May 28 2015 01:35pmTrendy Meets Traditional at No Va in Austin
In English, the Spanish phrase "no va" translates to "it doesn't go." Since the entire premise behind No Va is the juxtaposition of old and new, traditional and trendy, it makes a fitting name for Chef Brad Sorenson's Austin restaurant.A former Food Network contestant and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Sorenson has never lacked in creativity when it comes to cuisine. No Va puts his artistic flair on display, not only in its cuisine but also in the building itself. Housed inside a strikingly modern former home, No Va clashes with the other historic buildings that dot Rainey Street. The aesthetic works well for Sorenson's vision, letting in the Texas sunshine through large windows that almost make diners feel as if they're outdoors. Of course, they can actually go outdoors and eat on the patio, which connects to the dining room via a double-sided fireplace.Chef Brad's food also draws in crowds. It's inventive and portioned in plates small enough to share (for the most part). Pass around plates of whipped bleu cheese with bacon bread or kale salad tossed with a coconut dressing at dinner. Or simply stop by for a cocktail, such as the Lo' Daddy, a blend of bacon bitters, sazerac, salt, maple, and cherry. No Va87 Rainey StreetAustin, TX 78701(512) 382-5651www.novaonrainey.com/www.yelp.com/biz/no-va-kitchen-and-bar-austinCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/blu_pineappl3
May 28 2015 10:26am
Thankful for the rain over Lake Travis! :) Happy Thursday from tree!Lake Travis Levels on The Rise - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
Today alone Lake Travis has risen 7 feet! Check out this incredible photo from The Oasis of the change in just one
May 21 2015 01:36pmMolten Chocolate Cake, Reinvented: Try These Three Recipes
There may be no more indulgent dessert than molten lava cake, a combination of crumbly pastry and gooey chocolate filling. There are many ways to make this treat with a variety of ingredients, and each rendition is tailored to special tastes and diets. Here are three recipes for molten lava cake that you might want to try. Red Velvet Molten Lava Cake [Half Baked Harvest] Silence your sweet tooth with this delicious twist on red velvet cake. Mix in red food coloring, coconut milk, and melted chocolate for an elegant take on this classic recipe. Molten Chocolate Cake [Pioneer Woman] Real butter, fresh eggs, heavy whipping cream, and semi-sweet baking chocolate all get representation in this authentic molten cake recipe. Enjoy tantalizing step-by-step photographs while you prepare it. Molten Chocolate Cakes [Food and Wine] A mere seven ingredients and four steps; making a fabulous molten chocolate cake doesn’t get any easier than this recipe from Food and Wine.CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Frédéric BISSON
May 17 2015 02:58pmEllen DeGeneres’ new dating show looking for Austin singles | TV & Radio
A new dating show executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres is scouring Austin and other Texas cities in search of sexy singles.The show, “First Dates,” has been picked up by NBC. A premiere date hasn’t been announced just yet.If you’re single and ready to mingle, head to firstdatescasting.popular.productions to answer a few questions.The fine print: Contestants must be legal U.S. citizens and can’t...
May 14 2015 01:36pmThe Red Room Lounge: An Austin Wine Bar
Whether you're a seasoned wine expert or a novice to wine drinking, the service and selection at The Red Room Lounge just might make this place your new go-to wine bar in Austin. The knowledgeable sommeliers are happy to put together tasting flights, make recommendations, educate you about the wine-making process, and help you find just the right vintage for your own particular taste.The Red Room Lounge’s atmosphere is dramatic, featuring dim lighting, exposed brick, deep leather couches, and lots of dark wood. Note, however, that this is not a place where you should expect to get dinner along with your wine. The Red Room Lounge offers a small selection of cheese and charcuterie plates, but this dedicated wine cellar focuses mainly on drinks.The Red Room Lounge306 E. Third StreetAustin, TX 78701(512) 501-1536www.redroomatx.comwww.yelp.com/biz/the-red-room-lounge-austinCC-BY-SA-2.0/Flickr/cyclonebill
May 13 2015 12:12pm
I like this form of weight loss! :) Happy Hump Day from tree!Wine bedtime snack can help you lose weight, study claims
Wine drinkers rejoice. A new study found that a glass of wine before bed can help slim your waistline.
May 12 2015 10:24am
Austin...the best place to call home! :) Happy Tuesday tree people!Fun Things: Swimming
Make a Splash at these local swimming spots.
May 11 2015 05:43pmhttp://bit.ly/1FmpSNvPachanga | Latino Music Festival
AQUI VAMOS! Pachanga Fest 2015 aims to be bigger and better than ever before. Pachanga Ganga tickets go on sale February 21st so don’t miss this opportunity to get your tickets at the lowest price available!