March 02, 2015

St Philip and the Doc goes Duck Hunting

With #2 son at my Mom's and the daughter off to a birthday party, the three remaining needed a big brunch. We decided to try someplace new, St. Philip.

pretzel bites while waiting for a table at st philips austin

The wait time was 35 minutes at 1:30 pm Sunday. They offered drink service and transfer the tab to your table (LOVE THAT!) and they passed out free Pretzel bites with delicious mustard. You can't properly enjoy a fresh made pretzel without beer so... 

st philip austin draft beer

They have St Arnold's Root Beer on tap along with a great list of our favorites.

st philip austin pizza

Fennell Sausage Pizza and Brisket Hash (below) were both delicious.  

st philip brisket hash austin 

st philip austin soft serve

#1 son enjoyed blueberry soft serve ice cream. We stopped at the bakery on the way out.  

peking duck hunter of west lake hills 78746 

Later that same evening... We celebrated a friend’s successful Peking Duck hunt along with some French Pinot. Then we enjoyed the pastries from St. Philip. Not bad for a Sunday evening! 

st philip bakery pastries austin   

Carnaval Brasileiro 2015

zax pints and plates

We started with family dinner at Zax Pints n Plates, The food was good and they have a great beer list. I have met the owners of this place a few times. They challenged me to come try their crab cake, said it was free for me if I didn't agree it was better than the one at Eddie V's (where we were at that time). I was anxious to put it to the test, but there was no crab cake on the menu! I guess I shouldn't have waited so long to go back (two years) 

carnaval austin 2015 

Austin Samba School and Drums 

carnaval brasieiro austin 2015 mime 

Yeah, I can't really talk about it, I'm in a box. 

carnaval brasileiro austin  

carnaval brasileiro austin 2015 red angel 

Kat looked great in her red angel attire (can't hardly see it but she has wings on too). 

penny of carnaval brasileiro austin 2015 

Oh, did you think you'd come here to see a bunch of images of half naked people? Well, it's not that sort of site... Well, maybe just a little bit. 

There were plenty of people in their Saturday night least. I only took a few pics this year. 

lion tamer carnaval brasileiro 2015 

carnaval brasileiro 2015 austin dancer 

clown on clown action carnaval brasileiro 2015 

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Mostly, it's about those drums. 

austin samba school carnaval brasileiro 2015 

Kat loves to dance along to that Samba drum beat. 


Carnaval Brasileiro Austin 2015 The End 


February 23, 2015

Cotillion 2015 Austin Junior Assembly Candle Light Dinner

Austin Country Club Cotillion 2015

This concludes Cotillion 2015 Junior Assembly. I took the boys to their Candle Lit Dinner Dance, parents are only allowed in the last 15 minutes of the two hour event.  

austin cotillion junior assembly 2015 

cotillion austin 2015 

cotillion dance 2015 junior assembly austin 


Contemporary Austin Dinner with Tom Sachs and Toto Miranda

We enjoyed a catered dinner at the Contemporary. The food was styled after 80's NY street foods. 

tito's vodka at the contemporary austin museum of art 

Open bar.  

toto miranda the octopus project contemporary austin tom sachs 

My favorite part of the evening, TOTO MIRANDA (from The Octopus Project) had made music that was played from the Tom Sachs art installations. The pieces really came to life this way and the music was great. The timing of the musical portion could've been better. The music didn't really get started till after the dinner, after everybody had been there a while, and most people were already gone or heading out. It almost had all the right things to be an awesome dance party in the art museum, we enjoyed it none the less.  Check the video below... 

National Margarita Day? Yeah, it's real.

hand shaken top shelf margarita at abuelo's national margarita day 2015

Sure, it was nearly freezing out (was mid 70's the day before). We had enjoyed National Margarita day last year, we pledged to get out and do it again for 2015! We enjoyed Top Shelf Hand Shaken Margaritas for $5.95 each!  

abuelo's austin national margarita day 2015 happy hour 

Strange Land Brewing Company, in Westlake!

I didn't see this coming... We have a Brewery just down the road from our house. AND... their beer is good, REALLY GOOD!

Strange Land Brewery: 

strange land brewery west lake hills austin 78746 

We did a Full Flight for $15 (we shared) 

strange land brewery tap room beer tasting westlake texas austin 

Warm February sunset in Austin (West Lake Hills). Strange Land Brewery is located behind Hat Creek Burger at 360/Bee Cave 

strange land brewery austin west lake hills 78746 

Saison and Alt style beers were our favorites.  

78746 brewery  

Kat normally doesn't have much care for Porter (DARK) beers, but she liked both their Bourbon Porter and the Rosemary and Ginger Porter.   

oyster shuck it 

Then we went home and shucked oysters with a screwdriver, steamed a few pounds of mussels and also ate some Sole filets...  Blame it on the Barley Wine. 

screwdriver oyster shucker  

Chinese New Year- Lunar New Year 2015

Chinese New Year Celebration at Chinatown 2015. 

tc noodles austin chinatown

Grabbed a quick lunch from TC Noodle, had our own Lion Dancer at the table.  

table dance at chinatown austin 

Then we braved the crowd, rude people and endured the smoke and noise from the firecrackers... those evil spirits better be gone.  

lion dancers chinatown new year celebration austin 2015 

lion dancers chinatown austin new lunar year 

austin chinatown 


February 17, 2015

Secret Bar Tour of 2015

I'd been running my mouth (again) about some secret bars I knew of. Friends suggested I organize a tour to prove the existence of said "secret bars"... so I did.

Parkside bar area 

Secret bars don't serve food so we started with some solids at Parkside.

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I reserved a back room at Midnight Cowboy Modelling, secret bar #1. Behind an unmarked, locked door on busy stretch of (dirty) 6th street, cocktails are made fancy, creative, and every one of them good.

Our group grew to fill our private room.  

midnight cowboy modelling austin tx secret bar 

Oh, yeah... I brought along some Real Sticks from Vermont, spicy and salty went well with the craft cocktails. I even shared some Vermont Smoked meat stick with one of the bartenders....  bar cart midnight cowboy modelling austin bar

Our room had velvet curtains for privacy. There was a switch on the wall used to indicate a need for a server. Some drinks are served table side, from a rolling bar cart. The service, cocktails, and experience was a good deal of fun.

best wurst austin 6th street 

Kat can't walk past that Best Wurst. She LOVES it. We all did.

6th street best wurst food cart austin 2015 

firehouse lounge hostel secret bar 

Stop #2 on the secret bar tour, Firehouse Lounge. Access to this bar is via sliding book case (hidden door) found in a Hostel Lobby. I'm thinking now, I probably should've taken a pic of that bookcase/door.

Secret Bar #3 would have been Garage, but they don't open on Sunday... The tour will be continued.

We did the only reasonable thing we could think of, Peche' Sunday night Happy Hour and dinner.

Kat and I enjoyed the Bone Marrow and Frites. 

peche bone marrow and frites 

Canopy Tower at Laguna Gloria- Contemporary Austin

ton sachs miffy crying bunny fountain laguna gloria austin

Family day at Laguna Gloria The Contemporary Austin. Tom Sachs Crying Miffy  bunny fountain needed a hug...? 

family day lagina gloria 

The Contemporary Austin Art Museum had a fun project for the kids, aqua biospheres, complete with live shrimp.  

aqua biosphere  

laguna gloria family day austin 

john grade canopy tower laguna gloria 

We enjoyed the new John Grade exhibit, Canopy Tower 

john grade canopy tower austin contemporary 

john grade canopy tower austin contemporary laguna gloria 


also enjoyed the view of Lake Austin from Laguna Gloria 

lake austin from laguna gloria 

Lloyd Cole at the Cactus Cafe -UT campus Austin Texas

lloyd cole austin 2015

Lloyd Cole at the Cactus Café, Austin TX 2015 

cactus cafe lloyd cole 2015 austin 

We saw Lloyd fifteen years ago at the Ram's Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD. We had a table next to the chair he played from on stage. I could've untied his shoes from my seat, like he was playing just for the two of us. There was no set list. People made requests, he'd flip through his notebook until he found the song and proceeded to play it. It went on like this for two hours. Kat was anxious to get home as this was our first time leaving the baby (daughter) with a sitter. Lloyd played for another hour after we left...


Lloyd Cole cactus cafe ut austin 

lost weekend lloyd cole austin cactus cafe 2015 

Lloyd played for almost two hours when he said "this is usually the point in the show where you start getting text messages from your sitter... BUT, I expect by now, your oldest child is able to take care of the younger ones. and you don't need a sitter any more". Well, I was floored... he clearly knew his audience.  Yes, we enjoyed the luxury of being able to stay for the whole show.  

Lloyd Cole 2015 tour TX 

Thanks again Lloyd!

Lloyd Cole Cactus Cafe Austin Tx 2015 UT  


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