Austin: the arrival

We were pretty much straight off our red eye - surprised we were still standing...

Torchy's Tacos! Always order at least one deep fried avocado taco.

The original Torchy's food truck location - now they can be found all over the city for your enjoyment.

A love note written in graffiti - another famous piece of Austin wall art.

Adam getting into the Texas spirit :-)

The reason why we came to Austin (besides seeing our good friends!)
This was my first trip to Texas and I had high expectations for this city: Large music scene? Check. Yummy food scene? Check. Other cool things to see and do? Check. I hadn't even gotten there and I was already ready to hit the ground running. Unfortunately, a red eye flight makes the 'running' part a bit more difficult and we just barely made it through the first day, though we look in decent shape in the photos - not sure how that happened.....

Highlights of our first day in Austin included photos in front of the many wall art installations around town, lunch at the legendary Torchy's Tacos - the original food truck location no doubt - and some window shopping along South Congress. We crashed hard that afternoon, took a quick nap then hit up Elizabeth Street Cafe for a sumptious Vietnamese/French infused dinner with our hosts, Aaron and Laura. It was such a jovial time sitting on their outdoor patio (BTW - outdoor seating is a must in Austin - I think we ate inside only one time) that no pictures were taken but EVERYTHING was amazing there. For those of us that don't know me, my phone is always out so I must have been having a really good time! We dined on fresh rolls and vermicelli and they made these delicious punches that came in large pitchers for sharing. Ours contained sparkling wine, lillet, grapefruit juice and thyme - a perfect way to toast to our first day in Austin.

More posts to come on the music, food and outdoor scene. Yee haw!