Kennedys take on ATX

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hello, long time no see!  No excuses here, other than we've been living life to the fullest and I've kind of been taking the lazy way out of documenting our day to day.  However, we just returned from a 5-day trip to Austin, Texas where we were hosted by Nick's brother.  It is impossible to cover all that Austin has to offer, but we did our best to pack a full trip in!

We arrived in Austin around 9am and my-oh-my was it HOT!  I knew we'd be in for a sweat show all weekend, and we weren't disappointed.  Bob took us on a nickel tour of the city as we drove by everything from Zilker Park to Dirty 6th.  We swung by the famous Franklin Barbecue (people wake up to get in line around 6am to get this BBQ and essentially "tailgate" the wait! It doesn't open until 11, and is usually sold out by 1, so we put it on our bucket list), only to find out that they were on vacation for the duration of our trip!!  Fear not, we ended up getting BBQ another day, and will add it to our list for the next visit!  Instead, we found our way to the food trucks in Barton Springs Picnic and gave The Mighty Cone a try (chicken + avocado, please).  We toured a bit longer, then did a casual night in at the apartment on the patio overlooking downtown.  

We woke, had breakfast, and did a little stroll around the west side so that I may stop into two of my favorite places: Trader Joe's & Whole Foods.  Yes... we went to Texas and I went to grocery stores.  Judge away :)  For lunch we stopped back at the same food truck park and gave Hey!... You Gonna Eat or What? a try.  Between the 3 of us we ordered 3/4 of the menu (it only has 4 items on it) and picked at each.  Incase you aren't aware, we had a lot of food to plan our trip around!  Given the heat, we decided to head to Barton Springs and LOVED it!  Aside from it being the coldest water in all the land (okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little) it was a great way to spend the afternoon!  Dinner was spent at Second Bar + Kitchen and we ended the night with rooftop drinks and music at HandleBar.

We got a late start on Saturday which was absolutely wonderful!!  I don't remember the last time I slept in that late and I loved every minute.  However, we didn't want to sleep the day away because the river was calling our name.  After a little drive south to New Braunfels, we spent the day floating the Guadalupe River.  There were TONS of people from our subdued foursome to large bachelor/bachelorette parties throwing a rage fest.  It was a unique and fun way to spend the day and I'd recommend it for anyone interested in a good time.  After a long day in the scorching sunlight, we took to Rudy's BBQ for dinner (I recommend the turkey) before we headed home for game night in.  

It was only appropriate that we dubbed day four "Sunday Funday" and kicked it off with coffee at Jo's followed by a patio brunch at Taverna (I tried the eggs Benedict w/ smoked salmon & $4 mimosas).  We mural hopped, saw the University of Texas, and lounged poolside for the better part of the afternoon, then headed to Lake Austin for a sunset dinner at Hula Hut.  Nick and I then snuck away to do a mini bar-tour of Steampunk SaloonRustic Tap (life-size beer pong, y'all!), Parlor & Yard, & Little Woodrow's.  

For our last full day in Austin, Nick and I decided we wanted to bike around the city a bit.  We started off with brunch at Walton's Fancy & Staple (it was the cutest spot with yummy avocado toast!) then rented bikes at Mellow Johnny's (Lance Armstrong's bike shop) and took them around Lady Bird Lake.  Admittedly, I didn't last as long as I'd hoped I would in the 100+ degree heat (only a few hours, really)... however, we did enjoy our bike date!  We cooled off with a dip in the pool, packed up, and grabbed dinner to-go at The Violet Taco (do the shrimp taco!!!!!!!!!) just as a thunderstorm was making its way into the city.  It was the perfect ending to a great trip.

We then woke early to travel home (albeit rather slowly after multiple plane delays), and made it back safe and sound!  I can see another ATX trip in the future and already have a million more bucket list items to try when we go back :)  Thanks are in order for our gracious host and my favorite brother-in-law!!  Until next time... 

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