than others realize that what we eat can effect how we feel such as eating too little or too much. We should be able to enjoy what we eat but also feel better when we do. Eating healthy is a challenging task that many of us
strive to achieve but often fall short. InfluencesCultural, social, family, and economical factors may be a direct influence linked to our food and eating behaviors. However, a more serious influence such as stress, boredom and anxiety can play a larger role as many of us eat as a coping mechanism. Although it can
sometimes help bring relief and ease feelings, it often leads to regret and build more negativity. Avoiding the problem with food will often create another problem with self-image when suffering from weight gain or other negative affects caused by unhealthy eating.
hungry later which can result in reckless binge eating. Be sure to plan your meals ahead of time and limit night time snacking. This will allow you to always be one step ahead continued on page 18
of your weight by creating a routine. If you’re getting a craving between meals, try to exercise or find another way to distract yourself from food.
Eating Diary - This is a great tool to keep track of your eating habits. Record what food you eat and when you eat it. Also take note of how you feel after eating and if you were doing anything while eating such as using your phone or watching TV.
By recording your habits, you will be able to pinpoint which foods and activities to avoid. The diary can also assist you when you’re working with a dietitian to help you make the best decisions.
to increase home value
Personalization: We all want to make our home unique to our own character. However, when it comes time to sell, buyers want to envision themselves in the home, which can be difficult if the entire home is personalized to you. Avoid any personalization that is difficult to undo and stick to a nice universal outlook that speaks to everyone.
Landscaping: Just like with personalizing, it’s best to keep it simple. Some home buyers may love how elaborate your landscaping may look, but most of the time they’re considering the cost of upkeep or the difficulty of maintaining that look. A clean lawn with curb appeal is the best first impression to give to potential buyers.
Closet Space: Some of us are minimalist and can do with a larger room by sacrificing closet space, but most potential buyers value the importance of storage. Remember, buyers want to see themselves living in the home, and a lack of closet space might send them looking elsewhere.
Bold Paint: Freshly painted rooms are a great way to brighten up your home. There’s nothing wrong with bringing a little color into your home but keep in mind that buyers may not favor the same colors you do. Stick to keeping the colors subtle with small accents and focus more on neutral tones to appeal to potential buyers.
Trendy Designs: Barn doors and patterned tiles may look great to some buyers, but avoid trendy designs that might be outdated when you decide to sell. No matter how tempting the latest home design trend may be, the classic look is always the safest bet.
DIY Projects: Projects that you build yourself are great, but only when they’re done professionally. This is important to potential buyers so make sure if you’re going to do your own home project, that you do it exceptionally well. This also applies to repairs, quick cover ups will only get you so far. These sort of projects can either increase or decrease the value of your home so make sure you know what you’re doing before proceeding.
Long-Term Necessities: When it comes to renovations, keep in mind that not every buyer needs a built in office desk, or a workshop, or anything that may seem like a great idea to you. Tread carefully when adding permanent fixtures, not all buyers have the same vision as you when it comes to changes made. Make sure your room structures allow the flexibility for potential buyers to make their own changes.
AUSTIN LGBT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Health & Wellness Committee maps out strategies to convene healthcare providers to impact the health and wellness of LGBT Austin.
AUSTINLGBTCHAMBER.COM | 512.761.5428
Equality Texas works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration.
EQUALITYTEXAS.ORG | 512.474.5475
PFLAG Austin is a chapter of a national non-profit organization, and provides free, confidential support groups for Austin, Texas area LGBTQ persons (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning) along with their family and friends. PFLAG Austin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a local chapter of the national PFLAG organization.
PFLAGAUSTIN.ORG | 512.302.3524
allgo nurtures and celebrates queer people of color by building, educating, and mobilizing communities toward a just and equitable society.
ALLGO.ORG | 512.472.2001
Kind Clinic strives to empower our communities to embrace their sexual health and wellness without fear, shame or judgement. Kind accepts all Texans, providing PrEP, PEP, STI Testing & Treatment, HIV Testing & Care and Gender Affirming Care through both virtual care and our clinics in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. Come see us. We’d like to see you!
KINDCLINIC.ORG | 1-833-WE-R-KIND
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Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the US, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. Each year we bring together fans, guests, industry, press and others in an inclusive and fun environment for a week-long celebration of film in all its forms through carefully curated screenings and events, both in and outside of the theaters. Learn more at 2023.fantasticfest.com.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
One of the country’s largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival includes 140+ musical acts over two weekends. Learn more online at aclfestival.com.
One Love: Stand-Up Comedy
One Love Comedy Show brings Texas’ best comedians to the most intimate venue in Austin, The Pershing. Set in a historic remodeled lumber mill, you’ll enjoy an incredible comedy show in a space you won’t be able to wait to tell your friends about. Learn more at eventbrite.com.
Trail of Lights
The Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. Plan your visit early and don’t forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree! Learn more at austintrailoflights.org.