2017 Schmezolutions: Food, Drinks, & Fun!


Photo by El Sapo

Photo by El Sapo

Everyone’s screaming, “New year, new me!” and I’m sitting here with a mimosa waiting on the ‘resolutioneers’ to leave my gym. It’s called balance, people! Let’s be realistic, food is fun! Drinks are fun! Socializing is fun! Just because the holidays stopped, doesn’t mean that living has to. Here’s my roundup of the best food-related, wine-related, cocktail-related, and just plain fun (mostly free) events that are coming up.

It’ll be First Thursday on January 5th! First Thursday is when the shops on South Congress (typically) stay open late, offer refreshments in store, and South Congress Hotel throws a huge, albeit often crowded party. There’s also an art reception going down at Dimension Gallery from 6-8 that promises incredible sculptures, and free beverages.

Friday the 6th kicks off with a closing reception at Art for the People. Did I mention there’s also a free Burgundy tasting hosted by Glazer’s at that? Well, now I did. Chi’Lantro’s new location will be having free food and drinks with donations to some great charities. Also, shout out to my vegan friends: Vegan Nom is doing a special all weekend with ‘brisket barbecue’ and mac-n-cheese. For my pescatarians: All you can eat sushi, yakitori, and sashimi every Friday at Pacific Rim! Without sashimi it’s $29, with sashimi it’s just $5 more.

Sundays are always fun days, so mix up your brunch with El Sapo’s Burger Brunch: $1 mimosas, $5 bloodies, and a lineup of DJs. Speaking of brunch options, VOX is extending their brunch for one day only, this day, and it’s till 4 people. I’ve seen photos of brunches there. It looks amazing.

Monday doesn’t mean the party has to end. Hotel Vegas is throwing a post-election pity party complete with junk food, Juiceland, and bands. PJs (or sweats) are required, and there’s a $3 suggested donation to Planned Parenthood at the door. I see nothing wrong with any of this, though admittedly don’t own sweat pants.

Kimchi! Kimchi! Kimchi! On Thursday the 12th, check out this amazing, hands-on Kitchen Underground class on Home Fermentation. Word on the street is, there will be cocktails, snackies, and you definitely get to take home your own jar of kimchi.

Saturday night is a date night for most, and on the 14th you have got to check out what Antonelli’s is doing. For $110 (that covers 2 people) you will have composed cheese plates, charcuterie boards, fancy chocolates, and various other sweets.

Wednesday, the 18th, Craftsman will be hosting a $15 beer and cheese pairing class that sounds well worth the cost: 5-3 oz pours, 3 cheeses, crackers, and dried fruits.

Imagine a free Italian wine tasting. Got that visualized? Well, on Thursday the 19th you can have it at Italic from 4:30-6:30. There will also be a pop-up dinner, and a ton of a la carte items.

Get to El Chile on Tuesday, the 24th for an art reception, tequila samples, and $5 margarita specials from 7-9.

What the hell, Edible Austin? This Bacon and Beer Festival on Saturday the 28th sounds a-ma-zing (strap on some Uggs, and read that in a super white girl voice). It’s not just bacon. It’s a ton of local places making things with bacon. The list includes places like Fukumoto Sushi, Amy’s Ice Cream, Frank, Canon + Belle, plus several more! Even better, check out the list of beer providers.


Glamping: Austin Alfresco

Austin Alfresco
There are few things that get me quite as excited as the prospect of ‘glamping’ under the stars with Austin-famous (arguably famous-famous) chefs. That’s why when I heard about Austin Alfresco, I completely lost my mind.

Austin Alfresco

Apart from eating and learning from the likes of Jack Gilmore and David Bull, just imagine staying in tents made famous by Project Runway on a functioning 60 acre ranch; complete with yoga lessons, and even butchery classes.

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What more could you want? Actually, if there’s something more that you could want, they probably have that too.


Can it get any better? Actually, it can! Proceeds benefit the Sustainable Food Center, and they’re running a fantastic scavenger hunt where you, yes you, can win this weekend gourmand experience!


If you enjoy local businesses like I do, then this is going to be CAKE. You can read all the details here. What are you waiting for?! Buy your tickets, or get ready for that scavenger hunt!

Texas Conference for Women Discount & Giveaway!

Academy Award Winning Actress, Keynote Speaker

Patricia Arquette – Academy Award Winner, Keynote Speaker

Are you ready for inspiration, professional networking, and personal growth? The Texas Conference for Women is going to give you just that! There will be keynotes from celebrities like Patricia Arquette, and speeches from well-known locals like my friend, Lani Rosales. The event has it all, and will be held at the Austin Convention Center on October 15th.

Robin Roberts - Co-Anchor on Good Morning America, Keynote Speaker

Robin Roberts – Co-Anchor on Good Morning America, Keynote Speaker

I know I’m ready to meet like-minded, passionate women, and supercharge my drive for success. I’m not kidding! If you’d like a discount on your tickets, I’ve got you covered! Here’s a code for $10 off on all new registrations: TXBG15. The code is good from now through the date of the event! If you’d like to score a FREE ticket, and sit next to me at the conference, I have an awesome contest! Just tweet what’s on your bucket list with the hashtag below, and we’ll select a winder at random! I think mine would be ‘Visit Willie Nelson’s ranch,’ but you can put whatever you’d like to do in Texas!

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The Fit Foodie 5K Is Back!

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I want to file this under: Oh @#%! I have to run again! (In a good way!) 

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The Fit Foodie 5K is this really fun event for health-minded foodies of all walks (and runs, oh god – this getting pun-y fast) of life. The best part? There’s going to be absolutely delicious food at the finish line! (I even got mimosas last year. Talk about motivation to sweat!) They have an optional cocktail reception the night before (swanky!), some amazing workouts you can sign up for beforehand, and it gives back to the American Diabetes Association. Win. Win. Win. Events are June 12-14, and you can get 10% off your registration at with code: AMBERDEMURE.

I really surprised myself last year as it was my first ever 5K, so don’t let inexperience hold you back! The theme this year is ‘Calories Burned, Calories Earned’ and what’s waiting at the finish line will make it all worth it.

Lamb Jam Coming to Austin (And I’m Giving Away 2 Tickets!)


You may have caught our love of lamb meat in my Christmas recipe post, so imagine the excitement my British partner and I had when we found out that there was a festival dedicated to celebrating his favorite, healthy protein!


The American Lamb Jam promises tastings from 16 of Austin’s best and brightest chefs, along with some of Texas’ finest wine and beer. Here’s the star-studded list of the amazing chefs you’ll get to taste from:


It’s all happening on Sunday, February 22nd from 3-6 at the beautiful Barr Mansion. You can purchase tickets here, OR enter for your chance to win 2 tickets from me! How? Simple! Follow me, and @FanOfLAmb, and tweet which chef or restaurant you’re most excited about sampling dishes from with the hashtag: #atxlamb. You can enter more than once, and I’ll choose a winner at random to be announced on Tuesday! May the odds be ever in your favor! 

Fun + (Mostly) Free Events


Wednesday the 10th: Enjoy sips and treats at the Away Spa at The W from 6-9.

Friday the 12th: Check out the Fit Foodie 5K! They have amazing stuff happening all weekend long, including a tasty kick-off party at Searsucker, and yours truly will be out there working up a sweat. (It’s my first 5K.) Also, MOD at the LBJ is going to be a can’t-miss event. The tickets are $40 in advance, but that includes an open bar, appetizers, and 60s fashion.

Saturday the 13th: It’s the Austin Weird Homes tour!

Monday the 15th: Departure Lounge is celebrating their first anniversary with happy hour pricing all night, all week, from the 15th-20th. I can personally vouch for how delicious their wine flights are.

That’s all I have at the moment, but follow me on Twitter for last minute updates, and surprise finds. (Trust me, they happen.)

All Night Long: Monday’s Best Happy Hours


If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s being swanky on a budget. Here’s a list of some of my favorite happy hours that last well after the usual 7 o’clock cut-off:

Hillside Farmacy: Enjoy half price east coast oysters, and $5 cava.

East Side Show Room: Fancy cocktails for $5, and discounted snacks (such as pork ribs).

Olive + June: Half off piccoli piatti and wines by the glass.

The W: $6 wines and local spirits, $5 bites, and $4 beers.

Jeffrey’s: Half price bar food, and $2 off drinks.

Peche: $5 cocktails, and half off select menu items.

Eddie V’s: $1 Louisiana oysters, $6 wine and cocktails, and a lot of delicious, discounted food.

Winebelly: Select bottles are half off.

Olivia: 30% off appetizers and bottles. $1 off drinks.


Fun + Free: Mid-April Edition


Kick off your mid-April festivities tonight at Friends & Neighbors grand opening party from 7-10. There’s Tito’s vodka, food from Hillside Farmacy, and Mexican popsicles. What more could you ask for? How about Ian Orth dj’ing? Okay, that too! Earlier in the evening, from 5-8, enjoy nail polish changes and so much more at the Austin Fashion Week Beauty Event. Also at 5, Buzzmill is offering complimentary tastingsfrom Odell brewery while it lasts.

Wake up early on Friday for free tacos and coffee.

This Sunday for just $10 you can enjoy a bloody mary smackdown and Easter egg hunt at Shangri-la.

Get to Estilo from 10-1 on the 23rd (morning hours!) for a Mommy Mimosa party to celebrate the launch of their new children’s section.

Thursday the 24th head over to Star Bar for free cocktails from 6-9. It’s the launch party of a new dating app.

On Friday, make your way to Russia House for 1001 Nights. It’s not free, but it promises an exceptionally entertaining night.

There are many more events happening throughout the month, so keep your eyes peeled for next week’s update! (Seriously. What’s coming next is good.)