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Glorious Weekend Happenings: Garden Party, Studio Tours, National Peanut Butter Month

This weekend is certainly happening.

I’ve already started celebrating National Peanut Butter Month by baking  mounds of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, and I will continue to do so this weekend by baking a gut-wrenchingly beautiful peanut butter pie, recipe courtesy of my favorite Homesick Texan. So, that’s happening.

east austin studio tour

Along with peanut butter pie we have the East Austin Studio Tours, a free nine-day artist-run event that started in 2003 to bring the community and artists to East Austin’s studios and art galleries. It’s going to be nine days and and two jam-packed weekends of more than 200 artists, 154 galleries and studios, and work in a multitude of mediums including painting, sculpting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, metal, and mixed media.

The event runs from November 14-22. Studios are open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th and again on Saturday, November 21st and Sunday the 22nd.

Check out some of the studios, exhibitions, events, and programs on EAST’s Web site.

The Austinist has been ramping up EAST preview coverage with some stellar artist interviews. Read Tolly Moseley‘s interview with Bonnie Rue of Model Citizen and another Austinist interview with Abi Daniel.


And if last week’s Austin Bleet-Up wasn’t enough fun for you, Austin Eavesdropper and Bad Seed Promotions have put together another swank and sassy social event, this time with a theme and costumes, to support sustainable living and urban gardening.

It’s the Austin Garden Party, a 1920s kind of night at The Liberty with swingin’ ’20s and 2000s tunes by Richard Gear,  a photo booth (these never get old!) by Trevor Ray Thompson, and door prizes (bottles of rum and plants!)

The party is from 6-10 p.m. and the cover is five bones ($5, wink).

The Liberty
1618 1/2 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 600-4791


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Dairy-Free and Delicious: Vegan Peanut Butter Soft Serve from Toy Joy

I have alluded to this stuff in several of my previous blog posts. If you’ve lived in Austin for awhile and still haven’t been to Toy Joy on the Drag, then you should start planning a weekend trip. This place is probably the grandest and wildest toy store for children and adults (minus “adult” toys). It’s like the mother ship of toy stores with everything from vintage robots to rubber snakes to Playmobile to Uglydolls. But it’s more than just toys: they sell unique and interesting journals, books, mugs, band aids, fake moustaches, and home decor; it’s beautiful. They even offer free gift-wrapping services with the coolest and most awesome wrapping paper so that you always know when a gift has come from Toy Joy.

As if indulging yourself in the world of toys wasn’t enough, Toy Joy opened its own version of Candy Land next door. The candy/coffee shop used to be Dhaba Joy, which was solely a coffee shop and vegan bakery that also served vegan soft serve made out of oatscreme. It was pretty flavorless and they only served classic chocolate and vanilla.

Before I had a chance to go back for a second tasting, the Dhaba Joy had completely changed and Toy Joy took over by covering the walls, ceilings, and floors with more toys and candy. No more baked goodies, but the soft serve options are even better. They always serve vanilla, but the second flavor changes every week. Last week it was strawberry and this week, peanut butter. Yummo. They also post the flavor of the week on their Web site. Continue reading


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