Sunday was a GREAT day in Austin. I spent the day exploring the city and getting the vibe.
But first off, brunch!
Threadgill’s had been around since the 1930′s and it said to be where Janis Joplin got her start.
Dang. It’s that good.
What are sport peppers??? I tried to get my cousin’s son to try one, but he wasn’t brave enough. I googled it and sport peppers are typically added on Chicago style hot dogs. Now I know!
My brunch: potatoes, eggs, watermelon, sausage, biscuit & gravy. And coffee, of course!
They put tortilla chip strips on top of the eggs. Is the normal in Texas?? It was good, but didn’t necessarily add anything to them.
I enjoyed the vibe at Threadgill’s. There are pictures everywhere of different musicians that have played there. There was also a really nice Gospel band playing in the back room on Sunday. I would like to go back at night to hear other music and have some beers.
After brunch, I was off to spend the afternoon with my aunt Ann & uncle Bob!
One of the top things on my list…
The Whole Foods flagship store!!!!!! O.M.G. it’s so big and wonderful and magical.
I love sandwiches about as much as Joey from Friends.
Seriously?! It’s a never ending salad bar.
Holy Cow! Literally…holy cow…look at all of that cheese!
Between the wine tasting, beer tasting, and all the free sample stations…you can have a good time at Whole Foods!
Standing by all this fruit made me feel healthy. Ha!
Part two tomorrow…..with BATS!
On day two of vacation, I didn’t make it to Austin. Oops!! I stayed down in Kyle (where my family lives) and San Marcos. On Saturday morning, we went to my cousin’s son’s T-ball game.
Run!!!!!! I have to say my cousin’s son, Austin (they named him that before they moved to TX), is pretty awesome! He’s super talkative which I loved. I haven’t seen him in a few months, so I figured he’d be shy at first. But he was a chatterbug the whole time I saw him. We’re BFF’s.
After the game, my aunt Jill and I went to San Marcos to hit up the outlet malls!!!! They have two big outlet malls in San Marcos, which I couldn’t pass up. We actually only made it to 1 of the malls before I was
Some of my purchases:
Skirt from the Gap (I got 2 shirts & a sweater from Ann Taylor Loft too that I didn’t photograph.)
These cute coffee dessert plates. I’m saving them to display in my new kitchen for whenever I move (next April hopefully!). It will be my design inspiration piece.
Fall place mats from Marshall’s
Halloween cookie cutters, which I’m 100% sure I won’t use before Halloween. But it will be fun to forget about them and then find them again next year when I unpack Halloween decorations. Surprise!! I should use the fall leaf cookie cutter before Thanksgiving though! That’s a good tangible goal for me.
Toasted coconut body wash & lemon lotion….which I needed like a hole in the head, but I’m a girl and couldn’t resist.
Blue wallet from Fossil and an owl wallet from Marshall’s. When I checked out at Marshall’s, the cashier asked me if I saw the panda wallet too. I said, yes I did…but owls are more awesome, first off. And secondly, at 32 years old I’m already too old for this owl wallet probably…and I’m DEFINITELY too old for a panda wallet.
I do get compliments on my owl wallet from the 19 year old baristas at Starbucks though.
Blue/grey clutch from Fossil….$15, y’all!
Grey purse from Fossil…….I got a watch from Fossil too and a bracelet that I failed to photograph.
Dang, I spent a lot of money. I blame my aunt. She was an enabler. “Oh you’re on vacation!!” “It’s okay to treat yourself!” “Just use a credit card!” Ha!
And my most favorite purchase……
Say hello to my gold Coach bag. I heart it. She’s my new baby. I feel like a fancy pants when I tote it around.
After spending all that money, I needed alcohol! It was back to my aunt & uncle’s for a BBQ.
Would you like a margarita or a Bloody Mary? I opted for one of each. My uncle Carl was a great bartender. He made me a Bloody Mary the next morning too.
My aunt Jill & aunt Ann
The 3 of us boozing it up!
OH OH OH…..if you live anywhere there is an HEB grocery store, BUY THIS.
Roasted Pineapple & Habanero Dip….oh, you can buy it online too. I need to do that.
Take that baby & pour it over a block of cream cheese.
Devour it with crackers. Nomnomnomnom.
Cheeseburgers. I never did figure out why one lone burger had a Kraft single and the rest had “real” cheese.
Queso & chips. Now, they dip their Nacho cheese Doritos in queso. That’s….weird, to me at least! I tried it. I’m adventurous like that. I still prefer the classic plain tortilla chip for my queso though!
After dinner, we played poker. I lost. No surprise there!
That wraps up my day of helping revive the economy with my spending!
(This recapping is fun for me! I’m getting to relive the whole trip. Not sure why I procrastinated on blogging for so long!!)
If you missed part one, click here!
After hitting the candy store, we went across the street to check out the food trucks. I learned that about 5 years ago there were about 80 food trucks in Austin. And now there are about 2000!! Holy food trucks galore!
“We don’t say ‘Fried,’ we say ‘DEEP Saute’.”
I was just in search of one food truck. The Hey Cupcake! food truck!!
I ordered the Pumpkinator….of course!
It was delicious. It’s a good thing I’m not in close proximity to this food truck on a daily basis (yet!).
My uncle got a red velvet cupcake. My aunt & cousin split a Michael Jackson. I had a bit of the Michael Jackson and it was SOoooooooo good. That chocolate cupcake was the moist-est cupcake ever. I’d order that over the Pumpkinator next time .
After devouring our cupcakes, we went to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.
These dang stars are EVERYWHERE in Texas. I told my aunt that if (when!) I move to Austin, I refuse to own one of these stars.
It’s hard to take good pictures when you’re not allowed to take pictures. Everywhere we went there were signs about NO PICTURES! But I didn’t use the flash and I was stealthy. I think I was giving my cousin a panic attack with my ignoring of the rules.
Are you more of a reader or just a looker at a museum?? I get through museums quickly, because I don’t read the information about things. Sorry to the history buffs. But I did get drawn in by this large liberty statue (even though she’s holding another flippin’ star).
Woohoo, I read it The Goddess of Liberty statue sat onto of the state capitol building for almost a century. After it starts to show wear, it was decided to bring it inside the museum to preserve it.
See, I learned something about history during my first day in Austin. And I learned where to get great cupcakes.
Which factoid will I remember longer…..
Oops. I’ve been back from Austin for 2 weeks and haven’t blogged. I’m going to try to get back on a quasi-regular schedule here. Sometimes after a long day, you don’t want to blog. You just want to watch episodes of Breaking Bad and eat Fruity Pebbles….and then you repeat that pattern for 2 weeks.
Anywho, I spent a great few days in Austin over Columbus Day weekend visiting family. I arrived at my aunt & uncle’s house on Thursday at 4 pm. My aunt immediately said, “You’re just in time for happy hour!” I was promptly handed a glass of wine. Oh yeah….I knew it was going to be a good time in Austin right away.
Friday, I spent the day with my aunt Jill, uncle Carl, and my cousin, Kristy. Kristy picked our lunch spot…Hopdoddy.
They grind their beef in-house and bake their buns fresh daily. The buns! The buns! SO GOOD! I went with the Magic Shroom burger: beef, goat cheese, mushrooms, pesto. Delicious!
After lunch, we walked around Congress Ave to check out some shops.
Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds costume shop, very cool!
They had a boat load of Dumb & Dumber suits. Are those still popular for Halloween??
Uncommon Objects…definitely a store of oddities!
How do you know what’s valuable and what’s junk?
I need to walk around this store with the Picker Sisters.
Next up, my cousin insisted that we go into the Big Top Candy Shop. I figured that it was like any random candy store in a mall, so I resisted. I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOoooooo glad we went in. It is ahhhhh-mazing.
Eww or awesome?
I haven’t had Sixlets in forever!
Chewy Sprees! Be still my heart.
Candy cigarettes?! I thought those were illegal now.
Gummy bacon?!?!?!? Strawberry flavored!
And lastly, cupcake flavored dental floss to clean between your teeth after all those sweets. I think my gums would be in better shape if I had cupcake flavored dental floss.
More Austin fun to come soon!