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TRIBEZA Talk | August 2013

An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.

Hey James Moody! Tell us about...Tacos.

When James Moody isn't behind the scenes at one of the local institutions he founded or helped create (to name a few: the Mohawk, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and booking company Transmission Entertainment), you might find him, like most locals, eating a taco. We asked him to divulge his top three in town.

  • El Primo on Live Oak and South First: “[I’ve ] been eating here for 10 years—order the carne asada on corn. [It’s] very simple and authentic—asada, chopped onions, cilantro, and fresh-cut lime on a corn tortilla with verde or rojo salsa. If you are feeling brave, order the super torta. It’s a tasty beast and a hangover destroyer.”
  • Vera Cruz All Natural on East Sixth: “We call it Taco Boss because it is killer. Order the chicken here— large portions [of] grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, onions, melted cheese, and cilantro, [served] with a huge chunk of fresh avocado.”
  • Rositas Al Pastor on East Riverside: “Classic East Austin taco truck experience in a parking lot on Riverside. The tortillas are homemade and always fresh. Try the pastor tacos here for sure, [and] get the creamy green salsa because it rules.”
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Off the Menu

Are aged mixed drinks the new fine wine? On our radar this month are barrel-aged cocktails, classic drinks mixed and stored in oak barrels to age for up to three months. This process, says Four Seasons sommelier Mark Sayre, improves the complexity of the cocktail by deepening its flavor and rounding out the harshness of certain liquors. And you gotta be in the know to get one: Currently available at only two bars in town, the Tigress and the Lobby Lounge at The Four Seasons, the latter’s barrel-aged cocktails are off-the-menu and limited to two per person.

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Austin Instagrammer of the Month

Jackie Lee Young

We can't help but fall in love with Jackie Lee Young's Austin. The photographer and Hotel San José barkeep's dreamy photos uniformly evoke an effortless energy that look the way this city feels. From her depictions of hot summer nights and off-the-cuff friend portraits to simple observations of good light in a quiet corner—damn, girl: you make living look easy. Follow along @jackieleeyoung.

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On the Brutality of Austin Summers

An excerpt from an 1891 letter by Lucadia Pease, the first lady of Texas from 1853 to 1857. (And they didn’t even have AC!)

July 27, 1891

My dear sister,

We have now our settled summer weather, dry, and the thermon in our vestibule at ninety eight, today, and will be without much variation for the next two months. Writing is attended with some difficulty, as I have to cover the paper with a towel, or something to keep the perspiration from wetting it.

*From the Austin History Center’s Pease family archive

We're Into...The Story Department

A monthly live storytelling event, The Story Department brings together a group of interesting people and asks them to share unscripted stories centered around a given theme. With proceeds benefiting youth creative writing nonprofit Austin Bat Cave, if you’re a fan of “This American Life” or “The Moth” story slams, we bet you’ll be into this too. This month’s event is August 13; the theme is “Obsessions.”

More info at facebook.com/AustinBatCave.

Credits

James Moody photography by Dave Mead

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