Amanda O'Donnell

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Amanda O'Donnell is a social content producer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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Austin adds one more nonstop flight to paradise
 Sometimes a Texas swimming hole just doesn’t cut it. And sometimes it’s that darned connecting flight that keeps you from jetting out of Austin to somewhere a little beachier. Well, maybe not, but if so, there’s good news. Austinites can now fly nonstop to Punta Cana, a popular destination in the Dominican Republic, tour...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Sometimes a Texas swimming hole just doesn’t cut it. And sometimes it’s that darned connecting flight that keeps you from jetting out of Austin to somewhere a little beachier. Well, maybe not, but if so, there’s good news. Austinites can now fly nonstop to Punta Cana, a popular destination in the Dominican Republic, tour...
Race for the rest of us: Texas town to host 0.5K run
 Not all of us will run a marathon in our lifetime. Or a half marathon, even. Or a 10K. Nope, not a 5K.  But now there’s a running event for those who never thought they could say, “I can’t. I have my race that day.” San Antonio neighbor Boerne has announced it will host a .5K, or a .31 mile-race, May 5. The...

Posted: a day ago

Not all of us will run a marathon in our lifetime. Or a half marathon, even. Or a 10K. Nope, not a 5K.  But now there’s a running event for those who never thought they could say, “I can’t. I have my race that day.” San Antonio neighbor Boerne has announced it will host a .5K, or a .31 mile-race, May 5. The...
The next thing you’re going to want to take a picture of before eating
 New Austin juice bar  Squeezery opened early last month. And although it offers a variety of juices, smoothies and gluten-free baked goods, a quick Instagram search will tell you one particular menu item has pulled ahead in the popularity contest. Pictures of bowls made of fresh coconuts and filled with superfood gelatos have flooded  Squeezery&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

New Austin juice bar Squeezery opened early last month. And although it offers a variety of juices, smoothies and gluten-free baked goods, a quick Instagram search will tell you one particular menu item has pulled ahead in the popularity contest. Pictures of bowls made of fresh coconuts and filled with superfood gelatos have flooded Squeezery&rsquo...
How to eat Uchi without paying Uchi prices
 There’s a way! You can eat at Uchi without signing your name on a $100-plus receipt at the end of the meal. The firstborn in Austin’s modern fine dining scene, Uchi is now offering a late-night, patio-only, limited, but comparatively affordable nonetheless, menu with prices ranging from $3 to $7.   Your options...

Posted: 2 days ago

There’s a way! You can eat at Uchi without signing your name on a $100-plus receipt at the end of the meal. The firstborn in Austin’s modern fine dining scene, Uchi is now offering a late-night, patio-only, limited, but comparatively affordable nonetheless, menu with prices ranging from $3 to $7.   Your options...
The one allergy side effect you didn’t expect...
 Runny nose. Red eyes. Watery eyes. Runny eyes. Coughing, sneezing, wheezing.  You’ve come to expect almost every side effect (or combination of side effects) when it comes to allergies, but there might be one you’re surprised to hear people are reporting. According to KXAN, some Austinites have reported suffering vertigo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Runny nose. Red eyes. Watery eyes. Runny eyes. Coughing, sneezing, wheezing.  You’ve come to expect almost every side effect (or combination of side effects) when it comes to allergies, but there might be one you’re surprised to hear people are reporting. According to KXAN, some Austinites have reported suffering vertigo...
Goodbye Dairy Queen? Closures, franchisee bankruptcy have Texas towns worried
 That’s what I like about Texas?  Most Texans know the beacon of hope that is a far-off, illuminated Dairy Queen sign. Although the chain wasn’t founded in Texas, as Texas Monthly reports, we are home to 585 locations, more than any other state.  However, news that Vasari LLC, a company that operates more than...

Posted: 3 days ago

That’s what I like about Texas?  Most Texans know the beacon of hope that is a far-off, illuminated Dairy Queen sign. Although the chain wasn’t founded in Texas, as Texas Monthly reports, we are home to 585 locations, more than any other state.  However, news that Vasari LLC, a company that operates more than...
Coming soon: One more place to get an ice cream sandwich
 Rest easy. Your search for one more ice cream sandwich shop in Austin is over. California’s Baked Bear recently announced that it would be opening the first of two Texas locations in downtown Austin in May, Austin Eater reports. Baked Bear offers the kind of ice cream sandwiches you’re familiar with, (big scoops between cookies...

Posted: 6 days ago

Rest easy. Your search for one more ice cream sandwich shop in Austin is over. California’s Baked Bear recently announced that it would be opening the first of two Texas locations in downtown Austin in May, Austin Eater reports. Baked Bear offers the kind of ice cream sandwiches you’re familiar with, (big scoops between cookies...
Texas schoolwork asking for 'positive aspects' of slave life 'unacceptable'
 U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, took to Twitter on Thursday to call out a San Antonio school assignment about slavery that he called “unacceptable.”  Castro tweeted an image of the assignment, which asked students to list both positive and negative aspects to living as a slave.  The charter school where...

Posted: 6 days ago

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, took to Twitter on Thursday to call out a San Antonio school assignment about slavery that he called “unacceptable.”  Castro tweeted an image of the assignment, which asked students to list both positive and negative aspects to living as a slave.  The charter school where...
This Texas city beats Austin when it comes to work-life balance, list says
 Who knows better than an Austinite that work is a lot easier when you take a fair amount of time to not do it? According to SmartAsset’s list of cities with the best work-life balance, anyone from Lubbock. The city came in at No. 4 on the list, which considered factors including employment, home affordability and lifestyle in ranking...

Posted: 10 days ago

Who knows better than an Austinite that work is a lot easier when you take a fair amount of time to not do it? According to SmartAsset’s list of cities with the best work-life balance, anyone from Lubbock. The city came in at No. 4 on the list, which considered factors including employment, home affordability and lifestyle in ranking...