This year we decided to do Thanksgiving a little differently… we traveled to Austin to meet Q’s family for a food-filled weekend. Since Q’s family is spread across the US (and Ireland), we decided to meet “in the middle” and all go to a city we had never been to before. Since his sister, mom and I are all foodies- Austin was an obvious choice.
We arrived Wednesday evening and had dinner all together. On Thursday, we headed out for a bike ride and a visit to the first ever Whole Foods before cooking our own Thanksgiving feast.
On Friday, we went on a food tour led by Austin Eats. It was SUPERB. We started out at one of the best BBQ trailers in Austin (the best is up for debate): La Barbeque. I am not a meat gal, but this was some of the best bbq I have ever tried. And Q, my meat expert, said it was the best ever. We then headed to an American fusion restaurant, Hightower, and had some chicken thighs, and brussels sprouts. The third stop was at a famous food trailer park, The Picnic, where we had a Shinerbock deep fried Monte Cristo – heaven. The last stop was at one of Austin’s trendy new restaurants, Odd Duck, where we had fancy bar food and delicious cocktails. We were so stuffed, but made it out to dinner that night at La Condesa, a fancy modern Mexican restaurant.
Saturday morning we headed to the LBJ Presidential Library (so cool), Mt Bonnell (great views of Austin) and Southern Congress, or SoCo. We had an authentic Mexican lunch at Guero’s followed by the biggest donuts I’ve ever seen. Gordough’s is a MUST for an Austin visit. These donuts were covered with toppings and heavenly. Saturday night Q and I met friends out on Rainey Street. Rainey Street is a street where all of the bars are located in converted craftsmen homes. Such a unique and fun spot.
We stayed in a great house that we got through AirBnb and loved being able to spend quality time together.
Two weekends ago Q and I flew to LA for a friend’s wedding. While Q could only stay for 48 hours, I added a few extra days on to my trip to hang with the girlfriends and parents.
Like every LA trip, there was plenty of food, girls’ dinners, working out at my favorite spots and mom’s homecooked meals. I’m SO looking forward to winter break and a full two weeks spent there.
PS, dress in top picture is Madewell and necklace is J. Crew
This weekend I flew to Napa for the wedding of one of my oldest girlfriends. Since Q had to work, my best friend and I were dates. The weekend was BEYOND beautiful and I couldn’t wait to share.
Sunglasses are Karen Walker/ Long-Sleeved Dress is Joie/ Black Lace Dress is Joie
So, I want to retire in Greenwich. Truly the most beautiful and picturesque city I have ever been to. This past weekend, Q and I traveled up there for a wedding. And while it was a real version of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” the whole trip was magical.
We landed in New York (La Guardia) Saturday afternoon, took a shuttle to Grand Central, hopped on a train up to Greenwich, and took another shuttle to the hotel. I am not going to lie- I was VERY nervous when I planned the trip that all of this would not run as smoothly as it did. But we made it!
Once in Greenwich, we stayed at the uber modern J House Hotel. It was so modern that everything from the TV to the lights to the shades were controlled by an iPad. Fancy. We had a great dinner at the restaurant at the hotel Saturday night. Sunday we had the wedding, which was fun and beautiful. On Monday, we decided to get dropped off in Downtown Greenwich to experience it. Greenwich Ave. blew me away. From high end stores to small boutiques to cute little eateries – it was the perfect downtown.
We headed back to the city that afternoon and stayed at the W Midtown. After reading “Heads in Beds,” I was convinced that if we gave the front dest attendant a $20 that we would get upgraded. And sure enough- our $180 a night room was upgraded to a corner suite! Guys- seriously you must try this trick. Slip a $20 behind your credit card when you check in and say “I was wondering if there is anything you can do for us.” Worst case, you lose $20. Best case, upgraded suite!
We went to dinner at Q’s favorite NY staple – PJ Clarke’s before meeting a bunch of my girlfriends who were in town for the weekend. On Tuesday, we ate lunch at Tavern on the Green. I had never been before and Q hadn’t been since they renovated it. Beautiful! And great food!
And then we were off, back to ATL and real life!