Trendy Meets Traditional at No Va in Austin

August 19, 2014 2:29 pm

In English, the Spanish phrase "no va" translates to "it doesn't go." Since the entire premise behind No Va is the juxtaposition of old and new, traditional and trendy, it makes a fitting name for Chef Brad Sorenson's Austin restaurant.

A former Food Network contestant and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Sorenson has never lacked in creativity when it comes to cuisine. No Va puts his artistic flair on display, not only in its cuisine but also in the building itself. Housed inside a strikingly modern former home, No Va clashes with the other historic buildings that dot Rainey Street. The aesthetic works well for Sorenson's vision, letting in the Texas sunshine through large windows that almost make diners feel as if they're outdoors. Of course, they can actually go outdoors and eat on the patio, which connects to the dining room via a double-sided fireplace.

Chef Brad's food also draws in crowds. It's inventive and portioned in plates small enough to share (for the most part). Pass around plates of whipped bleu cheese with bacon bread or kale salad tossed with a coconut dressing at dinner. Or simply stop by for a cocktail, such as the Lo' Daddy, a blend of bacon bitters, sazerac, salt, maple, and cherry.

No Va
87 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 382-5651

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Work Breaks

August 15, 2014 12:02 pm

How do you spend your breaks during your workday? Playing games on your computer? Checking social media on your phone while still at your desk? If so, take note: There are better ways to spend your precious breaks! Check out these handy tips:

1) Get moving.
For optimum productivity, long stretches of concentration need to be followed by short spurts of rest and relaxation. Take at least five minutes to get up from your desk, walk around, and stretch. Looking to get in a quick bout of cardio? Consider walking (or running!) up and down the stairs at work. Any form of exercise, even short walks, will boost your blood flow and thusly, your energy level.

2) Disconnect.
Consider screens of all kinds off-limits during your breaks. If possible, spend your break outdoors, and use the time for quiet reflection.

3) Have a snack.
No, not chips and a soda. Instead, reach for brain-boosting foods such as blueberries or a handful of nuts. A mug of black or green tea can reinvigorate the body with a tiny dose of caffeine.

4) Take a nap.
Catch up on some much-needed shut-eye with a short nap. Limit your snooze to 30 minutes, and don't forget to set an alarm!

You've Been Taking Breaks All Wrong. Here's How To Do It Right [HuffPost]
Take Five: 51 Things to Do When You Need a Break at Work [The Muse]
Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Take a Break [CDC]

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Rudy’s Country Store & Barbecue: Fuel Your Car and Your Belly at This Quirky Barbecue

August 12, 2014 2:19 pm

Texas is known for many things, but barbecue is surely one of the most important. Rudy’s Country Store and barbecue restaurant is a standout spot in Austin’s booming restaurant scene, beloved for the way it merges a restaurant, general store, and even a gas station if you need to fuel up after dinner.

While the operation is quirky, Rudy’s food menu is one to be reckoned with. Half-pound racks of tender, juicy ribs, moist brisket, tangy potato salad, and sweet creamed corn keep regulars coming back again and again. Order at the counter and watch the skillful cooks slice your meat right in front of you, and then enjoy your meal over a cold soda or beer at one of the long, communal picnic tables either inside or out. Finish your meal with Rudy’s excellent banana pudding and you’ll leave feeling positively stuffed.

Rudy’s Country Store is open 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends. On Sundays, the restaurant is open 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Rudy’s Country Store
11570 Research Boulevard
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 418-9898

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