Archive for April, 2010
Snack Bar is a lovely little restaurant right by the Austin Motel on South Congress. I ate there for lunch about a month ago, but with the craziness that is April, never got around to posting photos.
They have a covered patio area that my lunch companions and I had a lovely time sitting at, even on a cloudy Austin day that threatened rain. I absolutely adored the patio with it’s wood and stone, letting in gorgeous light, and plants everywhere. Now the food.. I had the shrimp and grits, which was tasty but the salads that I saw people around me ordering looked AMAZING. Next time I go back, I am definitely going to try one of their salads.
You know how you want to do something really badly, you just never get around to it? Maybe it’s that book you’ve always been meaning to read, that story you’ve had in your head but never quite put pen to paper.. or that John Hughes watching party you’ve never put together.
For me, I’ve wanted to go out and take photos of the old Robert Mueller Airport in Austin for several years. Ever since I first started seeing photos of the place appear on flickr in 2007.. some great shots by local photographers.. I wanted to take photos of this place before it was all torn down and gone.
And then I moved right as 2008 started. Away to Seattle, far away from Austin.
But then I moved back. And going to the airport and shooting was always on my to-do list, but I just never made it over there. Frankly, I wasn’t even sure there were any of the old elements still standing. I thought maybe it was all new housing already. Until I was at the Austin Modern Home Tour in February, and one of the houses on the tour was over there.. and I caught a glimpse of old signs and the old tower!
Then in April, Josh and I found ourselves back in the area, and stopped by after the food blogger potluck. And FINALLY, after years of wanting to.. I got to take photos of the old buildings and the airport. And this is what I saw…
Thanks to Austin Monthly, I got a pair of tickets to the Hill Country Food and Wine Festival Sunday Fair out in Driftwood. And thanks to the great advice of a friend already out there, I chose my clothing wisely. I donned boots and a sweater and Josh and I headed out. I was originally contemplating sandals. I would have had my feet submerged in mud in the first ten steps.
We drove out to Driftwood to the Vineyards at Salt Lick and parked, got our map and found out one of our favorite wineries had a booth! Four Vines Winery out of Paso Robles, California. We’re actually members of their wine club and have visited the winery, so it was great to see them. We headed to their tent first and had a delicious tasting. We wove around that tent, tried some more wines, had some delicious food from Dagar’s Catering. Then we discovered the Spirits Tent. A whole tent dedicated to liquor! We had a couple of tastings there including a very delicious drink from Balcones Distillery and Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, which is great and does not contain HFCS.
We went around the Whole Foods and Texas Monthly tents tried some more delicious wines, great food and sweets. Big notables — Kellie’s Kandies & Cookies were soo tasty and pretty. Blue Note Bakery had delicious chocolate bourbon squares, and Whole Foods had a delicious cold sliced lamb salad.
To end our experience, we hopped into the food demonstration tent to see Chef David Bull prepare Green Chili Buttered Bandera Quail, and then we each got our own plate! Mmmmm.
Last Wednesday night, I was really excited about dinner in Marfa. I searched online for a bunch of listings.. read Yelp reviews.. and decided on a place. Pizza Foundation. Yelp reviews said “these guys know how to make a good pizza” and “Hands down, the BEST PIZZA, in the United States.” I wanted to try it. So we made plans. We started drinking a bottle of REALLY fantastic Four Vines wine in our hotel while listening to records, then walked over to Pizza Foundation. And found out it was closed. Silly Marfa hours. I should have paid closer attention to the hours on their Yelp page.
So we walked, and passed by Cochineal. I wasn’t dressed for Cochineal, which is a nice restaurant. I had my hair in a ponytail and I was wearing my Chuck tennis shoes. Not ideal. But we went inside anyways. After looking at the menu for that night, I wasn’t sorry anymore. The food looked FANTASTIC. I ordered some sort of seared fish with roasted leeks and amazing mashed potatoes. Josh had some sort of chicken with couscous and something else that I can’t remember. Who cares, it was delicious.
So much so.. that we went back for breakfast the next morning. Josh had the Marfa Omelette which smelled amazing and I got French Toast sprinkled with powdered sugar and a side of bacon. Delicious again.
Thunderbird! We had a lovely time staying here. We got to bring our dog, had hip furnishings, super-comfy bed and blankets, and had a record player allowing us to listen to WHAM! and the Beatles.