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So um, yeah. Ice cream is probably one of my favorite things in the world, which is a problem. But it’s so good. While I was in Austin, we went by this cute place called Amy’s Ice Cream about four times and I decided after Perla’s, this is what we were having for dessert. So we walked the two blocks and across the street and waited in line to get our deliciousness.

Amy’s is like Coldstone in that you order your flavor of ice cream and then you order the toppings you like and they mash it all together. But it is better than Coldstone. I had sweet cream ice cream with hot fudge and Trix. Yes, Trix. I actually didn’t mean to order Trix, but I accidentally did and let me just tell you… for the better! I thought Trix with ice cream would be weird but I think it was the best combination of my life. LIFE! So the next time I have this opportunity (I think they have Trix at The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck), I know exactly what I will be getting. Because it was so good.

And that is the last of my Austin: City Limits Tour. Waaaahhh. I’ll be back in Texas, I know it. :)

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It’s fancy time!

But first… a word from our sponsor: Michigan State University.

JUST KIDDING. Obviously my university does not sponsor this blog but after the glorious win against the Michigan Wolverines this past weekend, I just have to say something. I have lots of friends that went to Michigan and most of them are great, and we’re playful about the rivalry and it’s all in good fun. But some are just nasty and I’m hoping since now we’ve beat them in football four years in a row I won’t hear a peep for awhile. Have some respect! Go green!

AND back to the topic at hand- gettin fancy!

I had seen a list of “top lobster rolls” in the country and was surprised to see a restaurant from Texas listed. So I did a little research on this place, Perla’s in Austin and decided that while in Texas, I had to go there. And also my friend Stacy had suggested we go there as well, from the positive things she had heard about the restaurant as well. So by the time I finally made it there, I had built it up pretty big in my head.

AND IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

Oysters, as you do. Some East Coast and some West Coast but I can’t remember for the life of me what they were besides absolutely delicious. I told the server which kinds I typically go for and he was a huge help and his suggestions were spot on.

And then you wait for the good stuff:

I have had a lot of lobster rolls in my life and dare I say *gasp* this may be the best one I’ve ever had! PERFECT. And the fries were good and we also had brussels sprouts and asparagus and my dad also loved his lobster roll and Stacy really liked her fish. So basically if you go to Austin I highly, highly recommend eating here and I highly, highly recommend getting the lobster roll. When I return, I hope to eat here again. Because it was so good! My dad and I talked about it for days. DAYS afterward.

And the place is really cute, too.

Ahhhh thinking about this again is making me think about going back to Texas immediately! Who is coming?

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Here are some non-food-related pictures from my time in Austin, Texas. Specifically when my girl Stacy took me on a tour. There were cows everywhere. Not real ones, fake ones with different themes. I feel like we had these in Birmingham, MI one time but in Austin they stepped up just a notch.

Like this one, which was a chia pet:

Nice.

Stacy also took me to the Driskoll Hotel which was pretty cool. It’s very old-style, there may be no better way to describe it then when Stacy says it reminds her of The Titanic. Well maybe except for this:

A cow chair! For my apartment! YES! Ok, maybe not. But a cow chair!

Also inside the Driskoll hotel bar… can we say Texas?

There is COW HIDE on the back of the chairs. Yes, there is.

Then we took a walk outside:

One of the mottos of Austin I guess is “Keep Austin weird.” Not sure if that’s 100% the word I’d use to describe it, but yes I think they should.

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So… food trucks are one thing, but food trailers are another. And that’s what Austin’s got. They are cool and my next time in Austin I will eat at every single one.

Another thing you need to know: I was once a designer at The State News, the award-winning (had to throw that in there, we were SERIOUS) student paper and for Valentine’s Day each designer created their own Valentine people could print out of the paper. And mine was a cupcake and above it said, “Hey, cupcake.” I made all my friends guess which one I made and all my friends guessed which one was me.

ANYWAY my Dad surprised me in knowing all cool things Texas and said we were going for a “treat” after our lunch. SOLD. So we went to Hey, Cucake and I got a classic cupcake – vanilla with chocolate frosting. My, my.

I should probably be embarrassed by the amount of cupcakes I have tried over my life but I will tell you that this one was one of the best. Perfect cake, nice and moist, and perfect frosting. Hey, cupcake, I kind of love you.

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And now we go to Austin! When I went to Texas to hang out with my dad, we drove ALL over the state and ended up in Austin before finally heading to Dallas for a little Detroit Lions football (WHAT). And my dad wanted to impress me by knowing all the cool places to be. And he did. Which brings me to Jo’s coffee, very popular on South Congress, aka a really cool street. Get ye to Austin, it’s kind of unbelievable. Also, pretty much everyone there has tattoos. So if I ever worry about what I’ll look like in 30 years with these tattoos, I should figure out where all these people moved to so I can blend in with the crowd.

Now, back to Jo’s. We were hungry so we got some sandwiches:

My padre got a pretty nice-looking smoked turkey sandwich and I got the Jo’s deli sandwich with hard salami, cappacola, AND smoked turkey on it.

And, obviously. I got an iced mocha as well. This was actually my only iced moca on the entire five-day trip and I think I deserve some sort of award for that. Maybe my award was that it was very good:

Well hello there, beautiful.

And the other best thing about Jo’s is their iconic “I love you so much” painted on the side of their wall. Which, by the way, I didn’t even realize until my Austin friend Stacy pointed it out later and we got this shot:

Anyway, it’s kinda true. Austin, I can’t say that I love you *so much* because that’s saved for my home, but I can say I kind of love you, because yes I do.

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So… I don’t really like to eat at chains when I’m on vacation (or ever really, with exceptions) but when there’s a regional doughnut chain… yeah, I go there.

Shipley’s! I didn’t know what to get, they were all so beautiful and bright. But I could only have one! So I picked. Devil’s Food. Yeah… go big or go home? Wasn’t really sure what I was in for, but hey.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Chocolate doughnut: check. Glaze: check.

And then…

BAM, chocolate filling. Out of nowhere. It was very sweet and very good. But I do think I almost died. Also, please please ignore my chipped nailpolish, I have said before I hate hate pictures of my nails when they are chipped and you think I could have found 20 minutes before I went to Texas to remedy the situation but ALAS I did not.

Anyway, chocolate on the inside. Now you know.

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My first meal in Texas was barbecue. At a gas station. Yes, yes. My dad took me to Rudy’s BBQ and I ended up eating there three times over the five days. Twice were for breakfast – build your own breakfast tacos; I did egg, potato, and brisket. SO GOOD. And the first time was for dinner.

A pulled pork sandie:

It was so good I didn’t even need to add barbecue sauce. Also, everyone at Rudy’s was so nice – another reason we kept coming back. I did not mind being chatted up at 8 a.m. while I was waiting for my breakfast taco(s). And they played good country music and they had ESPN on the TVs and there were a billion long tables with checkered table cloths:

AND they have a “country store” inside. Cause it’s also an actual gas station. THIS PLACE IS AWESOME.

My only question… Rudy’s… why you not tweet me back?! I declared my love for them a few times over twitter and they did not respond. Boo.  I still love them anyway I guess since the food is so good (and cheap, btw – I gotta get me out of New York. Ok not really. At least not today.)

(PS Rudy’s you can still tweet at me now!)

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