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When in Austin

March 11, 2013
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What I did on my Austin vacation.

Lady Bird Lake trail.

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue.

Coffee rubbed brisket at Lamberts, slow smoked, with baked beans and a jícama slaw.

Chocolate Pot De Crème at Lamberts Downtown Barbecue: The chocolate pudding of Gods topped with whipped cream from heaven, the crunchiest hazelnut meringue cookie, and sprinkles of sea salt. The only thing not perfect about this place was the shaky wood floor.

Kitchen at Lamberts on 2nd Street.

Holy Cacao truck at South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery.

Damn good tacos at Torchy’s Tacos.

Two AWESOME tacos from Torchy’s Tacos. Beef Fajita taco: Skirt steak, grilled vegetables, pico de gallo and cheese; and Mr. Orange taco: Blackened salmon, corn and black bean salsa, cotija cheese and avocado sauce.

South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery.

The walk-in beer cooler at Whole Foods Market on Lamar.

Brass tubing wall art by Michelle Bayer and Joyce Rosner at Milk + Honey spa.

New love: Mixed metal jewelry by Jamie Kelsch

Jo’s Hot Coffee and Good Food on South Congress.

Coffee line at Jo’s on South Congress.

Hotate at Uchiko: A raw diver scallop, a sliver of avocado, and an outrageous secret sauce tied together with a piece of nori. THIS. THE BEST DISH.

Loup de mer sashimi at Uchiko: Mediterranean sea bass, shredded myoga, served over a bowl of ice chips with ponzu sauce on the side. Meh. Flavorless. Nothing to write home about.

Uchiko on North Lamar.

Kanpachi crudo at Uchiko: Amberjack, turnip, mini dollops of yogurt, mushrooms soaked in sake, and a dusting of wasabi powder. Good and creative.

Tobacco cream at Uchiko: Tobacco-infused cream made into custard tubes, served with chocolate sorbet, glazed pecans, maple sauce, huckleberry purée, and shreds of some edible brown paper. High in creativity. The tobacco flavor was too intense for my palate, I did not finish the dish.

Sushi bar at Uchiko.

Stay Fresh under the bridge at 1st and Cesar Chavez.

Mini dried fruit treats in the locker room at the W.

The terrace at the W.

Mosasaur bones picnic chairs at Texas Natural Science Center at UT Austin.

Cutter’s Choice brisket at Rudy’s Bar-B-Q.

Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q.

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q, The Worst Bar-B-Q in Texas.

Key lime pie at Woodland Austin.

The #HootBus.

Flying dinosaur at Texas Natural Science Center.

T-shirt goodness from Luke’s Locker.

Statue of Stevie Ray Voughan on the Lady Bird Lake trail.

Canopy warehouse space, renovated for artist studios and art galleries in East Austin.

One of the few houses in Austin that was not painted all green.

Bowie, not Bowie. “This is Ground Control to Major Tom” at Lady Bird Lake trail.

Kitchen at Taverna on 2nd street.

Taverna Pizzeria Risotteria by Lombardi.

Blue Theater structure by the new Canopy space in East Austin.

Photos © Nurit Pazner or respective owner.

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