My Austin

June 24, 2008
Janet suggested that people copy the “My Town” feature from Real Simple where people talk about what to see, do, and eat in their hometown. She’s collecting the answers from anyone who cares to contribute and creating a page with the links of everyone’s personalized city recommendations. I love this idea and I definitely expect to check them out if I’m planning to a trip to some city (oh, let’s be honest – I’m going to read them all, whether or not I ever plan to visit).

You should do one about your city too. Because, well, I care more than is healthy.

My Austin

Age: 22.Occupation: Library Science Grad Student.
I’ve lived here for: Two years (oh my holy heck, two whole years).
I live here because: We wanted to move somewhere new, my husband got a job here, and I was interested in the library program at the University of Texas. Everything just kind of fell into place. My neighborhood: Just north of Austin.
My favorite restaurant: Kenichi.
If you go to this restaurant, be sure to order: any sushi roll and the hot fudge and banana brownie sundae.
My favorite museum: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum.My favorite tourist destination: Sixth Street to listen to bands. Best insider spot: free summer outdoor musicals in Zilker Park.My favorite area: The children and young adult section of Book People.
Best place to go shopping: Round Rock Outlet Mall, South Congress Boutiques, or the Arboretum.
When you visit, don’t forget to pack: Jeans – nowhere in Austin is too dressy for jeans.
But leave room in your suitcase for: Longhorn gear. You can’t leave without at least a car magnet (I will not leave this city without a car magnet!)
The one local cuisine you should try when you’re in town is: Tex-Mex. Ignore the people who tell you it’s no good. Or barbecue, of course.
The best way to get around: The ‘Dillo. Free buses that look like old fashioned trolleys and run all over downtown. If I had to describe this city in one word, it would be: Eclectic. There is a little of everything – music, food, people, shopping. I tell my friends to stay at: at my house. Duh. The one thing most outsiders don’t know about this city is: Austin has an annual Book Festival in the fall with dozens of major authors coming in to speak and read. Laura Bush started it back when W. was governor.They say “Virginia is for lovers.” So fill in the blank: Austin is for people who love life.
My own addition: What do you want to do that you haven’t done in your city yet? Go eat at Flip Happy Crepes.

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  • Reply Jess June 24, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    This is so cool! If I hadn’t just written a ranty post about DC, I’d totally do this myself.

  • Reply Terri B. June 24, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    I want to come to Austin just to eat at Flip Happy Crepes!!!

  • Reply Jen June 24, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    I’ve been dying to visit Austin for so long, and this is just making it worse! There’s already a “My DC” but I’m totally going to do another one!

  • Reply Noelle June 25, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    How fun. If I ever come to Austin, I’ll know where to go and what to do. 🙂 I just posted this on my blog about Columbus

  • Reply Liz June 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    When I was a kid, my mom and I used to go to Zilker park every week and swim in the river. (Did I ever mention I lived in Austin?)

    We still go back and do it when we’re on vacation. Awesome!

  • Reply Slice of Pink June 25, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Yay! Thanks for adding to the list!

    I SO want to come to Austin and go to Flip Happy.

  • Reply Kristy June 25, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Ooh! Austin sounds fun! I can’t wait to do Denver.

  • Reply TheMoncurs June 26, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    I’m trying to fill out one of these for Mesa, but here’s the thing. I haven’t been to any museums. I don’t really eat at fun little non-chain restaurants. I don’t think I know any insider spots. We don’t really have any shopping.

    I don’t think Mesa is actually worth visiting!

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