Quick trip to Boston

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So after I finished at camp I decided to book a little trip before heading down to visit my brother in Austin. I decided on Boston as it was somewhere I had never been before and it wasn’t too expensive to get to from Montreal. I booked my flights and it was only $30 more expensive to get first class on Delta so I thought why not, go for it. It was amazing, my own comfy seat , drinks and snacks throughout the flight and so much leg room. It will definitely make flying normal economy hard on my next flights as it was such a treat. I booked into the HI Boston Hostel which was great. It took me a few minutes to find it after I got off the bus from the airport as I went the wrong  direction first but it was so centrally located that it was perfect for a short stay. I stayed in a 6 bed dorm and it was probably one of the best hostel rooms that I have been in. Really comfy beds all on one side of the room so it was nice and private, a huge locker to store everything in and then plugs and lights beside each bed, it was great.

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I arrived late Sunday night so went straight to bed which was super comfy. Monday morning I was up for breakfast which was included and was just what you need to start the day. At the hostel they had activities going everyday such as free walking tours, pub crawls and brewery tours. I went on two walking tours which were great and they were free which was even better. It helped me learn some of the history of Boston although I did not have enough time there to see everything so I will definitely have to go back some day to explore some more.

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20170822_122746I would highly recommend heading to Boston for a visit, it is such a nice city and very easy to get around as everything is so close together you can walk or you can get the subway. I would also recommend to HI Boston Hostel which was perfectly located in the centre of town, had everything you needed and the staff were great.

Now I am chilling in Austin with my brother and sister-in-law before heading to San Diego for more adventures in a few days. Prepare for many beach and sunset pictures in my next post.

Emma

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Emma Eats : Austin

Austin has such a wide choice and variety when it comes to food and I did my very best to try as much of it as I possibly could when I was there. Of course you can’t go to Austin without having some barbecue but there are also so many more amazing places to eat whether it’s in a restaurant or a food truck on the side of the road. I thought I would give you a run down of the places that I went to eat because let me tell you they were all amazing and I would highly recommend them if anyone is heading to Austin. There were so many places that we went to that were so good so here’s just 6 of my favourites and then the other pictures are from other places we went to which were all amazing but if I was to write about them all we would be here for ages….

Emma

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Torchy’s Tacos

This was my first meal when I arrived in Austin and it just set the tone or the food on the rest of my trip. Self professed as the ‘best damn tacos in Texas’ and let me tell you they truly live up to their name. From their amazing queso dip to there interesting taco combinations and interesting names too it is certainly a must if you hit a taco craving. Of course don’t forget to ask for their secret menu as they always have something different for their loyal customers who ask .

IMG_20150527_165551Bangers Sausage House and Beer Garden

There is something about a gorgues hot dog and an ice cold beer , well that’s what people tell me I can vouch for the hot dog but not the beer but anyway if they are two of your favourite things then Bangers is the place to be. Here you can get gourmet hot dogs (30 different types) made from anything from boar to duck topped with only the finest ingredients. While you enjoy your amazing hot dog you can wash it down with one of there 104 beers from places far and near, if you can’t make a decision just ask your server to pick something for you and you won’t be disappointed. With long picnic tables and a stage with live music this is the perfect place to spend a summer’s evening. They also have amazing sides from macaroni & cheese to poutine which all help compliment the sausages.

IMG_20150521_201336Graj Mahal

Located in a renovated bungalow on Rainey Street with fairy lights strewn all over the outdoor patio this gem not only looks amazing but the food is on point to. Serving some of the best Indian food I have ever had from Korma to Rogan Josh you’ll find something here to suit your taste. If you like Indian food this is definitely a must go place in Austin.

blog pic 2Churros Co. Austin

This food truck  provides a gorgeous sweet treat for any time of the day. Churros by themselves are amazing but when you add toppings such as marshmallow, ice-cream, caramel and loads of other things it just takes them to another level. I would definitely recommend the Camp-fire which is what I had, churros coated in Graham cracker sugar, toasted marshmallows and chocolate sauce. They’ll have something to suit everyone’s taste and you will be left wanting more.

  Blog pic 1Burro Cheese Kitchen

This is another food truck which as the name suggests is dedicated to grilled cheese and man do they do it well. Gourment grilled cheese with a range of cheese and breads used along with different interesting fillings. My favourite was the ‘Big Kahuna’ which was on a Hawaiian sweet roll, provolone cheese, prosciutto and a pineapple sauce which was just amazing. The perfect flavours to compliment each other to make for an amazing sandwich. This is the perfect mid afternoon pick me up to help you going until the end of the day.

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Of course you can’t go to Austin and not have some barbecue. We stumbled on this place as where we were going to go was full but this was amazing. These places are based on first come first serve and when the meat is gone it’s gone which happened to the pulled pork in our case but not to worry. It was an interesting dining experience as you come in and queue for your food, a meat plate which included 2 sides and one meat or you could get a assortment of all the meats they had. Then you get it on a tray with the feeling of a canteen , pay for it and then head to the many tables laid with some sauces and of course kitchen roll to wipe up the mess that will be made. The food was amazing,I had sausage but it was a spicy smoked sausage along with a side of corn and macaroni & cheese and  it hit the spot. One thing I will say is that you buy your beer in the bottle so if you are going don’t forget to bring a bottle opener or you may find yourself thinking of some creative ways to open a bottle.

Here’s a few of the other places we went to eat:

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Shake Shack

Free Birds World Burrito

Free Birds World Burrito

Hooters

Hooters

Doc's  (this is the brownie, perfect for sharing )

Doc’s (this is the brownie, perfect for sharing )

Joe's Crab Shack

Joe’s Crab Shack

IHOP

IHOP

Amy's Ice-Cream

Amy’s Ice-Cream

Austin Adventures

So I know I have been a little bit A-wall on the blog for the past few weeks but I just didn’t have anything that I was inspired to write about and then I have been away for the past 10 days in Austin and just wanted to enjoy my holiday but I am back and rearing to go. I headed over to Austin to visit my brother and his girlfriend who moved over in October to work.I hadn’t seen them since September as I headed off to France so I was looking forward to seeing them and catching up and also seeing this new place they were living in. I had never been to America before or been on a long haul flight so it was an experience as I got up and headed to the airport to start my journey. With my bag full of Irish chocolate I was dreading them weighing my suitcase but it all turned out fine and I survived my 10 hour flight with the help of some movies and music.

Stepping off the plane to a wall of heat was an amazing change from the cold weather I had left behind in Ireland. Driving along for the first time everything just looked so different and so big from the roads to the cars to everything but it was amazing. We headed to my brother’s apartment , dropped my bags and then it was off to my first meal Tacos, and this was only the start of my food tour of Austin but that’s another post entirely.  Then it was time to try stay up and not get jet lagged and wake up the next day feeling refreshed. I had the next day to myself to explore as the other two were working so I got my camera and headed down town to explore. Austin is a lovely city and to me it felt very intimate even though it also felt huge at the same time which was nice. I spent the day taking photos of the streets and the capitol building and then headed to the Texas State museum to get some culture and history in. That evening we went to see the famous bats on congress bridge but it was the one night they decided to hell with it lets just stay in so I’ll just have to take my brother’s word that they are amazing.

Day 2 again was spent wandering around Austin, I walked along the board-walk on Town Lake and headed to Whole Foods for some lunch to have in the sun. Of course more food was eaten and more photos were taken. I went to a foam rolling class the next day with Caroline and then explored some of South Congress which has some weird and wacky shops. That evening we went for a lovely Indian dinner (on the parents) which was on this really cool street Rainey Street where all the bars and restaurants are in converted bungalows. It’s has a really homely feeling to it which was cool. Friday again was spent just exploring before heading to Hooters for some grub before a night out on Dirty 6th which is the party street in Austin and it was packed as it was graduation weekend. It was an experience to see the whole street closed down filled with people and police alike but it was great fun.

We decided to go kayaking on Saturday as the weather was lovely and sunny but that didn’t last long. After about 5 minutes in the boats the heavens opened into a torrential thunderstorm which we tried to weather but ultimately had to abandon. We got absolutely soaked and then had to walk home in more rain. That evening saw everybody on flood and tornado alert which was a new one for me as we don’t get extreme weather like that in Ireland. We ended up being fine but many places got flooded badly. We spent Sunday quite relaxed as everyone was recovering from the activities of Friday and Saturday but I still got out to explore a bit. Monday was memorial day in America but unfortunately it was a wash out with more flood and tornado warnings so we spent it inside on the couch eating Dairymilk. We also decided to watch Twister which might not have been the best idea when we had tornado warnings but we were educating ourselves on what to do if a tornado hit :).

On Tuesday we headed to the Hope Outdoor gallery which is like a giant graffiti gallery outside . It is amazing and really cool. Then we headed to IHOP because of course no trip to America would be complete without a trip to IHOP. I got the double chocolate chip pancakes which were so good, I made a fair dent in them but couldn’t finish them all. After this we headed to CVS to do some make-up shopping and I also bought some Hershey’s Kisses which are amazing. On my final day we went to a shopping outlet about 30 minutes from Austin which was huge. I had strict orders from dad to get him some Levi jeans and then I wanted to do some damage in Bath & Bodyworks. I didn’t do too much shopping as I didn’t see too many things that screamed ‘buy me‘ and once I got my Bath & Bodyworks fix I was good.

Then it was time to fit everything in the suitcase which was considerably lighter without all of the chocolate that I had brought over. With one final grilled cheese sandwich and a cool dancing Uber driver I was off to the airport to head home. I had such an amazing time exploring Austin and seeing where my brother and his girlfriend have called home for the past 7 months. This trip has also just made me want to explore more of America and the word in the future and travel.

Now it’s time to try and not let the jet lag beat me as I try to adjust to Irish time.

Emma

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