Meet Your Personal Fitness Best With Help From BVM Crossfit

October 28, 2014 12:04 pm

One of the most popular fitness trends of the 21st century, Crossfit is now practiced in over 9,000 licensed gyms worldwide. If you’re unfamiliar, the general principle is that a varied mix of aerobics, flexibility, and weightlifting can get better results than just one workout at a time. Classes are high-intensity, with participants shifting from station to station quickly.

BVM Crossfit in Austin draws raves from devotees for a personal touch. Owners Valerie and Brent Hunt are both gifted personal trainers who really know how to get the best out of their students. A wide variety of people work out here, encompassing all ages and body types. Classes typically last for an hour and transition from warm-ups to skill development, a high-intensity exercise, and then a stretching period. As always, consult with your physician before embarking on a new exercise regimen.

BVM Crossfit
6711 Burnet Lane
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 779-2113

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How to Prepare Butternut Squash for Cooking

October 24, 2014 12:01 pm

Butternut squash is very versatile, but if you’ve never prepared it before it may seem a bit confusing. Although it has an odd shape, butternut squash is fairly simple to prepare if you know the proper techniques. Follow these simple steps to peel and prep your squash like a pro.

  1. Slice off both ends of the squash using a large, sharp knife. It’s very important that the knife is sharp, as a dull knife requires more pressure from you and may result in a dangerous slip.
  2. Peel the entire squash using an extra strong peeler, preferably one made with carbon steel blades. Because the squash is curved in the middle, it’s best to peel lengthwise.
  3. Cut the squash in half at its center, which is approximately between the thin “neck” and the larger “body” portion.
  4. Slice the neck portion down the center to create flat, cylindrical pieces. Then, slice these pieces into wide strips and eventually cut them down into cubes.
  5. To cut the body, first slice it in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and innards with a spoon. Finally, slice the two pieces into cubes the same way that you did with the neck.

How to Peel and Cut a Butternut Squash [The Kitchn]
How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash [Cooking Light]
7 Steps to Cook Butternut Squash [Good Housekeeping]

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TRIO: Taste the Eponymous Trio of Steak, Seafood, and Wine

October 21, 2014 1:46 pm

Steps from Austin’s bustling downtown and overlooking scenic Lady Bird Lake, TRIO gives diners the best of both worlds. Trio’s carefully-curated menu offers both steak (range) and seafood (Gulf) options. Gulf offerings include Texas shrimp served with red mole sauce, shishito peppers, and corncakes and grouper prepared with grapefruit, roasted cipollini, and brown butter hollandaise. In addition to succulent steaks, TRIO’s range options include chicken, lamb, and antelope for more adventurous eaters. Locals love the made-to-order omelette station at Sunday brunch—as well as the unlimited mimosas, coffee, and tea. TRIO welcomes diners seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Guests praise the attentive and accommodating service as much as the cuisine. One frequent diner had TRIO’s staff custom-create her wedding cake, while another asked (in advance) for the pastry chef to bake a birthday dessert that was not on the menu. Both were pleased with the results!

98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 685-8300

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