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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 for some Texas Two Step, however, was another thing, and involved a bit of trickery on the part of Rusty...
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...
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’ markets...
A Local Guide to the Austin Film Scene

A Local Guide to the Austin Film Scene

Austin is known as the USA’s live music capital but this arty, laidback city also has a flourishing film scene. In fact, for film-types like myself, it was an indie movie, Richard Linklater‘s Slacker, about a day in the life of 20-something Austin Gen X-ers, that put the...
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....
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...
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...
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...