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Serious Beef

by on Oct.30, 2014, under Food & Cocktails, Quirky Places

Took a quickie road trip from Austin, through the dry plains of Central Texas, on to Lubbock.

Along the way, we pitstopped at a cattle ranch-slash-restaurant in Buffalo Gap that always gets a ton of praise from the beef-eatin’ folks in the state.

Eating melty filet in a twinkling wood cabin?!

Pretty incredible.

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At the Bar + Milk Face

by on Apr.28, 2014, under Other Lovelies, Quirky Places

This super cool bar in (where else?) East Austin is my new fave. It’s called Whisler’s.

A friend of ours tends bar there, which helps!, but this place is genuinely appealing on its own—old world stone interior, fancy chandys, wickedly elegant cocktails, with a laid-back patio bar outside.

And speaking of drinking, our little monkey likes to blow bubbles while she guzzles her libation. It’s her new trick.

And this is inevitably what happens…

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At the Bar + 3 Weeks

by on Nov.05, 2013, under Quirky Places

I love any watering hole that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and also one that jumps with color, like Barlata, a newish place south of the river in Austin.

This resto-bar proved just what a tired, shut-in new mama needed for an hour on a Saturday night. After guzzling my drink, I couldn’t wait to sprint back home, because being away from our daughter for more than a couple of hours is too heartbreaking.

And here is Jassy Rae achieving her latest milestone, three weeks of age…

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Black Mountain (… And 34 Weeks)

by on Sep.04, 2013, under Quirky Places

One of my best, oldest and dearest friends got hitched this past weekend in Black Mountain, a small town outside of Asheville, NC. The wedding was held on scenic Lake Eden, and it was perfect.

The happy event was woodsy and enchanting. All weekend long, wedding guests scurried through a rustic cabin compound (which also boasted a teepee!). We dodged black bears (not really) and posed for quick snapshots with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.

Photos of Lake Eden Events & Lodging, Black Mountain

The perfect, happy couple threw a fun, rollicking shindig, and my cherished friend, the beautiful bride, glowed all weekend long.

Such a big, beautiful way to end summer…

This fabu trip marked the end of my travel days, at least for the duration of McG’s incubation. This last adventure was ultra exciting, but poor sleep and a girthy belly are starting to catch up with me. Now that I’m six weeks out, I’ll be forced to stay homebound, in Austin, and focus on necessary baby prep items, like stroller and carseat shopping, nursery decorating, diaper buying, etc.

It feels good to slow down, finally, and leisurely enjoy the rest of pregsville.

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Hill Country Beer Tasting (…And 29 Weeks)

by on Aug.01, 2013, under Other Lovelies, Quirky Places

My oldest, dearest and artsiest friend decided she wanted to throw her bachelorette party in Austin!

So last Friday, the girls all flew into my beloved town—from opposite ends of the country—for a weekend of eating, two-steppin’, live music and lazy, leisurely summertime boating.

Big highlight: We went beer and cider tasting in Austin’s Hill Country. First, we hit up Jester King Brewery, which sits on a wide-open, scenic property and has a makeshift stage where bands play and also a pizza joint on-site. Then we sauntered over to Argus Cidery, a new purveyor of “apple wine,” as they like their juice to be characterized, that has a relaxed, fun tasting room filled with uber-cool light fixtures and decor.

glasses of beer

"Viking Metal," a gin barrel-aged gotlandidricks beer, "Salt Lick," a pecan wood-smoked saison, and a dozen other liquid happies at Jester King Brewery.

Of course, I was the DD… Yep, being pregnant during wild bachelorette party festivities? Not so fun. I hope I’m never sober at another B-party again.

And here’s me and Lady McG, who gets bigger and jabbier by the second…

I can barely remember what it’s like to sleep through the night. Nighttime bathroom trips are now a mainstay. Some nights it takes 30-60 minutes to get back to sleep—and on oh-so-lucky nights, I stay wide awake until the alarm clock buzzes at 7am!

Horrific. (I have truck-size bags under my eyes to prove it.)

Will I ever reunite with the bliss that is 8 hours of solid sleep again?

One day.

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Gulf Coasting

by on Apr.26, 2013, under Quirky Places

For our one-week getaway, we took a breezy drive through the shores of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.

We ate, we drove, we ate, and we drove some more… until we reached Seaside, Florida, a pretty, all-American beach town on the Gulf of Mexico.

Seaside is about 12 hours from Austin, about the maximum I’d trek for a drive-to destination. Twelve hours isn’t that bad, actually, especially when you have slow, easy Gulf Shore towns to entertain you along the way.

Sought out this soda fountain in Foley, Alabama…


I had read the place serves an amazing key lime milkshake. Well, it definitely wasn’t “key” lime, as you can tell from the ghostbusters green color. But it was limey and seriously delicious.

On to Seaside…

The deck on the back of our beach home…

Filling our day with naps and strolls on the sand…

On our way back home, a quick stop in NOLA…

Can’t visit New Orleans without stuffing yourself with beignets at Cafe du Monde…

Last stop: This gut-busting sandwich shop on the edge of town…

The first non-seafood meal we had in 10 days!

Yes, it was a leisurely, fish-filled, water-lovin’ trip.

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Rainey Street

by on Sep.17, 2012, under Quirky Places

We live above Rainey Street, a small historic street lined with pre-World War II bungalows. The street is sleepy by day, but come happy hour, it becomes a twinkling, laid-back mecca for live music and front-porch cocktails.

My little stink machine, Purnie, loves to barhop. He hits the watering holes every night on his pre-beddybedtime walk.

Blackheart is one of his favorite bars. The bartenders don’t seem to mind when the Purnster sneaks inside and drops anchor by the bar…

He’s not a fan of everyone’s favorite scrappy beer den, Lustre Pearl. Too ragged, too dusty for his delicate paws…

Icenhauer’s, with its azaleas and chandelier-lit windows, isn’t too shabby…

But Banger’s has officially stolen his heart. The lush green grass is everything he wants from an outdoor venue…

Just a place to lift his leg and relieve himself… for the 700th time.

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