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TRIBEZA Talk | June 2014

What’s in my Barton Springs bag? Jade Place-Mathews

Jade Place-Mathews is one part of the well-traveled, stylish trio who own Friends and Neighbors (2614 E. Cesar Chavez), a new East Austin destination that’s part clothing boutique, part coffee mecca, part artisanal sundry shop, and part evening hangout, all stationed in different rooms of an old house. Place-Mathews, who also co-owns Hillside Farmacy with her husband Greg Mathews, shared with us the components of her Barton Springs bag. Bring on the sunshine!

She doesn't leave home without 'em: Jade's summer essentials for the Springs

  • Paw Paw ointment: I pretty much have a tube of this in every bag I own. It’s made close to where I grew up in Australia, and I use it as a lip balm, on mosquito bites, and dry skin. The smell reminds me of my friends and family at home.
  • Uno: Anyone who knows me knows I will play Uno anywhere, anytime. If this pack could talk it would probably say, “Stop drinking so much tequila and buy a new pack that actually has all of the cards.”
  • Keys: I have a ‘71 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible, and it’s so much fun driving to Barton Springs in it—swimming noodles sticking out the back. Plus, I know I’ll be warm enough to jump right in when I get there.
  • Early Bird Granola Bar: Slightly sweet and a little salty, I got addicted to these in Brooklyn. Luckily, we now sell them at F&N.
  • Gather Journal: Reading Gather Journal always makes me hungry. It is dedicated to the aspects of gathering—dining, drinking, harvesting, and cooking—and has definitely helped inspire many dinner parties in our backyard.
  • Throw: My husband gives me a hard time about buying so many textiles when we travel. Austin is the perfect place to use them all the time as blankets, towels, or sarongs.
  • Sunglasses: I can’t go anywhere without my Persol sunnies.
  • Hat: I found this on our last trip to Mexico: it’s not fancy, but it fits perfectly and covers my neck and shoulders. As I get older, I’m starting to get more paranoid about the sun.
  • Bag: This Mara Hoffman bag is huge with sturdy leather straps—I can pile it full for a day at the springs.
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Adult Snow Cones: A tipsy Riff on Everyone’s Childhood Favorite

Here's a summer treat from the nice people at Weather Up (1808 E. Cesar Chavez St.), who are serving up boozy snow cones from their SaniServ Slushy Machine all season long. Here, owner Kathryn Weatherup shares a couple of inspired flavor suggestions for her favorite icy combinations.

  • Reposado tequila
  • Calvados
  • Cocchi Americano
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Passion fruit syrup (cane sugar and fresh passion fruit juice)
  • THE TAIS TOI (pictured)
  • Armagnac brandy
  • Oloroso sherry
  • Blackberry and mint syrups
  • Fresh lime juice
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Right Foot Forward

This summer we’re sitting poolside with Hari Mari, the Texas-based sandal company with a do-good slant—$3 from every pair supports kids battling cancer. And lest you wonder if it’s too soon to upgrade last year’s pair, we have four words for you: memory foam toe posts.

Hari Mari shoes retail for $60. Find a full list of Austin stockists—including Stag, By George, and Whole Earth Provision Co.—at HariMari.com.


Photography by Michael A. Muller

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