Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hot Sauce Festival and other good eats

  This morning my husband and I went to check out the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival. He was able to go last year, but I had to work. After he came home from it raving about an incredibly hot sauce called "The Source," I knew I should try to go to the next one.
You could taste the Source at the Tears of Joy tent along with several other salsas. There is a warning sign in front of it letting you know how hot it is. They will only let you sample a drop on a toothpick, but that tiny drop is enough to set your mouth on fire. It takes a little while for you to actually feel it, which we joked is because it burns off all the taste buds on your tongue, so you only feel it when it hits your throat. It is supposedly the hottest hot sauce in the world.
So here I am apprehensive before trying it
 And immediately after thinking, "ha! that wasn't so bad!"

Then it got hot! I was walking around breathing in and out like what you see women in labor in movies doing.

We tried several other sauces. I really liked the "Don't Panic Hispanic" sauce and booth

Santa Rita Cantina was nice enough to supply free bottles of water to thirsty people, which was much appreciated.

We also went through one line at the tasting tent where we were able to sample about 12 salsas, but after that it was just too hot being out in the sun so we left.

After the festival we decided to try out Opa!, which I had bought a gift certificate through Localiter back in June.  It is not too far from our place, and we've driven by it many times. They serve a variety of Greek/Mediterranean dishes along with coffee and alcohol. We each had a white mocha- mine was iced and my husband got his hot. How he wanted a hot drink after the morning we had, I'll never know...
 The place was quiet with just a few other people there, mainly using the free wifi. If I was a student, it would be a nice place to study away from the UT area. I'm sure it gets lively in the evenings with such a nice patio outside (unfortunately it was too hot for us to brave it). On each of the tables inside were a variety of books and/or magazines, which we leafed through while waiting for our food.
I had a hummus and pita bread place, while husband had a lamb panini.

The hummus was good and had whole pine nuts mixed in, but I think I would have liked a bit more pita bread to go with it. Nonetheless I could foresee us going again to have a coffee or maybe a drink in the evenings with some friends.

In the afternoon we went over to my parent's house to watch Cemetery Junction, which is a new(ish) film by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Unfortunately it went straight to DVD over here in the States, but I was able to first see it at a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse about two weeks ago. I do recommend putting it on your Netflix queue or getting it off Amazon. It won't blow your mind, but it has some good laughs and is thoroughly enjoyable.

Well, tomorrow it's back to the grind at work. Hope you all had a good weekend!

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