Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The great outdoors

We used to have flowers in our backyard. Now we have them along the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Asian Crisp Salad is a treat

My go-to dish at The Grove, a restaurant in our neighborhood, is the Asian Crisp Salad -- with chicken and balsamic. I love the textures and flavors -- especially the crispy noodles.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Fond of Fonda San Miguel

We hosted a dinner for the Ballet Austin board and dancers recently at Fonda San Miguel, one of Austin's best restaurants. Colorful flowers and outfits abounded. And the food was terrific as always.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shake of the Month

A solid choice for Shake of the Month is Fruity Pebbles. We saw this sign at Dirty's Kum Bak -- our favorite hamburger cafe -- the other day.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tots with truffle oil

Yes, you heard right -- Tater Tots with Truffle Oil -- plus good old-fashioned burgers. Love that Dirty's Kum-Bak in the University of Texas neighborhood.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wine down under

One of our favorite restaurants is June's All Day on South Congress. They have created a clever wine list that is a book with illustrations and comments about where certain varietals come from. Here you see the selections from New Zealand.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cool cats

I love the T-shirts you see along South Congress. These two are feline forward.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Training in on her photo

I took this shot of a train going over the hike and bike path the other day and happened to catch Linda's hands and iPhone snapping the same shot.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Signs of the times

Saw this elaborate peace sign on the pedestrian bridge over Lady Bird Lake the other day.

Monday, June 19, 2017

What a view!

I took this pano photo when we went to a party in a friend's condo the other night. That's our home in the center of the shot.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wired up!

On a recent morning I took this photo of LB, my partner in life and daily photos, approaching a massive installation of wire bicycles near the Four Seasons.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

French food and atmosphere.

I took this pano shot at Justine's a couple of weeks ago. Love this restaurant. The atmosphere is so festive and it feels like France. They even have a Tabac sign out front.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Paws-a-tive help for downtown dwellers

Saw this t-shirt at the Farmers Market on a recent Saturday. I'll bet that they get a lot of business.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Drone-ing on.

This drone was taking a long look at the art installation near the Four Seasons the other day.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hot dogs!

This food trailer has an interesting theme. I wonder if you can get red sauce with them.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Beautiful berries

I loved the look of this simple dessert at Justine's -- one of our favorite restaurants-- the other night. Just simple strawberries, honey and mint.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Flowers are always in Seasons

The big and beautiful flower arrangements at the Four Seasons Hotel are one of their trademarks. It's always nice to see the visual delights being offered in their lobby.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Singing for Shoal Creek

Our pal Liz Morphis was crooning some songs from the Great American Songbook the other night at a fundraiser for the Shoal Creek Conservancy. It was a fun event.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Yet more Art Bra

Fancy, fancy, fancy. Another gorgeous Art Bra outfit -- showing off for an important cause.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

More Art Bra

This lady was having her outfit adjusted by a professional photographer at the Art Bra party on a recent evening.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Brave woman.

Art Bra Austin is a cause that we support -- designers around town fashion creative costumes for women who have fought breast cancer to wear. The big party is a fashion show complete with a runway show. We went to the sponsor party for this cause the other night and took some photos of these women who have faced adversity and won.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Can't argue with that.

I'd imagine a lot of people around Austin would agree with this sentiment. Especially after they look at their student loan totals.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


This little guy is reflecting on life and I'm being reflected while I take his photo. Just another sunny day on South Congress. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

"The Nix" Book-signing.

Nathan Hill, shown here, is the author of "The Nix," a terrific book about identity in the digital age. I loved it when I read it and I heard some of his talk at BookPeople, around the corner on a recent night.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Work in Progress

We don't usually walk on the north side of Caesar Chavez across the creek. (Until recently it was impassable because of construction.) Thought I should snap a picture while our building was still in the picture. The cranes are for two more buildings (the Proper and Third+Shoal) rising between the (as yet unopened) Second Street bridge and our place on the right. You can see the Independent going up on the left.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Goose, Goose, Goose

Jackie sees these Lady Bird Lake geese from her apartment but recently got up close for a photo. Today is theme day at City Daily Photo. The theme is nature. Downtown denizens like Jackie and us are often asked if we miss being around nature like people who live on ranches or in the suburbs. Our answer is that nature is a short walk away for the taking. Click here to see interpretations of the nature theme from all over the world.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Recycling Shop

I never have worn one and never will. But some folks did and they are offered up for reuse. Seems like wedding dresses are the last bastion of 'one-time use!'

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Duck Enchiladas in Molé Sauce

One of my favorite places to get fresh Mexican food close to our apartment is El Alma where I recently consumed these.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tracking Independent Progress

The Independent Condominiums rise on the west bank of Shoal Creek. That's our building (the 360) in the background on the other side of the creek.This will be the tallest building in Austin when completed.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Relaxing Spring Day

Jackie caught this scene in early May. Note the armada of kayaks and other boats in the distance on Lady Bird Lake.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Brian Wilson

Jackie caught this concert at Austin City Limits Live on May 13: "Brian Wilson’s incredible band playing Beach Boys hits and the entire Pet Sounds album."

Friday, May 26, 2017

Love these colors.

Loved the colors on these veggies -- but this woman in the background was making a face like she didn't want her photo shot -- so I blurred out her head. As you wish, my lady.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A big pour!

Yes, another construction shot, but this one is kind of amazing. With these huge devices, they can pour concrete on these huge buildings so quickly.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I wasn't aware of this type of vegetable -- according to the sign, it is a Mid-East substitute for cucumbers.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rockabilly on!

The center stage at the Zach Scott fundraiser had a rockabilly theme on these panels -- Elvis and Johnny Cash.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Big flowers! As in BIG!

Loved the flowers at our table for Red Hot and Soul-- the Zach Scott Theatre fundraiser -- not long ago. Very pretty! A great crowd and nice tablemates.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Professor Harold Hill sings his signature song

This young man did a fine job singing 76 Trombones at the Zach Theatre's big party "Red Hot and Soul" the other night.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dancers at rest

When you see them like this, just after a show, it's hard to believe these fit young people--the professional troupe of Ballet Austin-- were just on stage in fanciful costumes performing "Alice In Wonderland."

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Alice is always a wonder

Our friend Jaime Witts danced the lead role in Alice in Wonderland the other night. What a performance!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ten Years Later

Ten years ago today we started this blog with a picture of the Ballet Austin building which was under construction. That picture, looking east, showed the AMLI on Second building still under construction. Our building was just rising up looking the other direction. Looking west today from that spot, ten years later, you can see our building on the right, occupied now for about nine years. You can see a building under construction just to the left of that. This is the Independent Condominiums which will rise across the creek to be the tallest building in Austin. To the left of that, you can see the completed Seaholm Condominiums. The cranes across Nueces from the Ballet are for an office building called Third+Shoal. It's amazing what a difference ten years makes.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Yard Art to Give You Pause

Somewhere in South Austin we walked down a street we don't usually take and voilà we encountered this mildly disturbing yard art.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hippie Art

This bit of art for your yard or home is available on South Congress. As someone who drove a lot of VW Bugs, images of them always make me smile.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hopping Away

This one lost shoe was on South Lamar. It always makes one wonder.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


We bought these delicious pierogis at the Farmers Market on a recent Saturday. That is horseradish on top.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jazzing it -- Miles and Miles

Our friend Jeff Lofton (on trumpet) and his quintet put on a great show at the Stateside Theater the other night. It was a tribute to Miles Davis and a big house showed up.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Flamingo-- not flamenco

This flamingo head is part of the costumery for the Ballet Austin production of Alice in Wonderland.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Come to the cabaret with Lady Day!

We got to sit onstage with friends on a recent Sunday afternoon during the Zach Theatre production of "Lady Day."