My father has had the same morning routine since I can remember. I don’t actually know what it looks like–his door was always (mostly) closed in the mornings–but I recognize the sounds and smells: the radio clicking on, the shower knob turning, the creaky medicine cabinet opening and shutting, the Old Spice aroma filling the… Continue reading Ritual

Austin Musts: Walton’s Fancy and Staple

When we were kids, my sisters and I were obsessed with a movie called Practical Magic. Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman were in their long-haired prime, playing two stunning sisters who happened to be witches. The soundtrack was filled (most appropriately) with Stevie Nicks songs like “Crystal.” The movie was just the right balance of heartwarming… Continue reading Austin Musts: Walton’s Fancy and Staple

Austin musts: Elizabeth Street Cafe

As I navigate Austin’s food scene, I’ve started compiling a list of essential Austin restaurants to better entertain any future visitors I may have. I’m starting this list with Elizabeth Street because, quite frankly, I fell in love with the place before I even tried the food. To me, its South First Street facade looked quintessetially Austin before… Continue reading Austin musts: Elizabeth Street Cafe