Saturday, April 30, 2011

Discoveries From On the Road

Well, we've been on the road lately as Spring Break is in full swing. Check out our crazy road trip map:

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We made a Texas triangle of sorts, and quickly discovered the beauty of highway driving. The scenery was gorgeous as we made our way from Lake Charles, LA to Longview, Texas. We were stopping for a visit to see our friends, The Shewmakers. While in Longview, we dined at the delicious  Lil Thai House. I was crazy about the Pad Thai and Brendan loved the Panang Curry. We also hit up antique shops in Jefferson, Texas and visited the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas. The zoo's open walkways, large exhibits for the animals, and shaded areas were a pleasant surprise and the zoo housed elephants, zebras, giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, white tigers, snakes, fish, many beautiful birds, and much more. I liked the wild bird walkabout which let you get very close to the colorful birds, but we also saw a giraffe and rhinos up close and it was pretty unbelievable. Admission was only $9.50 for adults!
Bren and I and the historic Dr. Pepper mural in Jefferson, TX
While in Austin (the drive from Tyler seemed like it was right out of a movie about living in the country-all lush greens and rolling hills...nice break from boring I-10), we fully entered vacation mode. We've dined at Kerbey Lane, and took a dip at ice cold Barton Springs. It's been wonderful to catch up with Graham and meet Maisie who made us some seriously delightful Key Lime Pie. 

Other than that, we spoiled ourselves with entertainment and good eats. There was thrift store shopping galore and we paired amazing food with amazing theater two nights in a row. The first night, we had fabulous Indian food at Clay Pit (which Graham says compares to food in India). We ordered the Paneer Bahuna and the Vegetable Ayam, and were delighted with the spicy/sweet duo. Then we enjoyed Zach Scott's production of August: Osage County.The show was a hilarious and heartbreaking 3 and a half hours with exceptional performances from the entire cast (Lana Dieterich, Lauren Lane, Janelle Buchanan, Corley Pillsbury, and Irene White were especially delightful in their roles). The play is about a family reunion gone horribly wrong and though the script packs in huge themes such as drug abuse, incest, and adultery, the family feels incredibly authentic and one can't help but feel sympathy even for the most awful of  characters. August runs through May 22nd, Wed-Sat evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. A tip is that you can get student tickets for $17.00 or you can enjoy 2 for 1 tickets on some nights (see website for details). 

On Thursday night, we checked out a new-to-me sushi spot in Austin called Thai Spice (formerly Crave). The Sushi was delicious, the atmosphere quiet and pleasant, and the service was great. There is 4-7pm happy hour Monday-Friday which offers great prices on several of the rolls and drinks. We ordered Tango, Longhorn, and Spicy Tuna rolls and had more than enough food for two. Then we checked out Hyde Park Theatre's newest production, A Behanding in Spokane. The show is a dark, twisted comedy about a man's plot to find his missing hand. The talented cast of four (Ken Webster, Michelle Keffer, Aaron Alexander, and Mical Trejo) were hilarious and outstanding in their roles. This 90 minute show is intense and I'm still thinking about some of the strange and funny lines. The play runs through May 28th Thurs-Sat nights at 8pm. Regular tickets $19.00, Student tickets $17.00. A tip is that Thursdays are "pay what you can." 

Now that we're back in Lake Charles, Spring break is coming to an end. But we're planning to check out Contraband Days tonight with some friends. I feel lucky to have had such a wonderful vacation, and I hope you enjoy some of my recommendations. 

Here's to enjoying yourself! 
<3 Stacy, Lola & Zoe

Backtracking: 2 weekends ago at Austin's Old Settler's Music Fest. Me, Bren, Missy & Will.

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