The Austin Guide

The music scene and great food is reason enough to visit Austin, but as you wander throughout the town you notice the boost of creativity within the city limits. From musicians on every other street corner; galleries tucked into unassuming spots and the architectural history, well the uniqueness becomes most endearing after the first day. Listed are a few of my favorites spots!!

Rodney McMillian, The White House Painting, 2018. Vinyl and thread. 13 feet x 42 feet 4 inches. Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin, with funds provided by the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize and was chosen by an independent advisory committee of renowned curators and art historians.

Sixth String by Randy Rudman
Me standing next to the 10’ Gibson Les Paul which is permanently on display at the corner of 6th and Congress, and the connection between performing and visual arts is astounding as you notice on the guitar the intersection of Sixth & Brazos.


El Naranjo

This Oaxacan cuisine is absolutely the best within the city limits. To start the meal was this fabulous Margarita with sea salt!!! The flavors of the meal were so fresh and bold, like the Guacamole con Chicharron that was served with corn tortillas and a salsa-verde that I want to attempt to remake at home. Then tacos de verduras al chintextle were the seasonal vegetables in a smoky chile pasilla oaxaqueno paste.Irene’s
The retro vibe that emanates from Irene’s was half the fun of visiting this quaint restaurant and former auto body repair shop. It took me back to the days of the 29 Diner off of Route 50 & 123, when food was as delicious as mom’s!!! Our group started the meal with the French Dip & chips, which was really tasty, like when we were kids. The burgers were from handmade patties and dessert was a gorgeous strawberry cake.

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The Austin Effect

36 hours in Austin and having a wonderful time!!!
Texas Capital Building at 1100 Congress Ave., 78701

As soon as one step’s off the plane, Austin’s charm is truly apparent. People who live here are anxious to share their favorites spots with those who have never been, or those returning to enjoy the eclectic Texas culture. You will see signs or hear the slogan “Keep Austin Weird”, which is not to say Austinites are not eerie, strange, creepy or freaky.

Téjanos in Repulic of Texas 1836-1845 at the Capital Building in Austin
Sixth Street « live » on Friday night with people, food and of course lots of fab music!!!

It took a day or two before realizing the implications of the terminology, and culitvated my interpretation. As you walk out of elevators everyone says to have a great day; the mix of cultures is a beautiful site, especially with Mexico as a neighbor, Uber drivers are a plethora of information when it comes to the best food and no one, I repeat no one is ugly or difficult in this town. 

People are unbothered with what you are doing, it is such an unpretentious metropolis. No one is keeping up with the “joneses”, there is no need for enclaves or restricted communities. Everyone in Austin maintains a fabulous “uniqueness” for themselves and not society.  

Stay tuned, as there is more to share on food and art galleries.

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