Don’t take that tone of voice with me. I know it has been a while since I wrote to you all but it has been a busy month! First of all, happy new year and all that happy horse shit. Second, I guess we should play a little catch up in the life of the Sybarite.
Let’s see. Where do I begin? I went out to Austin, Texas during the holidays. What a great city to be a sybarite! There is so much good food it is hard to know where to start and let me tell you, Austonians know how to eat and drink. There are a lot, and I mean a LOT, of craft beer pubs and most of them have delicious food and if they don’t serve the food themselves they have made a partnership with a food truck to be a fixture at their pub. There are plenty of new microbreweries in and around the Austin area and they seem to all produce a decent, albeit similar, product. I suppose that a nice malty IPA is what you would want to drink with BBQ and that seems to be what most of the breweries are churning out, or at least that was what was available at many of the bars. We, of course, had to go to The Salt Lick and get it’s famous BBQ and I can tell you that it did not disappoint. It was an interesting experience going out to various places and seeing how pervasive the BBQ culture is. Here in California, if you order a salad, you can probably add grilled chicken or shrimp for a couple extra bucks. Out there you would read a menu and it would not be uncommon to see something like, ‘tender baby greens with a light vinaigrette ADD PORK BELLY FOR $2, BITCHES!!!’ Ok, I added the bitches part but you get the idea. They love themselves some pork belly and I can’t say I blame them.
We also wandered into a great cocktail bar sort of near the capitol building. It was surprising that a downtown bar on a Friday evening was completely empty. In my younger years I probably would have turned around and walked out, but as I get older there is not much that pleases me more than an empty bar that has decent libations. They had a cocktail that their bartender had invented called a ‘Maker Frisky.’ It was pretty damn amazing. Light and refreshing which generally isn’t the case for a whiskey cocktail. This one had whiskey, some lemon juice, elderflower, and a couple other things that escape my ethanol riddled brain. I tried to squeeze the recipe out of them but they were pretty generic and not very forthcoming. I searched around online and it definitely is not an Irish Frisky. I guess I will just have to go back and have another one and possibly another 8 to 12 pounds of pork.
So, Austin is highly recommended for a trip when you plan to do little other than eat and drink. Not that it doesn’t also have great sights and things to do because it does, but you can also make a great vacation out of being a total glutton. Sounds like a perfect vacation to me.
The most important thing that happened since I last wrote was that somehow I tricked Ms Sybarite into agreeing to become Mrs Sybarite! So you can now understand why I have been a little MIA lately. It was a beautiful day in Monterey and we were walking along the bay. I asked and she said, “YEAH!” meanwhile never breaking eye contact with the ring that I had just pulled out of my pocket. We are both excited to spend the rest of our lives being each other’s designated driver.
COMING SOON: A guest blog from one of my oldest friends. He has a MS in Literature from the University of Chicago and is currently working toward a PhD at Cardiff University in Wales. He also happens to be a kick-ass mixologist/bartender with 2 parts Hunter S Thompson, 1 part Hemingway, with a splash of Ed Wood. I’m excited to see what he brings us whenever he decides to do so. Stay tuned.