Friday, March 23rd

11:30am
We’re at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.  There are some little gardens to wander around.  We don’t have a ton of time here so can’t explore the hiking trails surrounding the grounds.  We do head to the wildflower fields.  While they don’t go on for miles and miles like I imagined there are pops of Bluebells, the Texas state flower, and a cool underground cave to explore.

1:00pm
K and I parked on the street and are meeting our group for the Austin Eats Food & Bike Tour.  We figured this would be a great way to see the city.

1:15pm
One beer down and a 1/4 of a cheese steak too.  We met the group in a food truck lot.  There are 6 trucks serving items from fish & chips to cheese steaks, ice cream to waffles.  There are 12 of us total.  Andy is the owner and our guide for the day.  He quit his corporate job a year ago to start Austin Eats which leads groups for tours around the city.  This is his first bike tour.  Woohoo!  We might be featured in Budget Traveler too!

2:00pm
Love Balls.  That’s the name of the second place.  A Japanese food truck serving sticky rice cakes filled with all things like octopus and tomato & mozzarella.  Goes down nice with a Sapporo beer.

2:10pm
We hop on our bikes and start the riding part of the tour.  It’s pretty warm out, especially compared to my 30 degree New Mexico days, 75 and sunny.

2:30pm
Stop #3 is a Brazilian place where we eat a chicken stroganoff dish and cheese bread.  Everyone is so friendly here in Austin.  Hipster too.  Tattoos everywhere.  People are exercising too.  Many of them running w/ no shirts on.  Hubba hubba.

3:00pm
Texas BBQ.  We stop at a place where 2 cops are eating.  They’re pretty friendly and chat with us.  Funny thing is that they’re both from the East Coast – NY state and NJ.  We have some delicious brisket and ribs.  I could stay here all day.

3:30pm
Stop #5 is a french bistro.  This place is adorable and they even have a garden out back with a fig tree.  We sample a cheese board, duck liver pate, home made breads, hummus and proscuitto.  I get a bellini that’s $2!  $2!  I can’t believe it.

4:00pm
A little Argentinian food at a restaurant called Buenos Aires.  Pork tenderloin with a chimichurri sauce complemented by a glass of red wine.  I could hang out here for awhile.  All the restaurants we’ve been too have a great feel – atmosphere, service, food are all superb.

4:30pm
Last stop is at Cool Haus an ice cream sandwich truck!  We have scotch flavored ice cream with lucky charms paired with a red velvet cookie.  I contemplate getting more.  I love food!

5:45pm
Our tour comes to an end.  We bid farewell to Andy and the rest of the peeps we’ve met today.  This is a MUST DO if you come to Austin.  Everyone was so nice and hospitable.  A truly memorable experience.

6:30pm
K and I stop at the original Whole Foods.  We both pick up a pair of Tom’s, a nice souvenir from hipster Austin.

8:00pm
After eating and sipping all day, we call it an early night and veg.  This trip is exactly what I’ve needed.

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