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Umami Mia Pizzeria Opening in Early May

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According to Wikipedia, Umami, a savory taste, is one of the five basic tastes, together with sweet, sour, bitter and salty. A loanword from the Japanese, umami comes from umai “delicious” and mi “taste.” The umami flavor, which is difficult to describe, induces salivation and stimulates the throat, the roof and the back of the mouth.

A team of Austin restaurant veterans including Adam Weisberg (Zen, Lucky Robot), Mark Turner and Rick Engel (Austin Java, Lil’ Woodrows) will soon bring this food concept to Austin. In early May they will open the Umami Mia Pizzeria, translating the umami concept to pizza, salads and sandwiches.

“We wanted to create a fun neighborhood Italian restaurant with a great menu, an indoor and outdoor bar, and a patio so our guests could feel comfortable stopping by for lunch, after work drinks or on the weekends with friends and family,” says Mark Turner, co-owner of Umami Mia Pizzeria. “We also want to familiarize Austin with the concept of umami. The tastes of sweet, salty, bitter and sour are familiar, but umami is the lesser-known fifth taste. Described as rounded, rich and savory, umami is found naturally in foods like ripe tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and mushrooms. Umami Mia Pizzeria spotlights the umami taste in every dish.”

Executive Chef George Thomas (Soleil, Paggi House, Kenichi and Imperia) will run the kitchen. Located in the former Romeo’s space at 1500 Barton Springs, the 1,993 sq. ft dining room and 2,500 sq. ft patio offers seating for over 200 guests. The restaurant will remain open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and late night.

Menu highlights include: Mean Green Pizza (Umami Citrus Soy Pesto, Fresh Mozzarella, Chili Flakes, Lemon Zest, Parmesan, Pine Nuts), Here Piggy Pizza (Braised Bacon, Crispy Fried Carrot, House Pickled Jalapeno, Blue Cheese), Ricotta and Spinach Pizza (Oak Roasted Cherry Tomato, Garlic, Chili Flakes, Lemon Zest), Oak Grilled Meatball Sandwich (Mission Fig Sauce, Gorgonzola, Arugula Lemon Olive Oil), Umami Cobb (Roasted Chicken, Grilled Bacon, Hardboiled Egg, Avocado, Arugula, Watercress, Frisee, Pickled Red Onions, Grilled Corn, Cherry Tomato, Chunky Blue Cheese Vinaigrette) and Sausage Noodles (House Pesto, House Made Sausage, Ricotta, Toasted Fennel Seeds).

For more information, visit facebook.com/UmamiMiaPizzeria.

Do512′s SXSW ’13 Pro-Tip Guide

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The allure to SXSW is the big names who come to town and the little guys who get to play next to them. It is the free Taco Bell and the pricier food trucks that both hit the spot after a day of drinking. It is the crowded parties that make you rub elbows with too many drunk people and the surprise intimate shows that you find by chance.

Whatever the appeal of SXSW is to you, it can seem overwhelming for those trying to plan their week, or for those who decided to “wing it” and soon felt like they were missing out. Lucky for you all, Do512 has been working hard to make this annual much-anticipated event run as smoothly as possible for you and your comrades. Here, we will break down all the important things to keep in mind, give you some recommendations from experienced South by Southwesters and have you coming out a SXSW pro of your own.

  • First, how many bands will there be exactly during March 12-17?

A lot. You can view our comprehensive list of artists that have been officially announced here. However, every SXSW veteran knows that there will always be surprise guests. That’s why we have also kept up with all of the rumors flowing through the SX mill on our twitter account.

Pro Tip: Keep your phone charged! It is always difficult to maintain flawless service when Austin is packed to the brim of the city limits, but social media is the key to unveiling surprise shows. Add us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop as soon as we catch wind of confirmed SXSW information.

  • How can I keep track of the artists I want to see?

While you are perusing our list of announced SXSW acts, all you have to do is click ‘follow’ and it automatically adds the artist or band to your ‘My SX’ tab. In that section, you will find all of the parties and artists you have decided to like or follow and from there you can click on them for the event details and performances.

Pro Tip: Don’t limit yourselves to only the bands you know. Take some time and check out the artists you haven’t heard of before by clicking on their page and watching their music videos or live performances we have put up for you. Festivals are the easiest way to discover your new favorite band.

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Now that it has become apparent to you that SXSW does a phenomenal job of bringing in amazing acts and excavating the local talent to bring to a larger stage, you are ready to make the next step. If you are coming from out-of-town you are probably thinking:

  • “Where am I going to stay?” and “How will I afford this?” 

If you have friends in Austin, call dibs on the couch now. Trust us, Austinites expect a house full of people during SX and piling around someone’s living room is part of the experience. But, if your friend’s couches will already be stuffed with warm bodies and you need accommodations, we have compiled a list of places to stay during this physically taxing week that makes a comfortable bed feel like heaven at the end of the night.

Now, as far as affordability, there is no other festival in Austin that seems to be on the same caliber as SXSW when it comes to the amount of crazy talent putting on free performances and providing free food and beverages. But, if you want to go big this year, there is still time to enter in many contests that are giving away badges, VIP packages and other goodies. THAT MEANS FREE FOLKS.

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  • Okay, so how do I RSVP to the free shows and events?

Number 1 rule: create an email address JUST for SX or use one that you’ll remember you signed up for everything under the sun with. Done? Step 2.

Easy. We have dug up all of the announced events and free stuff coming this SXSW and put them on our site for you to simply click ‘RSVP‘ and put yourself on the list. Voila.

Pro Tip: Make sure after you RSVP that you share it on Facebook or Twitter so that your friends can do the same. You don’t want to miss out on a show because your buddies forgot to get on the list.

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My organization, company, brand, band etc… would really like to host an unofficial party during SXSW, how do I find a good venue and their information?

Yes, we are here to help the people behind the parties too. We have put together a Pinterest board full of great venues around the city and provided their location and capacity. Once you click on a venue you are interested in, it will direct you back to our main site that provides contact information for booking.

  • How can I get involved and be a part of the SXSW action?

Volunteer! SX is still looking for walk in volunteers as long as you’re a local. Register online before heading to their office.

TaskRabbit, an online and mobile marketplace that gets people in the same area to help each other out has created a portal for SXSW’s interactive portion. Users will go to the site and see a list of temporary tasks to sign up for such as street teams, product delivery and event staffs.

  • How else can I prepare for South by Southwest?

Listen to our SXSW ’13 Spotify Playlist.

Subscribe. Listen. Learn the words. Revisit some old favorites and experience the unfamiliar. Use this playlist as the ultimate pre-workout before the music marathon ahead.

  • Stay on top of the SXSW band rumors.

We are bonafide rumor mongers. They are swirling like madness. Follow Do512 on Twitter to keep up. From the Postal Service reunion that has everyone in a tizzy to the new Strokes album drop, we’re watching the bands as they make their moves and we’ll let you know as soon as we do!

To further your excitement, we have compiled a staff list of our most anticipated acts for this year’s SXSW:

Rachel Daily: The Zombies, Delorean, Telekinesis, Thee Oh Sees, Mount Moriah, Amanda Shires, Wild Belle, and The Whigs

Jamie Jett: Bonobo, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Prince Rama, Beach Fossils, Alt-J and Allah-Las

Lawrence Boone: Al Lover, Mikal Cronin, Thee Oh Sees, Allah-LasBlack Lips, The Growlers, John McCauley and Friends, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister

Matt Mandrella: Alt-J, Flaming Lips and Japandroids

Amanda Shaftel: Alt-J, Monophonics, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Gringo Star, Poolside and Lissie

Jimmy Stewart: Alt-J, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cold War Kids, Portugal. The Man, Brushy One String, Aloe Blacc, Delicate Steve, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Field Report, Nathanial Rateliff, Kids These Days and Houndmouth

Courtney Goforth: Flaming Lips, Daniel Johnston, Toro y Moi, Best Coast, Grimes, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and The Postal Service

 

- via Courtney Goforth

Get That Work Done With Do512 and Tabbedout’s Guide to Work/Study Spots!

Here’s the scenario: You’ve got a huge presentation tomorrow and need some intense time alone to research. Or maybe you need several hours to cram for that giant midterm coming up. The roommates are being distracting. Your WiFi at home is slow. You need more coffee than might be legally allowed.

We’ve been there. When the deadlines are rapidly approaching, you need your special spot, that corner booth in the quiet place close to home where you can drink your java, munch on a sandwich, plug in your laptop, and work in peace. No worries: we’ve got your guide to Austin Work/Study Spots so you can manage that overwhelming checklist, learn that vocabulary, take a practice test, build an incredibly large spreadsheet, and whatever else you need to do.

We also know what it’s like to get “in the zone.” You know, when you’re in an intense study session, or you’re 100% committed to finishing your project. Every minute counts, so don’t be distracted by tabbing out the old fashioned way for your copious amounts of coffee and snacks. Use Tabbedout instead! You can do it all from your phone and pay your tab quickly so you can get back to work and not miss a beat.

Don’t waste another minute! That PowerPoint isn’t gonna make itself! You can’t learn biology through osmosis! Check out our Guide to Austin Work/Study Spots, brought to you by Tabbedout, and get it done!

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day With Salsa, Queso, and Tabbedout!

September 16th is Mexican Independence Day! That’s this Sunday! How are you celebrating? Can’t think of anything? Too busy to plan a big fiesta? No worries, amigo! We’ve got you covered. Keep it simple and sample the Austin flavor of one of Mexico’s finest imports: good old fashioned chips and salsa and/or queso!

Austin salsa and queso spots are all around us, and Do512 has the scoop (chip pun!) on the finest and most bueno locales to get your dip on. Whether you’re in the mood for a spicy tomato concoction, or maybe hankering for some creamy, thick cheesy goodness, our Guide to Austin Salsa and Queso will take care of that pre-meal craving Sunday….and any day! And after you’re done munching on chips and perhaps a few cervezas, make sure you pay your tab the quick, easy way. From your phone! Yes, you can do that, it’s not magic. Just use Tabbedout, and you can also redeem in-app offers at supporting queso and salsa spots!

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day this Sunday with us! Check out our Guide to Austin Salsa and Queso, brought to you by Tabbedout! On second thought, you better just bookmark it, and after the holiday has passed, check it again! It’s always a great time to sample everyone’s favorite appetizer. So get out there and get to chippin’ and dippin’!

Grease Is the Word! Fight Your Craving With Do512 and Tabbedout!

Sometimes you just get that hunger, you know? Yeah, you know. Maybe it’s after a night of partying, maybe you’re just looking to pig out or break that boring diet. Maybe it’s your birthday! There’s always a good reason to fight that addiction we as Americans are naturally born with: that undying love of greasy foods! Nothing fancy for me, thanks, I’ll just take a juicy burger, some ketchup-soaked french fries, and maybe a tasty breakfast option or two.

It may not be healthy, but there’s no denying it’s delicious! The sweet grease is all around us, and Do512 and Tabbedout have your guide to Austin greasy foods. So when you’re done sampling how the locals do it right, make sure you pay for your meal the easy way with Tabbedout on your phone! Skip the lines and redeem in-app offers at supporting greasy food spots!

Don’t waste another minute. We know you’re already thinking about that next meal, and there’s nothing like treating yourself! Check out our Guide to Austin Greasy Food, brought to you by Tabbedout!

Welcome Back Mercury Pizza!

After a shift in ownership and management, the popular Mercury Pizza restaurant on South Lamar is back open. Chef Blake Moffitt, who was originally brought on as a consultant, purchased the business on August 1st and reopened the restaurant on August 15th. Moffitt and his crew serve up delicious New York-style pizza out of a quaint red house at the corner of Kinney and Lamar, adorned with neon red signs and a fenced-in courtyard. New York style pizza with huge slices and fun flavor profiles.

Moffitt, who also owns Blake’s on 6th, has a long history in the food industry. He originally graduated culinary school in 2001 and moved to France to train under Chef Daniel Hebetin. He then trained under Chef Michel Depardon and later studied cheese making under Dr. Larry Faillace at Three Shepherds Farm in Vermont.

Once he made his way to Austin, Moffitt worked as a personal chef before spending time at a few of Austin’s top restaurants in Fabi and Rosi, 34th Street Safe, and Shoreline Grill. He then developed Elevated Artisanal Goods, a full-service catering company, and then opened Blake’s on 6th, a cafe that utilizes farm-to-table practices with an ever-changing menu featuring local produce, meats, artisanal cheeses and soups. Moffitt applies his wealth of knowledge and food experience to come up with some of the fun flavor profiles offered at Mercury Pizza. 

“We try out new variations just about every night,” says Moffitt. “A lot of the ideas come from my fine dining background, knowing what flavors work really well together. A lot of things I like to do are a contrast of flavor and texture.”

I tried the “Hells Bells,” an off-the-cuff creation for those who like it hot. The pizza comes with several layers of heat, including cayenne pepper, red pepper flake, sriracha and jalapeño, complimented with olive oil, garlic, and a touch of sweet pineapple. It’s New York-style pizza, with some of the biggest individual slices I’ve ever seen.

“What makes our pizza New York-style is the way we do the crust,” says Moffitt. “It’s a recipe that one of the guys that I helped conceptualize Mercury with has used for 15 years because he’s from Brooklyn. Another thing is that we use Grande Cheese, a true New York product that you don’t see a lot of in Austin. Up there it’s not even pizza if it’s not Grande. It keeps the pizza really creamy.”

Moffitt also frequents the local Farmer’s Markets around Austin, and will soon add farm-to-table pizzas to the menu. Mercury also offers big salads, blunts (like a calzone), garlic knots and cheesy bread. Occasionally they will offer up a free keg of beer on the weekends to help wash down those enormous slices.

Mercury Pizza is open from 5pm until late 7 days a week, and also offers pizza delivery to the 78704 area code. It’s a great place to walk up and grab a quick slice, served up hot right out of the oven.

“We have been open for seven days and we have received a really good reception from the neighborhood,” says Moffitt. “Everybody seems to be happy that we’re back open.”

Count us among the people that are glad to have Mercury Pizza back.

–Lawrence Boone

For more information, visit www.mercurypizza.com

 



Photos provided by Ryan Goodrich

Announcing Sway – A new Thai restaurant in Austin

If you frequent the South 1st area, which has become a recent hot spot thanks to the addition of acclaimed restaurants Lenoir, Elizabeth’s and JMueller BBQ, you may have noticed construction taking place on an ominous black building in the neighborhood. It was recently announced that this would be the home of Sway, a new Thai restaurant developed by the team behind the award-winning Mexican restaurant La Condesa.

The team behind Sway includes restaurateurs Jesse Herman and Delfo Trombetta, Executive Chef René Ortiz, Food & Wine’s “Best New Pastry Chef” Laura Sawicki, and Cocktail World Cup victor Nate Wales. The restaurant, located at 1417 South First Street, will offer a unique menu that blends traditional and innovative Thai techniques and ingredients packed with plenty of flavor.

Jesse Herman and Chef René Ortiz both spent time separately in Australia, where Thai food is as ubiquitous as Mexican food in Texas, and were inspired by the modern Australian style of Thai cooking they were exposed to. In developing Sway’s menu, Chef Ortiz drew on his time spent working under world-renowned Thai chefs in Australia to develop dishes that combine tradition with innovation.

“I think that Rene’s Thai food is even better than his Mexican food,” says Herman. “We spent time in Australia last year just going around and checking out what was going on in Thai food. There are a lot of world class Thai restaurants in Australia that are more modern, with really interesting menus, and that’s what we are trying to do here. It is going to be totally new experience for people who are used to Thai food.”

Some of the dishes Sway will offer include Prawn Miange (toasted coconut, smokey peanuts, served on betel leaf); Jungle Curry (red curry of chicken with eggplant and French beans); Rose Apple Stir Fry (chicken with shiitake, holy basil, and red chili); Pad Kwetio (rice stick noodle with smoked chicken, prawn, and holy basil); and Tamarind Glazed Beef (caramelized onion, crispy garlic, lime, and green chili paste).

To design the restaurant Herman collaborated with award-winning architect Michael Hsu to create an interpretation of a traditional northern Thai–style lanna house, with an entirely open theater-style kitchen.

“I think the most unique aspect of this restaurant is the kitchen,” Herman says. “It’s completely open, with no walls and no columns, and a French-style island where all of the chefs work together. The whole concept is there’s no separation between you and the chef. You can sit at the kitchen and see the fire from the wok station and see our custom charcoal grill and rotisserie. A big part of the experience is being able to see this really exotic food being made.”

The restaurant will also stand out with its communal seating, encouraging family-style dining and sharing.

“We’re just trying to do something that’s just a little bit different,” says Herman. “The idea with this style of food and with a lot of traditional Asian dining is that it’s meant to be enjoyed together. It’s totally shareable with a lot of different plates coming to the table.”

The tables will sit 12-16 people, as well as patio seating which is overlooked by a traditional mahogany Thai spirit house imported from Thailand. Sway will also offer an extensive selection of East and Southeast Asian beers, a great wine list, homemade sodas and kombuchas, and a wide variety of Thai and Vietnamese teas and coffees.

Sway is set to open late summer, and will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11AM to 10PM Sunday through Wednesday and 11AM to 11PM Thursday through Saturday. The restaurant has its own parking lot with 45 spaces, and will accept reservations for large parties only (8 or more), which can be made by calling 512.326.1999.

For updates on Sway, go to
www.swayaustin.com
facebook.com/swaythai

twitter.com/swaythai

Lost Bayou Ramblers and Whiskey Shivers at Antone’s

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Are you a talented dancer? How about a talented knee-slapper? SWEET, then you’ll have a-hell-of-a time at Antone’s on Friday for the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Whiskey Shivers show. 

While the Louisiana-band Lost Bayou Ramblers have been called cajun-punk and draws from styles like rockabilly, rock and western swing, the Whiskey Shivers are on the other side of that same genre – being called “A freewheelin’, trashgrassin’, folk tornado.” These dudes are sure to put on something fantastic.

Both bands have gotten a lot of attention in the press lately.  Front-man for the Ramblers, Louis Michot, was in the NY Times recently because of his crazy-ass house that he built himself in Louisiana. The Times writer called his band “riotous” and wrote about his “old-man-sounding” voice. “On these raucous tracks, the Lost Bayou Ramblers sound Cajun in the same way the Pogues once sounded Celtic. Which is to say, they do and they don’t.” He romanticizes him in a great way. Anyway, just read the article yourself, lazy. I linked to it right up there.

Here’s a video of them playing “Blister in the Sun” with Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes –

The Whiskey Shivers were recently recognized by Perez Hilton – and you know when that pop-culture freak mentions something, it’s something worth mentioning. (Well, not always, but sometimes.) He was quoted saying “You may have never heard of Whiskey Shivers, but as of today, you’re never going to hear the end of them.” He’s right. Don’t try to fight it. Embrace the shiver they’ll send down your spine – especially when watching their video. Freaking weird and a little creepy and a lot awesome.

Others, including Ryan Seacrest himself, have commented on how talented this Austin quintet really is, but how that video freaks the hell out of them. These whiskey-drinking dudes always put on a great show, so don’t even worry about that.

Tickets are only $10 general admission and $75 for a VIP table for four upstairs. That’s a pretty great deal to see some pretty great bands at a pretty great venue. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT.

Also, just a warning, be careful when high-fiving the dudes from Whiskey Shivers –

South Lamar Trailer Bazaar

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new trailer food center on the block. The South Lamar Trailer Bazaar, located next door to Red’s Porch on South Lamar, is open for business and features a variety of tasty food options. The cozy little trailer park eatery features five unique food trucks surrounded by a white picket fence, and inside you’ll find a white rock garden and a covered patio/stage along with a few picnic tables.

The South Lamar Trailer Bazaar’s trailers include Collie’s Real Serious Burgers, Tacos la Guera, Boxcar Bistro, Trai Mai Thai and Honky Tonk Hot Dogs. So in one stop you can have your choice of French fare, Hot Dogs, Burgers, Tex-Mex and Thai options. Below is more information on each trailer:

  • Collie’s Real Serious Burgers - a gourmet burger trailer that features premium offerings including the Mason Fargason Collie Burger that was just featured on Thrillist. For more information visit http://colliesburgers.com/.
  • Boxcar Bistro - classic and casual French food using the best natural and organic ingredients. For more information visit http://www.boxcarbistro.com/.
  • Tacos La Guera - homemade fresh tacos that are made to order. Most notably known for the Taco Loco and the DJ Taco, Tacos La Guera serves breakfast, lunch and vegetarian options. For more information visit http://www.tacoslaguera.com/index.php?s=1.
  • Honky Tonk Hot Dogs - gourmet hot dogs named after Austin music legends with impromptu live country music from Austin musicians like Dale Watson. For more information visit http://www.honkytonkhotdogsatx.com/
  • Trai Mai Thai - the newest Thai trailer that features traditional and new Thai food with options from Curry, Fried Rice, Entrees and Noodles. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/TraiMaiThai.

The next time you’re in the area and looking for a quick bite to eat, we recommend you stop by and take a look around.  For more information you can visit facebook.com/SouthLamarTrailerBazaar.

Check out these great photos captured by Do512 Photo Editor David Weaver :

Also, if you haven’t checked out our list of Food Trucks in Austin, you should do so. We will also soon be featuring many of the other trailer park eateries around town so you can get to know them better. We love making the rounds at the various trailers and trying out their stuff, so let us know if you have any favorite or new food trailers, trucks, or food carts in Austin that we should be aware of.

Go Out. Go Eat. GO TEXAN! at the 2012 GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up

 

There’s nothing better than chowing down on some food. Especially if that food your stuffing in your face is locally grown, produced and handled. Especially, especially if some of the money you spend on it is going toward local food banks to help hungry Texans.

The GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up is July 23-29 all across Texas, with some great things going on around here in Austin. More than 100 local restaurants and bars are participating, and you can check that list here. Each restaurant involved will donate at least $100 to local food banks, which means over 100,000 meals will be given to those in need.

The Round-Up connects local farmers and ranchers with local restaurants. Why is that awesome? Because that means the foods don’t have to travel as far — helping them retain freshness and nutrients — and because that means lower transportation costs — meaning lower food costs.

And food isn’t the only thing being spotlighted during this week — but beer, too. That’s right, I’ve definitely got your attention now. All week at Opal Divine’s three locations — Freehouse, Penn Field and Marina — they’ll have 50 beers on tap, each day featuring local breweries at each store.

 

And if you think you have what it takes, they’ll also be having Texas beer blind taste qualifying tests Monday through Thursday, then the final contestants will compete for local brewery swag, Opal’s gift cards and the title of “Biggest Texas Beer Snob” on Friday. Get ready to hold your noses high.

This whole week Texas will be served up on table-tops, and it’s gonna be one big delicious celebration. Texas is the leader nation-wide for households that are food-insecure, and that’s just a no-go. Take advantage of the events happening July 23-29 to get to know your local food supply so we can change this, yeah?

Also, follow #TXDineOut on Twitter along with @GOTEXAN all week long for updates and buzz on what’s going on.

Get on board with the GO TEXAN Round-Up slogan: “Go Out. Go Eat. Go Drink. GO TEXAN!”