Everyone knows about SXSW and ACL. You probably also know about the bats under the Ann Richards bridge. But you may not have heard about the wildest, most exciting summer spectacle in Austin: The yearly gathering of purple martins before they migrate down to Brazil. Just before sunset every night, from mid-July to mid-August, half…

The Greatness of the Texas Music Office Austin, Texas is known for so many things: Keep Austin weird, Moon tower city, Leslie Cochran in the thong, the Silicon Hills. The list goes on. Above all, I believe most people around the country and the world know Austin at best for the city’s official slogan, “The…

If you have visited Austin’s local toy store, Toy Joy, you might have had an unforgettable experience surrounded by a wide array of unique and exciting toys, trinkets, and collectibles. In late 2017. Toy Joy expanded its fun into a delicious new business, Yummi Joy, an equally unique candy and cafe shop in central Austin. Even…

Great March/April Tour: Marble Falls, Lake Buchanan & Llano Road Trip This Accidental Tour Yielded Abundant Wildlife, Beautiful Country Drives Festooned With WildFlowers, and the Best Mexican Food I’ve Ever Had in Texas I have been travelling up north a lot working on a rental house I have on Lake Buchanan. Sure, you can head…

Best Burger in Southwest Austin Ok…FINE, I’ll take the 16 dollar burger, fries and a drink, but I am NOT happy about it, Burger Fi I am angry…angry about 9 dollar hamburgers, and 5 dollar plates of fries. At BurgerFi in Southwest Austin (and judging from the expense and effort put into the interior design,…

Calton Cases of Austin: The Highest Quality Guitar Cases We’ve Ever Seen For over 40 years, Calton Cases has been making fine instrument cases–but these aren’t like any guitar case you’ll find for $109 at your big-box musical instrument store. Calton makes a fiberglass-shelled, hyper-protective, handmade masterpiece. And they do all this right here in…

Miata vs. Porsche 914 Club Racing Event at Harris Hill Raceway; Season Opener on 2/14/2015 Harris Hill Raceway, a private race track and club in San Marcos, TX, will hold the season opener of its Harris Hill Challenge series this coming Saturday, 2/14/2015. The Challenge series features early generation Mazda Miatas and Porsche 914 in two…

Texas as a whole has some of the best freshwater fishing in the industrial world. We have Lyndon B. Johnson to thank for that. His rural electrification programs have speckled this state with massive reservoirs, entirely artificial environments filled with whatever sport fish the state cares to stock. Within the Austin city limits, the fishing…

About Lily’s Sandwich (Or Lily’s Cafe, or Lily Sandwich, We Aren’t Sure) The first thing you’ll notice about Lily’s Sandwich is that a steady stream of locals come through for the french baguettes–Lily’s bakes their own and serves them up as sides to Bo Kho and soups, or for delicious sandwiches. Lily’s excels in other areas…