Friday, January 13, 2017

Things to do in Austin Texas

Things to Do, See and Places to Eat in Austin Texas


Austin with beautiful parks and lakes, hiking, biking trails, and awesome swimming holes is the Capital of Texas, also known "live music capital of the world" with music festivals like Austin city limits, which has 75,000 people attend. It is also home to the University of Texas, one of the largest schools in the USA. South by Southwest, an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals. For race car fans, it is home to Formula 1 races at Circuit of the Americas.

Things to do if you don't have a car 


(Best if you rent a bike, there are several rental b-cycle station around downtown Austin)

1. Stroll South Congress Ave, This Street Keeps Austin Weird with its cool, classic and funky elements. Several Bars/Eating place some with live Music bands. 

South Congress Ave austin
South Congress Storefront Austin

2. Hike, kayak or and paddle board Town Lake also known as lady bird Lake. Beautiful views of the city and nature. Location Downtown Austin, Parking locations Along Cesar Chavez Street, Austin

Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk
If you are by the town Lake in the evening, see the Bats fly off the Congress Bridge when it starts to get dark, Location Congress Bridge  Lady Bird Lake

3. State Capitol of Texas - Daily tours, Closed on public holidays. Location Downtown Austin

State Capitol of Texas
State Capitol of Texas

4. HOPE Gallery on Castle Hill (Graffiti Park) Awesome street art
1100 Baylor Street, Austin, TX 78703

5. Explore East 4th, 5th ,6th and Cesar Chavez Streets. Fun street art everywhere.

6.  Barton Springs (Swimming)
2201 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78746
Lifeguards are narcs about any food or alcohol, so don’t bring any unless you’re super discreet. $3.00 entry fee for locals. Explore the Bars, restaurants, Coffee Shops and Food Trucks on and near Barton Springs Rd.

7. Walk or Bike Ride in the evening or night on East and west 6th Street in Downtown Austin for ts world famous nightlife.

If you have a car


1. Cathedral of Junk
Call first to ask if they are open: (512) 299-7413. It is run by a hippie named Vince and it is in his backyard. It is hard to find from the street.

2. 360 Overlook (Pennybacker Bridge) 5300 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin. Great view from top once you hike up there. an easy hike.

Austin 360 Bridge 

3. Mount Bonnell
Very nice views of Lake Austin at sunset. Wear hiking shoes or sneakers Highest point in Austin. Less than 10 minutes drive from 360 Overlook
3800 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX


FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD 

(Need to have a Car to get to some of these Locations)


Franklin BBQ
900 E 11th St Austin, TX 78702
Voted best BBQ in the world. Get the brisket. Get there early. There’s a 2+ hour wait.

Paco’s Tacos
1304 E 51st St Austin, TX 78723
Great carnitas. Try the taco or the rice bowl with carnitas.

Baby Acapulco
5 Austin area locations, Best tortilla soup in Austin. Good queso compuesto and margaritas

El Chilito
2219 Manor Rd Austin, TX 78722
Delicious barbacoa soup and barbacoa taco. If you’re sick, the soup will help!

Chuy’s
5 Austin area locations, cool décor, good margaritas and excellent chicken flautas. Also, ASK YOUR WAITER FOR A SIDE OF THE JALAPENO RANCH.

Torchy’s (My Favorite) President Obama made a stop here during his Austin Visit.
9 Austin area locations

Tyson’s Tacos
4905 Airport Blvd Austin, TX 78751
Try the chicken fajita nachos with the works. SO GOOD.

Chago’s
7301 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78752
Caribbean food. SOOO GOOD! The Mofongo and the Puerto Rican Paella are SUPERB!

Rosita’s Al Pastor
1911 E Riverside Dr Austin, TX 78741
Some of the best tacos in town. Get the al pastor, of course with onion and cilantro.

Austin has a lot of food trucks and all kinds of Food, From Tex-Mex to BBQ, or if international Cuisine is something you are in the mood for, there are close to 1000 food trucks in Austin.


Asian/Asian Fusion

East Side King
4 Austin area locations
OMG. THIS FOOD TRUCK RUINED ME. I’m obsessed. The beet homefries are INSANE. Also, the fried brussel sprouts are the shiznit. Most items on the menu are gluten free. Check out the location by “The Hole in The Wall” on Lamar Street. Everything is good.

888
2400 E Oltorf St Austin, TX 78741
THE BEST ASIAN FOOD IN AUSTIN. Get the yellow chicken curry and TOM KA GAI soup.

Din Ho Chinese BBQ
8557 Research Blvd #116 Austin, TX 78758
Best Chinese BBQ in Austin. Try the BBQ pork and be sure to get a side of the ginger onion sauce to put on your rice. IT IS THE BOMB. The orange beef is also delicious, as is the asparagus crab soup, and eggplant with shredded pork in garlic sauce.

Misung 888
911 W Anderson Ln #114 Austin, TX 78757
Really delicious authentic Korean food & humble ambiance. Get the Spicy squid with noodles. The beef bulgogi is great too if you’re not into squid. It is difficult to find because the sign has some Korean writing and the number “888”. The address is 911 West Anderson.

Michi Ramen
6519 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78752
Best traditional ramen in Austin. Try the pickled mustard greens in your ramen. Also, get a side order of the burnt ends. They are delicious and plentiful. You can share them with a group, or make a meal out of them yourself.

DK Sushi
6400 S 1st St Austin, TX 78745
The sushi is great, especially the torched escolar.


American/Burgers/Pizza

Nau’s Enfield Drug
1115 W Lynn St Austin, TX 78703
Super kitschy old fashioned & historic soda fountain.

Whataburger
Several Austin area locations… just look around!
The Green Chili Double is available seasonally and it is AWESOME if your stomach can handle fast food.

Republic of Sandwich
2320 Hancock Dr Austin, TX 78756
The REUBEN. MmMmMMMMm

Casino el Camino
517 E 6th St Austin, TX 78701
Best burgers in Austin

Lebowski's Grill
8909 Burnet Rd Austin, TX 78757
Best burgers (served at a bowling alley themed after The Big Lebowski)

East Side Pies
3 Austin area locations, Delicious pizza. A bit expensive, but the gluten free pizza is the best gluten free pizza I’ve found in Austin.

Desserts/Sweets

Ken’s Donuts
2820 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
MMmmmmMmMMMM Donutssssssss.

Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery
4909 Airport Blvd Austin, TX 78751
The blueberry cake donuts are awesome.

Lick
2032 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704
Great ice cream.  Vegan and dairy free options.


BARS


 Maria’s Taco Xpress
Maria’s Taco Xpress 

Maria’s Taco Xpress 
2529 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704
Good tacos. A famous Austin institution. Hippie Church (Highly Recommended)  every Sunday 11 AM  -  2 PM. 

The Broken Spoke
3201 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704
Best honky tonk in the country! I recommend taking the Texas two step lesson & then dancing the night away. Good for people watching. (Highly Recommended)

Ski Shores Café
2905 Pearce Rd, Austin, TX 78730
Awesome little beach bar on Lake Austin. Expensive drinks and bar food, but great atmosphere. 

Deep Eddy Cabaret
2315 Lake Austin Blvd Austin, TX 78703
Awesome little dive bar. Good juke box. 

Haymaker
2310 Manor Rd Austin, TX 78722 Great draft beer selection.

Rio Rita
1308 E 6th St Austin, TX 78702
Awesome dive bar. Great drinks. Love the jalapeno tequila. The bloody mary with jalapeno tequila is INSANE.

Liberty Bar
1618 1/2 E 6th St Austin, TX 78702
Awesome dive bar with cool back yard. Home of the best East Side King food truck. 

The Grackle
1700 E 6th St Austin, TX 78702
Cool dive bar in East Austin. There’s an East Side King food truck. It is good but it isn’t the best one.

The Skylark
2039 Airport Blvd Austin, TX 78722
Cool divey old school bar. 

The Carousel Lounge
1110 E 52nd St Austin, TX 78723
Old school circus themed dive bar. 

The Draught House
4112 Medical Pkwy Austin, TX 78756
Wide of selection of beers and cool seating both inside and outside. 

Spider House
2906 Fruth St Austin, TX 78705 
Twinkly lights and a vintage feel. Love the vibe there. Very cool patio. (Recommended)

Jackalope
404 East 6th Austin, TX 78701
You MUST ride the jackalope while in Austin. 

Flamingo Cantina
515 E 6th St Austin, TX 78701
Reggae bar on 6th. Always people openly smoking pot on upstairs outside balcony. 

The Parlor
4301 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78751
Great happy hour prices and delicious pizza.

Tigress
100 W North Loop Blvd Austin, TX 78751
Amazing signature cocktails at this neighborhood bar on north loop. 

Lala’s
2207 Justin Ln Austin, TX 78757
A dive bar where it is always Christmas. Best jukebox in Austin. 

Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon
5434 Burnet Rd Austin, TX 78756
A MUST SEE. Drink a Lone Star Texas beer. Chicken shit bingo every Sunday 3:30 PM -8 PM. (Highly Recommended)

FESTIVALS


ACL (Austin City Limits)
Two weekends, every October in Zilker Park.

Blues on the Green
July and August
FREE. BYOB (no glass). Free music in Zilker Park during the summer.

East & West Austin Studio Tours
Website http://bigmedium.org/
East is in November, West is in Spring
Art studios all over Austin open to the public. Many with free drinks, food, and opportunities to participate in artistic installations.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party
April last Saturday
It doesn't get much more Austin weird than Eeyore's Birthday Party. The annual Pease Park festival known for outrageous costumes, nudity, and booming drum circles.

SXSW (South by Southwest)
March, You don’t need a ticket to enjoy all of the free parties, free music, free drinks, free food, & swag. Every venue in Austin hosts bands during SXSW & many of the events are free to the public.

Trail of Lights
2 weeks in December
Every Holiday season, Zilker Park is transformed into a fantasy world of lights. Make sure to spin under the moon tower Christmas tree!

Zilker Kite Festival
March, Bring your kite and tailgate chair!

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Paramount Theater
713 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701
historic Austin theater downtown

Alamo Drafthouse
6 Austin area locations, one right on the famous 6th Street aks dirty 6th
Movie theater with bar/restaurant

Whole Foods on Lamar
525 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78703
This is Whole Foods Headquarters


Central Market
4001 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78756
Local Texas Grocery Chain HEB’s version of Whole Foods. Good music venue outside. You can buy food, beer or wine & drink it there while watching live music outside. Check online for schedule of shows. https://www.heb.com/


Hamilton Pool (summer time)
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd Dripping Springs, TX 78620
30.7 miles west, 42 mins driving

For High Resolution Pictures http://www.arvphotos.com/austin_texas


Bats Congress Bridge austin
Congress Bridge Austin

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Street Food Yangon



Sri Kali Temple  Yangon Myanmar
Why Street food, its the experience in a foreign country, its delicious and its cheap.


Street food is everywhere in Yangon, you can take a train or bus somewhere and there will be food vendors. I usually only eat cooked food, fresh off the grill or skillet in front of me. The other thing I buy off the street vendors is fresh fruits.

So after watching the sunset over Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon,  headed to the famous street food Market in China town Yangon. Picture to the right is a Hindu Kali Temple, its located right near where China Town Yangon Starts.

Best Place for some grilled fish in China town Yangon, 19th street Area. ts not a typical China Town, the area is filled with street food vendors. They start selling food later in the evening towards dinner time. China Town Yangon can be very crowded in the evenings.



Street Food Yangon

china town yangon

Now This is street food so don't expect a table with white table cloth. There are several BBQ places, food cooked over charcoal fire, in that heat no bacteria is going to survive. So I gave seafood a try, I quit eating meat a while back, fish I eat sometimes.

bbq fish yangon

4 dollars US for the fish and around 2 dollars for a 750 ml of beer bottle. Delicious. I took my time eating, watching the hustle and bustle and enjoying my evening.


street food yangon
yangon myanmar



I bought a pack of the citrus fruit from that lady on 2 different days, November 2016 was hot and fruits will hydrate you. It was only about 3 USD for a peeled pack.



Above This was another fruit I bought from a street fruit vendor near Scott market, the person selling me said it was very healthy fruit to eat, I took their word for it. Don/t know what its called, if someone knows do leave me a comment below.


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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Central Texas Ballooning

Central Texas Ballooning Association at their annual Lake Travis flight at sunrise, Saturday the August 8th 2015 at Mansfield Dam Park, Great little park to walk around and have a picnic, you can even swim off one of the Docks.

I got there before 7 AM, The Ballooning event was crowded and parking was an issue, still managed to get a few good Pictures.

The pictures below represents the Lone Star and Colors of the State of Texas Flag.



Went for a walk along the Park to get a picture of the Sunrise.



MY camera is Sony NEX-3

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tajmahal and How to get there


From the 16th Century, the love of great emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz has been standing proud demonstrating the story of the eternal love of this great Mughal Emperor. This marble Mausoleum is actually the tomb of Queen Mumtaz lying beside her beloved husband Shah-Jahan. Tajmahal is made of white marble, with beautiful precious and semi-precious stones like Lapis-Lazuli, sapphire etc. A paradise for every traveler, Tajmahal brings millions of tourists every year to the small town Agra, closer to the capital, Delhi.  For over a century, this city has served as the capital of Mughal Empire. 


About Tajmahal



Shah Jahan was the son of Mughal prince Jahangir and the grandson of the great sultan Akbar.  The story of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan is somewhat debatable. There are three to four versions available how exactly they had met. However, the facts said that Mumtaz, priorly known as Arjumand Banu Begum was the daughter of Asaf Khan, who was an influential minister in the court of Jahangir. Empress Nur Jahan, the powerful queen of Jahangir, was believed to be the aunt of Mumtaj. Shah Jahan first met Mumtaz in Meena Bazaar, the market of women inside the palace when he was 14 years old. He fell in love with 15-year-old Mumtaz, but they didn’t get married until after 5 years. Mumtaz died while giving birth to their 14th child. Their marriage was a happy one and the emperor became heartbroken while his beloved queen died in childbirth. After her death, according to her request, he started making a Mausoleum for the final resting place of his beloved queen in the bank of river Yamuna. It had taken 22 years to finish the construction of this great Mausoleum of love. 

Tajmahal looks different in every time of the day. So, the visitors are always requested to visit Tajmahal during Sunrise and Sundown. A special trip is conducted in Tajmahal during the Full Moon. 


How to get there: 


Tajmahal is situated in Agra, on the bank of river Yamuna. Agra is nearly 210 km away from Delhi, the capital of India. Delhi is well connected by air and road both nationally and internationally.  The expressway which connects Agra with Delhi is named Yamuna Expressway. It takes around 3 hours to reach Agra from Delhi tentatively without major Traffic. Along with that, there are some normal and superfast trains available to travel to Agra from Delhi. This list includes the newly launched Gatimaan Express which is till date the fastest train in the country. Agra mainly has three major train stations. These stations also connect Agra directly with the rest of the country. 






The life around Tajmahal is quite unlike the feelings you have ever experienced so far. So, hop on a bus or take a train—Tajmahal is sure to welcome you with its indefinite charm.
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Republic of Texas Biker Rally

ROT Rally 2015

Visited ROT Rally after 9 years, I have since sold my Kawasaki, its still good to see the thousands of bikes, watch the Bike rally as it makes its way to the Texas Capital. From 6th Street Downtown Austin to Congress Ave, one can see an awesome display of bikes parked along both side of the Street, this year several motorcycles has LED lights on then.

Met bikers from as far as Finland this year that had come to attend the Rally.








ROT Rally 2006

Republic of Texas Biker Rally (ROT Biker Rally) held on second Thursday in June. Thousands of Bikers come to Austin from Texas and rest of the Country.

Went to the Travis County Expo Center bought the T Shirt, and rode downtown  on my Kawasaki Ninja. Austin 6th street was one big party. ROT rally is the biggest event in Austin, bigger then Austin City Limits. It was awesome, some pictures I took.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Taking Photos of People When Travelling

People photography while travelling, the one rule to follow is always ask for permission. Try to be different.

Fairly frequently, you'll get a yes, in some places you might be expect to pay, the picture below I took of a local Man outside a rock-hewn church, lalibela Ethiopia, he sure didn't ask for anything, though he did appreciate the money I gave him.


Below a Nihang Sikh, I politely asked him if I could take his picture

More on Nihang Sikhs https://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Nihang



Below while visiting a metal polisher in Istanbul Turkey,  A picture opportunity.



A lady selling Bird Seed Turkey, She didn't want to look at the Camera, though she smiled



Below Inside step pyramid in Egypt, the Gentleman had interesting stories to tell



Below A Sadhu in India


sadhu

Below A woman in Cambodia, she laughed when I asked if I could take her picture






































Below Men in Rajasthan India




Happy travels!

My gear Sony NEX Camera

Sony NEX-5TL Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

What Camera is in your backpack?

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Central Texas Christmas Holiday Lights

Round Rock Texas

Central Texas has an Awesome display of lights during the Christmas holidays. Town Squares have beautiful light displays.

Picture below Carnival at Old Settlers Park.



Below Round Rock Texas display





Rock N Lights is a drive through light show that has 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile road is the must see and also has light tunnel, pretty amazing.





























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