Posts Tagged austin

A Few of My Favorite Austin Places

SXSW has officially taken over the city. Maybe you are one of the many, many folks visiting our beautiful town. If you are, maybe you’re looking for a more authentic Austin experience.

Good news! I’ve made a list of some great local places:

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Renegade Craft Fair’s Austin Holiday Market

Looking for something fun to do in Austin today? I highly recommend a visit to the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market at the Palmer Events Center.

renegade craft fair

It’s always a good way to walk off some of that pumpkin pie and maybe pick up a Christmas gift or two.

Family Visit

Joel’s mom and dad and siblings all came out for his 30th birthday party and stayed afterwards for a longer visit. It was so fun to show them around and spend time with all of them.

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sounds & cinema

A few weeks ago, we joined some friends (and most of Austin) at Sound & Cinema. Sound & Cinema is such a neat event. Sponsored by the amazing Alamo Drafthouse, it’s a pairing of movie and music under the summertime Texas stars.

We saw Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s such a lovely thing to share some laughs with friends as the city lights grow ever brighter, the sunsets, and then the familiar soundtrack announces the start of the film.
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recent adventures, pt. 3

The last installment of catch-up posts from Harry and Riina’s visit. It was so fun to have them in town!

Reimers Ranch Park
We weren’t able to get into Hamilton Pool, but a mini-hike around Reimers Ranch was nice. I forgot my camera and just had my iPhone on me. I think that means we’ll need to go back soon.

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birthday brunch

A few ladies and I celebrated our good friend Tiffany on Saturday at Elizabeth St. Café. It’s one of my favorite spots in town.

These are the photos I snuck in after our croissants and Vietnamese coffees.

Tiffany's Birthday Brunch 1

Tiffany's Birthday Brunch 2

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SXSW 2014

This year SXSW was right before my midterms and due dates so I feel like I got out a lot less this year than last. I did get to see some friends and local favorites play.

One sunny day (it was an extra rainy South By this year), we took a day off starting with Vintage Heart coffees and hearing a childhood friend of mine play with his band a few blocks from our apartment. After that we wandered down to South Congress for a little South by San José. I was so pleased with their stage and it’s always a pleasure to hear Austin lads, Speak, play.

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There was a break for brat wurst and topo chicos and then we went to see our college friends, RAC.

Friday night we saw Foster the People with roughly a million people. It felt like a million anyway. (I think I’m too old for festivals.)

Saturday was a work day, but that night we met up with Liz and Andre (RAC friends) and got to show them our favorite pizza and gelato places.

Sunday afternoon, we finished up SXSW the best way I can imagine with The Peached Tortilla and Mother Falcon at the train station a block from our house. What a week!

three things: austin in the spring

Spring seems to have arrived here in Austin! Spring means highs in the 80s by the way. Sorry if you’re stuck under a ton of snow. (Actually I’m not sorry. I lived in Chicago for two winters and y’all are crazy.)

And here are just three things that I love about Austin in the spring:

three things austin spring

1) Flowers everywhere, literally everywhere! Bluebonnets cozying up with poppies and all kinds of other plants whose names I really need to learn. I did learn to spot columbines last year and Texas mountain laurels. I love the way that flowers burst out from balconies and sidewalks, planters and medians. You can’t miss them.

2) South by South West brings excitement and ever so many of our friends to town. It’s cool to complain about SXSW if you’re a local, and it does get a little old by the end of March, but I still secretly love it.

3) The East Austin Urban Farm Tour. We had so much fun last year and I am really looking forward to going again this year.

joel’s birthday weekend

Things got quiet around here last week for a very good reason. We were very busy celebrating Joel’s birthday and showing his mom around Austin. It’s always fun to play tourist in our own town!

We: ate fancy BBQ, went record shopping, had a party at The ABGB with lots of good pals, wandered around South 1st and South Congress, toured the capitol building, “hiked” up Mount Bonnell, and ate lots of Austin delicacies. It was a pretty wonderful weekend.

Joel's Bday 1


Joel requested cheesecake instead of a birthday cake. I ordered three from Capitol City Bakery (blueberry-lemon, raspberry-almond, double chocolate) and they were delicious!

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historic homes of austin tour

My friend Tiffany always finds the best things to do in Austin. This weekend, she signed us up for a walking tour of historic homes in Austin. Friday night we had a huge thunderstorm which cooled things down perfectly for the tour.

Saturday morning we walked up through the beautiful Capitol grounds and started the tour at the Governor’s Mansion. It’s a beautiful home set back from the road. Like a lot of the homes on the tour, I’ve driven right past for a year and didn’t even realize that it was tucked back behind the magnificent trees.

Governor’s Mansion

Austin Historic Tour - Governor's Mansion

Austin Historic Homes Tour

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