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SXSW con Queso // Best Maker Event: Dremel Brings Makers and Motorcycle Fun to SXSW

March 11, 2016

It’s March in Austin, Texas, which means two things: rain showers and SXSW. And while we like both of those things quite a bit, it’s SXSW that has us really excited this year because of SX CREATE presented by Dremel.

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What’s SX Create, you ask? Why, it’s the hardware hacking and maker arm of SXSW! This year it’ll be held at Palmer Events Center on March 11-13, 2016 and they promise “more space, more fun and even more hands-on excitement” with activities like 3D printing, drones and biohacking. I’m not so sure what biohacking is, but I’m intrigued!

The good news is that SX Create is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Sorry for the all caps, but that’s kind of exciting since so much of SXSW requires a badge. Here’s the info:

SX CREATE

March 11–13, 2016 | 11:00am–6:00pm

Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road)

SX Create is FREE with Guest Pass

SX Create presenting sponsor Dremel is a company built on a tradition of exploration, and they’re all about handmade artistry. After all, they invented the high-speed rotary tool in 1934, and since then they’ve been helping Makers make magic  with their full line of versatile tool systems like Multi-MaxTM oscillating tools, Ultra-SawTM and Saw-MaxTM multi-saws and FortiflexTM flex shaft tool, and the Idea BuilderTM 3D printer.

To celebrate the Maker spirit, Dremel is bringing a unique mashup of new technology and new partners to SXSW. They want to not only inspire, but to challenge Makers, via incentives, to leave their mark. And to show that, they have some majorly cool things going on at their booth (Booth #401 — write that down). Cool things like:

An Indian Scout Motorcycle sweepstakes!

Even if you don’t know much about motorcycles, you’ve no doubt heard of Indian. They were founded in 1901, and they’re  classic, beautiful bikes that pride themselves on craftsmanship. And for that reason, they make the perfect partner for Dremel. An Indian® Chief® Vintage motorcycle will be at the Dremel booth, #401 at SX Create, and noted Makers Hank Robinson of Hanro Studios and Paul Niemeyer will put a customized spin on the bike’s leather and metal parts with live, detailed etching and engraving. Seriously, look at this thing. I totally want to grab a helmet and head out on the open road until my kids are in their 30’s. Va-room.

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After the SX Create bike is finished, it will then be unveiled at the Indian Motorcycle display at the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August. (Have you ever been to Sturgis? I have. Once, by mistake, in the family station wagon. Long story. We don’t ever talk about it.) The bike will then tour select Dremel and Indian Motorcycle events, and be displayed at Dremel HQ for all to drool over.

But wait! There’s more! You can WIN a bike!

Dremel and Indian are co-sponsoring a sweepstakes that grants one lucky winner the chance to own a one-in-a-million ride. Because they’re all about individualistic style, Hank the Maker will personalize an Indian® Scout® Sixty motorcycle unique to the winner’s own interests. Like, if you are a huge fan of Texas, he’ll engrave a Longhorn and/or Willie Nelson on it and then everybody you know will be jealous of you for the rest of your life unless you give them rides on it.

The sweepstakes runs March 11 through September 30, 2016, and fans can enter online once per day at www.dremelmakeyourindianmotorcycle.com (Note: site does not go live until March 11, 2016. Visit the Dremel and Indian Motorcycle Facebook pages for the other prizes up for grabs, too!)

More fun at Drexel Booth #401:

Make your own customized leather luggage tags! All SX Create visitors will have the opportunity to make their own however they like, then take it home with them to use on their next trip. Mine would either say, “BACK OFF, THIS IS MY BAG” or “PROPERTY OF RYAN GOSLING.”

SX Create visitors can also meet Dremel Chief Maker and Austin native Celina Muire talking about her work on Saturday. Celina is a “pyrographer,” which means she makes amazing things via burning wood, on purpose, in addition to gorgeous pieces of art like this:

Via CA Muire Instagram

Via CA Muire Instagram

 I totally want that in my house now. That is going to happen, Celina. Get ready for my phone call.

Dremel will also debut its newest 3D printer, the Dremel 3D40 Idea Builder, a part of their complete 3D printing ecosystem for the classroom and Maker workshops, at SX Create. Per Dremel, this “second-generation printer increases design flexibility and ease of use for students and techies with USB- and Wi-Fi-enabled printing, a larger building platform, and the new Dremel 3D app for iOS and Android, which enables users to design 3D objects remotely. The 3D40 Idea Builder is also compatible with HP Sprout, an immersive 3D scanning system. The synergistic technologies create an intuitive design, scanning and printing process that encourages communal problem solving and activates imaginative thinking. Fans can experiment with both systems live at the Dremel booth.”

Whew. I just need to know if it can print out a 3D Ryan Gosling for me so I can tell him I have his luggage.

If you’ll be in Austin or at SXSW, be sure to stop by SX Create at the Palmer Events Center March 11-13 and visit where? That’s right, Dremel at Booth #401 to see all of the amazingly creative and innovative things they’re doing, and to enter to win that sweet Indian Motorcycle.

For more information about Dremel activities at SX Create, visit https://www.dremel.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx and the Dremel Facebook page. To learn more about Indian Motorcycle and HP Sprout, visit www.IndianMotorcycle.com and www8.hp.com/us/en/sprout/home.html.

This post was sponsored by Dremel. All information provided by them, all weird, colorful commentary provided by me.

An Austin Getaway, Not That Far Away

November 13, 2015

Photo via Sonesta

My husband and I recently spent a romantic night away in a luxury hotel. We sent the kids to their friends’ houses, packed our bags, got in the car, and headed to the Sonesta in Bee Cave, Texas (population 3,000). The drive took us two minutes. Because we also live in Bee Cave, Texas (population 3,000). Of course, that doesn’t mean I still wasn’t exhausted by the time we got there and needed a quick margarita to refresh myself. Traveling is hard.

We’ve lived in the city of Bee Cave for over 12 years now, and love it. It’s about 15 miles from Congress Ave. in downtown Austin, and is pretty much the last bit of civilization before the Texas Hill Country begins. (“Civilization” = “Wine bars.”) Like most of Austin, our area has changed dramatically over the past few years, with thousands of homes being built, new schools, the addition of the bustling Hill Country Galleria, and even larger projects on the horizon. What was once our little quiet city has now become a Destination.

And what does every Destination need? A unique hotel like the Sonesta.

A generic chain hotel would have stuck out like a sore thumb in a place as special as Bee Cave, so we were excited when the boutique Sonesta opened as an anchor to the Hill Country Galleria. As soon as you enter the lobby, it’s obvious that the hotel designers took pains to incorporate the essence of the area into the decor with rustic, yet chic, Hill Country touches.

Photo via Wendi Aarons

Photo via Wendi Aarons

The hotel offers 195 guest rooms, including five suites and nine preferred corner king rooms, most overlooking the swimming pool and courtyard, or the nearby Hill Country. We stayed in a corner king room, which was incredibly quiet, and really relaxing in its minimalism. I almost slept on the floor just so I wouldn’t disrupt the gorgeous bedding. Almost.

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All of the artwork in the rooms is true to Austin, but I admit that this one made me way too hungry. It also caused me to dream about brisket, but that’s certainly not unusual to my REM cycle.

Photo via Wendi Aarons

Photo via Wendi Aarons

The night we stayed was a gloomy, rainy one, but I’d love to come back in the summer and swim a few laps in this inviting pool. Wait–did I say “swim a few laps”? I meant “watch other people swim a few laps from a chaise lounge.” I have a policy to only swim when I’m being pursued by a shark or a pirate. But the courtyard also boasts a pretty pergola area that would be perfect for receptions under the stars.

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Speaking of receptions (segue!),the Sonesta has already hosted quite a few special events like charitable foundation and school district parties, corporate shindigs, conventions, weddings, etc. More info on that here, but feast your eyes on this fanciness. I think I’m going to just throw myself a party in this room and live there until I die of glamour-itis. (It is so a thing. Look it up on WebMD.com if you don’t believe me.)

Photo via Sonesta

Photo via Sonesta

What makes Sonesta a great getaway for locals is that it’s just far enough away from the craziness of downtown Austin, but there’s still plenty to do. You can walk to the Hill Country Galleria that offers shopping, a Whole Foods, many restaurants and a big movie theater. Or take a short drive to a really cool Texas bar like Poodies Hilltop, or the Spicewood Winery, or even Deep Eddy Distillery. (The hotel offer complimentary shuttles, but I’m not sure of the distance allowed.) Of course, if you prefer nature to drowning your sorrows in suds, the incredible Hamilton Pool is less than 10 minutes away. I know, isn’t Texas ugly?

Photo via Sonesta

Photo via Sonesta

However, all of that said, you can instead choose to spend your stay at the Sonesta IN the Sonesta the whole time, and that’s exactly what we did. Mostly at Meridian 98, the rooftop patio bar/restaurant on the top floor. I admit that we’ve gone there quite a few times when we weren’t hotel guests, too, because we love their farm to fork food so much. And how can you not want to hang out in a Bee Cave, Texas patio bar that has bee hive lamps like this? Gorgeous.

Photo via Wendi Aarons

Photo via Wendi Aarons

Meridian 98 resembles an authentic British club, which made me insist that my husband call me “Nigel,” but that didn’t last too long. Luckily, there were many wonderful specialty plate concepts by Executive Chef Patrick Newman, including seasonal dishes that are locally sourced from 30+ Texas farmers and fisherman, to distract us. I had Gulf Shrimp & Dirty Grits with Andouille and Jalepeno Sauce, plus one of their craft cocktails called “The Pollinator”–Titos vodka, fresh orange juice, pineapple juice and Chambord. Bzzzzzzzzz.

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A few other items of note on the Sonesta:

  • For the business traveler, 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, well-equipped to host gatherings and events.
  • Over 18 power outlets in every room for charging, plus robust complimentary high speed internet access throughout the hotel, including all rooms, conference rooms, meeting spaces and public areas
  • On-site audio-visual resources
  • Signature catering & customized menu options
  • Two meeting rooms adjacent to the Boardroom
  • 6th-Floor space available to rent for special events (lounge, outdoor deck and 2,000 square feet of glassed-in space with panoramic Hill Country views; great for corporate events and weddings.
  • Complimentary, local-area shuttle services
  • Located just over 20 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
  • At the epicenter and is in closest proximity to all of Austin’s greatest, highest-end and most exclusive golf courses and resorts. Omni Barton Creek (9 mi); Spanish Oaks (1 mile); The Hills of Lakeway (5.1 miles), Austin Country Club (12.1 miles), and Austin Golf Club (13.5 miles and closest hotel). All five of these clubs are located at an average over 20 miles from downtown Austin, but less than 8 miles from the hotel.

We really enjoyed our dinner and drinks, and got amazing sleep in the room, then woke up the next morning and headed back up to Meridian 98 for their farm to fork breakfast buffet. It was so incredibly delicious that I may just sneak over there on the weekend when my family is sleeping. Keep that plan to yourselves, friends.

Photo via Wendi Aarons

Photo via Wendi Aarons

If you’re an Austinite or local in need of a quick staycation, head on over to Bee Cave and check out the Sonesta. If you’re coming from out of town for either fun or business, check it out, too, because it’s only 20 minutes from the airport. And then once you arrive, be sure to give me a call. I’ll buzz right over.

It’s a Party and You’re All Invited!

October 5, 2015
We here at The Queso believe that October is the perfect time for entertaining. The weather’s a little cooler, the leaves are turning color, and we’re ready to just kick back, put on a sweater, and celebrate Autumn by shoving massive quantities of fish sticks and cheese into our pie holes. Care to join us?

Announcing FISHSTICKS AND QUESO: The Party*. (*Not to be confused with FISHSTICKS AND QUESO: The Crime Fighting Grocery Store Duo. We are currently trying to trademark that and sell NBC on the pilot, so no stealing!)

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Yes, your favorite people from The Queso, and even the ones you don’t care for a whole lot, are hosting a night of laughs, literature and lukewarm fish on October 16th! Join us at BookPeople in Austin as we welcome one of our favorite-est funny women, Mary Laura Philpott.

ML (as we like to call Mary Laura because we’re like, super tight) is a columnist and speaker who has written for The New York TimesHuffington PostThe Toast, and USA Today. She is the social media director of Nashville’s independent bookstore, Parnassus Books, as well as the founding editor of its online magazine, Musing. She lives in Nashville with her husband, two children, and two wicked pooches named Woodstock and Eleanor Roosevelt.

And her (truly funny) book is called Penguins With People Problems. The “random penguins” are a lineup of quirky, lovable weirdos with minds of their own. They understand the agony of social awkwardness, the power of the (not so) perfect smoky eye, and the hilarious terror of having a bee in the car.
This is ML. Not a Penguin, as far as we know.
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And now here’s a little Q&A between Wendi and ML

1. If you could be any kind of penguin, what kind would you be?

The one that lives on the spine of Penguin Books. That bird gets to go everywhere.

2. Why is Texas the best state in the world?

Because it’s like Tennessee but with an ocean.

3. Why are there no penguins in Texas?

I’m not qualified to speak on immigration issues.

4. What is your favorite humor book?

My publicist would probably appreciate it if I said it’s mine, but come on — David Sedaris all the way.

5. Who is your favorite humor writer named Wendi Aarons?

David Sedaarons.

6. What does “queso” mean in Spanish?

I believe it means, “Whose bicycle is this?”

7. What does “queso” mean in Arabic?

“It’s my bicycle, actually.”

8. What would a penguin do if you rubbed her tummy?

One of my penguins, you mean? Probably slap you. Most of my penguins are at least partially based on me, and I cannot stand to have my stomach touched. Also, I’m going to need you to take about five steps back right now.

9. Is Danny DeVito the sexiest penguin of all time?

You can take the question mark right off that statement.

10. What is your best fish dessert recipe?

I would say Swedish Fish, but if you’re really into gummies, the best thing to do is to fill a Solo cup with Trader Joe’s “Gummy Tummies” penguins and just tip it back into your face. I did this before a book signing in Memphis, and I think the audience was impressed with how amazingly fast and high my voice was when I was superjacked on straight sugar. My teeth vibrated for a week.

See? Told you she was funny. So, mark your calendar, hire a sitter, and come out for a night of cheesy fish! And fishy cheese! And fishy, cheesy people! Wait. Maybe not that last one. But there will be sangria, humor, laughs, and lots of books! It will be the best night you’ve ever had in your life, and that’s not a load of hyperbole, either.

RSVP here, and we’ll see you soon!

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It’s Fun to Stay at the Y.M.C.A of the Rockies

September 3, 2015

Texans love Texas. Just not so much in June, July and August. The hot summer months are when our Lone Star love wanes a little bit, and we head to either the beach or the mountains for a much needed escape. Trust me, you can only spend so many weeks watching your landscaping turn brown and die before you’re weeping into your beer, wondering what it’s like to not have to douse your body in Clinical Strength deodorant every morning.

At least that was the dream I had in mind when my husband Chris, boys Sam (13) and Jack (11), and I packed up the Volvo, and headed to Estes Park, Colorado last month. “Drive until Mama sees a goose bump!” I commanded of Chris while we flew through Texas. “Drive until Mama can wear a mohair sweater!”

“Mama needs to calm the hell down,” he muttered, “or Mama’s gonna be left behind at an El Paso Chevron station.”

Roadtrips with me are like, super fun.

But just fourteen short hours of bickering later, we pulled into our destination for the week, the amazing YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. It’s like a resort/Y.M.C.A/family camp/retreat/hide-out all wrapped up in one pine-scented package.

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We were delighted to be met by an Elk just as soon as we passed through the main entrance. (The furry kind. Not the kind like my Dad and his drunk buddies from the Elk’s Club.) I tried to get as close as I could to snap a picture of Mr. Elk, hoping I’d then shoot to stardom on the Today Show as “blonde moron attacked during Elk Selfie,” but this guy was pretty sweet and chill. Just like this bunny and fawn playing together at the Y in a video that went viral.

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The YMCA of the Rockies has four guest lodges that are like simple hotels, or you can choose to stay in a cabin. The cabins range in size from “ginormous family that’s wearing matching t-shirts” to “teeny family that’s sharing one hamburger.” We stayed in a two-bedroom cabin with a fireplace and kitchen, and it actually would have fit seven people if we’d used the bunk beds and pull-out couch. It was quite nice. Here’s Jack acting like he’s giving away our cabin on a game show:

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The cabins don’t have TVs, which is fine. We didn’t drive up to the mountains to watch people exercise on “The Biggest Loser.” (The entire resort does have blazingly fast WiFi almost everywhere, though.) Besides, no TV gave the boys a chance to figure out a more advanced version of UNO that involves wagering and pinning each other down on the ground for hours: PAINO

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Most of the cabins are located fairly close to the Y’s main buildings, so we were able to easily walk to the cafeteria-style dining room, or to the smaller restaurants. And, being a YMCA, there are activities all day long, most of them free. Tennis courts, a mini golf course, indoor swimming (with a big slide), horseshoes, wiffle ball, basketball, Bingo, yoga, kickball, hikes, etc. We actually had to highlight what we wanted to do on the schedule because there were so many choices. It was wonderful that we could all do individual things, but meet up right after. The boys would go play basketball, Chris would ride his bike, and I would sit on the porch and contemplate the meaning of life/Ryan Gosling’s abs while gazing at this view:

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This is the yucky view I had later that day:

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Some of the “for a small fee” activities we did (which, full disclosure, I was given as a comp by the Y) included a high ropes course, a climbing wall, a zipline, massage therapy (soooo good), and archery. We were happily exhausted at the end of every day. However, please note that even if you’re by far the best member of your family with a bow and arrow, it’s never a good idea to yell, “WHEN THE HUNGER GAMES BEGIN, I WILL BE YOUR QUEEN, LOSERS” because nobody will want to sit by you at dinner later. Lesson learned.

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One day we took a two-hour guided horseback ride through the Rocky Mountain National Park (which abuts the Y), and my boys were in heaven. Me, not so much after the “trotting” started. I’m much better off riding one of those depressed ponies that slump around in a circle at the school carnival. Less impact on a cowgirl’s nether regions, am I right? But the stable at the Y is really fabulous, as are the trail ride guides. We would definitely do it again.

horsesThe weather in Estes Park was in the mid-70’s when we were there, but there was an afternoon rainstorm almost every day. Everyone would then immediately run into the Craft Cabin where (for a fee) you can do everything from mosaics to tie-dye to pottery painting and jewelry design, which Chris loved. I hope this new hobby of his quickly segues into diamond tiaras.

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All of the employees at the Y are really, really nice. A lot of them are locals, but a lot are college kids working there for the summer. That helps give it a real “camp” feel, as do other activities like hayrides, drum circles, hikes, and “bird banding” where Jack and I watched a ornithologist put tiny ankle bracelets on birds. Here’s Jack holding a bird before he let it fly off:

birdIf you want to know anything at all about owls or how to catch a hummingbird, trust me, this is your dude.

Finally, the YMCA of the Rockies is literally right next to the Rocky Mountain National Park, so one day we drove up there to take in the scenery. Remember how I was dreaming about goosebumps? It was 32 degrees up there. I had goosemounds. Do you want to build a snowman? I JUST DID. IN AUGUST, BABY. SO WHAT IF HE’S MISSING AN EYE.

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We all had an awesome trip in Colorado, and I highly recommend the YMCA of the Rockies if you’re looking for a place to vacation with your family—big or small. There really is something for everyone, even people who just like sitting inside with a puzzle and a nice drink (my retirement plan). Please take a look at ymcarockies.org for more info because there’s even more to the place that I didn’t mention, plus plenty of lodging specials throughout the year. It’s probably awesome in the winter months, too.

See? I told you it’s fun to stay at the YMCA. And not just because this is the best signage I’ve ever seen, either.

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This post was written by Wendi Aarons, your next Hunger Games Tribute and all-around swell human. Read more about Wendi right here. 

 

You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

August 13, 2015
Texans love ice cream. That should come as no surprise to anyone who’s ever visited our state in the summer when the temperature is in the triple digits, the armadillos are sweaty, and all anyone wants to do is shove their face into a big bowl of Rocky Road until the chilly 90-degree temps of November roll in. Ahhhhh.

Alas, there was no comfort to be found in Texan ice cream this summer. Or, I should say, not in the state’s #1 Go-To because tragically, the Blue Bell factory that’s been churning out tubs since 1907 was shut down in June due to a Listeria contamination. (Not to be confused with a Listerine contamination, which is actually a good thing if you want super fresh breath.)

But while Texans wept, gallons and tubs and pints of Blue Bell joy were mercilessly yanked from every grocery stores and ice cream shops in the state. We were left bereft, overheated and well, a few pounds thinner because we weren’t gorging on ice cream every damn night. But honestly, is there anything sadder than a child who now has no choice but to snack on (gag) vegetables?

Photo via Mary Caroline Cruse Shreves

Photo via Mary Caroline Cruse Shreves

That’s why I decided to make it my mission to find new ice cream. Better ice cream. Ice cream that would cool me down on these scorching hot days while also keeping my waist in the peak muffin top shape that is both my money maker and my calling card. Yes, people, you can always count on me to do the heavy lifting when it comes to frozen treats. I am the Mother Teresa of the Freezer Section. My mantle is ready for the Nobel.

Here are a few of the new ice cream brands I sampled this summer. Please note that the pictures aren’t perfect because I took them when it was 2,000 degrees outside, I was under a red umbrella, and both my eyeballs and the ice cream were rapidly melting. I know, the ways I suffer for my art.
1. HEB CREAMY CREATIONS

hebNot only is HEB like, the best grocery store in Texas, but their store brand is consistently as good if not better than national brands. Their Creamy Creations ice cream is no exception. It’s flavorful, satisfying, and priced very reasonably. Plus it comes in a ton of delicious flavors, including Texas-centric ones like Houston Texans: Texans Tackle Crunch, Texas Vanilla Seguin Pecan, and Poteet Strawberry. Oh, and there’s also one named after me: Intense White Chocolate.

2. DREYER’S FROZEN CUSTARD

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What’s the difference between ice cream and custard? Same as the difference between roosters and chickens: EGGS. But what these eggs do is make the custard extra creamy and stay cold longer. Don’t ask me why. I’m not an Ice Cream Scientist. But my entire family thought the two Dreyer’s Custard flavors we tried—Vanilla and Snickerdoodle—were delicious, and now we plan on hunting down their Chocolate Malt Frozen Custard and making it our new bestie.

3. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

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Shhhhhhhhhhh. Don’t tell anyone in my family that we had this in our freezer. And don’t tell anyone in my family that I ate the pint of CHURROS CON LECHE by myself. And the pint of DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CHIP. And the pint of, well, you’re picking up what I’m laying down, friends. And whatever you do, DON’T TELL TEXANS THAT THIS GIFT FROM THE ICE CREAM GODS IS MADE IN SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA AND YOU CAN GET IT SHIPPED TO YOUR HOUSE BECAUSE I WANT IT ALLLLLLLL FOR MYSELF.

4. Tillamook Ice Cream

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Did you know that Tillamook, the Oregon makers of best cheese ever, also makes ice cream? I didn’t, but apparently they’ve been doing so since 1947, and it’s now available in certain Texas cities. The Horchata ice cream is based on the Mexican drink made from rice and milk, with added Vietnamese cinnamon. I’m sure many people would love the Horchata, but alas, none of them live in my house*. We much preferred the Marionberry Pie and Tillamook mudslide. And the Tillamook cheese we went out to buy after the word “Tillamook” gave us cravings for some sharp cheddar.

*They all live in Laura’s house. Or, actually, Laura loves it enough for about six people.

5. Adams Premium Ice Cream

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I love Adams Vanilla Extract. I use it every time I bake something, which is roughly once every nine years. But it’s the best, and it’s also made by one of the oldest continuously operated companies in Texas, and one of oldest spice and extract companies in the United States. Adams just celebrated their 125th birthday, and did so by launching this amazingly good ice cream exclusively sold at HEB. Flavors include Vanilla and Cookie Dough, but listen up: if you don’t scoop up every container of the Pecan Pie flavor that you can get your sweaty little hands on, then go buy a deep freezer for your garage, then store a lifetime supply of this ice cream in said deep freezer, then you sir, are a moron. It is THAT good.

So there you go, Texas. Plenty of ice cream choices to get you through our Blue Bell drought and through our endless summer heat. My muffin top is now in prime shape. And while rumor has it that BB will be back in business soon, try some of these brands in the meantime and keep your fingers crossed.

I’d cross mine, but they’re currently busy doing more “research.”

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This post was written by Wendi Aarons, extended-dance-mix writer and all-around swell human. Read more about Wendi right here.