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Stephanie Keller is an Intel Brand Manager at Dell and freelance writer on Music, Food and Lifestyle. Previously, she worked at various Marketing agencies and the Museum of Television & Radio in New York. She grew up in Manhattan and lived there for 25 years before deciding to shake it up and move to Austin, TX.

In her free time she can be found bouncing around the Austin live music scene, eating or drinking somewhere delicious, fighting an addiction to Gilt Groupe, geeking out over thoughtful typography, playing Bananagrams and practicing yoga.


Entries by Stephanie Keller

Chef John Besh Shares Gumbo Recipe Fit for a NOLA Party in Texas

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 3:41 PM

Crawfish season is officially upon us and to celebrate, I journeyed last weekend from downtown Austin up to the Cedar Park Center for a mud bug throwdown at the inaugural NOLA, Texas Food and Music Festival, which included a VIP brunch with Chef John Besh. I have to admit, I'm...

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San Antonio Officially a Destination Thanks to Gorgeous New Hotel

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 2:14 PM

Every once in a while, you come across a hotel that really makes your heart sing and you want to tell everyone you know about it. Over the years I've had the good fortune to stay in some really nice places near and far, but was honestly caught off guard...

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Passion Pit Talks Playing for Hire and Other Paths to Success in Today's Music Industry

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 8:12 PM

Recently, I was on a panel at an event geared toward sponsorship in the music and marketing space, hosted by a company called 1Band 1Brand, which exists primarily to connect the two industries. With so many companies looking to harness the power of music to reach their audiences, and so...

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Straight Talk on Fairtrade vs. Direct Trade According to Brazilian Coffee Farmers

(7) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 1:37 PM

The rolling hills of the coffee farms in Brazil looked something like I had imagined: expansive, lush with green trees and bright berries, winding dirt roads. It was beautiful scene. But I can't say that before I went to visit the plantations a few hours outside of São Paulo I...

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The Best New Places to Eat in Austin That Are Close to the ACL Festival

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 4:51 PM

The Austin City Limits Festival is upon us and whether you plan to party your pants off or have a more balanced experience in mind, you will need to eat at some point - and hopefully it will be something delicious. It's also generally understood that during a music festival,...

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How to Make the Best Gluten-Free Bread Ever

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 3:45 PM

Sublime is the word that comes to mind when I think about Pão de Queijo, a Brazilian bread made from polvilho flour that happens to be utterly delicious and gluten free.

Photo: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

While traveling in Brazil...

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Bill Nye Announces the 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup and Explains the Axis of Fun

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 7:24 PM

Nothing validates a claim quite like hard facts from a scientist, which is why Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin's popular cross-genre Indie music festival, hand-picked Bill Nye to announce the 2015 lineup and provide evidence that this fest is, in fact, the most fun in all the land....

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Where to Eat in Austin During SXSW and Year-Round, by Neighborhood

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:31 PM

Over the past eight years at South By Southwest, I've discovered that when it comes to food and restaurants during the festival, there are several realities of the situation: 1) Walking into a hot new restaurant without a reservation is not a lost cause. With all the booze, showcases and...

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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest Music Picks from the Event Producers

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 1:41 PM

The 9th annual Fun Fun Fun (FFF) Fest kicks off this Friday, November 7th at Auditorium shores with promises of three days of beautiful skies and a whole slew of music and comedy acts that range from underground to legendary. The festival is a homegrown event of about 20,000 people...

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Nirvana in East Austin: Dinner at Eden East on Springdale Farm

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 9:14 AM

There's a lot to love about all the new restaurants in Austin. From the best trailers finding brick-and-mortar homes to a boom in Asian food options, Austin is diversifying in many enjoyable directions. Shops that were not here even a year ago are delighting locals and visitors alike,...

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Basia Bulat, Tall Tall Shadow and a Sacred Live Show

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 7:41 AM

A few weeks ago I learned that Basia Bulat, a Canadian songbird who has worked closely with members of Arcade Fire and been frequently compared to Joni Mitchell, would be coming to Austin for SXSW. Around the same time, a friend who is always hip to...

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SXSW 2014 Survival Guide: Where to Eat, Shop and Find Transportation

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Hello friends, it's that special time of year again in Austin when free beer flows like water, anything can be turned into a music venue and a critical mass of industry folk brings this small city to about a billion times its regular population. Yes, SXSW is upon us and...

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How to Earn Love and Win Fans With Non-Traditional Marketing

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 1:17 PM

"Would you like to bedazzle a bandana" was just about the first thing I heard as I made my way through the grounds at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF), Austin's darling of an alternative Music/Comedy festival that happens annually in the Fall. The woman who beckoned...

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5 Hidden Gem Hotels in Austin

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 3:37 PM

Over the last year, downtown Austin had been consumed by the construction of giant hotels. There are two going up on the popular (but little!) Rainey Street alone, and several others are slated to rise within a 10-block radius in the coming months. And while it seems the demand for...

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Neko Case Makes Borscht, Wins Hearts

(3) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 2:40 PM

Leave it to Neko Case, singer/songwriter/force-of-nature to turn out a darling 18 minute video about making borscht.

In a recent shoot for Rookie Magazine, an online publication aimed at the interests of teenage girls (and famously headed-up by 15-year-old phenom Tavi Gevinson), Case shares her culinary...

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Austin Fashion Week Ups Its Game with Gilt City

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 3:14 PM

As the world seems to discover more each day, there are many wonderful things about Austin but high fashion is not typically one that comes up in conversation. As such, when Fashion Week came to Austin last week for its fifth year in a row, there...

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PostSecret and the Power of Slowing It Down

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 1:16 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Last week I stood in the kitchen gadget aisle at Target for a solid five minutes trying to decide whether to purchase the automatic or whistling...

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SXSW 2013 Recap: A Happy Parade of Magical and WTF Moments

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 12:06 PM

It's no secret that the South by Southwest festival has become a major go-to platform for all things music, spectacle and branding and every year Austin locals celebrate and brace for March when the city will be bum-rushed by 30,000 people on work/play vacation. It's a time when sponsored parties...

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Musings From Behind The Scenes Of A Downtown Restaurant During SXSW

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 10:18 AM

"Survive and advance" are the words Chef/Owner Shawn Cirkiel uses to describe the situation at his downtown Austin restaurant during the 10-day stretch of South By Southwest. Situated smack in the middle of the madness on 6th Street, Parkside serves fresh oysters and fancy...

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Creating A Hot Spot

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 9:11 AM

Austin's dining scene is experiencing a burst of evolution and it's hard to throw a rock these days without hitting a trendy restaurant brought to downtown by McGuire Moorman Hospitality. With a team of talented people and Chef/Entrepreneur Larry McGuire at the helm, they're on a streak of...

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