Ebony Griffin’s Blog

May 4, 2009

Blanton Museum Brings California Cool to Austin

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b_o_cMany of Austin transplants from out-of-state that I’ve been encountering on the Downtown scene are from California, not surprisingly. Perhaps the Blanton Museum caught wind of this trend and decided to welcome the newcomers by paying homage to their home state. Until May 17, 2009 the Blanton Museum of Art will be presenting Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at the Midcentury.The exhibition features various elements of painting, architecture, furniture design, decorative and graphic arts, film, and music that launched mid–century modernism in the United States and established Los Angeles as a major American cultural center. It was inspired in part by “the formal parallels between modernist architecture and the West Coast hard–edge paintings of the 1950s.”

April 27, 2009

Do You GOOP?

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Well I know I do, and so should you. GOOP is the online newsletter by the ever so talented, charming, and inspiring Gwenyth Paltrow. She talks of everything from the “evil tongue“, getting dressed, to preparing slow roasted tomatoes. Its like a mini mag minus promotional overtones. It is truly dedicated to improving one’s quality of life. And who can’t appreciate something so refreshing? Now stop reading and , GO*MAKE*GET*DO*BE*SEE already.

Sweet & Natural

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Going on a natural diet does not mean that you should deprive yourself of flavor. These days its becoming more a common occurence for us and our children to become dairy or gluten intolerant. Here is recipe for sweet treat that is gluten free, egg free and dairy free by Alana Sugar of Whole Foods.
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Frosted Spiced Cupcakes

Ingredients
For the Cupcakes
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or other non-dairy milk
1 (6-ounce) container plain coconut milk yogurt
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon egg replacer, such as Ener-G, mixed with 1/4 cup warm water
2 cups white rice flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Frosting
1/4 cup vegan margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk or other non-dairy milk
1/4 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract

Method
Preheat oven to 350°F. For the cupcakes, whisk together oil, almond milk, yogurt, sugar and egg replacer-water mixture in a large bowl. In a separate large bowl, mix together rice flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add flour mixture to milk mixture and stir to combine. Spoon batter into 16 paper-lined standard muffin tins, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake until cooked through and light golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack and set aside to let cool completely.

For the frosting, put margarine, sugar, almond milk and vanilla in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well combined and fluffy, about 1 minute. Spread frosting on cupcakes, sprinkle cinnamon over the top and serve.

view more recipes at Whole Foods Market Secret Ingredient Blog

April 26, 2009

Enter the Threshold

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photoDowntown Austin has been undergoing something like a facelift lately. It seems like I notice a new store, high-rise, or restuarant every week. Everyday on the way to work (at a high-rise condo) I pass by this store called Threshold Interiors,the planika fire place with a fire blazing through the glass window despite the beautiful 80-degree weather struck my curiosity. Threshold offers interior furnishings and design services for a creative lifestyle, or the new “Austinite”. Beautifully designed and innovative furniture is what you will find in Threshold. Owner Lindsay Burns is dedicated to serving the urban dweller. She has a desire is to take Austin to a new level in design and furniture possibilities and inspire individuals to continually strive to reach their threshold.

April 22, 2009

BARRELS ACROSS TEXAS

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Last weekend was the 24th AnnualTexas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival. If you missed it then you sure did miss out on good grub. Not to worry the they are still holding their Barrels Across Texas fundraiser this Thursday, April 23, 6pm, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Barrels Across Texas is an inaugural fundraising event bringing together our local art and wine communities. Artists in various media were invited to donate their time and talents to transform a wine barrel into a one-of-kind artwork. The barrels are being showcased at different venues in and around Austin to promote the Festival, taking place April 16-19, 2009. The barrels will be auctioned off live at an event after the Festival, on April 23rd. Proceeds will benefit the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival, Dell Children’s Hospital, and the Capital Area Food Bank.
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April 20, 2009

Art Austin Celebrates Love

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18ad49cc07d0914a34vmq1d390deArt Week Austin is known for building a platform for local artists and an opportunity for various organizations that promote creativity by producing city-wide art events. It also allows the community to immerse itself in various disciplines including art, architecture, design, and performance. The week will be marked with a number of events taking place downtown beginning on April 22 and ending on the 26th.

A cool event taking place during the week “Pink Unplugged”. All day on April 25th visitors are encouraged to visit this factory of love located on the banks of Lady Bird Lake, where they can type a love letter to significant loved one. The letters are then bottled up by the Pink factory workers and personally delivered to its destination. Created by Jaclyn Pryor, this event illustrates an “invisible web of interconnectivity created between senders and receivers”. It also allows residents to plunge themselves into art-making by providing them with an opportunity to express their creativity and love for each other.

Juice It Up

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sysheadJuicing has become a staple in my diet routine lately. There is is something about my apple, kale, cucumber, lime and kiwi blend that sends me soaring. However pressed for time I always don’t have time to juice my own produce, and too often I find myself going to the grocery store. So I was instantly in heaven when I discovered Austin’s own juice bar, Daily Juice. With two locations in Austin, the Daily Juice served an array of blended goodness with cooky names like Girls on Film or the Subliminator. They also serve tasty vegan-friendly dishes like Living Food Tacos and BBQ Coconut Sandwiches.

April 13, 2009

Organic Soul Love Rock’n’Roll

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My latest beauty obsession has to be this bath oil by Jo Woods Organics called Amka Organic Bath Oil. It is a blend of Persian rose,Egyptian jasmine,and lingering Mediterranean bergamot that leaves my senses invigorated and skin so supple . Jo Woods Organics is an London-based line of decadent organic skincare items made from the purest, most natural products possible using only the highest grade of essential oils and plant extracts available. The line was created by glamour rock and roll and organic lifestyle extraordinaire, Jo Woods. The former model has been married to of Rolling Stones member, Ronnie Woods for over 30 years. The beautiful mother of 4 has been committed to all things natural and organic every since she switch to an all-organic diet improve her ailing health over 18 years ago. Struggling to find skin products that fit her glamorous and organic lifestyle she set out to make them her self, family and friends. Jo has South African roots on her maternal side which is reflected in the choice of ingredients and names of her products.  Available in Austin at Lux Apothetique located in the Domain Mall (11501 Century Terrace Oaks #129 Austin, TX 78758 ).

Earth Day 2009

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icon-market-02-1This Saturday, April 18, Austin will be celebrating Earth Day 2009.  The celebration will kick of at Republic Square located downtown at 4th and Guadalupe. Thousands of local green businesses, environmental groups, and other community members will take part in the festivities this year. Austin Farmer’s Market will be set up in the square . Some of the activities taking place include an eARTh day expo, Green Art exhibit, live music, and guest speakers.

March 30, 2009

My Fair Lady

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspired86 @ 9:55 pm

images2I absolutely love fruits, but I’ve never really cared for apples. That is until I discovered Pink Lady® Apples. Once I  sampled them at Central Market was absolutely hooked. This tart,tangy and sweet apple has a refreshingly crisp crunch and is pleasing to the palate. A unique feature about this particular of apple is its ability to retain its freshness and resist browning for longer periods of time. Consider this fruit a designer apple if you would –completely licensed and branded like any other designer good and pricer than your average red delicious apple. But if your on a budget and all about saving those extra few pennies at the register, you’re in luck because they are currently on sale at Central Market for .99cents/lb this week. Central Market is also currently running specials on strawberries, Snoqualmie Wines, and  other goodies this week.

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