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Jay B grew up in southeast Texas and moved to Austin seven years ago. He studied political science at the University of Texas and after a working in politics after college he jumped ship and began a career in photography. What began as a hobby as a teenager turned into his current profession. Now officing at Public School, he now focuses primarily on environmental portrait and conceptual commercial work. This month, he shot the portrait of José Buitron of José Luis Salon.
Alexandra is an artist and photographer. She received degrees in art history and English at UC Berkeley, and has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and Melbourne, Australia. She got her start in NYC, assisting fashion photographer Sante D’Orazio and has gone on to shoot fashion lookbooks, countless musicians, and album covers, many of which she designed. Alexandra spends her time with her beautiful and inspiring boyfriend, their dogs, and six chickens. To see more of her work, visit AlexandraValenti.com
Things that may or may not interest you about contributing photographer Steven Visneau: He is a fashion photographer based in Dallas, from New York. He is happy to be living with his two little girls, wife, and cat. He also co-owns a children’s clothing store with his wife and brother named Little Bean. A drummer of 20 years, he has just joined a new band by the name of J. Charles and The Trainrobbers. Current clients, along with TRIBEZA, that frequent his services include, Neiman Marcus, Small Magazine, FD! Luxe, D Magazine, and Antler to name a few. He has a mustache...for now, and he went country for this month’s cover and fashion spread, “Into the Wild.”
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I gave a speech recently (which is always a chance to dangle precariously off the edge of my comfort zone) and survived through the end, when the Q&A begins. I always breathe a giant sigh of relief when I get to this place in a speaking engagement. I feel relieved (oddly enough—because I am still in front of the microphone) that my work is done and I can shake off my nerves and be myself. The Q&A began with a few random questions about mothering and running, when a woman from the back of the audience raised her hand. “You, in the back,” I gestured to her with a smile. They walked a microphone over to her and she took it with a shaking hand and voice to match. “Um. Hi. I wanted to ask you something. When you were talking about passion, about doing the thing you love to do. I, um, well I can’t remember what that is for me. I just can’t. I, um, take care of kids all day, run errands, and feel like my husband is the one who goes out and makes his mark in the world. I don’t really know what I’m doing. (voice cracking) Can you help me?” Her final question trailed to a whisper. Silence. I felt a lump in my throat grow to match hers. I heard the pain in her voice and it was palpable enough to make me ache on her behalf. I took a deep breath, bit my lip, and asked God to show up in a big way. “Tell me, how many children do you have?” I asked. “Well, let’s see, they are 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, 4…” she said as I interrupted her. (I may be exaggerating, but not by much.) “Honey,” I stopped her. “Let me say this clearly—you are lucky enough to remember your own name at this point.” The audience
erupted in laughter and clapping. “And let me say this as well, listen carefully,” I went on. “Your husband could not do one single thing he does all day long were it not for you and all the things you do all day long at home.” At this point the women in the audience stood up, turned towards the back, and gave our feeble-voiced compatriot a standing ovation. If I had any question about why I was traveling to Troy, Ohio to give a speech, this woman was my answer. “Your passion will reveal itself when you have a chance to get some sleep and have some space to breath in your life. And if it doesn’t come right away, you can start looking. Notice what you love to do when you are doing things with your children. The things that engage you to the point where you lose track of time, and ditch your inhibitions. Ask your mom, your sister, your best friend—they will remember, even if you forget.” I thought of her, later that night at my hotel, and the following morning while staring out the airplane window on my flight back home. I meet women like her all the time, beautiful people who, in the pursuit of everyday life, have misplaced their passion, their joy. These women, when I ask them what they love to do, look at me with blank eyes and a shrug. Passion is not optional in this life. We have to know, remember, what our thing is. And we also have to remember that God created life to unfold seasonally. Just as summer cools into fall, fall quiets into winter, winter awakens into spring, and spring warms into summer, these things cannot be rushed beyond their prescribed timing—and neither can we. JA NUA RY 2011 HE ALTH & BE AUT Y TRIBE Z A 15
TRIBEZA December Issue Release Party
To celebrate the release of our December People issue, TRIBEZA readers gathered at the Mexic-Arte Museum. Guests got a sneak preview at the Mix ‘N’ Mash Exhibit, featuring original works from over 200 artists. Shoreline Grill’s new executive chef, Britt Markle, and his dedicated staff created an exciting selection of hors d’oeuvres, including a delicious chickpea spread on brioche and an incredible shrimp salad, followed by a spicy chocolate fudge for dessert. Markle is upholding Shoreline’s commitment to serve the best in sustainable seafood and locally sourced produce. The DJs from Dub Academy, Austin’s independent DJ and music production school, kept the party going. Located on Austin’s East Side, the Academy provides students with an amazing environment that inspires creativity, surrounded by the best gear in the industry and knowledgeable instructors. Texas’ number one sweet tea vodka, Deep Eddy, and Savvy Vodka, which was recently awarded a gold medal by the International Review of Spirits, provided cocktails for the occasion, while SPEC’S Wine, Spirits, & Finer Foods provided wines and mixers. Guests also enjoyed Corona and the newer Corona Light, as well as delicious chocolate and blonde macaroons, made with raw and organic ingredients, by Hail Merry. photography by john pesina
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Events Dress by Candlelight Dancing with the Stars Austin
Candlelight Ranch hosted its second annual Dress By Candlelight event, a fashionable evening of festivities, food, and drink. Guests enjoyed a fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, cocktails from Grey Goose, and music by DJ Chicken George, as well as hors d’oeuvres created by Austin’s best chefs. Steeped in the rustic charm of the Texas Hill Country on the shores of Lake Travis, Candlelight Ranch offers therapeutic outdoor experiences to children. The Dress by Candlelight event benefited the Ranch’s programs for at-risk youth and children with special needs. Dressed to the nines in chic, black tie attire, guests gathered around the shiny wooden dance floor of the Austin Grand Ballroom at the Hilton for the Fourth Annual Dancing with the Stars Austin event. They watched as 10 Austin celebrities, including Chef David Garrido, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez, John Hogg, and Amy Topfer, tangoed, rumbaed, and cha-chaed with their professional dance partners to live music provided by the Spazmatics. Presented by Lexus of Austin, the evening, which benefitted the Center for Child Protection, included a live auction and a drawing for a 2011 Lexus IS 250C Convertible.
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Candlelight: 1 Wendy Wells & Jennifer Miller. 2 Don Barr, Suzanna Choffel, & Kendall Beard. 3 Ross Moody & Harriett Kirsh Pozen. 4 Michael Torres. Dancing: 5 Stephanie & Zachary Landry. 6 Chris & Annsley Popov. 7 David Braun, Nona Niland, & Becky Beaver. 8 Mary Tally & Susan Lubin. 9 Casey & Will Ross.
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Andy Roddick Foundation Charity Gala Austin Children’s Shelter Gala
The Austin Children’s Shelter Gala, “A Season of Song,” was a night of musical celebration featuring special performances by a number of Texas’ lyrical prodigies, like six-year-old violinist, Sydney Chung. Musicians, young and old, gathered in the Four Seasons ballroom, along with over 400 guests, to listen to the personal memoir of Gigi Bryant, who shared her very poignant story of triumph over tragedy as a child who grew up in foster care. The night concluded with performances by an intimate circle of singer-songwriters, including local artists Noelle Hampton, Randy Weeks, Austin Collins, Erin Ivey, and Texas-based quartet, Stonehoney. Austinites joined Andy Roddick at the Hilton Austin for the tennis legend’s Fifth Annual Foundation Charity Gala. The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction and continued with an elegant dinner and live auction. Headlining the event was the renowned Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, who wowed guests with an incredible performance. Proceeds from the gala benefited the Settlement Home for Children, Austin Partners in Education, and A Glimmer of Hope, KIPP: Austin College Prep, and The Andy Roddick Youth Tennis Program. To date, the Foundation has raised $10 million for local and national nonprofit organizations. photography by merrick ales, erik moore, & john pesina
Children’s Shelter Gala: 1 Jack Ingram, Sherri & Travis West. 2 Gigi Bryant & Star Clark. 3 Hub & Kathryn Scarborough Bechtol. Andy Roddick: 4 Lacey & Huston Street. 5 Bobby Bones & Kara Scholz. 6 Christine Teigen & John Legend. 7 Brooklyn Decker & Andy Roddick.
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Austin Bat Cave Underground Fundraiser Evan and Julia Smith opened their house to friends and supporters, along with co-hosts of the event Jake and Mary Silverstein—new and old—of Austin Bat Cave for an Underground Fundraiser. Founded in 2007, Austin Bat Cave is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for kids ages six to 18 that conducts free weekly writing workshops in public schools throughout Austin with its sights now set on opening a permanent writing and tutoring center in East Austin. With food and dessert by the inestimable Uchiko, drinks provided by Shiner Bock, Deep Eddy’s Sweet Tea, and Savvy Vodka, and wine provided by Twin Liquors, it was a grand time for all. After Evan Smith and executive director, Manuel Gonzales, spoke a few words about Austin Bat Cave’s mission, accomplishments, and future ambitions, students from Texas Empowerment Academy, Kealing Middle School, and Anderson High School read from the work they had produced during the fall semester’s workshops. Everyone left the party with their spirits a little higher and their pockets a little lighter, but happy all the same.
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Large crowds of fashionistas gathered at By George’s flagship store to celebrate fashion history. The iconic downtown boutique was selected by the House of Balenciaga to present Balenciaga Special Editions Archive Collection for a week. Guests mingled and sipped cocktails while previewing approximately 20 garments from all eras and styles. Standouts from the collection included a cascading black off-the-shoulder dress from 1961 and a lace overlay blouse from 1952. After five years of success with their much-lauded SoCo vintage boutique, Feathers’ Masha Harmier and Emily Hoover welcomed guests to the grand opening of their latest endeavor, MOSS Designer Consignment. Inspired by high-end consignment stores in New York City, the modern and elegant boutique at 705B South Lamar features a wide selection of designer labels, ranging from classic luxury lines like Gucci and Prada, to contemporary looks by Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Articulture Designs provided their lovely botanical designs, which complimented the store’s interior, designed by Paul Valentine of smallpond. Next door neighbor, Howl Interiors, also celebrated their grand opening. Howl is run by Barry Jelinski, an artist and decorator, and his brother, Aaron Jelinski. For more information, visit mossaustin. com and howlinteriors.com. photography by john pesina
By George: 1 Alex Berry & Carter Maxwell. 2 Matt Wampler & Sarah Arenella. 3 Sharon Miller & Honora Jacob. 4 Mark Ashby, Elizabeth Pecore, & Henley Sims. 5 Patti Rogers & Katy Culmo. Moss & Howl: 6 Stephanie Fraide, Austen Trimble, & Suzi Spurlock. 7 Masha Harmeier & Emily Hoover. 8 Alaina Darling & Alice Willett.
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If you could trade wardrobes with anyone, who would it be? Tom Ford. He makes classic, modern clothing without being trendy and his attention to detail is impeccable. Who is your favorite fashion designer? Valentino. The man does beautiful work, has been relevant for decades, and knows how to live well. What has been the most memorable night of your life? Personally, it was marrying my partner [Bill Pitts] at a beautiful ceremony in California. Professionally, it was working with legendary hairdresser Oribe and doing hair for Mr. Armani at his Armani Prive fashion show in Paris. If you weren’t in your current career, what else would you like to try? Architect or custom home builder. I have remodeled and built several homes and love the process of bringing my vision to fruition. What was your favorite article of clothing as a child? My grandmother made an impeccably tailored vinyl jacket for me (we couldn’t afford leather). I wore it like it was a priceless couture creation from Valentino. If you could do the hair of any celebrity, 24 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
who would it be? Donald Trump. I would love to give him a makeover as he is iconic for all the wrong reasons. Think of all the publicity! Or, Jennifer Lopez because she is physically iconic for all the right reasons, loves to change her look, and likes glamour. What is something people don’t know about you? I have run five marathons. When and where are you happiest? Cooking for friends as they sit around my kitchen island laughing and having some great wine. Where would you live if you weren’t in Austin? New York City or Paris (or both). I love the constant energy and the juxtaposition of the historic and avant-garde and the creative inspiration I get from simply walking endlessly in those cities. What is your least favorite hairstyle? The Barbra Streisand Afro—That perm didn’t look good on her or anyone else. Who are your fantasy dinner party guests? Anne Richards, Valentino, Tony Bennett, Harvey Milk, Julia Child, Johnny Carson. Politics, fashion, food, music, and someone to ask all the right questions.
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Donna Berber Founder, Glimmer of Hope A philanthropist with a vision shares her journey to forgotten places. Photography by Kenny Braun
My view of the world altered dramatically at the age of eight. A regular day was hit with the most irregular moment as I watched my father’s plane come down and crash 100 feet away from where I stood with my mother and brother. I can remember very little from my childhood after that, a blur and haze that led me regularly outside of the classroom during math class to sit and make daisy chains. My heart was literally broken and it ignited a depth of compassion within me, particularly for those who suffer needlessly. Roll the clock on 20 odd years to the mid ‘80s, and there I sat in my living room in northwest London when images of starvation camps from Ethiopia hit the screen, terrifying images that redefined my life, changed my perspective of the world and my place in it. I was totally inspired by Bob Geldof who created the movement ‘Band Aid, which became ‘Live Aid’ here in the States. A few years later, my husband Philip’s career brought us to Houston, and then onto Austin where his Internet brokerage company CyBerCorp took off. We had three beautiful sons, a lovely home, and, of course, flowers in my garden. And yet as the years progressed and the more comfortable I became in my life, the louder the yearning grew—a yearning which brought me back to the images of the great famine in Ethiopia. After multiple visits to the Embassy of Ethiopia in D.C., I made my first trip to Ethiopia in 1999. No research could have prepared me for what I witnessed. I was overwhelmed by the depth, the breadth, and the smell that is extreme poverty. And, I was overwhelmed by how it affected my own sense of personal reality and justice. Yet through all the deprivation, I was awe struck by the grace, dignity, and sweetness of the people. I returned to the States completely incensed by the injustice, and together Philip, Tameru (the NGO liaison officer at the Embassy in DC), and I began to plan a new and improved way of implementing international aid and development. A Glimmer of Hope started with a single simple intention: ‘to relieve some of the pain and suffering on the planet.’ It was born 26 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
with an initial investment of $250,000, but in early 2000 when Philip sold CyBerCorp for ridiculous Internet dollars, we found ourselves in a position to do a great deal more. We often refer to the ‘great investment banker in the sky’. We created an endowment for Glimmer that covers all of the organization’s operating expenses. This allows us to fulfill the promise to our donors that 100 percent of every dollar goes straight to the projects. These projects provide the people living in rural villages with access to clean water, schools, healthcare, and microfinance loans. Our 100 percent promise provides a rare opportunity for donors who want their dollars to have maximum impact. We formulated a blue print that is financially accountable, efficient, transparent and extremely effective. A model that both empowers the local Ethiopian people, who know what they need, and also empowers others to give in a meaningful and connected manner. Lives are being radically changed in Ethiopia. We know this every time we stand at a water well and see a woman pumping beautiful, clean water into her jerry can, or jug, instead of walking several hours to collect filthy, contaminated water to take home to her family. We know it when we walk into a first grade classroom filled with six-year-old children sitting next to 18-year-old teenagers who are excited for their first opportunity to learn. We know it when people walk a reasonable distance to a health center to receive modern-day medical care and medicines for their families. And we know it when women start a profitable small business through micro-finance loans that provide their children with school tuition and three meals a day. Every human being deserves these basic human rights and this is happening all over the country for more than two million people in Ethiopia today. Join us, one village at a time, as we collaborate to create an environment that empowers women, children, and communities to lift themselves out of poverty. Glimmer continues to transform lives from the most forgotten and poorest parts of the world as it uplifts hearts just like mine, right here at home.
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Keeping It Fresh
These creative thinkers share their natural approach to living and teaching. By Lauren Smith Ford, Carolyn Harrold, & Lisa Siva Photography by Alexandra Valenti
Community Yoga Two of Austin’s most beloved stylistas, Alyson Fox and Jyl Kutsche, have joined forces on their shared passion with their newest venture, Community Yoga. Inspired by Kutsche’s time working for New York nonprofit, City Bent on Learning, which brought yoga classes into the NYC public school system, she decided to start Community Yoga that will bring the benefits of yoga to different sectors in the community that might not be able to experience it. Kutsche, who owned the clothing boutique, Therapy, on South Congress for 12 years says: “We started to look into the demographics of the average yoga practitioner and were amazed at the stats...and more importantly, how many people there were who hadn't been exposed to the practice.” Fox, a longtime runner, started practicing yoga three years ago, and was hooked from her first class. She practices yoga every morning—“I love that it is both fun and challenging, and there is always something new to gain from it. I’m able to let things go that I no longer need while at the same time getting to know myself more intimately,” she says. “Your body tells 28 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
you a lot if you take the time to listen, and I believe it can heal itself from physical pain as well as emotional baggage. I love that I just need myself, a little bit of space, and my mat to dive in.” Community Yoga is partnering with schools across the city, as well as place like the Travis County Correctional Complex and the Trinity Shelter. This year, they will be testing out the idea of introducing peer teacher training classes at a few schools and at the prison. They are also hoping to open a Community Yoga studio (help support this cause by buying a t-shirt or tote bag designed by Fox, which is available on the website, community-yoga. org). “I love the flexibility, and by that I don't mean the leg-behind-your-head yoga moves, rather that it can be experienced by anyone, no matter what their situation or circumstance might be,” Kutsche says. “To witness the same glow that you see on students at the end of a studio class coming from someone who is in a wheelchair, or uncertain of where they will be sleeping that night, or who is incarcerated, is pretty incredible...and empowering!”
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Karen Morgan’s Blackbird Bakery When Karen Morgan was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2002, she had to drastically change her diet, bidding farewell to many of her favorite foods, especially desserts. She was particularly disheartened by the sweet options in the gluten-free grocery aisle. “I couldn't believe cookies that tasted like cardboard were selling for as much as $10 a package!” the charming and bubbly single mom says. Morgan, who had always been a foodie, set out on her own journey, cooking the foods she had always enjoyed in a new way. After cooking in France for four months, she came back and started a food blog called The Art of Gluten-Free Cooking in 2007. The next year, she opened her company, Blackbird Bakery, a custom gluten-free bake shop, where she teaches people how to shop and change the way they cook. She also caters private events. Ben Harper 30 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
Karen Morgan's individual cherry pie; photography by knoxy.
discovered some of Morgan’s treats when he was staying at the Hotel San Jose and invited her to cater the launch party for his fashion line in LA. Other celebrity clients include Courtney Cox and Kelly Slater. “I encourage my clients not to tell their guests they are eating gluten free until they have licked their plates clean,” she says. Over 20 million Americans have a sensitivity to gluten, and Morgan’s cookbook that just hit stands in November is the perfect handbook for them. The book features 75 recipes (think Tiramisu and Tart Tartin) along with tantalizing photographs by local photographer, Knoxy. Next up? A gluten-free cooking show (she’s in talks with several networks) and another cookbook on comfort foods. “I want to take the fear out of this transition for people and do as much as I can to change the way we think about food,” she says. JA NUA RY 2011 HE ALTH & BE AUT Y TRIBE Z A 31
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Urban Roots Set on a three and a half acre farm in East Austin, Urban Roots is introducing Austin teens to sustainable agriculture, while building leadership skills and engaging them in community service. Heading into their fourth growing season next year, the program, which runs from the spring into the summer, has expanded from 15 to 30 paid interns, selected from around 80 applicants. Urban Roots draws from high schools all over the city, aiming to recruit a diverse mix of teens, ages 14 to 17. The majority of the interns have never even been on a farm before, and many take multiple buses or walk a significant distance to participate. The program director, Max Elliott, explains, “We’re looking at youth development from a really unique perspective—urban youth on a farm—having them come together, and having the farm be a tool for them to give back to the community…and they learn it's okay to get dirty, it’s
cool to eat vegetables.” Last year the farm produced 26,000 pounds of produce, donating 8,000 pounds to organizations including Caritas, Meals on Wheels, and the Capital Area Food Bank. The rest they sell. From April to July, Urban Roots and the youth interns have a booth at the Sustainable Food Center’s Downtown Farmers’ Market every Saturday. Their food is also available at Wheatsville Co-op, as well as through Greenling.com and FarmHouseDelivery. com. During the summer, the farm hosts a series of four Community Lunches, prepared by a top local chef assisted by the interns. Elliott says, “I think there’s a lot of opportunity to engage youth on a farm, and to bring the community together around food.” The farm also offers volunteer opportunities for adults looking to help plant, harvest, and prepare produce, as well as educational workshops. Visit youthlaunch. org for more information. JA NUA RY 2011 HE ALTH & BE AUT Y TRIBE Z A 33
Any Style Catering When Alice Crow and Ann Lowe were roommates, they were not yet aware that their friendship would develop into a catering business. However, after discovering a shared passion for food, they began cooking for others and catering friends’ events. What started as a common interest developed into an entire concept, and the duo soon launched Any Style Catering. For a year and half now, the ladies have been offering Austinites elegant, yet simple cuisine for any occasion. Counting legends Suzanne Goin and Alice Waters among their influences, Crow and Lowe channel the dedication to fresh, family-style meals for which their culinary heroes are known. Though the duo eschews a rigid culinary aesthetic, they nevertheless remain committed to crafting their cuisine with impeccable quality. “Our food is very bright and fresh,” Crow notes.
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“We don’t take shortcuts, and most food is within our reach.” Crow and Lowe whip up dishes as diverse as chicken and waffles and yellow gazpacho shooters, but each plate shares the same philosophy: Any Style Catering develops menus driven by the season and created with the freshest ingredients available. “It’s very simple food,” says Lowe. “Simple, but well-made.” Any Style Catering is constantly changing with the seasons and growing with its founders. Though neither Crow nor Lowe attended culinary school, they have both proven themselves skillful innovators in the kitchen. The duo frequently seeks to reinvent dishes, researching variations of recipes and developing some of their own. “Rarely do we get a recipe and follow it exactly,” says Lowe. “We pull certain ways of cooking from one recipe and put our own touch on it.” With a fresh culinary point of view and an instinct for innovation, Crow (who has worked for Lamberts and Perla’s) and Lowe bring a unique sincerity to their cuisine. As the duo looks to the future, they are determined to maintain that same, close relationship with the dishes they create: “We don’t ever want to be doing banquets every weekend. We would lose the intimacy we have now,” Lowe says. “We’re still going to the farms for vegetables and cooking the food ourselves–we will never sacrifice flavor.” Seasonal menus, carefully crafted plates, and fresh ingredients are the results of their commitment to flavor. From Sunday brunches to intimate dinners and weddings, Any Style Catering offers an entire realm of culinary possibilities for an unforgettable event. JA NUA RY 2011 HE ALTH & BE AUT Y TRIBE Z A 35
The Love Cleanse Everyone is different, and Kim Love’s, The Love Cleanse, helps individuals learn more about what works for them. Love’s program is a comprehensive system that has helped hundreds discover the impact that various foods have on everything from weight and energy to mood and allergies. They are called “food intolerances,” and Love, a nutritional counselor and yoga practitioner, has helped over 400 clients since she launched her company. Love herself overcame a severe illness that conventional medicine couldn’t fix with fresh organic food, juicing, supplements, and meditation. What makes this cleanse different is you actually get to eat food. The pre-cleanse phase begins with cutting out caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and fried and fast foods. Phase One is a seven-day food 36 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
based cleanse and elimination diet with three meals per day, juices, teas, shakes, and supplements, along with food tracking with a Love Cleanse counselor. Phase Two marks the reintroduction and benefits phase, where a new food is reintroduced every three days. This is where you discover your food intolerances and your personal carbohydrate and protein threshold that can be a key component to weight loss and energy optimization. Programs start at $295 and go up to $1,500. More details are available at thelovecleanse.com. She says: “I don’t believe that everyone should be anything—vegan, caveman, macrobiotic—blends of these work for different people. There is power in the process of experiencing what your body is telling you.”
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Gala Lumière: 2011 Blanton Museum Gala January 29, 2011 Blanton Museum of Art The University of Texas
It seems as though everything is illuminated this time of year. Whether it’s due to the residual effects of the holiday season or to the dawning of a new year, the whole world is nevertheless aglow. And it seems only appropriate that The Blanton follow suit in 2011 with its own festival of lights—a gala to honor the luminescent works of Robert Wilson, former University of Texas student, and Waco native, who ventured off into the New York abyss and arose an internationally recognized artist. “He is a very creative force. We wanted to honor an artist who has had an impact on the art world,” says Sarah Young, the museum’s development director. “This is a sort of homecoming for him, and we’re thrilled that he’s coming back to Austin.” As for the gala’s title—lumière, French for light—Wilson’s repertoire boasts some of the most striking lighting. “The way he lights objects and people is revolutionary. It’s very different,” Young says. “We wanted to have a theme that reflected back to our honoree.” Gala Lumière is The Blanton’s third gala—the very first having been hosted bizarrely inside Gregory Gym on the university campus in 2002. “It was actually really spectacular,” says Young. “But back then,
there was a different life.” The 2009 gala was the first gala held inside The Blanton facilities, and since then, “it has been all about figuring out what is possible within these spaces,” she says. “This year, we get to branch out much more.” For 2011, an estimated 500 guests will arrive at the Edgar A. Smith Building at The Blanton for cocktails and then travel to the Michener Gallery Building for dinner, catered by The Four Seasons. Following an extravagant reception, Black Book Angel, an avant garde music and video production group, will provide the tunes for a night of dancing. “It’s going to be a fun and elegant evening,” says Young. “But the focus is that we’re fundraising for the museum.” The gala’s proceeds will go directly toward the annual budget, financing everything from future exhibitions to programs for K-12 students. “We have many costly endeavors as a museum, and we want to continue bringing in new exhibitions.” Tickets are $1,000 each, but guests are invited to buy tables—$10,000 to be Aglow, $15,000 to be Shimmering, $25,000 to be Radiant, and $50,000 to be absolutely Luminous. S. Kuo
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Creative Arts Societyâ€™s Fine Art Exhibit
December 2- February 28, 2011 Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX 78712
Featuring Fine Art by members of the Creative Arts Society Juror: Tina Weitz of studio2gallery www.studio2gallery.com
For a listing of current and upcoming exhibitions please visit: www.creativeartssociety.org Sponsored by: Calton-Burchett Properties, Inc.
CARLA MCDONALD / AN AUDIENCE WITH…
R obert Wilson may be the most prolific and influential artist of our generation. Perhaps best known for his groundbreaking opera, Einstein on the Beach, a collaboration with composer Philip Glass, Wilson is a theater director, producer, designer, choreographer, performer, architect, furniture maker, videographer, and sculptor. When I asked him recently how he defines himself, he said, “I simply say I am an artist.” Indeed. I had the good fortune to meet Robert Wilson, a native Texan and former UT student, in New York about 15 years ago when he served as a judge for a philanthropy award with which I was involved. How thrilled I was then to have met such a visionary and how thrilled I was recently to learn that he would be in Austin this month as the Blanton Museum of Art’s 2011 gala honoree. Given the coup it is to have this award-winning, international artist in our city, I had to ask for an audience with Robert Wilson. Robert, you have collaborated with so many other great artists and visionaries during your career. Why do you enjoy collaborative work so much? I like collaborating with other people because my work changes. If I am working with a text from William Burroughs, it is one thing. If it is a text by Heiner Muller, it is another. The same with Chekhov and Shakespeare and with Allen Ginsberg and Susan 40 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
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Sontag. The same is true with composers, whether it is Mozart or Philip Glass or Tom Waits or Lou Reed or Rufus Wainwright or Laurie Anderson. My work is always different because of the collaborators. Which young, contemporary artist would you most like to collaborate with? I am working with a young composer from Frankfurt, Germany, who takes natural sounds and manipulates them. He plucks tree branches and records the sounds of insects and birds and transcribes them. I am going to collaborate with him on a piece for a festival in the northern part of Holland, on the island of Terschelling. His sound world is totally new and different from any of the others with whom I have collaborated. I find this challenging and exciting. I am also interested in the work of Bjork. I would like to work with her on something. And the German visual artist, Jonathan Meese. You grew up in Waco, Texas. How did your life there influence your work as an artist? The landscape of Texas is in all my work. It is the light and the space that influenced my artistic sensibility. Who were/are your artistic mentors? George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet, Merce
Cunningham, John Cage and Raymond Andrews, a 13-year-old deaf mute boy with whom I collaborated on my first play. Christopher Knowles, another 13-year-old boy who was diagnosed as autistic and lived 11 years in an institution for brain-damaged children, is another. I continue to collaborate with him today. What is the state of experimental theater today? What’s most interesting for me is what is beginning to happen in performance art, the crossover of performers working with film, video, architecture, sculpture, visual art. From what I can tell, much is happening in Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai, Beijing, and Taipei. And with very young kids in video art in Java. I find the art of video artists in America very interesting as well. Can you tell me a bit about your current projects? I am creating a work for the Berliner Ensemble with Lou Reed. I also have a new work for the Manchester International Festival, with music by Antony of Antony and the Johnsons, called “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic,” who is not dead and will be performing in the work. What themes are you reflecting on today that we might see in future works? I have started a collaboration with the Michael Otto Foundation, working on issues of water conservation and how the arts can draw
attention to this important field. Also, there is a collaboration with the Sackler family, bringing together artists and scientists to discuss and consider the idea of self and the wellspring of creativity where new thoughts and new ideas in art and science come from. And I have also begun a collaboration with a group from MIT that is working to develop robots that can help blind and visually-impaired people have the experience of sight. Einstein once said that if he could live his life over again, he’d rather be a plumber. What would you be? A potter. How does it feel to be coming to Austin as the 2011 Blanton Gala honoree? It is very nice to be home! Gala Lumiere: The 2011 Blanton Museum Gala Honoring the Sublime Vision of Robert Wilson will take place on January 29. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, an exhibition of prints that Wilson produced while at UT as a visiting artist runs through March 13 at the Blanton. For more information, visit blantonmuseum.org Carla McDonald is the host of the Austin Arts Minute on News 8 as well as a wife, mother of two daughters, successful entrepreneur, community advocate, and fundraiser. JA NUA RY 2011 HE ALTH & BE AUT Y TRIBE Z A 41
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Arts Guide MUSEUMS Arthouse 700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: Th–F 11–7, Sa 10–5, Su 1–5 arthousetexas.org Austin Children’s Museum 201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 austinkids.org AMOA Downtown 823 Congress Ave. (512) 495 9224 Hours: Tu, W, F 10–5, Th 10–8, Sa 10–6, Su 12–6 amoa.org AMOA Laguna Gloria 3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–Sun 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 amoa.org
FEATURED GALLERY Brocca Gallery Brocca Gallery has called East Sixth home since 1998 and it still continues to bring Austinites works by both local and internationally acclaimed artists. Gallery owner and artist, Augusto Brocca, a native Peruvian, came to Austin to attend UT where he graduated with degrees in Art and Anthropology. After having his artwork commissioned all over the country, as well as Mexico and Peru, Brocca began to search Austin for a spot to open a new gallery and stumbled across its now spacious location, which he halved, making one portion a working space and the other a gallery. “The studio offers visitors a chance to interact with the artists and watch them at their work,” Brocca says. An array of paintings, sculptures, portraits, still-lifes, and mosaics fill the space. At times, it seems the gallery may come to life with the number of life-size animal figures displayed throughout. “The gallery is unique in that it offers sculptures of large fish, life-size mosaic lizards, iron and glass snakes, dragons, and we even have a life-size mermaid,” Brocca says. The Art Alliance of Austin chose Brocca Gallery as one of the seven hottest galleries in East Austin. Make sure to check out the latest exhibition featuring new work from Brocca, as well as Mary Morse, Kathleen Wilson, Tom Bishop, Jeffrey Primeaux, and Marja Spearman on display from January 3 to January 29. K. Moise 42 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
Blanton Museum of Art 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum 1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com Elisabet Ney Museum 304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–S 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org
George Washington Carver Museum 1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver Harry Ransom Center 300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ Library and Museum 2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlib.utexas.edu Mexic–Arte Museum 419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6, F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org O. Henry Museum 409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5 Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum 605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30 umlaufsculpture.org
GALLERIES Art on 5th 1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com Artworks Gallery 1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com Austin Art Glass 1608 S. Congress Ave. (512) 916 4527 Hours: Tu–Su 11–6, F–Sa 11–7 austinartglass.com
Austin Art Garage 2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 968 6796 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com
d berman gallery 1701 Guadalupe St. (512) 477 8877 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 dbermangallery.com
L. Nowlin Gallery 1202 W. 6th St. (512) 626 9301 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 lnowlingallery.com
Russell Collection Fine Art 1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com
Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios 7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com
El Taller Gallery 2438 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 302 0100 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 eltallergallery.com
La Peña 227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M–F 9–5, Sa–Su 9–3 lapena–austin.org
Stephen L. Clark Gallery 1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com
Flatbed Press 2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 flatbedpress.com
Lora Reynolds Gallery 360 Nueces St., Ste. C (512) 215 4965 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 lorareynolds.com
Studio 107 411 Brazos St., #107 (512) 477 9092 Hours: Tu–Sa 1–6 studio107.com
Gallery 5619 5619 Airport Blvd. (512) 751 2360 gallery5619.org
Lotus Gallery 1211 W. 6th St., Ste. 100 (512) 474 1700 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 lotusasianart.com
Testsite 502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 Hours: Su 2–5 fluentcollab.org
Maranda Pleasant Gallery 2235 E. 6th St. (713) 922 8584 By appointment only bigmodernart.com
Wally Workman Gallery 1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com
Mass Gallery 916 Springdale Rd. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 massgallery.org
Women & Their Work 1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org
Austin Galleries 1219 W. 6th St. (512) 495 9363 Hours: M 10–3, Tu–Sa 10–5 or by appointment austingalleries.com Birdhouse 1304 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only birdhousegallery.com Brocca Gallery 1103 E. 6th St. (512) 628 1306 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 broccagallery.com Bydee Art Gallery 1050 E. 11th St., Ste. 120 (512) 480 3100 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–7 bydee.com Champion 800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–7 championcontemporary.com Creative Research Laboratory 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 uts.cc.utexas.edu Davis Gallery 837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com
Gallery Black Lagoon 4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: W–F 3–7 galleryblacklagoon.com Gallery Shoal Creek 2905 San Gabriel St., Ste #101 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–6, Sa 11–4 galleryshoalcreek.com grayDUCK gallery 608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 grayduckgallery.com Haven Gallery & Fine Gifts 1122 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2700 Hours: M–Sa 11–6, Su 11–4 havengalleryaustin.com Jean–Marc Fray Gallery 1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 jeanmarcfray.com Kathy Womack Gallery 411 Brazos St., #100 (512) 288 0238 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 kwomack.com
The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery 6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: W–F 9–5 sstx.org Okay Mountain Gallery 1312 E. Cesar Chavez St. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 okaymountain.com Positive Images Gallery 1118 W. 6th St. Hours: M–Sa 10–5, Su 11–4 (512) 472 1831 Pro–Jex Gallery 1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, S 12–4
Yard Dog 1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com
Big Medium 5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 385 1670 bigmedium.org Clarksville Pottery & Galleries 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #200 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M–Sa 10–6:30, Su 12–4 clarksvillepottery.com Domy Books 913 E Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Tue–F 1–9, Sa 12–9, Su 12–7 domystore.com Julia C. Butridge Gallery 1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 9–9:30, F 9–5:30, Sa 10–2 ci.austin.tx.us/ dougherty/gallery.htm Pump Project Art Complex 702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org Quattro Gallery 12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4 quattrogallery.com Roi James 3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 Hours: By appointment only roijames.com
ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression 4704 E. Cesar Chavez St.
United States Art Authority 2906 Fruth St. (512) 476 4455 unitedstatesartauthority.com
Austin Presence 2785 Bee Cave Rd., #336 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 austinpresence.com
To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Guide, please send a request to email@example.com.
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Arts Calendar JANUARY 6 Julia C. Butridge Gallery Andrew Long: Done/Undone Through Jan 29 West End Galleries First Thursday 6-8pm
JANUARY 8 Wally Workman Gallery Angie Renfro: Industry! Reception: 6-8pm Through Jan 29
JANUARY 11 L. Nowlin Gallery Austin Photography Group Through Feb 12
JANUARY 13 Women & Their Work Wura-Natasha Ogunji:
The epic crossings of an Ife head Reception: 6-8pm Through Feb 17
Gallery Black Lagoon New Works by Ryan Davis Reception: 7pm Through Feb 27
grayDUCK gallery Departure Reception: 7-9pm Through Feb 13
Testsite Just Because 10.6 Cached Curses: Eileen Maxson Through Feb 27
JANUARY 15 Lora Reynolds Gallery Out of Place: Curated by Noah Simblist Through March 5
JANUARY 27 d berman gallery Beverly Penn Through March 12
Blanton Museum of Art Third Thursday: 5-9pm Blanton Open Mic: 6-7pm Book Club: 7-8pm
Blanton Museum of Art 20 Years of Printmaking At Flatbed Press: Artist Talk: 2-3:30pm Gala Lumière: The 2011
Blanton Gala honoring Robert Wilson: 6-11pm
ONGOING Arthouse James Sham: Close Caption, Mequitta Ahuja: Automythography II, Ryan Hennessee: The Specious Present at 700 Congress Through Jan 2 Jason Middlebrook: More Art About Buildings and Food Through Jan 16 Tony Feher Ongoing Blanton Museum of Art Turner to Monet: Masterpieces from The Walters Art Museum
Through Jan 2 Repartee: 19th Century Print and Drawings from The Blanton Collection Through Jan 16 Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Tango-Alpha-Charlie: Texas Aviation Celebration Through Jan 9 Champion Planted Through Jan 15 d berman gallery 10th Anniversary Group Show Through Jan 22
Ignite Your Soul!
T h e I ta L I a n G I R L In aLGIeRS By Gioachino Rossini
Jan. 29, Feb. 2, 4, 6
A romantic comedy adventure! PRODUCTION SPONSORS Mr. & Mrs. William B. Mitchell Peter Schram & Harry Ullmann
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For tickets call 512-354-4374 or visit www.AustinLyricOpera.org
Events Calendar MUSIC Art Versus Industry with The Pulse Electric And Lauren Burton Jan 7, 9pm Stubb’s George Strait And Reba with Lee Ann Womack Jan 14, 7pm Frank Erwin Center Girl Talk Jan 14, 8pm Austin Music Hall Girl Talk Official After Party with Javelin and Rusty Lazer Jan 14, 10:30pm Emo’s Cornmeal Jan 14, 9pm Stubb’s Royal Bangs with Netherfriends & Geoff Reacher Jan 15, 10pm Emo’s Joe Satriani Jan 19, 8pm The Paramount Theatre The Parker Quartet Jan 20, 8pm The University of Texas McCullough Theatre Take 6 Jan 21, 7 & 9:30pm One World Theatre An Evening with Gaelic Storm Jan 21, 9pm The Parish Language Room with Saint’s of Valory And iamdynamite Jan 22, 9pm Stubb’s Young Prisms with Melted Toys & Pure Ecstasy Jan 24, 10pm Emo’s
Thirty Seconds to Mars Jan 25, 8pm Austin Music Hall
Dixie’s Tupperware Party Jan 25-30 The Long Center
Best Coast with Wavves Jan 25, 10pm Emo’s
Nick Thune with Anton Shuford Jan 26-29 Cap City Comedy Club
Reel Women: First Monday Mixer Presented by Austin Film Society Jan 3, 6pm Stompin’ Grounds
Bang on a Can All-Stars with Glenn Kotche Jan 26, 8pm Bass Concert Hall
Cocktails with Larry Miller Jan 27, 8pm The Paramount Theatre
The Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo Encore Jan 5, 6:30pm Cinemark Austin Southpark
Last Comic Standing Jan 28, 7 & 9:30pm One World Theatre
An Evening with Michael Waxman Presented by Austin Film Society Jan 7, 7-9pm Upstart Media Arts Center
Shure’s SM58 Give it Voice Tour Jan 26, 8pm Emo’s Quiet Company, Courrier, Aaron Ivey, and David Ramirez Jan 28, 8pm The Parish Dave Mason Jan 29, 7 & 9:30pm One World Theatre Little Dragon with Billygoat Jan 30, 8pm The Parish
Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete World of Sport (Abridged) Jan 29, 8pm Jan 30, 2pm The University of Texas B. Iden Payne Theatre
THEATER The Santaland Diaries Jan 1, 8pm ZACH Theatre
The Intergalactic Nemesis Jan 8, 8pm The Long Center
Maria Bamford Jan 1 Cap City Comedy Club
Red Hot Patriot Jan 13-March 13 ZACH Theatre
The Only Ultimate Culmination of Human Expression Jan 1, 9:30-10:30pm The New Movement Theater
Ayn Rand’s “Anthem” Jan 19-23 The Long Center
Baron Vaughn with Natalie Cox Jan 5-8 Cap City Comedy Club Jon Dore with Chris Bliss Jan 12-15 Cap City Comedy Club Patton Oswalt & Friends Jan 15, 8pm The Paramount Theatre Jim Norton with Bryson Turner Jan 20-22 Cap City Comedy Club
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The Italian Girl in Algiers Presented by Austin Lyric Opera Jan 29 The Long Center
CHILDREN Barney Live in Concert: Birthday Bash! Jan 20, 3 & 7pm Frank Erwin Center The Berenstain Bears in “Family Matters: The Musical” Jan 29, 11am & 1pm One World Theatre
Reel Women: Workshop: Screenwriting/ Story Structure Presented by Austin Film Society Jan 8, 1-4pm Picture Box Studio Lord of the Rings Trilogy Hobbit Feast Jan 9, 10am Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Tampopo Presented by Austin Film Society Jan 9, 2-3:30pm Arthouse Community Room Planet of the Mermaids Jan 14-29 Vortex Food Film Jan 19, 7-8:30pm AMOA Downtown Gantz Jan 20, 7pm Regal Arbor Cinema At Great Hills The Picture of Dorian Gray Presented by Austin Film Society Jan 30, 2-3:30pm Arthouse Community Room
Chef du Cinema: Charade Presented by Austin Film Society Jan 30 6:30-9pm Central Market North
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Event Pick The Intergalactic Nemesis Saturday, January 8, 8pm The Long Center, Dell Hall 701 W. Riverside Dr.
Buckle up for a wild ride around the world and into outer space—the Intergalactic Nemesis, a 1930s radio show style, sci-fi adventure, liveaction graphic novel is coming to town for one performance this January. The show is returning to the Long Center, which is where it opened on September 3 to much praise. “It’s amazing to do the show in a venue like the Long Center, which seats over 2,400 people. The crowd and the actors feed off one another, heightening the experience. And the images look awesome on a two-story screen,” says Jason Neulander, the show’s writer, director, and producer. The spectacular and intriguing story is told through more than 1,000 vibrant, mesmerizing comic book images, hand-drawn by artist Tim Doyle, and projected onto a screen. Meanwhile a group of talented Austinites perform the voices, music, and sound effects live on stage. The dozens of characters are voiced by only three actors: Mical Trejo, one of the founding members of the Latino Comedy Project; Shana Merlin, who runs the local improv school, Merlin Works; and Chris Gibson, who portrays nine roles in the show ranging from heroes to villains. Foley artist Buzz Moran creates the sound effects. He uses hundreds of wacky and unexpected gadgets on stage. A crowd favorite is a box of macaroni and cheese used to make the sound of a train running down the tracks. The musical score, by local musician and composer, Graham Reynolds, is almost completely improvised, changing for each performance. Neulander, who founded of the Salvage Vanguard Theater, began the project 14 years ago as a radio drama, which was performed and recorded at the no longer extant Little City Espresso Bar and Café on Congress Avenue. Over the years it evolved and grew, and a comic book series was created, providing visuals to accompany the stimulating audio. When Cliff Redd, the former executive director of the Long Center, suggested a performance at the enormous theater, Neulander had the brilliant idea to project the comic book images onto the screen. And audiences have loved it. The upcoming show will launch a major Midwest tour. The performance is suitable for adults and kids, comic book fans and skeptics. Tickets range from $19 to $49 and can be purchased at the Long Center box office, by visiting their website, thelongcenter.org. For more information, visit theintergalacticnemesis.com. L. Harrold JA NUA RY 2011 HE ALTH & BE AUT Y TRIBE Z A 47
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THIS PAGE: Shirt by Hamilton Shirt Co. $185, Hat by Penfield $35, Vintage Vest $58, Boots by Red Wing $275, STAG; Jeans by Leviâ€™s $58, Service Menswear; Belt by Will Leather Goods $115, By George. FACING PAGE: Dress by Dries Van Noten $2,587, Turtleneck by Inhabit $144, Boots by Coclico $548, By George.
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I’m a catman, with no apologies to my dog-lover friends. While you’re picking up poop behind your pooch, my cat is quietly doing her business in a contraption that scoops her cat litter-laden surprise into a sanitary disposable container. But that’s not the only reason I’m a catman. Let’s face it: Dogs may be Man’s Best Friend, but when it comes to self-sufficiency, dogs have serious co-dependency issues. Now don’t get me wrong—I have plenty of friends who have dogs, and plenty of dog friends. I just don’t want one living in the same house with me. There’s a reason someone invented the doghouse. (I should know, I’m in it often enough!) People have said some very wise things about dogs: “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”—Dwight D. Eisenhower. “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.”—Mark Twain. “Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.” —Alexander Pope. People have also said some very wiseacre things about dogs: “You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, ‘My God, you’re RIGHT! I NEVER would’ve thought of that!’” —Dave Barry. “My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can’t decide whether to ruin our carpets or ruin our lives.”—Rita Rudner. And my favorite (albeit anonymous) quote, “When a dog wags her tail and barks at the same time, how do you know which end to believe?” People have said some rather sage things about cats, too: “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” —Albert Schweitzer. “Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow.”—George F. Will. “If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr.”—Martin Buxbaum. As you might imagine, there have been a few silly comments about cats, as well: “I gave
my cat a bath the other day…they love it. He sat there, he enjoyed it, it was fun for me. The fur would stick to my tongue, but other than that…”—Steve Martin. “A cat’s idea of a ‘good time’ is to kill something.” —Andy Rooney. “Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.”—Anonymous. Say what you will, I remain a catman. My cat is bicolor, often known as a “tuxedo cat” or a “Billicat.” To be considered a tuxedo cat, its black coloring should be solid throughout, with white limited to the paws, belly, chest, throat, face, and possibly the chin. Not for nothing, my kids named our cat “Tuxedo,” or “Xedo” for short. In the United Kingdom, the tuxedo cat is sometimes known as the “Jellicle cat,” after the fictional tribe of black and white cats described by T. S. Eliot in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, first published in 1939. If you’ve seen the musical Cats, you’re familiar with the famous tuxedo cat, Mr. Mistoffelees, portrayed as a stage magician wearing a lacy ruff and bow tie. While the musical differs from the book, portraying many different coat colors beyond bicolor, the musical repeatedly reminds us that “Jellicle cats are black and white.” My bicolor cat isn’t famous, at least not yet. But I suspect Tuxedo is rather infamous in the neighborhood animal kingdom. She’s a huntress, and regularly brings “presents” to our back door—the occasional lizard, a variety of birds, a frightened and frightful garden snake, and once, a squirrel. (Squirrels, for the uninitiated, can put up quite a fight, and their bite is far worse than their “bark.”) We keep her inside at night, when the raccoons rumble, but I have a feeling Tuxedo could hold her own against most of those midnight bandits. My closing argument for cats is simply this: When jazz musicians think someone is particularly talented, they often refer to them as a “cool cat.” You’ll never hear a jazz musician refer to anybody as a “hot dog.” I respectfully rest my case. What else would a catman do? JA NUA RY 2011 HE ALTH & BE AUT Y TRIBE Z A 67
Style Pick Propaganda Hair Group Salon 1611 W. Fifth St., #150 (512) 473 0700
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A trip to any ordinary salon would have you leaving with a generic hairstyle— but not at Propaganda, a new hair and makeup salon in Clarksville on Fifth Street. Run by husband and wife duo, Lati and Sara Domi, Propaganda is a marriage between fashion and beauty. With a modern, yet minimalistic edge to the design, the 1,800 square foot space actually resembles a boutique more than a salon. And while Propaganda offers a wide variety of services including cut, color, styling and, makeup from award-winning stylists and technicians, what makes it stand apart from others is its commitment to being fashion forward. The salon is committed to staying up to date on the latest trends. “Our job is to create looks that go hand in hand with the newest looks on the runway,” Lati says. ”While at the same time keeping in mind the clients’ needs.” The salon dedicates significant resources to training the staff in new styles and techniques. And since he and Sara have extensive experience styling photo shoots, they create their own ad campaigns as an educational opportunity for their stylists. For Lati, the constant change in beauty and fashion is what he loves most about the industry. “What looks good today is old news tomorrow,” he says. “That keeps me always wanting to progress and learn 68 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
new techniques.” Born and raised in Yugoslavia, he moved to the U.S. in the ‘90s to study medicine, but soon realized he wanted a career in a creative field. After visiting the Toni & Guy academy in Dallas, he knew right away that him. Since beauty and fashion were for him. Since then, Lati has styled hair for clients ranging from the Dallas Cowboys’ cheerleaders to designers at MercedesBenz Fashion Week in New York this year. Of everyone he has styled, Lati says that if he had to choose a favorite, it would have to be Jeremiah Green, the drummer for Modest Mouse. Makeup sparked an interest for Sara after she read how to “transform” herself to land acting roles in New York City. “The idea that makeup and hair could really transform someone into a different personality or time period was intriguing and it stuck,” she says. After working in the industry for 10 years in Dallas, the couple decided to move and start their own salon in Austin. They wanted to create a salon that will change the way the beauty industry is viewed in the city. This includes working with different local fashion shows and photo shoots, and meeting the challenges their clients present. “Every client is different in hair texture and lifestyle, so every time a client sits in my chair, a new challenge is presented,” Lati says. J. Tran
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Snap Kitchen Walking into Snap Kitchen is like walking into a trendy frozen yogurt spot: the chairs are sleek and egg-shaped, the walls decorated in a clean, clean green green and and white white color color palette. But don’t let the modern décor fool you—the kitchen behind the scenes is preparing food from scratch with the freshest ingredients and chef-inspired techniques. Though it may be designed for the modern lifestyle, its emphasis on careful preparation distinguishes Snap Kitchen from other fast food alternatives. Snap Kitchen seeks to help Austinites jumpstart healthier habits with programs like Snap Commit, a three-week meal plan tailored to the customer’s needs and fitness goals. “For twenty-one days, you don’t have to think about taking care of food—it’s like having a personal chef,” Andrea Hinsdale, a registered dietitian at Snap, notes. It was, in fact, strangely liberating: each day consisted of three meals and two snacks, a parade of unique ingredients such as sambal spice and grapeseed oil. Though I often found the protein-rich breakfasts too heavy for my taste, I couldn’t help but look forward to flavorful dishes like the Chimichurri Chicken on a bed of roasted vegetables and tossed with cumin and paprika. The bold flavors made it easy to forgo the saturated fats that many 70 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
typical restaurants rely on for taste. “We don’t have the cream and butter sauces to fall back on,” Hinsdale points out. “We use fresh ingredients that highlight the flavor of the food.” Snap Kitchen’s low-fat, high-flavor methods pay off in dishes like the Ginger Glazed Chicken, perched atop a creamy edamame purée. Another standout meal was the Ahi Tuna Niçoise salad. Tossed in the usual red wine vinaigrette, the salad featured boiled eggs, green beans, and potatoes—all potatoes – all classic Niçoise fare—but with Snap’s modern addition of seared, sushi-grade Ahi tuna. “We’re providing people food they can relate to, but it’s a rethought, redone meal,” says Hinsdale. The result is exciting dishes that are both chef-inspired and dietician-approved. Whether a comprehensive program like Snap Commit or simply a family dinner, Snap Kitchen offers a variety of palate-pleasing dining options to suit lifestyle and dietary needs. “Most people know what they’re supposed to eat,” Hinsdale observes. “We just make it fast and easy. It’s something you can feel good about feeding your family.” Snap Kitchen is doing what once seemed impossible: reinventing fast food to mean both healthy and delicious. For more information, visit snapkitchen.com.
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Mel’s Meals When Melissa Sterns tried the South Beach diet six years ago, she learned a lot about nutrition, and discovered that the program actually worked. “I "I was always wishing there was a place I could just go pick up a healthy whole grain, no sugar added dinner,” dinner," she says. “Then, I saw all these healthy packaged meals businesses "Then, opening in Houston and read about some in New York and I thought ‘wow, 'wow, if that works in Houston, it it has has to to work work here here in in Austin.’” Austin." So Sterns created Mel's Mel’s Meals, which serves up 40 portion controlled and flavor flavor packed packedmeals, meals,from fromitsits Central location at 706 North Central location at 706 N. Lamar Lamar Boulevard. Boulevard. What makes Mel’s’ Mel’s' unique is that they only use whole grains, no refined sugars or starches, and a vegetable comes with every entree. They also make their own sauces and stocks to cut down on sodium intake. Their 21-day meal plan helps kick-off a diet change and begins with a one-on-one consultation with a dietician. I decided to give Mel's Mel’s Meals a try for a week, and in even just seven days, the program helped change the way I think about my food choices and portion sizes. And, it also alerted me to the fact that 72 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
a lot of the dishes I choose when eating out are more sugar dense that I realize. I started with Mel’s favorite dish—the poblano pork with sweet potatoes. It was spicy and surprisingly flavorful. The turkey lasagna and chicken enchiladas were close seconds. Each dish comes in a “lean” or “strong” portion size. Mel’s Meals is planning on opening another location in the next Mel's year and will hold a bootcamp in their parking lot starting in January to support the 21-day meal plan program members. Mel herself will be taking on the 21-day challenge. She says: “We "We will try and incorporate some “fun” competition.” Meal programs start "fun" competition." at $450 and go up to $750. Prices of meals are added up and 10 percent discount is given if it is paid before the first of the month. This also also includes includes three threeconsultations consultationswith witha adietician dietician an anand online online diary. You can even exchange tips in an online forum with diary. You can even exchange tips in an online forum with others others are doing the program. Mel’s makesbetter choosing better who arewho doing the program. Mel’s makes choosing foods easy foods easy and approachable and would be the perfect starting off and approachable and would be the perfect starting off point for point for slimming down in the New Year. For more information, slimming down in the New Year. visit Formelsmealsaustin.com. more information, visit melsmealsaustin.com.
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My Fit Foods The Fast Food Queen has officially gone lean—with some minor nutritional indiscretions, of course, since I’m not the type of person to ever cozy up to dietary regimens. However, I was pleasantly proven wrong last month, when I dove head first into a relentless 10-day meal plan graciously provided by My Fit Foods. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus two snacks—none of them to exceed 350 calories for my particular plan. “I know it sounds cheesy, but when people ask me how I know the food’s working, I can just feel it,” says Amelia Robinson, nutritional consultant. And after only two days of low-carb, low-cal madness, I noticed a difference. I felt leaner. Prior to this challenge, my epicuriosity had hardly piqued. But My Fit Food’s Turkey Pasta and Gimme More Chicken Salad were actually flavorful, zesty, and satisfying to any gourmand, like moi. I could eat the Simple Meal Salmon every day, which coincidently is a My Fit Foods’ Foods' favorite, according to Wes Priest, head of marketing. Other popular items include the Lean Lemon Turkey and the Turkey Chili. The steel-cut oatmeal with fresh berries was also a refreshing and much healthier take on my mother’s favorite Quaker
Oats and brown sugar. And every meal, if heating is required, only needs one and a half minutes in the microwave. That’s fast food taken to new dimensions. My Fit Foods began when personal trainer, Mario Mendias, grew “tired of his clients not seeing the best results because they would eat bad after working out,” says Priest. And according to the store’s mantra to “Eat Fit. Live Fit,” it seems that a proper diet does indeed make up at least half of the equation to living bountifully. At My Fit Foods, customers are put on a 21-day program with meal plans customized to their health goals. The average cost of the program is $550 to andaccording accordingto to Priest, Priest, women women generally generally lose an to $600, 600, and average of 10 pounds while men lose about 12 pounds. “You feel better. You have more energy. These are great results,” says Priest. Priest. IIenjoyed enjoyedmyself, myself,but butasas fair warning, this diet is not fair warning, this diet is not for for the weak of heart. For someone who has always loved going the weak of heart. For someone who has always loved going back for back for the seconds, the meal-plan didhungry. keep me I’d still seconds, meal-plan did keep me Buthungry. I’d still But recommend recommend it. There’s reward without little blood, sweat, it. There’s never rewardnever without a little blood,a sweat, and tears. and tears. For more information, visit myfitfoods.com. For more information, visit myfitfoods.com. JA NUA RY 2011 HE ALTH & BE AUT Y TRIBE Z A 73
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Good Eating Austin For all of us who want healthful and delicious meals, minus the time and labor, Good Eating offers a seemingly endless menu of nutritious options, ranging from Asian Lettuce Wraps to Stuffed Pepper Stew to Enchiladas with Calabacitas—all ordered by email and delivered in single-use containers. Owner Melissa Good, a graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute, developed the deliverybased private chef service to provide her on-the-go clients with easily accessible, balanced meals. “The majority of the people that I cook for are single, busy professionals. They’re people who it’s not worth it for them to go home and make dinner,“ Good says. Since I fit this bill, I went with Good’s Busy Pro Plan, which ranges from five to 15 meals a week, costing from $235 to $600 a month. I chose to do 10 meals a week, allowing me the freedom to eat out on the weekends and follow my cravings a few times during the week, making the plan sustainable over a long period of time. According to Good, the Busy Pro meals are based on a formula of about four ounces of cooked protein, half a cup of cooked complex carbohydrates, and a cup of vegetables. Dishes came in a 74 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
fantastic variety, with options like Cumin Scented Shish Kabobs and Yellow Curry Vegetables, so there was no chance of getting bored. And the meals are surprisingly filling—probably because they contain more protein and complex carbohydrates than I’m used to eating. And everything was flavorful, due to the variety of spices used instead of sugar and typical high calorie ingredients. Good also offers the Elite Plan for her clients with specific dietary needs, such as athletes, people trying to lose or gain weight, and individuals with specific health concerns. This plan is tailored to the individual and includes an initial consultation, as well as weekly follow-up meetings. After trying the meals for 10 days, it is easy to see how her plans work. Each meal, which ranges from 300 to 500 calories, is individually portioned and clearly labeled with the calorie and nutrition information, so there’s no accidental over or under eating. While the Elite Plan is goal oriented, the Busy Pro Plan is not about immediate results—it is a longterm solution to healthier living. For more information, visit good eatingaustin.com.
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The two most common reasons to eat at all-night diners are desperation and intoxication. We’ve all been on that 2am hunt where filling your belly is paramount, but ambiance and food quality are not. 24 Diner hopes to change all that. This round-the-clock restaurant strives to be a place people choose to visit, rather than where they default. And so far, it seems to be working. After just a year, 24 Diner has developed a devoted following of fans, few of whom appear to be desperate or intoxicated. 24 Diner has upgraded the diner experience without losing its diner soul. It has iconic counter seating, vinyl booths, and letter board menus. But it also has walls covered in industrial metal and rubber. Expansive windows overlooking a bustling street corner. Funky lighting and hanging lamps that look like oversized witches hats. And lots of modern design touches—right down to the cool coffee cups—that keep it from looking like an episode of “Happy Days.” The menu also bridges the best of both worlds. It offers a basic cup of joe or a pot of French press. Meat loaf or blackened tuna steak. Bacon and eggs or a goat cheese frittata. Many ingredients are local and come from artisanal sources. And although there’s the obligatory cook slinging hash behind an open grill, he’s been formally trained as a chef at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. Of course, 24 Diner serves breakfast all day. The Vegetarian Platter comes with two eggs, veggie sausage, skillet fries, fresh fruit and toast. It’s all tasty but the star is the 76 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
homemade veggie sausage made with grated beets, lentils, rice, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and savory sausage seasoning. Even the perfunctory fruit cup shines, filled with freshly sliced Texas apples, oranges, and grapes—a far cry from the forlorn frozen melon chunks found at most diners. Unfortunately other breakfast options like gummy Fried Chicken & Waffles and overly sweet oatmeal got mixed reviews from my tablemates. At lunch and dinner, 24 Diner tweaks classic diner staples. Don’t miss the juicy burgers, made with freshly ground brisket and served on springy Challah buns. Fries are equally scrumptious—hot, crispy, and served with two yummy dipping sauces. High marks were also given to side dishes like whipped potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, bacon-braised greens, and a daily special of roasted brussels sprouts. Less successful was our appetizer of steamed Prince Edward Island mussels—many arrived shriveled or unopened. Its bold sauce divided our table, some eagerly sopped it up with bread and others disliked its aggressiveness. 24 Diner raises the bar with its extensive wine and beer selections served in top-quality glassware. We had fun exploring several unusual wines like Montaudon Grande Brut Rose Champagne and craft beers like North Coast Scrimshaw pilsner and Avery Old Jubilation ale. Service is so polished and professional you might forget you’re in a diner. Which is exactly what 24 Diner is hoping for. K. Spezia
Dining AMERICAN 1886 Café and Bakery 604 Brazos St. (512) 391 7066 Everything about this place exudes classic Texas elegance—especially the decor and the extensive menu that touts breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night dining. 24 Diner 600 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 472 5400 Get chef-inspired comfort food all day and all night at this welcome addition to North Lamar. 219 West 219 W. 4th St. (512) 474 2194
As a multi venue bar and restaurant that’s perfect for any occasion, 219 West’s cleverly designed menu pairs American tapas with cocktails. 34th Street Café 1005 W. 34th St. (512) 371 3400 This unpretentious spot has earned a reputation for moderately-priced food that’s carefully prepared with fresh ingredients, and a warm, homegrown Austin feel. Annies Café & Bar 319 Congress Ave. (512) 472 1884 While this modern Brasserie serves up fine, eclectic dishes all day, what sets
it apart is it's "after dark" specials, which includes Wine Wednesday with halfpriced wine bottles and live music from a violin and harp guitar duo on Friday. The Belmont 305 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0300 A modern Ocean’s 11 crowd imbibes in stylish cocktails and eats at this buzzing, retro-Vegas supper club. Blue Star Cafeteria 4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 454 7827 This sleek space offers a local and season-driven menu with entrée options like maple chicken-fried quail with cheese grits. The
old-fashioned dessert case tempts with homemade favorites. Chez Zee Café and Bakery 5406 Balcones Dr. (512) 454 2666 Colorful decor and a huge menu with nice salads and lunchtime pizzas. Check out the dessert case near the bar. Cover 3 2700 W. Anderson Ln., Ste. 202 (512) 374 1121 Dining. Spirits. Sports. An Austin original, Cover 3 combines an exceptional upscale dining experience for lunch or dinner, full bar with outstand-
ing Happy Hour specials, great service and a pure love of sports into an amazing restaurant and lounge. Cover 3 captures the excitement and entertainment of having a private box at your favorite sporting event. Eastside Café 2113 Manor Rd. (512) 476 5858 Serving delicious and healthy fare from the organic garden out back since 1988, this quaint spot is a local favorite. Finn & Porter 500 E. 4th St. (512) 493 4900 Dazzles with steaks, chops,
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Dining seafood, and sushi. For an intimate gathering, reserve the oversized white leather banquette tucked in the corner. Foreign & Domestic 306 E. 53rd St. (512) 459 1010 With a menu that changes regularly to accommodate fresh local and seasonal ingredients, Foreign & Domestic is the delicious and creative collaboration between husband and wife duo, Ned and Jodi Elliot. Frank 407 Colorado St. (512) 494 6916 Now, this is our kind of hot dog. It’s well, porktastic! Choose from an assortment of artisan sausages like the Jackalope with local antelope, rabbit, and pork sausage, or the simple and delicious Chicago Dog. Galaxy Café 9911 Brodie Ln., Ste. 750 (512) 233 6000 1000 West Lynn St. (512) 478 3434 4616 Triangle Ave. (512) 323 9494 These quaint, contemporary cafés offer delicious all-day lunch, an exquisite selection for dinner, and even a glutenfree menu! Try the seared yellow fin tuna steak or the Zocala burger! Their sweet potato fries are also divine! The Good Knight 1300 E. 6th St. (512) 628 1250 Dark, cozy setting with clever cocktails and hearty comfort foods like chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie, and meatloaf.
The Grove Wine Bar 6317 Bee Cave Rd. (512) 327 8822 Lively Westlake wine bar, retailer and restaurant. Wine list boasts more than 250 by the bottle. Hopdoddy Burger Bar 1400 S. Congress Ave. (512) 243 7505 At Hopdoddy, the perfect union of burgers and beer is prime. With fresh ingredients, from Black Angus beef to the baked buns and hand cut Kennebec fries, Hopdoddy means serious business when cooking up burgers. Hudson’s on the Bend 3509 RR 620 N. (512) 266 1369 Best handling of wild game in town—á la delicious quail salad, rattlesnake cakes, and grilled venison chops with lobster tail. Hyde Park Bar and Grill 4206 Duval St. (512) 458 3168 4521 West Gate Blvd. (512) 899 2700 A neighborhood scene with fine food and a cool, central bar. J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge 710-B W. 6th St. (512) 433 6954 Pub fare at its best. Try the Texas Kobe beef sliders and signature thin-crust pizzas. Jack Allen’s Kitchen 7720 Hwy. 71 W. (512) 852 8558 Made with the freshest local ingredients and bold kicks of flavor, Chef Jack Gilmore cooks country favorites with Texas spirit, but with a twist. Try Gilmore’s pumpkin seed
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pesto marinated chicken breast or chorizo stuffed pork tenderloin medallions! Leaf 419 W. 2nd St. (512) 474 LEAF Countless variations on wonderfully fresh made-toorder salads with homemade dressings. M Two 208 W. 4th Street (512) 478 7222 Replacing Saba Blue Water Café, M Two’s laid back, yet sophisticated, modern twist on American cuisine proves every day food such as mac and cheese and steak churrasco can be divine. Max’s Wine Dive 207 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 904 0105 This Houston transplant goes by the motto of Champagne and Fried Chicken. Why the Hell Not? Their upscale comfort food combos work. A favorite late night dining spot too. Moonshine 303 Red River St. (512) 236 9599 Happy hour specials and fun appetizers, like corn dog shrimp, served on a stick with blueberry honey mustard for dipping. Paggi House 200 Lee Barton Dr. (512) 473 3700 Eclectic fine-dining in an inviting setting. Potatoencrusted wild salmon with spinach and oyster mushrooms was a highlight. Parkside 301 E. 6th St. (512) 474 9898 Fine dining highlight on Sixth Street. Impressive raw bar.
Restaurant Jezebel 914 Congress Ave. (512) 499 3999 This one-man run kitchen offers a menu of many great options. Intimate dining experience. Roaring Fork 701 Congress Ave. (512) 583 0000 10850 Stonelake Blvd. (512) 342 2700 The western bistro and “saloon” brings in the crowds for one of the best happy hour deals in town. The new Stonelake location up north is stellar all around. Shoreline Grill 98 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 477 3300 Well-executed dishes exemplify comfort food taken to a whole new level—chickenfried steak and fish tacos are standouts. Snack Bar 1224 S. Congress Ave. (512) 445 2626 All-day brunch, cheap tasty eats, and a global menu, Snack Bar offers the best of all worlds. Star Seeds Café 3101 N. I-35 (512) 478 7107 This cosmic favorite serves tasty breakfast items to Austin’s night owls. Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que 6550 Comanche Trail (512) 248-9583 1530 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 476 0100 Uncle Billy’s patrons can enjoy handcrafted brews made onsite as well as a menu boasting comfort dishes like pulled pork quesadillas and smoked chicken wings. Its second location offers
a spectacular view of Lake Travis, making Uncle Billy’s an ideal place to unwind with one of the brewery’s signature pints. Urban An American Grill 11301 Domain Dr. (512) 490 1511 Urban offers classic comfort food in a modern, sophisticated atmosphere. The Woodland 1716 S. Congress Ave. (512) 441 6800 Sip original handmade cocktails at this SoCo hipster haven, serving up modern comfort food, made fresh daily, in a cozy arboreal space. Bottles of wine are half price on Sunday and Monday nights. Zoot Restaurant 11715 Bee Cave Rd. (512) 477 6535 Eclectic American dishes with an infusion of different styles, thoughtfully pairing each flavor to complement its plate mate.
BARBECUE Blue Ribbon Barbecue 120 E. 4th St. (512) 369 3119 Following three generations of Texas BBQ, Blue Ribbon Barbecue is a blend of downtown chic and comforting country eats. Don’t leave without trying the banana pudding! County Line 5204 FM 2222 (512) 346 3664 6500 W. Bee Cave Rd. (512) 327 1742 A busy, casual spot on the way to the lake. The barbecue turkey is tender, and the beans are out of this world.
Franklin Barbecue 3412 N. I-35 (512) 653 1187 Yeah, the barbecue is served from a trailer, but don’t underestimate Franklin’s quality. It’s Meyer’s all natural angus brisket is smoky and moist and served in large slices. It’s no wonder there’s always a long line in front of the truck! Iron Works BBQ 100 Red River St. (512) 478 4855 No frills: grab your beer from the ice bucket, rip off your own paper towel, and get ready for some traditional dripping ribs. Succulent and sensible. Yum. Lamberts 401 W. 2nd St. (512) 494 1500 Not your standard BBQ fare, meats are given an Austin twist, like the rib-eye glazed with brown sugar and mustard. The upstairs lounge swings with live music Tuesday through Sunday. Ruby’s BBQ 512 W. 29th St. (512) 477 2529 Campus-area, long-time joint where the greens are collard, the chili ain’t fake, the beef is hormone free. Salt Lick 18001 FM 1826 (512) 858 4959 Serves up some of the best ribs, brisket, and sausage in the state. Bring a cooler and wait your turn for a spot at the picnic tables. Stubb’s BBQ 801 Red River St. (512) 480 8341 Known for its music scene as much as its barbecue, which is traditional and satisfying.
CHINESE Chinatown 3407 Greystone Dr. (512) 343 9307 107 W. 5th St. (512) 637 8888 Some of the best traditional Chinese in town. Fast service in the dining room. Sensational crab puffs. Fortune 10901 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. A-1-501 (512) 490 1426 Fortune serves dim sum every day of the week and an extensive menu of authentic Chinese cuisine in its 9,000-square-foot banquet hall. Suzi’s China Grill & Sushi Bar 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd. (512) 302 4600 Packed at lunchtime, Suzi sends ’em back to work high on eggplant with garlic sauce or shrimp with lemongrass. Suzi’s China Kitchen 1152 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 441 8400 Suzi’s Chinese Kitchen serves up a wide selection of traditional and modern dishes, from a classic Sesame Chicken to an unusual Beef Mimosa, which pairs beef, sun-dried tangerine, and red chili. With an extensive menu, complete with seafood and vegetarian dishes, Suzi’s Chinese Kitchen offers something for every diner. T & S Seafood 10014 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 339 8434 From the Dim Sum menu: delicate steamed shrimp dumplings, deep-fried egg rolls, crab claws generously stuffed with shrimp and deep fried, and the best: the Cantonese pan-fried dumplings.
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Dining CONTINENTAL Apothecary Café & Wine Bar 4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 371 1600 This charming new café and wine bar has quickly become a multi-purpose destination for lucky Rosedale residents. Bess Bistro on Pecan 500 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2377 A French bistro with a southern Cajun flair. The menu offers an eclectic choice of well-prepared European and American favorites like Creole Shrimp Bess, Steak Frites, and the wildly popular Tuesday-only special, Chicken Pot Pie. Bistro 88 2712 Bee Cave Rd. (512) 328 8888 4404 W. William Cannon Dr. (512) 899 0488 Owner/chef Jeff Liu presents an inventive, playful menu. Try the steamed Canadian blue mussels in a light tomato sauce. Gorgeous sashimi plates. Blue Dahlia Bistro 1115 E. 11th St. (512) 542 9542 A European-style bistro on Austin’s eastside, the Blue Dahlia serves cheese plates paired with wines, openfaced tartines, as well as salads and soups at large family-style tables inside and smaller café tables on the front and back patios. Crú Wine Bar 11410 Century Oaks Ter., Ste. 104 (512) 339 9463 238 W. 2nd St. (512) 472 9463 A sophisticated crowd gathers over elegant small plates
at this charming Domain stand out, boasting over 300 wine selections perfect for pairing.
vintage trailer, this spot off Barton Springs Road delivers warm crepes to a hungry crowd.
Daily Grill 11506 Century Oaks Ter. Ste. 100 (512) 836 4200 With the varied menu and the multiple television screens, the Daily Grill is sure to please all sports fans.
Green Pastures Restaurant 811 W. Live Oak St. (512) 444 4747 An event center as much as a restaurant, Green Pastures is an Austin ancestral estate open for lunch, dinner, and serving a Sunday brunch buffet.
Driskill Grill 604 Brazos St. (512) 391 7162 Retaining its dark, intimate feel. Inventive, rich American fare. A five star experience. East Side Show Room 1100 E. 6th St. (512) 467 4280 Delicious vintage cocktails served up with loads of local options. Warm, eccentric space with unique design and people watching opportunities. Fabi and Rosi 509 Hearn St. (512) 236 0642 A charming eatery in the ‘so Austin’ Deep Eddy ‘hood. A husband and wife team cook up European style dishes like pork schnitzel and paella. FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar 2905 San Gabriel St. (512) 474 2905 Emmett and Lisa Fox’s baby. Mediterranean bites and plates for sharing. Lovely patio and fun all day menu. Olive and cheese plates. Great wine list. Flip Happy Crepes 401 Jessie St. (512) 552 9034 Housed in a charming
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Jaspers 11506 Century Oaks Ter., Ste. 128 (512) 834 4111 Beat the heat in Jasper’s modern Zen-like interior or grab a seat on the patio and sample selections from the multi-ethnic menu. Jeffrey’s 1204 W. Lynn St. (512) 477 5584 A New American cuisine pioneer, this neighborhood bistro tucked away in Clarksville opened its doors in 1975 and has established itself as an Austin staple. Now, with Chef Deegan McClung at the helm, the recently revamped menu incorporates a bounty of local and seasonal ingredients. Allow the friendly and knowledgeable staff to help navigate the extensive wine list, designed for pairing. Mulberry 360 Nueces St. (512) 320 0297 The coziest of wine bars at the base of the 360 Condominiums. Gourmet burger with Gruyere and pancetta topped with a fried egg is a winner.
Olivia 2043 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 804 2700 Menu changes nightly. Magnificent, modern interior by Michael Hsu. Committed to featuring all locally produced foods. Soleil 6550 Comanche Trail (512) 266 0600 Overlooking Lake Travis is Soleil, headed by award-winning chef Robert Del Grande. The restaurant offers a taste of the Mediterranean with classic dishes including Pappardelle Bolognese and Niçoise Salad. Guests can also explore Soleil’s extensive wine, grappa, and cocktail list as they savor a stunning view of the lake. Steeping Room 11410 Century Oaks Ter., Ste. 112 (512) 977 8337 Whether you’re looking for a spot of tea and a sweet treat or a fresh healthy lunch, the Steeping Room is the perfect place to unwind after a day of shopping at the Domain. Uncorked Tasting Room and Wine Bar 900 E. 7th St. (512) 524 2809 Build your own wine flights or choose from the carefully edited list from around the world. Cheese plates or “earthly, oceanic, and vegetarian fare.” Wink 1014 N. Lamar Bvd., #E (512) 482 8868 The food is fantastic, and portions are meant for tasting, not gobbling. Fresh, local ingredients abound.
FRENCH Aquarelle 606 Rio Grande St. (512) 479 8117 Unfussy and fresh, dishes shine with pure, clean flavors rather than heavy-handed sauces or garnishes. Chez Nous 510 Neches St. (512) 473 2413 Favorites include veal sweetbreads and salad Lyonnaise. Start with assiette de charcuterie. Justine’s Brasserie 4710 E. 5th St. (512) 385 2900 With its French bistro fare, impressive cocktails, and darling décor, Justine’s Brasserie has all of Austin looking east. PÉCHÉ 208 W. 4th St. (512) 495 9669 Darling menu of simple French dishes. Duck salad is a standout. Absinthe bar.
INDIAN Clay Pit 1601 Guadalupe St. (512) 322 5131 Zip in for a buffet-style lunch or settle in for a long dinner at this nationally recognized restaurant serving Contemporary Indian cuisine. G’Raj Mahal 91 Red River St. (512) 480 2255 With a cozy covered patio, G’Raj Mahal offers a surprising amount of ambiance for a food trailer. Whip In Market & Parlour Cafe 1950 S. IH-35 (512) 442 5337 This funky minimart-cum-
café satisfies Austin’s most stringent weirdness criteria: quirky location, offbeat décor, eclectic clientele, copious beer and cheap, tasty food.
ITALIAN 360 Uno Trattoria & Wine Bar 3801 N. Capital of Tx. Hwy. (512) 327 4448 This local European café in Davenport Village serves up creative caffeinated concoctions and a mostly Italian wine list complete with an outdoor patio for sipping. Asti Trattoria 408-C E. 43rd St. (512) 451 1218 The chic, little Hyde Park trattoria offers delicious Italian cuisine, like saffron risotto with seafood in spicy tomato sauce and classic noodle dishes like linguine with little neck clams. Botticelli’s 1321 S. Congress Ave. (512) 916 1315 An inviting trattoria with warm Tuscan colors. Small bar up front and cozy booths in back. Entreés showcase pastas and meats. Canoli Joe’s 4715 HWY 290 W. (512) 892 4444 Take a stroll through the winding villagio and sample a variety of Italian favorites —a gourmet feast! Carmelo’s Restaurant 504 E. 5th St. (512) 477 7497 This romantic 19th-century “railroad house” is perfect for canoodling over cannoli. Don’t miss the old-school pastry cart.
Cipollina 1213 W. Lynn St. (512) 477 5211 Mediterranean fare with an Italian accent. Crispy woodfired pizzas remain the headliner, along with signature items like stracciatella soup and lamb-braised-onion sandwiches. Enoteca 1610 S. Congress Ave. (512) 441 7672 A venture from owners of Vespaio—Enoteca, right next door, offers a superb bistro menu with panini, salad, pasta and pizza, handmade pastries, fabulous deli counter and grocery selling imported Italian meats, cheeses, olives. La Traviata 314 Congress Ave. (512) 479 8131 A long-loved Austin spot for its fine Italian fare. Perfect spaghetti carbonara. Always consistent and fresh. Maggiano’s Little Italy 10910 Domain Dr., Ste. 100 (512) 501 7871 The family-style dining and the classic Italian cuisine make this the perfect location for large groups. Mandola’s Italian Market 4700 W. Guadalupe St. (512) 419 9700 Celebrity chef Damian Mandola (of Carrabba’s fame) serves up casual Italian fare within a well-stocked gourmet grocery. There’s a deli, bakery, espresso and gelato bar, too. NoRTH 11506 Century Oaks Ter. Ste. 124 (512) 339 4440 Guests enjoy modern Italian cuisine in a sleek interior at
this Domain standout. Quatto Gatti Ristorante 908 Congress Ave. (512) 476 3131 This Congress Avenue newbie is dishing up an array of mouthwatering Italian dishes, from 4 Formaggi Pizza to Agnello Al Forno, oven roasted rack of lamb. Red House Pizzeria 1917 Manor Rd. (512) 391 9500 With an interior designed by Joel Mozersky, The Red House is hardly your average pizzeria. Sit inside and admire the ranch-styled decor or enjoy your pizza al fresco at one of the many picnic tables. Happy hour specials include half-priced pizza.
Located at the gorgeous new Mandola Estate Winery in Driftwood, this inspired restaurant is the newest addition to celebrity chef Damian Mandola’s sprawling estate. Expect hearty portions of rustic Italian food. Vespaio 1610 S. Congress Ave. (512) 441 6100 Remains at the top of many critics “Best of” lists for divine Italian fare after 10 years. Daily rotating menus offer the best of the season and freshest from Vespaio’s bountiful garden.
Sagra 1610 San Antonio St. (512) 535 5988 Wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas are a standout. Cozy atmosphere. Tuesdays are all-youcan-eat mussels for $12.
Bar Chi Sushi 206 Colorado St. (512) 382 5557 While this upscale, fanciful sushi bar offers mind-blowing sushi rolls and innovative, flavorful entrees, what makes it a standout is its killer seven-day happy hour menu.
Siena Ristorante Toscana 6203 Capital of Tx. Hwy. (512) 349 7667 Set in a Tuscan-style villa, Siena’s dishes, which emphasize grilled seafood, wild game, and roasted potatoes, capture the essence of the region.
Dragon Gate by Phoenix 3801 N. Capital of Tx Hwy., (512) 732 7278 Don’t miss the savory, homemade pot stickers. Extensive menu filled with both Japanese offerings, like sushi and a nice Bento Box, as well as Chinese favorites.
Taverna 258 W. 2nd St. (512) 477 1001 In the middle of the action in the bustling Second Street District. Taverna’s menu boasts sophisticated salads, pastas, pizzas, grilled meats, and trademark risottos in a variety of flavors.
Enzo Austin 801 W. 5th St. (512) 250 3696 Embracing the upbeat ambiance of downtown, Enzo Austin is the all in one place to dine, lounge, and party.
Trattoria Lisina 13308 FM 150 W. Driftwood, Tx. (512) 858 1470
Imperia 310 Colorado St. (512) 472 6770 One of the culinary highlights of the Warehouse District. Delectable Peking Duck and
memorable specialty cocktails all in a sleek, modern setting. Kenichi 419 Colorado St. (512) 320 8883 Popular downtown spot for some of the best sushi in town. Give the menu a look too; don’t miss the Ishiyaki hot rocks or teriyaki specials. Kenobi Restaurant and Sushi Bar 10000 Research Blvd., Bldg. A (512) 241 0119 Innovative sushi in a beautiful setting. Try the lobster, shrimp, and creamy goat cheese dumplings. Kona Grill 11410 Century Oaks Ter. Ste. 144 (512) 835 5900 The Asian-inspired cuisine, ranging from sushi to steak, draws a swinging singles scene at this IBM and Dell after work favorite. Kyoto Japanese Restaurant 315 Congress Ave., #200 (512) 482 8108 Nothing fancy here: solid sushi masters, little closedoff rooms for sit-on-the-floor dining. Maiko 311 W. 6th St. (512) 236 9888 Maiko offers both classic sushi choices and original creations like miso-marinated black cod and Kobe beef that you cook yourself on searing hot rocks. Mikado 9033 Research Blvd. (512) 833 8188 Recent raves about this Japanese eatery, where
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Dining robata (Japanese tapas) are grilled before the guest, and lovely entrees of sea bass and duckling are available all day long. Mizu Prime Steak & Sushi 3001 Ranch Rd. 620 S. (512) 263 2801 A blend of both traditional and contemporary takes on Japanese cuisine, Mizu serves the freshest fish from all around the world. Musashino 3407 Greystone Dr. (512) 795 8593 The locally famed Musashino is where die-hard sushi lovers flock when they crave near perfection. Piranha Killer Sushi 207 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 473 8775 An oasis of calm and cool in the Warehouse District. Modern sushi with fresh dishes and fun drinks. Uchi 801 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 916 4808 Garnering national attention (and awards) chef Tyson Cole has created and maintained a highly inventive menu in the little house that could: Uchi. Uchiko 4200 N. Lamar Blvd., #140 (512) 916 4808 Under the reign of Chef Paul Qui, Uchiko is the sensational sister creation of Chef Tyson Cole’s Uchi. From hot and cold appetizers to sinfully delicious entrees like rabbit terrine to the bacon sen to mastermind desserts crafted by Chef Phillip Speer, dining at Uchiko is an out of this world food experience.
KOREAN Korea House Restaurant & Sushi Bar 2700 W. Anderson Ln., Ste. 501 (512) 458 2477 Bul Go Gi here. Grab a fourtop and cook it yourself in the middle of the table. Fun! Koreana Grill and Sushi Bar 12196 N. Mo-Pac Expy. (512) 835 8888 High-end, elegant Korean food. Koriente 621 E. 7th St. (512) 275 0852 Healthy, tasty Korean options like bulgogi and curry dishes all served up by the friendly staff.
LATIN AMERICAN Buenos Aires Café 1201 E. 6th St. (512) 382 1189 2414 S. 1st St. (512) 441 9000 Whether it’s a quick lunch or a lingering dinner, these inviting spots offer the best Argentinean specialties like meat sandwiches on baguettes, empanadas, and tasty pastries. El Arbol 3411 Glenview Ave. (512) 323 5177 Traditional stylings and creative twists on South American cuisine. One of the best places for outdoor dining in the city. Sleek mid-century design by Joel Mozersky. ENZO 801 West Fifth Street (512) 587-3893 A chic restaurant and lounge, ENZO transports guests to a different world with its selection of global tapas and French cuisine and its late
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night lounge and extensive dance floor. In addition to Wednesday salsa nights, ENZO offers bottle service and entertainment reminiscent of Mexico City in the heart of downtown Austin. La Sombra Bar and Grill 4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 458 1100 This Central Austin newcomer offers a unique menu of Latin American delicacies from land and sea, wonderful wines, and specialized cocktails. Enjoy dinner, weekday lunch, or weekend brunch.
LUNCH SPOTS Baguette et Chocolat 12101 Bee Cave Rd. (512) 263 8388 Authentic French bakery and fine pastry in Austin! Delicious Nutella Crepes and Croissants. Counter Café 626 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 708 8800 This breakfast and lunchtime favorite serves up organic and local fare. Food Heads 616 W. 34th St. (512) 420 8400 This Austin treasure tucked away in a refashioned cottage on 34th Street serves inspired sandwiches, soups and salads made from fresh ingredients to a loyal lunchtime crowd. La Boite Café 1700 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 377 6198 From brioche and croissants to pain au lait, the best of France is served on the quick in this cute, little café. The biggest standout of the café is by far the daily selection of
traditional French macarons it carries, which are little pillows of heaven! Portabla 1200 W. 6th St. (512) 481 8646 Fresh sandwiches (love the roast beef), great salads, and seasonal fruit. Daily take-out specials like bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin and King Ranch casserole. Walton’s Fancy and Staple 609 W. 6th St. (512) 542 3380 A Gourmet Delicatessen/ Bakery and Café offering delicious Cuisine2Go, onestop floral services, catering and delivery. They also offer a variety of specialty cakes for all occasions, including the always popular HoneyAlmond Bee Cake.
MEXICAN Azul Tequila 4211 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 416 9667 Home of the Blue Margarita and the acclaimed Blue Martini, Azul Tequila brings to Austin a menu that boasts a bevy of flavors virtually untouched by the Tex-Mex influence. The restaurant serves up an exquisite variety of South Central Mexican fare, including their famous Cochinita Pibil, Chile Rellano en Crema, and Albondigas en Chipotle.
beloved, packed cantina. Pillowy, fried flautas are the best in town. Serve yourself chips and hot sauce. Happy hour. Corazon at Castle Hill 1101 W. 5th St. (512) 476 0728 Austin staple, Castle Hill, is reborn with an interior makeover and new menu that is “inspired by the treasured recipes of famous kitchens throughout Central Mexico.” Curra’s Grill 614 E. Oltorf St. (512) 444 0012 Delicious interior Mexican food in a casual environment. Campechana, enchiladas, fabulous fish, cabrito. Elsi’s 6601 Burnet Rd. (512) 454 0747 Fresh and tasty El Salvadoran and Mexican food served in a colorful, laid-back atmosphere. A large selection of flavored margaritas—try the watermelon. El Sol y La Luna 600 E. 6th St. (512) 444 7770 As quintessentially Austin as it gets. Great migas and fresh juices.
Cantina Laredo 201 W. 3rd St. (512) 542 9670 Don’t try to pigeonhole this cuisine; just enjoy it. For the guacamole starter, we licked the bowl clean.
El Chile Café y Cantina 1809 Manor Rd. (512) 457 9900 3435 Greystone Dr. (512) 328 3935 Start with the gooey queso flameado. The carne asada à la Tampiqueña—seared steak topped with grilled peppers and onions and paired with a cheese enchilada is a winner.
Chuy’s 1728 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 474 4452 Often a long wait for this
El Chilito 2219 Manor Rd. (512) 382 3797 918 Congress Ave.
(512) 291 3120 Little brother to El Chile, El Chilito offers a pared down menu of made-to-order items served quickly to Austinites on the go. Fonda San Miguel 2330 W. N. Loop Blvd. (512) 459 4121 For more than 30 years we have flocked to Fonda’s traditional, interior Mexican menu. The house chile con queso made with queso Chihuahua is delicious, as are the entrees like the pollo en mole poblano. The Sunday brunch is not to be missed. Garrido’s 360 Nueces St. (512) 320 8226 Modern Mexican cuisine overlooking Shoal Creek. The flavorful menu is inspired by the kitchen of Chef Garrido’s grandmother. Gloria’s 3309 Esperanza Crossing, Ste. 100 (512) 833 6400 Perfect for date night, Gloria’s serves upscale Mexican cuisine in a dimly lit dining room and on the spacious patio. Güero’s Taco Bar 1412 S. Congress Ave. (512) 707 8232 No frills, very popular. Queso flameado with chorizo and jalapeños. Tortilla soup, fish tacos. Open kitchen. Large bar. La Condesa 400-A W. 2nd St. (512) 499 0300 Delectable cocktails, tasty tacos and appetizers, all inspired by the hip and bohemian Condesa ‘hood in Mexico City. Dishes range
from street food faves to sophisticated specialites. Maudie’s Cafe maudies.com With five locations around town, Maudie’s delivers solid tex-mex in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Enchiladas are tops. Order the ‘Skinny Sheryl’s’ if you’re feeling healthy and the ‘Hernandez’ if you’re feeling naughty. Manuel’s 310 Congress Ave. (512) 472 7555 10201 Jollyville Rd. (512) 345 1042 Described as “regional” Mexican food, Manuel’s offerings aren’t your usual Tex-Mex. The traditional chile relleno en nogada bursts with shredded pork and is topped with a walnut cream brandy sauce. Maria Maria’s 415 Colorado St. (512) 687 6800 Carlos Santana-owned, where music reigns. Mexican dishes with a modern twist. Matt’s El Rancho 2613 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 462 9333 Start with the Bob Armstrong Dip, a bowl of velvety melted cheese topped with guacamole and taco meat. After 55 years, this Austin classic is still going strong. Nuevo León 1501 E. 6th St. (512) 479 0097 Family-run institution on the East Side with a loyal following. Try the Shrimp Saltillo, the enormous tortilla soup, or the Old-Fashioned Tacos.
Polvo’s 2004 S. 1st St. (512) 441 5446 Between the salsa bar, patio seating, and delicious margaritas, this is one of Austin’s beloved Tex-Mex icons. Sago Modern Mexican 4600 W. Guadalupe St. (512) 452 0300 Sago’s interiors are sleek and modern but also warm and inviting. The salsas, made each morning with fresh produce, are some of the best in town. Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina 1206 W. 38th St. (512) 419 7482 5900 W. Slaughter Ln., Ste. 550 (512) 288 5100 Not the typical Tex-Mex. Bright interiors, attentive service, and solid menu offerings. Crispy flautas to start, tender pork loin in the middle and tasty margaritas to begin (and end). Takoba 1411 E. 7th St. (512) 628 4466 This East Side newbie goes above and beyond in delivering bold, authentic flavors in its Mexican cuisine—the chiles, beans, and herbs are imported from Mexico! Enjoy handmade cocktails al fresco in the spacious backyard, which includes a giant sandbox, before heading into the modern interior for an incredible (and affordable) meal. With an abundance of TVs, Takoba is the ideal spot to catch the game. Vivo 2015 Manor Rd. (512) 482 0300 The fresh plates served up here would send a greasy plate of chile con carne en-
chiladas running to hide with shame. This may be the new wave of Mexican: Algo Lijero (on the lighter side) and lots of greens, like the Fiesta Salad and the Chalupa.
SEAFOOD Café Josie 1200-B W. 6th St. (513) 322 9226 Tucked away behind the Wally Workman Gallery, Café Josie serves tropicinspired seafood dishes in a vibrant, colorful interior. Eddie V’s 9400 Arboretum Blvd. (512) 342 2642 301 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1860 Although Eddie V’s may be best known for its fresh seafood, the prime steaks are some of the best in town. When it comes to selecting sides, be prepared to share. Perla’s 1400 S. Congress Ave. (512) 291 7300 The latest venture from star chef Larry McGuire. Great selection of oysters, clever cocktails, and one of the freshest options for seafood in town. Shoreline Grill 98 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 477 3300 The Shoreline Grill is an Austin original, serving up only the best in sustainable seafood, locally sourced produce, and a fresh new approach to American cuisine with a coveted view of Lady Bird Lake. Enjoy a variety of well-executed dishes that elevate classic comfort food to a new culinary level.
The Shuck Shack 1808 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 472 4243 It’s all fun and games at this Eastside newbie. Sample offerings from the gulf in between rounds of bocce and washers. Truluck’s 400 Colorado St. (512) 482 9000 10225 Research Blvd. (512) 794 8300 Both seafood and steak lovers will unite in admiration over every dish from this chef-inspired menu that is updated weekly with the freshest options available. Wine aficionados and novices can choose from over 100 selections by the glass or bottle. Nightly live music in the piano bar lounge sets the mood.
SOUTHWESTERN Ranch 616 616 Nueces St. (512) 479 7616 Chef Kevin Williamson delivers on fresh and flavorful seafood options like jalapeño maiz trout and gulf fish tacos. Lively atmosphere. Classic Austin cool. South Congress Cafe 1600 S. Congress Ave. (512) 447 3905 This SoCo staple draws quite a weekend crowd with its classic brunch fare. Taco and Tequila 507 Pressler St. (512) 436 8226 Chef Alma Alcocer is serving up a taste of the Southwest in this modern, industrial style space designed by Michael Hsu. With a bar stocked with over 100 tequilas, don’t miss 2nd Tuesday Tequila Tasting Happy Hours!
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Dining Z Tejas Grill 1110 W. 6th St. (512) 478 5355 9400-A Arboretum Blvd. (512) 346 3506 Austinites wait hours to get into either the funkier downtown locale or the northern spot.
STEAK III Forks 111 Lavaca St. (512) 474 1776 Traditional steakhouse menu with seafood choices and lobster tails, traditional sides of mashed potatoes and onion rings. Delicious bread pudding with cinnamon ice cream. Dinner only. Austin Land & Cattle Co. 1205 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 472 1813 This Austin favorite boasts an impressive wine list for pair with their sophisticated steaks, poultry and seafood. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 320 E. 2nd St. (512) 457 1500 11600 Century Oaks Ter. Ste. 140 (512) 835 9463 Excellent food, stellar wines, pleasant atmosphere, and polished staff. Steaks are all USDA prime and each cut is as delicious as the next. Astonishing wine program. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille 114 W. 7th St., Ste. 110 (512) 474 6300 Start with the escargot or a lump crab cake. The main event, the steaks, could not be better. Close a perfect meal with bananas foster.
(512) 477 7884 The USDA Prime Steaks seared to perfection and topped with fresh butter are the ultimate. For the more classic steak-and-potato combo, diners can choose from mashed, baked, au gratin, fries of many cuts, and sweet potato casserole. Sullivan’s Steakhouse 300 Colorado St. (512) 495 6504 Steak and potatoes. Music at the Ringside. Familiar wine list. Enjoyed the crab cakes. TRIO 98 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 685 8300 This sleek space with a lovely trellised patio overlooking Lady Bird Lake in the Four Seasons Hotel serves up clever dishes, with several prime steak and seafood offerings.
THAI Satay 3202 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 467 6731 Noodles, curry, stir fry, dumplings. Try the Miang Khum. Thai Passion 620 Congress Ave. (512) 472 1244 Menu speaks mostly of Northeastern Thailand, moderately priced. Downtown locale draws lunch bunch. To submit a restaurant for inclusion in the TRIBEZA dining guide, or to submit corrections, please contact us by email at calendar@ tribeza.com.
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Rashanna Moss-Lowry of Pure Barre; photography by Tim Bougie Marissa Osterhaus (far right) of Hardcore; photography by Anne Avaclan
New to Town For ladies longing for a lean, toned physique, there’s a new exercise trend in town—barre-based fitness classes. Although the routines draw from dance, Pilates, and yoga, they are set to fast-paced, current music, and the intense workout is definitely a beast all its own. Lasting just under an hour, the classes, which incorporate a ballet barre, a soft ball, which is placed between the thighs during squats, three to five pound weights, a stretching strap, a mat, and special grip socks, work the entire body, leaving the survivors with a toned shape, resembling that of a dancer. Big in New York and Los Angeles, barrecentered studios have begun springing up in Austin, and the classes are already in high demand. Located in Westlake, Pure Barre opened in late August, and since the first day of classes, Westlake mothers have been flocking to the studio. Now classes range from 20-somethings through women in their 50s, and there are even a few men who brave the female-dominated 86 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
workout room. The studio’s owner, Rashanna Moss-Lowry explains, “The motto is to lift, tone, and burn, which is to lift the seat, tone the thighs, and burn fat off of your body, and that is something that appeals to women.” The workout begins with an intense 15-minute warm up, followed by 40 minutes of work at the bar and on the mat, with stretching integrated throughout. There are no breaks, and the whole workout is intense, but as Moss-Lowry explains, “It’s all about the inches. People definitely see results…Expect to be a little bit surprised, expect to be challenged too…because this is different and we focus on different muscles, it is a bit humbling, so be open-minded.” Mariesa Osterhaus, who opened Hardcore on South First in January, has developed a women-only, barre-based fitness program of her own. A long-time personal trainer, she explains, “My barre class is more of a fusion of regular strength training, with some yoga and Pilates influence." The class consists of 45 minutes of intense, active work
Jennifer McCamish of Dancers Shape; photography by Scott Thompson
on the mat and at the barre, followed by 10 to 15 minutes of passive stretching (yin yoga). Osterhaus emphasizes the importance of small classes, with a typical max of 12 students. “The good thing about this class is that you get hands on attention and correction, because our bodies want to cheat,” she says. “This is really about getting your own personal trainer in a group setting.” And considering all of the new and different positions involved in barre, this hands-on attention is definitely key. Despite the small class size, Hardcore classes are comparatively affordable—$75 for a month of classes. Osterhaus is a partial owner of Workshop Fitness located next door, and on January 3, Workshop and Hardcore will merge, allowing her clients access to cardio equipment and spin classes. Jennifer McCamish, a UT grad and former Radio City Rockette, opened Dancers Shape on Burnet in late October, and she has been drawing in crowds with her ultra fast-paced, high-energy, barre-based
Shape classes. “The idea behind the studio is that we offer all the forms of exercise that dancers use to stay in shape, but it’s modified for everybody,” McCamish says. In addition to her background as a professional dancer, she is also a certified Pilates instructor and personal trainer. “I’ve created my own form of barre fitness. Shape class, combines a little bit of dance, a little bit of Pilates, yoga, and traditional strength training,” she says. Her classes are definitely intense, so she offers an introductory class, Graceful, for people with injuries, new to working out, or someone interested in mastering the techniques before moving on to a faster paced class. With the growing popularity of barre, other fitness studios in town have started offering classes that incorporate a ballet barre, including Reform Pilates in Tarrytown, and there are roomers of a Cardio Barre coming to town. Visit purebarre.com, hardcoreaustin.com, and dancersshape.com for more information. C. Harrold JA NUA RY 2011 HE ALTH & BE AUT Y TRIBE Z A 87
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When it comes to dining, my partner and I often rely on Urbanspoon to help us find the best establishment to meet our mood. And being in the fitness industry, we both know the impact an evening meal can make on our energy level the next day. We’re relatively new to the East Austin area, yet we were not too shocked to discover that many of our East Side dining choices that didn’t include lard with more lard were somewhat limited. On a quest to discover a healthy and tasty neighborhood locale, we put our Urbanspoon iPhone app into action. And as if it were a metal detector finding gold in a shallow creek, it led us to Blue Dahlia Bistro. We approached the charming old house with outdoor tables on the front porch and the blue welcome sign, and discovered a French bistro surrounded by multiple modern buildings. Upon entering the warmly lit interior, we grew even more excited about what we hoped we had discovered in our new hood. Naturally, we were thrilled with all of the options that included most ingredients purchased from local farmers and ranchers. Following dinner, our coffee was hand delivered by the 88 TRIBE Z A HE ALTH & BE AUT Y JA NUA RY 2011
co-owner and general manager, Amy Ramirez. The influence of her personality beamed through this establishment. As a small business owner myself, I value the importance of owners getting to know their clientele. I learned that Amy is a former fitness model, amateur boxer, and avid surfer, so the bottom line is we made a new best friend in the fitness industry…who just happens to own an amazing restaurant. Now that we’re regulars, my dining choices fluctuate around the seasons and my training requirements. When its time to bulk up and pack on a few pounds of muscle I stick to one of my favorites, the tuna tartine with basil and sun dried tomatoes. Ratatouille served over couscous gives plenty of healthy calories for the energy I need, and if I want to lean out to balance holiday excess, there are six different salads loaded with protein and vegetables to choose from. And not to forget, the extensive wine list, which can come in handy at the end of a long week of coaching boot camps. Hey, don’t judge, trainers need a break too! Needless to say, Blue Dahlia Bistro has become my favorite neighborhood place. Cody Butler is the founder and director of H.E.A.T. Boot Camp.
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