Whoa Eastside Showroom

We went on a mini Eastside pubcrawl Sunday night and came across the magical Eastside Showroom. After stepping across the  threshold, we entered a different era. After many exclamations of  "Where are we?!" I decided we weren't in Narnia, but instead had  emerged the 1920s. From the ceiling hung light sculptures, from the walls, painting and drawings galore.


A flapperesque waitress with an old-timey accent took our drink orders. The boys took their pick of obscure beers while I decided on a  Pink Lady which looked quite similar to the drink above, just replace the slice of lime with some bruised cucumber. I tried to persuade at least one of the boys to get a Brother Thelonius on tap. Sadly they had just run out.

During our stay we saw a man wearing denim overalls strap an accordion to his back and delighted in our table, covered in pennies suspended in epoxy.

These pictures don't really show the all the magic that was The Eastside Showroom at night. Candlelight only intensified all that was surreal. I'll have to bring my sister to fully capture its splendor closer to the witching hour.

Upon further research I've discovered that the light sculptures, furniture, and art are prototypes for sale. Awesome. I can't wait to go back for dinner.

Andy Warhol's Birthday at Mohawk


via flickr.com

Out of several birthdays over the last 2 weeks, this one was by far the most pop-arty.

We mingled with hipster remakes of Andy and his Factory People. Lots of shiny pants, Edie Sedgwick look-a-likes, and one tall, ginger Lou Reed wannabe. I even took a shot at being Andy. This photo is by Erica Wilkins who had a blast laughing at me as Andy.

Will was pleasantly surprised by running into an old friend (and this old friend's even older parents) who were all making screenprints upstairs. They conned him into buying a t-shirt by PoorHouse Studios.

We made video art to the sounds of a good Velvet Underground cover band before calling it an early morning.

Sugar Mama's Vegan Lemon Raspberry Cake

vegan lemon raspberry cake
camera cake
sparkler candles
double fork
cake slice

My sister's birthday cake was so amazing, I had to dedicate an entire post to it.

When I called in to tell Sugar Mama's I'd be late picking up the cake, the bakery guy said that it was fine and the cake was really cute. So, I was excited about what'd I'd get to bring to the celebration. The custom chocolate camera looked great -- bakery guy was right.

Thanks to Sugar Mama's for a great cake. Please stop by the bakery and have a cupcake or 5. My favorites is the Southern Belle (red velvet with cream cheese frosting) with the vegan Mint Chocolate at a close second. I can't wait to try Strawberry Love. I'll be at the birthday party on the 29th with an empty stomach preparing myself for adult onset diabetes.

I do believe my photographer sister had her cake and ate it, too.

Whip In(to a different world)

We went to Whip In for dinner. It was like following a hippie to a second location. I take that back, it was like following eight hippies to a second and then a third location.
 
The clientele was happy and seemed to know each other. There were lots of people hugging; I was scared they'd make me join their cult. Bizarre live music was playing and our (nice) waitress was a TX Roller Girl. The crowd was encouraged to clap and bang spoons against each other.
 
The food was tasty, but pricey for the amount we got. I liked the panaani, it was quite punny.

We checked out the convenience store portion after dinner. There was a large selection of specialty beers, wine, and gourmet snacks. I'll come back if I have a late night, yet before 12:00am craving for Kettle Chips.

Lil Phan's Canon Rebel T1i camera is amazing. Most of these pictures were taken by me. If all the settings are ready for me, I can frame.
 
*Exceptions: 1. Me pointing at the Whip In sign 2. Ginger Beer concoction in Guinness Glass

Fast Dim Sum and Boutique Trailer Cupcakes

I had an adventure with my sister. We had fast food dim sum at Get Sum Dim Sum followed by Cupcakes at Hey Cupcake! in Allandale. I paid her in cupcake to take pictures of the Eliza Page window I did with Emily Sy.

The dim sum was decent. I'd go again. There were plenty of vegetarian dishes, no veggie turnip cake, though. I did miss the clattering of dishes, congested cart traffic, and loud yells of "Chicken Feet?!"

I learned a little bit about my camera. Hopefully my photos will improve with lessons from lil Phan. Maybe we can call it Tuesdays with Phannie.

We crafted like thugs


and divyed the loot. I had a great time with Sharon at the All Austin All Handmade bash. The event was to promote WonderCraft, a mobile craft studio that offers classes on the craft of crafting. WonderCraft also has a focus on community outreach through crafting.

We ate, we drank (Sweet Leaf Tea), we crafted. Oh yeah, we also posed for pictures. We tried to take a photo booth pics, but the the machine and I disagreed on what exactly is legal tender in the U.S.

Someone remind me to order small bites from Blue Note Bakery. K thx. The pistacho cake, strawberry, and orange ginger cake were all great. Sharon said the mini gourmet s'more was also delicious.