August 18, 2014

Due Forni

The HH at Due Forni works on a Saturday as well.  The meat and cheese plate for only $5 is an amazing bargain. The house wine or Peroni draft is only $5 for HH and it's not bad.  We ordered too much food...

due forni austin happy hour  

The daughter likes that Tartufo pizza with shaved black truffle and the runny egg. 

TRACE (W Hotel ) Ice Cream Social

We attended a fund raiser at TRACE for Safeplace.org

safeplace ice cream social at trace w hotel austin 

For a cash donation or school supplies, TRACE grants you access to an ice cream buffet!

ice cream social trace austin w hotel starwood 

w hotel austin chef trace ice cream social 

You'd think that W Hotel staff would get sick of me. They've not kicked me out yet! 

trace austin w hotel patio  

They had a few.... 

ice cream stack  

stack of empties TRACE Austin 

w hotel living room library fireplace austin 

August in Texas, warming himself by the fire... 

W Hotel Wet Deck Summer 2014 Party (whaling edition)

W Hotel Summer Heat Wave Pool Party at the Wet Deck

w hotel pool party austin DJ bird peterson

We were invited to check out the Heat Wave party at the W Hotel Wet Deck (pool) 

w hotel austin pool girls  

As you might have imagined (I did) the pool was populated by beautiful women. DJ Bird Peterson played the music, so there was dancing in, and around the pool.  

w hotel austin pool party

it's a pool party, so there was splashing. 

w hotel pool austin

w hotel austin pool  

w hotel austin pool party wet deck

w hotel austin wetdeck pool  

Frozen drinks,Deep Eddy samples and drink specials... 

 

Lots of people taking selfies around the pool, how Narcissistic... 

selfie at the w hotel pool austin 

w hotel pool food burger austin wet deck 

look the size of that burger! and Yes, we ate while soaking in the pool. Decadent.   

alcohol at the w hotel pool party austin 

uh, yeah. I was a bit relaxed. (I didn't drive home) 

west lake hills bulk cedar collection pile 

I enjoy the play time more after hard work, feels like I've earned it. For me, work usually involves some manual labor. It's bulk yard waste (cedar) this week. I spent time with my chain saw clearing some of the old dead cedar.   

city of west lake hills tx westlake cedar pickup 

this is Whaling... (it was new to me. Proves you do learn something new every day)

August 12, 2014

South Padre Island beaches 2014

Beach Access #4:

beach access #4 south padre island 

south padre island beach access #4

 It was a bit overcast.

hatch chili sausages grilled on the beach south padre island 

We grilled corn, mushrooms and Hatch chili sausages for lunch.

south padre island mermaid kat

Kat turned mermaid and harvested a load of shells from the sandbar.

south padre island shell collection

south padre island sand  

south padre island sand monster 

south padre island sand  

south padre island sand boy 

south padre island koa airstream  

A quick stop to visit the turtles in the hospital. 

south padre island ridley turtle rescue 

south padre island turtle hospital  

south padre island turtle hospital 

The Weather was better the second day on the beach. We set up camp on the beach near the Wanna Wanna.

spi beach  

boogie board south padre island 

island kat 

boogie board south padre island spi 

spi water 

spi beach wanna wanna  

sunday paella south padre island cafe kranzler 

We cleaned up an had a paella at Café Kranzler.

cafe kranzler spi padre island  

cake at cafe kranzer south padre island texas 

He REALLY wanted the cake... 

super moon koa south padre island  

super-moon at the campground.   

koa spi airstream  

We made it home in well under 6 hours (towing an airstream) 

arro happy hour austin 

Home in time to try HH at Arro! Wine by the glass is 50% off 5-7PM M-F. The Sauvignon Blanc was a bargain at $4.50 a glass (normally $9). The food was good too.  You know #1 son was happy to find Steak Tartare on the menu.

arro austin french food 

It's good to be home. 

 

South Padre Island Schlitterbahn (SB trip #9 for summer 2014)

schlitterbahn south padre island

Compared to New Braunfels.... the SPI Schlitterbahn is smaller and the rides are much shorter... we were able to do most of the park in 4 hours.  The lines were also shorter.   

lines at schlitterbahn south padre island 

and the lines.... you never have to get out of the water! you line up IN your tube IN the water.   

schlitterbahn south padre island bar 

They also have a full bar down there. You can get Dippin' Dots, chicken wings AND a Tito's and tonic from the same guy. 

NIWeek- National Instruments Convention Austin 2014

national instruments convention austin 2014 

National Instruments Week 2014, more robots and free ink pens.... 

NIWeek national instruments austin 2014

niweek dj roomba 

DJ ROOMBA! (almost

robots at niweek 

 

 

1986 A-P-T reunion

Back to year 1986. These three dudes shared an apartment...  trouble. 

captain shreve high school shreveport laborde schuster smith 1986 1985

2014 and we're still around.   

shreveport 1986 captain shreve 1985 

LaBorde did object to wearing a red shirt.  I think it has something to do with sports... We eventually convinced him to wear it for historical accuracy purposes.   

shreveport captain shreve 1985 1986 

 

Chris had his sister and mom along for the trip this time.  

 

There were tears and beers and a big meal. 

 

after everything settled, we took Chris out to the Texas Hill Country, Wimberley. 

wimberley blanco river

Explored a bit of the Blanco river. Water is low and not as clear as some years past.   

blanco river rapids  

We also stopped at Jacob's Well 

wimberley jacob's well  

This is the view from the rock where everybody jumps from, aiming for the small deep hole in the middle. 

wimberley jacobs well 

wimberley jacobs well 

#1 son considered jumping, I was OK that he backed out.   

August 04, 2014

the eighth Schlitter of the summer

schlitterbahn new braunfels boogie bay bar

dragon's revenge schlitterbahn new braunfels 

#1 son and I rode Dragon's Revenge. 

dragon's revenge schlitterbahn  

Water blasts the riders UP the tube for this ride.   

uphill water park ride schlitterbahn 

schlitterbahn lazy river kids crystal river new braunfels 

We spent most of the day floating around.  

schlitterbahn new braunfels lazy crystal river alligator

Extreme Picnicing at the Longe Center Symphony

The weather was perfect for symphony and picnic at the Long Center

long center sunset symphony summer picnic 

(BIG) 

kat made big bubbles at long center austin skyline 

extreme picnicing austin long center lawn sunset summer 

A group of friends (mostly yelpers) meets here every Sunday. It's an impressive spread of food and wine.   

hooters austin long center 

We closed the weekend at Hooter's.  

White Linen Night 2nd district and W Hotel afterparty

White Linen event in the 2nd street district.

austin 2nd district white linen food and wine alliance

white linen night austin  

Paul bar manager W Hotel DJ daft punk white linen austin  

Spent some time at the W Hotel booth. Paul spun some Daft Punk. 

white linen austin 

white linen austin bonneville 

Delicious food tastings from The Bonneville.  

white linen 2nd district 

white linen austin food and wine alliance 

oh, and they had wine for us too.  

austin white linen searsucker 

searsucker 

austin food and wine alliance white linen 

empty wine glass white linen austin paul schuster 

something is wrong with this glass... keeps drying out. 

austin food and wine alliance white linen 

thank you. 

rae cosmetics austin white linen

We ducked into a few of the shops on  2nd street, RAE Cosmetics

langford austin white linen 

sure... and did a little shopping  (at Langford)  Kat was able to redeem a gift certificate

Then we attended the VIP party at the W Hotel

TRACE Austin W Hotel VIP party White Linen 

TRACE 

VIP party White Linen W Hotel Austin 

VIP party at TRACE W Hotel Austin Food and Wine Alliance 

White Linen VIP party TRACE W hotel macrons

an abundance of sweets. 

Trace Austin W hotel VIP party White Linen 

white linen food and wine alliance austin VIP party W Hotel 

THANK YOU CHEF! They treat us well at Trace.  

W Hotel Austin  

I have promotional credit from both Lyft and Uber. So we didn't have to worry about driving home or parking etc.  Just a click or two on my iPhone, and our driver was whisking us away. NICE!

 HEY! Austin Monthly took our pic too

austin monthly white linen event 

 

TRACE HH and the Whip in

TRACE Austin W Hotel Summer menu

BIG 

I stopped in for Happy Hour at TRACE this past week. I was given the one item from their Summer Dinner Series menu that I'd not been able to enjoy last week. It's sort of a Nude Ravioli. It was as tasty as it was photogenic (it's very photogenic)

Then I stopped off for samosas from Whip in. 

open mic at the whip inn austin 

They were having an open stage sort of event. Each band got 15 minutes of stage time.  

whip inn live music austin beer joint  

Our friend Chris was back in town for a few days. He was surprised to see that the drummer was wearing a "Golf Shirt".  

open mic at the whip in austin 

"I never thought I could be a drummer AND wear golf shirts!"  The band was pretty good.   

July 28, 2014

Living Room Sessions W Hotel: Gentelman Rogues and Baptist Generals

The W Hotel Living Room concert continues to provide a high level of talent in a beautiful setting. These shows are free and start/end at a reasonable hour (started @ 7:30 and  done around 10 PM). 

Gentleman Rogues:

gentleman rogues austin w hotel

gentleman rogues austin band w hotel living room 

Baptist Generals:

baptist generals w hotel austin 

baptist generals  band w hotel austin tx 

Trace Summer Dinner Series

Trace sent me a $25 certificate, we applied that toward a nice Dinner for the whole family.

schuster at trace W hotel austin 

Their Summer dinner series allows you to pick any two selections from the list for $25. Everything we had was perfect.

TRACE W hotel austin summer dinner series 2014 

LOVED the roasted beets with pumpkin seeds, goat cheese, tarragon and oranges.

summer dinner series at trace austin w hotel 

I was pleasantly surprised by both the smoked chicken and the burger. 

carpaccio austin trace 

#1 son was disappointed that his favorite (steak tartare) is off the menu. He managed to enjoy the carpaccio all the same.

dessert at trace w austin

summer fruit dessert trace w hotel austin 

trace patio austin tx w hotel restaurant 

 

willie statue acl austin  

I don't think #2 son knows who Willie Nelson is... but he knows he wants his picture taken every time we pass by.   

you CAN make Kouign Amann at home...

I found a recipe for making Kouign Amann at home. None of the individual steps are difficult or complicated, there is a lot of time between steps that make it a burden. BUT IT WAS GOOD!

kouign amann recipe for home made 

We ended up dragging the process out over a longer period of time.  

kouign amann pastry dough 

looks close to what the recipe shows...  and they tasted great!

kouign amann at home austin texas 

Thanks Kat!

Dangerously Delicious Pies comes to Austin

Climb aboard the way-back machine, we are going back to Baltimore 1999. Local rocker heroes the Glenmont Popes host their annual beer soaked music festival in a rural farm field, Popefest.  We went, power was lost but we enjoyed an un-plugged performance. I got a few pics...

rodney henry glenmont popes dangerously delicious pies austin 

FFW 15 years and Rodney is now famous for his Dangerously Delicious Pies, his son also likes to sing and play the guitar, mostly Johnny Cash and CCR songs. We caught up with them this past weekend at Live Oak Barbecue. 

rodney hentry waylon dangerously delicious pies austin  

live oak barbecue and beer austin texas 

We got a couple lbs of meat fresh from the smoker for our #7 trip to Schlitterbahn. Their ribs, tenderloin and sausage were our favorite. 

ron swanson meat live oak barbecue austin 

Ron Swanson approved. 

dangerously delicious pies austin live oak bbq 

The pie did live up to the hype, it was really good. I told Rodney I'm ready to place my order for a strawberry-rhubarb.

live oak bbq barbecue austin  

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