Home. Pleased to be reunited with this (Windows Live Writer- using Blogger to upload photos is such an unbelievable pain) and my family. Everything else, eh.
I miss Austin.
I have never looked this cool in a photograph in my entire life:
Austin has lotsa hotrods :D That was taken at Chickenshit Bingo!
So back to earlier today, when I was still 1,000 miles away (jet travel, man. Crazy stuff!). My cousin had to go in to her office, so she dropped me off downtown and I explored on foot.
The interior of Texas’s Capitol dome:
The tower at the University of Texas- it’s hard to tell but on the windows there are letters written in all these different alphabets- way cool.
Apparently I was in the mood for looking up?
Richard recommended Caffe Medici, which apparently has won all sorts of awards for their baristas. I took a picture that had a nice look at the architecture and a blurry one of the humans. Win some, lose some.
I knew I wanted coffee, and I just wanted a little snacky breakfast to tide me over from 10 til like 12:30 when I’d be having lunch with Rachel. So I asked for granola, and they gave me a mountain.
A cranberry-pistachio mountain, which was for sure the best granola I have ever tasted in my entire life ever. Alas, I could only eat half. But it fueled me for accidentally walking (I later Map My Fitness’d it- do other people use that website as a verb?) four miles or so around town. I love exploring a town on foot. And I get lost so often, too, that I often find things I otherwise wouldn’t (Bangkok’s nighttime flower market by the bridge is fantastic!).
My last meal in Austin was lunch at this lovely place:
The beautiful Blue Dahlia! Apparently the East Side, where I had this beautiful bistro lunch and the beautiful brunch at East Side Cafe the other day, is considered the “dangerous” side of town. Yeah. Sure. Just look at those… umbrellas? Austin is ludicrously nice. Everywhere.
I was planning on just having water, feeling a bit overcaffeinated (we got a LOT of coffee in Austin!) but then I noticed mint-hibiscus iced tea and got in on that. Mmm mm. And so pretty!
I had an airplane ride ahead of me and was still feelin’ yesterday’s chips and ‘rita extravaganza, so I wanted to eat something light. Imagine my delight when it was revealed that one of the soups of the day was WATERMELON GAZPACHO. Brilliant, right?! And so beauteous.
This place was nice because you can get a bunch of French-sized (aka normal and healthy, rather than American and supersized) portions and share. So I got the gazpacho, Tricia (or is it Trisha?!) got a seaweed salad, and Rachel and Katie got two tartines (beautiful open-faced sandwiches on wonderful wheat bread) and we all shared. So lovely.
On the left is goat cheese, tapenade and red pepper; on the right is brie, apricot jam, and walnuts. That one was especially delicious, and I am definitely planning on recreating it sooner rather than later because those are not difficult-to-obtain ingredients.
So that’s almost the last of the Austin goodness (in other words, my blog will get boring again) but I do have an EPIC post planned from when Rach and I made “just snacks” for a party.