Sunday, November 6, 2011

Keeping Austin Weird

This weekend, my husband Tom and I went to Austin for my friend Cori's wedding. We had as much fun as two yankees could possibly have in three days. The weather was beautiful, the food was amazing and I had a blast catching up with old friends. Upon arrival, I immediately scouted out the best tacos in town. La Condesa has the most delicious rotisserie chicken tacos and margaritas (the cactus salt rim is what makes them extra special).
But what I really love about La Condesa is the larger than life wall mural that gives this place its identity and character. Beautiful!
In the midst of our taco coma, Tom realized he forgot his dress shoes for the wedding! We only had three hours until the ceremony, so we decided to forgo traditional dress shoes and get cowboy boots to accompany his suit. Our boot search brought us to Allen's boots on South Congress. This place is amazing with an incredibly overwhelming boot selection. Apparently, you can make just about any animal into a boot. 
Before we headed to the wedding (new boots in tow) we made a pit stop at the South Congress food trucks. These people know how to put an old Airstream to use!

Cori and Jon's wedding was beautiful. The details couldn't have been more perfect–from the cocktails served in mason jars to the candy bar fitted with sweet mustaches. The menu featured fried chicken, mac 'n cheese, greens and (my favorite) personal sized buttermilk pies.

After a few hours of sleep, we headed to the farmers' market for a quick breakfast. This market offers  everything from tamales to fresh fish, but I happened to stumble across the bakery Cake and Spoon's stall. Thanks for one tasty leek and Gruyere tart!

I could have stayed there all day, but it was a game day and that meant one thing...tailgating! I thought I knew what a tailgate was, but Texas really does it bigger. R.V.'s equipped with flat screen TV's, kegs of Shiner Bock and then there's the barbecue, of course.

This smoker created tender brisket, delicious ribs and even bacon wrapped dove! It's the perfect meal to watch some football with 100,000 of my closest friends. Thanks to the Neff  and Middlebrooks families for an amazing tailgate experience and thanks to the Barton's for giving me the chance to see UT beat Tech!

Thanks Cori and Jon for letting me celebrate with you and getting the chance to re-live all those things I love and remember about growing up in the lone star state. 


  1. Just discovered your blog- I love it! Okay, AND Austin! I'm going there for the first time next year for Austin City Limits and cannot wait. :)

  2. Thanks for the ideas. We will be visiting this December. La Condesa looks like a fab place to eat.