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Weekly Wanderings {week 21} {Austin edition}

This week, we headed off to Austin for a business trip.

Up, up, and away!

When you’re tired and hungry from traveling all day, having a nearby grocery store with decent premade food is the best.

Grocery store food

Our hotel was a few blocks away from the big river that runs through Austin, so we walked down there for a bit. Though the weather was warm and muggy, the breeze coming off the water made up for it.

A man and his dog
Allison at the river

A friend from high school lives and works in Austin, and her shop was very close to the offices where we were to be working. So of course, we had to stop by and visit!

Wild About Music

You’d think, being in Texas, we’d try to find some good BBQ or Tex-Mex for our first meal, right? But we wanted something light and easy, so we headed to the Thai restaurant next to our hotel.

My pad thai was really good! … but totally NOT pad thai. Ah well. Son’s fish curry was pretty tasty, although it was SUPER spicy.

Pad Thai


The next day, the client had Tex-Mex catered for lunch. Not bad!

Tex Mex working lunch

After we left the office, we headed down to the river again, and stopped by Burger Bar for a (really freaking delicious) strawberry shortcake milkshake.

We wanted to try their burgers, too, but we were meeting someone for dinner half an hour later.

Burger Bar strawberry shortcake milkshake

We ended up at Gus’s Fried Chicken for dinner.

Fried green tomatoes

Holy mother of deliciousness, this was by far the best fried chicken I’d ever tasted.

And that coleslaw! And the sweet tea!

Fried chicken

Don’t go for the mac n’ cheese, though. It was pretty gross.

Fried chicken dinner

And those fried green tomatoes were pretty darn delicious, too.

Fried green tomato

Later, I looked up Gus’s Fried Chicken online, and discovered that they’re planning on opening a location in LA soon! This is very, very exciting. I am going to eat so much fried chicken.


Another fun, delicious discovery was this Caphin Vietnamese coffee. I’m kind of obsessed – it’s really good.

I took a photo, intending to try to buy more when I got back to LA, only to find that it’s a Texas-only product.


Anybody in Texas want to ship me a case or two? 😀

Ca phe su da

Lunch on our last day was BBQ from IronWorks BBQ.

Ironworks BBQ

Brisket, ribs, sausage… the works.

Texas BBQ

Good stuff!


Later, we met up with my high school friend and ended up at a Tex Mex restaurant for dinner.

Breakfast tacos!

Breakfast tacos

Son got a taco plate – al pastor, shrimp tacos, a tamale.

I was really into his guacamole… I liked it way better than the California-style guac we find here.

Tex Mex plate
Taco al pastor
Silver street performer
Allison and Tegi

Adios, Texas, see y’all next time!


Links I’ve loved lately:

This article about mixed-up twins is really interesting.

I absolutely love this blog series about sweets at Trader Joe’s. Every week I look forward to their next post about it!

This article about people in tiny houses is pretty funny.

I kind of really want to do this to my jeans. Yes, I’m *that* much of a nerd. 😀

What happens when you put jell-o in an ice cream maker? The more you know. (And I totally want to try it.)


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