Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Goodnight - Now Open!

You may have already seen the signs as you cruise down Anderson Lane. The Goodnight, Bowling-Dining-Revelry, has opened in The Village Shopping Center.

There are 8 vintage lanes with plush lounge seating as well as available bottle service, dining and custom bowling balls.  But it doesn’t stop there! They also have shuffleboard, table tennis, skee ball, pool, board games and even air guitar. 

The Goodnight offers a wide array of menu items from sliders and pizza to pecan-fried beef tenderloin.  They’ll be using local and homegrown ingredients right from their own garden, counting on local farmers for anything else.  With a full service bar, a Saturday and Sunday Brunch, live music and an outdoor patio for lounging, you’ll be set for all of your revelry needs!

Austin’s new construction is booming so there have been a few delays on getting permits and inspections.  General Manager, Mo Wark, thanks everyone for their patience. “Allandale is a great neighborhood that we cannot wait to be a part of. Our chef, Reggie Ferguson, is a long time resident of Allandale and we all love it here.  We have a lot to offer our guests at The Goodnight, but at the heart of it I would really like to be a neighborhood joint.  If that means a beer and a snack on the way home from work, or a blowout birthday party in our boutique bowling alley, we are here for the community,” says Wark.

The Goodnight just opened its doors. Let’s go out and support our new neighbors!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tarka - Indian Cuisine Review

Tarka, which means “the sizzle of freshly sautéed ingredients” is located on Anderson Lane in the Northcross Shopping Center.  Nicknamed the little sister of Clay Pit (the owner’s upscale Indian restaurant) it brings fresh, fast and flavorful food into neighborhood.  Tarka features a modern décor with a clean, bright, and simple eating space.  It has a similar feel to Pei Wei and Fire Bowl featuring a large menu on the wall and a walk up area with several registers. Everything on the menu is under $10 making this an affordable option for dining out. Fast-casual is the concept here and we didn’t have to wait in any lines!

The children’s menu has great options with rice bowls, kabobs, and my daughter Siena’s choice, the Chicken Pakora ($4.25) with fries (Indian style chicken tenders). They brought out Siena’s food first which I was grateful for because timing is everything with a toddler.  She gobbled up this tasty meal and they even brought her a little container of ketchup for dipping.  I ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala ($8) and Garlic Naan ($2) both of which came out piping hot.  This dish was delicious and accompanied with a nice serving of rice.  It was a good-sized portion and we even wrapped some up to go.  Word on the street is that they can do things pretty spicy so I chose the mild option and let my daughter sample my dish and the spice was just right.  We also ordered a delicious mango lemonade and next time hope to try one of the lassis (mango and guava look yummy).  Happy hour was in full swing with several couples enjoying a glass of wine and they also have a selection of beer.

Tarka is also recognized as a Green Restaurant using environmentally friendly to-go packaging and they recycle and compost.  I saw several folks picking up take out and they offer an easy online ordering option.  There’s even a Tarka app, now that’s convenience.  If you’re looking for fast and fresh, this is the place!

Thursday, August 9, 2012


It's where Austin's weirdest live! I mean most eclectic. Yep, it's 78704. It's hard to get into this hood these days because it's practically considered downtown. It's part of the hip Austin scene... food trailers, strolling South Congress, live music, shops, and much much more. Check out for all the latest and greatest.

My clients Hayley and Anthony just closed on an amazing house just off South Congress in the heart of Austin's Soco area.  They love biking to the Austin City Limits Festival and other local events and running around Lady Bird Lake (aka Town Lake).  There are also tons of yummy restaurants, a few of their favs include Polvos, Torchy's Tacos, and Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse - Cafe.

Congrats to first time homebuyers Hayley & Anthony!

Check out for Austin home info or contact me to set up your own search.

Loved getting to work with this awesome couple!

Home sweet home

Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July - Austin Style

What an amazing 4th! We started the day bright and early for the Allandale Parade.  The weather was slightly overcast which was perfect.  I grew up in Allandale and my parents used to take me, my brother, and sister to the parade when we were kids. I still remember decorating my bike and eating snow cones!

Amy's Ice Cream, Taco Shack, Jim Jim's, and HEB were a few of the sponsors and we had a huge turn out from the Allandale Neighborhood. Bag pipes, drums, and vintage cars, it was so fun.  Siena loved it!  Especially the blueberry icecream from Amy's, what a great breakfast!

Later, we watched fireworks from my parent's roof top where Siena learned the words boom boom.  She kept saying Boom Boom Moom (Moon).  It was a spectacular sight watching the fireworks explode right under the full moon.

Siena walking around the parade
Blueberry Amy's Ice Cream and some apples and bananas to keep it healthy
Four Generations on the 4th
My grandmother Ruby and mom walking in the Parade!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Open House Today! 617 Willow Walk Dr.

This Gorgeous KB Home shows like a model and will be held open today Sunday June 10 from 2-4 pm. Located at 617 Willow Walk Drive in Pflugerville, Texas.

With over $40K in upgrades, you'll feel right at home in this exquisite property.

It backs to greenbelt and is walking distance to the Spring Trails Pool and Park. Close to Pflugerville Lake, Pfluger Park, Dell, IBM, & Samsung.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

South Austin is where it's at!

Austin real estate is HOT HOT HOT and so when this adorable home came on the market, I knew we would need to move fast.  Multiple offers came in but we were the lucky ones who went under contract!

This little neighborhood right off of Ben White is so close to downtown and has all the nearby conveniences such as Central Market, Soco Shops and the greenbelt.  Check out the South Manchaca neighborhood!

Another favorite of mine is First Thursday on South Congress, stroll by for some cool Austin Finds and live music, all the shops stay open late.  Happens first Thursday of every month, hence the name.

If you or anyone you know is looking to find a spot in South Austin
Give me a call or text ~512-573-1432~

Friday, April 20, 2012

What do Nia, The Domain & Casa de Luz have in Common?

MY BIRTHDAY!  What a perfect way to spend the day.  I started off with an awesome Nia/Pilates/Dance class taught by the amazing Deb Kern.  She channels energy from the cosmos right into that class.  It is full of positive energy and is an incredible work out.  
When and Where is the Daring Diva Dance Workout?
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  
Tapestry Dance (2302 Western Trails, Austin, TX, 78745)
Next off to a girls lunch date and shopping at The Domain with my mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and daughter.  We dined al fresco at North.  I had a delicious Ahi Tuna Salad and my little one had the roasted vegetables, delish!  We then strolled around and soaked up a little sun and I refreshed my spring wardrobe.

The evening ended at one of my favorite restaurants that is a little oasis in the heart of Austin.  Casa De Luz, a macrobiotic dining experience is one of the healthiest spots in town to eat.  I was joined with my parents and a couple of best friends.  However, we did splurge on Upper Crust Marble Cupcakes afterwards, maybe not so healthy :)