I love trying new things, and, of course, that includes trying new food and restaurants.
Not too far from where we live, there is a very nice restaurant that opened a couple of years ago now (I think): Apis Restaurant & Apiary. We tried it a couple of times and enjoyed it very much… but this post is not about Apis. Not exactly at least.
More recently, Apis opened a second restaurant, a pizzeria, which was great news because we didn’t have any real one in the area.
Pizzeria Sorellina offers “Italian tradition in the Texas Hill Country,” to quote their website, and it does it very well.
Prices tend to be a little higher than for your regular pizza, but the quality is well worth it. You come in, you order at the counter, wait for your food, and either take it home or enjoy on site.
The first time we went there, I wondered why all their little “Come & Take It” flags on the tables were at the bottom of their mast. Then I read the little sign about how to get the staff to “come and take” your order for additional food. Very funny. And smart.
Our favorite pizza is the maitake mushroom – but they’re not currently serving it. Our second favorite is the n’duja sausage, which contains stracciatella – to the exquisite pleasure of our cats. Pizzas are baked to order with delicious and fresh ingredients and you can really taste the difference. They are also as crusty as can be.
If you find yourself in the Spicewood area, west of Bee Cave, near Lake Travis, I highly recommend that you try it.
23526 Hwy 71 West
Spicewood, TX 78669
Last Thursday, March 2, marked the 181st birthday of Texas. On March 2, 1836, Texas became a republic:
On March 1 delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. George C. Childress presented a resolution calling for independence, and the chairman of the convention appointed Childress to head a committee of five to draft a declaration of independence. In the early morning hours of March 2, the convention voted unanimously to accept the resolution. After fifty-eight members signed the document, Texas became the Republic of Texas. The change remained to be demonstrated to Mexico.
The day was a gorgeous day. It started on my way to work with a gorgeous sunrise—one of the several reasons why I like leaving for work early, the other two being beating traffic and being more productive.
I also had to be in Austin early that day because I was attending a House committee hearing. The Texas Legislature is in session this year and it makes traffic downtown, both by car and on foot quite chaotic some days.
A funny thing happened on my way to Austin. I was on Enfied Rd, getting closer to 15th St, and I was trying to find a radio station that played music (and not a radio host babbling about the latest People Mag survey or any other subject with little importance). Then I heard the first notes of a familiar song… yet my brain needed a second to process the information: I was driving to work in Austin, Texas, USA, and, yes, this was Sylvie Vartan’s “La plus belle pour aller danser” that was playing on the radio as I arrived on top of the hill with the gorgeous view to the Texas Capitol which is the corner of Enfield Rd and 15th St.
To file in #KeepAustinWeird
The day was a beautiful one and went its course with people wishing themselves a Happy Texas Independence Day. Texans are very proud of their heritage and their state, and for good reason.
I went home in the evening and stopped for some barbecue at my favorite BBQ joint, It’s All Good BBQ. I also had the pleasure of witnessing the sun setting on the 181st birthday of the Lone Star State the only way it could set in the great state of Texas, with grandeur and a bit of drama.
Did I mention I love living in Lone Star State? Happy belated birthday, Texas!
This picture was taken on North Lamar (Whole Foods is on my left) at rush hour time (and yes, at a stop… rush hour). The gorgeous sunset, the grackles on the transmission lines, and well, traffic, are all creating a good typical sight of Austin, TX at that time of the day.
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So, yes, I did not finish the 2016 Christmas Advent calendar. My apologies to all my dear readers.
This is not that I did not want to at first. In fact, I have several places that I had already photographed to post about. But life at the time decided that I had other things to worry about. Remember, 2016. Yep. I really don’t want to spend time whining here about everything that happened and I’ve decided to go back to blogging, which I miss and which enables me to share beautiful parts of my life in America.
Just a few things I learned (or re-learned):
- Sh*t does come in massive loads when it comes (also more politely known as Murphy’s law)
- You can control your reaction to what is happening around you and to you (no, I’m not saying that it is easy)
- Friends and family are here to support you. Furry friends too ;-)
- It does stop at one point, one way or the other
With that being said, let’s go back to blogging, the great state of Texas, and the weird city of Austin.
We’re staying in Johnson City to go to Pedernales Electric Cooperative, an electricity distribution co-op. Their headquarters in Johnson City has been decorated every Christmas for the past 25 years:
More than 1.2 million LED lights will brighten up our office building and the surrounding oak trees.
Unfortunately, my pictures for this year were not very good. So here are a few more from 2014.
2016 Advent Calendar
Today, we are going about an hour and a half west of Austin, to Johnson City.
This city of 1,656 inhabitants, according to the 2010 census, is the hometown of former President Lyndon Johnson. When Christmas comes, this little city turns into a wonderland of Christmas lights, to the delight of children and adults!
2016 Advent Calendar
Everything is bigger in Texas. We’re pretty serious about that. And the Four Seasons Downtown Austin got the message.
The hotel has unveiled its Gingerbread Village, all-edible gingerbread houses representing, this year, children stories and nursery rhymes.
Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks 2016 Advent Calendar