A Weekend in Austin

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Adam and I are the boring type who typically stay home on the weekends cooking, cleaning, doing homework and watching movies, but every once in a while, someone comes to visit and we go do things just for the fun of it.  A few weekends ago, one of Adam's childhood friends came to visit for a few days and we had just such a weekend.  It was lovely!  Here are a few highlights:

I feel that you can't come to Austin without a trip to Hopdoddy's Burger Bar.  We did stand in line for almost an hour, but I thought it was worth it.  We always get 2 Primetime Burgers with Fries and a Salted Caramel shake... So delicious!  One of the best burgers I have ever had, which is saying something, because Adam and I are big burger people and have tried about 25 - 30 different hamburgers from different restaurants since we moved here.  

One of my favorite things to do in Austin is to rent a canoe and take it out for an hour on Lady Bird Lake downtown.  There is a surprising amount of wildlife and it is just so lush and green.  And peaceful.  I love the quiet out on the lake.  

One thing we have talked about doing since we moved here, was visiting the Baylor Street Art Wall.   It was supposed to be a condo, but was never finished, and the walls have been painted and repainted by graffiti artists from around the city (and probably beyond).  It is such a cool idea!  While we were there, some locals were putting on a play, and there were a number of people adding to the wall.  Adam wants to go back and add something sometime.  Maybe after baby is born and I am okay using spray paint again.  

 Art makes us excited!  (or in Adam's case, hungry)

We also tried to go see the colony of bats, which fly out from under the South Congress bridge every night in the summer, but October doesn't qualify as summer and the bats didn't come out until it was pitch black.  We saw loads of outlines, but overall, they were extremely difficult to see.... you know, because they are black and all.  So word to the wise,  go see them in August.  Totally worth seeing, but only if you actually can see them.

In case you are ever in the neighborhood, a few other places that are worth mentioning that we either went to that weekend or are completely addicted to are:
- Torchy's Tacos - I stopped getting tacos a few times ago (although they have some delicious tacos) and save all the room in my tummy for the chips and queso.
- Teji's - An indian restaurant right by the University that has the best chicken Korma we have ever had.
- Perry's Steakhouse - they have an enormous pork chop that on Fridays is only $11.95 and it is by far the best pork chop I have ever tasted!  I have had a few other things off their menu that were also delicious!  Their mac and cheese is also amazing!


  1. How fun. I've never been to that wall. I will have to add that to my to do list. WOw 25-30 different burgers (wow again). Have you guys been to the cathedral of junk? http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g30196-d2540650-Reviews-Cathedral_of_Junk-Austin_Texas.html
    It also fits into the "keep austin weird". We enjoyed it.


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