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.

TACOS DE VERDURAS AL CHINTEXTLE SAUTÉED SEASONAL VEGETABLES IN A SMOKY CHILE PASILLA OAXAQUEÑO PASTE

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.

Travel stylishly,
K

Summer Adventures

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy …. NOT.!! Lately, life has been a whirlwind of events, workshops and chores. It is taking every ounce of strength to make it from one day to the next. In the community kids are out of school, most of the neighborhood is dark as families are on holiday, and co-workers are basking in resorts along the mid-Atlantic coast.

Time is not a luxury I can afford so, I have begun to plan day and/or weekend trips to relax and clear my mind of daily task over the summer. My birthday is this weekend so, a planned trip to NYC is in order. More information will be forthcoming, but let me share what has been taking place on previous weekends this month around Washington, DC.

Lunch with family and friends {Maria and me} a few weeks back at Joe’s Seafood on 15th Street, after a morning in The National Museum of African American History and Culture.
When relaxing, food is always a high priority so, when sightseeing it is imperative to stop for a few hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or martini.

The National Air and Space Museum hosted a brief exhibition to celebrate the 50thanniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Simon Birch a Hong Kong based British artist designed the Barmecide Feast using drawings from the detailed original set. Truly, this was a most surreal environment that had been depicted in the film and setup for the public to view.

Well, I am off to pack, as I must be up early for trip to New York City in the morning!!!

Stay stylish,
K