Texas French Bread

The rare neighborhood restaurant where you can actually converse, Texas French Bread has finished its facelift and presents freshly painted white walls, bare concrete floors, exposed rafters, and simple curtains to the world.

Larry McGuire: King of Austin's Fine Dining Empire

Thirty-year-old Larry McGuire, Austin’s most prolific high-quality restaurateur, sits down to lunch at his newest restaurant, Josephine House in the capital’s central Clarksville neighborhood. With impeccably clean hands, he straightens his Rag & Bone shawl collar cardigan before placing a crisp napkin into his lap. Josephine House opened last month, and its dining room, with white-washed wood-paneled walls and marble counters, is already packed with neighbors and food aficionados.

How Bryce Gilmore and Chris Shepherd Celebrated Their James Beard Noms

Bryce Gilmore, of Barley Swine, in Austin, and Chris Shepherd, of Underbelly in Houston, were among the eight Texas chefs, writers, and restaurants nominated for a James Beard Award, the highest honor given in the food world. Garden and Gun magazine recently caught up with the two chefs to ask them how they celebrated the news:

13 Rules For Having Fun At SXSW

It's the fourth day of SXSW Music. It's crowded. The schedule app is overwhelming. And badge or no badge, you can’t get into everything you want to. But the festival is what you make of it. Here are a few of my personal coping strategies for getting through it all.

1. Pay for all of your own food and drink 
Look, I get it. Everybody loves free stuff. But how much is your time worth? Get out of line, eat the food you actually want (which is better than the free food) and go see another band.

Austin Bag Ban Generates Mixed Bag of Reactions

Many grocery-shopping Austinites got a shock Friday, when they remembered that their foodstuffs would no longer be conveniently tucked into free plastic bags. On March 1, the city's ban on single-use paper and plastic bags was officially implemented. The following days brought a mixed bag of reactions around the city and state. Voices on both sides of the issue make valid pointshere are the highlights:

QBs and Pass Catchers Report

There's construction being done at Darrell K. Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin. Rebuilding. Football season is still months away, but certain aspects are a wreck.

This is not a metaphor.  

The work meant UT fans who came out to the Longhorns' two public spring practices this past Friday and Saturday were restricted to one end zone, not that it mattered: the low emotional temperature of the football fan base combined with UT's disappointing hoops season had a Twitter follower of the San Antonio Express-News' Mike Finger and the Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman making the same joke one day apart.

The tweets:


And Golden:

So I went to Royal-Memorial Stadium for a spring football practice, and judging from the fan count, a UT basketball game broke out.

All jokes aside — and it’s a joke that just over 1,000 fans ventured out to watch their football team practice — the Horns are confronting a major problem this spring. 

Jetsons Cars To Become A Reality in Round Rock? Sort of, Maybe

Where are the promised flying cars of the 21st century? Will Round Rock take the first step toward that future? 

Maybe! Yesterday, the City Council responded favorably to a proposal for an airborne public transit system that would closely resemble a ski lift. The pitch came from Frog Design, an international innovation firm based in Austin, who said the “system is proven, reliable and safe."


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