Texas Book Festival Authors @ The Capitol 10/22 & 10/23

O come, all ye indulgent! Texas Book Festival is bringing us the two things we love most in life: booze and food! Good booze and food. No, great – and the dudes preparing it are some of the best around. So great that they wrote entire books about the things we love almost as much as they do. Don’t miss Jordan Kaye of How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice on Saturday, October 22nd, and Uchi owner and author of Uchi: The Cookbook on Sunday, October 23rd at the Cooking Tent located at the Texas State Capitol.

Jordan Kaye and Marshall Altier’s How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice is a side-splitting satirical guide to life for the indulgent, impulsive, and thirsty. For all the potentially disastrous yet hopefully hilarious obstacles life throws at us, there exists a perfect cocktail. “Much more than just a guide to mixology, How to Booze is a hilarious and remarkably prescient, if somewhat degenerate, guide to life – or at least that part of life that would be greatly improved in the company of Johnny Walker or Jack Daniels.” The book offers advice on literally every situation one may find themselves in, at several different points of life, all of which would be wildly enhanced (good or bad, who cares? it’s a party!) by alcohol. But not just any drink will do. Kaye details the perfect cocktail for occasions such as awkward first dates, being laid off, stalking your ex, drunk dialing, suffering through sports games, and even suffering on your death bed. Needless to say, I doubt you’ll dare miss out on Jordan Kaye, Brooklyn’s finest author and cocktail connoisseur, at the Cooking Tent at the Texas State Capitol on Saturday, Octber 22nd at 3pm. And no, 3pm is never too early to start boozing. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kaye has already dedicated an entire chapter to the unparalleled joys of day drinking. Cheers!

Uchi: The Cookbook is as full of surprises as the restaurant itself. If you haven’t been yet, this is an experience as unique as Austin itself. The nationally acclaimed restaurant’s owner, Tyson Cole, prides himself on his dedication to honoring Japanese tradition while putting a fresh spin on this culinary art form by incorporating ingredients we in the states are more familiar with – like cilantro and sun-dried tomato. The result is what Food & Wine has refered to as “food that’s utterly delicious and wildly inventive.” Cole’s cookbook not only walks you through a wide variety of dishes served at Uchi, but treats that are just the opposite (bacon candy! compressed watermelon!). The Cookbook shares Cole’s amazing personal story, starting with his meek beginnings of washing dishes, his youthful aversion to raw fish, chronicaling his journey all the way up to challenging  Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America. Of course, Cole will be preparing several dishes during his Book Festival session at the Texas State Capitol Cooking tent at 11:00am on Sunday, October 23rd – so don’t miss out!

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A Trip Downtown with Tabbedout

Downtown can be a hassle, even when you’re not drinking. Finding a taxi, finding your friends, finding your dignity – it all becomes a challenge when navigating the bar circuit. Add to that equation the complications of drinking, and you’ve got a perfect storm for strolling out of a bar without paying your tab. That was the case anyways, until my phone became a mobile drink payment system. While this seems like the ultimate enabling technology for boozing, it really just helps to streamline the process that was going to happen anyways.

Case in point – take my two experiences downtown last week. The first is the typical barhopping checklist: 1) Walk into bar 2) Order drink 3) Get approached by douche bag wearing a glittery shirt two sizes too small 4) Take a couple sips of the drink and head back to the bar to close out 5) Wait for the bartender to notice me while I pray that Ed Hardy guy doesn’t take the back of my head as a cue that I’m interested 6)Rinse, repeat

Whoa, girl, where are you going? You haven't even paid your tab! Now what am I going to do with all of these roofies?!

The other side of the bar experience Venn Diagram was the one with Tabbedout. Once you download and set it up (free, by the way!), you never have to pull out cash or plastic again because you pay with your phone. The Tabbedout app let me make my quick escape from compromising drinking situations by skipping the paying at the bar step entirely. It’s like a mobile getaway car, except that the car is your iPhone and the bank being robbed is that dude that keeps putting his arm around you and asking if you’ve heard of his band.

Other perks include being able to see an actual receipt. This meant that once I had successfully shielded myself from gross bar denizens and actually found a place good for drinking and lingering, there were no surprises come bill time. We’ve all had the experience where you pick up your tab and think “$27?! There’s no way I’m 27 bucks worth of drunk!” Or maybe that’s just me, but Tabbedout takes away the uncertainty at least. Best of all, you never have to wonder “Did I leave my credit card at that bar?” or try to answer the age old question “Should I just cancel it or try to hunt it down?” Speaking of hunting, I also no longer have to hunt down the other Kristin whose card I took home the night before after the bartender erroneously handed it to me in his rush to kick me out of the bar and start closing up shop . You know, the Kristin who took out her 15 sorority sisters on her tab. Nope, I don’t have to worry about that because I can see an itemized version of my receipt in real time as items are added.

Since Tabbedout helped make my nights out much more enjoyable,  Do512 is hoping to share the wealth with all of our loyal fans. Right now, we’ve got a couple of sweet deals for Tabbedout users. Everyday, check out the Daily Hook Up to snag some super cheap drinks by using your Tabbedout App. If you’re the photogenic type, you have the chance to win a $200 tab courtesy of your friends at Tabbedout and Do512. All you have to do is:

1. Download, set-up, go out and pay your tab with Tabbedout. Available for free at the Apple Store & Android Market 

2. Take a picture of how you tab out

3. Email your picture to TabbedOut@Do512.com

4. Check Do512’s Facebook and tell your friends to “like” your image for your chance to win!

5. Winners will be announced November 18!

Story as told by Kristin Owen, and made better by Jordan Ripley

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You People Really Freakin’ Love Schlotzsky’s!

So we’re doing this contest with Schlotzsky’s right now, maybe you’ve seen it:

We posed the simple question: How do you like YOUR Schlotzsky’s? What’s your favorite sandwich? Are you all about the original?  Maybe a combo meal with salt n’ vinegar chips and a lemonade ? Or are you more of a Guacabeefsky guy?  Perhaps the BBQ Chicken pizza floats your boat?  That sort of thing.

We figured we’d get some good responses. We know that people can be very picky when it comes to their sandwich choices.

We really had NO idea how much you people frickin’ LOVE your Schlotzsky’s!

Not only have we received some incredibly specifically detailed descriptions of lunch orders from all over the country, we’ve also been sent some pretty touching, sentimental stories. You people aren’t just passionate about your Schlotzsky’s.  You’re really passionate. You’re crazy passionate. You’re “you can have my Original when you pry it from my cold, dead, mustardy fingers” passionate.

Mmmmm... Original.

Sandwich to some. Religion to others.

Take a look at some of the entries we’ve received so far:

“I have been hooked on Schlotzsky’s since 1979. Once or sometimes twice a week these days at my Brodie Lane Austin location or Wichita Falls or Waco or Katy or Dallas or at the airport. I really miss the Butterworth Building location in downtown Austin. My contribution to Schlotzsky’s started at the wonderful Wichita Falls location in 1979 while at school and which may be harmlessly delusional that I came up with the “extra hot” method and add on of the Point of Sale button from my suggestion and preferred way to eat an Original. A little more cooked, crispy and crunchy.

Loved the original Schlotsky’s when it was in that first building on SoCo, now home to an Amy’s Ice Cream!! The original first Schlotsky’s sandwiches made back there, back then are still favorite memories, but I have to say my best Schlotsky’s experience was when I was on a long road trip, hundreds of miles from Austin (maybe Amarillo??!) and finding a Schlotsky’s there. It was a great touch of home for a little while. I felt safe, and I knew I’d get a great sandwich!!!!!
I love the original sandwich. To me it represents bonding with my family as we often ordered a handful of large original sandwiches and would sit around and catch up with how each other’s lives were going. IN this big city of Austin, few things are familiar to a small town girl like me. That’s why I love Schlotzsky’s so much. It is one of the few familiar places that I remember from growing up in my hometown. It once brought my family closer together every time we ate there, and now it is bringing my new family of friends together whenever we can. To you an Original Schlotzsky’s sandwich may not mean much, but to me it is so much more then food; it is a maker of so many wonderful memories in my lifetime.

HAPPY 40th, SCHLOTZSKY’S! I’ve enjoyed Schlotzsky’s original sandwich since moving to Austin in 1975. In fact, my first job in Austin was within a block of the original location on South Congress, which was SO yummy and convenient!
I will confess, however, I’ve found heaven on a bun when it comes to Schlotzsky’s 8″ Combination Pizza! I say “bun” ’cause the pizza bread is Schlotzsky’s very own. Nice touch!I hope I’m the lucky winner of the Grand Prize so I can chow down on my favorite Schlotzsky’s meal every week, compliments of Schlotzsky’s! Thank you for all you do, and I wish you 40 more years of success!

“Loved the original Schlotzsky’s when it was in that first building on SoCo, now home to an Amy’s Ice Cream!! The original first Schlotzsky’s sandwiches made back there, back then are still favorite memories, but I have to say my best Schlotzsky’s experience was when I was on a long road trip, hundreds of miles from Austin (maybe Amarillo??!) and finding a Schlotzsky’s there. It was a great touch of home for a little while. I felt safe, and I knew I’d get a great sandwich!!!!!”

“I am an Austin girl. Lived there for 48 years. Moved to Maryland 15 years ago. Now when I visit Austin – my FIRST stop is Schlotzsky’s at the airport…. then at least once or twice while I visit – and my LAST stop is Schlotzsky’s at the airport where I get one to eat and 3 to take home to my family. We miss Austin & Schlotzsky’s….to us the two go together. So how do I like my Schlotzsky’s?…. I fly 1500 miles to get one………………boy do we need you in Maryland………………now I’m depressed because I want one and can’t have one until I go back home to Texas.”

The Original. I’ve been eatin’ them schlotzskys since ya’ll first opened on Congress. Wish ya’ll still had that one. It was quaint and small. Every now and then you might accidently rub elbows with other schlotzskians. I miss that place. Regardless, that sandwiches are just as good as they were back then. I also miss the elbow rubbin’. Sincerely, Deborah 

I love the Smoked Turkey Light with avacado & extra tomatoes. I have been a loyal customer of Schlotzsky’s since the beginning…living in North Austin most of my life, our favorite location was on Burnet Road since the 70’s. We all love Schlotzsky’s!!!

Schlotzsky’s is where my husband gets his energy to unicycle around downtown Austin. Schlotzsky’s helps keep Austin awesome.

“My husband and I were one of the first customers when you opened on Congress in 1971.. We fell in love with the original sandwich…Now our favorite is the Deluxe Original Style meal…It is great..we have tried all your sandwiches, but the original is still our favorite..We have been married since 1960 and Schlotzsky’s has been our place to eat that stayed around all these years…others places would come and go…we still pick up Schlotzsky’s to go at least twice a month, we would go more often but we are now retired on a budget..keep up the great work.”

“You know, it’s a funny thing, my relationship with Schlotzsky’s.Growing up, I only ever got the cheese pizza kid’s meal with a chocolate chip cookie. The drink was always raspberry lemonade. All of my friends liked the Original/#1 sandwich. I hated it. Mostly because I hated olives. Did I think to get it without olives? No. Why? Because the cheese pizza was just so darn good I didn’t ever think of getting anything else. Plus it came with a cookie! Nowadays, I LOVE the Original. I *only* get a small original, unless I’m really hungry, then I get a medium original. Succinctly, how I like my Schlotzsky’s is: the #1 combo, everything on the sandwich, thumbs up on the free pickle, jalapeño chips, and I still always get the Minute Maid raspberry lemonade. Some things never change. If I have a sweet tooth that day then I get a sugar cookie. So Good! Oh, and with the sandwich, I mustn’t forget the Louisiana hot sauce. The sauce is boss. 🙂  On a side note, I’m so happy you have a Schlotzsky’s at the airport. It’s the only place I go to when I’m there. I fly away, but get to take a little piece of home with me. Also, my first job was at Schlotzsky’s. There will always be a soft spot for this eatery in my heart. You never forget your first…”

Look into the cheese...

Pizza? The circle of life. With pepperoni.

See what we mean? Clearly, Schlotzsky’s makes a damn fine sandwich, but it is more than that. Oh so much more. Between those freshly baked buns, nestled among the savory meats and cheeses,  hidden between the lettuce and olives and drizzled in your choice of sauces, are the memories, hopes, and dreams of people. People just like you and me.

Got a great story about how you like YOUR Schlotzsky’s? There’s still time for you to wow us with your ode to the sublimity of the Schlotzsky’s sandwich, and get entered for a chance to win A YEAR’s worth of sandwiches (or one of 40 FREE combo meals).  Let us know HERE. Contest ends November 30th, 2011!

While you’re at it, you can follow Schlotzsky’s on Twitter, and Like ’em on Facebook.

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Do512 and Deep Eddy Vodka Present: “Shuck Fest” at Abel’s on the Lake

It’s already a question, “What in the world could possibly be appealing about a festival called Shuck Fest?” Well here is your answer: Complimentary oysters on the half shell, Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails, and the musical stylings of New Orleans’ own Jimmie Dreams. Good answer.

And that’s not to mention the $5 appetizer specials and $3.50 Real Ale pints (including Firemans #4) until 9pm. So what’s not to love? Abel’s on the Lake is the perfect location for such an all-encompassing event. With the seafood, the Deep Eddy Hurricanes, and the funk music blarring, you’ll feel like you’re in New Orleans. And if you really want to be for the Voodoo Music Experience on October 28-30, Deep Eddy Vodka is giving you the chance to win a pair of 3-day tickets.

The Raconteurs, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim, Girl Talk, Band of Horses, Fitz & the Tantrums, Blink 182, Portugal. The Man, and more will be playing the Voodoo Music Experience, and all you have to do for a chance to win is register to win while sipping on Deep Eddy cocktails and shucking free oysters. Sounds like a plan.

RSVP here for all of the free goods.

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Come to Oktoberfest, ya?

It’s time for the tenth annual Oktoberfest at North By Northwest Restaurant and Brewery  this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23! Ladies, get that hair braided and get that German dirndl you have in the back of your closet (you know you have it, don’t deny it) and gents, get that beer belly ready for brats, beer and music! “Like” the event from our site for a chance to win a 15.5 gallon keg of your favorite North By Northwest brew.

Head chef George Powell will be cooking up genuine German brats, homemade sauerkraut, fresh red cabbage, pretzels and German cobblers. And what would a German feast be without beer? Well, it wouldn’t really be a German feast now would it? Don’t worry, brew master Don Thompson and head brewer Kevin Roark will be serving up something special just for the occasion.

"Those brewmasters made quite a tasty brew, ya?" "Ya! You look good in your dirndl!" "Danke!"

While you’re stuffing your face and guzzling special brews, your kids can enjoy face painting, inflatable fun and German oompa bands. There will also be a bratwurst eating contest, artisan booths and even a wiener dog costume contest!

Winner!

Um, WINNER!

North By Northwest encourages everyone to donate $2 upon entering, so bring the fam out and feel good about it because this year’s fest will be benefiting the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of TX, Therapy Pet Pals of Texas and Central TX Dachshund Rescue. See ya there!

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Wye Oak w/ Erika Wennerstrom TONIGHT

Heads up!  Tonight’s your chance to catch a truly great show at The Parish.  Baltimore based Wye Oak, the project of Andy Stack (drums and bass) and Jenn Wasner (guitar) is coming to town, and they’re a perfect mix of folk, Americana, rock and gritty blues.  Don’t be fooled by their small number of members, this pair is capable of creating complex rhythms and harmonies.  They can also break it down to the basics:

They’ll most likely be performing selections from their new record Civilian, released this March which we’ve been listening to this morning, and let me tell you, it’s spectacular!  Reverby guitars, driving bass and beautiful vocals contributing to a well orchestrated sound supporting lyrics that are clever and smart.  As a working band, Wye Oak (appropriately named after Maryland’s state tree) is doing all the right things to get their music out there, which they should because it’s awesome.  The title track to their new album was on the preview for the lastest season of The Walking Dead.  Zombies + good music = what else do you need?  Nothing.

Also playing will be Erika Wennerstrom, who happens to be the lead singer of The Heartless Bastards.  Saw her open for Wilco a couple of years ago, and she’s got an amazing voice with a really easy going stage personal.  Check her out:

Wye Oak with Erica Wennerstrom

TONIGHT @ The Parish

8:00 PM

Want to go fo’ free?  Like the event on the Do512 site for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

See you there!

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7 Walkers at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard

Alright, Deadheads.  We know you’re out there.  We know you think Jerry Garcia lives, and as much as we’d like to believe that too, we’re just not patient enough to wait for him to come out of hiding after all these years.  We also know that you crave any and all Grateful Dead combinations and collaborations.  So guess what? There’s a new take for your dead-headed selves to enjoy with Bill Kreutzmann’s (former drummer of Greatful Dead) new group 7 Walkers.This brand new collaboration of  old school rock and New Orleans Funk is what Kreutzmann likes to call “swampadelic” thanks to the sounds of guitarist Papa Mali, New Orleans bassist George Porter Jr. of the Meters (What?!) and instrumentalist Matt Hubbard. Come check out this eclectic new group  7 Walkers at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard on October 15. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show.

You’d do well not miss this opportunity to listen to the outrageous hybrid of  old classic rock and southern funk, but we understand if you don’t want to take our word for it…(we’re not offended if you don’t think we’re “hip” enough to trust on these matters.  We’re working on it by trying to wear tie-dye more often.)  SEE FOR YOURSELF:

7 Walkers
Featuring
Bill Kreutzmann 
of The Grateful Dead, Papa Mali,
George Porter Jr 
of the Meters, and Matt Hubbard
w.s.g. The Trim 

$30 adv/$35 dos

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