First Landing in America! (Part 2) ๐ŸŒƒ๐ŸŒƒ

Four days into Austin, and I still need to get over my jet lag problems! ๐Ÿฅฑ๐Ÿ˜ด Hence I started my morning with a very Tex-Mex brunch of tacos! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ (Weather was as glorious as ever! โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ Though I still canโ€™t get over the extra tax charges at the end of bills! ๐Ÿ’ต)

Spicy chicken taco and Mexican egg taco ๐Ÿ˜‹โ˜€๏ธ

After a filling breakfast, I then visited Harry Ransom Center within the UT campus to see the Julia Child exhibition inside (recommended by my friend living here). I started this blog back in 2019 after watching the movie โ€˜Julie & Juliaโ€™, so it did give me a sense of nostalgia and coming back full circle to see snapshots of her journey again. ๐Ÿ˜ (And also at last grabbed a copy of her famous cookbook for myself!)

Harry Ransom Center
Julia Child Exhibition including some original letters and photos that reminded me scenes from the movie
I do love a French onion soup! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿง…๐Ÿง…
There is also a exhibit of the Gutenberg Bible – one of the earliest bibles made using printing press
Have to be done! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ
A lunch break back in the Taiwanese eatery near the UT campus – ordered a lychee slushie and a satay beef lo mein

Following some more wanders around the city centre, I headed back to the hotel for a change of clothes before meeting up with my friend again to head to the upscale Japanese restaurant Uchiko. And what a feast that was! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Some of our personal favourites were the soft shell crab makimono rolls (absolutely love their unusual use of apple in them! ๐ŸŽ), foie gras sushi, unagi sushi and the jasmine cream dessert.

Uchiko
Inside Uchiko
Beautiful lights on the ceiling
A complimentary yellowtail appetiser ๐Ÿ‘Œ
Sake toro (Scottish salmon belly) and Masu (Tasmanian ocean trout) sushi
Our favourite dish of the night- soft shell crab makimono with honeycrisp apple! ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค
Tiger Cry rolls with Wagyu beef, vegetables and rice paper
Hot rock Wagyu beef grill
Unagi (eel) sushi
Foie Gras sushi – my personal favourite! ๐Ÿ˜
Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) tempura with a delicious shishito pepper aioli
An incredible dessert! ๐Ÿ˜ Jasmine cream with cilantro granita ๐Ÿ’š and pineapples ๐Ÿ

After having such a satisfying meal, it was even more of a treat to use the outdoor hot tub in my friendโ€™s apartment to round off a perfect night! ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Crab crepe in a classically French brunch

After a good night of sleep, I woke up for a crepe brunch before visiting 99 Ranch Market, a Chinese supermarket in the northern area of Austin by Crestview Station. I thought it was a perfect day for some home cooking for a change after days of eating out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The railway tracks
99 Ranch Market
Inside 99 Ranch
My favourite daikon! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Never seen white onions before!
Giving these Anaheim peppers a try!

I try to go a bit more budget as some of the items (particularly meat) are actually quite expensive, but they sold quite cheap seafood, hence I went with some peeled shrimps and squids (dissected and cleaned the squids all by myself – havenโ€™t done that in years since my last visit back to my home city of Hong Kong! ๐Ÿ˜‚) It was also quite challenging as my friend didnโ€™t have stoves installed in his kitchen (beside one self heating electric pot), so I kept things quite simple for the night.

Japanese fish cakes and daikon stew
Salted egg shrimps and squid stir fry with peppers and beans

Austin is a vibrant city with a busy night life, so after dinner, we both went for a walk along Congress Avenue Bridge and explored the beautiful Downtown Austin and its amazing skyline. ๐ŸŒƒ๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ’ซ

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Also grabbed a nice fro yo before heading back! ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฅค

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