At some pretty much unnoticed point in the last several months, Scott and I quietly slipped off and explored Austin, TX from the vantage point of the uber hip Hotel San Jose, Below is a visual tour of our adventures, which involved many tacos, cool architecture, vintage shopping, and a wild night of dancing in a honky tonk bar which was (thankfully) never photographed. But before we plunge into the bright colors, intense foods, and shockingly good vineyards of Texas, let’s look at a couple REALLY good foodie happenings here at home (namely, Connecticut)
The first: The Hartford Baking Company turns 6 on September 1st – that would be tomorrow. If you’re an early bird type, get yourself over there at 7:30 am for a lovely pour over of Giv or Stumptown Coffee and snag a free loaf of artisanal bread for yourself when they open their doors. If you’re the sandwich type – stop by at lunch and get a $5 sandwich deal. My personal favorite, now and always: the brie and jam. So much carby goodness you guys. Go.
The second: Doro Restaurant Group will be previewing the cuisine of Zohara – their new Israeli restaurant – on September 8th at the stunning Sub Edge Farm. Chef Dorjan Puka is taking the reigns, and if you didn’t already get tickets – unfortunately – it’s sold out. BUT you still have one final chance to experience a Doro Restaurant Group Hadley + Occum with BRUNCH, cooked by none other than Scott Miller, on September 18th! Tickets are available here and I would buy one soon if you’re interested – they will be going fast. I will be documenting the Zohara dinner in a future post and hungrily attending next week.
Without further ado, here is the promised photos of Austin. Notes: Hotel San Jose is creative, perfect, and part of the Standard Hotel Group. We deliberately seek out Standard Hotels when traveling – and for good reasons. They are a hip paradise with the very best in paired down amenities and just the right amount of quirky hedonism. The tacos, all the tacos, pictured, were out of this world attractive. If I wasn’t a taken woman, I would probably date one of them. The ones in the photos are from Torchy’s and Jo’s Coffee – respectively – Jo’s also does this turbo cold brew/ice cream/espresso mash up, which is what frappuccinos try and miserably fail to be. The cocktail in the first picture is a Michelada – which neither of us was particularly into. The BBQ was from Salt Lick, a bit downwind of Austin – where we took a quick day trip, simultaneously touring several local vineyards. If Texas starts shipping wine out of the state – we will sign up immediately. Rich terrain creates beautiful grapes. Not pictured, but part of the fabric of the entire trip – the music scene. Everywhere, all the time, live, original, funky, glorious music. Rock and roll, country, bluegrass. Play The Avocados on Spotify in the background for the proper vibe while reading this post. Finally – the tail end of the photos are from San Antonio. Pictured: a water taxi (too hot and touristy, would not recommend) and Hotel Havana (12/10 – would aggressively return).