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Organic heirloom blackberries from JW Marriott San Antonio’s gardens spill into mojitos, muffins, more in May

Like that alliteration? One more: We’re barely one week into spring, but that’s not keeping Hill Country blackberries from blooming.  The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is already gearing up for its third annual blackberry harvest from the heirloom vines planted in the property’s organic garden. The resort’s organic gardener picks the berries during a short, three week Continue reading → ...

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This Way Out: Australia’s Reserve Restaurant Maleny

Escape Hatch contributor April Orcutt spent a few days Down Under and files this report from one of Oz’s buzz worthy restaurants. Her last story revisited Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s zoo.  A great restaurant not only serves spectacular food: it is also adaptable. In these days when so many people have many culinary “issues,” it was refreshing to Continue reading → ...

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This Way Out: Aussie “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin’s legacy continues in Australia Zoo

Ed. Note: Today seems like a good day to take a mental vacation, so why not head to Australia? EscapeHatch travel correspondent and Lowell Thomas Award winner April Orcutt heads Down Under with this report. Australian “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, lives on in Oz.  The daring Aussie conservationist and television entertainer – who earned fame Continue reading → ...

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Amex Platinum card holders now get free GoGo internet

If you are an American Express Business Platinum cardholder, you can add another benefit to your card: free Gogo in-flight WiFi passes. In addition to a credit for you Global Access application fee (which includes TSA PreCheck), a $200 annual airline fee credit, and access to a growing network of airport Centurion Lounges (like the one we Continue reading → ...

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Omni Dallas Hotel honors the College Football Playoff National Championship with LED light show

The Omni Dallas and Omni Fort Worth hotels are deep into the swing of the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship, even though neither hotel is playing host to either Ohio State or Oregon.  At the Omni Dallas Hotel, the Owner’s Box grill will offer a couple of specials pegged to both team’s home towns. Over at Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Continue reading → ...

Jason Huerta, right, wins TexSom Best Sommelier in Texas title

“Texas Best Sommelier” winner Jason Huerta to leave Pappas Bros. steakhouse, will lead Counter 357 in Austin

Jason Huerta, one of Texas’ Best Sommeliers and a commanding presence at Pappas Bros. steakhouse for years, is moving south. Huerta tells the Hatch that he will lead the beverage program at  Counter 357, a tiny, new, 26-seat, boutique restaurant opening on South Congress Avenue in Austin next month.  Counter’s menu, from the chef Lawrence Kocurek, will lean Modern American and be Continue reading → ...

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Dallas winemakers Craig and Kathryn Hall now own a luxury hotel in Napa

Dallas winery owners Craig and Kathryn Hall of Hall Wineries in both St. Helena and Rutherford have fancied the La Residence Hotel in Napa, rebranding it as the Senza Hotel, a luxury property with views of Napa vineyards. According to the Halls’ publicist, the property renovations included updates to the eight room historic Parker Mansion built in 1870. Fifteen existing Continue reading → ...

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