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May 2012

There are 18 blog entries for May 2012.

Austin Private Schools: Secular Based

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 11:27am. 5,676 Views

Austin hosts a wealth of academically rigorous private schools, both day schools and boarding schools. Selecting one can depend on a family’s proximity to the school, religious affiliation, and academic philosophy. Below are just a few of the highly regarded private schools in Austin: 

Austin International School 

Austin International School, located not far from Lake Travis and Milwood neighborhoods, is recognized for its strong and broad-based academic curriculum, its progressive math program and its high-quality, international education. Students are not only immersed in French, English and Spanish, they are also educated in all subject areas using these languages. Austin International School provides an international education based on solid

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Austin Private Schools: Christian Based

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 11:06am. 3,610 Views

Austin is a diverse city, with an equally diverse choice of schools for children and teenagers to attend. The city has highly-regarded private schools, both secular and religiously affiliated. Selecting one can depend on a family’s proximity to the school, religious beliefs, and academic philosophy. Below are just a few of the highly regarded Christian-based private schools in Austin: 

Regents School 

Regents School of Austin, located close to Travis Country, is an independent, private school based on a mission to provide a classical and Christian education founded upon and informed by a biblical worldview, that equips students to know, love, and practice that which is true, good and beautiful, and which challenges them to strive for excellence as

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Cooking Classes in Austin

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 5:31pm. 4,268 Views

Julia Child helped make the Paris Le Cordon Bleu cooking school famous, and Austinites can learn their own kitchen skills at the Austin campus of Le Cordon Bleu, or choose from several other local culinary programs. Austin cooking schools cater to both chefs and home cooks, so whether you want to learn to serve a restaurant sized crowd or make a delicious meal for yourself, you can find the right class to take at one of the schools listed below: 

austin le courdon bleuLe Cordon Bleu 

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, not far from Lake Travis and Avery Ranch neighborhoods, combines classic culinary techniques with modern innovationsand the latest in global cuisine. At the Austin campus, students can develop a focused theoretical foundation and learn essential

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Austin Spirits: Flavored by Austin

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 11:04am. 2,913 Views

Austin is home to many pleasurable creations, and one of its newest, most popular exports is both natural and man-made: liquor. As the variety of spirits distilled in the Austin area grows and flourishes, the creators of those spirits continue to draw inspiration from Austin for the culture of their products. Below, we’ve paired Austin iconic alcohols with their Austin landmarks.  

deep eddy sweet tea vodka, austin liquorDeep Eddy: The Vodka

With offices off of Congress Avenue in South Austin, Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka has made a sizable impact on the community since it was first introduced in 2010. Combining vodka with a traditional Texas mainstay seemed as natural as the cold springs that inspired the name and the natural Texas ingredients, like 100% cane sugar, clover honey, Texas spring

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Austin Luxury Homes: Turn Your Man Cave into a Gentleman's Den

Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 10:41am. 12,674 Views

luxury foosball tablesMen, experience your coming of age. Where you once enjoyed the converted garage in your starter home, with its beer pong table and neon sign, now it’s time for your upwardly mobile self to enjoy an Austin luxury home with a custom designed recreation room. But, fear not: transitioning from a “man cave” to a “gentleman’s den” can be as simple as a few high end, grown-up toys. 

First, consider the Teckell Collection foosball tables. These elegantly designed tables are handcrafted in Italy and designed by Adriano Designs, featuring the most innovative materials and technology. The collection includes a variety of styles, such as the Intervallo with surface area for a Scotch neat to sit during game play, and the limited edition Angolo with a clean,

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Polkadots Cupcake Factory Takes the Cake in Austin

Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 9:14am. 3,770 Views

Polkadots Cupcake Factory Takes the Cake in AustinUniversity of Texas students have the perfect West Campus study break option on Rio Grande St. with Polkadots Cupcake Factory. The small shop, located in a craftsman cottage, bakes cupcakes, custom cakes, and hand-iced cookies from scratch every morning. The couple behind the shop, Olga and Ben Lee, both gave up corporate careers in 2008 to pursue the dream of creative entrepreneurship. The result, a thriving bakery bursting with local flavor and chocolate chips, has benefitted Austinites from across the city, especially those in nearby neighborhoods Barton Creek and Eanes ISD.

Polkadots Cupcake Factory Takes the Cake in Austin

Olga developed the recipes for Polkadots cupcakes at night while working by day in a cubicle at a major consulting firm. With help from Ben, a graduate of the UT McCombs

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Art on the Green Makes Putt Putting on the Shores of Lake Austin Fun

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 6:00pm. 3,490 Views

laguna gloria art austinAustin is well known for its unusual art fixtures, but this spring at the 12-acre Laguna Gloria grounds on the shores of Lake Austin, quirky art is taken to a whole new level as local artists, students, architects, and designers worked to create the masterfully interactive 9-hole art installation/putt putt golf course known as Art on the Green. The course utilizes its natural surroundings and allows participants to interact and engage with art in a playful and meaningful way. 

The exhibits ranged from the marvelously absurd: 

Boozefox’s Rodent of Unusual size hole (formally named Nutrioppossumus) at Hole 7 came with a magnificent back story that involved a class of biology students who were swallowed up and discovered in its bowels. Of course, most

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Hill Country Cupcakes - a Farmer's Market Organic Treat

Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 3:58pm. 3,004 Views

hill country cupcakes, austin cupcakesHill Country Cupcakes operates a little differently than most local cupcakeries. In lieu of a storefront, cupcakes are sold at the weekly Barton Creek Farmer's Market. Owner Katie Bycura explains, “Austin’s farmer’s markets are a thriving and unique community. They are better than a permanent location, as they encourage people to shop local and serve as a one-stop shop for produce, prepared specialty foods, live music, and family-centered fun!”

A life-long Austinite, Bycura is a Westlake High School graduate, who returned from college in Washington, D.C., to become a pediatric registered nurse. Her concern for health and love for baking found their natural expression in launching a bakery with special focus on organic ingredients and recipes suited for

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Schlitterbahn: The Hottest Coolest Time in…Cedar Park?

Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 10:06am. 10,434 Views

Schlitterbahn Cedar ParkEvery kid growing up in Central Austin knew that summer meant a few things: languid afternoons, lots of cartoons, and – best of all—the annual trip to Schlitterbahn. The Bavarian-themed water park, bustling with families and twisting slides, was a surreal escape from the summer heat. Afternoons spent swimming through the ice-cold waters of the Comal River (followed by a juicy roasted turkey leg) were hard to top.  Once a 30-minute drive from Olympic Heights, Texas’ favorite summer destination is now on the fast track to opening its newest location near Avery Ranch, between Hwy 183 and 1-35. 

In addition to being a new summer escape, the soon-to-be Cedar Park Schlitterbahn will add a generous boost to the local economy, creating thousands of new jobs

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Back Door to the Trade Accommodates the Vision of Austin Interior Designers

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 2:30pm. 9,084 Views

austin interior design, austin upscale luxury homesBack Door to the Trade is unlike any design center in Austin – it does business exclusively with designers. It’s been Austin’s only wholesale design center for 12 years, providing a shared space for four distinct showrooms that offer products for commercial and residential use. Call ahead of time if you want to tour their Northwest Austin showroom; the services found here are ideal for Austin luxury home owners who want a unique touch in their home décor.

Before opening BDT, Priscilla Laffey and her business partner, Donna Stockton-Hicks, worked for English’s Drapery & Interiors near Circle C. They had larger goals that flourished, and the two consequently established relationships with a core group of designers. Together, they embrace the role of a

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