You know what makes for a good weekend?
… and puppies.
Awwwww. We’ve had a stressful few weeks around here and decided that we needed to just get the heck out of town for a mini-vacation. So on Saturday, we packed the car and headed to Austin.
(But first Brian took the car in for an oil change… and $500 later we now have 4 new tires on the Prius. Happy Birthday Heather!)
Despite the delay, we rolled into town around 2 and headed right to Hula Hut for lunch. The theme of this trip seemed to be “Trying Restaurants that People Can’t Believe We’ve Never Tried.”
I loved the Hut. The wait was an hour, but the outside patio waiting area was amazing. Jack was so happy to be out of the car and loved watching all of the boats coming in and out of the docks on Lake Austin. They actually ended up seating us after only about 30 minutes, too.
I had the veggie Pipeline Taco. It was so huge that I couldn’t even fit the whole thing in the shot. Jack and I shared it and still only managed to take down half.
We kept saying, “This place reminds me of Chuy’s!” Turns out that Hula Hut and Chuy’s were owned by the same company until recently. Chuy’s has some of my favorite salsa, and Hula Hut’s tasted similar… but maybe even better?? Our waiter confided that they apparently add pineapple juice to their salsa (Chuy’s does not), so now I may have to try and recreate it.
Brian ordered the fried avocado. It’s stuffed with spicy shredded chicken and cheese, battered and friend. Delicious.
We spent the rest of Saturday wandering up and down South Congress. We checked out the Hey Cupcake! trailer but were too stuffed to try one. Next time. Oh, and Brian had to drag me out of the Kendra Scott store (how gorgeous are these?? And these?).
On Saturday night we headed out to the Salt Lick in Driftwood. Totally worth the 30 minutes drive. Holy moly this place is fantastic. It was packed but the wait was only 20 minutes, and we enjoyed some great live music while we waited.
I’m sure you’ve all seen this place on Man vs Food, right? I didn’t realize how huge it really is. We both ordered the combo plate with brisket, sausage and pork ribs.
We were worried that it was over-hyped, but this is honestly the best BBQ I’ve ever tasted. The mustard-based sauce is not typical TX, but I loved it. It’s really cool to watch them cook the meat over the open pit right in front of you, too. The brisket and sausage were particularly amazing (though Brian liked the ribs best)- I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jack eat so much.
This morning we met our friends, The Mays, for a little brunch/playground action at Central Market. That’s Miss Lucy Ellen in the photo at the top. Barely 2 weeks old and SO SO SO sweet. She didn’t make a peep the entire time. I thought Brian was going to fight me for her, too. Neither of us wanted to put her down. Check out this awesome head of baby hair:
Molly, Gabe and Jack played really well together, too! Jack worshiped the big kids, and they were really sweet with him. Look at these cuties.
And check out how Jack is looking at Molly. Uh oh, someone’s in L-O-V-E.
Such a fun weekend! Jack was a trooper and it was great to have such a long stretch of uninterrupted family time. OH, and that sweet puppy is my brother and sister-in-law’s new lab, Otis.
This picture just cracks me up. I took it this afternoon while Jack was eating a Peep at my parents’ house. Sophie wants that Peep (and I’m pretty sure she got it, too).
Okay, so now it’s back to reality… meaning that I have unpacking and serious laundry to do. Hope everyone had a great weekend!