Mood Monday — Keeping it Weird

Just back from our mini vacation to Austin, Texas, the city of Keeping it Weird.  Austin is proud of it’s offbeat motto and wants the city to remain a bit on the weird side.  There is so much development going on right now, high-rises and big building sites, I hope the city can keep it’s small, walkabout, friendly nature.  We thoroughly enjoyed venturing out on foot and exploring SoCo or South Congress Avenue across the lake from downtown.  It’s edgy, has great restaurants ranging from the food truck pads to the farm to table burgers to the fancier and pricier spots.

IMG_0002Hey, you gonna eat or what was a sandwich lover’s dream.  They served BLT’s with fried green tomato’s(my choice) and a massive rueben with a spicy Tex-Mex dressing(Superhero’s choice), deep fried Monte Cristo’s and more.  The chef explained the preparation of each sandwich as he brought them to the table .   He iced down some root bear and it came perfectly cold and yummy for an 85 degree humid evening.  It was true, no princesses or princes here, you had to eat that thing with your hands….and get messy and use quite a few napkins, but it was worth it.  Next to this truck was a Tex-Mex place and of course across the street was Cupcake, which we missed because after that sandwich, there was no more room.  We also tried Hopdaddy’s a new burger farm to table place which had long lines at lunch, but we ate mid afternoon, so a tiny line.  Local beef, local sweet potatoes, local everything and boy was it good.  But, one a month might be the most you could partake…Try hamburger larger than your head! Geuro’s with friend Kristen Roedner from Lucky Star Art Camp and her sweet daughter to enjoy fish tacos and Perla’s (thank you Frances) for brunch….

We boot shopped at Cavender’s for USA made boots – funky and fun for both of us.


IMG_0051And hers….

Saw this great graffiti over a truck sign on the street.



Got to see a live TV taping with the ever so talented Mandy Rowden, who graced Lucky Star with her singing and guitar playing at the Strange Brew Loungside coffee joint and lounge. It was so great and we shared that with Kristen and her daughter too…..Antones for live music, the Continental in SoCo – edgy and oh so great, street music everywhere…

IMG_9989Cottage love in West Austin, a great walkable neighborhood of historic cottages and mini pocket gardens.

IMG_0035Day tripping to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, this shot taken from the water tower down to the gardens below.  Beautiful xeriscape land and trails(which got somewhat washed out with the flooding rains Austin got at the beginning of the week, but magical nonetheless.)

And city views from out bitsy balcony at the hotel.

IMG_0055Keeping it weird.






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19 Responses to “Mood Monday — Keeping it Weird”

  1. Marilyn J. Rock October 21, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Great photos to share with us; thank you! I love, love, love those boots! And the cottage is amazing!

  2. Carolyn Dube October 21, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    Now that is my kind of town- owning it’s own weirdness! Adding Austin to my list of places to visit (although I will do in the dead of winter to avoid heat…).

  3. Dawn October 21, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Fab post sweetie, I love the pics. Ha ha ha I’m seriously coveting those amazing boots though, sooooooooooo gorgeous.
    Huge hugs x x x x

  4. Lynda October 21, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Thanks for the tour. It’s been years since I’ve been to Austin. Looks like a return trip is in order. Thanks again.

  5. Judy Shea October 21, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Sounds like a great trip.. from the people you connected with to the food, sights and food… oh and those boots.. YEEHAW!!! Love it all.. so different. I gotta get out more.

  6. Jessica Sporn October 21, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    I absolutely love your boots! Sounds like a great city… have to put it on my “gotta go there” list. xoxo

  7. Bleubeard and Elizabeth October 21, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    My dear friend Joseph used to travel to Austin once a year to play (his steel drums). He loved the vibrancy of the city, and often talked of moving there.

    You did a great justice to this small city, and I was so impressed with all the photos. I especially loved the tiny house you showed. If only we could grow palm trees here. I would have a yard full of them!

    Thanks for sharing the weirdness of the city that keeps it weird.

  8. Kay Wallace October 21, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Thanks for the travelog, Corrine! Love those photos (and others I have seen along the way). Looks like Austin is a wonderful city with lots to both see and savor! Love the boots, Girlfriend!

  9. jill October 21, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Great trip! I have boot envy. and now I’m hungry…off to find my own lunch.

  10. lyle baxter October 21, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    love the boots! and the photos are interesting but the food is beyond! have you recovered yet?

  11. Jo Murray October 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Thanks for the tour.

  12. Terrie -Creative Explorer October 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    So fun! I always am intrigued by what catches people’s eye when they travel. I’ve never been to Austin, so it was fun to see just a slice. Sounds like you had an amazing time! (and gained a pound or two!)

  13. Becky Lane October 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    So what is this Perla place? I can’t believe there’s a restaurant in SoCo that hubby and I haven’t even heard about. We’re fallin’ down on the job! Did you know that whole “Keep Austin Weird” slogan started as a way to support local businesses? My little town, just 30 minutes away, then came up with their own bumper stickers that say “Keep Wimberley Weirder.” Sounds like you did a great job, making the most of your time in Austin. Love those boots!

  14. caterina giglio October 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    waaay too much fun going on here… I love seeing Austin thru your eyes!!

  15. Nancy Lee October 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    I’m glad “you’ll “had a great time!
    Love the boots with a square toe! More room! I’ve always liked boots!
    Hope you are now rested up!!

  16. Suzy October 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Great town with lots to see and do, had the best margarita I’ve ever had in my life in Austin. Love those boots!!! Boot envy going on here. Great photos too. Looks like a fun time had…..ooohhh AND fried green tomatoes, yum yum 🙂

  17. Lori October 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Not what we imagine Texas to be… this looks like a really lovely place to be… Great pics too.

  18. Kim Andersen October 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    What a cool place – I’ve never been there – but loving the idea of 80 degree humidity at night right about now as we freeze our socks off in pacific fog.

  19. Lisa Graham October 28, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    I have enjoyed these photos on Instagram…don’t you love the instance of Instagram…great for us “I just gotta show ya!” artists. 🙂 Looks like a fabulous trip…I would like to see Austin some day. I have a cousin that lives there.

    LOVE those boots!


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