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here we go.

29 Apr

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morning morning. here we are, another monday, another two weeks void of blogging (save for a few ardent eyes posts). we can only get better from here, right?

the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind for me. from ramping up some activities and letting others go to diving head first into the austin professional community, i feel i’m finally making strides on the ‘ol job hunt front. but while i’m feeling better and more comfortable with my approach, there’s still a lot to do (i.e. actually landing a job).

so without further ado, here’s what on the list for this week in an effort to continue full steam ahead on my progress:

– working on a really excited application today (requires ideas, suggestions, and lots-o-thought put into it)

– updating all my web pages with the new and improved résumé format

– reaching out to a long list of suggested contacts and companies

– laundry and grocery shopping

– and for a bit of fun, one of my good friends is coming in to austin this weekend, so lots of planning to be done.

what’s going on with you this week? can’t wait to make it another good one!

photo my own.

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here we go.

29 Jan

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well, the start of the week sure did get away from me. i guess i was in denial about those two glorious days ending already. how does it never fail that weekends are short and weeks are impossibly long? one of the great mysteries of life, i suppose.

so how was your weekend?

mine was full of long walks traversing all corners of downtown austin. in an effort to give my poorly equipped lower body joints a break – yes, i hear it. i sound like i’m 70. but if you came from bad knees on both sides of your family and had crazy flat feet, you’d get it – i’ve been drawing out my daily strolls to make up for forgone running time.

there’s something awesome about walking. walking through neighborhoods and across town. sites that whiz by every day from the car window somehow look new and fresh. you gain a greater appreciation of your normal surroundings. you discover things you never knew existed before.

like this…

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and this…

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and these…

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you should give it a try. ok, i’m off my soap box now.

anywho, after my leisurely weekend, i’m ready for the filled-to-the-brim week in front of me. on the top of my list is prepping for my so-close-i-can-taste-it trip to nyc (yay!). here’s what else is on the docket:

– major cleaning of the ol’ apartment (it’s way past time)

– organizing my finances and taking a peek into the future with some planning

– laundry and packing

– and other necessities to wrap up before heading out of town

what’s on your list this week? hope it’s a good one.

out and about: zilker botanical gardens.

9 Jan

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this week’s out and about is a bit different. as you can probably tell, i usually like to talk about the eateries i’ve experienced in the last week. yes, i do like to eat. and i do like to talk about it. often. that’s ok, right?

but in an effort to enjoy this wonderfully wintery weather central texas has been enjoying lately (and by wintery, i mean grey skies and highs in the 40s), i decided to get out and enjoy some nature (not to worry, this nature was of the tamed variety).

so i laced up my tennis shoes, grabbed my water bottle, and headed to zilker park’s botanical gardens.

it was exciting and exhilarating and reminded me what shaking up your normal weekend routine can do for your mood. as i weaved through the various trails of the park, i couldn’t help but feel a renewed sense of excitement and awe for this fair city. i guess i should try new things more often.

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all photos my own.

out and about: takoba.

3 Jan

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where do you turn when you have a hankering for mexican? for me, it’s definitely the tried-and-true offerings of takoba. this east side joint is not to be missed with its interior cuisine and modern yet rustic décor. the drinks are pretty spectacular too.

takoba’s great because it’ll meet any of your dining needs – lunch, dinner, appetizers and even just drinks (they have a small bar space around back that’s strictly dedicated to whipping up drinks that are sure to top any best-of-austin lists).

and the food? amazing. my personal favorite are the tacos al pastor on the lunch menu – fresh, pineapple-marinated pork dressed with queso fresco and guac (drooling yet?). basically, they’re to die for.

so next time you’re in austin and have a hankering for some spicy, authentic mexican, stop by takoba – you won’t be disappointed. (disclaimer: this is not your tired, run-of-the-mill tex-mex resto – takoba serves authentically inspired interior mexican dishes. no fake yellow cheese and pools of unnecessary grease here!) 

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photos from takoba.

out and about: salty sow.

21 Dec

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have a hankering for meat? or more specifically, pork? please welcome, salty sow, to the table. from this fairly new austin hang-out’s carnivore-geared menu to its dangerously delicious drinks, salty sow – from my one visit thus far – has skyrocketed to the top of my austin go-to list.

the first time i visited, it was a warm december evening –yes warm…december…don’t get me started – perfect for sipping cocktails on an outdoor patio. soft café lights cast a cozy glow over diners and drinkers while rustic high-top tables and bar stools reinforced the restaurant’s self-proclaimed modern farmhouse ambiance.

in short, everything was divine – from my absolutely delicious white sparkling sangria to our array of food orders that didn’t miss a beat, all topped off by a complimentary champagne toast for it being our group’s first time visiting. other restaurants should take a cue from this swine-inspired haunt. i repeat: complimentary champagne toast.

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photos 1 & 2 from salty sow on facebook.

photos 3 & 4 from salty sow.

photo 5 from tribeza.

out and about: fresa’s

14 Dec

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as soon as those neon walls went up on north lamar, i was quite intrigued. yes, i’m talking about fresa’s, austin’s newest drive-through. drive-through, i say? yes, drive-through.

but not that kind of drive-through.

oh no, this drive-through is so much more. a thousand notches above your typical fake-food-on-the-go joints, fresa’s serves delicious tacos featuring charcoal grilled, locally grown chickens and fresh garnishes and sauces.

how’s that for locavore?

and let me tell ya’, it’s delish. i stopped “in” – ok, it wasn’t in, per se, since i stood outside while waiting for my order – the other week in sweet anticipation of the food i’d waited so long to try. i ordered the maggie and the tomas, featuring bbq brisket from another local hot spot, lambert’s, eggs, chorizo, bacon, avocado and wonderfully crafted flour tortillas (not all together, of course).

i was a bit surprised, however, that there are no tables to dine at. while there are a few stools and umbrellas, i presume they’re for use while waiting for that “order up!” to be called. in my humble opinion, fresa’s should definitely add some outdoor seating for those who want to stretch their legs while enjoying their slightly messy (in the best way possible) tacos.

i happened to drop in while they were still serving their breakfast options, and i can’t wait to explore their lunch menu. here’s to a second visit asap!

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photos both my own.

out and about: thunderbird coffee.

7 Dec

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do you like coffee? of course you do. that was a silly question. let’s start again. do you like good coffee? cool, me too. let’s talk about it…

austin is wrought with establishments pining to satisfy your caffeine-induced hazes day after day. and, with few exception, they’ll all do the trick. but it’s with ardent eyes (see what i did there?) that i look to thunderbird coffee for my java fix.

this local place hits the spot in more ways than one. first of all, their coffee is great (and they tout not only fair-trade, but direct-trade, a concept that focuses on implementing a supply chain that truly involves farmers, pickers and processors in the country of origin). from delectable lattes to delicious cappuccinos, their range of menu items is sure to satisfy.

they also offer a cozy, living room-esque vibe in their shop (i’ve only visited the koenig lane location, but i’m sure the manor road spot is just as comfy), with plush couches and arm chairs and tables that look as if they were picked right out of your grandma’s basement.

it’s also obvious that this is truly a neighborhood joint. just hang around for 10 or 20 minutes and you’ll see people drive up for a quick coffee run on their way to work, young couples on their daily dog walk who stop in for a cup of jo and families who walk from their nearby homes to enjoy a leisurely outing. this place really gives you a sense of community and longing for that locavore vibe.

my only complaint is that their music is a tad loud. sometimes i’d like to enjoy my own tunes while sipping my coffee.

but hey, that’s a small price to pay for the other greatnesses you get when visiting thunderbird. so you should go. like, now.

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photos my own.