Loot Loves: The Peached Tortilla

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We at Loot enjoy sharing wonderful local businesses that advance the Austin vibe…especially when they add Austin flair to weddings and events. The Peached Tortilla represented big time at our warehouse party on Feb. 21 and we can’t wait to share the spotlight with them again soon. Maybe as caterer at your wedding or event? And why not use our vintage cafeteria trays to receive food from this food truck that has received coveted honors such as the Best Food Truck of the Year in Austin as well as Best Slider by world renowned Food & Wine magazine?

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The truck’s founder, Eric Silverman, decided to start his business so he could share his influences from Tokyo and other parts of Asia as well from his southern roots in Atlanta, Ga. Professionally trained chef and business partner, Mark Tamiso helped to bring new concepts and tastes to the palettes of Austinites. Trust me, your buds will thank you.

Thank you to manager Hope Furst for indulging us in answering our very pressing questions so we could get to know The Peached Tortilla just a little better.

What was one of your most memorable meals and why?

A dinner I had in a small town in Tuscany, Italy. I was with great people, in the most beautiful surroundings, and the food was incredible. Cooked with so much love!

Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.

Miss Piggy

Beach Boys or Beatles?

Beatles

Chicken or the egg?

Egg

What animal best describes you and why?

Monkey. They are social and playful animals!

What is your favorite board game?

Cranium

Do you prefer a savory or sweet breakfast?

Savory

What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?

Glimmer of Hope!

Thank you, Hope, and all of The Peached Tortilla for helping to make Austin more fun and flavorful!

Loot Loves: Intelligent Lighting Design

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Chosen as the Best of Wedding Pick for 2013 by The Knot Magazine, ILD is known as the go-to shop for specialty lighting displays created with a designer’s eye. They reach out to all corners of Texas and beyond with offices in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.

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Thank you to the entire ILD team sponsoring our event! Please learn a little about some of the members of the ILD team below and come to the warehouse warming party tomorrow to be greeted by their outdoor lighting display.

1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts? East Side King, Whip In, Bouldin Creek, Zilker Park, Town Lake, End of an Ear Records – Justin Tucker, Technical Director 

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why?  The Mighty Cone Booth at ACL 2012. It was my first time at ACL and it was my very first Mighty Cone. They had the longest line and it was worth the wait! The Avocado/Chicken Cone was the best! – Deborah Grado, Event Design Specialist

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past. Mario and Luigi costumes my buddy and I made. – Justin Tucker, Technical Director 

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles? Beatles! Absolutely no comparison! – Kristen Morado, PR and Marketing Director

5)   Chicken or the egg? BOTH! 

6)   What animal best describes you and why?  Monkey! Full over energy and all over the place, I can’t stay still for a long period time. – Deborah Grado, Event Design Specialist

7)   What is your favorite board game? Scrabble – Justin Tucker, Technical Director 

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?  Savory all the way!  No gluten allowed! – Katherine McCommon, Regional VP Operations & Marketing

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces? The Little Debbie Pouf (ottoman) – Deborah Grado, Event Design Specialist

Oh, we love that idea! See you TOMORROW!

Lootfully Yours,

Anna and Rhoda

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Loot Loves: Wayfarer’s Creative

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Our hands have major talent envy when we see the beautiful calligraphy that poured out of Wayfarer’s Creative inceptor, Alison Rebecca Martin. 

Wayfarer’s is a collaborative of like-minded artists that share their passion for life’s biggest moments and want to create celebrations of love.  We’re excited to have Alison as our featured calligrapher putting pen to paper and marking our hearts.

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Come meet Alison and see examples of her work at our warehouse warming party this Thursday. In the meantime, learn a little more about her here.

Miss Alison Rebecca Martin:

1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts?

I’m a huge homebody (thus the reason calligraphy is the perfect career for me), but when I do venture out of my abode I tend to frequent coffee shops and restaurants in South Austin. The patio at Bouldin Creek Cafe is great for hipster watching, I literally drool over the gorgeous branding at Elizabeth Street Cafe, and always stop by Whip In on Fridays for my favorite bottle of Moscato di’Asti. The wine buyer there is a super nice guy who has the best suggestions.

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why?

It involved chocolate. My memory is terrible, but I’m sure it involved chocolate.

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.

One year I went as Cavity Sam from the game Operation. It scared my husband a little, but it was hilarious to see people’s faces when they figured it out. But, the best costume I’ve ever seen was “your mom in the 70s”. The girl had awesome cat eye makeup, a serious poof, and a sexy, retro teddy. 

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles?

The Beatles. I’ve always been afraid of surfin’, and the beaches in Destin, Florida are prettier than Californi-a anyway.

5)   Chicken or the egg?

Ummm… egg!

6)   What animal best describes you and why?

A kitten. I love exploring and can be very curious. Also, I could snuggle in one sunny spot all day long. I’ve never understood people that couldn’t sit still!

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7)   What is your favorite board game?

Rummikub. It’s the only time you’ll catch me doing any sort of math.

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?

BOTH. I LOVE breakfast! 

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?

The “Oh, Charles” Settee. I imagine Lady Mary Crawley feigning a faint onto the tufted cushion in order to catch the attention of a dashing young man of nobility. Hand on the forehead, and all.

Perhaps you can dramatize the move for us on Thursday, Alison! Looking forward to seeing you as well as all our friends.

Until then, we remain Lootfully Yours,

Rhoda and Anna

 

Loot Loves: Austin Phonograph Company

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Photo by John Lynch

Amelia Foxtrot’s the name, and spinning is her game….the vinyl that is. On a hand cranked vintage phonograph player from the early 1900s, no less. 

We are excited to have the flapper clad DJ join us as our musicologist ripping up the 78 rpms this Thursday at the warehouse warming party. Be sure to get your requests in for any early 1900s tunes that really get your party going. 

When Amelia is not working the phonograph, she’s slinging ice cream at her Hyde Park ice cream shop, Sweet Ritual. All-natural, dairy-free perfection. 

She was able to tear away to give us the scoop on herself. Ladies and gentlemen: Miss Amelia Foxtrot.

1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts

For cocktails and music, I head to the East Side Show Room or The Volstead on East Sixth. I frequent Sweet Ritual for desserts, and Hillside Farmacy for coffee.

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why?

The first breakfast I had in France as an exchange student at age 14 was the first time I had toasted French bread and Nutella together. It was a real game changer.

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.

I created an enormous golden cage skirt – so large that I almost couldn’t get it out of my house! I wore it to the Vintage Vivant Halloween party and had to ask people to clear a path so that I could walk!

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles?

The Beatles.

5)   Chicken or the egg?

I have five pet chickens that bring me immense joy. They are named after Jazz singers from the 1920s – Annette HENshaw being my favorite.

6)   What animal best describes you and why?

The pigeon – they are scrappy, fearless, and have fancy pink feet.

7)   What is your favorite board game?

I’m quite partial to Dominos or Dice.

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?

Savory, bien sur! Nothing like garlic and black coffee to start the day.

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?

Eunice. Love that name!

Oh, we do too. See you soon, Amelia!

Lootfully Yours,

Anna and Rhoda

Loot Loves: Bake Sale

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Bake Sale. Love the name, love the gal, love the treats! Bake Sale is our featured dessertress at this Thursday’s warehouse warming party. Andrea Duty, owner and genius behind the apron, creates confections of delight that always amaze us. And all in such delectably cute little bite sizes of wonder. She takes a nostalgic approach to come up with special treats such as cherry pop tarts made from scratch and little pudding cups like butterscotch and malted chocolate.

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She doesn’t stop there! Andrea also supplies vintage cake stands and tabletop display items for rent. A girl after our own heart. Come see her this Thursday and enjoy some of her specially created items for our little party. 

Andrea: Unsalted.

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1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts?

Antonelli’s for gifts, Paggi House for Wine, G’raj Mahal for eggplant curry.

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why?

Don’t make me choose! My first meal in Lyon, France when I was 15 at some random Mom and Pop place. Super classic rabbit in aspic and oeuffs a la neige for dessert. It totally opened my eyes to what food could be.

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.

I wore a potato sack stuffed with a comforter once. Hey, I grew up in Washington and it was freezing, so the costume did double duty!

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles?

Beatles.

5)   Chicken or the egg?

Put an egg on it.

6)   What animal best describes you and why?

A whale. Ha. They can eat more than most, and they like to travel long distances.

7)   What is your favorite board game?

Trivial pursuit, but no one will play with me.

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?

Savory and spicy.

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?

Petunia.

The countdown is on! So excited to see all of you and Andrea at our warehouse party this Thursday!

Lootfully Yours, Anna and Rhoda

Loot Loves: Pollen Floral Art


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I don’t know how we got so lucky to have Brooke Howsley of Pollen Floral Art as our featured florist at the upcoming warehouse warming party on Feb. 21, but we’re excited nonetheless! Her creations have been featured in Southern Weddings as well as the Austin’s Modern House Tour. Brooke’s whimsy-infused arrangements easily fit into many different design genres, but demand your ogling wherever they glow.  No, that’s not a typo. They G.L.O.W.

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You’d do well to hire this fabulous lady to help florify your event. Why not sit a while and sip on a little Brooke Q and A, will ya?
What are your favorite Austin haunts?
Oh, there are so many! I lived out of the country for a while, so when I came back I just drove around town visiting all my favorite places… Uncommon Objects for antiques and people watching, Uchiko for sushi, Wheatsville Coop for groceries, VinoVino in Hyde Park for wine and atmosphere and sliders, Daily Juice, Austin Flower Company, and any of the Farmer’s Markets.

What was one of your most memorable meals and why?
I had the pleasure of eating at the soft opening night at Uchi, all those years ago. You could really tell that something special was happening with the presentation and combinations of flavors in the food. It’s still amazing.

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Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.
I tried to be The Ocean this past year, with a flowy aqua-blue 70′s gown, and long wig interspersed with flotsam and jetsom. But my Surfer Dude sidekick fell asleep on the couch so we never made it to the party.
Beach Boys or Beatles?
Beach Boys, I think, because hubby’s a surfer and we lived on an island for a couple years… although he’d probably convert that to Beastie Boys because he likes to play them at *full volume* when working in the garage.
Chicken or the egg?
Egg, and preferably the orange-yolked ones my parents produce on their property Tailspin Lamb Farm in north Texas.
What animal best describes you and why?
Cat, because I like to think I’m independent and wily, but really I just want a sunny bed and someone to feed me.
What is your favorite board game?
Does Boggle count?
Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?
I’m currently trying to kick sugar, so right now I’d say an omelet with sausage, leeks and mushrooms which is what I had today. But I dream of brioche french toast covered in sauteed rhubarb and lemon curd with a side of bacon like I used to get at my favorite beach-side cafe in New Zealand.
What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?
Feminine: Jasmine, Masculine: Williamsburg
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Thanks, Brooke. We look forward to having you…and your glowing beauties…at the warehouse party this Thursday.

Loot Loves: Paige Newton Photography

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What can we say about this gal. Her beautiful photography says so much, but it doesn’t say it all. She’s full of energy, style and calm. She approaches her subjects and projects with gusto  that helps tell 1000 stories…just like her motto (and cool wrist tattoo) suggests. 

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Paige Newton Photography

Paige Newton will be at are warehouse warming party capturing all the happiness for us. Get to know her a little better here.

1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts? Violet Crown Social Club because the booze is cheap and it’s not decorated cooler than I dress. Also, Contigo

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why? A few years ago, I went to Uganda with some folks and we had this insanely awesome meal at this little hole in the wall in Kampala. Actually, it was probably a really nice restaurant, I don’t remember. But it has perfect ambience, amazing food, lovely people.. all the makings of a perfect meal.   

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past. Before it really became “a thing,” I dressed up as my Facebook profile… I took a poster board, drew out the profile (which was far more simple back in 2004), cut out a space where my profile pic would be and stuck my head through it. 

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles? Beatles. 4. Eva. 

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Paige Newton Photography

5)   Chicken or the egg? Whichever is seasoned better I suppose. 

6)   What animal best describes you and why? A fox. HA. Oh gosh, I don’t know. I just don’t have an answer for that one…

7)   What is your favorite board game? Balderdash because it’s fun to lie about things that don’t matter.  

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast? Savory. 

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces? My name. 

Paige it is. See you all soon!

Loot Loves: Emily Leach of Bird Dog Wedding

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You might have heard the name buzzing around town or have seen some of her work in the past. Bird Dog Wedding is all the rave when it comes to putting together a clean, bright, and festive-y fun wedding. She loves the use of colors and has a keen eye for impeccable style. Also, her penchant for paper crafts is unrivaled.

Photo Courtesy of Tribeza Magazine

Photo Courtesy of Tribeza Magazine

Bird Dog’s creator, Emily Leach, can be seen on newsstands as one of Tribeza Magazine’s featured artists in this month’s Love issue. She was also recently honored by Wedding Wire as Bride’s Choice for 2013. She’s a blast to work with and will become your bestie before you know it.

Emily is a featured sponsor for the Loot warehouse warming party. She gave us a few minutes to answer some extremely pressing questions to kick of our sponsor highlight posts.

Get to know the fun gal behind the magic:

1)   What are your favorite Austin haunts?

Anywhere I can hang out with my husband and dog and enjoy a delicious local craft beer or two. Draught House and Workhorse fit the bill perfectly.

2)   What was one of your most memorable meals and why?

I’ve had a lot of great food memories here. One stands out because it was at a time when I started experimenting with elevated cuisine. Parkside, back when it opened. All the food looked and tasted amazing. We felt like we were eating some Top-Chef-quality stuff (the show was our reference for food trends and terminology).

3)   Share the most memorable Halloween costume from your past.

A dirndl I acquired in Munich was a festive and popular costume.

4)   Beach Boys or Beatles?
Beatles
5)   Chicken or the egg?

Egg

6)   What animal best describes you and why?

A dolphin – I like to be social and chat it up with all my pals.

7)   What is your favorite board game?

Clue – love the characters’ names and the suspense of it all.

8)   Do you prefer a savory or a sweet breakfast?

Sweet. The pumpkin french toast at Kerbey Lane is up there!

9)   What name would you like Loot to use for one of its new signature pieces?

Elliot

Thank you, Emily! Elliot is a great choice. Look out for Elliot in the inventory soon!

The Coffee Table with Rhoda and Anna

Your Favorite Blend out of LA is written by two “sisters” with a love for the art of life, and a fondness for coffee.

Check out this sweet little blog post featuring Anna, Rhoda and Pluto…the coffee table.

Not only does this perfectly colored chippy metal coffee table look like a planet, we found it appropriate to give it the name Pluto due to the disrespect the little guy gets in space. Pluto, you’ll always be a planet to us.

With love,

Rhoda and Anna

The Coffee Table with Rhoda and Anna.