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Salt-lickin’ Good!

Good morning from Texas, ya’ll! ;)

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So far we’ve been having an awesome time here in Austin! Lots of good food and friendly people! We loved having all your recommendations to help make food decisions! :)

Immediately after checking in to our hotel, we hit up a place down the street for lunch called Guero’s Taco Bar. Clearly margaritas were in order. We are on vacation, after all! ;)

margarita

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Mmmmm. Nothing like a margarita at 2 in the afternoon with two of your very best friends :)

For lunch, I ordered a chicken fajita taco (whole wheat tortilla! woo!), which came with rice, beans, cheese and guac (my fave)! It was majorly delicious. I destroyed the taco but only made it through about 1/3 of the rice and beans.

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I also got a side salad — it was really refreshing, crunchy, and cold — it’s SO HOT here in Texas!

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After our siesta, Turner, Kris, and I headed out for some strolling towards the river and downtown area, stopping at shops along the way. It was craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy hot and we were dying within a few minutes, lol. Kind of wanted to jump in the river ;)

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I was seriously too hot to take pictures. I’m sorry. BUT… we found a frozen yogurt place!!!

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Yessssssss.

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It was one of those awesome serve yourself places! This clearly meant I got way too much and couldn’t finish it all, heh ;) They had some really fun flavors — I got some of the coffee, original tart, and Taro-bly delicious! Yummy :)

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After showers and basking in the air conditioning in our hotel room, we headed out for dinner!

Via Twitter (follow me!), Heather told me that we absolutely HAD to go to Saltlick, about 20 minutes outside the city, for the best BBQ ever. How can you argue with that!?

So off we went!

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Um, can we say coolest place EVER?! 011

We were expecting a hole in the wall, so you can imagine our surprise when we arrived to find a massive restaurant in the middle of nowhere with cops directing cars into parking spots and all sorts of picnic tables, white Christmas lights, and people hanging out!

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Hooray! :) The weather was beautiful by this point and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to hang!

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Plus, look who we found?!

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Heh.

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Matt is randomly here! He had to go to San Antonio for a couple weeks for work, so he drove over to meet us for dinner (and chauffeur us to Saltlick!).

The food was great and definitely lived up to the hype as well. Check out this intensity:

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OMG YUM!!!! Soooo good. Totally didn’t even make it halfway through this, lol. I love me some BBQ.

Look at their awesome meat smoker!

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What a great night. After dinner, we went back outside to the picnic tables and hung out with some Texas beer (the restaurant is BYO). Awesome end to an awesome day :)

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Turner, Kris, and I are getting ready to head out for Austin adventures, day 2! Check back later to see what we get into ;)

Comments

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    Oh, yum! Now that you’ve shown the BBQ pit, I think I remember that place being on Food Network or the Travel channel. Clearly it was a good call.

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    That sounds like fun! I think I saw that restaurant featured on the FoodNetwork..

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    Yum, the food looks so good!

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    Wooza, that all looks delicious. I haven’t had frozen yogurt in ages (I don’t even know where to get it in Baltimore!). And the Saltlick, looks fantastic – got me cravin’ BBQ!

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    i’m so glad you liked it…i went there after an 8-hour day of floating the Guadalupe and that BBQ was like manna from heaven! i’ve been trying to get down to Austin from Colorado for a while just to go again :)

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    this is random and eerie but I’ll share. reading your blog this morning I saw the picture of you and Matt and was like wow, I know him. We went to Spain together when we were 14. anyway, I haven’t talked to him since then, but I love it when I’m reminded that the world is actually very very small. so, um, thanks for that.
    enjoy austin. it is the best. also, I’m from durham and you will love chapel hill. make sure you check out cosmic cantina, everything in carrboro (especially weaver st market), the planetarium, lucy’s 80s night, the quarry in durham (on sparger st), allen and son’s bbq, maple view farms. I’ll see what else I can think of.

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    Looks awesome, Anne. Just hope you brought your running shoes so you can run it all off today! :-) Clearly a great adventure. Well done — and thanks for sharing it with us! Go Tarheels!

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    WOW!
    Looks like you´re having a BLAST, Anne!
    Such wonderful pics!
    Loved that Fro-Yo store – self-serving must be heavenly!
    :D
    Wish you a lovely weekend, girl!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela

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    I’ve heard nothing but great things about Austin!
    Have an wonderful time :D

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    Yum!! Looks like your Austin trip is off to a fun (and yummy) start!

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    I have that shirt in white Turner!! :)

    Hope you guys are having fun!

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    was that yogurt planet that you went to? it is so great. i love the decor too. you hit all the great spots! Austin is definitely the best city in Texas. And glad you got to see so much of Town Lake! It is my favorite place to walk, run, drive by. Great views.

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    MMMMMmmmmmmm it was really good… :)

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    Haha, the Saltlick IS awesome. My brother used to live in Austin (no idea if you knew that) so I’ve been, and I want to go back!! But he moved away! Boo. :) (Actually one of my college friends just moved to Austin. Maybe I can convince him he wants to host us for a few days, haha.)

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      Ooo how fun! I didn’t know your brother used to live there. You should definitely go visit your friend :) Such a cool city!

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    PS I heart Shiner Bock. I notice you didn’t have any pictures of the 40 ;)

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