James M White, the Man Behind The Broken Spoke, Austin

2017-11-08T22:26:27+00:00By |

When we first met James M White, the owner of The Broken Spoke in Austin, we knew we had to interview the guy. James is just as much of a legend as his legendary honky tonk dance hall. Not only is The Broken Spoke the oldest and most famous honky tonk joint still in operation, …

Learning the Texas Two Step at an Austin Honky Tonk

2018-05-13T12:06:09+00:00By |

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 Irons, who had brought us here. It’s not that I …

Only in Austin: a Country Music Cooking Lesson

2014-09-24T09:38:44+00:00By |

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 why not learn to cook with a musician? While he …

Taking Tacos Seriously: Taco Journalism and the Taco Mafia

2018-05-06T13:06:02+00:00By |

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 this Texas town. Everyone in Austin has advice on tacos, so in order to narrow down the field …

Price Check: an Austin Shopping List

2018-11-26T11:32:10+00:00By |

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 or supermarkets such as Whole Foods and Central Market, or have …

A Local Guide to the Austin Film Scene

2018-05-06T13:22:37+00:00By |

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 city on the map. Successful Austin-based directors include Terrence Malick …

Our Home Away from Home in Austin, Texas #2

2014-09-24T09:40:12+00:00By |

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 of gentle slopes just a short stroll from the hipster …

Texas Style BBQ Pork Recipe

2018-07-11T15:41:41+00:00By |

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. Rusty Irons' Texas Style BBQ Pork Recipe Flush with local …

Austin, City of Signs

2018-11-26T11:43:48+00:00By |

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 motel was built in 1938. Others are modern, retro-inspired signs …

Austin Take-Homes: Hip and Homegrown Mementoes

2018-11-26T19:26:09+00:00By |

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 100% Austin. Close your eyes and recall those classical Hollywood …

Rusty Irons from Austin: Interview with a Holiday Rental Owner

2018-11-26T11:28:59+00:00By |

It’s the little things that make a difference to a holiday rental stay — whether there’s soap and toilet paper provided, some breakfast ingredients to get you started, or even a welcome gift of a bottle of local wine. Some properties we’ve stayed in this year have really impressed us, but none as much as Rusty …

Our Home Away from Home in Austin, Texas #1

2018-11-26T11:00:49+00:00By |

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 at our holiday rental in Austin and we received this …

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