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.
- Shot guns and rifles (including an AR-10) at
- 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
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
- 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)
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)
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
-, in Southern Blackberry Cobbler, Strawberries and Homemade Vanilla, and Pistachio Almond. Amazing!
- Thai green curry with chicken, cooked from scratch by Daniel
- Wontons, cooked from scratch by Lisa and wrapped by everyone
- Scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, in honor of England, baked by Elaine with help from Greens
- Key lime pie, made from scratch by Elaine with a homemade graham cracker crust. Came out slightly droopy but delicious anyway
What a great week. We had so much fun. Thanks to Lisa and Daniel for being fantastic and super considerate house guests!