Thursday, July 30, 2015

A morning stroll down 6th Street

It was around 9 am, the birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the air smells of stale beer and urine. Ahhh yes, to explore a street notorious for it's night life during the day. Don't get me wrong, it was not without it's charms, the first (and one of the only open) places we hit up was Easy Tiger (a bake shop meets beer garden) who flooded our senses with freshly ground coffee and homemade breads. You'll also find The Driskill Hotel which is an 1886 southern beauty, oddly nestled between night clubs and tattoo shops right down the road from the Texas State Capital. We wondered in and explored it's elegant and somewhat eerie halls and it made me imagine what this street looked like back when this hotel was built, if you look closely you can see remnants of what was, like the faint outline of "Carriage Shop" letters above what now is a local bar. This would be the last walk from our Austin trip before heading to Waco, even though the scorching weather made it difficult to enjoy anything at times, Austin definitely left us with a good impression.

This cool little oasis was situated right beside Easy Tiger, it would make an ideal spot for an evening cup of joe.
Behold an iced coffee and almond croissant of epic proportions! We also got a gingersnap which was tasty but it didn't even come close to the pastries and breads here, can I take you home with me Easy Tiger?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Black's BBQ Review (West Campus)

We've lived in Texas for almost five months and we STILL haven't tasted some good ol' Texas BBQ... that's the equivalent to living in Paris and not having a baguette. So we made an effort to check out this family owned BBQ joint while we were in the Austin area that's been serving up meats in all shapes and sizes from ribs to jalapeno cheddar sausage and sandwiches to slaw since 1932.

Check out their menu HERE

At Black's the tea is sweet, the smells are smokey, and the ribs are the size of a man's forearm.
We ordered some Cow ribs with a smoked turkey sandwich, and three pints of sides including baked beans, mac n' cheese, and coleslaw - it was enough to feed a small third world country but you know what they say about Texas!
I was surprised at how modern and hip the atmosphere was for a down home BBQ joint, I appreciated that you could witnessed the "behind the scenes" portion of the kitchen and see them smoking, cutting, and seasoning meats. The tables are all arranged family style AND they deliver your foods on a sheet pan covered in wax paper - there's no denying things are gonna get messy up in here!
These ribs were no joke, at $17 a pop you're definitely getting your fill of moist, flavorful beefy goodness and considering each rib contains a pound of meat, it's definitely worth the money.

The smoked turkey sandwich was on par with the ribs and were moist and flavorful. The sides did not disappoint - the mac and cheese had a great creamy consistency and the coleslaw was sweet and offered a great breakup of flavors with all the heaviness going on, the beans were the least favored, I guess I was expecting the traditional bbq baked beans but these were savory and made with larger, thicker beans (they improved with the addition of bbq sauce).

The Verdict
Even though I am a Texas BBQ novice, I am willing to bet that Black's would satisfy any carnivore. You can't go wrong with a beef rib and a side or even a sandwich. It's a great, family oriented atmosphere but it also has enough character to satisfy the younger, hipper demographic

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