Dog Day Cocktails!

Dog Day Cocktails!

Traditionally the phrase “dog days of summer” refers to the sultry, hotter part of summer. Presumably because the languid weather caused our canine companions to lounge around in the shade. It was actually coined by Greeks and Romans who were referring to Sirius, the Dog Star and its very visible…

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Juxtaposed!

Juxtaposed!

In my last two articles I have introduced you to my curiosity in the science of perception and flavor, and expanded upon that idea with, hopefully, a fun shot-and-beer pairing (tequila shots and sour beers? Yes!). This time around, I’d like to get a little bit nerdier about a portion…

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Heads Up Houston!

Heads Up Houston!

With all of the I-45 construction, it’s become a bit confusing to get to our Smith Street store. So here are the easiest routes to get you here! From I-10, take the Smith Street exit. From I-45 N, take the McKinney exit and turn right on Smith Street. Find more…

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Lap Up Blue Cocktails!

Lap Up Blue Cocktails!

It’s easy to host a “Funner Olympics” for family, friends and neighbors at the nearest pool. All you need are judges’ scorecards and colorful, beribboned medals and creatively named competitive events like “Best Cannonball”, “Longest Breath Held Under Water” and “Best Imitation of A Synchronized Swimmer.” And for the perfect…

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Be Our Guest At Spec’s Fest!

Be Our Guest At Spec’s Fest!

Mark your calendar for a totally tasty way to enjoy a summer Saturday in Austin! Spec’s Fest is a come one, come all, all day festival of fun and yum. From select wines and gourmet food samplings, to expert advice on pairings, you’ll experience our hospitality at its very best.…

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Amoré In August

Amoré in August

Send your taste buds on an unforgettable journey through Italian wine country without traversing mountainous hairpin turns or navigating a Vespa scooter through narrow lanes. Spec’s is devoting the entire month of August to bring you Italy’s bella best at grazie prices! From the Italian Alps in the north through…

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Thrill To Brazil Drinks!

Thrill to Brazil Drinks!

Ready for a three-week international sports spectacle with a bossa nova beat? Today kicks off the 2016 Summer Olympics hosted in Rio de Janeiro. Why not create some fun, Brazilian-style “opening ceremonies” of your own with spirited supplies from Spec’s? Just add your favorite compadres and samba tunes while you…

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Say “Cheesecake” Day!

Say “Cheesecake” Day!

Talk about the ultimate smooth operator, cheesecake pretty much creams the dessert competition when it comes to pure seductiveness. Just mention the word “cheesecake” and the mouthwatering begins. No wonder today is dedicated to its deliciousness! Of course, all that velvety goodness requires a delicate beverage balance. You want a…

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The Ultimate Frill – Fresh Truffles!

The Ultimate Frill – Fresh Truffles!

Truffles are considered one of (if not the) most luxurious gourmet treats in the world because they’re so hard to find naturally and extremely difficult to cultivate commercially. Sure, they’re related to mushrooms, but they travel in very different culinary circles. Just think of truffles as the Lamborghini of the…

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Sangria Puts Punch In Summer

Sangria Puts Punch In Summer

A summer must-serve throughout Spain and Portugal, sangria in various forms has satisfied thirsts for centuries. Meaning “blood” in Spanish, sangria originated with Roman soldiers, spread to Latin America in the 18th century, then made a big splash in the U.S. during the NYC 1964 World’s Fair. Fruity, flavor-packed and…

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