We came through Austin to visit with my friend Perry and his family. Perry and I went to middle and high school together back in California and usually only see each other at high school reunions. It was nice to have more time to visit and get to know his wife, Kristin and son Ethan, better (daughter Miranda is away at college). They were very gracious to let us stay longer when a few simple RV warranty repairs turned into something more lengthy (more on this in the next post).
|Perry also plays a mean ukulele.|
They have a beautiful home and Hurley got along great with their dog, Crusoe. He really enjoyed having another larger dog around to play with and go on walks with. He was also a naughty boy and snuck into the pool a couple of times.
|As soon as they go back in the house, I'm goin' in!|
Most of the time we just chilled out but we did get to downtown Austin to walk around and check out the Farmers Market. The downtown is a lively mix of cultures, shops, restaurants and parks. It was nice and sunny and I don't think I've ever seen so many people of all ages enjoying the outdoor spaces. There were runners, bikers, people with kayaks and canoes out on the Colorado River (the one that flows out of Lake Travis) and many others practicing whatever sport/activity it is they like to do. Very active city.
The farmers market was rather small, but it is early February. There was a lot of local beef, lamb, chicken, veggies and some yummy foods.
|Very interesting cauliflower.|
We split this great breakfast type food which was delicious! It was a "Kati Roll".
Boring name for an amazing dish. Here's what's in it: Candied pork belly, Hausbar fried farm egg, collard greens, ginger crema, escabeche carrots, bacon butter hot sauce (that's the special ingredient!) wrapped in grilled naan. It was mouth watering! We had barely recycled our plate/fork/napkin (they are very recycling minded :-) when we smelled the tamales! How could we not get a couple of the fresh tamales with homemade sauces?
There was this very serious guy pounding away on a old typewriter. The sign said he'd write you a poem about anything for a donation. I really wanted to see what he'd come up with, but he was quite popular and the wait was over a 1/2 hour.
|People seemed very happy with their custom poems.|
Perry and Kristin took us to two great places for dinner. The Oasis sits on a bluff 450 feet above Lake Travis on the edge of Austin. It considers itself the Sunset Capitol of Texas. It's a huge place with very quirky decorating.
|Decorated up for Valentines Day|
Later in the week we had to have some great BBQ that our blogger friends Jim & Barb raved about called the Salt Lick. Our hosts also said it was the best around. I don't think it matters when you go, be prepared to wait! I knew this would be a busy place when I saw the size of the parking lot! No worries though, you can bring your own beverage of choice to the outdoor patios. There is also a small wine tasting room where we bought some wine and a cheese plate and enjoyed the sunshine outside under the graceful oak trees while we waited.
|THAT'S some BBQ!!|
The food was great and we left very, very full. On the way back home we drove through downtown Austin all lit up.
|Beautiful Capitol Building|
What a great time in Austin. Friends, food and more food!