3 Things you MUST do to become Totally Austin! #GoodToKnow sponsored by Monica Pizanie of Platinum Realty

Hi friends! This #GoodToKnow episode is brought to you by Monica Pizanie of Platinum Realty in Austin. She can help most anyone buy a home here in Austin but she specializes in finding exactly the right living space for people who are new to or moving to Austin. Monica actually helped me find a place when I moved back to Austin a few years ago so I tell you from experience; she transforms the home-search-scenario from stressful to exciting in the good way.

Here are three things you simply Must Do to become totally Austin, per Monica:

1. BREAKFAST TACOS! There are a dozen amazing places to score breakfast tacos in Austin but if you’re pressed for time, hit up Torchy’s and Tacodeli to decide which you prefer. It’s a Coke vs. Pepsi kind of thing; you pick a team and judge other people accordingly. Both Monica and I are die hard Torchy’s Taco fans/fanatics. Monica says: You’ve got to order the street corn. And queso. And tacos too. Best to arrive hungry. I say: check out their secret menu before you go and always check out their Taco of the Month. Their December taco involves Chorizo and Shrimp. #whatWHAAA

2. TOWN LAKE which is now being called LADY BIRD LAKE. With 10 miles of trails perfect for walking, jogging, hiking, biking or just people watching, it’s a Must See (and Do!) experience. Plus, there’s the actual lake which is perfect for canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and rowing. Monica brings her dog Chewie for long walks. I take myself for the occasional jog. Do what feels right.

3. SOUTH CONGRESS, aka SoCo. SO. MUCH. YES. to be found here folks! You can shop local boutiques (Monica and I both love Maya!), eat at Snack Bar (Monica can often be found brunching there) get some sugar at Amy’s Ice Creams and/or take the practically-mandatory-proof-of-Austin-visit-pic in front of Jo’s wall.

Monica and I in front of Jo's iconic wall. #ATX4Life
Monica Pizanie of Platinum Realty and I in front of Jo’s iconic wall. #ATX4Life

 

You can spend many merry weeks working your way through the breakfast taco menus, the Lady Bird Lake exercise options (and views!) and exploring SoCo… but I’ve found it’s best to take your time with it all. Living here is ideal (I know, I know, the secret is out) so for those who already do: Congrats. For those who are just visiting: Sure! Good luck with that. We’ll see you soon.

And if you’re looking to make Austin your home, give Monica a call.

— Serena
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SERENA HICKS keeps you up to speed on the hottest events, what’s trending and local luminaries in Austin. #StatesmanSocial is a product of Statesman Media’s content marketing group. Follow the fun, share your best Austin moments, and tag along with #StatesmanSocial:

How to properly make an Old Fashioned and more… because cocktail recipes are always #GoodToKnow.

Sometimes, when entertaining adults of legal drinking age, it’s nice to offer something other than a beer, bottle of wine, or scotch on the rocks.

For such occasions, I went over to Speakeasy to learn how to make a proper Old Fashioned  cocktail. Here’s the quick breakdown of what Andrew Reed, bartender extraordinaire, taught us.

OLD FASHIONED BOURBON COCKTAIL:

  • place one orange slice and two maraschino cherries into mixing glass
  • add 3 dashes of Bitters (Andrew insists Angostura bitters are the best)
  • add a couple of sugar cubes or two dashes of simple syrup
  • muddle (read: mash) like you mean it
  • add ice but leave some room for…
  • 1.5 ounces of your favorite bourbon (fun fact: you can get crazy and switch the bourbon out for gin and serve up a Gin Old Fashioned)
  • a touch of sparkling soda for the Fun of Fizz
  • gently slosh (read: do not shake vigorously lest you bruise the bourbon)
  • Serve and smile as you see fit

But wait, there’s one more! Stacy London herself introduced me to the ever impressive yet super easy bubbly cocktail; St. Germain & Champagne! Sub sparkling white wine as you see fit. The fine folks at Speakeasy amp it up my adding an orange peel, though I suspect Andrew would prefer I call it by another name, it’s an orange peel and it absolutely takes the cocktail to the NEXT. LEVEL.

ST. GERMAIN AND BUBBLES recipe per Speakeasy:

1st things first: fill a champagne flute 2/3 full with your favorite bubbly
1st things first: fill a champagne flute 2/3 full with your favorite bubbly

 

next up, add in your St. Germain
next up, add in your St. Germain

 

now, time for the Next Level Ish; slice a bit of orange and...
now, time for the Next Level Ish; slice a bit of orange and…

 

toss it in to your cocktail!
toss it in to your cocktail!

 

Mama loves a good cocktail.
Mama loves a good cocktail.

 

Ok, you’re good to go with TWO super easy (but super lovely) cocktail recipes ready to go. Be sure and show off your handywork by tagging #StatesmanSocial. In the meantime, drink responsibly and you’re welcome y’all!

— Serena
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SERENA HICKS keeps you up to speed on the hottest events, what’s trending and local luminaries in Austin. #StatesmanSocial is a product of Statesman Media’s content marketing group. Follow the fun, share your best Austin moments, and tag along with #StatesmanSocial: