The Austin Food & Wine Festival presale is live and you do not want to be left hanging! Tickets always sell out for this festival, so get ’em while they’re hot! The talent lineup drops on Thursday, August 24th and I’m hopeful to see a few local favorites in it (looking at you, Chef Kristen Kish) along with rising stars. One thing I can always count on is an abundance of sampling, both food and wine, along with educational seminars for wine and spirits. The festival is an immersive experience, and I’m pleased to see Chef Tim Love back with his Hand On Grilling adventure. The #AFWfest is a gustatory celebration, and you need to be a part of it.
It’s baaaaack! Home Slice Pizza is again offering $15 special-edition pint glasses (filled with your choice of beer) as well as socks in celebration of Pride month. Y’all those socks are colorful and fun rainbow striped with a pizza design, giving off retro vibes. The popular pizza joint will donate $3 from each sale directly to Out Youth in Austin and the Montrose Center in Houston. Show your support for these fine non-profits, and grab a pint and socks today!
Whether you call it a White Elephant party, a Dirty Santa gift exchange or some other name for this holiday gift swap, you know you have to bring your A game. The goal is to end up with the best gift of the bunch, but shopping within a budget can be challenging. Here’s a few of my picks, based on current seasonal sale items and food, of course.
$50 Limit: Dinner & a Movie. Amazon has Fire TV Sticks on sale for as little as $15 as part of their Black Friday sales. Pair this with a gift card to Homeslice Pizza, sit back and watch your gift be fought over by the eggnog-fueled masses.
$40 Limit: Deck the Halls & Pass the Snacks. I found the cutest food-related tree ornaments at Food 52, especially the grilled cheese half sandwich, but the stick of butter most definitely has a place on my tree. Since buying two will put you over the limit, consider gifting one with a Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar Kit, for that festive feeling.
$30 Limit: Happy Hour Happiness. Grab a sixer of your favorite craft beer and one of these delightful puffer jacket koozies like the ones sold by Uncommon Goods as Cold Beer Coats. They just make you smile.
$20 Limit: In the Mood for Noods. Wrap up this multi-pack of Nongshim Shin Black ramen noodles and a set of training chopsticks. You’ll get a few laughs but trust me, someone will want these noods that Bon Appetit has dubbed one of the best instant noodles.
What is your go to White Elephant gift?