Upcoming Music Festival in Huntsville, TX

It’s Bigger than Texas!

Spring is in the air in Texas and the line-up for this year’s Huntsville Music Festival looks hotter than ever before!

This free event takes place in Rather Park on April the 21st and the 28th from 5 pm to 10 pm. Reviews from last year’s festival were overwhelmingly positive and the event organizers are going all out to make 2016’s event even bigger and better. Continue reading

Top BBQ Restaurants around Austin

Austin is known for being one of the places where BBQ is very popular, and that is because the restaurants take great pride in preparing their special version of BBQ’d food.

In fact, a lot of people travel all the way to Austin just to have a taste of their delicious barbecues. Because many people are curious as to what restaurants are the best in Austin, several of us decided to interview a set of local bartenders, chefs, service industry pros and wine experts. In order to know the rankings of restaurants, each of them was asked to give a corresponding letter of A to F, A being the highest or best, and F being the lowest or not good.  Luckily, none fell into the F category. Continue reading

South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Film Festival Not To Be Missed!

30 YEARS OF SXSW

 

South by Southwest festival has become one of the most iconic festivals in America as fans of all different tastes and backgrounds descend on the venues of Austin, Texas to enjoy a week of diverse live events in intimate settings. As it has grown in popularity, SXSW has expanded its program and the 2016 line up for sees a mixture of music, film and interactive events across March. The music element takes place between March 15th and 20th and this year, blues fans can travel down to see two incredible blues bands. Continue reading

Austin’s Increased Hospitalizations from Synthetic Marijuana

A wave of hospitalizations has hit several counties in Texas as the use of Synthetic Marijuana has increased in the last few months. Synthetic marijuana is an artificial combination of various herbs and chemicals, some of them dangerous, to create a drug with a similar effect to natural marijuana. Officials say that they have found some variations that have rat poison as well as oils. The increase in use of synthetic marijuana, also referred to as K2 or spice, is attributed to its highly addictive nature, easy access, the perception that it is as natural as real marijuana and the difficulty in detecting it during drug tests. Its colorful packaging also helps attract its young users. Continue reading

STD Test Locations in Austin

OK, so this is my first and only PSA (public service announcement) on this website.

A friend of mine happened to ask me the following question while I was Googling on my phone:

What’s the closest STD Test Clinic near me right now?

I won’t bother you with the reason for his question, but I did find what he needed.

So without further adieu, introducing Austin’s first and only comprehensive directory of STD Test Locations!

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The 10 Best New Texas Bands of 2015 (plus one from Tennessee)

Living in a town with more music venues per capita than any other United States city has an advantage, in that there is always somewhere to go where an awesome new band is playing in Austin, my home.

As a twenty-something single male Austin-ite, I spend a lot of my free time looking into new bands. I especially like new groups that are just coming up or have been around but only started being noticed.

Here are my favorite new Texas bands for 2015 – plus one from TN: Continue reading

The Best Tequilas of 2015

Whether you are hosting a margarita party, serving it as an aperitif or doing shots with old college friends, these top-rated tequilas should impress your guests and make everyone smile.

It’s impossible not to say Tequila and Mexico in the same breath. This delicious spirit with its wide variety of unusual flavors and strong taste symbolizes the best of Tex-Mex cuisine and culture. Tequila is much sought after by aspirational drinkers, owing to its unique flavor, as well as unobtrusive sweetness. Continue reading

Adderall Abuse on the Rise in Texas Universities

The rising number of cases of Adderall abuse in the United States has become a top matter of concern among key players in the education industry, especially among American colleges and universities.

 

Originally designed for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) among a very small minority of people, Adderall has become an extremely popular study drug at college campuses today.  Many research studies have been done to understand the nature and the size of the problem, for example: Continue reading

“The Interview” Keeps Austin and America Weird

Austin, Texas (CNN) — Most Americans are probably familiar with the T-Shirt slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” Ever since Willie Nelson brought rednecks into an alliance with hippies back in the psychedelic ’70s, Austin has milked its quirky libertarian spirit for a worldwide bonanza of free publicity. Both South by Southwest and “Austin City Limits” were born in the cradle of this stoner plea. But in recent years, the Texas capital has become corporatized, the weirdness factor replaced by Starbucks, Marriott and Chase Bank.

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How To Throw a Texas-Sized Margaritaville Party

Every Texan knows that Austin and Margaritas are joined at the hip. The margarita is our cultural beverage of choice. If you haven’t had one at Chuy’s, you don’t know what you’re missing!

You can’t ever go wrong by serving Margaritas at a laid back, relaxed party.

I hold a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville party at my house every August when the heat is at its highest here in Hill Country. It’s a perfect time to chill out, drink some cold bevs and catch up with friends.

I like the Margaritaville theme because (a) I love Buffet and (b) it sets the right mood for a late summer party.

To make a Margaritaville party authentic, you have to focus your energy on the right decorations, the right food, tequila, and serving delicious frozen margaritas – while of course playing great Buffet and Texas-style tunes. It also helps if everyone comes dressed as a Parrothead!

Here are my best tips for holding your own – have fun! Continue reading