Austin Trail of Lights
We've had a lot of Christmas fun this year, including driving around looking at lights, Christmas at the Silos, and most recently, the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. We kept hearing about this Austin holiday staple everywhere, so we decided to check it out one night last week. The first time we tried to go, the line was way too long and we didn't realize that really the only way to park within ten miles of the thing was to pre-purchase a parking pass. I think we underestimated the extent of the commotion surrounding the Trail of Lights! So we went home, purchased a parking pass for the next evening, and went then instead. It was super fun. Basically, you walk a mile or so through a bunch of light displays sponsored by various organizations and businesses around the city. There was an area to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, food trucks, a mini carnival and tons of other holiday-themed activities.
Got a hand-roasted s'more at one of the food trucks...first one I've had in years!
New Restaurants in AustinWe've tried a few new restaurants in the past few weeks:
The cutest little place in the world that serves dessert and drinks. So basically, heaven.
Rudy's Country Store and BBQ
This is a staple...somewhat touristy but definitely worthy of a visit. My favorite part is the generous samples they offer at the counter before you order.
Piranha Killer Sushi
To celebrate me finally coming out of retirement (more about that at a later date) we splurged a bit on a fabulous sushi feast at Piranha Killer Sushi downtown.
Spun Ice Cream
Organic/locally sourced/hipster ice cream shops are really big in Austin at the moment, so we went to check out Spun Ice Cream on the east side the other night. It was one of those places that use liquid nitrogen to make the ice cream, so it was quite the show. They also had a blackboard posted that listed the local farms from which they sourced their ingredients and even pictures of the cows on those farms which was cool to see. I'm all for supporting local farmers!
Courtney/Leighton's Sip and See
Some of you may know (or at least internet-know) Courtney over at Alkeks Abroad. They are in Houston for the holidays, and Courtney's friends hosted a little sip and see party last weekend so those who haven't already could meet baby Leighton. I drove down (and brought Ali for some company and another driver since it's a little over two hours from Austin) on Sunday and had the best time seeing Courtney, meeting some of her friends and family, and of course getting to meet sweet baby Leighton! Let me just say that she is one of the cutest babies the world has ever seen...not exaggerating. She fell asleep on me approximately 2 seconds after this picture was taken.
That's all for now...expect a few Christmas posts coming your way in the next couple days!