Saturday, February 2, 2013

I {HEART} Austin, TX

We sneak off to Austin quite a bit.  It's such an easy get-a-way.  2 1/2 hours door to door and we always feel like we have been gone longer than the 24-48 hours.  Our favorite boutique hotels are there: the Saint Cecilia and San Jose.  Liz Lambert, the owner, has killer design tricks up her sleeve.  Eye candy everywhere....  We told our architect we wanted the feel of our new home to be like what she has created-very rock-n-roll, boho with laid back living.  

My boyfriend, surprised me with a trip to Austin for my 3oth birthday.  We have stayed in almost all of the rooms at Saint Cecilia and all of them are awesome... But for some reason we love the tub and mojo of Suite 3.  The entire hotel houses Hastens' mattresses!  I lust over their cheese and meat plate and all the vintage stemware and silverware (best baby forks).  They are perfect... I love stocking up on all their fun finds inside the OFFICE.  They carry items from JM Dry GoodsSpartan, and my favorite jewelry designer, Fail, and Kathleen Whitaker.

here is a picture of our room service... 

They are now carrying Le Lebo and on top of it, it's my favorite scent- Santal 33!  I didn't know they even made shampoo and conditioner... 

The grounds are just gorgeous.

My other bohosister, Bridget, turned me on to the Whip in...
Stop in for snacks or yummy Indian food.  It's super Bohemian inside and they have live bands that perform.  I celebrated my Birthday there-my 30th was all about Ganesh.

Bridget is kind of a badass in Austin, She started Rainey Street... She is now opening Mettle, her new Restaurant on the East side and Container Bar on Rainey Street.  Click Here to read about her in Texas Monthly. or hell just google her! She is EVERYWHERE. Click here for her Venues.  Check them out next time you are in Austin!  

My favorite bars of Dunlap District are Lustre Pearl & Bar Illegal.  Bridget always has the best line up for SXSW... She definitely keeps me updated on what to listen to.

Elizabeth's Street for banh cuon, decor candy, and spring rolls Liz Lambert's brother own this.

Perla's for po-boys, iceberg wedge salad, oysters on the half shell -another Lambert Restaurant

La Condessa for great atmosphere, gorgeous buildout, and good mexican food y cocktails.

Sway for modern Thai food.  I went for my birthday and the food was beautiful and yummy.  Sister company to La Condessa. 
Juiceland for the sweetest staff and smoothies.

Matt's El Rancho for good greasy Tex-Mex, Fish Tacos and jalapeño coleslaw.

We love Uchi and Uchiko for sushi.  Madai, Biendo roll, hotate, hamachi nabe, maci cure, day boat scallops, salmon, flounder, yellowtail, avocado, pork jowl, shrimp tempura, and the fried milk are my favorites!  i really like pretty much everything on their menu...

Titaya's for the BEST Thai food in Austin, TX Order the whole fish, Crispy egg rolls, pad thai, eggplant...

Jo's for coffee and tacodeli tacos -Liz owns this tooooo

Fresca's for breakfast tacos, whole chicken setup, salads -owned by Liz's brother too

Viva Day Spa for great facials, massages, and products.

Grant gets so many compliments on all of his finds from Stag.  A store owner on La Brea in Los Angeles told us he stocks Stag!  He loves their merchandise.

You must stop by P.Terry's and have Cheeseburger for the ride home. 

Maybe these road trips are so great because i have the best co-pilot! my bohoboyfriend, Grant.

We are going to stay at San Jose this weekend for Superbowl!  I will post some pictures from our stay.  Austin will always be our home away from home!  My best friend lives there and we love the city-what more can you ask for? 


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