Random (Austiny) Stuff List

March 12, 2015

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Howdy, y’all. Can you tell by my accent that I’m currently in Texas?

I promise I’ll write you a real post all about all the cool things I’ve been seeing and doing and eating in Austin, but until then, here’s a random stuff list.

1. Since I arrived here, I’ve been on a mission to eat ALL THE TACOS. I mean, OBVIOUSLY.



But I have managed to take a few breaks from my taco-eating for pho and bubble tea.



And the most glorious donut in the world.



Which happened to be served in a donut shop that was also a bar because YOU GUYS PEOPLE ARE GENIUSES AROUND HERE.

The donut shop/bar/where I want to live now.

The donut shop/bar/where I want to live now.

And it’s possible I vowed to marry a bowl of queso.

2. On a related note, I’ve discovered that the most attractive thing a man can do is to arrive at your table in the middle of a busy Mexican restaurant and announce the words “Hot cheese!”


If I hadn’t already sworn myself to that bowl of queso, I would have married that waiter then and there.

3. Speaking of food, is it just me, or does the air in Austin always smell like food? And by “food” I mean “something really delicious that I WANT TO EAT RIGHT NOW.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten out of my friend’s car and been like, “Omigod, what’s that smell? It smells so good! Let’s go eat it RIGHT NOW!”

4. Lest you think all I do is eat while I’m on vacation, I have actually done a few touristy things since I’ve gotten here. (Okay, admittedly, pretty much all I do is eat while I’m on vacation).

But we did visit the Capitol Building.

At the Capitol Building

At the Capitol Building

And we went to a public art exhibit/graffiti wall called the Hope Outdoor Gallery.

The Hope Outdoor Gallery

The Hope Outdoor Gallery

And we went to some place called the Cathedral of Junk, which is basically a big pile of garbage and creepy doll heads in some cranky dude’s backyard. In other words, I loved it.

The Cathedral of Junk

The Cathedral of Junk

5. Also, I forced my friend to take me to the Alamo Drafthouse, which is a cinema/bar/MY FAVORITEST PLACE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.

The Alamo Drafthouse

The Alamo Drafthouse

We have an Alamo in Kalamazoo, and I go there about once a week, but seeing as it all started in Austin, I felt the need to go  to where it all began. It’s kind of like my mecca, you guys.

6. Speaking of places where you can drink, we went to happy hour at Whole Foods BECAUSE THAT IS A THING THAT HAPPENS HERE.

Just hanging out at Whole Foods, getting sloshed.

Just hanging out at Whole Foods, getting sloshed.

You guys, I got to drink wine while hanging out in front of a meat case. So, basically, everything I’ve ever wanted in my life.

7. Umm, so I attempted to find some cowboy boots while I was here, but here is the thing I learned about cowboy boots: they are not made for ladies with man-calves. Seriously, you guys, cowgirls must have some seriously skinny ankles.

Not for the man-calved. Sorry, folks!

Not for the man-calved. Sorry, folks!

We went to this store which had approximately a million-billion boots, and I couldn’t find a single pair that I could cram my feet into. And, man, I tried.

So, instead I went and drowned my sorrows in pizza and beer. Naturally.

Pizza for the broken-hearted

Pizza for the broken-hearted

8. I saw my very first ever selfie stick this week, and I’ve seen about four more since then.

And I’m going to say something I never thought I’d say: I kinda want one.

Yeah, I know. I KNOW.

But… BUT!

I feel like it would solve a lot of the problems I have while taking selfies. Namely, how do I hold up my phone and press the little camera button thingie and still manage to get my head and the scenery all in the shot, all without looking like I have five million arms like this:

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Mount Bonnell, me and ALL MY FIVE MILLION ARMS.

9. In case you’re wondering, it’s been a little cold and rainy since I’ve gotten here which means I’ve been hanging out in my hoodie and sneakers all week. But, hey, there’s no snow, so I’ll take it!

So far there was exactly one night where I got to break out the shoes without socks and a spring dress and my feet were like, “Is that fresh air we feel? Let’s not go back to Michigan, okay?”

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10. And tonight we’re heading to San Antonio, where we’ll be checking out the Alamo (the one that doesn’t have movies and beer), getting old-timey photos of ourselves taken and eating ALL THE TACOS AND DRINKING ALL THE MARGARITAS.



How’s your week going, friends? Got any last minute suggestions for my last few days left in Austin? (Taco-suggestions especially appreciated. Because OBVIOUSLY.)


I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On March 12, 2015 at 6:41 pm Michelle @ Mishfish13 said:

    OH MY GOD YOURE IN AUSTIN!! Maybe I’ll catch a glimpse of you walking around hahah. Eat all the queso possible, go to Salt Lick in Driftwood, don’t go to 6th street during SXSW, that’s all I can think of for now because you’ve already done so much!
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    • On March 14, 2015 at 1:54 pm Sally said:

      We made the mistake of going to Rainey Street last night right as SXSW was kicking off and it was a crazy mess. So many people walking around with lanyards and acting like that was a totally cool thing to do.

  2. On March 12, 2015 at 8:49 pm Isabelle said:

    I always said that we needed a Whole Foods here! Happy Hour while looking at the meat case? I’m in!

  3. On March 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm zoe said:

    Happy hour at Whole Foods? That sounds like the most perfect thing to ever be invented. 😀
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  4. On March 18, 2015 at 11:52 pm Choi Kum Fook said:

    Really ,could not find a pair of boots for your size of feet!? So you have to make a special order from the shop in order to have a pair of cow girl boot. Surely, you would be looked very smart when wearing it, Sally! What is the normal prize in Austin, Taxas?

    • On March 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm Sally said:

      The problem was actually not my feet (they are big, they had sizes to fit them), it was my ankles. The boots are very tall and narrow, and wouldn’t fit around my ankles and calves. It was very sad. But, in the end, it was also probably for the best as they were very expensive (some were over $500!).

  5. On March 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm Amanda C @ UnrestingSea said:

    Oh my gosh, there’s an Alamo theater in Kzoo?!
    I loved my time in Austin, but when I was told our hosts bought us tickets to ‘see a movie’ I was so ticked off because I wanted to party on Sixth Street instead. I had NO IDEA what to expect & has been one of my most favorite experiences ever.

    And there’s one in Kzoo?! Still far away, but perhaps I’ll have to make a road trip soon… 🙂
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    • On March 28, 2015 at 11:47 am Sally said:

      Hi Amanda,
      Yes, there is an Alamo in Kazoo and it’s AMAZING. I’m pretty sure it’s the only Alamo outside of Texas. I’m not entirely sure how that happened, but I’m grateful for that as it’s pretty much confirmed that I’m living in the right place. Feel free to come visit and we’ll go eat all the food and drink all the beer and watch all the movies! 🙂

  6. On March 26, 2015 at 12:25 am Kaori said:

    I am so mad we don’t have Whole Foods in Japan right now. Or maybe I’ll take my own wine with me next time and pretend that my local grocery store is Whole Foods.
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    • On March 28, 2015 at 11:03 am Sally said:

      I’m not super crazy about Whole Foods (Wegmans has my heart). But I really do think EVERY grocery store should have a bar inside. This would make grocery shopping so much more bearable!

  7. On March 29, 2015 at 10:03 am Kelly said:

    We were just talking about the Alamo Draft House last night. I haven’t been there myself, but a friend was talking about starting a similar business in my town. Very cool! And TACOS!!! Drool….
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  8. On May 15, 2015 at 9:23 am Ceri said:

    Damn, I wish I’d gone to Texas while I was living in Mexico – That food looks AMAZING. 😀

    I have been making fun of selfie sticks for a really long time but I just know I’ll probably be the one to end up with one.
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