Travel

Goin’ Down To Texas

So, today I’m flying to Austin, Texas!

I’m super excited because I’ve while never been to Austin before, I’ve always had this strange obsession with the state of Texas as a whole. Maybe it’s because my dad is from there…or because my grandpa got kicked out of A&M for punching a guy in the nose in the forties–I just don’t know.

Actually, it’s probably just because I love sweet tea and pulled pork with my heart and soul. Yep, that’s it.

Hi dad! I heart you.

Anyways, the reason I’m going is pure vacation! Almanzo is from there and we are visiting his family, his college and his old stomping grounds. If you see me looking awkward and sweating profusely in an Aggie shirt at the game on Saturday, please say a friendly hello.

Oh, and tonight I’m hosting my first blog event at a popular bar downtown. I couldn’t believe when so many people actually said they really wanted to come!!! We are going to drink cocktails, eat tacos and talk about life as we know it. I’m psyched and naturally used that excuse to buy a new Anthropologie dress. Priorities, people…priorities.

Almanzo has (semi) agreed to be official camera man for the event so I’ll be back with fun photos of my first night in the Lonestar State—stay tuned!

Mmmmm barbecue. We will meet again in Texas. I will find you!!!

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136 Comments

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    eatmovelove
    September 1, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I love Beans with Meat, veggies and Sweet potatoes – nice close-up!

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    eatmovelove
    September 1, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I love Beans with Meat, veggies and Sweet potatoes – nice close-up!

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    eatmovelove
    September 1, 2010 at 9:16 am

    oops…didn’t mean to do that twice…and now it’s 3 times…

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    Rachel
    September 1, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I’m so bummed I can’t make it! If you happen to scoot up to Dallas after your meetup, I’m here waiting with open arms. Haha.

    Except to scoot anywhere in Texas means at least a 3 hour drive, silly huge state!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    September 1, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Austin too! They have some awesome food, I’ve heard at least. Looking forward to seeing pictures from the blogger meet up, it sounds like a lot of fun.

    Take pics of the dress!

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    Katryn@rampantcuisine
    September 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I’ve heard great things about Austin! Looking forward to seeing your pics!

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    BethT
    September 1, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Hope this means you made it to the airport!

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    Rebekah @Rebeltarian
    September 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I am an A&M grad, and very interested in your story about your grandpa getting kicked out! I hope you enjoy the football game. There is nothing like A&M football!

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    Annie@stronghealthyfit
    September 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Meeting the fam, that’s a pretty big step! I hear Austin is a great city- have fun 🙂

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    Julie
    September 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

    lol, remember when you used to be almost vegan? I hope you have a great time.

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    Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    September 1, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Have a great time! I hear Austin is tons of fun!

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    Meredith @ An Epic Change
    September 1, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I wish I could make it tonight…. stupid grad school!! But enjoy your visit if I don’t see you and don’t go too crazy visiting the original Whole Foods. That place will suck you in!!! Also, Almanzo’s an Aggie?! Oh gosh…. I don’t know how I feel about that as a Longhorn! 🙂

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    Seana
    September 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Wooo! So excited you’re coming to Austin!!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet
    September 1, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I hope you get to eat some delicious BBQ!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    September 1, 2010 at 10:00 am

    so jealous! seeing that big lone star flag/state at the top just made me miss home even more…have some BBQ for me? pretty please? 🙂

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    Tanner
    September 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I live in Austin, and if you want great BBQ, you HAVE TO go to the Salt Lick down in Dripping Springs – about a 20 minute drive south of Austin – PHENOMENAL.

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    Dorry
    September 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Safe travels to Austin! We’re driving down tomorrow from Dallas for the holiday weekend. Wish I could be there tonight but maybe I’ll see you around town! 🙂

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    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)
    September 1, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Have a great trip!

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    Marisa @ Loser for Life
    September 1, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Sounds like it’s gonna be a fun trip, Jenna! Enjoy!

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    Rebecca
    September 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I am about 2 hours away near Houston! Wish I could make it tonight but I don’t think my boss would appreciate it. Or my kids. Or my husband. 🙂 Maybe next time. Have fun while you are in Texas! I don’t remember what football movie my husband was watching the other night and one of the quotes was: “(College?) Football in Texas is an institution!” If that ain’t the truth!

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    Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    September 1, 2010 at 10:12 am

    My best friend moved to Texas! She’s still getting used to it, but I think she’s diggin’ it 😉 Sounds like you two are going to have a ball! Can’t wait to see some of Alamanzo’s photography 😀

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    September 1, 2010 at 10:14 am

    My friend just drove from Boston to Austin…wish I tagged along to come eat tacos with ya. Have fun meeting Momma and Poppa Almanzo!!

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    Lisa
    September 1, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I’ve never been to Texas but Austin is high on the list of places I want to visit!

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    September 1, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Looking forward to seeing what eats you encounter in Texas. I have a feeling that the next couple of entries are going to leavee me full just from looking at them!

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    Carrie @ TV and Dinners
    September 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Do they have pulled pork in Texas? I thought Austin was a BEEF town! 🙂 (Eat some brisket. You won’t be sorry.)

    Austin is so amazing. Have fun!

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    Tina
    September 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Have fun! You enjoy pure vacation time. And BBQ. Always have to enjoy BBQ in the south. 😀

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    Samantha
    September 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I want to see the dress!

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    September 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

    That sounds like a blast. I’ve always wanted to go to Austin. Have fun!

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    Jenn
    September 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Ooh, I hear wonderful things about Austin. Great music scene.
    And of COURSE people are going to RSVP to your blogger meet-up! You’re awesome!

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    Kim
    September 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I went to college in Austin – UT – it is a great city – you will love it! Have fun at the game – A&M should beat SFA!

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    Andrea
    September 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

    So exciting…I love Texas…everything’s bigger you know! 🙂

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    Stacey
    September 1, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Have fun in Texas! You know what they say: Everything is BIG in Texas…make sure your vacay is that way too 😉
    Yummo–>BBQ was one of my fav things to eat before becoming vegetarian!

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    Angharad
    September 1, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I am bummed that I don’t live in Austin anymore! Blogger meet up, sweet tea and pulled pork….Texas, I miss you. I’ll be back there in October for a great big special event but I’m totally gutted to be missing this! Have fun!

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    Lola
    September 1, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I’m from Austin AND an Aggie. Can’t believe I’m missing out on thissss.

    p.s. even though it is way out in butt-f-ing Egypt, if you want BBQ, there is only one place to go. and that is The Salt Lick. do not question me, just gooooo!!!!!!!!!

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    Lola
    September 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Oh and I agree with the previous commenter….go for the brisket…..save pulled pork for eastern bbq

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite
    September 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

    You’re going to LOVE Austin! I’m a born and raised Texan we pride ourselves for that 😉

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    Nikki
    September 1, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Oh I’m so jealous! I’m an Aggie living in Illinois and I MISS HOME!!!! Soak it up for me! I’d say have fun but I already know you’ll have a blast.

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    Nikki
    September 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

    PS – Lola is right on with the Salt Lick! Go!

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    Marci
    September 1, 2010 at 10:38 am

    You know the football game is in Houston this weekend? Have a great time in Austin. Can’t wait to see your pictures!

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    AmyJoGo
    September 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Go to the SALT LICK while you’re in Austin. Seriously. Force Almanzo to take you. The food is good but the atmosphere is what makes the place. And then, coax him into taking you to Amy’s for frozen custard. I highly recommend the Mexican Vanilla. So. Good.

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    Christina
    September 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Sounds like a blast! ???BBQ???

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    Christina
    September 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

    haha, those question marks should be hearts! why did it do that?

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    Kim@BudgetOrganicLiving
    September 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Pulled pork is one of the reasons I couldn’t be a vegetarian. Oooh and turkey at Thanksgiving! 🙂

    Have fun and enjoy the game. I am so excited college football starts this week/weekend!

    Have a safe trip.

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet
    September 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I’ve never been to Texas. Have fun!!

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    Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman
    September 1, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I’ve only been to Dallas and I loved it! Love the state, Love the people, Love the food! Maybe it’s because it has to do with the cow thing? And I, of course, love cows. I think I could live there. Would love to one day visit Austin and San Antonio as well. Have a great time and can’t wait to see the pics.

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    Kristy
    September 1, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Have a great time!

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    Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    September 1, 2010 at 10:52 am

    That sounds like so much fun! Meeting the family, huh? Ruh ro! :p

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    grace b
    September 1, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Ahhh another person that shares my Texas obsession. After living on the East Coast my whole life, Austin is definitely my number living destination for after I graduate college in May (eek!). So psyched to read about your vacation! And I love the direction you’re taking your blog in!

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    Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    September 1, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I don’t blame you for having a thing for Texas! I’d so head down there if I wasn’t already crazy busy this weekend! And if Austin was a frickin’ 7 hour drive from my neck of the woods.

    Though, I’m not sure how much pulled pork you’ll see here (most places I’ve been don’t even offer it!). We’re all about brisket and sausage!

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    Lori H
    September 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Sounds like fun!! I enjoy reading your blog every single day!!!! The energy that you write with puts a smile on my face! Have fun in Austin!

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    Kelly
    September 1, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Haha, love that you bought a new anthro dress! HAve fun in Texas!

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    christina
    September 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

    i’ve always had this weird urge to go to texas too but i’m not even sure why. maybe bc the shopping is supposed to be awesome there? or bc they claim everything is bigger there? does that include the men? i likey.

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    Jessica
    September 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO~! Yay Texas! Get ready for the heat 😀

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    hiplip
    September 1, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Please don’t tell anyone in Austin that Almanzo went to A&M – this is Longhorn country! 😉 Try out Salt Lick and Rudy’s for good barbecue!

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    Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    September 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I’ve never been to Texas, but I would so love to visit! For now, I’ll just have to live through you and your blog. 😉 Have fun! 😀

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    Sandy
    September 1, 2010 at 11:24 am

    You are so going to love Texas food and Aggie football is a whole ‘nother world. Hope they “score” a lot.

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    Sandy
    September 1, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Love the new website header.

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    sp
    September 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

    YeeHaw! Welcome to Texas. Two words SALT. LICK. Almanzo will know, and if he truly loves you, he will take you there. If he doesnt, it might not be meant to be 🙂

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    Emily Eats and Exercises
    September 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Despite being a born and bread New Englander, I spent three years of college in Texas. Quite an experience! I was mostly in Houston, but we took a few trips to Austin which I quite enjoyed. Have fun.

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    M
    September 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I love these kind of posts of yours!

    These speak to me more than dessert recipes….but I am just not really a dessert
    kinda woman!

    Have a wonderful trip! Are you nervous about meeting Adam’s folks?They are gonna
    love you to bits!

    Happy Texan Travels 😉

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    Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl
    September 1, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Have fun! People from Texas sure are proud of where they’re from so be glad you’re in an Aggie’s shirt for the game 🙂

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    Jess @ MTL Veggie
    September 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Have fun in Texas! Even though I’m a veggie, I’ve always had a burning desire to visit Texas, particularly San Antonio! haha
    Can’t wait to read about your event! Good luck 🙂

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    Stephanie
    September 1, 2010 at 11:50 am

    You will love Austin. Arguably my fave city in Texas. For bbq, check out the Salt Lick and Rudy’s. You won’t be disappointed!

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    HauteTeapot
    September 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Hope you have a fabulous time…the blogger meet up is going to be great I bet.

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    Erin
    September 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

    you had me at pulled pork and sweet tea. Eat extra for all of your blog readers that wish they could be in the south enjoying sweet tea and bbq too.

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    Caitlin (EatFeats)
    September 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

    That’s funny, I’ve ONLY been to Austin. It was for a swim meet, though, so we mostly saw the pool. Have fun!

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    Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    September 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Enjoy your trip Jenna! I’ve never been to Texas so I’m really excited to see what the food is like down there. I can only imagine! 🙂

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    Allison
    September 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Have fun in Texas! Definitely jealous that you’re going there. Austin is such an awesome and fun city! If this blog party goes well, I hope you’ll come down to Georgia for an event!

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    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
    September 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Can’t wait to meet you tonight! Yee haw! 😉

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    Amy @ Amy Starts to Run
    September 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I loved Austin so much when I went last year. Tons of good places to eat and everyone was so nice. Have a blast!

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    Jillian @ reshape your life
    September 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I think you’ll love Texas! Can’t wait to meet you and everyone tonight!

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    Sarah
    September 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    You’re coming at a great time because we’re having a cold spell right now- it’s only 98 degrees today!! (it’s usually around 110 at this time of year). Austin is awesome- go visit the Alamo while you’re in the general vacinity!

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    katherine
    September 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Travel safely and enjoy TACOS!

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    Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels)
    September 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Have fun! I live in Austin, LOVE IT! That bar you are having your event at rocks!!!

    If you get the chance, check out the Whole Foods Main Store downtown, Moonshine, and some of that great live ,music we are known for:)

    Enjoy and Keep Austin Weird!

    B

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    Christie
    September 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I am originally from Austin and so excited for you– you’re going to have a blast! The food possibilities are ENDLESS so I will make only one suggestion of many, many great options: GourDoughs (http://www.gourdoughs.com/). Gourmet donut food truck… need I say more.

    Also, PLEASE do not wear an A&M shirt.

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    Stacey (The Habit of Healthy)
    September 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I hope you have a blast! 🙂

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    janis
    September 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    i grew up in austin-i think it’s an awesome place, except for the heat and humidity. but i would feel bad if i didn’t let you know that unfortunately, texas is not known for it’s pulled pork bbq or sweet tea. what it is known for is its beef brisket bbq! and the restaurants that other people have mentioned are great! hope you have a great time!

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    Katie @ peacebeme
    September 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Have fun, I visited Austin once a few years ago and thought it was awesome.

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    Emily
    September 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Awesome! I am in Texas….but you are definitely going to the wrong school! 😉

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    Raewyn
    September 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Whee – sounds like fun! Lol..my parents are Aggies and I practically grew up on campus, so I got all excited about your post – that and the fact that Almonzo’s an Aggie. 😀 I hope you have a blast, Jenna! Texas really does have the best barbecue and Mexican food. I’ll actually be in Texas too tonight (and the next week), only I’m in Houston! 🙁

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    September 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    How FUN!! I had a funny time at American Airlines school in Dallas once…am looking forward to reading your escapades!! Meeting the folks, eh?

    Today my head has been in Paris, specifically with all the Hollywood $$$$ pouring in there–so many films being made and the #1 drink at the Ritz Bar…The Serendipity. Did a post, but dang if I could find the recipe. They sell more of them than martinis. Made with Calvados.

    Can’t wait for pix of your Austin blog event!!

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    sarah k. @ the pajama chef
    September 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    have fun! my husband lived in TX for 5 yrs and always talks about how great it is. 🙂

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    Pristine
    September 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    WHOOP! I’ll be at the game too and if the weather on Saturday is anything like it has been walking to and from classes this week, you’ll definitely be sweaty. Is this your first Aggie football game? You’re going to looove it.

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    Sarah
    September 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Have such a great time. I’m jealous you’ll be in Austin for the weekend. Spending 4 years there while at UT were some of the best times of my life. HOOK ‘EM!!

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    Dom
    September 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    And make sure you hit up SoCo (SOuth COngress) for some good eats as well. You’ll find all the awesome airstream food trailers : Mighty Cone, Sugar Mama’s, list goes ON! And down on SoCo, you’ve got great Italian at Vespaio and a rockin’ slice of pizza at HomeSlice. Welcome! (and yes, maybe rethink the maroon. everyone looks better in burnt orange! ) ; )

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    Coco
    September 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I live in Austin too, best city in Texas!

    Here’s my top restaurants:
    Sushi- Uchi
    Italian- Vespaio
    Tex Mex- Matt’s El Rancho
    Gourmet mexican- La Condesa
    BBQ- Lambert’s
    Brunch- South Congress Cafe, Z Tejas & LAMBERTS! (Only on Sun. for Lambert’s)

    Enjoy!

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    Hilary@coffeeismycarrot
    September 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I’m a little sad you’ll be in an Aggie shirt since I’m a born and bread longhorn, but I married an Aggie and they are good men 🙂

    You’ll love Austin. I agree with the Salt Lick recommendation but not so much Rudy’s. It’s chain bbq. I’m sure your man knows good places to eat, but Moonshine and Parkside are our two faves. Try them out if you get a chance. Moonshine is more comfort food like buffalo meatloaf, steak, sweet potatoes etc (but they have great fish, too) and Parkside’s menu changes with the seasons and is very fresh and always interesting. Oh and Parkside is owned by a guy who also owns several really good restaurants in College Station (aggie country). We lived there for a year while my hubby was finishing up vet school and La Bodega (think fish tacos and shrimp/mango enchiladas) was one of our weekly treats out. He also owns Cafe Excel and Excel Steakhouse

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    meagan
    September 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    yay for austin! i’m sad to miss your event, but i’m sure you’ll have a great time here. you’re coming at a good time—it’s not *too* hot!

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    Shannon, Tropical Eats
    September 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    have so much fun!!!! Southern food = the best ever!

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    kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com
    September 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    September is a GREAT time to head down to Texas!!! enjoy the BBQ’s <3
    xoxo

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    Kelly
    September 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    May I recommend the Eastside Cafe for breakfast/brunch. You’ll love the grounds–chickens lay all the eggs served there, organic greens, veggies galore, cute gift shop–all great to explore while you wait ofr a table.

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    Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    September 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread… sign me up!
    Have an AWESOME time. A dear friend of mine just moved to Austin from WI, and I can’t wait to visit him there. I’ll look forward to your must-see (must-eat?) destinations!

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    Lindsey
    September 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Have fun in Texas!!

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    Katie
    September 1, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Ohh I LOVE barbeque!! Have fun in Texas!
    By the way, I love the new look of your blog!

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    Priscilla
    September 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I am a Texan, and it is a unique and wonderful place…but Texans isn’t about sweet tea or pulled pork. Try beer (Shiner Bock!) and brisket instead. 😉 And of course, in Austin, lots of Mexican food and margaritas!

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    Priscilla
    September 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Per my earlier comment: I mean Texas isn’t about sweet tea or pulled pork…not *Texans* isn’t about…Doh!

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    MoniMeals
    September 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Yeehaw! You will love Austin, Have fun tonight. 🙂

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    Amy
    September 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I am with you girl, I heart Texas in a big way and I couldn’t possibly be from a more different place, Connecticut. I went to Austin for the first time this year and LOVED it. I can’t wait to go back. Have a blast.

    OH! And although I’m sure your man will be hosting you at all the best local spots, I am going to second the Salt Lick rec for “real” BBQ which is something this northern gal doesn’t ever get to experience.

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    Mary
    September 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Enjoy your vacation!! you’ll have to see if everything is really bigger in texas!

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    Ashley
    September 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Austin is an AMAZING city. I loved it when I visited!! I wish you’d come to Alabama for a get together! I’d come drink cocktails and eat tacos! (I probably wouldn’t wear a Bama shirt though…. you know, since I’m an Auburn fan…)

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    Christina
    September 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I agree with Christie. PLEASE don’t wear an Aggie T-Shirt to the game in Austin. As a Texan (no official affiliation to UT or A&M) I want you to LOVE our state, and Longhorns and Aggies take school pride VERY seriously. Wearing an Aggie shirt to a Longhorn game might result in people being rude or offensive in the name of rivalry (as you are on UT ground when they are not playing A&M) and I would hate for any “friendly” school rivalry to leave a bad taste in your mouth.
    Many people have mentioned great places to eat. I would also suggest Flip Happy Crepes… it was on the Food Network and when I was working in Austin last year, it was my favorite quick lunch spot.
    Also, get yourself a breakfast taco while in texas… it is a definite must!
    Have a great time!

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    Lauren
    September 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Have a safe and wonderful trip!!

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    Chelsey
    September 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I can feel your excitement through the computer screen! Have a great break!!!

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    Paige @Running Around Normal
    September 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    sounds like fun! Pure vacation? Heck yeah!

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    Elliott
    September 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I have visited Austin one time and didn’t want to leave. It is such a cool city with so much to do and see. Most importantly the food there is incredible!! I had some awesome BBQ from Rudy’s. The place is really cool because it’s kind of like a deli counter only they are slicing up fresh, smoked brisket, turkey, and pork! They also let you sample sides and the various meats. YOU HAVE TO GO TO OASIS ON LAKE TRAVIS! You cannot get great food, drinks and a view like this anywhere! So fresh, flavorful, and delicious. Plus most of the tables are on their multi-tiered patio, overlooking Lake Travis. It is such a great dining experience. Also, I would highly recommend Chee Zee. I had an amazing meal and the place is really cool on the inside. Being a baker, you MUST at least go there for dessert! Their case of treats will make you salivate. We’re talking Carrot Cake Cheese Cake, Flourless Chocolate Tortes, and so much more! The Carrot Cake Cheese Cake was like having out of this world cheesecake between layers of the most moist, delicious, carrot cake I’ve ever had. Ok, let me wipe the drool off of my keyboard and end this post! I’m sure Almanzo knows where all of the other good eats are, but these were my favorite! Have a great trip!

    Links:
    http://www.rudys.com
    http://www.oasis-austin.com
    http://www.chez-zee.com

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    Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    September 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    oh my – have an awesome time!!

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    amy
    September 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    go to Franklin BBQ. YUM! check it out on yelp.

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    Audra
    September 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I’m a Texas girl born and bred who’s living in Japan at the moment. My friend manages an amazing restaurant on 6th Street called Parkside! You should definitely try it out while you’re there!

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    Kristina
    September 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Enjoy the beef BBQ – brisket and ribs, YUM!
    And I would second the caution about the Aggie shirt at a Texas game. You will be persona non grata, for sure!

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    Emily
    September 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Try out Flip Happy Crepes for me! I saw it on the Food Network and it looks like such a cute little palce! 🙂

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    Ann
    September 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I’m so sad I won’t be in town when you visit!! I can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

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    Rebecca
    September 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    How fun! I am from Dallas and still live there, but went to college in Austin. (Clearly, I will have to ignore any photos of you in A&M gear. Nothing personal.) It’s a fun place, definitely visit Trudy’s and Central Market. I’m not sure if you have CM in California, but even if you do you need to visit the original on Lamar.

    Hope you have a great trip!

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    Tara @ FoodforFuel
    September 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Welcome to Austin!!! Love BBQ, but I always crave Mexican food! You should definitely try Polvo’s on S. 1st Street…their margaritas are amazing!

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    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    September 1, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    You and Almanzo must be doing pretty well to be going on such a trip together. I;m happy for you guys.

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    Becca
    September 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I have a weird obsession with texas too and chocolate chip cookies! I think we would get along just fine!

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    Charlotte
    September 1, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    One word for you….Salt Lick. Its Delicious!!!!!

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    Sarah
    September 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I wish I could visit Austin for the Amazing Flagship Whole Foods that exists there!!!

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    KatieTX
    September 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    So College Station is pretty small, I am really hoping you go to a place called Hurricane Harry’s on Saturday night after the game..then I will see you, for sure. It is not a big place. PS tell Adam to bring you to Hurricane Harry’s, it really is a fun place to dance!!

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    Sana
    September 1, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Have fun meeting the boy’s family :)!

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    Ryan
    September 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Eatliverun CS crew!

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    Susan
    September 2, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Cannot wait to see your pictures, I hope you have so much fun! I have heard Texas is *awesome*! You should organize a blog event in San Diego, it is pretty cool down here, and you would def have one attendee, just sayin….

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    Kim J.
    September 2, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I agree with the others on not wearing the Aggie shirt. The school pride thing is a huge deal in Texas. If you have time you should most definitely check out Snap Kitchen at the Triangle location. We’re opening one in Houston where I will be the RD on site. It’s an amazing place with 80% all natural and organic foods, locally grown, seasonal, etc. We also have a “dine green” certification and most of our foods are gluten free and diabetic freindly. http://www.snapkitchen.com

    Also, Texans aren’t big on BBQ pork 🙁 and you won’t find much sweet tea either. Austin is a great place and I’m sure you’ll love it!

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    Kim J.
    September 2, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Ok, wearing an A&M shirt at a game it college station is a great idea! I meant, just walking around Austin you probably wouldn’t get the best reception. Also, you MUST check out Central Market. The company is owned by HEB a big chain grocery store only here and Texas (and a few in Mexico).

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    diana@mymarblerye
    September 2, 2010 at 4:29 am

    so sad I missed your meet up…but I may or may not try to find you throughout the city and make you sign my cook books..haha jk. Enjoy Texas and our heat!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    September 2, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Good luck with the event! I can’t wait to see your new Anthropologie dress. I think I need to find some sort of excuse to buy one too. 😉 That store is amazing!

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    Baroque Diva
    September 2, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Well, you’re in luck! The Anthropologie in Austin is RIGHT ACROSS from the Flagship Whole Foods! 🙂 Have fun- LOVE AUSTIN!

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    Maura
    September 2, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Oh, I was just saying I need to go to Anthro and get a new dress! Have fun in Austin, it’s a blast! I swear, I should have been born down south….

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    Courtney @ Bread & Bokeh
    September 2, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I second the recommendation for Rudy’s BBQ!!!!

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    Kristen
    September 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Have fun in texas. That last picture looks really really good.

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    Natalie @ Scarlett Notions
    September 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Glad to have you here! I’m up in Dallas, but welcome to Austin!

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    Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com
    September 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Make sure to give an update on what you think of Austin! I live too close to not have gone yet….I’ve heard great things!

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    Lana
    September 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    OMG!!! I live right between Austin and San Antonio!!!! That’s really funny about your grandpa because I actually go to school at A&M!!! Let me know if your grandpa wants to rehash the A&M memories….I’m sure there is a lot more in College Station now than in the 40’s, lol.
    Enjoy the cows, boots and eats!!

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    Jen
    September 4, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Gig ‘Em AGS! WHOOP!

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    Courtney
    July 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Just found your blog and totally lost it when I read your grandpa got kicked out of A&M! I am an Aggie living in Ohio and it always warms my heart to see someone talk about Texas A&M.

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    Dane
    July 26, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Hi, just wanted to mention, I loved this post.
    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

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