Austin Restaurants – Horseshoe Lounge Austin Mon, 21 Nov 2022 15:42:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Austin Restaurants – Horseshoe Lounge Austin 32 32 North Austin Apartments will be 70% affordable housing Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Rendering of Season North Multifamily Housing (Getty, Affordable Housing Texas)

A planned apartment complex for North Austin will consist primarily of affordable housing.

O-SDA Industries along with Saigebrook Development, Three Bar Architecture and Kimley-Horn first unveiled plans for the $39 million Season North development in 2021, the Austin Business Journal reported. TCC Country Hill Development Corporation, Skybeck Construction and Accolade Property Management have joined the development team since the project was first proposed.

The development will rise on the site of the former North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery at 10010 North Capital of Texas Highway at Gateway. Approximately 70% of the units will be marketed as affordable housing for residents who earn less than the area’s median income.

Bank OZK provided a construction loan of $19.5 million and JPMorgan Chase provided a permanent loan of $12.9 million for the project. The rest of the funding will come from a $2.4 million permanent construction loan from Travis County, a $6.2 million subsidized loan from Austin Housing Corporation, a 375 $000 from the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation, a $14 million federal low-income housing unit. tax credit and a $1.5 million tax credit from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

The five-storey building will have 48 one-bedroom, 44 two-bedroom and 24 three-bedroom units. Approximately 34 apartments will be at market price. Of the 82 affordable units, 39 will be for those earning 60% of the region’s median income, 34 for those earning 50% and nine for those earning 30%. The median income for a family of four in Travis County was $110,300 in 2022.

The building will have modern appliances in the units as well as a business center, rental center, fitness room and a two-story clubhouse. There will also be bicycle parking.
Construction is expected to be completed by May 2024.

—Victoria Pruitt

Restaurant review: Numero28’s southern Italian cuisine takes the cake Fri, 18 Nov 2022 22:35:36 +0000

If you watched the last season of The White Lotus, you know the island of Sicily is as much a character on the show as it is its vast cast of well-heeled antagonists. Interspersed with the series’ slowly simmering drama were some great shots of the sunny island, as well as incredibly awkward scenes in which the show’s characters sit down to seemingly picturesque southern Italian meals. which almost always reveal that they are all in possession of everything that is the complete opposite of la dolce vita.

While the show made me question America’s penchant for putting the rich on pedestals, it also started giving me weekly cravings for authentic Italian food. In order to indulge my culinary wanderlust and get a taste of this dolce vita life myself, I visited the new Italian restaurant Numero28 in Highland Village, which prides itself on its authentic southern Italian cuisine. The restaurant ended up charming me somehow The White Lotuses privileged characters never could.

Numero28’s new Houston outpost, which opened in September, is the New York restaurant’s third location in Texas (Numero28 Austin opened in late 2014 and Numero28 Dallas opened in late 2020). The restaurant’s locations in Texas are all co-owned and operated by Sicilian native Bernardo Nolfo, who brought Numero28 to Texas after receiving the endorsement of longtime friend and collaborator Rolando Biamonte and the Biamonte family, the founders of Numero28 in New York.

The restaurant’s Houston outpost, like others in the group, represents a crossroads of Italy – from Rome to Naples, Calabria to Sicily – while showcasing the best of southern Italian cuisine. italy through a menu rich in pizzas, pastas and enough passion to make Jennifer Coolidge bend and break. (OK, we’re mixing our Tanyas and Paulettes now.)

Although Numero28 has a rather inviting (and heated) outdoor patio, we opted to have our meal inside, which to our surprise was much smaller than expected. After finding our seats in a cozy corner of the pipsqueak restaurant, which has a major European street cafe vibe, my guest and I perused the menu while listening to the restaurant manager converse in Italian with the table next to us, which we took for a very good sign that we were going to live an authentic experience.

To start, we opted for the caponata, a mixture of sweet and tangy vegetables with aubergines, served on a crostini; and the arancina tradizionale, a saffron-spiced risotto ball that, at Numero28, is stuffed with a hearty beef Bolognese sauce and peas. These two antipasti were quickly followed up with the prosciutto e mozzarella, which included a massive helping of Parma ham, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula and chipotle aioli.

Because Numero28 is known for their pizza, we opted for their signature Numero28 pizza for our next course. The pizza features delicately shaved spek, mozzarella, mushrooms and a rich truffle cream sauce that made us savor every bite. Although we were already quite full by then, we decided we couldn’t leave without sampling some of the restaurant’s pastas and other dishes, so we treated ourselves to an order of cacio e pepe, served at the table. in a little show that involves tossing the noodles into a wheel of pecorino cheese and the Melanzane alla parmigiana, a classic eggplant parmigiana prepared lasagna style with a rather delicious tomato sauce accompanied by fresh basil and mozzarella. Both dishes hit quite well.

We ended the meal the way all meals should end: with Numero28’s ultra-tasty tiramisu, which was, in another little show, dubbed tableside with a Vatican-sized dose of cream and cinnamon powder. The tiramisu served as the perfect ending to a meal that, with the help of a few limoncello cocktails, made us embrace la dolce vita enough that when we left we were saddened when we remembered we’d be driving home rather than by car. Vespa – a classic case of scoot-and-switch.

The owner of the dressing will open six new concepts Fri, 11 Nov 2022 23:24:40 +0000
Albuquerque restaurateur Erin Wade at Feel Good. Wade is preparing to open three new restaurants, a curator’s kitchen, a food stand and a private club in Albuquerque within the next two years. (Greg Sorber/Diary)

Erin Wade’s first step into the restaurant industry started with a rejection.

She applied to work at Subway, but was too young to work as a meat slicer.

Many years later, however, the fashion school graduate now owns a slew of restaurants in New Mexico and Texas — with more to come soon. Wade plans to open three new restaurants, a curated kitchen, a food stand at Country Club Plaza and a private club in Albuquerque, all within the next two years.

Wade opened a farm-to-table salad restaurant in Santa Fe in 2008 after opening a ranch in Nambé. By 2012 the brand had expanded to Albuquerque and in 2016 Wade established a new location in Austin.

The Albuquerque Vinaigrette location at 1828 Central SW. Next year Vinaigrette will move across the street and the space will be filled with Schweinhund, a German brewery. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

She also opened two Modern General Feed and Seed general store locations, one in Santa Fe and one in Albuquerque, as well as comfort food restaurant The Feel Good.

The three new restaurants are planned for the area between Old Town and Downtown, which a few years ago rebranded itself as “West Downtown.”

Vinaigrette will move across the street to join two new “microconcepts”: a pizzeria, inspired by the 1988 film “Mystic Pizza” starring Julia Roberts, and a Polish-style deli called Krolicki’s – partly inspired by the Polish American heritage from Wade’s fiancé. The three restaurants will share a curated kitchen, a choice that Wade says adapts to changing eating habits.

“Cities need strong centers to be vibrant and vibrant,” Wade said. “I think it’s more effective to try to activate the whole neighborhood with a multitude of close, but complementary rather than competing concepts, than to disperse them all over the city.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has had lingering effects on restaurateurs, Wade said. Takeout has increased and customers want to sit outside, “even when it’s, in my opinion, too cold,” Wade said. Vinaigrette’s move will add more patio space while consolidating restaurant operations in the communal kitchen.

German brewery Schweinhund will take over the former Vinaigrette space.

When it comes to food, “my only rule is no rules,” Wade said. Although each of the restaurants tackles a different cuisine, Wade said they all feature unique ingredient pairings, as well as farm-fresh ingredients — a way of looking at food she learned about when she was studying at Milan at a local pizzeria. His favorite pizza included prosciutto, corn, and four cheeses. At Vinaigrette, a staff favorite meal is pizza made on the restaurant’s homemade foccacia.

“I’m coming full circle,” Wade said.

Our guide to 6 out-of-town coffee chains now in San Antonio, from Black Rifle to Austin’s Summer Moon Wed, 09 Nov 2022 19:10:25 +0000 It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee, San Antonio.

A 2021 study found that we were among the “least awake” cities in the country based on the number of cafes per person. But for anyone who has traveled our many highways over the past couple of years, you know that is changing rapidly as many new java stores pop up at major intersections and in malls across the city.

While many of these newcomers are local businesses, foreigners clearly see an opportunity here as well. At least half a dozen cafe chains based outside of San Antonio have opened or aggressively expanded their footprint here since 2020.

With all that free-flowing caffeine, it can be hard to tell the difference from chain to chain. We’re here to help with a guide to six coffee chains that have become very visible in the city.

We’ve visited at least one location of the following brands and rated the store on decor, functionality as a remote desktop – think amenities like Wi-Fi and power outlets – soundtrack playing while people sip their cold nitro beers and flat whites, and, naturally, the coffee itself. All locations visited offer drive-thru.

On Mike Sutter’s 10 Best Cafes in San Antonio

Black Rifle Coffee Co. has several stores in the San Antonio area.

Paul Stephen/Staff

Black Rifle Coffee Co.

This Utah-based chain opened its first physical store in Boerne in 2020 and has continued to expand in the San Antonio area. We visited the location along Bitters Road near US 281 and the first thing we saw was the need to park a quarter mile away in a nearby lot. This place is almost always bustling with customers, and it will be a challenge to find a spot for your car.

Black Rifle is probably best known for its pro-military stance and frequent viral videos poking fun at hipster cafe culture. And it looks the part, with military-inspired decor and merchandise throughout the shop. The soundtrack during our visit included hits from Chris Stapleton and Eric Church playing above. It’s a great option for setting up a laptop, with plenty of tables and counters, free Wi-Fi, and plenty of USB-equipped power outlets.

Black Rifle’s potent drip coffee was powerfully aromatic with a balance of bitterness and acidity. A cappuccino delivered an impressive airy cloud of milky froth mixed with a splash of espresso. The ice cold Vanilla Draft Latte was almost like sipping on a strong beer, with a creamy head and a solid balance of flavors.

Black Rifle Coffee Co., multiple locations,, Facebook: Black Rifle Coffee Company

Drinks are served at the Black Rock Cafe Bar.

Drinks are served at the Black Rock Cafe Bar.

Paul Stephen/Staff

Black Rock Coffee Bar

This Portland-based chain debuted in San Antonio in 2022. Its boutique at the intersection of West Avenue and Blanco Road on the north side is a complete sensory experience with an Instagram-ready psychedelic wall, funky modern light fixtures, exposed brick, black paint and wooden beams punctuated by an eclectic soundtrack ranging from Deniece Williams to Daddy Yankee. There are a dozen surfaces that could double as a desk with USB outlets and free Wi-Fi.

Black Rock’s basic drip coffee had a pleasant aroma but was brewed with a light touch and tasted watery. A blended frosted matcha latte had a pleasant sweetness and strong green tea flavor that was well balanced with a slug of whipped cream. A warm latte delivered a modest bitter, slightly fruity espresso in a creamy, full-bodied milk base.

Black Rock Coffee Bar, multiple locations,, Facebook: Black Rock Coffee Bar Texas (San Antonio)

A selection of drinks are served at the Dutch Bros. cafe.

A selection of drinks are served at the Dutch Bros. cafe.

Paul Stephen/staff

Dutch Bros. Coffee

This Oregon-based brand has apparently found a place to set up one of its stores in nearly every neighborhood in town with at least 15 locations open or soon to be scattered across the San Antonio landscape. There is no indoor seating at any of these drive-thru and walk-in locations, though the location at the intersection of West Avenue and Loop 410 has a pair of picnic tables outside serenaded by the tunes of Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. No public wifi or power outlets were available.

Dutch Bros. Nitro Cold Brew. had a sweet fruity flavor with little bitterness, and was a perfect easy sip for a hot day. A festive hot chocolate was intensely sweet with a playful sprinkle of peppermint candy on top. The Rebel energy drink was overly sweet but delivered a nice hit of fruity acidity under a creamy cap floating on top.

Dutch Bros. Coffee, multiple locations,, Facebook: @DutchBros

A selection of beverages are served at The Human Bean.

A selection of beverages are served at The Human Bean.

Paul Stephen/Staff

The human bean

Another import from Oregon, this drive-thru and window chain’s location along Bulverde Road in the far north has no indoor or outdoor seating, nor Wi-Fi or music above. But there is good coffee.

A cup of straight black coffee has a flavor somewhere between a medium to dark roast and has been brewed quite gently. It’s perfect for buying in bulk to sip on a long road trip without the jitters. The Irish Breve was more powerful and had a robust body thanks to half and half. A green tea smoothie was a little sweet, but refreshing and had a pleasant tea flavor.

The Human Bean, multiple locations,, Facebook: @thehumanbean

Drinks are served at PJ's Coffee in New Orleans.

Drinks are served at PJ’s Coffee in New Orleans.

Paul Stephen/Staff

New Orleans PJ’s Coffee

If you need a quiet place to work, this is the place. The new location at the intersection of Wurzbach Road and Interstate 10 near the medical center is equipped with plenty of tables, free Wi-Fi, USB-compatible power outlets, and barely perceptible music. The hum of the kitchen refrigerators was louder than the sound system. The space is light and airy with soothing cream-colored walls and a staff that said “bless you” in unison when a guest sneezed.

The drip coffee served black here is dark, strong and bitter with just a hint of acidity. A mocha latte had just a hint of sugar, allowing the chocolate and coffee flavors to shine through in a frothed milk mixture. And don’t miss the granitas. It’s basically a coffee slurry made in an iced drink machine with a great balance of flavors and just the tiniest sweetener.

PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, multiple locations,, Facebook: @pjscoffee

Drinks are served at Summer Moon Coffee in Austin.

Drinks are served at Summer Moon Coffee in Austin.

Paul Stephen/staff

summer moon cafe

The Austin-based Summer Moon has been in San Antonio since 2016. Its latest addition is a store in Stone Oak along US 281 that opened earlier this year. This cozy spot welcomes patrons with a playlist of indie hip-hop, synth pop and other obscure tunes and a heady aroma of freshly ground coffee beans. The space is small and only offers a few tables to use as a desk, but you’ll find free Wi-Fi and power outlets to keep you working.

Of all the stores visited for this story, Summer Moon had the most playful and diverse line of drinks. The 007 – one of many James Bond-inspired drinks on the menu – featured two shots of dark, rich espresso in a sweet cream-based concoction called “Moon Milk” that had substantial body and a good balance of flavors. The Blue Moon Latte was a surprise hit, essentially a conventional latte modified with aromatic lavender. Autumn Blend Black Coffee eschewed the sticky territory of sweet pumpkin spice, instead tasting nuts, chocolate, and caramel without any sugar.

Summer Moon Coffee, multiple locations,, Facebook: @sipsummermoon | Twitter: @pjbites | Instagram: @pjstephen

The Loren at Lady Bird Lake Sun, 06 Nov 2022 11:30:00 +0000

The highly anticipated The Loren at Lady Bird Lake in Austin is now open and is the first U.S. hotel under The Loren Hotels and Residences brand. Featuring 108 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, all with lake and city views, The Loren at Lady Bird welcomes guests to a greenhouse in the grounds, with a Nido destination restaurant, milk + honey spa, beauty center fitness center accessible 24/7, a rooftop terrace with infinity pool and signature event space with 180 degree views. Conveniently located near downtown Austin, guests can easily explore the city via the pedestrian bridge in front of the hotel or free electric bicycles available upon request.

“We are thrilled to introduce the bustling city of Austin to The Loren brand with the opening of The Loren at Lady Bird Lake. Beautifying everyday life is central to our focus and every design detail has been inspired by our lakeside location with the skyline in the background,” said Stephen King, CEO and Founder of The Loren Hotels. “This is our first property in the United States and we know that domestic and international travelers seek premium hotel stays in locations that organically offer stellar views paired with attentive service, amenities and thoughtful design.”

Loren Brand worked with a number of talented advisors to bring their vision for The Loren at Lady Bird Lake in Austin to life, including Rhode Partners, Drenner Group, Hoar Construction and Fleur-de-lis Interior design. Modern accommodations, impeccable service and exclusive amenities at Loren at Lady Bird Lake are the perfect counterpart to the indoor-outdoor environment surrounding Austin’s iconic Lady Bird Lake.

Elegant King Rooms offer generous spaces with sophisticated modern furnishings and expansive views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Luxurious bathrooms feature natural stone, walk-in spa showers, plush bathrobes, SFERRA towels and Malin+Goetz products. Rooms at Loren at Lady Bird Lake also include fully stocked gourmet minibars with carefully curated selections ranging from snacks to bourbon and wine. The expansive one and two bedroom suites offer uninterrupted panoramic views of Lady Bird Lake to the north and feature a comfortable sitting area, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the surrounding nature. The Loren Suite and Premier Suite offer balconies with prime views – from Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin to the Texas Hill Country. In-room dining is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Guests can expect masterful services and amenities, including the exclusive Nido Restaurant, a new restaurant concept that blends the rugged charm of the surroundings with the culinary techniques of coastal Europe, all perched above Lady Lake. Bird and vibrant cityscape. Diners will feel welcome to a moody getaway eight stories up as Nido offers a simple, accessible and elegant dining experience with an ingredient-driven mindset led by Executive Chef Brad McDonald. Outdoor seating is available overlooking Lady Bird Lake.

As a tranquil destination hotel, The Loren at Lady Bird Lake is also home to a Milk + Honey Spa. The world-class 5,000 square foot space offers a full range of all-natural spa and medical spa treatments with ten treatment rooms, steam showers, lounge area and amenities rooted in a healing-focused philosophy. , well-being and relaxation. A rooftop terrace with infinity pool offers guests a great place to enjoy a full poolside experience, including food and beverages, and a 24/7 fitness center 7 is located on the 7th floor.

The perfect salad wrap (no, not so nice): Spring rolls that still pack a punch – Food Thu, 03 Nov 2022 09:28:32 +0000

Grilled Pork Spring Rolls at Baguette House & Cafe (Photo by Jana Birchum)

What is the perfect food? To me, it’s a comforting dish that’s easily accessible, affordable, relatively painless to cook, and hits the spot every time, even when the version you’re eating isn’t great. Goi cuon (also known as spring rolls, salad rolls, or summer rolls; I’ll call them spring rolls here) is that dish for me.

As I sit in one of the oldest and most established Vietnamese/Chinese restaurants in the capital (hint: it was one of the only pho shops in the 90s, strictly Vietnamese then), train eating spring rolls, something dawns on me as I drown them in peanut hoisin sauce and chili garlic sauce from Huy Fong Foods. They’re always satisfying, like mediocre pizza or fries and queso when you’re hungover, because it could very well be the perfect food for Central and Southeast Texas.

A spring roll is basically a small salad with some type of protein wrapped in fresh rice paper and served with a dip of the hoisin peanut or fish variety, most often. There are two schools of thought on the origin of this dish. Some claim it was an innovation of Quang Trung, the second emperor of the Tay Son dynasty (1788-92). Legend has it that he wanted his soldiers to be always on the move, even forcing them to carry themselves in hammocks, taking turns sleeping while they chased their enemies. This constant movement required mobile, portable, light food that did not need to be heated and could be devoured while walking. The other argument for the provenance of spring rolls is that they are a direct result of the Chinese occupation of Vietnam over 2,000 years ago, due to their similarity to the Chinese spring roll. However, where the Chinese spring roll is fried and crispy, the Vietnamese spring roll is soft and fresh, and the rice paper wrapper is a Vietnamese invention.

Have humans packaged salty and sweet ingredients in a flavorful type of wrapper and ingested them for thousands of years? Yes. However, the various combinations of fresh herbs and lettuce, rice vermicelli, pickled vegetables and protein, wrapped in fresh rice paper and then dipped in something thick and sweet or umami, sour and salty, are uniquely Vietnamese. China is the origin of so many culinary traditions, including the spring roll in its various deep-fried permutations across Asia and Asian-inspired cuisine, but they’ve never had a fresh one like us. we encounter in the Vietnamese culinary lexicon.

If you come across a Vietnamese restaurant that doesn’t serve a version of a spring roll, that wouldn’t be suspicious per se, but out of character. In Texas, it’s basically the fries on our burger, if you count a bowl of steaming pho, a bowl of bún, or a bánh mì as your burger. And when you come across a Vietnamese establishment that doesn’t serve spring rolls, it’s also a place to eat if you like that type of food, because they don’t cater to any western palate. I guarantee they will have equally delicious and fresh offerings.

Houston, Texas from 1975 to 1988 was ground zero for the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees after the fall of Saigon. And while San Jose, California was home to the largest population of ethnic Vietnamese until around 2007, many left California in the late 1980s for more affordable housing and accessible jobs in Texas, especially in the southeast region of the state. Texans benefited greatly, culturally and gastronomically, from the blunders and tragedies of the Vietnam War. I do not write this lightly, nor steeped in cynicism, but any diaspora begets regenerative cultural and food migrations, new inevitable combinations, education and the fusion of food fads.

Most spring rolls are legit by my palate’s calibrations, but the ones listed here are exceptional, and if you find yourself in one of these places, don’t sleep on those tiny salad rolls.

Home & Coffee Baguette

Grilled Pork Spring Rolls (3) – $7.50
10901 N.Lamar

This mainstay of North Lamar báhn mì in Austin’s “Chinatown” (we can make a good case for renaming it “Little Vietnam”) is one of the most refreshing, satisfying, texturally perfect and perfect spring hearty (for what is generally considered an appetizer). ride in town. I usually opt for the grilled pork. You get three substantial rolls, which are more than enough to share if you’re having a sandwich or to serve as a light meal on their own. The pork is savory, tastefully marinated and reminiscent of Chinese roast pork, but less sweet. But it’s the veggies and roughage that shine here, with always bright green leaf lettuce, fresh cucumber, pickled daikon and carrot, and a fresh rice paper that holds it all together. The rolls are never dry and hard around the edges, a sure sign they’re made to order, or so close that most people couldn’t tell the difference. A substantial to-go ramekin of gooey peanut hoisin sauce and chili garlic sauce is served for dipping. Absent, omnipresent, the fine rice vermicelli, but with the mini salad and the grilled pork, you can’t miss them. Baguette House also offers grilled beef, grilled pork bun (much like sausages) and a vegetarian option.

Pho Phong Luu (Noble Pho)

Grilled Pork Sausage Spring Rolls (2) – $5.50
11800 Dessau

I’m a newcomer to this location, previously on North Lamar, now reopened on Dessau Road. Fabulous food, family atmosphere, very cool place, always great service. These rolls are going to be medium to smallest in this roundup, but expertly crafted with delicious and unique ingredients. These rolls are tightly wrapped and thin, with a large oblong slice of grilled Vietnamese sausage, a lightly marinated carrot, fresh cilantro, rice vermicelli, cooked greens and a fried rice paper “cigar” for texture. . They clearly married these ingredients with a purpose. The tartness of the carrot, the crunch and texture of the cigar, a bit of chewiness from the greens, and the salty richness of the sausage, all served with a thick and rich peanut hoisin sauce, combine for one of the best spring rolls in town. I pile each bite with chili garlic sauce, the ubiquitous Indonesian condiment found in most Vietnamese establishments. I would be wary of any place that doesn’t have a version available. There is also a tofu roll available.

tan my

Goi cuon (pork and shrimp spring rolls) (2) – 5$
1601 Ohlen

Tan My regularly makes all the noodle shop lists for their light but complex pho bowls, definitely one of the best bowls of noodle soup in town for my money. Their spring rolls are in this same echelon. They serve a shorter roll, with a healthy helping of fresh green leaf lettuce, rice vermicelli, thinly sliced ​​roast pork and halved boiled prawns, and a big stick of fresh cucumber for that crunch. There’s no pickled daikon and/or carrots, but there are plenty, served with a peanut-hoisin sauce. The menu mentions bean sprouts in this version, but I haven’t had bean sprouts in the last orders I’ve had, an ingredient that’s definitely not missing. They also offer a version with fried tofu and bean sprouts (optionally).


Grilled Pork Spring Roll (3) – $7
1309 W. 45th

The little red trailer on the northwest corner of 45th and Burnet in the Rosedale Market parking lot is a win. They do this choose-your-own venture with their menu, and you can add avocado, extra meat, and/or an egg to your buns, or whatever, if you really want. I don’t recommend any of this on their rolls, as their grilled pork spring rolls, as is, are all the rage. They’re stuffed with richly seasoned grilled pork, lots of crunchy lightly pickled carrots, a little cilantro, vermicelli noodles, and chopped iceberg lettuce (the only downside, but it adds a little extra crunch). You’re going to get three squat buns, plump like Tan My’s but bigger, and a thin peanut hoisin with peanut garlic chili sauce, plenty for a light lunch or to share with a bánh mì or a bowl. . They also have shrimp, chicken, and tofu options.

Spend a cuon-tastic day: Goi cuon in Pho Van (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Van Pho

Goi cuon (grilled pork spring rolls) (2) – $4.25
8557 Search #120

The no-frills, unassuming pho shop at the second-best strip mall for Asian food is a mainstay, and their spring rolls are always above average. This is the best value for money in this roundup. They come with hot roast pork, lightly marinated carrots, fresh green leaf lettuce, rice vermicelli and bean sprouts, served with a thin peanut hoisin sauce with lots of fresh peanuts and marinated carrots on the above. These are decent sized rolls, and the hot pork really sets them off. The juxtaposition of hot and cold may seem strange, but it works perfectly. It’s like adding grilled steak or chicken breast to your salad. Pho Van also offers shrimp, grilled beef, chicken and tofu.

Austin Talks | Brandon Johnson, resident of Austin, candidate for mayor of Chicago Sun, 30 Oct 2022 13:12:51 +0000

Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson has officially joined the race for mayor of Chicago.

Johnson, who has lived in Austin for more than a decade, announced his candidacy Thursday at Seward Park in Cabrini-Green, near Jenner Academy Elementary School, where he began his teaching career.

He was joined by more than 100 supporters, including colleagues from the Chicago Teachers Union; Aldes. Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa; and State Representative Delia Ramirez.

Johnson said he was humbled and humbled by the support he received when he made the decision to join a crowded group to challenge incumbent Lori Lightfoot in the Feb. 28 election.

Johnson represents the 1st District of Cook County, which covers parts of Austin, Garfield Park, Near West Side, Oak Park, Maywood, Forest Park, Broadview and Bellwood. Before being elected in 2018, he was a Chicago public school teacher and worked for CTU under Karen Lewis.

Johnson mentioned Austin in his speech as one of the “most dynamic neighborhoods” but also one of the most violent. He lives there with his wife, Stacie, and their three children who attend CPS.

“Just recently we had to change one of the windows in our kids’ bedroom because of one of the bullets that came through our window. That’s the reality,” Johnson said.

During his announcement speech, Johnson cited public safety as the city’s biggest issue and promised to take preemptive action to reduce violence.

“We need treatment, not trauma. We need to invest fully in health care, in social housing, green jobs and invest fully in our neighborhood schools,” he said. “It’s violence prevention.

Austin’s history of divestment has influenced its fight for fairness and justice, Johnson said, adding that he will focus on the neighborhood in ways that Lightfoot failed to.

“We are strongest when we work together, and because this mayor has ignored the experts — the expertise, as well as the experiences, of community members like my neighbors in Austin — that’s why we’re not going into the right way. That’s why people don’t feel safe.

Johnson said he plans to “set up shop” in Austin during his campaign. He said he will organize meetings and also engage with the community there.

“I’m going to react and respond and go where people in Austin ask me and need me, so definitely we’re going to go down to Austin.”

Austin residents are what make the neighborhood so beautiful, especially seniors, Johnson said. He mentioned Roberta Wilson and Lillian Drummond as his “screams”. Another of his loves – the MacArthur restaurant.

“I really like the dressing in the mac and cheese at MacArthur’s,” he said.

If elected, Johnson will be the first mayor in Chicago history to live in Austin. “How cool is it going to be?” says Johnson.

Lightfoot’s campaign aimed to portray Johnson as a one-note candidate, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“There’s no shortage of ambitious politicians trying to advance their own careers right now, and we’ll be showcasing Mayor Lightfoot’s progressive accomplishments against Brandon Johnson’s slim resume any day of the week,” the official said. Lightfoot camp in a statement. “In Johnson’s case, his campaign rests on one platform and one only: to defund the police department entirely. It’s easy to talk about what you would do — it’s another thing to be in the arena, to do the work every day to move our city forward.

Johnson told the Tribune that such comments are “typical of the mayor. She has a very narrow view of the world, doesn’t understand that my job predates the fact that I just served as Cook County Commissioner.

He cited his time as a teacher and organizer at CTU, where he worked on the successful campaign to bring an elected school board to Chicago, to raise funding for the CPS and the 2012 strike. Lightfoot’s Response “shows you how disconnected she is from the workers… (and) the fact that she is intimidated by the work. And that’s why his working day is going to end in a few months.

Johnson just received a $1 million contribution from the American Federation of Teachers in addition to an earlier donation of $125,000 from the group’s Illinois affiliate, the Sun-Times reported. CTU also contributed to Johnson’s campaign.

Johnson is the eighth black candidate for mayor to join the race, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He joins Lightfoot; outgoing City Council members Sophia King (4th) and Roderick Sawyer (6th); State Representative Kam Buckner (D-Chicago); millionaire businessman Willie Wilson; community activist Ja’Mal Green; and Chicago Police Officer Frederick Collins.

Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas and Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) is also in the running.

Archives – October 28, 2022 issue Thu, 27 Oct 2022 23:36:51 +0000

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A helpless clown is still a clown in our book


Our picks for national and local races


Eight candidates are vying for Austin’s most powerful YIMBYs and NIMBYs


Do you have a problem with our endorsements? This is not news! Here’s some of what we heard.


Plus the return of the Austintatious Artists


Get your vote in this week’s election ticker


Candidates talk climate, cops and city workers


Nashville, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Atlanta in the lead


Wading through muddy waters


Keep green machines green


Skaters and cyclists christened the concrete at Mueller Southeast Greenway Park



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A Peculiar Tea: A Belfast restaurant offering free Sunday roast dinners for people who need help amid a cost of living crisis Sun, 23 Oct 2022 14:35:00 +0000

A south Belfast restaurant has been hailed by customers after announcing it will cook free Sunday roast dinners for needy families and vulnerable people until Christmas.

Peculiar Tea, based on University Road and owned by Carryduff-born Gemma Austin, made the announcement on social media, confirming the benevolent offer will run every Sunday until December 18.

The restaurant said it “won’t be asking about attendees” and instead called on people who really need it to contact them by email or phone to confirm their attendance each week.

They said the deal includes a family meal and dessert between 12pm and 3pm.

“As everyone knows, times are tough. People are struggling financially and with Christmas on the horizon, everyone is under pressure to pay bills, heat homes and buy presents,” wrote the restaurant.

“I promised myself when I opened the restaurant that it would be about community, helping others and being a safe place for everyone. So we will do what we do best and try to helping people who need it.

“If you are taking part you must email or message 07842828240 to let me know you are taking part and with how many people by Thursday evening.

“I don’t want to lose anything, so I’ll only cook for the amount I know will come. You can enter every week or as many times as you like.

“We hope people with high disposable incomes don’t use this as an excuse for free food, as we won’t ask about participants. We hope that only those who will benefit will participate.

“There will also be free juice. The bar will be closed and it will not be possible to bring alcohol. No social network will be used to guarantee the anonymity of those present.

“It’s not a lot, but one good meal a week can be a big help for those in need. It doesn’t matter if you’re a full-time worker going through tough times or a single mom or dad with kids who just need a helping hand. Take the help that is offered, we all need it sometimes.

“If you or someone you know could benefit from this, please contact us via the email or phone number provided. Please let others know so we can help as many people as possible.

Founder and chef Gemma Austin previously appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu last year, when she finished second in the show’s heats.

News of the offer prompted many to praise the restaurant on social media, with users calling it “so generous” and a “truly wonderful gesture”.

Marion Harrison posted: “Well done, so heartwarming to hear. Reaffirms my faith in humanity.

Wellness Experts to Open Stunning New Resort in Austin, Clubs in Houston and Fort Worth – Canyon Ranch Jumps in Texas Thu, 20 Oct 2022 23:44:50 +0000

JThe life-enhancing luxuries of Canyon Ranch, honed over four decades of spa-infused wellness, are on their way to the Lone Star State via the Texas Hill Country where plans are underway for a resort a short driving distance from Austin. The Texas commitment, revealed this week, includes the addition of Canyon Ranch clubs in Houston and Fort Worth and an app to meet customer needs 24/7.

“It’s a big market. We love Texas. We think Austin is a really vibrant and exciting city,” said Canyon Ranch CEO Jeff Kuster. PaperCity. “We were able to discover the right place to do it.

“It’s a beautiful piece of Hill Country not far from Austin with rolling hills, pecan groves, oak trees and water, everything you want in Hill Country.”

Canyon Ranch has partnered with VICI Properties Inc. to secure up to $200 million in capital to develop its new Austin resort with plans to begin construction in 2023 and open to guests in 2025.

“Not many people understand what we’re really doing,” Kuster says. “We offer quite a different experience than anyone else and finding the right location to provide a setting of immersive natural beauty really helps put it all together.”

Unlike the typical resort spa, Canyon Ranch bills itself as a pioneer in wellness counseling with a team that includes scientists, physicians, professionals and doctors who provide clients with personalized advice on establishing and maintaining of a life of well-being.

“Wellness” is the hallmark of Canyon Ranch.

Austin’s First Canyon Ranch

Kuster isn’t ready to reveal the exact Austin location of the new Canyon Ranch resort spa that joins a trio of popular resorts in Tucson, Arizona; Lenox, MA; and Woodside, California. He is also unwilling, at this time, to reveal the name of the notable architect who signed on for the project.

Kuster says, however, that part of the company’s ethos is to celebrate location. Thus, Canyon Ranch takes the approach of “being light on the ground, minimal.”

“The scenery is really so beautiful that we’re going to celebrate it,” Kuster continues. “You want to feel like you’re in the Hill Country.”

The grounds of the elegant Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass., show what people can expect at new resort towns in Texas.

Looking at the other resorts in the Canyon Ranch group, it’s clear that environmental sensitivity is the basis of the design of all properties.

club power

The theory behind the Canyon Ranch clubs directed to Houston and Fort Worth is to improve engagement with its visitors by helping them maintain that good life when they return home. Kuster refers to it as an ecosystem where people are only about 90 minutes from the station and have the club at home. He said there’s a demand for mini-versions of the resort experience without accommodations in the cities where his customers live.

“We also love Texas because of the ability for us to do something in every major metro in the state, creating that reinforcing root,” Kuster says.

The Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts is certainly impressive.
The Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts is certainly impressive.

The two clubs, based on membership, will be 30,000 to 40,000 square feet in size with a full plate of state-of-the-art fitness, spa and community activities, as well as experts and advisors in sports medicine. All at a luxury level, assures Kuster. Websites for the Austin station and clubs in Houston and Fort Worth are already in place and can be found here.

The Fort Worth club will be located near the new Crescent development in Fort Worth, which will include a 200-room hotel and a new restaurant by celebrity chef Dean Fearing. A late 2023 opening is planned for the Fort Worth Canyon Ranch. Canyon Ranch aims to open the Houston Club in 2024.

A recently launched Canyon Ranch app provides additional wellness information and guidance to guests wherever they are, any time of the day or night. The first version of the app is available for guests of the Tucson Canyon Ranch resort.

Now wellness is coming to Texas. In a big way.