Each month we gather with friends in South Austin for bacon and waffles. It’s a great time and Mike’s house and he has a wooden back porch over looking a wooded area with a stream. The stream is dried right now because we’re having a drought in this Texas summer.
But, the woods are still green and even though it’s as hot as blazes, we all stay cool under the tin roof. Here’s his big “puppy” who is such a lady. She sits patiently with her little paws crossed, waiting for a dropped waffle.
After going to see my favorite Sam Houston Sullins, we went down to the Pizza Place famous on South Congress, Home Slice. If I haven’t taken you there on your visit to Austin, remind me. The pizza there is so tasty. Although, really – still the best to date can be found in Sacramento at Zelda’s Pizza on 21st Street.
Some of my Texas friends think I’m blowing smoke. How can anything California be better. Well. Lots of things could. One small thing is Pizza. I was fortunate enough to drag a friend from Texas, Eric Caruthers, on a trip last year and – before he got food poisoning from another establishment – Bernardo’s – he got a chance to sample the Zelda Pizza I always rave about.
One bite and he agreed. There is NOTHING in Austin, close to Zelda’s Pizza. But, we still had fun this night hanging out. Don’t forget to click on the right for my additional pictures found on Flickr. Hugs from Austin.
We went to Whole Foods with our friend Justin Miloro and others to make skin care products. I was intrigued because I always thought skin care products were comprised of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce, let alone anything that could be handled in anything but a sterile, full-body-suit, respirator-mask-wearing environment.
Then it occurred to me. Eww. Why would I put anything on my skin or hair that contained such items that I didn’t know what they even were. I always look at labels when I push my cart up and down the aisle of the grocery store. I’d like to at least be aware of what I’m putting in my body. Granted, I don’t always make the best choices, or sometimes there’s a trade off. This many calories over here, cut back on some over here.
But, what actually goes into the things I put on my body?
The great thing about this day’s events was that I not only learned what can go on my body, but how surprisingly (refreshingly) simple the ingredients can be. We spent the afternoon with the owners of the company and some of our friends, and with mixing bowls and gloves (gloves for the goopy factor, not for the caustic protection factor) we mixed ingredients as simple as brown sugar, orange essence, salt, lavender oils, jojoba butter among others.
Not only was it educational to see what the products are made of, it was fun and very endearing on a personal level. At the end we placed our labels on our products that we created. Not before taking a spoon and tasting our concoctions. I never would think to open a bottle of Acme scrub at home and plop a spoon in for a sample.
The best part is now that I know what goes into the products I pass by the Whole Foods, first-hand, I can purchase with much more confidence. After all, I’ve actually made these products before.
I look forward to visiting the Hugo Naturals headquarters the next time I visit my friend Justin in California. In the meantime, while I’m soaking in my tub and I reach for my brown sugar face polish, I feel reassured (and just a little proud), after all, I “made” that.
Somedays you look down at your phone and realize folks do love you and it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Here’s some friends sayin howdy. They are the best and I wish I got to spend more time with them 🙂
We really did have the best weekend. And, managed to cram a lot in actually. We played Uno (those folks from Dallas are ruthless and have the meanest rules. I loved it!)
And, we drank coffee and hung out at Spider House. Well, until the birds became a bit much. Poor Steve shrieked like Tippy Hedron and nearly ran all the way back to Dallas from Austin. But, to be fair – the birds were a bit much!! When they began dropping bombs, we had to call it an afternoon.
We walked through SoCo and even found some new outfits for the folks for the upcoming 80s dance. And, we found the classic candy store! That was fun. But, no takers on the chocolate covered bacon. Can you blame them? Ewww.
Cassy and Kevin got some shots of the Capitol. And, we did the standards of Threadgills, Magnolia Cafe, and of course, Kerbey Lane.
All in all – it was very relaxing and we made some great new friends. I hope they all come back soon. Maybe in June? But, we plan to make it to Dallas in May and now I feel so much better about the journey, knowing there’ll be some familiar faces on the other end of the trip.
We had a great time with our friends Steve and Dave who visited from San Jose, CA. They brought friends from San Francisco and Seattle with them.
We went to the capitol building and looked around Austin. Unfortunately the eateries were not cooperating this weekend.
What usually is great fare, was a little poor this week for some reason with some of my favorite places having an off day. 😦
There was Magnolia’s with cold pancakes and even colder butter. So cold, the butter would rip right through the chilly cakes. Not a good representation of Magnolia Cafe. Usually the food there is hot and good. Then Hyde Park Cafe, known for their french fries could not seem to put together an entree that didn’t have onions. Our friends that day all deplored onions (not me. I love em). And try as they might, they couldn’t seem to do it. But the worst was Artz Ribhouse. Wow. That place just plain sucks. Do not even bother. They had no ribs, no chicken, no brisket, no turkey. Just burgers. Not really Texas BBQ do you think?
We ventured out and had a good time though. Here’s some pictures.
Here’s David and Steve in front of Ann Richards – smiling and then for some reason when I had them step over just a few feet they lost their smile under the picture of dubya (he has that affect on some people)
We had an awesome time again on our monthy roadtrip meeting! We started as usual at the roadhouse and then the crew caravaned to Modesto. We were running SO LATE. We were all a little freaked out that we wouldn’t make it in time. And then… my gas light came on. OOps. I thoughttt we had enough to get there.
We coasted into the Tully Road meeting on fumes.. but we made it! Thanks to our wonderful hosts as we had a great time. Especially after at Bakers Square as seen here with Patty Cake and Rita Lynn..
Everyone had the best time and we sure hope the next time you join us. We’re headed to San Jose on the 1st of February. It’ll be a blast!