music

Another SXSW has come and gone

By Tiffany Young

As many of you already know, I’m a big fan of music, and more specifically, music festivals, which works out great with me living in a place like Austin, Texas. Here there are three main music festivals, in my opinion: ACL Music Festival, SXSW Music and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

The coordinators of SXSW are smart in that they have coordinated the festival dates around UT’s spring break, which local schools generally are based around as well. This means, not only can all the college students attend, but also professors and teachers. And it’s not unheard of for students from nearby colleges to come into town for the occasion. That being said, it’s been a long time since I was in high school or college, but I do work in education, so this was the first year I got the entire week off to celebrate SXSW ( I mean spring?).

Even though going, going, going can, indeed be exhausting, as many are apt to complain about, I find this week also to be rejuvenating. Just the sheer amount of creativity going on in Austin during the week is amazing. There is also a film festival and interactive festival going on. It’s hard to imagine the amount of genius that surrounds all this activity.

Instead of telling you about my whole week (which to be quite frank—I could not recall everything anyway), I will be highlighting a few things from my week, and then, if Flickr cooperates, I will add more photos later.

1. Probably THE most inspiring act at SXSW was Rich Aucoin. I had seen him before, but this year I saw him a whopping three times. If you’re not familiar with him (and it’s unlikely you are) he’s a Canadian, who produces dance parties at will. Think: screaming “Let it go – o – o -o!” playing with giant parachutes and confetti flying in the air mixed in with YouTube videos. I know.. it’s hard to imagine. But If you get the chance, try it out. I think Rich’s genius is that he’s just a guy who’s bringing fun and stress relief to a generation who sometimes forgets about fun in the need to succeed.

This show is all about letting loose and having a good time en mass with a bunch of strangers, who you’ll share a bond with by the time all is said and done. If you’re just looking for the best musician at the festival, this might not be your cup of tea, but if you’re looking for a heartfelt party, this is it.

2. July Talk came in at a close second for me. This duo is insanely passionate onstage. It’s hard to describe the crazy rock feel, but I’ll try. The guy part of the duo, Jeremy Dreimanis, reminds me of a crazed Johnny Cash. In contrast, the sweet gal, Leah Fay, has a sweet Betty Boop-ish voice. They banter with one another while toying with the audience. Leah not only was drinking honey from the bottle onstage, but offered it up to many an audience memb

er. By the end of it all, you’ll be slightly scared of Jeremy (from yelling at the audience to wake up, while slapping his own face) and enamored of Leah, who’s flirty and sexy and seemingly sweet. If you’re looking for an energetic show, that plays around with teasing and has a sense of the unexpected, this is where it’s at. The band is solid and the energy is catching.

3. Other bands of note: Loved Wonder Villians (seriously poppy, reminds me of Cindy Lauper); Loved MISUN (Cheerleader moves, gorgeous indie-rock voice combined with hipster clothes); Austin’s own The Gents (Rockabilly Indie Music, if that were a thing with a lead singer that has bounds of energy–they are playing a free show Tuesday in Austin with RSVP); And of course, there were lots, lots more that I truly enjoyed–these just left a really lasting impression.

4. Food: We’re still a food blog, so I guess I’d be remiss to not

mention the food I ate. I finally got to try Café Crepe, which was delish. I also ate  falafel from a food truck–can’t remember the name, but it wasn’t Kebabalicious. Shout out to Nespresso, who served up yummy coffee during interactive (’cause clearly Austin needed to be a little more wired than usual that week). Other than that, I was usually on the go and didn’t grab pictures or just grabbed Roppollo’s pizza, while I was on my way to another show. There was a party at Maggie Mae’s serving poutine.

If I can get my other photos uploaded, I may share more of my week later, but for now, that’s all the South By news. Until next year!

Food Abundant at ACL Food Trucks

By Tiffany Young

It’s festival season in Austin right now and we’d be remiss not to mention the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Although it may not be my very favorite music festival in this great city, it *is* still a pretty good one, if you don’t mind crowds, port-a-potties and being really sweaty. But, hey, it’s not in September anymore!

This year’s lineup was pretty amazing. But the question is: What kind of food matches these artists?

Fun./Jimmy Eats World/Vampire Weekend/The Nationals/Ms Mr/Passion Pit/Noah & the Whale/Phoneix and many more …

So glad you asked. While this year I focused mainly on staying hydrated (lemonade, lemonade and more lemonade from various vendors as well as Sweet Leaf Tea), a girl gets a little hungry when they’re dancing so much.

lemonade

This year, I ate:

Franks Veggie dog with cole slaw—Pretty amazing. I wanted chili, but it had meat in it.

From Frank's
From Frank’s

Vegetarian Kimchi Fries—Delicious. Wouldn’t change a thing.

Kim chi fries

Avocado Jalapeno Bahn Mi—Eh. This needed a little less peanuts for my taste and the sweet vinegary sauce I’m accustomed to, but it did the job.

avacodo jalepeno bahn mi

A Falafel—Not bad, but I definitely prefer Kebabalicious if given the choice.

falafel

There were a lot of trailers I wanted to eat from, but there’s only so many meals you should eat in a three-day time period. Next up: Fun Fun Fun Fest. I hope to see everyone at the November festival! Until then: listen to great music, eat great food and create community.

Voyages into the Unusual World of Gin and Music

By Tiffany Young & Antonio Delgado

Marc Stoddard

Marc Stoddard

Hendrick’s Gin sponsored a free drink party (FDP) in Austin in May featuring White Ghost Shivers, gin drinks, delightful food bites and many unusual sights. OhSpooning was lucky enough to take part in this free party and report back on its findings.

Listen to Hendrick’s U.S. Brand Ambassador Marc Stoddard describe what makes Hendrick’s unique, from its process to its taste, in the following interview with OhSpooning and the lovely sounds of White Ghost Shivers soundchecking:

Enjoy a Hendrick’s drink, recipes and photos courtesy Hendrick’s Gin:

VITU Traveling Punch 

HendricksTravelingPunch

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • crème de mure
  • fresh lemon juice
  • blackberry sage tea*
  • Demerara/lemon oleosaccharum**
  • sage leaves
  • blackberries
  • lemon wheels
  • chilled soda water
  • ice block

Combine ingredients except for soda water in a punch bowl and add ice, stir, top with soda and garnish.

*republic of tea 1 bag per 16 oz then chill peychaud’s bitters

**Take whole lemon peels and muddle with Demerara sugar 3 hours in advance of the event.  Then stir in 1/2 of the lemon juice to dissolve the sugar

Family Tree

Family Tree

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Fresh watermelon juice
  • Fresh lemon
  • simple syrup
  • Basil
  • Montelobos
  • Soda water
  • lemon wheel
  • watermelon juice

Combine ingredients except for soda water.  Ice, shake well and strain over fresh ice

into a long glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a basil leaf.  Serve.

Night of the Iguana

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • celery juice
  • cucumber juice
  • fresh lemon
  • simple syrup
  • cucumber wheel
  • ground sea salt
  • ground cubeb berry

Combine ingredients, add ice, and shake well.

Strain into martini glass. Garnish with cucumber dusted with ground cubeb and sea salt

Traveler’s Testament

Hendricks Testament

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Rooibos Tea*
  • Lime juice
  • Raspberry Syrup**
  • Coconut Flakes Toasted****
  • Cold sparkling water
  • Cucumber Blood Cocktail
  • Lemon verbena infused-Hendrick’s
  • cucumber juice
  • lemon juice
  • simple syrup
  • green chartreuse

Shake, strain, and serve in vessel garnish with cucumber “eggs”, (cuc-flavored spherified caviar) or infused cucumber balls depending on serving vial.