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Uchiko: a Japanese restaurant in an Austin farmhouse

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Friday 15 July 2011

The American South’s hippest city — Austin, Texas — got a little bit cooler last year with the opening of Uchiko, a contemporary Japanese restaurant that serves up innovative and sustainable food in a warm farmhouse setting.

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Lee Barber: playing live in Austin

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By Matt the Electrician in New Music on Wednesday 15 June 2011

One of the best songwriters I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Lee Barber’s ability to create landscapes with words is absolutely unparalleled in the physical universe.

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Play Me I’m Yours art installation in Austin

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By Lang Freeman from Sounds Under Radio in Cool Travel on Monday 9 May 2011

A month ago, I began noticing these random upright pianos popping up in the most odd places all across Austin: on pedestrian bridges, running trails, in front of downtown building. It’s a beautiful idea for an art installation, using a city known for its music, culture and artistic identity, and painting it with its own […]

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Jad Fair live in Austin

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Saturday 7 May 2011

I had somewhat forgotten about Jad Fair over the years. After watching Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King years ago, and being rather touched by the story behind Jad and his bandmates, not to mention their music, I’ve been unable to find much by way of recent activity. Then I heard he was playing in my hometown, Austin. Jad Fair live: this should get interesting, and interesting turned out to be an understatement.

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Watercolor portraits by Austin Power

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By Kristine Wood in New Art on Wednesday 16 March 2011

In this series of minimal watercolor portraits on paper, Austin Power continues to explore the difficulty and discomfort in fully understanding a person. Using the physicality of his subjects as a guideline, Power employs intuitive emotional color to create snapshots of his personal relationships.

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Maggie Austin Cake in Washington, DC

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Monday 6 December 2010

If you thought it was impossible for something to be too pretty too eat, you may reconsider after taking a gander at the luxury line of cakes and cookies at Maggie Austin Cake in Washington, DC. Maggie LaBaugh, the veritable mastermind behind the whole operation, was a former classical ballet dancer who now runs a custom cake design shop that will literally make your jaw drop. Maggie draws on her earlier training to create exquisite confections using clean lines, classic simplicity, and sheer elegance. She employs a strong artistic structure taking inspiration from famous sculptures, painting movements and even the realm of haute couture.

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Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout poetry

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Friday 23 April 2010

With his Newspaper Blackout pieces, writer and artist Austin Kleon uses a marker to black out all but a few select words printed in the New York Times, carving out little poems from the articles of the newspaper.

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Seat belt hammocks at Austin’s Kimber Modern

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Tuesday 15 September 2009

Whilst staying at the Kimber Modern in Austin, Texas, recently, I came across these awesome hammocks made from car selt belts designed by Ting London, which they had hanging in the communual space at the hotel. I checked in with Kimber, the owner of the Kimber Modern, and asked her how important the small design touches are at the hotel and how she keeps abreast of what’s out there that might work well? ‘The small design touches are crucial. It’s what sets us apart from so many other small hotels. Every item, no matter how minor is thoroughly researched to make sure it works for the hotel. I feel that it’s the every day items, like cork screws, salt shakers, pot holders etc. should be little works of art. So much thought goes into those small details or design touches. I search on line for unique exceptional items. I also get a bunch of catalogues and design/architecture magazines’. [Photo by Alison Zavos]

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The Kimber Modern Hotel, Austin, Texas

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By Zolton in Architecture on Wednesday 29 July 2009

Whilst in Austin the other weekend, I spent a couple of nights at a beautifully designed hotel called the Kimber Modern, which is located in the happening SOCO area, just a short hop, skip and sideways roll to the bustling hive of restaurants and cafes along South Congress. The Kimber Modern is a hotel with a twist. First up, the architecture is stunning, this elegant and contemporary building with subtle splashes of color to break up the overall white-walled minimalism. And then there are the clever design touches, such as communal hammocks made from car belts, and a giant tank churning liters of water in a calming, almost Zen-like manner. [photos by Alison Zavos]

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Austin Motel’s phallic signange?

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2009

I was in Austin last week and spent a night at the Austin Motel, where the rooms are all themed and the signage is a little … err … suggestive. As far as I can tell, it’s either telling me to bugger off or to come prepared. I mentioned it to the receptionist as I […]

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Robert De Niro really did have a taxi driver license

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 19 July 2014

As part of his preparation for his Taxi Driver role, Robert De Niro not only learnt how to drive a taxi, heeven spent some weekends driving a real cab. Apparently a passenger recognized the method actor and remarked rather astutely, ‘Well, that’s acting. One year the Oscar, the next you’re driving a cab!’

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Aw, just look at all these Wet Dogs! We interviewed the photographer

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Wednesday 11 June 2014

‘Wet Dog’ is a series that captures the down and out faces of our beloved pooches as they experience the harrowing experience called: bath time. In this exclusive interview, the photographer behind the series, Sophie Gamand, explores the relationship between humans and dogs in her body of work that includes dog high fashion, dog pageant, and dog rescues (she really loves dogs.) [read our original post about Wet Dog here.]

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Yup, this may be about the most breathtaking video of the stars we’ve ever seen

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By Zolton in Video on Friday 6 June 2014

Just breathtaking. That’s about all we can say about this short video by Terjes shot atop El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain (3,718 metres) over 7 days between April 4th and 11th, 2011. It gives you a frontrow seat to some stunning nightly activity, awash with colour, light and action.

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The world’s oldest cat is 24 years old (114 human years)

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Wednesday 28 May 2014

The secret to longevity: KFC. Ok maybe not, but that’s what keeps the world’s oldest cat going and going and going. Poppy, a 24-year old cat – that’s 114 in human years – from Bournemouth, England, was recently recognized as The Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest living cat.

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Two years! That’s how long it took to build this detailed globe out of matchsticks

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 27 May 2014

Reddit user yoderaustin, purportedly the son of artist Andy Yoder, recently started a thread with pictures of his dad’s pet project: a rather huge globe (over half his height) painstakingly constructed from matchsticks in the last two years, with each matchstick head individually colored to reflect clouds, the sea and land mass. It even comes […]

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