Austin Without Kids 2010

KGSR Radio isn’t the same and Las Manitas is no more, but we still love Austin and can’t wait for our annual trip there when we visit Texas. Here’s a glimpse of what we did and, um, ate this year — all without the kids in tow (thanks, Mom and Jack!). This, plus major time logged at Anthropologie and local fave Adelante = major buck-age dropped, but, oh, it was good times.

Uncommon Objects

Uncommon Objects on South Congress.

Uncommon Objects for fun and funky browsing — everything from furniture and vintage cowboy boots to clothes, jewelry, and colorful housewares.

Globes at Uncommon Objects

Cool old sh*t at Uncommon Objects.

Walton's Fancy & Staple

Walton's Fancy & Staple

Walton’s Fancy & Staple. This cute downtown food and flower shop was brought to Austin by the same Sandra Bullock-backed team that gave the city Bess Bistro. We supported Sandy (I feel so bad for her! Jesse James is such a sleaze!) by grabbing lunch here more than once. Desserts looked yummy, too.

Desserts at Walton's Fancy & Staple

Sweet treats at Walton's.

We passed on dessert at Walton’s but said a big ol’ YES, please at Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. There were frosting shots, cupcakes, iced molasses cookies, and this insane marshmallow-topped s’mores bar. We didn’t sample them all, but that s’mores bar? Whoa.

Icing shots at Sweet Mama's Bakery.

Frosting shots at Sugar Mama's.

Sweet Mama's Bakery

s'mores bar

We saw friends, but also managed to squeeze in a night at the Hotel San Jose. The vibe was mellow, the air was scented with wisteria, and we were mere steps from all of the South Congress bustle.

Hotel San Jose

Hotel San Jose

wisteria at Hotel San Jose

Jo's Coffee

Morning coffee and breakfast tacos at Jo’s on South Congress.

El Chile Cafe y Cantina

Spicy, fresh Mexican at El Chile Cafe y Cantina.

Amy's Ice Cream

What would a trip to Austin be without Amy’s Ice Cream? Sweet cream for Chrissy, Mexican vanilla for me.

We came, we saw, we ate, we bought. And then we ate a little more.

Sweet Mama's Bakery


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