Austin, Texas Is As Good As It Gets

jestcafe.coom-austin30I went to Austin last weekend for work and I really, really liked it. People always have amazing things to say about this city so I was afraid my expectations were too high, but they weren’t. This place did not disappoint.

We were lucky to be there when the university was on vacation and places were not crowded. The weather was perfect (I hear the summer is excruciatingly hot) and the whole trip was incredible. What surprised me the most about this city was how laid back everybody is. There is a lot less attitude than in LA. Also, people are really into decor! All the places we went to were beautifully decorated. South Congress, for example, has many corners with beautiful murals and cute restaurants. jestcafe.coom-austin35jestcafe.com-austin21Food in Austin is off the hook! We went to so many amazing restaurants. My personal favorite was Launderette – if you happen to go there do not skip dessert, or I will personally scold you later.jestcafe.com-austin2jestcafe.com-austin16jestcafe.com-austin27 jestcafe.com-austin28 Josephine House was my favorite breakfast place. It was strange, because this restaurant is in the middle of a suburban area, with no other businesses around, so I didn’t know what to expect – well, it was heaven. The best part about eating out in Austin (aside from the food) was that we could get into all places without a reservation. I am so used to LA by now where everything is busy and crowded, that I really liked the break from stressing out about making reservations three days in advance.
jestcafe.coom-austin31 jestcafe.coom-austin39jestcafe.com-austin22 jestcafe.com-austin23jestcafe.coom-austin38We tried going to the Barton Springs but they were closed because of flooding… boohoo. Still I was able to snap this photo from far away. jestcafe.coom-austin37We decided to walk around the park instead. I had no idea Austin was so lush. jestcafe.com-austin8 jestcafe.com-austin9If you go to Texas, you NEED to go to a cowboy boots store and be very touristy by trying everything even if you are not interested in buying. It will make you feel cooler by osmosis. jestcafe.com-austin17 jestcafe.com-austin15Torchy’s Tacos has the best cheese salsa for chips. The tacos were good but I wasn’t that impressed. I guess if it is good enough for Obama is good enough for me. jestcafe.com-austin5 jestcafe.com-austin4jestcafe.com-austin jestcafe.coom-austin34 jestcafe.com-austin14 jestcafe.com-austin13 jestcafe.coom-austin32Café No Sé was gorgeous. Even if you are not hungry, go here for the decor and the ice cream. You can always fit some ice cream inside of a full stomach.
jestcafe.com-austin11jestcafe.com-austin20 jestcafe.com-austin19Whisler’s, one of the most beautiful bars I have ever been to. Tall ceilings, vintage decor, and a big outdoor area made this one my favorite bar.

I can’t finish this post without saying that the music scene is as good as they say. The weekend we were there, we found many festivals and bars with all kinds of music. Very cool.

Other places I liked in Austin were Coopers for barbecue, and the South Congress bridge at sunset, where you can see close to a million bats flying out to find food.

 

Thanks, Austin, you are awesome!

 

Also, a post about my trip to Chile, our trip to Costa Rica, and, the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.

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    • Mila says:

      Yassi, you, from all people, would LOVE Austin. Food is amazing and restaurants are beautiful. Right up your alley.

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  1. Carina says:

    My dad used to go to Texas often for work (an engineer), and brought back his favourite belt buckles from there. Yes, that big metal kind, and he would wear them regularly! Awesome post. Loved the pictures!

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    • Mila says:

      Ha! I love that! In hindsight, I should have gotten one of those belt buckles… although, I didn’t see anybody wearing cowboy boots or big belt buckles…It must not be trendy in Austin anymore.

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  2. Jaime says:

    I just came back from Austin for my bachelorette, and we had lunch at the Launderette and loved it! There is so much to eat, see and do there- I cannot wait to go back!

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