Texas

We had so many preconceived ideas about Texas. The bigger than attitude, the 40 gallon hats, big buckles and boots. Sure, they’re part of it, but the parts we saw were liberal, vibrant and arty.

The Center of Power at Texas Capitol Building, Austin

The Capitol Building in Austin bears more than a passing resemblance to the Washington Capitol, but at Easter, it has more of a connection with the White House. So Dallas Isn’t the Capital? For foreigners (us included), the prominence of Dallas in media growing up had us thinking that it would be Texas’ capital city, but like New York, where the actual...

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar, Austin, TX

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar is an Austin staple, with raucous sing-alongs, charismatic performers and two grand pianos facing each other. We have been on our feet all day, walking back to hotel after our friend’s wedding, and decide to head down East 6th street to see what all of the fuss is about. It’s dive-y and reminds us a little of Surfers Paradise in Australia...

Texas School Book Depository Museum

There are not many government storehouses as notorious as the Texas School Book Depository. The 6th Floor Museum is an incredible place to learn about the pivotal moment in American history, when Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated JFK from the 6th floor window. This is hands-down the best museum we have ever been to. It doesn’t have grand exhibitions spread out over...

Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX

Big belt buckles, cowboy boots, line dancers, Deep Ellum had none of the stereotypes you’d expect when you think of Dallas, Texas. We came with low expectations and a hunger for a good steak and the whole experience surpassed anything we may have even hoped for. The Williamsburg of Dallas, Deep Ellum is home to live music venues, hipster coffee shops and eateries and...

Review: Guild on East 6th, Austin, Texas

On our recent trip to Austin, we couldn’t have found somewhere as accessible and just down right awesome as the Guild on East 6th.   The Guild is a serviced apartment building, just blocks to the main nightlife on East 6th Street and surrounded by great local coffee shops and eateries, it’s all you need (and want) for your stay in Austin. Checking in late at night...

Review: Brew & Brew, East Austin, Texas

The hunt for a good strong coffee is never ending. Especially when you’re out on the road. The same can be said for a good craft beer. Luckily Brew & Brew on 5th Street in East Austin delivers on both counts. Round One 32 hours in Austin. Where do you even start? Coffee. Perfect. We’re up and on the hunt at 8am and take advantage of a voucher for a free coffee...

Barbecue, Texan Style, Austin

As Aussies, we think we’re the barbecue kings and queens of the world. Americans, on the other hand believe (and are blissfully oblivious of most other cultures anyway) that their barbecue cuisine reigns supreme. So when we hit Austin, the Barbie capital of the south, it was top of our things to do list. A good Aussie barbecue is about the quality of the steak, lamb...