I am back from Austin, TX and with hundreds of photos! I have so many photos to share with you and I promise they are all worth the numerous posts ahead. Although S and I were both visiting our friend (she did our cupcakes and tarts for our wedding), we arrived on separate flights, and I stayed a little bit longer. This wasn't my first time flying alone, but it's been a long time and I was feeling a little nervous. In the end, I had two awesome flights - I even got to enjoy a whiskey and ginger to start my trip!
When I first arrived, my friend showed me hatch chilies which are in season right now. She grabbed a batch to cook three ways for an article in her magazine, Naturally Fit. I've never heard of hatch chilies before but they are from Hatch Valley in New Mexico and the hatch chile is a prized commodity just like peonies during their season. She made salsa, guacamole, and turkey burgers steamed in collard greens. Be sure to check out the September issue when it comes out on the first! I got to tag along on that cover photo shoot as well, but more on that later.
I thought that the best way to show all of my favorite photographs was chronologically. Our first Austin meal was of course at an Austin institution, P. Terry's. It's a fast food burger place with local and organic ingredients and it was so good.
Our first morning, we started with bacon, eggs, and roasted tomatoes homemade by our friend. Not only is she a great hostess, but she makes the most delicious meals. Our friend lives right off of South Congress, which is a strip of restaurants and shops, all great and personally owned. The infamous bridge is on Congress, just past all of the shops, and then it intersects with 6th street which is in the heart of downtown Austin. After a good breakfast, we went to Perla's on South Congress, which is a seafood and oyster bar. We dropped in just for drinks to properly celebrate the vacation.
S ordered a drink called The Passenger which was made of gin, elderflower liquor, lime, and mint. It was so refreshing and perfect for a warm Austin day. I had the purple one, called a Ravens Feather, made with violet liquor, elderflower liquor, and champagne. Our friend ordered the best bloody mary that I've ever had, made with clamato which is tomato juice and clam broth. The clam really brightened it up and added a delicious kick to it.
We walked up and down South Congress popping in and out of all of the shops. The first shop on our list was Uncommon Objects, an antique shop made up of vendors and stocked with great pieces. Among my favorite inventory were beautiful wreaths made of human hair. In the Victorian Era hair from deceased loved ones was used to create art as a memorial. As strange as it was, it was one of the most unique pieces I've seen in an antique shop.
The few things that we did take away were a couple of tuning forks that you bang together and ring for you to tune an instrument. We also bought some lab slides, which reminded me of one of my favorite shows, Dexter. Lastly, S bought six mahjong tiles. Kind of a strange thing to add to the list, but every time he sees old mahjong tiles in a shop, he buys a handful. He has half ceramic and half bamboo ones, ceramic ones, and now some sap-like plastic ones. They all have different symbols on them, and who knows, maybe one day we'll have a whole mismatched set.
A couple of the shops are well known like this Allens Boots, where all of the tourists buys their cowboy boots in Texas. I was not in the market for any boots, but I enjoyed checking out the print shop, art deco jewelry shop, antique shops, and a record shop. I bought a ring for myself from the art deco jewelry shops, and S bought himself three records to bring home. This record shop also had a section titled "2000s indie" which made me feel old because there are plenty of albums in that category that I still listen to.
I had many more photos to show you so please enjoy your weekend and come back to see next weeks posts! There are some amazing places that we visited that I cannot wait to share.