Welcome to Austin, Texas & Gallery House

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General Information:

INTERNET:  GalleryHouseGuests   

PASSWORD:  above35thStreet!   (note password is case specific)

Internet speeds are partially dependent on your own equipment, but you should have about 100-250Mbps down & 100-150Mbps up over wireless. The 5Ghz band is faster (Galleryhouseguests 5G) due to the frequency. 

TV & Internet:

The TV can receive all local HD broadcasts (over the air).  

7.1 FOX - KTBC HDTV

18.1 PBS  - KLRU-HD

18.2 PBS - KLRU Create

18.3 PBS - KLRU-Q

24.1 ABC - KVUE-DT

24.3 Weather - “KVUE Storm Team”

36.1 NBC - KXAN HDTV

42.1 CBS - KEYE HDTV

Roku 4 streaming device requires changing the TV INPUT to HDMI 3. Most of the apps on the Roku are the same as the Apple TV 4K (except for our movies).

Apple TV requires changing the TV INPUT to HDMI 2. Pressing on the Apple remote should make the TV automatically switch to this input. If you wish to buy movies etc. log into to your iTunes account. Netflix & DirecTv Now (about 100 channels including HBO) can be streamed from this device too. HBOGO, ABC, NBC, NBC Golf, NBC Sports, USA Now, Syfy, Disney, ESPN, Fox Now (includes FX, FXX, National Geographic), Fox Sports Go, FX Now, are all apps that work on Apple TV. The TV App (green one, upper right) will display the movies that we have purchased, under Library.

NOTE: The wall outlet just below the counter by the convection oven/microwave has two USB ports.  No transformer adapters are needed for this plug.  Also there are USB plugs on the end of the black power strip on the shelf beside the bed. Use USB adapters for the power strip at the foot of the couch (toward the TV).

Audio:

You can send audio and images to the “Apple TV Gallery House” which will play through the Sony 4K TV via AirPlay and the Apple TV 4K.

 

 
 

Entertainment & Fun Things To Do

 

Esther's Follies

525 E Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78701
512-320-0198  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST
Check the website for show times. We have loved this place for decades. It's always timely, and very funny.  If you haven't been before, sit down near the front.  So much fun.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Alamo Village and Alamo Mueller are the closest.  Mueller is a newer theater, but we prefer the Village (better food I think). It's always a great way to see movies.  It started in Austin at 409 Colorado Street.  Now there are dozens of theaters across the USA.

violet crown austin

434 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
512-495-9600
Another excellent cinema with food & drinks.  The Mediterranean plate is a good bet.

Congress Avenue Kayaks

Rent a kayak or stand up paddle board! The shop is in the bottom of the Waller Creek Boathouse. Waller Creek Boathouse is located on the Hike and Bike Trail at 74 Trinity, one block South of the Convention Center. The boathouse is within walking distance for those staying in the downtown area. Parking for the facility is located at 600 River St. (Mexican American Cultural Center) or street parking is available. No public parking is available at the boathouse. 

The Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

Everyone should do the whole trail at some point. Download a map HERE.

Capital Cruises

Hyatt Regency Boat Dock
208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704
512-480-9264
An entertaining perspective view of Austin on Lady Bird Lake and the local bat population (depending on the season).  Check the website for specific directions and parking.

Texas Bike Tours

Take a local tour of Austin or Fredericksburg.  See the website for details.

 
 

Restaurants  - Breakfast

 

Bird Bird Biscuit

2701 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722
7 am - 2 pm
512-761-4922
Get the "Queen Beak" and go early.

Torchy’s Tacos

2801 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
512-494-8226
7 am – 10 pm
great, excellent tacos.

Arturo’s Underground Cafe

314 W 17th St, Austin, TX 78701
512-469-0380
Breakfast: M-F  7 am - 11 am
Lunch: M-F  11 am - 2 pm  
Brunch: S-S  10 am - 2:30 pm

Trudy’s Texas Star

409 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705
512-477-2935 (no reservations)
Monday - Friday         11 am -  2 am
Saturday-Sunday         9 am -  2 am
More information under DINNER below.

Taqueria Anyeli

(it faces west, on the east side of ~33rd & Lamar, corner of the SHELL gas station)
I think this is the best taco spot in Austin.  It’s a little hidden secret. Order anything, it’s all great. REALLY. Great for breakfast.

Taco ShacK

(either across from Central Market or at 29th/Guadalupe)
Get the SHACK TACO, I usually have two.  Extra salsa is always nice, otherwise you just get one little container per taco.  I walk the dogs here to pick up breakfast to go sometimes.

Weather Up

1808 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
512-524-0464
M - F: 4 pm - 12 am
Sat:  11:30 am - 1 am
SUNDAY 11:30 am - 12 am
BRUNCH Sat & Sun 11 am - 3 pm
Go for brunch

Launderette

2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702
512-382-1599
11 am - 2:30 pm, 5 pm - 10 pm (11 pm on weekends)

Snooze an A.M. Eatery

3800 N Lamar Blvd #120, Austin, TX 78756
512-410-0670
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Can be a long wait

Fonda San Miguel

2330 W. North Loop, Austin, TX 78756
512-459-4121
M-Thur: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Bar & Cocktail: Opens 5:00 pm - Close
Great for brunch or dinner. Authentic central Mexico cuisine.

Kerbey Lane Cafe (on Guadalupe)

2606 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705
512-477-5717
Open 24/7

Kerbey Lane CafE (on KErbey Lane)

3704 Kerbey Lane, Austin, TX 78731
512-451-1436
Sunday – Thurs 6:30 am –11 pm
Friday & Sat 6:30 am - 12 am
Good, lot of choices, but Pam loves the gingerbread pancakes.

 
 

Restaurants - Lunch/Dinner

 

Many of these are walking distance from Gallery House

Trudy’s Texas Star

409 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705
512-477-2935 (no reservations)
Monday - Friday         11 am -  2 am
Saturday-Sunday         9 am -  2 am

Consistently good Tex-Mex food and some of the best margaritas in Austin.  Often we order the CIRO’S SPECIAL (with chicken) and SPINACH & MUSHROOM QUESADILLAS and split all of it.  We generally have some to take home as well.  Another favorite is the POLLA A LA PLANCHA.  The Mexican martinis are pretty special too.  Half of the time we just walk to Trudy’s if the weather is pleasant. Good for breakfast too, especially on the weekends when they have the taco buffet. Note: their clock is always 10 minutes fast.

Milto’s Mediterranean Cafe

2909 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
512-476-1021
Hours: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
I love the “Mama’s choice” gyro.  The Greek salad is always good too.  We usually get it to go and just pick it up.

Korean Komfort

3423 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
512-487-5522
Hours: Closes 10PM
Still in a “soft opening” as of 8/1/2018.  We have been once, it was very good and will go back again.

Texas French Bread

2900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
512-499-0544
Monday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 7:00 am – 9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
good, but very noisy (lots of hard surfaces)

Thai Kitchen

3009 Guadalupe St., Austin, Texas 78745
512-474-2575
Sunday - Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday - Saturday 12:00 pm -   1:00 am
Great for lunch or dinner.  Pad Thai is some of the best.  Great curry, red or green.  Recommended for dine in, or for take out.  I have never been disappointed.

Changos Taqueria

3023 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705
512-480-8226
Daily: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
great, get the Del Mar Tacos, grilled Mahi Mahi

El Patio

2938 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705
512-476-5955
Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
ok, some people love it, but I am not a huge fan… Tex-Mex that is good and not spicy.

Hopfields

3110 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705
512-537-0467
Monday - Friday, Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
A local tavern, light French menu but very good pub atmosphere.  Large variety of beers and some nice wines.  Very casual atmosphere.

Sao Paulo’s Restaurante

2809 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78705
512-473-9988
Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday   11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed Sundays
Happy hour every day 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Great food. I have yet to have a meal here that I did not like.  I always ask the wait person for recommendations and have been happily rewarded. We took a Brazilian friend here and she said it reminded her of home.

Thundercloud Subs

3200 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705
512-452-5010
Monday - Thursday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm, Friday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Great, never changes.  We usually get the California Club on whole wheat, provolone cheese, “thunder sauce,” and spicy mustard (hold the mayo).

Torchy’s Tacos

2801 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
512-494-8226
Hours: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
great, excellent tacos.

Dirty Martin’s Place

2808 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
512-477-3173
Daily 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Good but on the greasy side for Rice, it has been there forever it seems. Rice has friends who aren't as old as this place.

Black's BBQ

3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
512-524-0801
One of the many excellent places in Austin.  The BBQ is made at Black's BBQ in Lockhart, TX and shipped to Austin daily (and uncle and nephew arrangement).

Amy’s Ice Cream

3500 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
512-458-6895
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday - Saturday:    11:30 am -   1:00 am (Friday & Saturday)
Great, but dangerous to be a regular

SALVATION PIZZA

624 W. 34th Street, Austin, TX
512-535-0076
always busy, so we always take out. Great pizza, best in Austin as far as we are concerned.

FoodHeads Cafe & Catering

616 W 34th St, Austin, TX 78705
512-420-8400
Monday - Wednesday: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday:   7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed Sunday
We haven’t tried this place in a while but our friends love it for brunch.

 
 

Restaurants - Hyde Park Area

 

Just north of us is the lovely neighborhood of Hyde Park

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

4206 Duval St. Austin, TX 78751
512-458-3168
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Another neighborhood favorite.  Rice’s favorite is the GRILLED SALMON and substituting broccoli for rice, and sweet potato fries.  The CRAB CAKES are a good bet at dinner.

Quacks 43rd St. Bakery

411 E 43rd St, Austin, TX 78751
512-453-3399
Monday - Friday 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday   7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fun for a different breakfast

Avenue B Grocery & Market

4403 Avenue B, Austin, TX 78751
512-453-3921
Monday - Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
Good sandwiches, quirky local place

Dolce Vita Gelato & Expresso

4222 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751
512-323-2686
Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday - Sunday: 7:30 am - 12:00 am NOTE: it is closing permanently in October or November 2018.
Great desserts

NeWorldDeli

4101 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78702
512-451-7170
Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Good, get the curry chicken salad

Vino Vino

4119 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751
512-465-9282 (no reservations last time I checked)
Monday - Friday 3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday-Sunday 5:30 pm - 12:00 am Nice eclectic wine selection.  Great olives for an appetizer, perhaps the best I have ever had. 
On Sunday nights they serve PAELLA at 7 p.m.  Get there early to get a table and be ready.

 
 

Restaurants - East Side

 

veracruz all natural

4209 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78722
See the website for more locations
Tuesday - Sunday 7 am - 2 pm, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

BLUE DAHLIA BISTRO

1115 E. 11th Street, Austin, Texas 78702
512-542-9542
Sunday - Tuesday: 9 am - 9 pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 9 am - 10 pm
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, it's a lovely atmosphere. If you go for breakfast, the frittata is delicious.

Ramen Tatsu-Ya

1600 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702
512-893-5561
Sunday - Thursday: 11 am - 10 pm, Fri - Sat: 11 am - 1 am
The TONKOTSU ORIGINAL is really wonderful, get it with a SPICY BOMB on the side.  You'll likely only use half of the SPICY BOMB so this is easy to share (but never share your noodles!).

Mi Madre’s

2201 Manor Road, Austin, TX
512-322-9721
Mon - Sat: 6 am - 10 pm
Sunday 8 am - 4 pm
HAPPY HOUR Monday- Saturday 4 pm - 7 pm
$6 Micheladas $5 House Margaritas $5 Saltillo Dip
Good for breakfast too

Hoover’s Cooking

2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
512-479-5006
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday:   8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Southern cooking, get the chicken fried steak.
Good but like Amy’s Ice Cream, save your heart and don’t be a regular.

East Side Cafe

2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
512-476-5858
Monday - Thursday: 11:15 am –   9:30 pm
Friday 11:15 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am –   9:30 pm
Great.  This was one of the first "farm to table" restaurant in Austin.

Salty Sow

1917 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722
512-391-2337
Sunday - Thur: 4:30 pm – 10 pm
Fri -  Sat:, 4:30 pm – 11 pm
Happy Hour Daily 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
A truly original and superb restaurant. Go for happy hour(s). The margarita flights... appetizers... everything is amazing.

 
 

Restaurants - Lamar Blvd. Area

 

Restaurants - Lamar Boulevard area

Central Market Cafe

(right side of grocery when facing it)
4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
512-206-1000
Daily: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Always consistently good.  Music on the weekend can be very good sometimes.

Mandola’s Italian Market

4700 W Guadalupe St #12, Austin, TX 78751 (in the Triangle development)
512-419-9700
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday:   9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday:   9:00 am –   9:00 pm
Good, but the tiramisu is out of this world. They are so busy, I might try take-out next time.

Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

4701A Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
512-323-6770
Mon-Fri 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sat 10:00am to 6:00pm
Cross Street: 45th Street
Greek... great.

Kerbey Lane CafE (on KErbey Lane)

3704 Kerbey Lane, Austin, TX 78731
512-451-1436
Sunday – Thurs 6:30 am –11 pm
Friday & Sat 6:30 am - 12 am
Good, lot of choices, but pancakes are great

Kerbey Lane Cafe (on Guadalupe)

2606 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705
512-477-5717
Open 24/7

Titaya's Thai Cuisine

5501 North Lamar #C101, Austin, Texas 78751
512-458-1792
Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 2:30 pm | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Truly some of the best Thai food anywhere, certainly in Austin. It rivals restaurants I have been to in Bangkok.

Threadgill's Old #1

6416 North Lamar, Austin, TX  78752
512-451-5440
Mon & Tue: 11 am - 9:30 pm
Wed - Sat:   11 am -10 pm
Sunday:       10 am - 9:30 pm
Sunday Breakfast Buffet: 10 am - 1 pm
Howdy Hour: M - F 3 pm - 6 pm

MICHI RAMEN

6519 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78752
512-386-1908
Sunday - Thursday: 11 am - 10 pm, Friday - Saturday: 11 am - midnight
Lots of choices, so don't be shy to ask for help. It's all good.

 
 

Restaurants Downtown (or close to it)

 

Chez Nous

510 Neches Street, Austin, Texas 78701
512-473-2413
Lunch: Tues – Fri: 11:45 am – 2:00 pm
Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Closed Mondays
A wonderful French bistro. We usually go here when we go to Esther's Follies. The filet migon is fabulous.

Licha's Cantina

1306 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78702
512-480-5960
Tues-Thur: 4 pm - 11 pm
Fri: 4 pm - 12 am
Sat: 12 pm - 12 am
Sunday Brunch 11 am - 3 pm
$5 Happy Hour, Tuesday - Friday, 4 - 6 pm

You won't be disappointed.  Best when it's cooler and you can sit outside.

Clay Pit - Indian Contemporary Cuisine

1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701
512-322-5131
Truly great food. I especially like happy hour when the appetizers are discounted. Lunch  an amazing buffet.

Whole Foods

525 N Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
512-542-2200
7 am - 10 pm Seven days a week / Coffee bar and taco station open at 6 am
Downtown flagship store & HQ with food kiosks)
great, consistent good food.  The in house BBQ is wonderful but I usually go to the fish kiosk or Creole pasta in the Italian kiosk.

Hula Hut

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
512-476-4852
Mon-Thur: 11 am – 10 pm
Fri: 11 am – 11 pm
Sat: 10:30 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am – 10 pm
Right on Lake Austin, very pleasant location with decent food.

Mozart's Coffee Roasters

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
512-477-2900
Mon - Thur: 7 am – 12 am
Fri: 7 am – 1 am
Sat: 8 am – 1 am
Sunday: 8 am – 12 am

Chuy's

1728 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
512-474-4452
Sun - Thur: 11 am - 10 pm
Fri- Sat: 11 am - 11pm
Great margaritas, all fresh. The is the ORIGINAL restaurants.

Matt's El Rancho

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
512-462-9333
Mon: 11 am - 10 pm
Tues: CLOSED
Wed & Thur: 11 am - 10 pm
Fri & Sat: 11 am - 11 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm

 
 

Restaurants With To Go Food Options

 

Salvation Pizza

624 W. 34th Street, Austin, TX
512-535-0076
always busy, so we always take out. Great pizza, best in Austin as far as we are concerned.

Central Market

Dinner for Two or the deli case.
This has ruined our cooking practice on so many nights.  It ranges from good to spectacular (this is rare) but there is always something.

Miltos MEDITERRANEAN cafe

2909 Guadalupe St., Austin TX 78705
512-476-1021
Sometimes we eat at the restaurant but mostly get take out. Great gyros, Greek salad.

Trudy’s Texas Star

(mentioned before, but we always just go here and sit down)

Titaya's Thai Cuisine

(mentioned before, and their TO GO menu is here)

 
 

Restaurants of Note, Guides and BBQ

 

Restaurants Open 24/7

Kerbey Lane Cafe (on Guadalupe)

2606 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705
512-477-5717
Open 24/7

Guides:

2017 Best restaurants in Austin from Austin 360 (oct. 19, 2017)

2018 Best restaurants in Austin From austin 360 (Oct. 20, 2018)

Texas Monthly Dining Guide 
(Austin, but configure as you want)

the top 50 best BBQ Joints in Texas by texas monthly

10 best restaurants in all of Austin by Money Inc.

Gallery House favorite BBQ:

Note:
RUBY’S BBQ, 512 West 29th, closed permanently on February 17, 2018. Several search engines still will tell you it is open, which is incorrect.

Snow’s BBQ

516 Main St, Lexington, TX 78947 (directions on Google Maps here)
979-773-4640
Open Saturday ONLY: 8 am until sold out
More information in the Texas Monthly
I have been here at least a dozen times. Yes, it is about 50 miles away. Yes, it is the only place I have had BBQ for breakfast. It takes about 50-60 minutes to get there. If you get there later than 7:30 am there could be a wait a lot longer than 30 minutes. I arrived once at 9:30 am and they were sold out of ribs. I usually try to be there by 7:45 and then hopefully in the door by 8:30 am or so. I have been to a lot of BBQ places in Texas, many, many are great, none are better than Tootsie’s hand crafted meats. Get the jalapeno sausage, the ribs, a touch of brisket, but the pork shoulder and chicken is awfully good too. I have mastered the pork shoulder and chicken cooking but I have a way to go on catching up to their ribs and brisket. If you drove here from within Texas, I would pick up some to go and put it in the freezer until you leave Austin. I’ll give you some freezer packs to help you get it home. You won’t regret it. Enjoy.

Franklin Barbecue

900 E. 11th, Austin, TX 78702
512-653-1187
Mondays Closed, Tuesday - Sunday 11 am until sold out
Prepare to wait in line, a long time.

 
 

Laundromats & Dry Cleaners

 

Spincycle Washateria

(uses quarters $)
3501 Guadalupe Street
512-380-0218

Reid’s Cleaners

3317 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78705
512-302-1870
(for dry cleaning high-quality clothing)

Rick’s Cleaners

3411 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78705
512-323-0188
(less expensive)

 
 

Google Home and Amazon Echo Dot

 

Google Home

(https://madeby.google.com/home/) and the Amazon Echo Dot (https://www.amazon.com/dot) can play music and answer a million questions.  Just say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” before your question/command for Google Home, or for the Amazon Echo Dot say “Alexa” then your question/command. 

netatmo weather station (the silver cylinder beside the oven/microwave)

“Alexa, ask Netatmo what the temperature is in Gallery House”
”Alexa, ask Netatmo what the CO2 level is in Gallery House” (if it is over 2000, it is time to open a window for a few minutes)
”Alexa, ask Netatmo what the humidity is in Gallery House”
”Alexa, ask Netatmo what the outside temperature is” (sensor is low and in the shade inside the carport)

Sony TV & Amazon Echo Dot (new July 2017):

POWER ON/OFF** 

"Alexa, turn on TV."    (I have found this does not always work!)

"Alexa, turn off TV."

CHANGE CHANNEL*** BY NUMBER OR NAME

"Alexa, change channel to ______ on TV."

"Alexa, next channel."

"Alexa, change channel to 18.1”

CONTROL VOLUME

"Alexa, set volume to 15 on TV."****

"Alexa, volume down."

MUTE/UNMUTE

"Alexa, mute TV."

"Alexa, unmute."

CHANGE INPUT

"Alexa, switch input to Blu-ray on Living Room TV."

"Alexa, switch input to HDMI 1.”

Here’s an example of what that might sound like…

You say, “Alexa, turn on TV”

Alexa says, “Okay” and TV powers ON

You say, “Alexa, volume up”

Alexa says, “Okay” and the TV volume goes up


Other Helpful Alexa Commands

Getting Amazon's virtual assistant's attention when using connected speakers is quite simple. All you need to say is "Alexa" and she is ready to execute your command. Let's start with the basics.

Basic commands

  • Alexa, help

  • Alexa, mute

  • Alexa, unmute

  • Alexa, stop

  • Alexa, turn up/down the volume

  • Alexa, go to sleep

Alarm clock and calendar

  • Alexa, what time is it?

  • Alexa, what's the date?

  • Alexa, set an alarm for 6 a.m.

  • Alexa, snooze

  • Alexa, set a repeating alarm for 6 a.m. weekdays

  • Alexa, when's my next alarm?

  • Alexa, cancel my alarm for 8 a.m.

  • Alexa, cancel all alarms

  • Alexa, set a timer for 30 minutes

  • Alexa, set a second timer for 10 minutes

Flash Briefings

A Flash Briefing is a quick overview of news and other content that you can discover and enable in the Skills section of the Alexa app. Alexa reads text or plays audio content provided by each enabled skill. Flash Briefing's typically become a regular part of your day.

  • Alexa, give me my Flash Briefing

  • Alexa, what's in the news?

  • Alexa, open USA Today

  • Alexa, next

  • Alexa, previous

  • Alexa, pause

Local and traffic information

  • Alexa, how is traffic?

  • Alexa, what restaurants are nearby?

  • Alexa, what are the hours for the grocery store?

  • Alexa, is the pharmacy open?

  • Alexa, what time is the movie, "Rogue One" playing?

Weather

  • Alexa, what's the temperature?

  • Alexa, will it snow tomorrow?

  • Alexa, what's the forecast for this weekend?

  • Alexa, what's the weather in Seattle?

  • Alexa, what will the weather be like in New York tomorrow?

  • Alexa, is it going to rain today?

  • Alexa, what's the extended forecast for Las Vegas?

Music commands

  • Alexa, what's playing?

  • Alexa, what's this song?

  • Alexa, play music by Elvis

  • Alexa, play the top songs this week

  • Alexa, turn it up/down

  • Alexa, stop the music

  • Alexa, resume

  • Alexa, play the Top Pop station

  • Alexa, play the Frank Sinatra station on Pandora

Gallery House floor lamp

  • Alexa, turn on the floor lamp and Alexa, turn off the floor lamp.

Alexa Skills - there are thousands:

(or just search ALEXA SKILLS on amazon.com)

Tips for Google Home Commands
Conversational commands

The Google Home allows you to ask lines of questions that are connected. For instance you could say, "Hey Google, play 'Lose Yourself to Dance.'" Then, "OK Google, what album is this from?" Then, "Hey Google, play that album."

Even though you aren't using the name of the album, Google Assistant understands the context and supplies the answer.

Basic commands

  • Ask for help: "OK Google, help."

  • Control the volume: "OK Google, turn it up" or, "Louder" or, "Turn it to 11." (Yes, the max is 11.)

  • Halt an action: "OK Google, stop" or, "Pause" or, "Be quiet."

Tools

  • Roll a die: "OK Google, roll a die" or, "OK Google, roll a 12-sided die."

  • Flip a coin: "OK Google, flip a coin."

  • Math: "OK Google, what's 354 times 11?"

  • Measurements: "OK Google, how many liters are in 4 gallons."

  • Time: "OK Google, what time is it?"

  • Location: "OK Google, where am I?"

  • Translations: "OK Google, how do you say [word] in [language]?"

  • International time: "OK Google, what time is it in [city]?"

  • Currency conversion: "OK Google, how much is 100 Euros in dollars?"

  • Alarm: "OK Google, set an alarm for [time]."

  • Snooze alarm: "OK Google, snooze alarm."

  • Cancel alarm: "OK Google, cancel my alarm for [time]."

  • Timer: "OK Google, set a timer for [time]."

  • Check timer: "OK Google, how much time is left on my timer?"

  • Recipes: "OK Google, how do I make [dish]"

  • Add to shopping list: "OK Google, add [item] to my shopping list."

  • Check shopping list: "OK Google, what's on my shopping list?"

Search

  • Stocks: "OK Google, how are Alphabet's stocks doing?"

  • Weather: "OK Google, how's the weather today?" or, "Do I need an umbrella today?"

  • Traffic: "OK Google, what's the traffic like on the way to work?"

  • Words: "OK Google, what does [word] mean?"

  • Spelling: "OK Google, spell [word]."

  • Special events: "OK Google, when is [event]?" (Easter, for example)

  • People: "OK Google, who is [person]?"

  • Facts: "OK Google, how tall is [person]?"

  • Things: "OK Google, what is [thing]?"

  • Places: "OK Google, what country is [location] in?”

  • Flights: “OK Google, What’s the status of Alaska Flight 15?” or When does Delta 639 arrive?

  • Animal sounds: "OK Google, what does [animal] sound like?”

  • Distance: "OK Google, how far is [business name] from here?"

  • Restaurants: "OK Google, what are the nearest restaurants to me?"

  • Businesses: "OK Google, are there any [business type] around here?"

  • Business information: "OK Google, how late is [business] open?" or "Is [business] open now?"

  • Quotes: "OK Google, give me a quote" or, "Give me a love quote."

  • Medical information: "OK Google, what is a torn meniscus?"

  • Calories: "OK Google, how many calories are in [food item]?"

  • Authors: "OK Google, who wrote [book title]?"

  • Inventors: "OK Google, who invented [item]?"

Media

  • Play music: "OK Google, play some music" or, "Play some [genre] music."

  • Play an artist or song: "OK Google, play [artist]" or, "Play [song]."

  • Ask what's playing: "OK Google, what song is this?" or, "OK Google, what album is this?"

  • Get more information: "OK Google, when did this album come out?"

  • Fast forward and rewind: "OK Google, skip forward 2 minutes" or, "Skip backward 30 seconds."

  • Play music on Pandora: "OK Google, play [artist] on Pandora."

  • Like or dislike a song on Pandora: "OK Google, dislike this song.”Play NPR, or

  • Play KUT, or Play 90.5 (or any other station on an FM dial)

  • Play music on YouTube Music: "OK Google, play [artist] on YouTube."

  • Play stations on TuneIn: "OK Google, play [station] on TuneIn."

  • Pull up lists on YouTube: "OK Google, let's look at what's trending on YouTube on [TV name]."

Entertainment

  • Sports updates: "OK Google, who is [team] playing next?" or "Did the [team] win last night?"

  • Sports scores: "OK Google, what was the score for the last [team] game?"

  • Team information: "OK Google, tell me about [team]."

  • Movies: "OK Google, what movies came out last Friday?"

  • Casting for movies: "OK Google, what actors are in [movie]?"

  • Shows by network: "Hey Google, what shows are on [network]?"

  • News: "OK Google, what's today's news?"

Translation

  • “OK, Google, what's ‘computer’ in French?” and you'll get a translation, complete with pronunciation. The Assistant leverages the power of Google Translate to speak several languages, including Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and more.

Gallery House floor lamp

  • “OK, Google, turn on the floor lamp, or Hey Google turn off the floor lamp

 
 

Apartment Details

 

Smoking:

Per the rental agreement, there is no smoking allowed in the apartment, balcony or on our property.  Violators of this rule will be asked to leave immediately, and if there is a security deposit, it will be forfeited along with your rental payment. So if you are a smoker, this is an excellent time to quit.

Parking:  

You may park under the apartment in the carport. The overhead light comes on for a few minutes when you are near it. If you park on 35th Street (or have guests that need to do so), please use the Residential Parking hang tag that is in the top drawer under the oven/microwave.  Do not park blocking the sidewalk or with the car aimed the “wrong way”  when parallel parked. We have seen tickets doled out for both of these infractions.

Entry:

The keyless entry is keyed to the last four digits of your cell phone. There is also a key to the passage set (the door knob) in the top drawer under the microwave. The entry light will come on automatically when you are near it.

Lights & Plugs:

All interior and exterior lights on the building are LED.  Most are labeled.  One or two may flicker if the dimmer is turned down too low, so just turn it up a bit (slide by the switch) and it will stop flickering. The tall floor lamp has a white foot switch, near the base.  Step on it to turn on/off. Or say “Alexa, turn on the floor lamp” and conversely, “Alexa, turn off the floor lamp.” The wall plug just below the oven/microwave has built-in USB ports, no adapter needed; there are several by the bed too.

Fans:

The interior ceiling fan is controlled by the wall switch at the head of the stairs. You cannot change the speed. The fan on the deck has its controls just inside the balcony doors on the right. Slightly behind the TV.

Bathroom and vanity:

Pantene™ shampoo (white color) and Neutrogena™ body wash are in a dispenser in the shower.  There is a silver touch-free hand soap dispenser by the vanity with Meyer’s Hand Soap (same as the pump bottle by the kitchen sink). There is additional bar soap in the drawer under the vanity sink in the basket; also a hair dryer, extra hand towels and wash cloths. Ladies, please use the makeup remover tissues in the resealable container or the dark “Makeup” wash cloths.  The pure white wash cloths are best for all other purposes. Other amenities can also be found in these drawers including beach towels.  Please do not take the white bath towels out of the apartment.  Fresh towels will be provided every 3-4 days. Bed linens are changed weekly.

Wardrobe:

You will find hangers, extra blankets. In the corner closet is a light duty vacuum cleaner, and an ironing board next to it.  The iron and a small clothes steamer are just above them on the next shelf.  There are also two umbrellas and a “beach mat” to take to Barton Springs or wherever.

Murphy Bed:

It is a queen-sized bed, it just stores vertically.  Be sure to snap the restraining strap back into place each time you fold it up into its enclosure.  When it is down, the large fabric-covered foam pillows are designed to be dropped into the space behind the bed to form an instant headboard.  Please remove these before trying to put the bed back into the vertical position.  Above the bed are two down feather & two synthetic pillows. There is a lightweight white cotton blanket & synthetic blanket in the wardrobe. There is a sound machine just to the left of the bed. It has many selections, adjust as needed for white noise or leave it off.  Note: if there is a power outage, the sound machine comes on after power is restored, please just turn it off!

Kitchen:

The microwave appliance is a full-fledged convection oven as well.  Please see the directions in the drawer below it for full instructions.  Pots, pans, cooking & eating utensils are all located under the two-burner cook top.  The cooking surface gets very hot, so be cautious.  There is a dish-drying rack under the sink, and a gray absorbent pad (to go under it) for drying dishes adjacent to it on the door.  There are also bins for trash and recycling under the sink.  Trash and recycle pick up is on Friday mornings (recycle is 2x a month).  We will collect your trash if you are out on Thursday; otherwise please put your trash in the gray City of Austin container adjacent to the carport.  Recycle goes into the larger blue container (paper, glass, cans, plastic, cardboard, but NOT plastic bags or styrofoam).  You’ll find extra trash bags under the sink for bathroom and kitchen containers.  In the lower cabinet just to the left of the refrigerator are extra paper towels & a blender. A sliced bread toaster is in the far bottom left drawer, close to the dining table.  There is a toaster oven in one of the bottom kitchen drawers.  Make sure it’s cool before you put it back! On the counter is the coffee maker and a small supply of fresh ground coffee. A tea selection is in the drawer under the coffee maker with the filters & dish towels. Rummage around, and if you can’t find what you need, call us!

The fire extinguisher is just to the right of the refrigerator by the balcony doors.

Balcony:

Depending on the weather, we’ll need to access to the apartment every 1-3 days at a minimum to tend to the plants (watering jug is under the kitchen sink, please don’t recycle it).  The light dimmer switch is just to the right of the balcony doors on the inside (next to the fan control slightly behind the TV). We may bring the chairs/cushions inside if the weather is supposed to be windy or wet.

Sonos Music Speakers

Lastly you can stream music and audio via the SONOS player.  Just download the Sonos App (http://www.sonos.com) and you should see the Sonos system if you are on the GalleryHouseGuests network. The Sonos system is connected to our music collection [Music Library], plus Pandora and dozens of other sources. Please play music through the Gallery House pair of speakers! We have Sonos speakers in our house too!

Air Conditioning:

Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump.  Simple directions are the primary buttons on the remote:  ON/OFF, TOO WARM, TOO COLD... just press the button while aiming the infrared remote at the unit on the wall.  More complicated directions are under the sliding panel on the remote, and the full instructions are in the drawer under the oven/microwave.

HEPA Air Filter:

The Winix HEPA air filter behind the couch is set on auto, which generally has an unoffensive sound level.  If you want to turn it off, power is on the top left. The HEPA filters were new in October 2017 and they are cleaned between guests.

Information about “green” Gallery House (more than most want to know):

  • We received our Certificate of Occupancy (CO) on January 26, 2012. We had many hurdles to leap, as the 1927 house is an Austin Historic Landmark (Fruth House) and then there is the competency of City of Austin staff....It took 10 months of patience for all the approvals, then another 5 months of impatience to get the Building Permit to begin (a long story about the wastewater lines) and then another 11 months until the CO. Yes, 26 months.

  • Our first guests arrived for South by Southwest in March 2012.

  • We designed Gallery House to be energy-efficient as much as possible...and durable to minimize maintenance when we are old. :-)

  • It has 100% LED lighting: The central ceiling LED lights on full brightness draw about only 80 watts.

  • The tankless gas water heater has a capacity of approximately 5.5 gallons/minute and it never runs out...

  • 4 KW of solar panels on the roof: 16 x 250 watt panels, 96% efficient with a micro inverter on each panel. Only 120v. a/c power comes off the roof through one roof penetration. The panels are attached via clamps to the raised seams of the metal roof. The electricity they generate is more than 100% of the electricity for the apartment.

  • The metal roof is air ventilated from the edge of the building to the roof ridge, with angular strips of wood elevating it from the plywood and tarpaper sub roof.

  • The roof and floor are insulated with Icynene®, the walls are insulated with BIBS® (blown in blanket system), including the garage below.

  • Windows are Marvin® Integrity with Low-E glass. The apartment is as tight as a thermos bottle. Guests should open the doors and/or windows for 10 minutes every day to let in some fresh air! Otherwise you are breathing the same air over and over as the apartment barely “leaks.”

  • The balcony decking is Trex® flooring. It should last forever...

  • Most of the exterior is HardiePlank® siding (a cement based product).

  • Mitsubishi mini-split Heat Pump has a 19.2 SEER rating. It provides heating and cooling. It performs best if you leave it on constantly.

  • Pine floors came from a Schlitz beer distributor warehouse in the 600 block of North Main Street in Fort Worth, Texas. They are almost a century old: Longleaf, Shortleaf, and Loblolly pines. Please do not wear high heeled shoes on them! Pine is a softwood, not a hardwood!

  • The bricks around the entry are from the original house, recycled from a chimney, dated 1924 (date stamps were intentionally placed to be visible, much to the consternation of the mason).

  • “Carpeting” is from FLOR. FLOR tiles are made from recycled fibers and can be recycled...and one tile can be removed and washed or replaced if damaged, instead of an entire rug.

  • The doormat at the entry is made from recycled ropes from Maine lobster traps.

Other features:

  • The bed is from the original Murphy bed company in Farmingdale, New York. We learned there are many wannabes, there is only one Murphy bed.

  • Pictures are hung from the Fry Reglet Integrated Functional Reveal embedded in the sheetrock.

  • We will eventually add a water collection system to the gutters to supply water for a future garden. The turf grass will not be replaced due to the drought.

Local artisans:

  • The railings on the stairs and balcony were custom-made in Austin.

  • The lavatory & bath soap is from the SouthAustinPeople.com (SoAP), unless we run out and use other brands.

  • The photographic images circulating through the small clock screen near the bed (it goes off at 9pm) and displayed in the apartment are all by Rice Jackson.

You can find us on Facebook (and see 360º images of the apartment on this link)

We love Central Austin, and hope you will too. Thank you for being our guest!  Please call or text us if you have any  additional needs. 512-560-7711 (Rice’s cell) or 512-560-1953 (Pam’s cell).

Cheers!

Rice Jackson & Pamela Bell, owners

 
 

On Your Departure Day

 

Please don’t put away anything you have used. please do not strip the bed (you can tear the fitted sheet on the murphy bed if you aren’t careful!) Leave damp towels hanging in the shower/toilet as it is waterproof, the wooden apartment floors are not! lock the door behind you.

if possible, send us a text message (512-560-7711) that you are departing. We are flexible on departure times after 11am IF we don’t have incoming guests in the afternoon. Please OK late departures with us in advance.

We are happy you chose us for your visit to Austin, thank you. If you come back, please check with us for possible deals for repeat clients. Please have a safe trip home!