Birds and Biscuits, Education and Erika, Fiber and Finex...and the beginnings of the HELM Tour 2018.
EAT: BIRD BIRD BISCUIT
We’ve had a lot of biscuits, coast to coast and even from grandma’s kitchen, but let’s just keep it simple here. Manor Road in Austin, Texas is where we found the gold. Go to this place, get in line (sometimes long), and order. Done. We don’t need to write anything else. Just kidding - kind of. Really though, simple is a great word to describe the offerings, and perfect is the right word to describe what you get. We’re not even going to try to list what’s between the biscuits, so you gotta see the menu here to realize that it really doesn’t get better than this. We can and will attest that the biscuits and all the fixins are astonishingly divine. The Dough-Doughs are one of the items that are listed as available “until sold out,” and once you pop one of these cinnamon sugar biscuits in your mouth you’re gonna know why. So whether you want your biscuit stuffed or just to get your jam on it, BBB has you covered in the best biscuit way possible.
READ: EDUCATED: A MEMOIR
This book is a memoir of a young girl, who at the age of 17 escapes her survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho to go on and ultimately earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Her family survived in the mountains preparing daily for “the end of the world.” No medical attention, no formal education, and family issues of violence with no one to intervene. When one of her brothers escaped and got himself into college, he returned with news of the world outside of the mountain. Tara taught herself enough to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, and led her to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Describing the struggle between freedom and severing family ties, Tara has crafted an amazing account of breaking free, following her heart and loyalty to her hard-made decisions. Following this true story of staggeringly strong will is like nothing we’ve ever read. It’s so moving and definitely unforgettable - pick it up, and you won’t put it down!
LISTEN: ERIKA WENNERSTROM
If you’re familiar with the Heartless Bastards, then you know who Erika Wennerstrom is. Bryan Parker from Pop Press International writes it too well for us to even try to, so give this a read and take the strong suggestion from us to give the records a spin. So good!
“Taking a break from her role as the dynamic frontwoman of beloved roots rock band Heartless Bastards, Erika Wennerstrom embarks on a new journey with her first solo album. Joining her are Lockhart-based producer/engineer Danny Reisch and members of My Morning Jacket, Okkervill River, Shearwater and her longtime HB bandmates. They provide strong backup for Wennerstrom’s voice, which serves as the commanding compass for the others to follow. Working in uncharted terrain, Wennerstrom lets loose more than ever before—vocally as well as lyrically. Her self-exploration arose out of an experience with the shamanic hallucinogenic substance ayahuasca during a soul-searching trip to the Amazon jungle. (...and so on....)”
You heard of this stuff yet? If you cook, or know someone who does, and they haven’t used this cast iron cookware, then holy skillets they are missing out! Whether you gift a loved one or gift yourself, it’s time to get a Finex grill pan. This Portland, Oregon-based cast iron cookware company makes premium cast iron skillets and grill pans that are American made heirloom quality with a more modern design. Check out their site to read some more about how they started, some really interesting details, and what makes them different from the others. Give their goods a browse here, but take our word for it - it’s not hard to ‘add to cart,’ especially after you read the reviews.
Austin based graphic designer, Hallie Brewer, works with everything from photography to fiber materials to paper. Her work is purely and beautifully simplistic. This Thursday, August 9th, 6PM - 8PM join us at the HELM flagship store on East 11th in Austin for her “Studies in Fiber” Art Opening party. Her work is a must-see, and Hallie is a must-meet artist, so come see her work in person, sip on some complimentary drinks, and enjoy good company all in one space. Libations by Big Bend Brewing Company, Garrison Brothers Distillery and Rambler.
GO: HELM TOUR 2018
Yep, you read it right. The HELM Van is hittin’ the road, and we just might be in a city near you soon! Here are a few confirmed pop-ups below - some for a weekend, some for a couple weeks, and some for even a whole month! More details to come soon so stay tuned! Wanna see us in your town? Drop us a line!
The Source Hotel in Market Hall | 8/18 thru 8/30
Raleigh Denim | 8/22 - 8/24 - 9/28
Oklahoma City, OK
Trade Mens Wares | 9/22
Cafe’ Evoke | 9/23
Bridge and Burn | October
Los Angeles, CA
Buck Mason Silver Lake | 10/19 - 10/21
Modern Anthology |dates TBD