Deep in the Heart

We traveled to Texas this weekend for a wedding and a mini-vacation. LC’s Grandma Dede and Grandpa Mark joined us in Austin for a visit and to watch LC while A and I attended the wedding. I had only been to San Antonio before, so our trip to Austin was an exciting new adventure.  And by adventure, I mean lots of new food to eat, because that’s pretty much all we did.

On the way into town from the airport we passed the Landing Strip.  That’s right – THE Landing Strip.  As you may know, Friday Night Lights, though it takes place in the fictional Dillion, TX, was filmed in Austin.  And the strip club – home to Mandy Riggins and other strippers with a heart of gold – is actually a real place in Austin.  I didn’t get to stop by – I was hoping they had tee shirts – but driving past set the weekend off to a great start.

We started Thursday night with Tex-Mex dinner at Trudy’s, thanks to a recommendation from an Austin native friend.  While I had only a sip of the Silver Fire margarita, it was delicious and I will have to return to have one of my own once I have an outside baby. Friday we visited the flagship Whole Foods – enjoying some delicious tasty goods for breakfast, but nothing too big because we had Franklin’s BBQ for lunch.  (Look it up, I’ll wait.  Franklin’s BBQ is awe-some-sauce.)

The town was abuzz getting ready for the big game on Saturday, UT v. WVU.  Wanting to walk off some of the BBQ we’d enjoyed at lunch, we visited campus and found ourselves in the middle of a pep rally.  All week leading up to our trip, I kept saying that if I could meet Bevo, the trip would be a success.  So as we crossed the square in front of the UT tower and heard a co-ed exclaim “It’s Bevo, y’all!”, I couldn’t  believe it.  There in a giant orange trailer, attached to a giant orange truck – was Bevo XIV.

Here’s LC taking a peek at the beast.

And then the entire fam hanging with Big Moo, as LC referred to him as.

It was a pretty big deal, especially since I wasn’t sure if anything would top the Landing Strip.

While Bevo was the highlight of the trip for me, I think dinner Friday night was the highlight for A.  We headed to Lucy’s Fried Chicken where we had all the goods the South has to offer.  Fried chicken, sweet tea, corn bread, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes (made with Coca-Cola), grits and chess pie.  Yeah, it was pretty delicious.  I think A would travel back to Austin just get another bucket of chicken.

I’m grounded in Seattle until BE2 makes her outside appearance, so this long weekend with family, great food and a giant steer was a great way to get out of town and relax for a few days.  It may not have been Maui, but it was a pretty great babymoon for the family we are now.

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