Austin

I spent some time in Austin recently…there aren’t words to express how much I love that town – it’s so awesome!! πŸ™‚ Here are some highlights from my trip:

I stayed at the Hotel Ella, a place that was SO BEAUTIFUL I cannot recommend it enough – gorgeous! The staff were outstanding, the place was stunning, there’s incredible artwork all over the property…I could have stayed there forever. Love. πŸ™‚

 

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Don’t you want to just sit on that veranda and drink cocktails all day long? I know…me, too! πŸ™‚ I did some amazing eating (and drinking!) while I was gone – I visited The Salty Sow, which was really great…and The Odd Duck, which I absolutely LOVED!!! I can’t remember having a meal that I enjoyed so much! Delicious!!!! πŸ™‚ Here are some highlights:

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Bangers – one of my absolute favorites in Austin!
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Isn’t Bangers pretty at night? πŸ™‚
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My new favorite summer drink…Crispin Apple Cider with a splash of raspberry! Yum!
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Poutine – my very, very favorite πŸ™‚
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Duck and fig sausage – heaven in casing!
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This was antelope and venison sausage…I can’t recommend it enough! So good!!!

 

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This sign makes me happy πŸ™‚
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No visit to Austin is complete without visiting the bathroom at Craft Pride! Woohoo!
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Sitting on the patio at Shady Grove
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Tamale Pancakes from Shady Grove – ridiculously delicious!
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Truffle Devilled Eggs from The Salty Sow
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Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese – SOOOO GOOD!!!! πŸ™‚
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Pork Belly – should get in my belly more often!
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Smashed new potatoes
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Bananas Foster Beignets…a highlight of the weekend!
A Moroccan dish from the Hill Country Food Truck Festival in Luckenbach
A Moroccan dish from the Hill Country Food Truck Festival in Luckenbach
Parker House Rolls stuffed with pig face - that's what the menu said, so I had to order them. You don't walk past pig face, friends.
Parker House Rolls stuffed with pig face – that’s what the menu said, so I had to order them. You don’t walk past pig face, friends.
Meet the pig face!! It was INCREDIBLE!!!!
Meet the pig face!! It was INCREDIBLE!!!!
Eggplant fritters in house-made ricotta...delicious!
Eggplant fritters in house-made ricotta…delicious!
Grilled okra - I'm not much of an okra fan, sadly.
Grilled okra – I’m not much of an okra fan, sadly.
BBQ shrimp - divine!
BBQ shrimp – divine!
Twice baked potato with cheese fondue and goat - holy crap for yummy!
Twice baked potato with cheese fondue and goat – holy crap for yummy!
This is the business - it's a pizza with jalapeno, red onion, mango, and lamb bacon on top. You read that correctly - lamb bacon. Who even knew that was a thing? It was friggin GORGEOUS - so yummy!!! :-)
This is the business – it’s a pizza with jalapeno, red onion, mango, and lamb bacon on top. You read that correctly – lamb bacon. Who even knew that was a thing? It was friggin GORGEOUS – so yummy!!! πŸ™‚

 

If you’re assuming that all I did in Austin was eat, you would be assuming correctly…the food there is magical! I am not a lover of chain restaurants and generally do all that I can to avoid them – and doing that was super-easy in Austin, as there was a wealth of great choices to pick from. I can’t recommend the above dishes enough – yummmmmy!!! πŸ™‚

I did a few things other than eat and drink while I was there (not much, though) – I went kayaking, which I absolutely LOVED, acquired a new tattoo (woohoo!), and visited the art gallery at UT Austin. There were a few exhibits there that I was interested in, and I loved the museum a lot! πŸ™‚

My foot!
My foot! πŸ™‚
Isn't this cool?
Art is cool πŸ™‚
LOVE :-)
LOVE πŸ™‚

 

I don’t know why I don’t go to Austin more often (probably because I whoop it up a lot when I’m there and that gets costly!)…but I need to visit more often. I love that place – and, I can’t be certain, but I think that Austin loves me, too. πŸ™‚ Β What’s not to love, eh?

xxx

 

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