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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...

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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...

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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: a day 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: 2 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: 2 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: 5 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: 5 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: 9 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...
This Hyde Park restaurant is hoping a GoFundMe can finance its patio
 There could be one more patio in picturesque Hyde Park -- if you’re willing to lend a hand. The neighborhood’s Italian staple Asti Trattoria is looking to raise $15,000 to fund the design and development of a corner patio. The restaurant, which opened 17 years ago, warmed up to the idea of a patio after customers repeatedly made...

Posted: 13 days ago

There could be one more patio in picturesque Hyde Park -- if you’re willing to lend a hand. The neighborhood’s Italian staple Asti Trattoria is looking to raise $15,000 to fund the design and development of a corner patio. The restaurant, which opened 17 years ago, warmed up to the idea of a patio after customers repeatedly made...
Aaron Franklin on why he doesn’t ‘eat that stuff’
 You know who you’re not going to find waiting in line at Franklin Barbecue?  Aaron Franklin. But not because he cuts. And not because he could just as easily make his nationally acclaimed brisket at home. Because, as he told Esquire in a recent interview, “I don’t eat barbecue.” As Esquire’s Ben...

Posted: 14 days ago

You know who you’re not going to find waiting in line at Franklin Barbecue?  Aaron Franklin. But not because he cuts. And not because he could just as easily make his nationally acclaimed brisket at home. Because, as he told Esquire in a recent interview, “I don’t eat barbecue.” As Esquire’s Ben...
Hopdoddy’s new breakfast burger comes with 4 kinds of meat
 Now your favorite meal and your favorite way to eat ground beef can be one and the same. Hopdoddy has given Austinites a new reason to justify waiting in line: a breakfast burger.  But it’s more than just an added egg. Hopdoddy’s new breakfast burger is made by topping a ground beef patty with breakfast sausage, smoked ham...

Posted: 14 days ago

Now your favorite meal and your favorite way to eat ground beef can be one and the same. Hopdoddy has given Austinites a new reason to justify waiting in line: a breakfast burger.  But it’s more than just an added egg. Hopdoddy’s new breakfast burger is made by topping a ground beef patty with breakfast sausage, smoked ham...
Austin named best place to live in America for second year in a row
 It’s another good day to live in Austin, Texas.  Last year, Austin knocked Denver from the No. 1 spot on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” And this year, it didn’t budge.  As in years past, the publication ranked the 125 largest cities in the country based on a...

Posted: 15 days ago

It’s another good day to live in Austin, Texas.  Last year, Austin knocked Denver from the No. 1 spot on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” And this year, it didn’t budge.  As in years past, the publication ranked the 125 largest cities in the country based on a...
Ban on plastic bags in some cities seems to be having an impact, study finds
 Plastic bag bans in some U.S. cities and other places around the world appear to be having an impact. The bags are getting harder to find in the ocean, a new study finds.  >> Read more trending news  According to the Independent, efforts to combat plastic pollution are proving successful as the number of plastic bags found...

Posted: 18 days ago

Plastic bag bans in some U.S. cities and other places around the world appear to be having an impact. The bags are getting harder to find in the ocean, a new study finds.  >> Read more trending news  According to the Independent, efforts to combat plastic pollution are proving successful as the number of plastic bags found...
Do bag bans work? Look to the oceans, study says 
 You know those plastic bags you can’t really find around Austin anymore? Well they’re getting harder to find in the ocean, too.  According to the Independent, efforts to combat plastic pollution are proving fruitful as the number of plastic bags that can be found on the ocean floor have now declined.  The findings come...

Posted: 19 days ago

You know those plastic bags you can’t really find around Austin anymore? Well they’re getting harder to find in the ocean, too.  According to the Independent, efforts to combat plastic pollution are proving fruitful as the number of plastic bags that can be found on the ocean floor have now declined.  The findings come...
Joanna Gaines says goodbye to ‘Fixer Upper’ with pic, fans with crying gifs
 If you were able to see through your tears, you might have watched the absolute last episode of HGTV’s beloved Waco-based “Fixer Upper” Tuesday night. Star and subway tile feign Joanna Gaines shared a throwback picture on Instagram ahead of the finale, calling the end “bittersweet.” The picture shows Joanna...

Posted: 21 days ago

If you were able to see through your tears, you might have watched the absolute last episode of HGTV’s beloved Waco-based “Fixer Upper” Tuesday night. Star and subway tile feign Joanna Gaines shared a throwback picture on Instagram ahead of the finale, calling the end “bittersweet.” The picture shows Joanna...
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