- Got up early Friday morning for breakfast at Common Bond. The almond croissant is my favorite thing there, but the pain perdu was really good, too -it was like French toast but I don't like French toast so it was better than that.
- A stop for lunch at Brooks' Place, a BBQ trailer in the parking lot of an Ace Hardware. I picked off of Andrew's because I was full from breakfast and the brisket was great.
Pain Perdu (shared) at Common Bond | Sign on the trailer at Brooks' Place which cracks me up | Two Meat Plate (shared)
- Lots and lots of errands, including buying a cooler. The Igloo factory is pretty close to my house and they have an outlet store. They also have a giant Igloo cooler that I insisted on going to see.
Repost from Instagram. The building was sadly just a security guard shack. | Unrelated to everything, but I finally got Duncan a Kong and he loved it!
Risotto Balls | Shorty Mac | Cuban Press
Behind the scenes BBQ Prep: Grinding two cups of pepper so it's the perfect coarseness and fresh - took forever | Each brisket and rack of ribs was trimmed, wrapped in butcher paper, and put in a plastic bag until time to go on the smoker | Our refrigerator on BBQ days - meat and beer, some wine and soda for me, and frappucinos because they were on sale at Costco | I wanted to spare my vegetarian friends a raw meat shot, so here's a close up of the seasoned meat before it went on the smoker.
- Sunday was the party. My friend ordered cute crawfish cookies and made crawfish cupcakes. There were a ton of kids and a bouncy house with a water slide. We chatted with one of the other childless couples about fun things to do in Austin and left after a few hours. In our conversation, though, they said something about us that's stuck with me - "Wow, you guys DO a lot." And I guess we do, even when it seems like we don't.
- Last week, a restaurant here called Underbelly featured a hamburger found on the menu at Husk (a restaurant in Nashville and Charleston) and Andrew got to try it during lunch with a coworker and said it was amazing. I had to have it, naturally. It was only supposed to be on the menu for a week, but we decided to try our luck to see if it was still there Monday - it wasn't. But, we still enjoyed lunch at Underbelly. Its chef just won a James Beard Award, which is like a restaurant Oscar, and the lunch prices are far better than those at dinner. I had salsa braised chicken on corncakes and Andrew had a beef curry. Both were great.
The sign is funny because it could both apply to the James Beard Award win and to James Harden, a player for the Houston Rockets known as "The Beard." | my dish | his dish
- The real reason we dared to go "into town," though, was to try a new coffee place called Siphon Coffee. They make their coffee using this crazy contraption - remember on Breaking Bad when Gale had his weird coffee maker using beakers? Yeah, it was basically that. Monday was Siphon's opening day. The space is cute but the coffee was pricey - $11 for Siphon coffee for two. I'm sure there's reasoning behind that that makes sense, but it isn't something I'll order often, even though it was delicious. We also got chocolate sea salt cookies which were great, but at $2.50 each, were more expensive than I expected. Their latte and other drink prices were pretty on par with other coffee shops in the area, though, so I will likely be back for one of those.
Cozy sitting area at the back of the shop | cute video game table | the siphon coffee for two. I loved the glasses - they were actually plastic, kept the coffee hot, and stayed cool to the touch.
I swear, it didn't feel like that much when I was in the middle of it, but looking back... that was a lot of food. I guess it's the price I pay for "doing a lot," right?