My parents just headed home Tuesday morning from their week long visit to Austin. It was their first time visiting and they have never been to Austin, so there was definitely a lot to do and see. My family likes to eat and drink a lot. I mean we are Italian, so it is in our blood. I probably drank more in the past week than I did for the whole month of September haha.
So here are some of the highlights of some of the fun stuff we did, and a lot of the eating that went on. Since this is somewhat of a food blog.
Death Cab for Cutie concert. This was actually just my boyfriend and I, but we already had tickets and my parents didn’t care that we went. We went to some happy hours with them beforehand. It was an amazing show so it is worth noting.
Sight seeing downtown and my parents with the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue. My dad was so excited to see this haha.
A little wine tasting and cheese plate from Apothecary Wine Bar. I forgot how good wine, bread, and cheese are. Bonus that we can walk to this place.
Later that night we headed to Lick Ice Cream. I think my parents were a little intimidated by some of the flavor combinations. I like their summer selection better, but it was still delicious. I went with salted caramel (can’t pass that up) and pecan something or other. I also wanted to take them to Dolce Neve, but I waited too long and when Monday came around they were closed. We went to another gelato place, but it wasn’t nearly as good. I guess there is next time they come out.
Breakfast tacos from Veracruz All Natural for my mom’s birthday. I don’t think my parents have ever had breakfast tacos and it is obviously huge in Austin. These ones were so good and they are really easy on the wallet. We also got an aqua fresca with mango which was excellent. Michael was at work that day, but I’ll have to take him back here.
On top of Hope Outdoor Gallery. Such a pretty view of the city.
Grabbing a few drinks and bites at El Alma. This rice and cheese relleno was so simple, but so flavorful. The melted cheese inside made the rice almost creamy like. I definitely want to head back there for happy hour.
Concert at Emo’s to see Blues Traveler. My parents are really into music so they definitely wanted to see a live show. These guys really jammed and played a couple popular songs that I didn’t know was them.
Mom’s birthday dinner at Alcomar. Holy moly this place is legit. If you like seafood, go there! All the dishes are really unique, with most of them having a Latin influence. This wood grilled calamari was one of the best I have ever had. My parents agreed and they have eaten A LOT of calamari. I wouldn’t except to see olives in a calamari dish, but it just worked. We had a few other items for appetizers as well which were all very good. I got the scallops and cauliflower flan for dinner. And yes I said cauliflower flan. I don’t know how they did it, but it was delightful. And my dad can’t pass on dessert, so we had the créme brûlée. It looks like butter on top, but it was mango. Everyone said they were so full, but we didn’t have a problem finishing it off. It was another winner.
We walked through the Pecan Street Festival and saw some neat things. I really liked the sign below. We also went to The Salt Lick. The only thing my dad had on his to do list was to get good BBQ and this delivered. Bonus was there was no line and we didn’t even have to wait. I am guessing with getting there around 3 on a football Sunday helped. I ate so much, I don’t think I am going to eat meat for a little haha.
The last night we went to Kerbey Lane Cafe. You can’t come to Austin and not have some queso. This one is one of my favorites. Although, I don’t think I have tried it at many other places haha.
We also hit up Barton Springs, Mount Bonnell, South Congress, Rainey Street, the boardwalk, and a few other things I probably can’t remember. I think they really enjoyed Austin! Maybe one day they will move here 🙂 Can’t wait to see them in a month!! Now it is time for a detox lol.