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5 Things I Like About Austin

February 25, 2010

Wasn’t in Austin very long, so I just wanted to give a short overview of what I enjoyed:

  1. The cute names. Dizzy Rooster.  The Thirsty Nickel. Extreme Pita. Tears of Joy. Peckerheads.  Got any more?
  2. The emphasis on supporting local businesses, which helps keep Austin–you know, weird.
  3. Frito Pie and Tater Tots at Dog Almighty (another cute name).  The “pie” is made by putting vegetarian chili on top of Frito-Lay corn chips and topped with onion and jalapenos, as you can see.  It was good but I was disappointed by the lack of cheese (no vegan cheese?) and the fact that the pie wasn’t served in a Frito-Lay bag.  Ah well.  But the tots were ABSOLUTELY PERFECT–fresh, golden, crisp on the outside, not too dry on the inside.  What a great excuse to crack open some Lone Star beer!

  4. Claro que si, Mexican food galore! Andy and I visited El Mercado twice since it was near our hotel.  Decent food/margaritas and a nice vegetarian section on their menu.  I had chile rellenos (yum) for the first time there, and on Mondays and Wednesdays they have Mexican Martinis for $3.99.  Though the martinis are a bit…bizarre, they are strong, and isn’t that what it’s all about?  ¡Ole!

  5. The Hideout Coffeeshop.  It wasn’t any different than any other dimly-lit, artsy-fartsy cafe where the barista wears knit caps all the time because his hair underneath is probably long and unwashed.  But it was a great place to get your wifi on.  And just look at the foam on this soy latte, in this adorable mug…

Here are some more pictures–as always, you can put your cursor over the photo to see a caption.

What a charming city.  Goodbye, Austin… I’ll miss you!

Tomorrow’s post: After three-plus weeks, RECIPE OF THE WEEK is back!  I’m glad to have a kitchen again!  Even if it is in San Diego.

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