Everything is bigger in Texas…

…including my waistline. After weekends in Miami and Charleston for food festivals, it was my recent trip to Austin for SXSW that put me over the edge. Since I’m no longer in tech, I’d not planned to head down this year. But when invited to host a BBQ Sauce Cook-off with some of the who’s who in tech at a pool party sponsored by Conduit and Eater, I jumped at the opportunity to join my friends for a few days at the nerd prom. Check out my (very few) pics and this video recap of the party…

As for a recap of what I ate, it’s embarrassing. All I did for three days was eat, drink, and sleep. I didn’t make it to the convention center, I didn’t make it to the Foursquare foursquare court, but I did make it to La Condesa, my favorite restaurant in Austin, twice.

The first time I was with some friends, including Robert Sietsema (Restaurant Critic for the Village Voice), so we ordered a bunch of items to share. Robert covered some of the dishes in his Best Things List from the trip which includes the Royal Trumpet Mushroom Tacos. They were so delicious, I ordered them at dinner the next night. My all-time favorite dessert, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butter Popcorn Ice Cream, was no longer on the menu (sniffle, sniffle). But Laura Sawicki, the pastry chef, is SO AWESOME that she made a batch for me (well minus the ice cream) while before I left town. I picked it up before late Tuesday night and carried it on the plane home to NYC. I ate the serving you see here with a scoop of Jimmy Fallon’s new Ben & Jerry’s flavor (It has potato chips in it!). Sooo delicious. I wrapped the remaining cakes up tightly and froze them. I’ll bust them out during an emergency craving or when I figure out how to make butter popcorn ice cream.

I dined at Bess Bistro, Sandra Bullock’s restaurant. It was fine – I felt like the dishes could have been better composed, but I was with some old colleagues so the company would have overshadowed the food anyway. I also ate my weight in meatballs at Mulberry, a newish spot featuring a seasonal menu of small plates, and enjoyed many bowls of queso and tamales at Polvo’s – another one of my favorite spots. Meals at La Condesa aside, my favorite culinary experience of the trip was a trip to Chick-fil-A to try their new Banana Pudding Milkshake. There I am, taking my first sip. After which I boldly stated, “looks like vomit, tastes like Jesus!”

Had I known I was going to be this close to Big Boi at the Foursquare concert, I’d have picked a shake up for him. I bet he’d feel the same way!


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One response to “Everything is bigger in Texas…

  1. Joanne

    The cook-off looked like it was a great time. P.S. your sunglasses are fab!

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