Category: Austin

There’s this one record store…

BIRU-WP-20160222T193704GMT-0600.jpgThere’s this one record store in the heart of SoCo. If you don’t know it’s there you might miss it, you have to go behind the building it’s in and enter from the alley, but if you’re the record collecting kind (as Josh and I are) then this is a place you want to go. It’s called Friends of Sound and if you can handle the little to no AC – you’ll be able to find some rad old albums. I hope you go check it out!


Summermoon = Heaven

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There are no words to properly describe how delicious the Mocha-moon (cafe mocha made with their secret moon milk) is, there’s a ton of laptop stands with comfy chairs and of course free wifi. Not to mention, their coffee is wood fired – which might be the most Austin thing I’ve ever heard. This gem doesn’t end up on many of the “things to do in Austin” lists, I think just because it’s far south on 1st street, but trust me – it’s worth checking out. So if you’re in the area…


30 Best Things to do in Austin

Recently I came across Air-bnb’s list of the 30 best things to do in Austin, I was skeptical at first but when I read the list I realized it had all the things I suggest Austin visitors do and see, and that we had already knocked at least 15 of their suggestions off the list. I became determined to finish the lists and our date nights lately have centered around this goal. Later, I realized they have a list like this for a lot of cities and decided I will be using it as a jumping off point when Josh and I visit new places. Below is the list I’m slowly ticking off one thing at a time, maybe a few photos as well as some commentary on the item because it’s my blog post and I’ll do what I want to. See if they have a list for your city, it’s a pretty cool way to be a tourist in your own town.
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      1. Barton Springs Pool
      2. Franklin’s BBQ
      3. The Continental Club  – A cool bar with live music, ended up here one night when our friend was visiting. They were playing country music and I even got Josh to dance with me.
      4. Bouldin Creek Cafe – Vegetarians rejoice! This sweet little joint Josh had already been to and a few date nights ago, I got to go with him. It takes a VERY good vegetarian place to keep Josh coming back. I also credit this place with inspiring the yogurt bowls that have been his go-to breakfasts of late.
      5. HopDoddy – Another SoCo location place so we had the advantage of getting to go here during non peak hours so we got to skip the long lines and walk right in. Seriously DELICIOUS burgers.
      6. Uchi
      7. Homeslice – Another SoCo spot that was a 2 minute walk from our old apartment. I heard a new yorker say that it was as good as NYC pizza. I say it’s better, because you get to be in Austin when you eat it.
      8. Alamo Draft House South Lamar – This is our go to date night more often than not. Hard core enforcement of no talking and no cell phones partnered with food delivered to you in your seat makes for the perfect movie experience.
      9. South Congress Cafe – This is a fancier place than I think the word Cafe makes you think. It’s our more expensive date night pick. The steak au poivre which is no longer on the menu, made me into a steak lover.
      10. The White Horse
      11. Blue Dahlia Bistro – I dream of the coq au vin blanc. Legitimately dream about it. Also their cheese plates are top notch.
      12. Jo’s on South Congress – Probably better known for their “i love you so much” wall than their coffee; however, Belgian Bombers were our every Saturday morning treat for the year we lived across the street from this location and they are AMAZING.
      13. Elizabeth Street Cafe – A Vietnamese place and a french bakery had a baby. Anywhere you can get Pho for dinner and macaroons for dessert is a magical place.
      14. Torchy’s Tacos – All day every day. Give. Me. Tacos. Also, their very spicy queso is awesome.
      15. East Side Show Room
      16. Sway – Date night a few weeks ago, we sat at the bar that looks into the kitchen which was fascinating. Super delicious too.
      17. Austin Convention Center
      18. Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar – I think more expensive than it’s worth for dinner, but they have an great brunch.
      19. Hillside Farmacy – LOVE. This was one of our first places we went after moving to Austin so it would have a special place in my heart no matter what, BUT, the food is incredible and the vibe of the restaurant is just perfect.
      20. Cenote – Coffee coffee coffee. So good. Also, they have good food and a cute frog statue out back.
      21. Guero’s Taco Bar – Delicious Tacos – Obvs. But here’s a little secret, they have the best pancakes I have ever had in my whole life on the breakfast menu. They come with fresh fruit and are seriously life changingly delicious
      22. Broken Spoke
      23. Zilker Park – Green green grass, tons of off-leash puppies, a beautiful view of downtown, and the place where Blues on the Green happens. There’s no downside to Zilker.
      24. Contigo – I’m obsessed with this sweet little rustic joint. I freaked out a little more than is acceptable that they have magnet clips to keep their menus on the side of your table so you have room to eat. I enjoyed the drinks more than the food, but this place has a great vibe and is worth swinging by.
      25. Magnolia Cafe South Congress – “Sorry we’re open.” is what the sign says. Also, fun fact: This place was on Diners Drive-In’s and Dives. Of course, the food they featured is not what I would order there. They have some killer queso though, get that. Not to mention they’re open 24/7 so you can always get some delicious food.
      26. Justine’s
      27. Black Sheep Lodge – Delicious burgers – your basic bar food, but you know, genuinely delicious. This place gets REALLY rowdy during sports games so if that’s not your scene – steer clear until the offseason.
      28. Quickie Pickie– Think organic convenience store meets cute little coffee shop meets delicious cafe. Since first trying their coffee and food, I’ve been back 4 times with friends for brunch/lunch, and stopped in for the random grocery need. This place embodies Austin for me, and I can’t express enough how much I LOVE it.
      29. Thunderbird Coffee – A lot of seating, fast internet, delicious coffee. It’s the trifecta for coffee shops.
      30. Polvos – AMAZING Mexican food. Get some margaritas and order the queso. It comes with the mix ins that you can add yourself so everyone’s queso can be just the way they like it.

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Take me out to the date night

Summer is in our rear view mirror, and with it, baseball season. So, a few weeks ago Josh and I drove up to Round Rock to see the Round Rock Express play! I normally hate beer, but at a baseball game, it seems so de rigueur and it was actually delicious. We had no idea that tickets to a Triple-A game would be so affordable, I think we paid $16 each, which left plenty of date night money for beer, hot-dogs and peanuts. It was a blast! Come next April, especially if you have a local Triple-A team near you, consider heading out to a game instead of dinner & a movie. I guarantee, you’ll love it.


bri came bri saw bri conquered

So a few weeks ago, my best friend flew all the way to Austin from San Fran to spend the last few hours of her birthday with me! (Also, you know, to visit me, see Austin, hang with the nieces & nephew, the usual reasons for a trip) Anyway, it was amazing. I can’t even express how right it felt to have my best friend in my city. If you didn’t already know I’m in a long term campaign to convince her to move here with her Husband once they start their family. I think this trip helped my cause. I had the best time, and promised Bri that I would return the favor and come visit her, which I am doing in 3 short weeks. Stay tuned for that! For now, just look how cute she is:

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we moooooooooooved (again)

For two people who claim to hate moving, Josh and I sure do seem to do it a WHOLE lot. This move is mostly my fault though. I found a part of old downtown Austin that I fell in love love love with and begged Josh to move us there. He did. He’s great like that. So the Statehouse on South Congress is our new casa and I’m so happy with it. We’re in walking distance of our favorite places, so I’m actually getting out of the house regularly now. Anyway, the place is a mess and we’re drowning in boxes, so pictures will come later. Here’s one of the dining room to tide you over.

Until next time, I’m off to decorate and organize!

vegan fare in atx

Just a few miles east of downtown Austin there exists an oasis of delicious food vegan called Counter Culture. I’ve been vegan sporadically during different parts of my life and vegan food holds a very special place in my heart.IMG_0156.JPGIMG_0153.JPGIMG_0154.JPGIMG_0152.JPGIMG_0155.JPGSo, the other day Josh took me on a wonderful date night to this amazing restaurant. We both had the basil lemonade that they make with basil but they grow in their own garden. I have a raw version of vegan ravioli with a vegan Cesar salad and roasted root vegetables. Josh had an vegan version of what they called baked “chicken fried steak” but it looked more like meatloaf with smashed lima beans (sounds weird but was delicious) all covered in delicious vegan gravy. We finished our night out by splitting a piece of raw avocado vegan key lime pie. Our waitress was the cutest thing you’ve ever seen and super knowledgeable about everything vegan and especially about everything on the menu. So, if you’re ever near Austin and jonesing for some amazing raw and/or vegan fare make your way over to Counter Culture at 2337 E Cesar Chavez St.