Tuesday, April 7, 2009

SYMBIOTIC SHOPS




Well, goodness gracious me. I got so busy showing you my pictures of Fonda San Miguel , I totally forgot to tell you how we spent the day! We happened to be in Austin for their world-renowned Sunday brunch, thanks to my brother the foodie, who gave us a gift certificate for it this Christmas. The price is pretty steep, until you consider what it would cost you to travel to all the different sections of Mexico and taste the traditional dishes that are represented on this one buffet.

From there we drove to Waterloo Records, one of my husbands favorite places in the world, and I wandered across the street to browse through Book People and Anthropologie. I just love it that these stores are all so close together. I think of it as a form of symbiosis. John could spend all day in Waterloo, but I'm bored after five minutes. Best Buy is even worse. I'm bored before I walk through the door - no color or stories in the whole darn place! If there are no other good stores nearby when John goes into a place like this, I usually stay in the car doing Sudoku, so that my obvious antsiness doesn't spoil his fun. He would be the same way in a store like Anthropologie.

So, having them right across the street from each other is just fabulous. We can each get our fill, then meet up at Book People, where we could both spend an entire day. Best thing of all is that I can spend all day in these kinds of shops without spending a dime. In Anthropologie I just harvest ideas, and in bookstores I get suggestions for things I might like to check out at the library, though occasionally I might splurge on something for the good-lifeitude reference collection. What could be more perfect? Well, unless maybe you went from there to the Alamo Drafthouse to see one of the off-beat art house kinds of movies that they occasionally show. This weekend we saw Sunshine Cleaning Company, about two sisters with dead end, menial jobs who stumble into the business of cleaning up crime scenes, once the bodies have been carted away and the cops are finished with them. What a day!

P.S. Many thanks to misskmaas.wordpress.com for the Alamo image, and en.wikipedia.org for the Waterloo image above.

6 comments:

lexlane said...

You forgot to mention Amy's Ice Cream right around the corner!

Hill Country Hippie said...

Too bad we didn't think to stop there or maybe Hey,Cupcake!

Stephanie said...

Sounds like you had a perfect day! I so enjoy reading about your adventures!

Hill Country Hippie said...

Is this my niece Stephanie, or someone else? Whoever it is, I love the title "Chocolate & Whipped Cream", now all you need is some blog posts to go with it!

Pam/Digging said...

Pam/Digging says:

I love both Waterloo Records and girly-girl Anthropologie. Did you take a spin through the fancy Whole Foods across the street? That's where I found my 'Radsunny' yellow Knock Out rose, of all places.

By the way, if you'll enable Name/URL comments, it'll let people without Google/Blogger accts comment too. Many people don't have them.

Hill Country Hippie said...

Pam, how do I do that enabling thing? I'm dense when it comes to computers, and hubby's not here at the moment.

And yes, we adore that Whole Foods store. You guys go spinning under the big tree at Zilker each Christmas, but we go wander the aisles at Whole Foods for our special excursion!