30 before 30

30 Before 30: Invest In A Timeless Handbag

10.18.17

Ok friends…I finally did it!

One of the things on my 30 before 30 bucket list was “invest in a timeless handbag. So, a couple months ago, I bought my first Louis Vuitton bag! I’ve always been a bit obsessed with designer handbags…

I grew up in Dallas (omg….the land of designer bags! It’s ridiculous how many gorgeous bag Dallas residents own! Don’t believe me? Walk around Northpark Mall on a Saturday afternoon…) When I was in high school, my favorite radio station was Mix 102.9 fm (back when it was a “Mix of the 80s, 90s, and Today!”) and I lived for their annual “PICK YOUR PURSE” competition.

At 10 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm, listeners called the radio station to try to win one of the gorgeous designer handbags listed on the radio station’s website. I’d pour over the Fendi, Gucci, and Prada handbags, waiting with the home phone in my hand (this was before I had my own cell phone.)

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My Life

90.

10.16.17

Hiya, dolls!

Nate and I drove up to Dallas to celebrate my grandfather’s 90th birthday….wow! Considering this blog is called “So Much Life,” I can’t pass up the opportunity to mention this man today… He’s the epitome, to me, of someone who has filled every day with life. I feel so lucky to be able to have friendship with him!

I’m 27, and when I think about aging, I always assume it’s something that will happen to others. Haha! I mean, I realize that I’ll eventually get old, but it’s hard for me to picture myself at 90. (PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one in this boat?) Read More

Austin

Behind The Scenes: ACL Eats

10.13.17

Food vendors arrive early early early at ACL, and they work all day, serving tens of thousands of guests! Kiera and I snuck behind the scenes at the festival to get a peek at what’s happening in the food prep area…and it’s crazy much is going one back there! Read More

Food Trucks

Tumble 22 Hot Chicken

10.11.17

Tumble 22 joined the Austin food truck scene earlier this year, and I’ve been meaning to stop by for months now…  And I finally went there for a lunch date with my friend Kiera a few weeks ago!

Harold Marmulstein, chef at Salty Sow (one of my favorites restaurants in in ATX for their happy hour) started the Nashville hot chicken truck as a side project. It took basically ZERO time for lines to start forming, and now there’s a regular lunch crowd every day at the food truck’s permanent W. 6th St location.

If you’ve been reading this blog for very long at all, you know that I’m a spicy food wimp… I want to be the type of person who can handle spicy food, but then my tongue is burning and my forehead is sweating and I’m thinking I AM NOT HAVING A GOOD TIME AT ALL.

Then I coat whatever I’m eating in yogurt sauce. Repeat.

Tumble 22 has four levels of heat available on their fried chicken: 

  • Wimpy
  • Hot
  • DANG Hot!
  • FIRE IN THE HOLE!!

I’m proud to say that I tried the “hot” and “DANG HOT” seasoning, and I was only moderately uncomfortable. 😉 Haha.

the “HOT” was pretty tasty…totally my level of heat. The “DANG hot” was too hot for me!

If you try the “FIRE IN THE HOLE” you might regret it the next day. Rumor has it that the heat on this one come from ghost peppers… That’s all I’m saying about that. 😉

Spiciness aside, how was the chicken?

DELICIOUS.

The chicken meat was juicy and soft to bit into, and the coating was crispy/crunchy and well seasoned with chef Marmulstein’s secret seasoning.

I loved the dipping sauces, too! The Sweet Chili Yogurt was perfect for diluting the spiciness, and the Cilantro Mint Ranch was just a fun flavor to add to the chicken sandwich.

Potato chips are made in-house at Salty Sow in East Austin. Tumble 22 used to make shoestring fries, but customers complained about them being too small. So, potatoes are now served in the form of crunchy chips!

Tumble 22 Hot Chicken

600 W 6th St (Star Bar)
Austin, TX 78701

 

** Photos by Kiera Jane of France Photographers

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Austin

Best Of Austin City Limits Eats 2017

10.10.17

I was at Austin City Limits music festival last weekend, and let me tell ya: this was a good year! If you’re heading to ACL for weekend 2, I’m jealous! I wish I could do it all over again!

One of my favorite parts of the festival is ACL Eats. This isn’t your typical funnel cake and corn dogs type of festival food… The team at Austin City Limits fills Zilker Park with some of the best food vendors that Austin has to offer!

Wander around the foodie section and see what strikes your fancy; you really can’t go wrong! I’ve got the staples that I make sure to eat every year (lookin’ at you, Tiff’s Treats!), and I always taste a couple new things each year.

Wash it all down with some craft beer from the Barton Springs Beer Hall, and you’re ready to jam out another music set!

Here are just of few of my favorites from the Austin City Limits 2017:


The Via 206 from Burro Cheese Kitchen is hands down one of the most delicious things I tasted all weekend.  It’s made from cheddar, gouda, and balsamic apricot fig sauce…..sooooo, heaven in a sandwich form, basically? I adore this Austin food truck, and I’m so glad they have a booth at ACL Eats!

I love a good Mighty Cone! They’re the original ACL food vendors…the Mighty Cone was actually created for ACL! If you’re new to ACL, this should be on your to-eat list.

Mighty Cone has a double booth, and they still ran out of the chicken cone at one point during the weekend! (Don’t worry: there was till plenty of shrimp + avocado while they got more chicken cooking.)

It’s a piece of deep-fried chicken (or shrimp, but I like chicken best), wrapped in a tortilla, and served in a cone (similar to a paper sno cone), all topped with mango-jalapeno slaw and ancho sauce.

There are a few BBQ booths at Austin City Limits, but the BBQ sandwich from Micklethwait Craft Meats is by far my favorite! Their smoker fills the whole field with the smell of delicious smoked brisket, and the BBQ sandwich with a side of potato chips + pickles is perfection.

I can’t make it through a year of ACL without my Tiff’s Treats! Although it’s technically a cookie delivery company, I love the brownie + ice cream the most! It’s a pretty big brownie and could easily be split between two people…..but I kept it all to myself! Hehe..

The Kickass Nachos from chef Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove are covered with ground elk meat. (I believe these used to be vegetarian in years past? They’re better now!) Topped with cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, and jalapeños, these nachos bring the party to ACL!

The Crispy Fish Tacos from The Peached Tortilla had the best fresh fish flavor, crunchy coating, and sweet slaw on top. I split an order with my husband, and I wish I had gotten a full order just for myself!

Temperatures were brutally hot this year, with Sunday’s high in the mid 90s. UGH. The line for a shaved ice at Sno Beach was over 30 minutes long, but the wait was worth it for one of these cool, creamy, shaved ice snacks. It’s for sure the best shaved ice in Austin!

Syrup flavors are much more limited than their regular truck on Barton Springs, but a few of the best ones are there like coconut, tiger’s blood, and wedding cake.

The last thing I ate was an order of Chi’lantro’s famous Kimchi Fries, which also happen to be what Nate and I served as dinner at our wedding this year. I just love ’em so much! I chowed down on these and then jammed out to The Killers concert on Sunday evening.

Weekend. Success.

Another year of ACL has come and gone (for me….I hope you’re going to weekend 2!), and I’m a little sad about it. But at least I know that I lived it up for all three days!

What was your favorite food at ACL this year?

 

 

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