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53.11 Vino Vino

February 22, 2011
After hearing nothing but fantastic things about Vino Vino, I finally made it there on Friday. I love going to a place where the bar has been set high and it still exceeds my expectations.

There is seriously nothing not to love about this cute little wine bar. It’s the perfect stop for a drink after work or a night with girlfriends. The décor is charming. The walls are lined with wine bottles, so there’s definitely something for everybody. Out back they have a nice sitting area with a fire pit, which is fantastic. I could’ve sat out there all night. As we’re getting into outdoor dining season, I’m keeping this bar and its back patio in mind.
Along with a great wine selection, their food is exceptional. We tried a bunch of totally random stuff and everything was delicious. This wine bar has a lot more to offer than your typical cheese plate.
I really can’t say anything bad. My entire experience was just great. I wish I lived closer, and I wish this place was on my radar two years ago when I was in college and lived down the street. I will definitely be back.
Happy Hour is Monday-Friday 5:30-7.
Location:
4119 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78751
http://vinovinoaustin.com/
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52.11 Pub Quizzes at Shangri’La

February 21, 2011
Why are trivia nights so much fun? I’ve been craving a good trivia night since watching Ken Jennings and that other guy get killed by the supercomputer Watson on Jeopardy last week.
For the record, I am absolutely terrible at trivia, but I still love it. Drinking and trivia are always a winning combination. It’s just a great bar activity, and winners can go home with everything from bar cash to gift cards from local Austin businesses. Along with fun and games, they also have drink specials to make the night even more entertaining.
If you haven’t been to Shangri-La, it’s a cool bar. The drinks aren’t overpriced and the people are nice. It’s also a good place to spend time during the upcoming SXSW. My cousin was in town a few years ago for the entire week and this was one of his favorite daytime hangouts!
Nothing like a few too many drinks on a Monday night to make for a long week, but isn’t that the fun of it?
When: every Monday
Time: 7 p.m.
Free to Play
Location:
Shangri’la
1016 East 6th Street #B
Austin, Texas 78702
http://www.whowantsadollar.com/
http://www.shangrilaaustin.com/

51.11 Livestrong Post Marathon Party at the Hyatt

February 20, 2011

It’s Austin Marathon Day! Keep that in mind as you are headed around town this morning. Good luck to all the runners.

I thought about blogging on a place to go eat after finishing the big race, but unless you have reservations you probably don’t have a great chance of getting a table somewhere. You might as well join the after party at that is being hosted by Livestrong. There will be plenty of post-race runners re-living the event.

I have to ask myself, who are these runners that can go 26.2 miles and be ready to party afterward? That’s crazy. If runners show their number they get a complimentary appetizer!

In unrelated news, I saw “Just Go With It” last night starring Austinite Brooklyn Decker. It was very funny and super cute! I would definitely recommend it. Way to make us look good Brooklyn!

Time: noon-7 p.m.

Live Music: 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Location:
Hyatt Regency Downtown/Marker 10
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

50.11 Kite Making Workshop

February 19, 2011

Longtime Austinites know that one of the coolest weekends of the year is coming up – the Zilker Park Kite Festival!!! But to have fun, you need to own a kite.

You can buy one, or just find one in your garage, but the most creative way is to make one! At this workshop, they’ll have everything you need to build an awesome kite and plenty of people to help. The kites you get to make are called sled kites. They’re made out of a plastic sheet, bamboo sticks and crepe paper. These kites can be entered into the kite contest on March 6th (remember that manufactured kites cannot compete in the contest!)

Mark your calendars, because the festival is coming up in two weeks on Sunday, March 6th. Yes, of course there will be another photo contest this year, so be ready! Kite pictures rule!!

Follow the Zilker Park Kite Festival on facebook for updates, kite tips and more leading up to big weekend: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zilker-Park-Kite-Festival/159522434094842.

Time to get creative, happy weekend Austin.

Cost: Free

Age: 5 and up

Time: 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Location:

Dittmar Recreation  Center

1009 West Dittmar Road

Austin, Texas 78748

Phone: 512-441-4777

http://www.zilkerkitefestival.com/?page_id=41

49.11 Paradise Bingo

February 18, 2011

What is it about yelling B-I-N-G-O that is so unbelievably gratifying? It never gets old. We all love winning! Plus, I’m young. I live my life on a budget, so I’m always looking for cheap drinks or cheap fun.

On Friday nights they give you 6 beers (yes, real canned beers) for 6 quarters! You have to pay in quarters, but I repeat, it’s a six-pack for $1.50! That alone makes it an awesome place to pre-party before heading downtown. Cheap beer and the opportunity to win TONS of money is a terrific combination.

You won’t have the full experience until you meet Kimble, the Bingo Gringo! You’ll know what I mean when you meet him. He’s fantastic. I saw him dancing on a table. I also hear that people get so into the game that they actually have “bing-gasms.” I can only imagine.

If you want to try it out, mention that you heard about it from 365 Things Austin and you’ll get a $2 discount!

Location:
1919 E. Riverside Drive
Austin, Tex as 78741

(next to Church’s Chicken)

48.11 Paco’s Tacos

February 17, 2011

I can’t get enough of this spring weather! It makes for great happy hours, and I’ve been taking full advantage.

Paco’s is one of those Austin finds that you really know about from word-of-mouth, or you’re a college student. I go here when I’m hungover because they serve breakfast tacos all day (when you wake up at two in the afternoon that’s always a plus). They’re delicious and easy on the wallet! Their hot, homemade tortillas are truly addicting. When I was little I used to go to this Mexican restaurant by my house in Houston called “Tortillas,” and I would eat so many tortillas I would actually make myself sick. They were too good! These are the closest thing to those old tortillas that I’ve had in Austin, and a good tortilla makes for a good taco. They recently started to serve sliders, but I can’t get away from the tacos.

I tend to pick them up and take them home, but their outdoor seating area is perfect for weather like this! They also have huge TVs, so it’s not a bad place to catch the game.

I have been so excited for their deal today, don’t miss it!  https://365austindeals.com/austin/offer/!

Location:
1304 E. 51st Street
Austin, Texas 78723

http://www.pacosaustin.com/

47.11 Terra Burger

February 16, 2011

If I was going to pick a burger place that was a great reflection of Austin, this would be it.

It’s all-natural, organic, and it has veggie, vegan and gluten-free options — that pretty much covers all the bases. Their food is delicious, and gluten-free buns are not the easiest thing to find at burger joints around town, so this place is a treasure to the wheat-free crowd.

This is not one of those places that claims to be all natural, they really are. Literally everything they serve is 100% natural. This includes everything from their killer breakfast tacos to their organic ice cream.

When given a choice I almost always go for the sweet potato fries, and theirs are amazingly good. They’re also very eco-friendly, which is always a plus. My sister is getting her master’s degree in sustainability, so I always get excited when places are environmentally conscious.

They’re not the cheapest burger in town, but you get what you pay for (in a good way).

Location:
10611 Research Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78759

http://www.terraburgeraustin.com/

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