Friday, March 23rd

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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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