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.
Hey, 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.
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…
Day 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.