practicing their Chinese to make a sign, to claim our girls at the airport.
Lloyd was ready to make a lasting impression on our guests.
First stop from the airport, meet Willie Nelson (statue) outside the ACL studio.
I'd informed TRACE we'd be stopping in for a quick bite to eat. They prepared the private dining room for us.
I had many questions for our new girls, each new question had them look at each other before answering. But when I asked "what are you MOST excited about seeing during your visit to America?", there was no hesitation, they both answered right away: "the lifestyle!".
We paused, it was our time to look at each other before I replied, "OH, uh... we may not be normal Americans. Just so you know".
and then we ate:
Hamachi Crudo with compressed cucumber, white soy, serrano and meyer lemon
Seared Diver Scallops with crispy pork belly, garlic, cabbage and chantrelle mushrooms
Steak Tartare: spiced hand cut (raw) beef, horseradish, quail egg, house made pickles
We also had a trio of sliders (miniature hamburgers). I saw the girls look at the sliders, and then each other. They were excited to try them. Then I realized, we'd already introduced them to the most famous American food offering, the hamburger! Maybe we are typical Americans? I bet they didn't expect the burgers to be so small.
They'd already heard that Austin is the "Live Music Capitol of the World". I could see they were interested that Joe Posada was playing in the main dining room of TRACE. About one hour since leaving the airport, and we'd already found live music.
It was cold yesterday, that was unusual. We took the opportunity to enjoy a fire in the screen room with dinner (the second half of dinner)
Grilled salmon skewers and mushroom caps.
We will make sure our new girls are well fed.