City: Georgetown, TX
Location: cutest Old Town Square in Texas
Fireman's Four (great Texas beer)
Fried Catfish Po'Boy with mashed sweet potatoes
Grilled Tilapia with parmesan-crusted asparagus
Gumbo's had a great Louisiana style atmosphere and Motown music in the background. It was the perfect place to take refuge from the muggy day and enjoy a beer and some kicky food. My favorite thing was the mashed sweet potatoes that came with Jack's catfish Po'Boy. It was off the hook, made with some kind of pork fat or something heinous that I would never eat in another context. Take my word for it - just order the sweet potato stuff and don't ask what's in it.
|Old town movie theater marquee.|
|The side of an old Georgetown public building.|
|Town square centerpiece.|
|Gumbo's restaurant on the square.|
City: Austin, TX
Location: South Lamar
Soup and Salad...
a glass each of Domaine de Fontsainte Rose
Broccolini salad - house lonzino, almond, truffle, red onion, fried egg, brioche
Corn Soup - craw fish toast, blue basil pesto, garden herbs
Shared wine and apetizers...
A bottle of Hecht & Bannier's Minevois '10 - a grenache, syrah mix
Mussels - leek, jalapeno, beer broth, smoked ham hock
Oxtail Risotto (I can't remember all the amazing stuff in this risotto)
Petite Filet - parsnip, marscarpone, bacon, red chard, Malabar spinach, grilled fig, sherry veal demi
Creme Brulee - sea salt, fresh berries
Peaches and Cream - peach semifreddo and sorbet, malted milk candy, roasted white chocolate
Coffee with cream (jack) and champagne (me, because why not?)
We wanted to go someplace special for our anniversary dinner, so Jack found Olivia at Fearless Critic, one of our favorite restaurant finding sites. This meal was quite possibly the best food I've ever eaten. Seriously. It was beautiful to look at, extraordinary to taste and the whole evening was elevated in a way that made me feel like I was a part of something artful and transcendent. The food at Olivia is all locally sourced and some of it grown in their own vegetable garden, which eaters are welcome to browse at the back of the restaurant. They also have a dozen or more hens that lay fresh eggs for the kitchen. Service was warm and knowledgable and as our waiter said, "I could talk about this food all day long." I will definitely be going back as often as I can afford. The meal was pricey, but worth every penny. Oh and whatever you decide to eat - please please please someone order the Oxtail Risotto because its so good it will make you cry.
|That's right, my man drinks rose.|
|View from our North Austin hotel room.|
City: San Antonio, TX
Location: Rover Walk
Frozen Prickly Pear Margarita
Guacamole and tortilla chips for two made table-side
Pulled Pork Sandwich with picked slaw (Jack)
Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad (me)
Coconut Flan with Caramel Sauce
|My man on the river walk.|
|Prickly pear margarita.|
I LOVE this area of the state. It's where I went to college. Glad Jack got to sneak away with you.
Fabulous post today!! I feel like I'm right there enjoying it with you. In fact my mouth is watering. ROAD TRIP!!!!
I'm more relaxed (and hungry) just reading about your trip!
You're retrospective on the places and the food is gorgeous! Interesting menus and beautiful photos. Glad you and Jack did an Anniversary Adventure. xoxo
Olivia looks amazing!! Going on the "when I'm done being pregnant" list. :) R
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