I’m not really superstitious but I did notice that it’s Friday the 13th – just a little bit creepy. Still glad it’s Friday, though! In happy news, we’re headed to Austin later today for SXSW with the SideChef team! I’ve never been to Austin so I’m looking forward to eating all the BBQ and exploring the city. I’ve included a couple of specific things I’m planning on doing there in my favorites list for this week!
Have a wonderful weekend! xo
1. Favorite liquor: Carpano Antica Vermouth
I am absolutely loving this herbaceous and aromatic vermouth! I have grown to love the classic Manhattan cocktail (I’m a sucker for Luxardo cherries) in the last few months, and using a high-quality vermouth just takes it over the top. Plus, it makes an excellent aperitif with a humongous ice cube and a peel of orange.
2. Favorite funny: The Onion’s article on standing desks
“We found that you can also really get the blood flowing by pairing this activity with hurling your staff ID across the parking lot.” BAHAHA!
3. Favorite read: Bringing Up Bébé
While I am admittedly not ready for my own bébé, I am so fascinated by parenting philosophies and family dynamics. I read an excerpt of this book and purchased it for my Kindle immediately, and just finished it last night. I adored the author’s approach to comparing French and American parenting styles and her commentary on life in Paris as an expat. It’s a really interesting read even if you’re not yet a parent – it certainly gave me a lot to think about!
4. Favorite grocery store find: Tortilla Land Uncooked Tortillas
We’ve been making tacos at home on a weekly basis, so I’m always looking for ways to up my taco game. These bad boys taste 10x better than the standard flour tortillas and are just as easy to heat up. Look for them in the refrigerated section of the store!
5. Favorite to-do at SXSW: SoulCycle at the Spotify House
I have been dying to give SoulCycle a try, but have had a hard time justifying the high price tag since I have access to great cycling classes at Equinox, so I was thrilled to hear that SoulCycle and Spotify are collaborating for SXSW to offer FREE classes! Spotify is bringing in some awesome DJ’s to spin live during SoulCycle classes at their SXSW house, and I somehow managed to snag a reservation for Sunday morning. Literally.cannot.wait.!!
6. Favorite to-eat at SXSW: Franklin BBQ
Word on the street is Franklin BBQ is the absolute best in Austin, but unfortunately it’s anything but a secret spot. It’s only open from 11am-3pm, and I hear that people start lining up at 7am (!!!) to place their orders, beer and whiskey in hand. I must admit I’m not-so-secretly thrilled by the idea of tailgating for food.
7. Favorite fashion find: Victoria’s Secret Ruffle Strap One-Piece
I love the feminine look of this sweet swimsuit! The adorable back details and the muted coral tone are SO cute! Debating whether I should wait to find it in stores or bite the bullet and order it…