Apr 30, 2014 by

And not a drop to drink.  In some parts of the world that’s not just a famous poem, it’s an unfortunate and heartbreaking way of life.  Chef David Bull, of Congress Restaurant in Austin, and CHEFS TABLE AUSTIN is doing something to change that.  A typical example is the WATER TO THRIVE fundraiser at The Palm Door on Sixth Street that he and other high profile chefs donated their time and talents to raise awareness of the water or lack of it in Ethiopia.  After a cocktail hour (a good fundraiser always starts with marinating the guests) and a silent auction, George Vaught lead the crowd in a game of Heads or Tails.  New to me.  We were asked to choose between putting your hands on your head or your —uhhh, errr—your “tail”.  George...

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Apr 20, 2014 by

You may remember the article, Fits Like A Glove, I wrote a few weeks ago in holahillcountry.com.  It was about women’s custom clothing sources.  Among those mentioned was PIOL, a very distinct and quality made to measure company for the women’s market.  After I finished the article, I decided to order a dress.  I had a ball designing it and was very impressed with the detail and choices of things like necklines, sleeves, length, etc.  Well, yesterday, I received the dress and I’m so excited, I couldn’t wait—I had to show you!  I ordered a basic black—-I needed a new LBD.  I wish you could see the finish and craftsmanship and it feels sooooo good.  The dresses are made in New York (team USA!) and are shipped quite quickly.  I’m sure there’s no problem...

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Apr 17, 2014 by

This year I’m totally rerouting Easter.  Yes, I did get out the Easter bunnies, my Mother’s bunny candy dish, and the kitschy “Have A Happy Easter” wooden stake.  I usually don’t “do” cute but I make an exception for Easter and I do have years of memories with them.  Oh, the days of staying up late stuffing candy in plastic eggs and carefully hiding them in the yard—hoping Cupcake, our chocolate Lab, would not eat them while I grabbed twenty winks.  Oh, the memory of brand new Easter outfits, Sunday dinners and Easter egg hunts at Riverhill, and leaving a warm cabin to go up the hill at MO Ranch for a chilly sunrise service.  One year, I stayed up all night finishing a dress for my daughter only to miss church because I...

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Apr 10, 2014 by

No, the hunk doesn’t come with the boots, but Zulily is having a sale on Lucchese boots—-that’s right, our beloved National Shoe of Texas!  The sale will only last a few days, so saddle up and click here for that perfect pair of iconic boots.  BTW, take time to go to the Lucchese web page.  Not only is it beautiful, but it’s a quick read on the rich history of the Texas proud company.  One more thing, owning a pair of these boots is usually listed in top things to do if you’re a true...

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Apr 6, 2014 by

Call me crazy, but my dishwasher makes a sound that is exactly the three notes in Camelot.  I hear it when I close the door and push the wash cycle button.  No, Richard Burton does not sing it, but those three notes you hear —Cam-ah–lot….Cam-ah-lot are quite distinct.   I’m telling you my Electrolux dishwasher has that down.  Now that I think of it, so does the Electrolux oven.  I just haven’t identified that melody, yet.  But, I know the microwave makes a few notes that is the beginning of a song that was popular a few years ago, Freeze Frame by J. Geils Band.  Da da da dada da da.  For the longest time, I could not figure out that tune—in fact it was like playing Name That Tune except no winner.  Where is...

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