Let me just say that I had a great weekend in Austin. My pals Melanie and Joe were wonderful hosts, and we had a brief but enormously fun tour around the Texan capital. Our first stop was South Congress (locally called SoCo) at the store Uncommon Objects.
I don't know what it is about taxidermy that alternately fascinates and terrifies me, but this baboon definitely fit the bill.
Along those lines: doll parts.
Now we come to what was arguably my favorite part of the trip. Hey Cupcake! is a company of Airstream trailers that have been turned into mobile cupcakeries. Yum. I ate four.
Here we have a red velvet and "the standard," which is a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I also got another standard and a Michael Jackson. That would be a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.
Parts & Labour was a recommendation from my pal Dawn. It's a really neat shop where you can find things like Burt Reynolds pillows, complete with felt mustache, and hilarious postcards (see below).
One of our last hoorahs was a trip to The Oasis at Lake Travis. It's a nice restaurant overlooking the lake, where we were able to snag a balcony table and eat some delicious TexMex as the sun set over the Lonestar State.
One night we also went to Esther's Follies, which is a wholly unique experience. It's a show that combines music, magic, and political satire--almost like a scaled-down (funny) version of Saturday Night Live. If you're ever in Austin, I recommend all of the above. I think it makes a great destination for a long weekend, and we didn't even go to a concert, which is the heart of the city. The mind reels at such prospects.
I am already planning a return trip next year.