Traveled down to Austin, Texas over the weekend to celebrate one of my best friends birthdays. As with every trip I take to our capital I am reminded how much I adore this city and Its places and people. The people thing mostly because someone I love dearly lives there right now, but it is true that Austin loves its weirdness and celebrates in it. It never fails that when I visit I experience something new and exciting. My first night there we went out to a little restaurant called Bacon.
Nearly everything on the menu is either made with bacon, cooked in bacon, or served with bacon on the side. Needless to say, everything was delicious. One of our friends is a vegetarian and we were surprised to discovered they had a black bean burger. She enjoyed it but there was certainly no question they excelled more at food made with bacon.
Saturday we had a nice breakfast with Chelle’s mom and then made our way downtown to visit the Lomography store. I’ve been eager to set foot in one ever since it came to Texas. It’s one of only six in the USA and, being the analog lover that I am, this was a must stop. Michelle even purchased a Diana which I think is awesome cause I personally enjoy the mini and I think it is awesome she is getting into analog with me.
So many pretties! I wanted to buy that metal body La Sardina, but you better believe that thing is expensive. I settled on an accessory purchase, but if I’m completely honest I feel I made out like a bandit. I got their custom 35mm scanning template that allows for sprocket inclusion. This thing has already made my scanning life easier which means I get to spend some more time playing with my Spinner 360 and motorizer. (Oh yes, pretty, pretty images soon to come!)
One of the treats I got (even though it was her birthday weekend) was to see Michelle and her instructor, Cliff, preform their knife throwing show. Yeah, my best friend is an award winning knife thrower. It’s pretty awesome. This was the first time I got to actually see it in person. They preform for some of the bikers that meet at Sam’s Town Point, the local bar. Don’t even get me started on how excited I was to get a taste of the MC subculture.
Sunday was a lot of fun, thought tinged with sadness since I had to leave that evening, but I won’t dwell on that. On to the fun! We ate breakfast at The Original Pancake House then drove out to the Zilker Park area to check out the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. Though smallish, the garden was amazing. I really enjoy experiencing art with friends who also appreciate art and Umlauf was truly gifted. I took way too many pictures to just pick one or two of our trip there so I’m going to do a different post later in the week talking about the garden.
With our ‘thirsts’ piqued and our throats parched we stopped by some old stomping grounds to check out the new establishment that took over Daily Juice; JuiceLand. I have to say that I miss the previous owners but still enjoyed my smoothie made from organic fruits; they’re grown locally! It was a great way to finish off the birthday weekend.
I always eat really well when I visit Austin. It just seems like a shame if you come to Austin and you don’t, you know? Bacon, Zen (I have not had them in years!), Original Pancake House, Chili’s, IHOP, JuiceLand, and Kneaded Pleasures (a cute little bakery with gelato we stopped at on Saturday); all filled my belly well.
I strongly recommend that people add Austin to their travel bucket list. It is such a lively, thriving city with an avenue of interest for nearly everyone. In my three days there I spotted four different advertisements for festivals, two of which I am really sad I won’t be able to attend; The Book Festival and the Austin ComicCon. The drive home was long but I was graced with an amazing sunset: