Tuesday, February 4th

Austin Happenings

Did you guys watch the Super Bowel? Ha ha…super bowel. The game was so lame, right? I do not care about football at all, but I like my cohorts to be happy. I looked around the room and saw everyone staring at their mobile devices. It was a flop of a party, but at least we ate well. And the commercials…snore. It kills me that companies with massive ad budgets aren’t making the most of their creative for this ultimate exposure.

Anyway, moving on…

Life lately has been a mixture of high highs and low lows. Professionally, things are a bit rocky right now. There are some exciting things on the horizon, but it’s too soon to discuss here. I’m lucky to be surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends. If I could just work with that same caliber of people, life would grand!

Lots of exciting things are happening in Austin right now and Chris and I are having fun. SXSW is fast approaching and it seems like there’s a new place opening every few days in anticipation. One of our favorite new places is Dolce Neve. The fresh, handmade gelato reminds me of the delicious flavors we sampled daily in Italy. It’s a welcome addition to our fabulous little strip of South First Street.

Dolce Neve gelato, Austin, Texas

Dolce Neve gelato, Austin, Texas

Dolce Neve gelato, Austin, Texas

A few weeks ago my good friend treated me to a birthday brunch at The Steeping Room. There are lots of intriguing options on the Sunday morning menu, but we both ordered the Morning Tea Service, a filling meal of eggs, potatoes, fruit and cookies, scones, teas, jams, and it was my first time trying clotted cream. Holy Mother of London, was that a treat!

The Steeping Room, Austin, Texas

The Steeping Room, Austin, Texas

The Steeping Room, Austin, Texas

The anticipated Chavez opened in the Radisson downtown, a big improvement from the TGI Friday’s it replaced. Given that the area is a big tourist spot for bat watching, it’s nice to finally have a chic restaurant that appropriately represents the city. People can watch the bats from the bridge and walk over to Chavez, or better yet, watch right from the spacious bar while sipping cherry margaritas. The press preview was a really fun event, a who’s who of media scenesters having a blast over the endless passed appetizers and drinks.

Chavez Restaurant Austin, Texas

Chavez Restaurant Austin, Texas

Chavez Restaurant Austin, Texas

Chavez Restaurant Austin, Texas

Chavez Restaurant Austin, Texas

One last recent highlight was the Architects of Air luminarium. The touring piece of art is a massive structure of tunnels, color, and sound. Its beautiful serenity draws a big crowd, so we stood in a long line before we were able to make our way inside. Had it not been 30° out, we would have lingered a long time inside.

Architects of Air

Architects of Air

Architects of Air

Architects of Air

Architects of Air

And lastly, I was honored by fellow blogger Scrumptious Chef by making a recent list of top blogs to read. He’s one of the hardest working and respected bloggers I know, so his kind words mean a lot to me.

3 Responses

  1. My daughter would have loved wandering through all those colorful tunnels!
    I need to figure out how to know more about the coolest things going on in Austin before they happen instead of after the fact!

  2. Sorry we missed the Architects of Air! Looks like it was pretty fantastic! :-)

  3. That Chavez opening was the highlight of my week, if only because I saw some of my favorite sweet faces (Hi Kristin and Chris!)

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