Bites & Beverages Issue | Waterways Magazine | October 2022

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CONTENTS STYLEFILE 8 / WHAT’S IN STORE THIS FALL?

BOOKLIST 12 / WHAT’S COOKING?

THE BITES & BEVERAGES ISSUE 16 / THE DISH 24 / LIFE IS BETTER AT THE LAKE

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28 / ASSEMBLING THE PERFECT SPREAD 30 / SIX WAYS TO THROW A MEMORABLE DINNER PARTY

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ESCAPES 34 / VINTAGE VACATION IN PARADISE

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MINDFULNESS 38 / ON-THE-SPOT STRESS SOLUTIONS

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER

We did it, y’all! We made it through the scorching Austin summer, and we’ve found our way into blessedly fresher fall. I don’t know about you, but as the temperatures drop, my motivation for going outside goes up—right along with my excitement to eat. Now that I know I won’t be sweating buckets the second I step out of my door and the killer heat isn’t hanging around to kill my appetite, I’m over here making lots of plans to gather with family and friends over some delicious bites and beverages. Luckily for me and for you, dear reader, this city has an oh-so-impressive food and drink scene, which is ever-growing and changing just like its skyline. Considering that all of these new places are regularly popping up in Austin, my husband Drew and I have fallen into the habit of going to a new bar or restaurant at least once a month. Oops, did I just imply that we’re a boring old married couple? In reality, our little monthly adventures around town are precisely what keep things from getting boring. What’s humdrum about picking out an interesting new place, getting pampered with the service, embarking on a culinary adventure and letting ourselves literally ‘wine’ down after a long day? As you wake up from your heat-induced summer hibernation and your hunger for good fare and fun comes roaring back, let this issue be your guide to some of the best bars, bites and beverages to see, savor and sip. I hope these pages will help kick-start your own exciting excursions around our incredible city and at home—

PUBLISHER: Jackie McGrath jackie@waterwaysmagazine.com ASSISTANT PUBLISHER Kim Ortiz kim@waterwaysmagazine.com

and maybe, just maybe, our culinary adventures will cross paths one day. Remember, life is too short to eat boring food.

COPY EDITOR: Bob Cooper editor@waterwaysmagazine.com OPERATIONS MANAGER: Jamie Twitchel jamie@waterwaysmagazine.com

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What’s in Store This Fall? By Edith Henry, Stylist and Image Consultant Fall in Texas. Will it ever get here? With our record-breaking temperatures over the spring and summer, it seems almost implausible that it will cool down enough to take advantage of some of the trends that were gracing the runways of Paris, Milan, NYC and the like last September. With every new season, however, comes a new group 8 WATERWAYS | October 2022

of bold, statement-making fashion trends worth incorporating into your wardrobe. But which ones will actually work for your lifestyle are as varied as, well, your lifestyle. Are you more of a minimalist, or what the fashion industry this past spring dubbed ‘Clean Girl’ style? Her closet consists of pieces that are simultaneously comfortable

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and sophisticated. Or is your style closer to Dopamine Dressing, which is based on the idea that wearing clothes we like can activate the release of dopamine, the feelgood chemical, in our systems? Dopamine Dressing is wearing things that bring us joy. These trends as we move into fall could be great for you, but what other trends are coming? Most are all about the basics—simple, everyday pieces that you probably invested in long ago—and the top five pieces we’ll describe for you are all in the must-have (and probably already-have) category for Fall 2022.

White tank tops and black trousers are the season’s ‘It’ items, but you don’t have to wear them in a toned-down or business-casual way. Wearing them in an unexpected way will give a fresh look to these classic staples. For Fall 2022, rock your white tank with oversized pants, such as baggy trousers, parachute pants, or the popular wide-leg jean. (Get ready to see those everywhere.) Pair with a structured blazer, and suddenly you have a chic, on-trend, casual and polished outfit that can take you almost anywhere in style. As for black trousers, we all have at least one pair. But >>

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these simple staple pieces are not just for the office and dressy events anymore. On Fall 2022 runways, they were treated the same way your denim would be! Although you may feel inclined to reach for a blouse and a blazer, adding a plaid or graphic old T-shirt and sneakers is another way to wear timeless pants. It’s a balanced look that can essentially take you from work to play. And speaking of blazers, this is our next Fall 2022 find. Blazers are the one sure piece that will pull your outfit together. No matter which type you choose, you can layer it over anything from sweater dresses to jumpsuits, or a metallic dress paired with boots for that final touch as something special. Do not head into fall without this wardrobe staple on the top 5 list: an LBD (little black dress). LBDs have always had the reputation of being one of the most versatile pieces you can own, which is probably why they have returned, full speed ahead. The LBD is a blank canvas, the perfect piece to make all your own. Make it appropriate for virtually any occasion by thoughtfully choosing accessories, and express your creativity and flair. Try layers of necklaces, a belt, chunky boots or whatever speaks to you. The last must-have item for Fall 2022 is the top-handle bag, a handbag carried by hand, not on the shoulder or as a crossbody piece. It can also act as a crossbody depending on the strap options. Whether super-tiny, extra-large or somewhere in the middle, top-handle bags reigned supreme on the Fall 2022 runways. This classic, elegant design was seen at Coach, Versace, Valentino, and Chloé shows. Have a vintage version of your own? It will fit right in this season. Although this bag tends to feel fancy at times, it can be casual, too. Use it to add unexpected elevation to your joggers and jeans, or carry a solid, neutral design to balance out a bright look. As is the case with all seasons, multiple trends hit the catwalk the year before that foreshadow what we will be wearing and carrying. The same is true for Fall 2022. There are, of course, more trends than the aforementioned five, but concentrating on these five faves may help some of us save on unneeded purchases by wearing what we already own in a new way. That’s great for our bank accounts and the environment. Thank you, fashion industry!

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What’s Cooking? Dig Into These Cookbooks from Austin Restaurants By Cindy Brzostowski When you’re in need of some inspiration in the kitchen, why not look to the cookbooks of some of the most popular restaurants around Austin? Here are a few mouthwatering reads from beloved local eateries to get the juices flowing.

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“And then there’s Uchi, a nationally recognized sushi restaurant, opened in 2003, that gives Austin its strongest claim to a dining renaissance.” — T H E WA L L ST R E E T J O U R N A L

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sushi and sashimi that are both impeccably

world; his combinations of flavors are as striking and delicious as they are unique.” — PAT R I C I A S H A R P E , T E X AS M O N T H LY M AG A Z I N E

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Open since 1975, Fonda San Miguel has earned plenty of acclaim for its regional Mexican cuisine, which celebrates food from Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz and Yucatan. But it’s not just the refined dishes that the restaurant is known for; Fonda San Miguel also has a stunning, colorful interior decorated with art and antiques fit for a museum. You can bring a bit of the restaurant to your own kitchen with this cookbook, which won an IACP Cookbook Award. In addition to diverse recipes like Ceviche Veracruzano and Enchiladas Suizas, you’ll also find notes on the restaurant’s artwork and the artists behind the pieces. $39.95 at barnesandnoble.com

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By Tyson Cole and Jessica Dupuy Uchi has long been considered one of the best restaurants in all of Austin—no easy feat in a city known for its topnotch culinary scene. Since 2003, this restaurant, located in a cute bungalow in South Austin, has served up innovative takes on Japanese food under the direction of James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole. Perfect for anyone who loves expanding their culinary skills and trying out new recipes in the kitchen, this beautiful cookbook features sophisticated recipes for sushi, sashimi, specialty entrees and desserts. Think dishes like Wagyu Momo (Wagyu short ribs with peach kimchee and garlic chips) and Tuna and Goat Cheese Sashimi. $39.95 at utpress.utexas.edu

By Jam Sanitchat with Kim Lane At Thai Fresh, it’s all about using simple, fresh and local ingredients to create delicious Thai meals. The restaurant’s pride in working with Austin producers is evident in how they name their sources on their website and menu, and you can taste the difference due to quality ingredients in their dishes that range from noodles to stir-fries to curries. For those interested in exploring more Thai cooking on their own, this cookbook is a trustworthy guide with recipes like their popular Chicken Rice and bestselling Tom Kha, a spicy, sour coconut soup. $40 at thai-fresh.com

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Elizabeth Street Café

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By Tom Moorman and Larry McGuire with Julia Turshen A French Vietnamese-style café and bakery, Elizabeth Street Café is one of the stars in Austin’s South First Street neighborhood. The bright, bustling restaurant draws in diners with its bánh mì (baguette sandwiches), pho (rice noodle soup) and bún (rice vermicelli bowls) along with its classic French pastries. With this vibrant cookbook in hand, you can re-create some of the restaurant’s signature dishes, like the Crispy Pork and Shrimp Crêpe with Bean Sprouts, whenever it suits your fancy. Prepare yourself for plenty of flavor whether you’re making one of the savory recipes or a sweet one. $34.24 at abebooks.com

The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas By Eric Silverstein The Peached Tortilla started as a lone food truck and has since grown into a brand with multiple brick-and-mortar restaurants and a full-service catering company. The food that helped pave their way to fame and garnered legions of devoted fans? Asian street food with a distinct Southern/Southwestern spin. This cookbook is chock-full of their iconic comfort-food dishes, just the thing to satisfy your hearty cravings. We’re talking things like their famous Bahn Mi Taco (with Vietnamese braised pork belly) and the JapaJam Burger (made with tomato jam, pepper jack cheese, a fried egg, tempura onion strings and Chinese barbecue sauce). $27.95 at barnesandnoble.com

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto By Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay Austin has no shortage of top-notch barbecue joints, and Franklin Barbecue is one of the best of the best. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s normal to see people queued up for hours early in the morning just to get a taste. Past patrons have included no less than Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain. This New York Times bestselling cookbook from the restaurant shares the secrets and expert tips behind their world-famous barbecue so you too can level up your pitmaster skills at home. No waiting in line required. $29.99 at barnesandnoble.com

This New York Times bestselling cookbook from the restaurant shares the secrets and expert tips behind their world-famous barbecue so you too can level up your pitmaster skills at home. No waiting in line required. —Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto October 2022 | WATERWAYS 13


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Garrison Fairmont Austin’s Garrison specializes in grilled entrees and other sophisticated dishes inspired by local, seasonal ingredients.

Must-Try Dish: Tater Tots with Aerated Gruyère Cheese and Black Truffle 101 Red River St. | Austin

THEIR MUST-TRY DISHES By Cindy Brzostowski

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who research the menu before going to a new restaurant and those who make a down-to-the-wire decision when the waiter comes to the table. Whether you consider yourself in the first camp or the second, it’s always helpful to know which dishes, if any, the establishment deems their signature or must-try option. After all, if the restaurant itself identifies a specific menu item as one of its best, you know it has to be something special.

“We love elevating culinary classics with unexpected, memorable touches. Our tater tots are truly a must-try that completes a dining

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exactly what to order to leave satisfied.

— Jakub Czyszczon, Executive Chef, Garrison

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Dean’s Italian Steakhouse Part of the JW Marriott Austin, Dean’s Italian Steakhouse has a menu that ranges from top-quality steak to house-made pasta to a stocked raw bar. Must-Try Dish: Texas Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye

“The Texas Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye is the star of the show at Dean’s. The Tomahawk comes in 36 or 50 ounces of well-marbled, bone-in American wagyu beef—presented whole and then expertly sliced on our guest’s behalf. Seasoned with a signature rub that seals in the flavor of every bite, the taste is unparalleled and the presentation is pretty spectacular.” — Michael Eccles, Executive Chef, Dean’s Italian Steakhouse

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110 E 2nd St. | Austin

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Abby Jane Bakeshop Located in Dripping Springs, Abby Jane Bakeshop is a locally-owned bakery inside the Barton Springs Mill facility. Must-Try Dish: Cinnamon Roll

“Abby Jane is out on a country road at the end of a dirt drive, so by the time you reach us, you’re gonna need something filling. Our cinnamon roll takes two hands to lift and is made with a mix of white and whole wheat stone-milled flours for flavor, a bit of mashed-up potato for softness and a generous swirl of cream cheese icing.” — Abby Love, owner, Abby Jane Bakeshop

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Pizzeria Sorellina Just off the Pedernales River, Pizzeria Sorellina is a casual, family-friendly joint that specializes in traditional Italian pizza. Must-Try Dish: ‘Nduja Pizza

“The ‘Nduja Pizza—pronounced ‘doo-YAH’—has been a Sorellina favorite since day one. It features house-made salumis including our ‘Nduja—a spicy and tangy spreadable salumi, finocchiona sausage, stracciatella cheese, tomato sauce, Calabrian chili and cherry tomatoes. It’s spicy, hearty and absolutely delicious! Our sourdough crust is made with a blend of Barton Springs Mill’s Organic Texas Red Wheat and 00 flour imported from Italy.” — Casie Hall, owner, Pizzeria Sorellina

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23526 State Hwy. 71 | Spicewood

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TR Restaurant & Bar + Lounge Exuding rustic elegance, TR Restaurant & Bar + Lounge is the signature restaurant at Lakeway Resort and Spa.

Must-Try Dish: Austinite Avocado Toast

“A simple play on a modern dish, the Austinite Avocado Toast is a musttry dish from TR Restaurant & Bar + Lounge. Thick-cut, rustic rosemary bread, drizzled with olive oil and toasted golden brown, is topped with avocado and sliced and seasoned with flaky sea salt and slow-roasted herband garlic-infused Roma tomatoes with aged balsamic vinegar. Finished off with red wine-pickled onions, this dish pairs perfectly with our tossed green salad with our in-house herb dressing.” — Ben Deinken, Executive Chef, Lakeway Resort and Spa

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CARVE American Grille Found at Lantana Place, CARVE American Grille is a chic spot that uses live fire, smoke and wood-grilling techniques.

Must-Try Dish: Wagyu Meatloaf Cupcakes

“At CARVE American Grille, we are reinventing the American Grill experience with twists on the classics—even making a savory cupcake. A signature offering is CARVE’s Wagyu Meatloaf Cupcakes featuring Snake River Farms wagyu with classic Tex-Mex flavors, a sriracha glaze and a surprise finish with whipped potato icing and veggie sprinkles. It’s a must-try!” — Lesa Sorrentino, Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Perry’s Restaurants

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THESE LAKESIDE RESTAURANTS AND BARS OFFER DELICIOUS BITES AND SIPS WITH A SIDE OF GREAT VIEWS By Cindy Brzostowski

Shack 512

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What could be better than a nice meal shared with family or friends? How about having said meal while enjoying some lake views? Here are some of the best restaurants scattered around the shores of Lake Travis that are serving up the Shack 512

perfect pairing of yummy food and lovely vistas. Beachside Billy’s

THE OASIS Of all the local lakeside establishments, The Oasis is the showstopper. With space for hundreds of visitors and incomparable views of the water, this expansive, multilevel complex is so famous for its sunset views that it goes by the nickname “The Sunset Capital of Texas.” Listen for the bell they ring nightly at sunset, and before you go, leave a lover’s lock on their deck balcony. oasis-austin.com | 6550 Comanche Trail | Austin

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SHACK 512 Located next to Sandy Creek Marina, Shack 512 offers laid-back vibes, a big deck with wide views and a pimento burger that’s earned loads of fans. While you can come here by car, you can instead come by boat—feel free to dock yours at the public boat parking area near Sandy Creek Yacht Club. shack512.com | 8714 Lime Creek Rd. | Volente

Vincent’s on the Lake

BEACHSIDE BILLY’S Over at Volente Beach Resort & Waterpark, you can visit Beachside Billy’s, a relaxed restaurant that dishes out satisfying, easygoing food like burgers, wings and pizza. There’s no need to purchase a waterpark pass to enjoy a meal there, so feel free to come by even if you’re not in the mood to splash around. beachsidebillys.com | 16107 FM-2769 | Leander

VINCENT’S ON THE LAKE Vincent’s on the Lake can be found at Emerald Point Marina, which some longtime residents may remember as the old location of Carlos’ N Charlie’s. One of the best times to head out there is when they have some live music going, so keep an eye on their website calendar to see which bands they have lined up. >> vincentsonthelake.com | 5973 Hiline Rd. | Austin October 2022 | WATERWAYS 25


Sundancer Grill

It’s low-key, bistro dining at Sundancer Grill on the south side of the lake, where you can look out onto the marina. If you’re searching for some food recommendations, go for the Crab Hush Puppies or the Cedar Plank Salmon Salad. Conveniently, there’s complimentary boat parking at the dock behind the Sail & Ski Yacht Club. sundancergrill.com | 16410 Stewart Rd. | Lakeway

CANYON GRILLE Canyon Grille sits atop the Rough Hollow Yacht Club and offers a slightly more upscale environment than the more casual joints around the lake (no need to dress up though!). You can’t go wrong with one of their margaritas, which come in flavors including pomegranate and jalapeño. canyongrilleroughhollow.com | 103 Yacht Club Cove | Lakeway

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The Lighthouse Restaurant & Lounge

THE LIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Right above the Briarcliff Marina, The Lighthouse Restaurant & Lounge has its own boat dock, live music on the weekend and a fun kids’ play area. Grab a seat on their shady deck, where you can gaze out to the water. This spot is particularly popular for its weekend brunch (hello, fried chicken eggs benedict). thelighthouseonthelake.com 513 Sleat Dr. | Briarcliff

THE GRILLE AT HIGHLAND LAKES

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You can count on a good atmosphere at The Grille at Highland Lakes, which borders Lake Travis Golf Course. They host themed nights throughout the week; swing by on Tuesday for $3 tacos, Wednesday for bingo and Friday for karaoke. And on Sundays, you can indulge in an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. grilleathighlandlakes.com 20552 Highland Lake Dr. | Lago Vista

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Beachside Billy’s

Shack 512

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YOU CAN BUILD OUT DECADENT CHARCUTERIE & CHEESE BOARDS WITH THESE PRODUCTS By Cindy Brzostowski A beautifully assembled charcuterie and cheese board is a welcome addition to any gathering. With an inviting platter piled high with savory meats, tasty cheeses and an array of salty and sweet accompaniments, there’s something for everyone to savor. Whether you’re preparing for a romantic date night at home or a big celebration with friends and family, we recommend these products to help you build out an A-plus spread.

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ASSEMBLING THE PERFECT SPREAD

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PLATTERFUL For those who much prefer the eating part to the grocery shopping part, Platterful makes it easy with their charcuterie kits that include all of the ingredients required for a full spread. Those with special diets will also appreciate that they offer a gluten-free kit as well as a vegan kit. Big on hosting? You can sign up for a monthly subscription. tryplatterful.com Platterful

SALTY PORK BITS Why have run-of-the-meal cured meats on your platter when you could have something like lamb salami with harissa and za’atar or spicy Italian pork salami made with Calabrian chilis, white wine, garlic and fennel seed? For artisanal salumi, Italian cured meats, delivered right to your doorstep, check out Salty Pork Bits. This hand-crafted charcuterie is available through monthly subscriptions or one-time purchases. saltyporkbits.com

The right dollop of jam or jelly can take a piece of cheese to a whole new level. Terrapin Ridge Farms makes a variety of spreads that combine sweet, spicy and savory flavors in inventive ways, making for fun pairings with that bite of brie. Be adventurous and try something like their Hot Pepper Raspberry Preserves, Apple and Horseradish Jam, or Blueberry Bourbon Pecan Jam. terrapinridge.com

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Runamok may be better known for their maple syrup, but they also sell delicious honey—and honey is always a thoughtful item on any board seeing as it pairs well with almost any kind of cheese you might be serving. You could go for one of their classic honeys or try one of their infused creations like the Lemon Verbena Infused Honey or Chipotle Morita Infused Hot Honey. runamokmaple.com

SPIRIT ALMOND JAPANESE STYLE DRY ROASTED ALMONDS The best charcuterie and cheese boards feature an assortment of textures, and nuts are a great way to add a bit of crunch. But no one said the nuts have to be bland! SPIRIT Almond makes almonds with Japanese-inspired flavors, including black garlic, miso and curry, so even grabbing a handful of nuts from the spread will introduce exciting flavors to the palate. spiritalmond.com

WINE CHIPS For many, the perfect beverage to go with charcuterie and cheese is a glass of wine. If that’s what you’ll be having, consider putting some Wine Chips on your board. With flavors like Smoked Gouda, Blue Cheese and Manchego, these potato chips are specifically designed to pair with wine. Once you try them, you may find it’s hard to stop yourself from coming back for another and another and another… winechips.com

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MEMORABLE DINNER PARTY TIPS AND TRICKS YOU NEED TO KNOW By Jamie Weissman While it’s always nice to go out to dinner with friends, sometimes the best dining experience can be enjoyed right at home. While hosting a dinner party can seem like a daunting task, there are many easy ways to transform your home and treat yourself and your guests to a cozy evening in your abode. Not sure where to start? We consulted professionals in

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interior design, florals and event planning for their top tips on hosting at home. Whether you want to decorate with unique flower arrangements or set up a bar with custom cocktails, you’ll be able to host a stylish evening at home that will have you eagerly looking forward to the next one.

INVITE YOUR GUESTS Once you’ve set the guest list, you’ll want to give your guests plenty of notice so they can save the date. According to Becky Navarro, founder of Pearl Events Austin, “Invitations should go out two to four weeks before the event depending on the formality of the event.” She notes that the invitation should set the tone for the dinner’s formality and attire, so consider whether you prefer a digital invite (for less formal gatherings) or a mailed design. >>

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Fitzhugh Brewing is all about inclusion, welcoming beer newbies and aficionados alike. ALL are welcome, so we hope you’ll come kick back and enjoy the Texas Hill Country with great food and cold drinks. Our beers are unique and inspired by global destinations, but our dedication to finding and honing recipes of the past is what sets us apart. We’re recognized for our old-world beer styles and recipes, and for creating classic or forgotten beers with a fresh take. We’re excited to welcome our newest staff member and head chef, Andrew Lange, to the Fitzhugh team. Since childhood, Chef Andrew has been passionate about the culinary arts. Growing up in central Texas, he developed a love for Mexican cuisine and barb-que. At 16, he began cooking at a small scratch steakhouse in rural Minnesota. He then returned to Austin to attend Le Cordon Bleu Academy of the Culinary Arts. Since then, Chef Andrew has honed his culinary skills, and since joining us, he has re-vamped our menu. It now boasts favorites like the Texas Hot Chicken Sandwich, fried fish tacos, bacon cheddar burger, and pork belly with a bourbon glaze and roasted jalapeno sauce. He’s excited to join the Fitzhugh team and create one-of-a-kind experiences for our guests. For our fall events schedule, check out our social media. 15435 Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 fitzhughbrewing.com


USE YOUR SURROUNDINGS If your dining room is your go-to, think again. Weather-permitting, your outdoor space is actually a great spot to host guests for a dinner alfresco. “Use your backyard as a serene setting to balance formal dining with outdoor grilling,” suggests Raquel Skrobarczyk, owner and principal of Heather Scott Home & Design. According to Josy Johnson of Wild Vine Floral, you can source décor from your surroundings as well. “Visit your own yard for a branch or a humble native plant to bring texture and interest to your home arrangements,” she advises. “Or, ask a neighbor who gardens if you could have a few snips of something unique. You’d be surprised how generous gardeners are as they usually like to share.”

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PERSONALIZED TOUCHES Because you’ll be entertaining at home, it never hurts to add a few personal touches to your dinner party to make it all the more special. Skrobarczyk recommends small monogrammed napkins, but you can also consider place cards or personalized menus at each seat.

While hosting a dinner party can seem like a daunting task, there are many easy ways to transform your home and treat yourself and your guests to a cozy evening in your abode. cocktail glasses and napkins, you can even take it one step further and design a menu with options for your guests.

GIFT YOUR GUESTS CREATE A BAR Whether you want to serve a signature cocktail or just want a spot for guests to grab a refill, Skrobarczyk recommends setting up a bar cart near the dining area. “A bar cart is always a favorite stylish way to give your guests an area to serve themselves a refreshing drink.” In addition to putting out

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Though it may be hard to top the party itself, you can consider gifting your guests with a small token to end the evening. According to Johnson, “Keep in mind that it’s fun to give away flowers at the end of the night to your guests, or maybe just to those who stuck around and lent a hand cleaning up. Giving guests beautiful flowers will make your party memorable.”

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You may not realize it, but you may already have all the décor you need right at home. According to Johnson, you can use old pitchers or mason and jam jars to display florals on the dinner table and throughout the entertaining space. “Check out local antique or thrift shops nearby for interesting finds as well,” she says. “Vessels or vases with a similar color theme can help tie a color palette together, especially if they are of various heights and sizes.” Once you’ve found your vessel, be sure your floral arrangements aren’t taller than six inches so guests will be able to see each other across the table.


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All are welcome at Fitzhugh, so stop by for great beer and delicious dishes in our taproom or in the shade of our towering oaks. Novices take heart: our menu explains our beers flavor profiles and our beertenders provide food pairings. : @fitzhughbrewing fitzhughbrewing.com

Inspired by the walk-up crêperie stands and sidewalk cafés lining the streets of Paris, Cotê d’Azure and Brittany, Vivel brings the same passions and flavors of France and the real French crepe to Austin. One bite and all you’ll be missing is the Eiffel Tower! : @vivelcrepesandcoffee vivelcrepes.com

Though we offer fine spirits, we’re more than a liquor store. We cater events and carry Black Angus beef, charcuterie, and other Hill Country specialty items. Come enjoy high-quality options and personalized service 10-9 Mon-Sat. : @hoekstrabros hoekstrabros.com


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Vintage Vacation in Paradise

Surfjack

Go retro with these classic Waikiki Beach spots By Shelley Seale

sical atmosphere. Walk into the open-air lobby and you’ll find the reception desk right next to the swimming pool, which is surrounded by cabanas and living areas, as well as Mahina & Sun’s poolside restaurant. The owners collaborated with some of Honolulu’s brightest visionaries to build a hotel reminiscent of the city’s midcentury heyday. “To create The Surfjack, we wanted to pay homage to the true soul of Waikiki, not the prefabricated version peddled to the masses,” they say. The 112 vintage-inspired rooms have low-slung, Eames-style seating and are filled with natural and repurposed materials, colorful local artwork and floral Hawaiian patterns. The two penthouse suites come with fabulous, expansive rooftop decks perfect for lounging and soaking up the tropical sun. You might even run into the hotel’s mascot and namesake, Jack, an English-French bulldog who rules the roost. He even has his own Instagram: @jackthehoteldog. 412 Lewers Street, Honolulu (808) 923-8882, surfjack.com

Where to Eat Where to Stay Nothing says retro style like The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. True to its name, this cool spot that feels like a classic roadside motel has a surfer vibe and a fun, whim34 WATERWAYS | October 2022

Duke’s Waikiki is named after one of the most legendary of all Hawaiians, surfer and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku. In 1962, Duke teamed up with Honolulu DJ Kimo McVay to open the restaurant. They hired Don Ho to

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Waikiki Beach on the Hawaiian island of Oahu has long been the stuff of dreams. As one of the most popular honeymoon spots in the world, the famed locale conjures up images of romance, miles of pristine beach and luxurious Hawaiian flair. In the mid-20th century, celebrities began to frequent Waikiki, turning it into a sophisticated, jet-setting playground on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Decades back, stars such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Amelia Earhart and Joe DiMaggio flocked to Waikiki. But it was Elvis Presley who really put it on the map when he began performing there and filming several movies at the location. Later, in the Seventies and Eighties, it gained more fame with the massive television hits Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum, P.I. Today, luxury retail stores and award-winning restaurants line the boulevards, while five-star hotels trace the water’s edge. However, if you lift up the edges of its glitzy glamour, you can still find traces of the old, classic Waikiki. Here are my picks for where to go to experience the iconic Waikiki of yesteryear.

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entertain the diners, and he brought the island’s music worldwide fame. Today, Duke’s is still a popular spot right on the sand, serving classic local dishes such as poke and coconut-ginger braised seafood. 2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 116, Honolulu (808) 922-2268, dukeswaikiki.com In the heart of Waikiki at the Halekulani Hotel, the House Without a Key is one of those truly special and memorable places. Nearly a century old, it gained worldwide fame in a 1925 Charlie Chan novel named for the restaurant. Its magnificent outdoor oceanfront setting affords stunning sunsets, where traditional Hawaiian music and dancing are performed nightly. They make perhaps the island’s most famous Mai Tai, and save room for dessert—the coconut cake has been a favorite for 60 years. 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu (808) 923-2311, halekulani.com/dining/house-without-a-key For casual fare, the Rainbow Drive-in is a can’t-miss spot. Opened in 1961, the joint has been featured in many food shows including Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. They serve traditional Hawaii-style plate lunches such as barbecue, chili dogs and, of course, the classic Spam and eggs. 3308 Kanaina Ave., Honolulu (808) 737-0177, rainbowdrivein.com >>

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Surfjack

Heyday

Heyday Bar

Jack at Surfjack

Heyday is a bamboo bar hidden in the pool courtyard of the White Sands Hotel, another renovated 1960s classic. Instead of barstools, you can park on a swing at the palapa bar to indulge in one of their signature handcrafted cocktails, which are hilariously named. Try the Poolicidal Tendencies or Banana Hammock. Helmed by Chef Robynne Maii, the kitchen also serves exceptional food, like the unique smoked ono salad BLT. 431 Nohonani St., Honolulu (808) 475-6864, heydayhawaii.com Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand has been serving guests for 48 years, though it moved from its original location to the Waikiki Grand Hotel in 1998. The spot offers amazing views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. This is one of the best places to grab a classic Hawaiian cocktail like a Mai Tai while taking in the vibe and scenery. Hula’s also serves bar food such as sandwiches, salads and nachos, along with live music on weekends. 134 Kapahulu Ave., 2nd Floor, Honolulu (808) 923-0669, hulas.com 36 WATERWAYS | October 2022

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On-the-Spot Stress Solutions By Stephanie Puente, Certified Life Coach

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” —Thich Naht Hanh Between the fast pace of modern living and the technology that keeps us distracted, detached and in a constant state of “busyness,” it can feel like our human nervous systems hardly stand a chance. We live in a constant state of low-level stress, which affects everything from hormones and aging to quality of sleep and mood. Notice if your shoulders are a little tense, your jaw is clenched or your breathing is shallow throughout the day. You may be so used to it, that’s just your normal baseline. You don’t identify it as real stress because it’s not dramatic. But it takes a toll on your health and well-being because when you’re at a low level of stress all the time, you can’t heal properly. And eventually, this becomes unsustainable. Something has to give. Dr. Charles H. Mayo of the Mayo Clinic said, “Worry and stress affect the circulation, the heart, the glands and the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects heart action.” The good news is that we have a fairly good grasp of how stress works and how to alleviate it. We know what activates the stress response (the sympathetic nervous system) and what activates our relaxation response (the 38 WATERWAYS | October 2022

parasympathetic nervous system). Most importantly, we know how to control stress. Yes, you can turn stress off if you work with your biology. Here’s a short list of stress solutions to activate your parasympathetic nervous system within seconds and take control of how you feel throughout the day.

1. Diaphragm Breathing Anytime someone tells you to breathe, doesn’t it seem too simple? It seems that way, but breathing is completely underrated. Slow, deep, controlled breathing is the quickest and easiest way to turn off the fight-or-flight response and get relaxed and focused. Army Rangers, martial artists and professional athletes all use breathing techniques to get into an optimal state of relaxation because they know it actually enhances their performance. Here’s one great technique: • Inhale through your nose for four counts deep into your belly. • Hold for four counts. • Exhale slowly for eight counts through your mouth as if you’re blowing into a straw. • Repeat for two minutes. Sometimes you can start to feel relaxed within seconds >>


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Creating Your Family’s Legacy Creating a Legacy through Portraits. By Kim Ortiz, Kim Ortiz Portrait Art

If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that family is important and memories and portraits are all we have left to hold on to. As the holiday season approaches, we should think about how we can capture the moments that are special to us and leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren.

DECORATE YOUR WALLS WITH LOVE. A home is not made up of just things. It is made up of memories, laughter, celebrations and those special family gatherings like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We look back at all these moments and we can remember the laughter, joy, food, scents, and people in our family who have come together to enjoy time together. But as time passes, these memories fade if there is nothing to remind us of them. This is why it is so important to capture these special moments in portraits that decorate our walls so when we look at them, they jog our memories to relive again in our minds and in our hearts. Decorating the walls with wall portraits is decorating your home with LOVE. Prior to the digital age, families had portraits done and these portraits hung on the wall and are passed down for generations. They are like art in the museum, but these art pieces are hanging in the home. Unlike the hundreds of selfies and pictures we have on our social media or iPhones which could disappear forever if the technology fails, a beautiful painted portrait or framed wall portrait of your family, children, or dogs becomes a treasure to enjoy daily, lives forever, and is a gift we can give ourselve and our family.

GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDCHILDREN. One of my favorite portrait sessions are of grandparents with the grandchildren. As someone who never knew my grandparents, I think it is so important for families to create these type of generational portraits. You and your children will be able to treasure these portraits forever. The bond of Grandparents and their grandchildren are so special. Many would say they love being grandparents more than being parents. Don’t wait until the perfect time for that generational portrait, especially if your parents are in their 70s.

on the walls are portraits of dogs. Today, dogs are like children to many couples. From Millenials who choose dogs as their children, or empty nesters who love their dogs like their children because their children have grown up and moved on to having their own families. Dogs are with us only for a limited time. We want to have them live forever and is it so important to have portraits of our dogs while they are young and healthy. Don’t wait until your dog is a senior or older than 10 years old. They gray like humans as they age and lose their energetic fun personality. The portraits of your dogs on your walls will let them live forever so you can always remember them even after they are no longer with you.

PRINTS LAST FOREVER. With the invention of the digital camera, everyone wants digitals, but the reality is that prints last forever and digitals are dependent on the technology it’s saved on. Prints look beautiful and there are so many choices in products to display your portraits from portrait boxes, to wall art that are classic like painted portraits or modern acrylic.

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during a single breath cycle. Anytime you can take even one slow deep breath, it’s a good thing. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to really feel calm, however, so setting a timer for two minutes is a good practice throughout the day to reset.

2. Mindfulness Practices A good mindfulness practice is anything that puts you into a calm, meditative state. One great way to achieve this is by communing with nature. Studies show that simply walking in the forest is calming to us. Our nervous system relaxes when we are surrounded by nature. You can take a forest walk to feel the serenity of the trees or a lake stroll to feel the hypnotic trance of the water lapping at the shore. Or, you can simply sit on a porch swing

gazing at the stars and letting the motion relax you. Even going out in your yard or visiting your neighborhood park and walking through the grass can help. Any way that you can immerse yourself in nature can help to increase mindfulness and turn off the stress response. The second way to create mindfulness is meditation. If you’re a beginner, download an app such as the “Insight Timer” that will ease you into a meditation practice with guidance. It will take away the guesswork and smooth the transition to getting into the habit. If you feel more comfortable meditating on your own, simply get into a restful position, set a timer for however long you want to meditate (5 to 20 minutes is a good start), close your eyes and focus on your breath. That’s it! You actually can’t get it wrong. Thoughts are going to pop up, and that’s perfectly fine. The idea that meditation is supposed to clear your mind completely is a myth. Simply allow your thoughts in, and observe them as if you’re observing clouds passing in the sky. Allow them to exist without trying to edit, control or judge yourself. Just let them pass through. Here’s a bonus tip: If you start making to-do lists and can’t let your thoughts pass through without engaging, give yourself permission to make your to-do lists. Once you’ve written everything down that you don’t want to forget, you can then start your timer and will have an easier time relaxing.

3. Yoga Yoga is a way to bring harmony to your mind, body and spirit. And all three are brought together with the breath. When performed properly, yoga combines the breathing and mindfulness discussed above. An easy way to get started is to look for YouTube videos that teach beginning yoga poses. There are a ton of videos out there, so just pick one that you enjoy. You don’t have to be flexible or in great shape. Some poses are as easy as sitting with a straight spine and breathing. Simply focusing on your breath throughout a pose is enough to activate your parasympathetic response. Sure, you can take a 90-minute class. But as yoga teachers will often tell you, “A little yoga all of the time is better than a lot of yoga some of the time.” A few minutes every day goes a long way. Whether you choose yoga, meditation or a simple breathing technique, all of these methods for reducing stress and resetting your nervous system are effective. It doesn’t matter which one you choose. The most important thing is to notice when stress is there and then doing something to release it. The more consistently you interrupt stress in your system, the better you will feel in the moment and over time.

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Proud to be Austin’s largest Kitchen Store and is 100% locally Owned & Operated. We offer a wide range of high-quality, unique kitchen supplies, knives, cookware, bakeware, grills, gourmet foods, cooking classes plus so much more. faradayskitchenstore.com : @faradayskitchenstore

Apricot Lane is a locally-owned chic and on-trend boutique for ladies of all ages. Come in to find the latest fashion and accessories. If you are attending a casual gathering to a formal event or anything in between we have you covered. : @apricotlanebeecavetx apricotlaneboutique.com/beecave

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Casual Chic and Effortless Style is the focus at this local gem. You’ll find well-stocked shelves full of cool clothes, fun gifts and loads of accessories that arrive daily. Tribeca is a boutique lover’s one-stop shop. : @ Tribecaatx tribecaAtx.com


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