A Christmas in Austin – The Driskill Hotel

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Today we are staying downtown, and we are going to another hotel: the Driskill.

2016 Driskill's Christmas Tree - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Driskill's Christmas Tree - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Driskill's Christmas Tree - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The Driskill - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The Driskill - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Advent Calendar

A Christmas in Austin – Advent Calendar, Dec. 2, 2016

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Everything is bigger in Texas. We’re pretty serious about that. And the Four Seasons Downtown Austin got the message.

Four Seasons Downtown Austin | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The hotel has unveiled its Gingerbread Village, all-edible gingerbread houses representing, this year, children stories and nursery rhymes.

2016 Gingerbread Village - Four Seasons Downtown Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Gingerbread Village - Four Seasons Downtown Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Gingerbread Village - Four Seasons Downtown Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Gingerbread Village - Four Seasons Downtown Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks 2016 Advent Calendar

Wild About Music - 2016 Christmas Window - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

December 1, 2016

A Christmas in Austin – Advent Calendar, Dec. 1, 2016

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Can you believe that we are already in December? I certainly can’t. The past couple of months have been a little rough on my side (more on this later) and to be honest, I am quite okay with 2016 ending soon. But in the meantime, we’re entering a beautiful season so let’s all falalalala together!

A few years ago, I had created an Advent Calendar when I was in New York City, sharing one Christmas-themed picture each day of the Advent. In memory of the Advent calendars of my childhood, I have decided to do it again this year with Austin. If you’d like to know what Austin looks like at Christmas time, stay tuned!

Today, we are going downtown Austin, on Congress Ave, to admire the window of a super cool store: Wild About Music.

Wild About Music - 2016 Christmas Window - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

They sell everything Austin, music and… cats. Yes, because one of the best parts of the store, it’s its resident cat. Meet Jeffrey!

Wild About Music' Jeffrey in their 2016 Christmas Window - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Wild About Music' Jeffrey in their 2016 Christmas Window - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

I really like this store because it has a real local feel, you can find a lot of gifts to bring back from Austin that are original, and of course, if you love music (and cats), it’s a must see!

Wild About Music
615 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Weekly Photo Challenge: Capitol on the Edge

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This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is “Edge.”

Texas State Capitol - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

This view of the Texas State Capitol is slightly obstructed by the edge of a building on the right. I tried to use it instead of trying to avoiding it.

On a side note, I have taken the bad habit of taking most of my iPhone pics with the square, Instagram format. Habit needs to be modified.

Prohibition Creamery: Ice Cream with a Liquor Twist

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Prohibition Creamery - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

We all have little pleasures that we like to reasonably indulge in from time to time. If ice cream and cocktails are among yours, boy do I have the right place for you!

Prohibition Creamery - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Prohibition Creamery opened on July 19 and is located in East Austin.

Prohibition Creamery - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

What is so original about this place? They offer ice cream infused with alcohol. You read that right. Delicious ice cream with a twist: bourbon, sangria, tiramisu, or margarita, to name a few. According to their website, the ice cream is created from scratch, in their kitchen, with local ingredients. I loved the Signature Bourbon flavor. Whiskey Chocolate was quite good too.

Prohibition Creamery - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The place also offers regular ice cream (without alcohol) that the bartender can help you pair with a signature cocktail, if you’d like. They also have wine and beer.

The inside is cozy and the bar is classy.

Prohibition Creamery - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

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Tables outside are also available in front of the creamery (on 7th St) and in the back (there are also a few parking spots when you access the place from the back street between 7th and 6th St).

The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly – in fact, it was a pleasure to see how they liked working there.

I highly encourage you to give it a try. I’m pretty sure they will be crowded most of the time very soon!

Prohibition Creamery
1407 E 7th Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 992-1449

A side note on Austin and drinking: Austinites like to drink. Austin is home to a University of Texas campus but drinking also appears to be in the culture. Does Austin have a drinking problem, some have asked. The city ranked among the first of America’s hard-drinking cities – and the first in Texas. That being said, drinking can be done responsibly and with moderation, which I encourage y’all to do :-)

Like a Summer in Austin, TX

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Two months have passed since my last post. There is no other way to put it: I failed again to update this blog. Work, work-related after work activities, gym, shooting range, happy hours… it’s not really about a lack of post ideas. I bet some out-of-towners had no idea one can get so busy in Austin, TX. Well, if you’re one of them, you should come have fun with us.

Here are a few updates, some of which fully deserve and will get an entire post later this month.

Austin is truly a great place for foodies. Plenty of good food and bars with incredible cocktails and innovative ideas. The Prohibition Creamery opened in July and mixes good food (ice cream, that is), excellent cocktails, and a great idea. It is offering boozy ice cream, or regular ice cream the bartenders can help you pair with cocktails. Definitely a must-try. Will definitely get its own post.

Prohibition Creamery - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The sky has not deceived and has continued to provide excellent opportunities for oohs and aahs.

Sunrise Rainbow over the Hill Country | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Sunset over the Hill Country | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The Capitol is going through renovations and is as gorgeous as ever.

State Capitol - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

We love our tacos at every corner over here ;-)

Taco | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Austin is a city with many murals that 1) change regularly but, 2) are not defiled by senseless graffiti.

Mural - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Finally, this is Labor Day, so yours truly will be working a bit — yes, I do voluntarily make a point to celebrate labor the best way possible: not by doing nothing, that is, but by working of course!

I will stop here for today. Happy Labor Day to my American readers! Happy productive day to the others ;-)

Happy Independence Day from Texas!

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Wishing everyone a very Happy Independence Day!

Fourth of July Fruit Salad | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Whether you are traveling to see family, are joining in a Fourth of July party…

Fourth of July Parade | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Fourth of July Parade | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

…or participating in the reading of the Declaration of Independence, I wish you all a good time.

Fourth of July Parade | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Fourth of July Parade | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Fourth of July Parade | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The few pictures posted in this post were taken during a Fourth of July party I attended two years ago in a small community in Central Texas.

And this is part of my menu for today:

Fourth of July Fruit Salad | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Wishing you all a Happy Fourth of July!

Howdy From Texas!

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I am back in Austin, Texas – Yeah! I moved back from Washington, DC in the first days of May and started my new job early in May. Life is good. I am also eager to go back to writing and blogging now that I have settled back home.

The blog turned 4 years last May 6. Granted, posting has been a bit sporadic a lot of times, but it also means that I’ve now been in the U.S. for almost 5 years. I kept myself busy, and I loved it!

I’ll go back to my time in the Washington, DC area, but here are just a few of the things I’ve seen since I’ve been back in Austin.

You guessed it, gorgeous sunsets and sunrises:

Sunrise Over Lake Travis | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Sunrise Over Lake Travis

Sunset Over the Hill Country | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Sunset Over the Hill Country

Wildflowers:

Wildflower Field, Hill Country | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Wildflowers, Hill Country | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Longhorns:

Longhorn | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Longhorn | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Longhorn | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

New neighbors:

Deers | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Austin:

Texas State Capitol | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

What about you? What exciting things have you seen or done this spring so far?