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The 512: H-E-B Voted Best Grocery Retailer in the Country

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Plus, Gwyneth Paltrow is a Siete fan, and cedar fever has officially arrived. 

By Courtney Runn

There’s always something happening in Austin, and you know we’re chatting about all the latest news and gossip around town in our office. Fridays, we’ll share the buzziest things you need to know. Everything from events to the most newsworthy local topics, we’ve got you! From our office to you, here’s The 512. 

No. 1: The rest of the country finally knows what Texans have known for years: H-E-B is the best. And now it’s official. According to KVUE, a recent study found H-E-B to be the top grocery retailer in the country, beating Trader Joe’s, Costco and Amazon. 

Chips and goop: In a red-carpet interview with Ryan Seacrest, Gwyneth Paltrow said she keeps her pantry stocked with Siete Foods chips. Seacrest also proclaimed his love for the Austin brand, saying he’s “obsessed” with the grain-free chips and dips. 

Sick day: Cedar fever is officially here, y’all. A video making the rounds on social media shows a thick pollen haze hovering over neighborhoods in Austin. Our eyes itch just looking at it. Since local honey doesn’t seem to be cutting it this year, we talked to local herbalist about allergy fixes. 

Extra, extra: Austin made The New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2020 list, with recommendations to hit up Lady Bird Lake, Jester King Brewery, art galleries on the East Side and, of course, Franklin Barbecue. Not everyone’s happy, though, with Tacodeli as its top taco pick. 

All hands on deck: Austinites are rallying to help our friends Down Under as fires continue to ravage Australia. Understated Leather Founder and Australian Jennifer Kassell donated 1,250 pieces of recovery equipment for animals affected by the fires, Vino Vinyasa Yoga and Poppy are teaming up for a fundraiser and Aussie coffee shop Runaway Luna Lifestyle will host a silent auction Jan. 25 to raise funds. 

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