Tag Archives: Austin

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on...
Have You Ever Wanted to Hug Your Concierge?

Have You Ever Wanted to Hug Your Concierge?

Staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while offers opportunities to get close to people in ways that a hotel can’t. Don’t believe us? These are some of the special people we befriended who touched our souls over the last year...
Learning the Texas Two Step at an Austin Honky Tonk

Learning the Texas Two Step at an Austin Honky Tonk

We didn’t need much encouragement to get us to The Broken Spoke, Austin’s famous honky tonk country dance hall. Getting me on the dance floor, however, was another thing, and involved a bit of trickery on the part of Rusty Irons, who had brought us...
Weekend Eggs: the Austin Edition

Weekend Eggs: the Austin Edition

Ever since we first visited Mexico years ago, huevos rancheros or ‘ranch eggs’ has been one of my favourite hearty breakfast dishes, both to eat and to cook. Essentially the dish is made up of two corn (or sometimes flour) tortillas that are topped with...
Only in Austin: a Country Music Cooking Lesson

Only in Austin: a Country Music Cooking Lesson

Cooking, music, film, film and music, food and film… so far, we’ve done it all in Austin. We learned to barbecue, we met local musicians, we’ve seen lots of music, we’ve talked music with a record storeowner, and we’ve talked music with a filmmaker… So...
Amy Cook and Alejandro Escovedo at the Cactus Cafe, Austin

Amy Cook and Alejandro Escovedo at the Cactus Cafe, Austin

When we met Austin musicians Suzanna Choffel and Dan Dyer, and Dan’s girlfriend-cum-manager Mahshad Vakili (pictured here singing and dancing), Mahshad said she would keep us informed and let us know if there were any good gigs we should see while we’re in Austin. Well,...
Taking Tacos Seriously: Taco Journalism & the Taco Mafia

Taking Tacos Seriously: Taco Journalism & the Taco Mafia

The number of taco places in Austin is mind blowing. From white tablecloth restaurants to humble roadside stands, from dawn to the dead of night, you’ll find tacos on a menu or a blackboard somewhere in town. Everyone in Austin has advice on tacos, so...
Price Check: an Austin Shopping List

Price Check: an Austin Shopping List

If you’re staying in a holiday rental in Austin and you’re a foodie and like to stay in and cook sometimes, you’ll be in heaven. Austin is blessed with beautiful produce and brilliant places to buy it – whether you want to shop the farmers’...
From Paddock to Plate: Farm to Home Delivery in Austin

From Paddock to Plate: Farm to Home Delivery in Austin

Arriving at a holiday rental is a bit like checking into a hotel room… you snoop around the place, pull back the curtains, bounce on the bed, open cupboards and drawers, and you look in the fridge. Sometimes you’re disappointed, at other times you discover...