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There's More To BYOB Than Just Bringing Your Own. Plan Ahead With This Handy Guide

DIY wining and dining requires know-how (and where)
Aug 1, 2014 11:30 am

For a wine lover, the most magical acronym out there is “BYOB.” Toting a bottle of your choice allows you to avoid extraordinary mark-ups — up to 300 percent in some restaurants. Moreover, it makes dining out a more active experience. There is, however, an art to BYOB. Here are some tips on where to go and how to go about it.

Summer Shrub Punch: A Classic Cocktail That Won’t Leave You Stuck Behind The Bar

Austin's Midnight Cowboy shows us the ropes
Jul 29, 2014 3:00 pm

To maximize time with guests and avoid getting stuck behind the stick, batching and chilling a round or two of drinks before the event can showcase your adept drink skills while still allowing time to socialize. To kick off your summer menu, we asked head bartender Michael Phillips of Austin’s lauded Midnight Cowboy for a distinctive summer punch recipe. 

Comedian Andy Kindler Talks 'California cuisine,' Perks Of Stardom

New Yorker turned Angeleno loves talking food
Jul 10, 2014 3:00 pm

We're featuring Q&As from our recent Food Republic Interview Lounge at the W Austin during the Austin Food & Wine Festival and Moontower Comedy Festival, including video excerpts of the sessions with host Richard Martin. Next up, Andy Kindler, a stand-up comedian and actor who has appeared on Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Show With David Letterman, Bob's Burgers and Maron.

David Bull Transforms A Power Plant Into A Grill-Lover's Heaven

Austin chef on space, smokestacks and charcuterie
Jun 26, 2014 4:00 pm

Austin-based chef David Bull and his partners in the La Corsha group have announced plans for both a boutique hotel in East Austin and an ambitious project in Austin’s former Seaholm Power Plant. The restaurant’s theme revolves heavily around outdoor grilling and smoking – an idea both international and intensely local. We spoke with Bull about how a restaurant moves from business plan to reality.

Video: Is This The Reason LaCroix Dropped Joe Mande As Fake Spokesperson?

A comedian, a water brand, a controversy
May 15, 2014 2:30 pm
Photo: Jo Ann Santangelo

A few weeks ago, I interviewed comedian Joe Mande at the Food Republic Interview Lounge at the W Austin in Texas, mainly discussing his tour with Aziz Ansari, his dining adventures and his new comedy mixtape. (We'll have that video and interview on the site soon.) But we also discussed Mande's unofficial role as spokesperson for LaCroix mineral water, a role that in the past week has turned controversial. To start, watch what Mande has to say about how the sponsorship began.

Video: Comedian Michael Che Joins The Line At Franklin Barbecue

People wait hours for famed Austin 'cue. But why?
May 8, 2014 10:00 am
Photo: Mindy Tucker

Recently, we enlisted soon-to-be-superstar comedian Michael Che to answer the burning question: Why are people waiting in line for hours, in the morning, to eat at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas? Watch this original Food Republic video here.

Today In Austin: The Food Republic Interview Lounge 2014

Follow #FRAustin all day for chef, comedian chats
Apr 25, 2014 8:30 am

Austin is also host to one cool food and wine festival going down at the end of the month. The Austin Food & Wine Festival returns next weekend with a full schedule of chef tastings, classes (think Tim Love + 150 smoking grills) and an event called Rock Your Taco, which we had a nice time at last year.

Revealed! Here's The Lineup For Our Austin Food And Wine Festival Interview Lounge

Follow #FRAustin for the news at next week's fest
Apr 16, 2014 1:30 pm

Austin is also host to one cool food and wine festival going down at the end of the month. The Austin Food & Wine Festival returns next weekend with a full schedule of chef tastings, classes (think Tim Love + 150 smoking grills) and an event called Rock Your Taco, which we had a nice time at last year.

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