Finally at the Live Music Capital: Austin!! :)

Austin Travel Blog

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yeah!
After a short flight I arrived to Austin, yeah! I was ready for having a great Saturday. I claimed by bags and looked for Minh. Last time (actually the only time I saw him before) I met him was in Lima in June. After he left Lima we kept in touch and when I told him I'd go to New Orleans through Houston he invited me to visit him in Austin, furthermore he'd be playing with his band that Saturday, cool!!! I'd be able to hang out with Ojitos Chinitos in his home town!!! I couldn't see him and my phone wasn't working, ughhhh. So I tried to call him from a pay phone and when the phone was ringing I saw him standing in front of me, haha. I guess I was so excited that I missed him, oooops!

Awwww, after a big hug we left the airport.
I had a cool driver, the coolest!
Now Minh would be the host, haha. He asked me if there was something I'd like to see in Austin. Well, I have already been in Austin once and Huy, Mark & Chris (also TB's) showed me around the city. I told Minh that he's the host and I'd follow him :) First we went to his place so I'd be able to take a shower and unpack. Taking a nap? No way! I wouldn't waist any single second haha. While we were there his friend Kevin arrived. He was also staying at Minh's, haha. I'd be part of the gang, yay!

Minh and Kevin were partying last night and Kevin was still tired. Minh and I left for lunch and Kevin decided to stay and take a nap, haha. He'd be my babysitter later, so better to catch up some sleep haha. But before leaving I was introduced to another friend of them who was also there: Milton! What makes him so special? well, he's a rubber duck, haha! Awesome!!! He'd join us tonight too, haha.
with our first drinks: Minh & Yadi
Back to the story, we went to a place called "Hula Hut". It's a restaurant at the lake. So cool! The atmosphere is so laid back and the day was perfect. Sunny but not too warm! The place has a Hawaiian style and a killer view! Ok, time to have our first drinks of the day. Minh got a Bloody Mary and I got a Frozen Margarita, yummy! Everyone was so excited watching the football game, Texas was playing agains Oklahoma... Our table was ready. Minh ordered a Tortilla Soup and Chicken flautas, yummy. And I got a salad, haha, ok ok it was the Hula Hut Chopped Salad, so in some way it was sprecial, haha. Well, I ate a couple of flautas too, hehe. Oh! Minh introduced me to the jalapenos ranch, OMG! This dip is almost as addictive as the Evil Corn!!!

Minh asked me what I would like to do next.
at the Domain
"Mmm, you are the guide, Minh, I trust u!" So we went to an open mall "The Domain", just to check some stores and walk a bit around. We went to check 2 of his favorite clothing stores and then went to another one which has everything for decoration. Wow! I really liked it! By the way, Minh has an excellent taste for decoration. I love his style! We got an ice coffee and were just hanging around there for a while. We took a sit until the sun was burning us, haha. Then we decided to move.

Before going back home we drove to the 360 Bridge. In order to get the perfect view of the lake, river and city we should climb a hill. I was glad I was wearing snickers, haha. After a mini hiking we arrived to the top. The view was amazing! Minh was telling me that in summer people are always there with their boats and there are also having parties there, how cool!!! What a surprise, he's also part of these parties, haha.
so sweet!
I really like the blue sky and green scenery. Everything is so green and peaceful. Minh was also telling me, people in Austin are really commited with the environment and take good care about it.  Now it was time to go back home, Minh needed to get ready for the show later.

Minh would play at 9:30pm, but he should get together with the band at 8pm. So we should have dinner early. Well, we were in Texas, so we'd have BBQ! Where? at home! We'd cook, haha. Actually Minh was in charge of the BBQ, Kevin was in charge of the mashed potatoes - with real butter - and I was in charge of the salad, haha. Kevin was so excited about using real butter, the real stuff, haha. It was so easy to recognize my plate, the only one with salad, haha. According to Kevin veggies are not healthy, haha.
hey! you are in Texas, so you'll have BBQ ;)
The steaks were so tasty, juicy and HUGE!!! Neither of us could finish theirs, although they were so good :P. What about drinks? We had a very good Merlot, sante!

Well, Minh had to leave now. Am I gonna be alone? No! Kevin would be my babysitter, haha. Venessa, a friend of Minh would pick us up at 9:30pm to go to the Lucky Lounge, yay! In the meanwhile I contacted Tim and Huy. I let them know where we were going and if they would like to join us. Tim had already plans, but would try to do his best or we could meet for brunch the next morning - my last one in the city since I'm leaving 2:50pm. I wasn't sure about that, didn't have any idea at what time I'd wake up, haha. Huy would be around the Warehouse, so he'd might be able to join us, yay! Hopefully I'd meet these incredible guys! I haven't seen Huy since February and Tim since June.
Minh's philosophy! Love it and share it!!!
I shouldn't forget to mention that some TB's contacted me before going to Austin, I'd have liked to have enough time to meet them all, but it was impossible. I guess I have to go back to Austin, haha. Kevin and I were just chilling out. He used to live in Austin, but just moved back to his hometown. Anyway he's always visiting his friends in Austin and is one of Minh's best friends. They even traveled together. Kevin was watching the games and I was checking my addiction - TB - haha. I also told him how I met Minh and explained him a bit about TB haha. Oooops! It was getting late, better get ready for the party time!

Around 9:30pm Vanessa arrived. Minh was right, she's a really nice girl. We left the house and were ready to start the party!!!! Ok, the review of the party night will be part of my other blog: Meeting TB's II, haha
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yeah!
yeah!
I had a cool driver, the coolest!
I had a cool driver, the coolest!
with our first drinks: Minh & Yadi
with our first drinks: Minh & Yadi
at the Domain
at the Domain
so sweet!
so sweet!
hey! you are in Texas, so youll h…
hey! you are in Texas, so you'll …
Minhs philosophy! Love it and sha…
Minh's philosophy! Love it and sh…
some art at Austins airport
some art at Austin's airport
why did they always give me the Dr…
why did they always give me the D…
the bar
the bar
perfect place for Happy Hours :)
perfect place for Happy Hours :)
great view!
great view!
The Tortilla Soup and Chicken Flau…
The Tortilla Soup and Chicken Fla…
the Hula Hut Chopped Salad :P
the Hula Hut Chopped Salad :P
360 Bridge...
360 Bridge...
following the leader...
following the leader...
I look so small...
I look so small...
Lake Austin
Lake Austin
Pennybacker Bridge aka 360 Bridge
Pennybacker Bridge aka 360 Bridge
getting ready for the BBQ
getting ready for the BBQ
Kevin!!! my babysitter!!!
Kevin!!! my babysitter!!!
Steak with salad, haha
Steak with salad, haha
our wine!!! and whos hiding there?
our wine!!! and who's hiding there?
Milton! there you are!
Milton! there you are!
Austin Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Tex Mex Luau in Austin - Hula Hut
I went to the Hula Hut during my 2nd visit in Austin. Texas is famous for the BBQ, but also they have a great Tex Mex and this place mixes it with a H… read entire review
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