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[2 Jun 2012 | 8 Comments | 5,232 views]
Franklin Barbecue

Franklin Barbecue is located just east of I-35 on E. 11 Street and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until they are sold out (lunch only). If you’re visiting from out of town and plan to go to Franklin, be prepared to wait in line.
Days: Tuesday – Sunday, CLOSED Mondays
Hrs: 11am – sold out (just open for lunch)

I hear the wait can be anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours long, and if you’re going on a busy day (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday), you should get there by around …

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[1 Jun 2012 | 6 Comments | 3,932 views]
Violet Crown Cinema

It’s getting hot in Austin, and when it gets hot, one of my favorite places to be is in a nice, cold, movie theatre. One of my favorites is the Violet Crown Cinema, on 2nd between San Antonio and Guadalupe.
All seats at Violet Crown are reserved, and can be purchased either online or at the theatre. Tickets are $13, and include a specific reserved seat that you choose yourself along with four hours of free parking at the garage located on San Antonio between 2nd and 3rd Streets.
When you arrive, …

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[1 Jun 2012 | 4 Comments | 2,516 views]
Alamo at Slaughter Lane

It’s summer movie season, and today I want to highlight two of the newer movie theatres in town. First up is the new Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane.
The Alamo Drafthouse locations on South Lamar, the Ritz (downtown) and Slaughter Lane now offer the option of reserved seating. At Slaughter, each auditorium has about 20 reserved seats available in a specific section at a $2 upcharge. This is a great option for folks who don’t want to get in line or arrive an hour or more before showtime.
Lamar, Ritz and Slaughter Lane …

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[31 May 2012 | 7 Comments | 3,456 views]
Flower + Food Centerpieces

I recently went to an event hosted by Central Market, where I fell in love with these centerpieces combining beautiful flowers and food. Aren’t they lovely?

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[26 May 2012 | 11 Comments | 3,960 views]
Cenote Coffee, Bites, and Sips

I’m relaxing in Cenote on Cesar Chavez in East Austin on a quiet Saturday night in Austin. Cenote is as a re-purposed historic 1800′s home that has been given new life as a coffee shop on steroids. It feels like the right place to be as I’m writing my 500th post on Tasty Touring.

Built in 1887 on what was then called Water Street, the building is on Austin’s first hand-drawn map, produced for the City of Austin in 1889. The owners received the Heritage Society of Austin’s “Merit Award for Adaptive Use” in …

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[21 May 2012 | 4 Comments | 2,159 views]
Greenling Recipe Kits

I first heard about Greenling’s recipe kits from some of my colleagues who were raving about how easy it is to whip up a delicious and balanced meal with them. I contacted the company and asked if I could check out one of the kits for a week and write about the experience. I was so charmed that I grabbed my credit card and ordered another recipe kit the following week.
Here’s a peek inside of my first recipe kit box, which was sitting on my porch when I came home …

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[20 May 2012 | 7 Comments | 3,153 views]
An Urban Roots Internship: Quay’s Experience

Yesterday, I dropped by the Urban Roots farm, off 183 in East Austin, to interview Shaquashia (known to me as Quay) about her experience so far in the Urban Roots program. I’ve known Quay since late 2008, when I met her through Ilyse, her “Big Sis” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas program.
I love the Urban Roots program, having first visited the farm in 2008 on an Austin Urban Farm bicycle tour,  interviewed co-founder Max Elliott on KGSR in 2009, attended a farm lunch in 2010, and …

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