It felt like summer 2014 came and went so quickly. Between my birthday, the Ibiza trip, weddings, tough projects at work, and the World Cup, a lot happened in that short amount of time. Before going back to my hometown, Anita wanted to try a banh mi food truck on the east side of Austin called Saigon Le Vendeur. It was a bit overpriced, as there are many shops on lamar that offer amazing Banh Mi at lower prices, such as the highly recommended Tam Deli & Cafe. I suppose that comes with the food truck territory. That said, the food itself was pretty good. I went with the spicy chicken and the egg roll side.
End of July came, so it was time to celebrate my mom’s birthday back in Dallas. This was also one year since we lost Matt, so it will always be a bitter-sweet time of year for me. After visiting Matt’s family, I tried to mentally shake it off and get ready for my mom’s birthday dinner. Each year, we have been trying to do something greater and greater for her, and this year was no exception. Last year we had a private dinner at Ruth Chris Steak House, and this year my older brother put the dinner together. It seems he didn’t hold back this time. It was a limo into downtown Dallas for dinner at Ocean Prime. Normally I’m against spending too much on a dinner experience, but mom deserves the best, so off we went.
The interior of the restaurant was very nice, and we had a private room for the duration of the dinner. I’m glad that Gloria was able to join:
My mom was really happy with the experience, so that’s always a good feeling. I hope to do something even bigger for her next year. Back in Austin, I got to try Blackbird and Henry for brunch with Anita, David, and Linda. It was a very heavy meal, but a place I recommend. We had a very good server that day as well.
I went with the B and H breakfast sandwich plate. I don’t go to many New American restaurants, but it was nice to finally try this place after passing it so many times over the years in college.
Linda is learning photography just like me, so she invited me out for a photo run in downtown Austin. It was a good chance to get some practice in, and enjoy downtown Austin during daylight as well.
A “fun bus”?
As it got later, we decided to grab a quick dinner. I had never been to Frank, so we got a seat and got some hot dogs and a frito pie. This is also a place I shouldn’t go to often, but was definitely a great meal that I will try again. They had some especially crazy looking desserts, but I decided to save that for a future time.
Gloria and I finally got our date set for the wedding, and she put together the website! found here. I look forward to the big day:
Apologies for the lack of normal detail in this post, but just playing a little catch up. Next time: fall 2014, new restaurants, private flight, and my Denver weekend getaway.
Song of the post: Thomas Prime – Like a Feather, for no other reason than I was listening to it while typing this up. This is a wonderful tribute to the late great Jun Seba (Nujabes). Enjoy!