We were thrilled to have Lisa and Daniel visit us here in Austin for about a week! Here are some things that we did:

  • Tasted some great beers at. For $10 per person you get a nice glass and unlimited beer, as well as a nice informal tour. Designated driver gets in free.

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  • Shot guns and rifles (including an AR-10) at

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  • Rented a pontoon from and sailed on Lake Travis along with Roys old friend Jim (from Bemidji and Harvard, currently at UT Austin pursuing a Ph. D) and his girlfriend Katharine. Roy was our boat captain

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  • Rode some very long water slides at in New Braunfels

  • Saw the movie Lincoln. I fell asleep; everyone else stayed awake but only barely. Regardless, there was unanimous agreement that it was unbelievably boring.

  • Explored some offbeat stores on South Congress Street, such as this one selling fancy leather boots

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  • Went to see one million Mexican free-tailed bats take off from the Congress Street bridge (you can see them as the little specks in the sky in the next picture)

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Just as importantly, here are some things that we cooked and ate:

  • BBQ at the County Line all-you-can-eat! We had big beef ribs, pulled pork, brisket, turkey, sweet bread, cole slaw, beans, potato salad and some fantastic homemade ice cream (in Mexican Vanilla and Butterfinger)

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  • Tex-Mex at Chuys. They, along with most of Austin, were celebrating the hatch green chile festival. We love everything here, but especially that creamy jalapeno salsa.

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  • More BBQ at Rudys, including brisket, pork ribs, jalapeno sausage, creamed corn (more like corned cream) and potato salad. Rudys has a handwashing machine which is kind of fun to use

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  • Tex-Mex with a splash of Hawaiian at Hula Hut. Fried avocado, slow-roasted pork tacos and a steak tubular taco (in another words, a steak burrito). This place had a serious case of identity crisis, with blatantly Hawaiian decor but serving what was clearly Tex-Mex.

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  • Tex-Mex at Torchys Tacos. This is the Democrat taco. Unique on their menu are the street corn appetizer, a highly seasoned roasted corn, and the Lil Nookies, which are fried chocolate chip cookies. Awesome!

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  • Home-grilled ribeye steaks, in a double-blind experiment to determine whether prime meats are discernibly better than non-prime meats. The answer was yes, but not necessarily 1.5x tastier, despite being 1.5x costlier.

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-, in Southern Blackberry Cobbler, Strawberries and Homemade Vanilla, and Pistachio Almond. Amazing!

  • Thai green curry with chicken, cooked from scratch by Daniel

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  • Wontons, cooked from scratch by Lisa and wrapped by everyone

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  • Scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, in honor of England, baked by Elaine with help from Greens

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  • Key lime pie, made from scratch by Elaine with a homemade graham cracker crust. Came out slightly droopy but delicious anyway

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What a great week. We had so much fun. Thanks to Lisa and Daniel for being fantastic and super considerate house guests!