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On a recent trip we discovered this wonderful 7th century working water mill in the center of the southern Dutch city of Maastricht that grounded spelt flour and prepared breads using traditional methods.... Read more
Thanks to a roster of high-profile festivals, you might first think “music” when Austin comes to mind. And you wouldn’t be amiss: The city is known, after all, as “The Live Music Capital of the World.” But Austin, the fast-growing state capital of Texas, is much more than its rich music scene. It’s an eclectic college town, a haven for independently owned businesses, a liberal pulse in a conservative state. Populated by a colorful, dynamic mix of longtime locals and newer transplants who strive to “Keep Austin Weird,” the city is perhaps less eccentric than it wishes it were—especially given all the new high-rise condos around—but the point is that it strives to be different, thereby attracting interesting new businesses, ideas, and people. (Plus, it is still home to “chicken sh*t bingo.”) The local food scene reflects this diversity, ranging from Southern classics and BBQ—always an area obsession—to Tex-Mex favorites and superb locavore options. Whole Foods started here, so it’s only natural that nowadays there are food trailers turning out locally sourced, gourmet foods at trailer-appropriate prices. A terrific array of local beers—or wine, for that matter—to pair with your expertly smoked brisket? Check. Spend a few days in Austin and you can’t possibly tire of the dining, drinking, shopping, and music options. Stay longer and you might never leave.
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