Put down your salads, because you’re getting an honorary Cheat Day. July 21 has been proclaimed National Junk Food Day, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate here in Austin. We’ve got six to get you started:
Pick up a Doughnut
From the bacon and maple syrup-covered Flying Pig to the caramel, pecan and banana-laden Granny’s Pie, Gordough’s Food truck will satiate your sweet tooth.
Fry yourself an Oreo
The county fair classic is the epitome of junk food – whether you try to cut a few calories with Oreo’s new thinner version of the classic cookie, or go all in with a regular double stuff, pop an Oreo or two in a deep fryer and you’re in business.
Flip for hamburgers
Austin original P. Terry’s can serve your burger needs, as does Texas classic Whataburger. You could also kick it up a notch and try a deep fried Big Mac, as one food blogger did earlier this summer.
Eat a scoop (or two)
Blue Bell isn’t an option this year, but Austin still has a whole host of ice creameries to choose from, including Amy’s Ice Cream, Lick Ice Cream and the newly-opened Moojo. Or drop by the grocery store and enjoy a pint of NadaMoo! or Teo Gelato in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Down some chicken wings
Go for some gangnam style K-Pops at Chi’Lantro, or spice things up with an order of “explosive” wings at Casino El Camino. Or combine your wings with the ultimate junk food-eating pastime and watch a game on TV while you eat any variety of sauce-covered wings over at Plucker’s.
Grab a slice
Perhaps the ultimate junk food item, this list would not be complete without a few pizza recommendations. Drive by the SoCo staple Homeslice Pizza for a slice the size of your face, or grab a New Jersey-style pie from Little Deli and Pizzaria. If you’d rather not leave the house, opt for the infamous Hot Dog Bites Pizza from Pizza Hut, which the 360 staff has taste-tested (it was interesting).
MTV announced the nominees for the 2015 Video Music Awards on Tuesday morning. Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Texas native Beyoncé are all leading the pack in nominations.
Many of the VMA winners are determined by the fans, and voting for who will take home the most Moonmen this year is open now on MTV’s website. The awards show will broadcast live on MTV on Sunday, Aug. 30.
Weddings have been high in the headlines this wedding season, especially since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage – touching off a flurry of weddings between Texans who had been waiting for the opportunity and a flurry of businesses and organizations offering to perform weddings for free in the wake of the landmark ruling.
Did your bridal party tromp down the aisle in boots from Allens Boots on South Congress? Did you have a food truck cater, and a pedicab as a getaway car? Did some of Austin’s favorite buildings or attractions serve as your venue?
We want to hear your stories and see your photos of Very Austin Weddings!
We’ll be pulling all our favorite photos into a photo gallery, and may run some in print in Austin360! You can share by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Very Austin Weddings,” or by tweeting or instagramming @Austin360 with the hashtag #VeryAustinWeddings.
You can show your Rand Paul support with a “Hindsight Eyechart” in which “Liberty not Hillary in the 2016 elections hindsight is 20/20” is written like the letters you would see on an eye chart exam. Or if you think the eye chart might be trying too hard, you can buy either an autographed Constitution priced at $1,000 or just a plain old Rand on a stick.
One might think Marco Rubio’s campaign store thoroughly uninspired if you didn’t catch his “Marco Polo” special.
Unlike other candidates’ stores, Bernie Sanders’ store lacks anything priced above $50 and anything beyond a small selection of mugs, t-shirts, signs and stickers. We’re holding out hope that Sanders’ call for people to submit their own “Bernie” designs will bring out something more creative like what there is on Etsy (“Weekend at Bernie” bracelets, “Bern Baby, Bern” prints and a Lego-fied Sanders campaign magnet).
From an Etsy search of “Carly Fiorina”
We were unable to find Carly Fiorina’s official campaign store, but if you type in “Carly Fiorina” into Etsy, a Fiorina-emblazoned iPhone case, T-shirt and button come up along with a “Hillary Schmillary” bumper sticker.
From an Etsy search of “Ben Carson”
Ben Carson’s merchandising campaign is seemingly nonexistent at this point. An Etsy search returns a few just a few items including a questionably designed print of an inspirational Carson quote.
The only options Huckabee supporters have is how they want to display “I Like Mike” or #IMWITH HUCK: on a bumpersticker, on a wall decal, on a campaign button or on a yard sign.
Rick.Santorum.com/store currently returns an error message but a quick Esty search of “Rick Santorum” brings up a number of sweater vests, which Santorum first popularized in 2012.
Rick Perry’s official store only has a variety of t-shirts with his baseball team-esque logo. If that doesn’t have you pulling for your wallet, there are also t-shirts making light of Rick Perry’s indictment for sale on his super PAC’s website.
No one product stands out at JebBushStore.com, but you can bet your 2016 vote that the capitalized letters “J-E-B” will be visible from afar on every single thing for sale.
No official campaign stores or Etsy merchandise were found for George Pataki, Lincoln Chafee, Lindsey Graham, Jim Webb, Bobby Jindal or Martin O’Malley.
The only merchandise that could be found for Chris Christie and Donald Trump on Etsy was largely outdated.
Amazon celebrated their 20th anniversary on Wednesday with “Prime Day,” a 24-hour sales event catering to Amazon Prime members.
For $99 a year, Amazon users can sign up for Amazon Prime, a service which offers free 2-day shipping, free video and music streaming and access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. The online retailer proclaimed that they would be celebrating the big two-zero and thanking Prime subscribers by hosting “a global shopping event, with more deals than Black Friday.”
The company eventually responded, saying “The loyalty and enthusiasm of Selena’s fans are clearly evident and we love this. M·A·C admires the passion and joy Selena brought to the world. She was an amazing person with amazing talent. We consider all types of feedback like this as we plan our collaborations.”
Selena Quintanilla-Perez became a style icon, often seen sporting detailed bustiers, lipstick and long manicured nails. The singer was born in Lake Jackson and grew up in Corpus Christi, where she launched her career as a Tejano music singer. In her short career, she racked up an impressive musical resume that included chart-topping singles, awards, gold records and a Grammy for best Mexican-American album. In 1995, Quintanilla died at 23 after her fan club manager, Yolanda Saldivar, shot and killed her.
Following her death, Selena’s popularity continued to grow through her English-language crossover album and a biopic film that also launched the career of Jennifer Lopez. Earlier this year, the “Fiesta de la Flor” festival was held in Corpus Christi to honor the singer’s legacy with music performances that included her family.
Though Zooey Deschanel is the new girl in town, don’t forget that another buzzworthy actress called the capital of Texas home long before: “Magic Mike XXL” actress Amber Heard. The 29-year-old was born in Austin and can currently be seen receiving Channing Tatum’s athletic overtures in the male stripper blockbuster.
Here are five things to know about Heard:
1) Heard, married to actor Johnny Depp since earlier this year, made headlines Wednesday after she was summoned to appear in Australian court over allegations she smuggled her pet dogs into the country. The couple did not declare their Yorkshire terriers, Boo and Pistol, when entering the country in April, according to Australia’s agriculture department. Addressing the Australian government’s response to the incident, Heard told NBC “I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there.”
2) As is befitting an actress with Texas ties, Heard made her film debut in 2004’s “Friday Night Lights.”
Far be it from your friends at Team 360 to pander to the gossip rags — FAR BE IT — but this one bears mention. “New Girl” star, She & Him singer and bangs icon Zooey Deschanel, currently expecting a child, has been spotted around Austin recently alongside fiancé Jacob Pechenik, according to several reports by the Daily Mail.
(She was also spotted by yours truly on a Sunday evening at Justine’s Brasserie in April, and I would like to formally apologize to Ms. Deschanel for loitering so close to the window.)
Pechenik, a film producer, is based in Austin, according to Variety, so it makes sense that Deschanel has popped up in the Live Music Capital so often recently. She joins a roster of illustrious Austin-linked celebs, including Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Elijah Wood.
Sure, we’ve all fallen in love with the one-time planet with the great big heart. The stunning photos of the heavenly body sent to Earth during the New Horizons fly-by have prompted everyone from Stephen Hawking to The Dandy Warhols to wax rhapsodic on social media.
But high-profile events bring out the smart-alecks, too. Here are eleven funny Pluto-related tweets we found on Twitter today:
According to the Texas Almanac, the longest straight-line distance between two points in Texas, from the northwest corner of the Panhandle to the southernmost tip on the Rio Grande River below Brownsville, is 801 miles.
Measurements from the probe New Horizons, whose mission marks the farthest distance humanity has ever made, has put Pluto as a wee bit bigger than previous estimates with a diameter of 1,473 miles.
In other words, the dwarf planet is just double the size of the biggest state in the continental United States when it comes to distance across.
But when it comes to surface area, the dwarf planet dwarfs the Lone Star state: With an estimated surface area of 6,427,806 square miles, Pluto could hold almost 24 states the size of Texas.
That’s not bad considering that Pluto is the largest known object in the solar system beyond Neptune.
Way to go, Texas.
Now that you have the hard data, here is a rough estimate of Texas versus Pluto, Texas versus Pluto’s largest moon Ceres and Texas versus the moon: