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We love that this weather still calls for outdoor events where the only addition needed is possibly putting on a sweater.
To celebrate, we’re starting to host featured brewer nights on a regular basis. We think it’s a great way to showcase the amazing things “brewing” (we love a good pun) down here in Austin.
Come out this Wednesday, November 7th from 7-9 p.m. and raise your glasses to Lone Star’s Texas Bock. This lager has a roasted, malty aroma with a mild caramel taste. And the best part about it (except for the beer, of course) is you get to take home a Lone Star pint glass (first come, first serve- we’ve got 50 glasses.) Good beer and free glassware? Yes, please.
On top of all that magic, the Bee Creek Boys will be playing on our porch starting at 8 p.m. Come down and enjoy the beautiful Fall evening, listen to some local tunes AND drink beer out of your new pint glass. Wednesday evenings just got more awesome. Happy drinking!
Are you familiar with the Pacific Trash Vortex (a.k.a. Great Pacific Garbage Patch)? It’s hard to define, but could be described, as National Geographic says, a “free-floating ‘dump’ twice the size of Texas.” It lives (or lurks, rather) somewhere between California and Hawaii, and continuously collects garbage (mostly plastic) due to converging ocean currents.
The Pacific Trash Vortex isn’t a new discovery – scientists have been aware of its existence since the late 90s. Nevertheless it persists as a primary piece of evidence of world-wide issues with improper waste disposal.
“Perhaps 10 percent of the 260 million tons of plastic produced worldwide each year ends up in the sea–much of it in the swirling currents of the North Pacific Gyre and other ocean vortices,” National Geographic said.
(image: LAFD Dive)
That’s right! The City of Austin’s begun a zero-waste initiative that, with proper implementation, will divert 95 percent of waste away from landfills by 2040. The initiative is a project of Austin Resource Recovery, formerly known as Solid Waste Services. “The new name is more in line with the Department’s mission toward zero waste,” says the Austin Resource Recovery home page. Bob Gedert, who is director of the program, further explains “With the advent of zero waste, material collected is now seen as a resource that is recovered for a second life, rather than a waste stream destined for a landfill.”
With this shift in thinking, comes the city’s plan which, according to this recent article in Community Impact, will aim to “reduce costs for those who produce less waste.” This means the city wants to reward those who divert the most waste from entering landfills, and will encourage folks to take advantage of improved recycling programs and composting carts (scheduled to become available in 2015). Yay!
Produce less waste, spend less money – it’s a win-win and we love it!
(image: Austin 360)
Here’s an interesting (and timely) seasonal twist on a classic favorite: a chicken salad recipe from Healthy Green Kitchen that calls for persimmons and pecans. The beauty of this recipe: if you live in Central Texas, you can get all the “fixins” for this salad locally, because as y’all know, ’tis the season for persimmons and pecans! What’s more, it’s a great way to use leftover roast chicken or turkey!
(image: Wikimedia Commons: “Persimmons”)
If you ask a Texan what color the inside of a grapefruit is, chances are they’ll say “red.” This may seem like an odd response to the rest of the country because most varieties of grapefruit have pink or white flesh. But here in Texas, about a hundred years ago, a genetic mutation caused our pink and white grapefruit crop to turn “ruby” red.
Texas grapefruit is a total rock star in the grapefruit world – it’s sweet, bold, and stands out in the crowd! Get a craving yet? Good timing, because it’s citrus season, so you won’t have any trouble finding these local gems at farmers’ markets and grocers you trust.