Tag Archives: austin

I finally bought it: a sofa table

I have been trying to find The Perfect Sofa Table for a long time. Years.

What a total pain in the a$$, y’all.

I had my heart set on working with RecycledBrooklyn.

They make beautiful furniture from reclaimed wood. I wanted to support local business while also avoiding shipping costs. Alas, they were unresponsive, something that is apparently typical.

I eventually found what I wanted on Etsy via Happy. Home. Austin.

And it’s here! I love it.

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I am nesting

I’m nesting, but I am not pregnant. Got that? Blame January.

The only thing I’m expecting is a sofa table which I purchased after two years of looking and which has just shipped from Austin. CANNOT WAIT.

But now I want everything. I want my apartment to look nice. Complete.

Recently my focus is on the walls. I had to take down the Dubois mirrors which were propped-versus-hung in my bedroom. More pics from my apartment here and here and here.

Bedroom

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Twitter Spotlight: Debbie Smith

I have followed @SmithWit for a long time but until I asked her to be in the Twitter Spotlight, I don’t think I knew her real name. Nuts, right?

I know her name now as well as some more factoids. Debbie is a hilarious, Austin-dwelling former NFL cheerleader with a Masters in Theology who now does stand-up. Oh! And Ellen Degeneres gave her $1000.

You should follow her on Twitter if you don’t already.

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@SmithWit:  I like my man to be considerate, receptive and charming, yet with an unmatched zest for life and an overall fun personality.

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@SmithWit:  Resilient.

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I went to Austin with @eimski and saw Bon Iver

I went to see Bon Iver tape Austin City Limits TV. It was everything I hoped it would be.

My company for the event was the wonderful @eimski. She and I met through Twitter and got acquainted when she visited NYC. Without Twitter I’m not sure what would have brought together a girl from Northern Ireland living in Houston with lil ol’ me. I’m so grateful.

E looks nice. Me? Not so much. That’s life.

We treated ourselves to a stay in a luxe hotel and lounged by the pool until it became too hot. Eimski and I are both fair-skinned so we didn’t last long.

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All things gluten-free

The jury is still out but I may have to go gluten-free in the near future. You can guess how I feel about that possibility.

Yeah.

In the meantime, I’m doing some research.

So far, it’s breakfast that concerns me the most. I love French toast, and regular toast, and pancakes. Breakfast would appear to require the most sacrifice.

Desserts worry me too, although if Scranton-area bakeries are even offering gluten-free treats, I might be OK.

I found an amazing list of restaurants with good gluten-free offerings in Austin via ATX Gluten Free.

NYC is a good place to live if you have to be gluten-free.

Are you gluten-free? What’s your biggest challenge?

Miscellany – Austin, food, more food

Many months after moving into Williamsburg, I *finally* made it to Fette Sau. LOVED it.

My neighbor friend, her daughter and I went on a whim, ordering barbecued meat by the pound and beer served in mason jars (well, the two adults had beer; the three-year old stuck with water). As twilight fell, we ate at a shared picnic bench and chatted with the young couple next to us.

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If you like to talk about food (ingredients, restaurants, anything), check out donrockwell.com. It began as a DC-centric food discussion site, but has expanded with time.

I made some great friends through the site, and I still post – just usually about NYC spots now.

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I love Joanna Goddard’s post about her family’s trip to Austin. Can’t wait to get back there in a few weeks.

Michelada at Hotel San Jose

Ode to The Michelada

The michelada is my favorite drink.

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Maybe you’re not familiar with it. Also known as “cerveza preparada,” it is a beer cocktail of sorts.

Imagine a spicy bloody Mary with lots of lime juice, but replace the vodka with beer. Recipes vary but that’s the beauty of it: there are several ways to get to the same essential beverage.

Here’s one I like.

Or you could let someone else do the heavy lifting. I have had some terrific micheladas at these spots:

Have you tried a michelada? What did you think?