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5 Great New Austin Restaurants

5 Great New Austin Restaurants

One of the best – and worst – parts about living in Austin is that there is always an amazing new restaurant popping up.  A buzzy new spot opens just about every week. We’re here to help narrow down the options for you to just five fantastic restaurants that have opened recently.

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Eberly | Austin, TX

Much of the buzz about Eberly, where we staged our Fall 2016 photo shoot, has rightfully been about the impressive – and we don’t use that word lightly – design of the space. It’s an amazing space to enjoy a meal in. But don’t get hung up on just the gorgeous digs. Instead, dig into a truly killer steak and frites, or their dessert menu, including scrumptious marcona almond Basque Cake. But the real crown jewel is the cocktail program, which you can enjoy at the attached Cedar Tavern Bar or in-restaurant.

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Photo via Eater Austin

Photo via Eater Austin

We know what you’re thinking – does Austin really need another Tex-Mex spot? If that spot is Grizzelda’s, then answer is unequivocally yes. With some of the best margaritas in a town replete with them, sneaky good chips and salsa and a taco menu to die for, we’re all in. Small things like their house-made tortillas really stand out. Not to mention, the mix of wallpapers, splashes of color and a gorgeous bar make it one of our favorite places just to hang.

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Mattie's at Green Pastures

Photo courtesy of Mattie’s

Green Pastures has long been an Austin staple, but when it underwent a gorgeous renovation in 2016, it reopened with fresh new life as Mattie’s. Sporting one of the best patios in Austin (complete with peacocks roaming the grounds), Mattie’s delivers on the food front as well with farm-fresh American cuisine and cocktails done with precision.

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Bougie's Donuts | Austin, TX

Photo courtesy of So Much Life

The gourmet donut craze reached Austin in earnest when Portland staple Voodoo Donuts arrived on the scene in 2015. And to this point, we’ve yet to cultivate our very own classic shop. Sure we have Gourdough’s, but it’s more dessert than traditional donut. Enter Bougie’s Donuts.

With a goal to “elevate the traditional donut experience,” the shop opened in Sunset Valley in late 2016. Recipes range from savory bacon rosemary with sea salt to lemon and lavender and triple berry. Pair your donuts with a Cuveè pourover and call it a morning.

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Bistro 1653

One of the great things about Austin becoming a destination food city are the unique opportunities like pop-up dinners from incredible chefs. Following a successful Bistro 1683 pop-up in New York City last summer, Michelin Star rated Chef Gaggenau of Los Angeles-based Gaggenau Restaurant set his sights on Austin for his next destination dinner. We were lucky enough to get an invite to the evening, which featured course after course of amazing American fare. A truly memorable evening.

Travel Tuesday: Wimberley

Travel Tuesday: Wimberley

After what seemed like longer winter than usual, all of Texas is rejoicing that spring is here, and our Bright Living travel expert, Kate Harris, is no exception. While there are countless awe inspiring places across the globe, Kate is reminding us that there are plenty of awe inspiring experiences to be had close to home.  So for those Austinites (or anyone planning a trip to Texas) who are looking to soak in the beautiful Texas spring- take notes because Wimberley is a little slice of heaven!

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Warm weather is finally here! And what better way to welcome it back than with a little austin-area-staycation? This airstream is only 45 minutes away and runs about $130/night via airbnb.

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We had such a lovely time relaxing, cooking (and also dining @ our favorite Wimberley spot, The Leaning Pear), hot tubbing, swimming at jacob’s well and blue hole, playing scrabble, showering outside, and enjoying the peaceful property around us.

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If you live in the austin area – I would highly recommend a night or two here! Especially during bluebonnet season.

Travel Tuesday: Marfa

Travel Tuesday: Marfa

Marfa was never on my radar growing up in Austin – I hadn’t even heard of the place. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started hearing buzz around the food, art, character, and el cosmico that inspired my recent trip.

West Texas is beautiful and charming and peaceful. If you live in the area {or if you’re just visiting} I think it’s absolutely worth a trek. My only regrets is not adding Big Bend National Park to our trip; I suppose now we have a good excuse to go back.
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Some Recs:

STAY @ el cosmico or the love house  
EAT @ cochineal + food shark + pizza foundation {the food in this town is quite amazing}
EXPLORE the art galleries to your interest. There are tons, it all just depends on what you’re in to {prada marfa is an obvious must, but keep in mind it is actually 30 minutes outside the town}.
STAR PARTY – make time for this. It is a very special experience, and if you get the right weather you’ll see more stars than you ever have in your life.
More recs can be found on my travel page, cheers
Throwback To My Thirtieth

Throwback To My Thirtieth

This past week, for the first time since turning 30 in February, I revisited a cherished gift I received for my last birthday. My closest friends compiled a book of quotes and photos for me submitted by those dearest to me. A lover of quotes , the book was filled with some of my favorites as well as the favorites of others or quotes that made them think of me. And of course photos from memory lane, young and old, silly and serious, flattering and embarrassing.

I read it when they gave it to me months back during that special month. But I haven’t looked through it since. This week, needing to remember the love I felt that weekend and the friends that made it so, as well as the encouragement in this book I reopened it, this time reading it with more care and time than before. I laughed and cried as I looked through it and the photos below. Life really is about the moments and the people… So this #tbt is a throwback with more meaning than the usual and comes with encouragement and love that I hope is fuel for today…and tomorrow.

Of the images below thanks to Kate Stafford for the perfect photos and Posey Events for the incredible flowers and to Oh! Fox Creative for styling it all just right.

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The cherished book above.

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birthday - Katie Kime
birthday - Katie Kime
Earlier that day, before then party we staged and shot the debut pieces for Katie Kime Rentals

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birthday - Katie Kime

birthday - Katie Kime

birthday - Katie Kime

birthday - Katie Kime
Screenprinted Handkerchiefs!

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Travel Tuesdays: San Antonio

Travel Tuesdays: San Antonio

this weekend we spent an evening in san antonio and i honestly can’t wait to get back.

some highlights / must dos if you’re ever in the area include:

stay @ hotel havana – one of liz lambert’s boutique hotels – you’ll immediately feel like you’re on vacation. the decor / music / vibes make your mind think this is out the window, not downtown SA.

the bar downstairs, ocho, is along the riverwalk {the pretty, not-crazy, part of the riverwalk} and is known for their tasty tequila or rum cocktails. we leisurely drank here until dinner time…

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grab dinner @ hot joy. {featured on bon appetit’s list of top new restaurants} – the crab-fat caramel wings, lamb noodles, migas fried rice, and tiger salad are mind bogglingly good

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drinksbarbaro while you wait for a table – a sister restaurant to hot joy with awesome craft cocktails

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breakfast in bed @ havana –

the food here is GOOD and the cuban coffee will get you jazzed up for whatever the rest of your day holds. the plantain pancakes were so unique and tasty and i contemplated stealing the hotel robes

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the alamo –

it’s a historic tourist trap with $10 parking, but kp is from california and needed a little texas history in his life

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