Archive for March, 2012
I had one of those weekends where the weather was just so lovely I tried to spend a lot of time outdoors. When I wasn’t doing that, I tried to be in rooms where the windows were open, letting the sounds of spring sift in softly.
There were happy hours, BBQs with friends, great conversations, cocktails, plant shopping, a bunch of photo editing from this week’s shoot, and I even spotted my favorite flowers at Central Market so I picked up a bouquet of them to put in a vase to enjoy.
The other morning I decided to make donuts. This sounds like a daunting task, right? Not if you know the secret… biscuit donuts.
Growing up, every time we would spend the night at my Grandma’s house, she would usually wind up making a bunch of these. We would eat them soo quickly. It was the perfect Sunday morning breakfast. And they are quick, easy, and pretty yummy.
Step 1: Find a roll of biscuits at the store that are non-buttered, flaky, etc. Just plain biscuits. This wound up being the hardest part actually. Apparently no one wants just plain biscuits any more? Crazy people.
Step 2: Take biscuits and put out on a cutting board. Find a syrup cap or other round object to punch holes with.
Step 3: Now you have donuts and holes! Heat up some canola or vegetable oil in a deep pot (you don’t want oil splattered everywhere). Place donuts in the oil and fry and flip until they are a nice golden brown. Let dry over paper towels.
Step 4: Sprinkle powdered sugar over them, dip in cinnamon and sugar, or even glaze the top with chocolate. I went simple and just sifted some powdered sugar over the top.
A question I got during SXSW a lot this year:
“Are you a local?”
After responding yes, this question usually followed:
“So how do you feel about SXSW?”
In Austin, there are the people who do everything they can to avoid SXSW and then the people that embrace it, go out, even may complain about the traffic and downtown being taken over, but still love it.
I love it. Every SXSW is a new experience. There are new venues, new people to run into, new bands to randomly see, new places to discover, and a new appreciation for living in this city. And a new feeling of exhaustion afterwards.
This year I met some amazing people visiting for interactive from Amsterdam and had a several-hour conversation with them over drinks. I randomly ran into a bunch of friends just out and about. I had a lovely time hanging out at two venues on East Cesar Chavez (the Spotify House and the Rachael Ray Greenhouse). I went into bars on dirty 6th I wouldn’t normally venture into. I walked home from east 6th street. I got to spend a lot of time hanging out with my friends Spring, Chris, and Kathy. I got to hear the Roots playing as I walked by Mohawk (see above).
I ate some delicious Peached Tortilla Banh Mi Tacos (see below).
And just had a spectacular few days enjoying the energy of the interactive and music conferences and the transformation of the city over those days.
So long, farewell SXSW. See you next spring.
This weekend was lovely. There was happy hour with friends, making roasted cherry tomatoes, working on projects, and the Zilker Kite Festival.