Baby Greens Kicks Off the New Year with a 28-Day Challenge and New Menu Items

Challenge Participants Entered to Win One Year of Free Baby Greens!

 WHAT:

Baby Greens, the drive-thru restaurant offering salads and wraps, is excited to kick off the new year with its annual 28-Day Challenge, a 28-day healthy living challenge designed to encourage healthier habits for Austinites and help them start fresh in 2018.

The 28-Day Challenge will officially begin on Wednesday, January 10, and will consist of a daily dose of healthy tips, recipes, workout routines, nutrition tidbits, menu specials, and more that will be shared through the restaurant’s Instagram account. Special activities will be hosted by Baby Greens throughout the month, including classes by Black Swan Yoga, Todd Pilates & Barre, and more. The challenge will feature special perks, like exclusive discounts to Crux Climbing Center, Sustainable Food Center’s 6-part series Fundamentals of Healthy Home Cooking, and more. 

“Baby Greens is so excited to kick off the 28-Day Challenge! We want to make it fun for Austinites to do at least one thing every day to be a little bit healthier,” says Sharon Mays, owner and founder of Baby Greens. “Baby Greens created this challenge to encourage people to try new activities with us. We’ll have beginners classes for yoga, pilates, boot camp, and more—it’s the perfect opportunity to start the year off right!”

Along with the challenge, Baby Greens is excited to introduce new menu additions. The new offerings will make it easy for anyone with healthy New Year’s resolutions or diets to stay on track. New items include a Whole 30 salad (romaine lettuce, kale, purple cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, sugar snap peas, and hemp seeds with roasted onion and garlic vinaigrette—vegan and Whole 30 compliant), gluten-free peanut butter cookies, blueberry lemonade, and a new collard greens offering for wraps allowing customers to have their wrap rolled up in collard greens instead of a flour tortilla.

Austinites are encouraged to participate in the challenge and share their photos and experience related to the day’s focus using the hashtag #28daysofbabygreens.

At the end of the challenge, a prize will be awarded to a lucky winner who participates in the 28-Day Challenge. Those who post weekly (or more), will be entered to win a Grand Prize Package at the end of the 28-Day Challenge, which will include a year of free Baby Greens (restrictions apply).

Baby Greens restaurant is located at 1508 W. Anderson Lane. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The full menu and additional information can be found at eatbabygreens.com. 

WHEN:

Challenge begins: Wednesday, January 10 

WHERE:

28-Day Challenge: Baby Greens’ Instagram | @eatbabygreens | #eatbabygreens #28daysofbabygreens              

COVER 3 Offering NYE & New Year’s Day Specials

To help Central Texans kick off 2018 on the right foot after those late-night New Year’s Eve celebrations, all Cover 3 locations in Austin and San Antonio will offer brunch on Monday, January 1 – an offering normally reserved for only Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The full brunch menu will be available that morning from opening at 11am to 3pm, including the popular U-Mix-It Bubbles and Bloody Mary Bar. The traditional lunch and dinner menus will also be available throughout that Monday until close at 10pm as COVER 3 will be screening each of the NCAA 2018 College Football Playoff games that afternoon and night (includes Georgia vs Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl at 4pm & Alabama vs Clemson in the Sugar Bowl at 7:45pm CT). COVER 3′s brunch was recently named “Best Brunch” in Austin and San Antonio this year by Austin Monthly Magazine and San Antonio Current respectively, so this is a great opportunity to kick off the new year with some of the best local bites around!

Additionally, on NYE the preceding day, all COVER 3 locations will be offering various specials for champagne drinks, although details on specific promotions will be revealed online in the days leading up to the holiday. On NYE day, all COVER 3 locations will have normal business hours with traditional brunch/lunch/dinner menu offerings – 11am to 10pm.

Sonesta Bee Cave Features Holiday Hours, Menu, Special Offers and New Year’s Eve Celebration

Looking to escape family or treat yourself and your loved ones to a relaxing getaway in the Hill Country this holiday season? 

Sonesta Bee Cave is featuring the ultimate gift this holiday season, 25 percent off when you book four nights or more. Sonesta’s restaurant and lounge, Meridian 98, is featuring a new winter menu and holiday cocktails perfect for warming up on these chilly days and nights.

 

Pork Belly and Tomato Sliders

Pork Belly and Tomato Sliders

Some of the  rich, robust flavors with a sophisticated Texas twist, including Pork Belly SlidersBacon Mac HushpuppiesRisotto Ballz, and Mini Texas Chili Dogs. Chef Newman’s menu retains such perennial favorites as Fire-Roasted SalsaBacon-Wrapped Gulf ShrimpCrispy WingsBarbacoa Street Tacos and Beef Stuffed Empanadas. There are gluten-free and vegetarian options, and 90 percent of the menu is Texas-sourced from local farms and ranches. The menu is paired with an extensive selection of cocktails made with Texas liquors – including a draft margarita made with locally sourced honey – an all-Texas lineup of micro-brew beers and Texas wines.

In addition to being open Christmas Eve and day and New Years eve and day, Meridian 98 is hosting a New Year’s Eve party including a DJ, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways, champagne toast and a spectacular view of the Hill Country Galleria firework extravaganza. 

The Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” is Royal

Written By Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Matthew Murphy.

On Tuesday, December 12, Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts opened its 2017 – 2018 season with a proverbial bang with their presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I”.

The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Opening night was truly a step back in time and a journey to a far off land.  The setting was Siam. The time was long before the modern day Thailand might ever have been imagined.  These were the times of pomp and pageantry.  These were the times of deep seated traditions and customs that were brought to bear upon the savy English widow Anna Leonowens, the “school teacher”, and her young son Louis as Anna enters the employ of the King of Siam.

Manna Nichols and Kavin Panmeechao in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Manna Nichols and Kavin Panmeechao in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

The feeling of joy felt throughout the audience was palpable as the Bass Concert Hall filled with the classic and familiar tune “I Whistle a Happy Tune” as Anna and Louis stepped off the boat with great trepidation and on to their new homeland.  Equally enthralling was watching Anna being introduced to the numerous royal wives and even more numerous royal children while singing “Getting to Know You” in the royal court.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Inevitably, amidst this newly forged arrangement, tensions arise as Anna must delicately, yet firmly, navigate a foreign society and a royal household known for great civility and even greater incivility.  These tensions come more acutely to light as we learn of the king’s personal struggles of being in absolute barbaric power before his subjects while privately and quite humbly, at times, questioning the very nature of the expansive world surrounding him.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Not surprisingly, the bullying egocentric attitude of the king and Anna’s proud obstinate disposition make the plot ripe for confrontation both petty and literally deadly.  Yet, sweet undertones of admiration and respect for one another develop amidst their strife, and devotion flourishes as these unlikely companions become the greatest of allies.  As the final curtain fell, it was hard not to feel a great sense hope of being able to come together as one people.  For surely, if the barbarian king and the proper English lady can do it, then so can we.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

The Lincoln Center Theatre Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I

December 12 – 17, 2017

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

Celebrate The Festive Season with Sonesta’ s South Florida Hotels

The festive season is well underway and Sonesta’s two South Florida hotels are looking to celebrate this time of year with special menus aiming to bring family and friends together.

Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami

Overlooking Biscayne Bay, this hotel provides guests with the ideal getaway to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Eve in beautiful Miami. On Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, the hotel’s Panorama Restaurant and Sky Lounge will delight guests with an exceptional menu. Top highlights include Seared Diver Scallops ($17), Pepper Crusted Roast Prime Rib and Trio Crème Brûlée Spoons ($11). For those looking to ring in the New Year with a bash, the hotel has created a one-of-a-kind package. Book from now through December 30 and travel December 28 – January 2, 2018 with promo code SONNYE and receive the Big Orange New Year’s Eve Package. Guests will receive fun party accessories, specialty cupcakes and a complimentary bottle of champagne to toast to the memories of 2017 and beginning of 2018, all while enjoying the best view of Miami with Big Orange Ball Drop, fireworks, and Pitbull’s New Year’s Resolution and Countdown. Panorama is also offering a New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu that will be available from 8-11:30 p.m. for $105 per person on that day. The exquisite menu includes an appetizer station, raw bar and carving station. Elaborate dessert tapas are also part of the night, with a wide range of tasty treats to top off the night. Reservations can be made by calling (305) 447-8264. Here you can access the limited-time menus. 

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Across from the Atlantic Ocean and golden coastline, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is the perfect location for those looking to escape the cold winter and bask in the warm Florida weather. The hotel’s full-service restaurant, Bistro, will be offering locals and guests a celebratory Christmas Eve menu this year. The menu includes Curried Lobster Bisque with Cream Fraiche and Caviar, Holiday Roast Prime Rib of Beef and Chef’s Apple Pie. This will be available throughout the day for $45 (adults) and $15.00 (children 12 and under). For New Year’s Eve, the hotel is rolling out a flavorful three-course dinner spearheaded by executive chef Thomas Russo. Diners will enjoy from a Sunrise Salad with Seasonal Mixed Greens, Crumbled Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds and Seasonal Berries to a Broiled Lobster Combination with Fillet Mignon, Saffron Scampi Sauce and Port Wine Demi Potato Soufflé. Reservations are available by calling (954) 315-1460. Here you can access the menus with more details.

Interview Tip: How to Answer “What Can You Offer Us That the Other Candidates for This Job Cannot?”

Recommendations from Go Resumes.

“What can you offer us that the other candidates for this job cannot?”
• Interviewers often use questions like this to determine if you have an inflated view of yourself or possibly a tendency to be overly critical of your co-workers.

• Showcase your strengths without implying that you are above everyone else.

• Qualify your answer by beginning with a disclaimer that you don’t know the qualifications of the other applicants, then assert how your qualifications make you a great choice for the position.

Sea Oats Group Announces $1.3 Billion Expansion of Cinnamon Shore on Texas Gulf Coast

Phase II of Cinnamon Shore Will Quadruple the Vacation Community’s Size and Bring Distinctive New Home Designs, Amenities to Mustang Island

As originally published by Lynn Darden of The PR Boutique.

Cinnamon Shore Arial Image

Cinnamon Shore Arial Image

Sea Oats Group announced recently a $1.3 billion, 300-acre expansion of Cinnamon Shore, Mustang Island’s premier new urbanism vacation community, featuring distinctive new home designs and a wide array of appealing amenities.

“Cinnamon Shore North has been enormously successful, with over $200 million in sales, and is now 85 percent sold out,” said Jeff Lamkin, CEO of Sea Oats Group, developers of Cinnamon Shore. “The phase II expansion will take place over 15 to 20 years and will more than quadruple the size of the existing community.”

Over the past decade, Port Aransas-based Sea Oats Group has been one of the most successful developers of coastal properties in any market nationwide, including the Texas Gulf Coast, where the value of its beachfront portfolio is unequalled.

Nestled behind 300 feet of protective dunes and just minutes from Corpus Christi, Cinnamon Shore is the ultimate expression of coastal living. The vibrant, master-planned new urban development on Texas’ Coastal Bend combines elegant housing, work spaces, retail amenities, parks and recreational facilities in a highly livable, walkable seaside resort community. Nearby activities include links-style golfing, unique shopping, parasailing and charters, all effortlessly booked for residents and guests through Cinnamon Shores’ exclusive concierge services.

Cinnamon Shore Arial Image

Cinnamon Shore Arial Image

Sea Oats Group began developing the 63-acre Cinnamon Shore North, phase I of its incomparable Texas Gulf Coast vacation community, in 2007. Its $275 million buildout includes home sales on 200 lots, 75 of which are multi-family residences, with a median price point of $1 million. Single-family homes start at around $636,000 and beachfront homes are priced from about $2.5 million.

The more than 250-acre phase II expansion will encompass Cinnamon Shore South, an $800 million investment, and Cinnamon Shore Bay Shore, projected to be a $500 million buildout. Lamkin said Sea Oats Group envisions four primary pillars of distinction for phase II: (1) home craftsmanship and a lifestyle unrivaled on the Gulf Coast; (2) a dining district with dozens of restaurants to please any palate or mood; (3) enticing destination retail; and (4) a health and wellness center.

Phase II will include a 3,300-foot wide beachfront, maintained daily – almost three times the size of the beach at Cinnamon Shore North. Eventually, the development will lie on both sides of State Highway 361, about a mile south of Cinnamon Shore North, with a golf cart bridge enabling residents to easily access amenities on both sides of the highway. Plans include multiple swimming pools and lakes to provide refuge and enhance the landscape on both sides of the roadway. A key feature of phase II – an approximately 10-acre lake, one of the largest on the Texas Gulf Coast – will be encircled by a mile-long boardwalk. The development will also feature honeymoon cottages, a spa, town centers for retail within each phase and a boutique hotel opening in 2018. Site work is already underway, and Sea Oats Group expects to begin building homes on the property in mid- to late-2018.

“We are proud of the community we have created with phase I of Cinnamon Shore and gratified by how well it has been received,” said Lamkin. “We plan to build on what has been a very successful model with this major phase II expansion. Full details, including the master plan for phase II, will be released later this year.”

About Cinnamon Shore

Cinnamon Shore is a pedestrian-friendly planned community nestled behind the protective dunes on Mustang Island along the Texas Gulf Coast. It is the first new urbanism development for Sea Oats Group, which is fulfilling its vision of a traditional seaside village with a wide array of amenities and recreational facilities intertwined with beach cottages, luxury villas and vibrant town centers. Every detail of Cinnamon Shore is designed to embrace the natural ambience of Mustang Island and the slow-paced charm of a walking neighborhood. For more information, visit http://www.CinnamonShore.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@CinnamonShore).

About Sea Oats Group

Port Aransas-based Sea Oats Group is one of the most successful developers of coastal properties in any market nationwide, including the Texas Gulf Coast, where the value of its beachfront portfolio is unequalled. The firm is dedicated to creating traditional neighborhood developments that provide residents with the highest possible quality of life, while preserving the integrity of the resort landscapes they occupy. By combining living spaces with retail areas in a walkable, connected plan, Sea Oats Group weaves together beautiful places to live, work and play. For more information, visit www.SeaOatsGroup.com.

Where to Celebrate National Wine Day on May 25

Need ideas on where, around the globe, to celebrate National Wine Day on May 25? We have a few thrilling ideas!

Ama Vida Alfresco Dining

Ama Vida Alfresco Dining

AmaWaterways

In celebration of National Wine Day on May 25, AmaWaterways is inviting travelers to toast to the holiday with a special offer available on its wine-themed cruises – showcasing the acclaimed wine regions along Europe’s Danube, Douro, Mosel, Rhine, Rhone and Seine Rivers. Travelers who book an AmaWaterways wine-themed sailing can now save up to $1,500 per stateroom, with dates available throughout 2017, and will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich heritage of the world’s most famed wine regions. AmaWaterways’ wine cruises are hosted by top wine experts and feature complimentary lectures, wine tastings, exquisite cuisine with paired wines and exclusive shore excursions to historic vineyards and wineries, as well as private wine cellar tours. In addition, AmaWaterways’ co-owners – Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst – collaborated with winemaker, Jim Clendenen, to make AmaWaterways’ very-own Concerto Wine. The partnership has resulted in a red Pinot with flavor notes of dark red fruit, wild strawberries, earth, spice and cocoa.

Lodge Seating Area

Lodge Seating Area

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa / Young Harris, GA

Situated amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains and just two hours outside of Atlanta, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is the perfect destination to celebrate National Wine Day.  With North Georgia’s wineries continuing to earn praise from critics and wine-lovers alike, the resort offers ease of access to the regions most acclaimed vineyards and tasting rooms.  Guests may book a stay at this luxurious resort to experience this new wine destination and tantilize their taste buds, while enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami

Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami

Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami / Miami, FL

Recently unveiling its new happy hour menu, Sonesta Coconut Grove’s widely recognized restaurant, Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge, provides for the ultimate spot with great deals to celebrate National Wine Day. Guests can relax and unwind with an appealing range of wine options by the glass for $5, as well as light bites ranging from sweet chili glazed wings to roasted garlic hummus and pita chips, while overlooking breathtaking views of beautiful Biscayne Bay.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach / Fort Lauderdale, FL

Celebrate National Wine Day at the laid-back, sophisticated Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, where wine enthusiasts seeking great wine, cuisine and unobstructed views can look no farther. Providing spectacular views and innovative cuisine at the hotel, Bistro Restaurant, is offering half price wine bottles with the purchase of any entrée during National Wine Day only. While there, guests can overlook the sugar-sand beach and taste dishes and appetizers ranging from lamb rack short rib ravioli while sipping on a favorite choice of wine.

The Richardson at Tarrytown Announces May 25 Grand Opening

As published by the PR Boutique.

Exclusive Rental Community is One of a Kind in Central Austin

Austin-based developer Burlington Ventures announced the grand opening of its exclusive rental residential community, The Richardson at Tarrytown, on Thursday, May 25.

“The Richardson is a sophisticated boutique-style rental community that is the only one of its kind in Central Austin,” said Burlington Ventures President Steve Beuerlein. “We are providing a much-needed living option for maturing residents of the area who want to stay in Tarrytown, but desire stairless living, an array of amenities and an escape from the burdens of home ownership.”

Exterior

Exterior

Designed by the award-winning Austin-based architectural firm Dick Clark + Associates, The Richardson is located at 3215 Exposition Boulevard in the heart of Tarrytown. It is the only rental community of its kind in the central part of the city, offering superior quality and sophisticated design in the architectural spirit of contemporary Austin. Residents will enjoy carefree, stairless living in an urbane environment, all within a short distance of Tarrytown’s coffee houses, shops, grocers and more, and within close proximity to MoPac, downtown, The University of Texas, Lions Municipal Golf Course, Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, Seton Medical Center and a host of other prime Austin destinations.

Birds Eye View of the Pool

Birds Eye View of the Pool

The Richardson offers nine distinct one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging from 1,209 to 2,957 square feet, all set in a park-like setting with lush landscaping and native plants. The single-level, open floor plan designs feature great rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto private balconies, solar shades, hardwood flooring throughout and custom tile flooring in bathrooms. Most residences boast large custom kitchens with quartz countertops, counter-depth refrigerators, built-in gas ranges, wall ovens and microwaves, under-counter wine refrigerators, and full-size washers and dryers. Each residence is fully accessible from the parking garage via elevator.

Unit D - Calacatta

Unit D – Calacatta

Burlington Ventures planned The Richardson with an active, sophisticated, hassle-free lifestyle in mind. The central amenity deck features an outdoor kitchen with gas grill, seasonally heated pool, outdoor fireplace and dog park for pet-lovers’ use.  The club room’s accordion glass doors open onto the outdoor amenity deck, providing a relaxing setting for gathering with family and friends, with a full kitchen, large-screen television and conference room at residents’ disposal. The fitness room is appointed with state-of-the-art equipment carefully selected by a local trainer to enable challenging, full-body workouts.

Unit F

Unit F

The Richardson’s cast-in-place concrete construction, floor plates and high-density wall insulation result in virtually zero noise transfer between homes. Energy-efficient, multi-zone HVAC systems allow residents to vary temperature by zone. Low-energy LED lighting delivers superior color rendering and boosts energy savings. Additionally, common area energy needs are supplied by rooftop solar panels.

The Richardson is now accepting leases for move-in dates beginning in June. Residents will enjoy the security of controlled-access parking garage with high-speed roller doors, electric vehicle charging station, mudroom with integrated dog-wash station, and direct elevator access to all floors from the garage. A variety of storage options are available, including climate-controlled wine cellars, and secure bike storage. A “Luxer One” secured parcel locker system enables convenient access to postal deliveries 24/7.

Reservations are now being taken for rental residences at The Richardson at Tarrytown. Only 27 exclusive rental homes are available, with leasing prices ranging from $3,300 to $8,800 per month.

“Once people get a look at these beautiful rental homes and are able to envision themselves leading The Richardson lifestyle, these 27 units will go fast,” said Beuerlein. “We are excited about meeting our new residents and beginning long, positive relationships with them and the Tarrytown community.”

You’re Invited to the Peninsula at Rough Hollow Austin Parade

Legend Communities and Crescent Communities today announced The Peninsula at Rough Hollow will host the spring Spring 2017 Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin Parade of Homes™. 

The Spring 2017 HBA Parade of Homes™ will take place at The Peninsula at Rough Hollow May 12 through May 29. The annual event showcases the newest trends in construction, building design, interior décor and landscaping in one of the nation’s most vibrant real estate communities. This year will mark the third Parade of Homes tour to be held within Rough Hollow over the past 10 years and by far the most anticipated showing due to The Peninsula’s spectacular views of the Hill Country and Lake Travis. 

The tour will feature five custom-built homes by award-winning builders specifically chosen for the event—Arbogast Custom Homes, Jenkins Design + Build, Lake Travis Builders, Laurel Haven Homes and Triton Custom Homes Inc. During the tour, the homes will be open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays and Memorial Day, May 29.