While they may not necessarily have the most pleasant weather or the best food, they've got something else, a certain indefinable quality that makes them hard to forget.
Easter brunch is a longstanding tradition in many families, and for those who enjoy a truly decadent spread, there's nothing like letting someone else do the cooking.
Like an increasingly gnarly chia pet, SXSW has exploded in scope at an exponential pace. The massive set of film, music and interactive technology conferences have taken over the city of Austin each year since 1987, so it should come as no surprise that in 2015 yet another joined the fray: the Health & MedTech Expo.
Where should you fuel up this spring while you're in town?
Convenience and close proximity often become the priority, which explains the allure of free tacos and BBQ for six meals in a row.
There's no shortage of stories of the careers that have been launched, or significantly propelled, during the three-week mega-event that is SXSW. If you're in Austin this month, here are a few of the female trailblazers you'd be lucky to meet.
Upon going home and doing some research, I learned that the minimalist artist Donald Judd fled the New York art scene for Marfa back in the '70s, and slowly established it as an arts destination that was now enjoying serious notoriety. But as a Texan myself, I had not gotten the memo.
At SXSW Interactive, it's all about community and innovation. It undoubtedly stands up to the self-proclamation as "the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today."
The subscription box phenomenon has really changed the way men and women get their hands on new products to sample before they buy. Beauty industry vet Liz Ranney and her team at Austin-based LuxePineapple, are blazing a new trail with their customer curated "un-subscription" box.
On top of the thousands of must-see bands and acts for those attending South by Southwest / SXSW in 2015, I've compiled another list that attendees might find useful as we plot out our days and nights of many music genres playing across Austin next week.
As we work to advance proven solutions, transformations in government services, and cost-effective results improving the lives of those who desperately need supportive housing, Pay for Success is keeping the momentum going.
Austin is an endless visual feast with so much to do that I shudder to think what would have happened to me if I had no imagination, no guts and no vision of how I wanted to live for the rest of my life.
It makes for a dramatic entrance, stepping off Austin's South Lamar Boulevard into Noah Marion's combination shop, cafe and studio. To the left is a long counter, above which a neon sign beckons visitors to "Live Well."
Humans might not be the only casualties of the political standoff over provisions of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid. Rural hospitals may begin to disappear because of lost revenues.
The best, weirdest places around Austin aren't really trying to be weird. They're more focused on following their own spirit. They don't care about trends; they do care about creating and sharing something that they love.
Up a wall, over a container, peaking out of a terrarium, who knows what else. Creeping fig wants to be used and it is up to our creative imaginations to find new ways explore its possibilities.