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Our Home Away from Home in Austin, Texas #2

Our Home Away from Home in Austin, Texas #2

Austin is cool. If you haven’t caught on yet, check out our stories so far. So it was fitting then that our second ‘home away from home’ holiday rental in this laidback Texas city should be a funky retro house in Travis Heights, a leafy suburb...
Texas Style BBQ Pork Recipe

Texas Style BBQ Pork Recipe

Rusty Irons, the owner of our first holiday rental in Austin may be a petite woman, but her personality is a big as the state of Texas. Rusty is also a passionate supporter of local produce and a cook who makes a mean Texas style BBQ pork....
Dan Dyer at the Gallery at the Continental Club, Austin

Dan Dyer at the Gallery at the Continental Club, Austin

Think of this as a bonus track to our last post in which we interviewed Austin musicians Dan Dyer and Suzanna Choffel. At the end of that interview Dan invited us to his gig at the Gallery, upstairs at the Continental Club, where he has a fun...
Austin Live Music Scene 101 with Dan Dyer and Suzanna Choffel

Austin Live Music Scene 101 with Dan Dyer and Suzanna Choffel

We introduced you to Austin musician Suzanna Choffel who shared her local tips and insider secrets for our Local Knowledge series. Now meet the amazingly soulful singer, hirsute and hunky Dan Dyer. These guys aren’t just friends, they also share a stage with their well-received side-project,...
Austin, City of Signs

Austin, City of Signs

Everywhere we look in Austin, there are signs. Some are vintage signs that remind us of the neon signs we saw illuminating motels and diners on a Route 66 road trip we did years ago — like the original, iconic Austin Motel sign, below, installed when the...
Playlist: John Kunz, Owner of Waterloo Records, Austin

Playlist: John Kunz, Owner of Waterloo Records, Austin

When I hit my teens, music became everything. My local music shop was an old-fashioned one, with massive rows of records and an instrument section where kids would hang out and annoy everyone by playing wonky renditions of Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water or Led Zeppelin’s Stairway...
Austin Take-Homes: Hip and Homegrown Mementoes

Austin Take-Homes: Hip and Homegrown Mementoes

Lined with idiosyncratic stores with neon signs, Austin’s South Congress Avenue is a wide street with stunning views to the downtown area and the Capitol (bigger than Washington DC’s apparently) in the distance. It has an endearingly kitsch and kooky Tex-Mex thing going on that’s...
The Pantry at Rusty Irons – a Museum to Local Produce

The Pantry at Rusty Irons – a Museum to Local Produce

Some holiday rental owners leave guests little more than teabags and milk, but when we checked into Rusty Irons’ impressive home in Austin, Texas we opened the fridge to find an array of goodies to get us started and a pantry that is a museum to local...
Our Home Away from Home in Austin, Texas #1

Our Home Away from Home in Austin, Texas #1

Holiday rentals don’t suit everyone – people who want to arrive at an airport and see their names on a hotel card, those can’t do without a mini-bar, people who depend upon the hotel concierge. That’s what we thought until a week before we arrived...
A Taste of the Immigrant Experience of New York

A Taste of the Immigrant Experience of New York

At the end of two weeks of eating in New York City we still felt like we’d missed something. We’d had the gamut of food experiences, from gastro-pubs to gastronomic fine-diners, hot dogs to hamburgers, from ‘ethnic’ to American, but we still didn’t quite ‘get’...