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!
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
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.
They sell everything Austin, music and… cats. Yes, because one of the best parts of the store, it’s its resident cat. Meet Jeffrey!
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
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is “Edge.”
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.
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 opened on July 19 and is located in East Austin.
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.
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.
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!
1407 E 7th Street
Austin, TX 78702
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 :-)
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.
The sky has not deceived and has continued to provide excellent opportunities for oohs and aahs.
The Capitol is going through renovations and is as gorgeous as ever.
We love our tacos at every corner over here ;-)
Austin is a city with many murals that 1) change regularly but, 2) are not defiled by senseless graffiti.
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 ;-)