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Otto’s Pop-Up Dinner featuring Leslie Washburne

August 19, 2014

Otto’s German Bistro, as you already know, if you’ve followed the blog for a while, is such a fabulous restaurant in the Texas Hill Country that I love working with and promoting! They do such cool things. A few weeks ago, they had me come down and photograph one of their Pop-Up dinners they throw a few times a year. Of course they throw Pop-Up dinners. Their fabulous dinners feature amazing pairings of great foods and wine, in a multi course dinner setting, at a beautiful location, with a wonderful group of people.They are fabulous and I already made them promise me I can sit in on one …  You should too!!

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This time, they asked local chef Leslie Washburne to be involved and cook the meal!! Leslie created a truly unique Midsummer vegetarian feast from locally sourced produce paired with Texas wine selections curated by Otto’s Sommelier Adam Ehmer. You may already know Leslie as the Owner of Hoffman Haus and as the healthy cooking guru at The Peach Basket. Aside from being a quintessential hostess, world traveler, and tastemaker, Leslie is also a herself a vegetarian and she’s on a mission to debunk the myth of vegan/vegetarian cuisine being just “bunny food”.

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To find out more information about Otto’s or to make a reservation please contact Evelyn Washburne at 830.998.0190 or by email at evelyn@ottosfbg.com. And in the meantime, enjoy these images!!

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To see other Events & Happenings at Otto’s… check out their site here! Enjoy!

Half Step Bar :: Austin

August 15, 2014

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I had a great time in Austin last week photographing for Chris Bostick’s Half Step Bar, a very cool establishment that landed on Rainey Street earlier this year. Bostick and his team, are behind Los Angeles’ venerated craft cocktail haven, the Varnish. Their hope back in Austin is to emphasize that craft cocktails don’t have to be difficult or pretentious.

After working for nearly three years on the concept of Half Step Bar, they are here to deliver a comfortable, inviting place where craft cocktails are accessible. When you walk inside, you’ll find the interiors dimly lit and cozy, with a mixture of new and vintage fixtures, old re-salvaged wood, and plenty of seating. Then on the outside, you’ll find an exterior bar with a range of tables and stools, with a more casual, relaxed vibe. Behind both the indoor & outdoor counters, you’ll find sleek stainless steel bars with easily visible menus and fresh ingredients- ranging from a small variety of fruits and beakers of house made syrups. Plus, they have an entire “ice house” for the production of their homemade ice for all their cocktails.

That’s just to name a few of their key focuses. You’ll have to check it out yourself if you’re in Austin. Stop by and order a Florodora from Chris and his team and tell them we say hello! Enjoy this sneak peek!

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Otto’s | Fredericksburg

August 11, 2014

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Hi Ya’ll! Happy Monday! What better than a little sneak peek of what’s going on at Otto’s- one of my hometown, favorite restaurants!! The Adam’s, John, and Evelyn and their team are doing great since I last blogged on them! {see that here!} What a fabulous spot nestled in the Texas Hill Country! If you’re ever in the area (what more could you want besides live music & food, wineries, scenic drives & hikes, bed & breakfasts and so much more!) you will have to stop by this great spot. Hidden just off main street, with a relaxed vibe, Otto’s is laced with amazing food & drinks, amidst it’s great service, atmosphere and environment. Do yourself a favor, stop in for a bite or a drink and say hello to this great team! And in the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek!

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Vaudeville {Fredericksburg} Monday Night Supper Club

August 8, 2014

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I loved working with Vaudeville, a fabulous Fredericksburg establishment! Vaudeville is a multi-faceted venture which encourages a lifestyle that respects traditions while promoting a current perspective. Situated in the heart of Fredericksburg, Texas this freshly renovated three–story landmark encompasses all you might be looking for under one roof. By sharing their passions, Chef Jordan Muraglia and Artist Richard Boprae aim to become an amenity to the Hill Country and a convenient source of exclusive goods and services in the area.

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“Inspired by a progressive world, we are unafraid to be a source of new ideas and fresh perspectives, offering an authentic urban approach to a rustic lifestyle. We proudly offer a unique combination of sophisticated design, innovative aesthetic, and brilliantly conceived craft, supported by a sincere commitment to our clients.

As the self-proclaimed modern gypsies that we all are here at Vaudeville, it is our mission to bring you the best of what we have encountered throughout our journeys. We truly care about building quality relationships with our suppliers, designers, and customers, providing the ideal level of service that benefits us all.”

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As we developed the concept for Vaudeville, it was of utmost importance to create a recognizable brand, a brand that generates a sense of excitement and exclusivity for our clients. It was also our mission to become a conveyed destination that draws national and international interest to the area.

Before establishing ourselves here, we had been greatly inspired by previous Hill Country pioneers, whose vision has defined a certain standard for the area. We hope that our heterogeneous endeavor will contribute to their vision and be beneficial to the community. We wish everyone who has invested in this community tremendous success and we encourage other entrepreneurs to come and share their passions with us here in Fredericksburg.

We are looking forward  to seeing “Y’all” very soon at Vaudeville.”

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230 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

830-992-3234

Open Wednesday – Monday : 10am – 6pm (5pm on Sunday). Monday Dinner by Reservation.

http://www.vaudeville-living.com

The Scout Guide : Austin

August 6, 2014

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Loved seeing this photograph from Ranch 616 that I took last spring on The Scout Guide Austin blog this week! If you want a great review of the 10 Best Specialty Margarita’s in Austin- be sure to check out the issue! Thanks to Austin Editor, Kelsey for always putting together a fun read with great resources in your city!

The Stoneleigh Hotel : Dallas

July 15, 2014

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The Stoneleigh Hotel stands today as one of Dallas’s most historic hotels. Located in Uptown, it was originally built in 1923 and has remained one of the cities’ most sought after locations for Hollywood icons. It’s most famous guest ranging from Elvis Presley, to Judy Garland, to Katherine Hepburn.

With a recently updated lobby, bar, spa and restaurant- plus a pool on the way, the Stoneleigh is housed with eclectic & modern furniture, a chic courtyard for the Uptown guests, and an experience to match it’s beauty.

I had the opportunity to photograph The Stoneleigh for FIJI Water’s Dallas City Guide last month, and they kindly asked me to come back last week to photograph their restaurant’s fabulous food. Enjoy a sneak peek of some of their top dishes here from Graze Restaurant & Bar and be sure to stop in and grab a drink or a bite next time you’re in the area!

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Grub Burger Bar :: Cocktail Sneak Peeks

July 11, 2014

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Happy Friday, friends! These drinks seemed appropriate for a kickoff to the weekend!

I had the pleasure of working with the great team at Grub Burger Bar in Dallas to photograph their line of summer cocktails a few weeks ago. What fun we had!! If you haven’t stopped by to see their new restaurant, or better yet, try one of their delicious burgers, hand-cut fries, homemade shake … or delicious cocktails, be sure to do yourself a favor! With locations in Dallas, College Station, Houston and Atlanta and new locations opening soon in Midland, The Woodlands, Lafayette, and Philadelphia- you’ll be sure to enjoy them wherever you travel! Enjoy this sneak peek and enjoy the weekend with one of these cocktails!

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