Paula Disbrowe

Recent Posts By Paula Disbrowe

What Every Picnic Basket Needs (Besides a Corkscrew)

Clad in her signature pearls and slingbacks, Vilma Mazaite, the impeccably dressed director of wine at LaV restaurant in Austin, curated one of the most prestigious cellars in town. And while she loves to introduce customers to obscure grapes and the best crus from Burgundy, she’s far from a wine snob. Mazaite, who was just honored as one of Food & […]

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A Feast of Love at Heartbreaker Banquet

  Thanks to SXSW (sxsw.com), there’s a lot of extraordinary music being played in and around Austin this week. But it’s hard to imagine a more extraordinary or quintessentially Texas event than Heartbreaker Banquet (http://www.heartbreakerbanquet.com), the one-day music festival held Thursday night at Willie Nelson’s “Luck, Texas” ranch. The now annual gathering (attended by a well-heeled, group of tastemakers in film, fashion, music, […]

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South By San Jose: Still Crazy After All These Beers

When I moved to Austin in 2006, South By San Jose (http://www.sanjosehotel.com/events/south-x-san-jose/) (SXSJ), the annual 5-day festival concurrent with SXSW (sxsw.com), still felt like a bit of a secret. The event served up the thrill of an off-grid music fest (free! no wrist bands required!) in the parking lot of Liz Lambert’s iconic Hotel San Jose (www.sanjosehotel.com). If you arrived early enough, you […]

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Loud Music and Tasty Tacos with Quiet Company

“It’s good to be here this morning,” jokes Quiet Company’s (quietcompanymusic.com) lead singer Taylor Muse, “though it would be nicer to be here at 7:00 this evening.” For most people–and certainly most rock bands–early morning does not translate to a loud, pulsing, guitar-driven performance, but the painful alarm clock doesn’t deter the top musicians or enthusiastic fans who arrive sleepy-eyed for KUTX (http://kutx.org) Live at the Four Seasons (www.fourseasons.com/Austin‎), […]

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Austin’s Hottest New Restaurant Melds Modern Texas Style With Everything You Want to Eat Right Now.

It’s only been open for three weeks but Launderette (launderetteaustin.com) already feels as comfortable and welcome as a pair of broken-in boots (stylish boots, mind you). Housed in a former Laundromat (hence the name), Launderette occupies a quiet corner of a leafy residential area (an appealing distance from the frenetic scene downtown). But judging by the hordes of SXSW (sxsw.com) […]

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We Love: San Antonio’s The Brooklynite

Contributing editor Paula Disbrowe claims one of the 35 chairs at the sleek The Brooklynite in San Antonio, Texas, celebrating the cocktail.

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Next Great Neighborhood: Oklahoma City’s Plaza District

In the 1920s, the Plaza District was a bustling neighborhood. After flourishing for decades, the area succumbed to a period of urban decay in the 1980s. Now, the small but mighty historic area has emerged as a hub of creative energy. These days, it’s a place where you can grab a slice of pizza before catching a live theater production, […]

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Where to Drink in Austin: Midnight Cowboy

Contributor Paula Disbrowe discovers that cozy booths, a secret buzzer, and killer cocktails crafted tableside make Midnight Cowboy the best incarnation of a speakeasy around. Not in Texas? We’ve included a recipe from the bar menu you can mix up at home! THE FRIENDLY BARKEEPS: Beverage director Bill Norris, known around Austin for his knack for giving classic cocktails a modern […]

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Southern Happy Hour: Rolf and Daughters in Nashville

Sample bracing Italian aperitivos and sorghum-spiked sours at Rolf and Daughters, one of Nashville’s coolest new drinks destinations. THE BARKEEP Matt Tocco (who amassed a fan base for his craft cocktails at The Patterson House) runs the bar. His use of fresh ingredients and bold flavors, such as bitter Italian amaro, has made Rolf and Daughters—a neighborhood restaurant serving Mediterranean fare with Southern […]

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Next Great Neighborhood: Austin’s South First Street

A-list chefs, internationally inspired fare, and hip artists have helped blossom this strip of South First Street into one of Austin’s most talked-about scenes. Here, some of our favorite new hotspots in the neighborhood.

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