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I am back on the mainland and blogging from Seattle with South Austin in the rearview mirror. Don't worry Virgin Island fans, I will most certainly be back in the Caribbean for visits if not full-time. And I'm sure St. Thomas will creep it's way into many future posts. For now, it's all about living in the Pacific Northwest!

November 24, 2010

Best of Austin - 1st Ever Gypsy Picnic & Home Slice's Carnival O' Pizza

Austin is crazy for it's food trucks. And why not? The food truck has given us such mouthwatering things as the Democrat from Torchy's, any of the Food Magazine award winning crepes from Flip Happy, and Man Bites Dog's "Greek". That little slice of American ballpark tradition fused with a lamb gyro is worth a drive by. The best thing about the food truck? They're mobile. A few weekends ago, the first ever Austin Gypsy Picnic was held at Auditorium Shores.

You hear all the time that Austinites prefer the old days "before all the interlopers moved here". Having been here for only just over ten years myself, I don't often join in on those conversations. Austin's growth rate since 2000 is something like 17%. I understand why people move here and it's foolish to think that an influx of tens of thousands won't change things. I embrace change here and while there are challenges with growth, I feel that the city does a good job of being a steward to the culture and feel of Austin.

Back to my point, while Izee and I waited in line for 45 minutes at one of the food trucks participating in the Gypsy Picnic, I was reminded NOT of what I don't like about this city, but instead of what I LOVE about it.  I was reminded that I don't have to fight the crowd at the Gypsy Picnic to experience the food truck flavors of Austin, because they are here everyday. I don't have to join the throngs of people at ACL to see good music because it is here everyday. Spread out all over at a thousand different amazing venues. A lot of other cities only provide one off events but not true with Austin. The great thing here is that you can get it all... whenever you want... it's always here.

  ************************ Home Slice's Carnival O' Pizza  *****************************

When I'm travelling, and somewhere other than Austin for any length of time, there are certain things that I crave about this town. They include pick up footie games at Zilker, outdoor movies at Republic Square, and live music for sure. But there are certain foods that you just can't get anywhere else. The list of foods that I crave when I'm away from home is normally limited to tex-mex deliciousness. I have made an exception for Home Slice. I crave not only slices of their garlic and sausage pizza but also their turkey subs and greek salads. Actually, I can't think of a single thing they serve that isn't crave worthy. And when they have an event...they do it with flash and style the way they do everything... Austin style.

This past weekend, Home Slice held its annual Carnival O' Pizza complete with their very own version of Hands on a Hardbody which was an eggplant sub instead of a car. This allowed them to cleverly dub the contest as "HOES".

I heard that last years contest lasted for 40 hours. I don't know about you but I am not capable of that kind of time commitment, even if it means getting a years worth of the BEST pizza in Austin for free. You've read my blog (all 7 of you) and most of you know me personally. I cannot stay in one town for that long let alone one specific piece of parking lot.

You can check out their blog about the carnival at  Homes Slice Carnival O' Pizza Blog and see some of the other cool things they had going on. If you didn't make it this year, you should definitely mark your calendar for next years carnival. I myself will be there many times in between as I'm thoroughly and unabashedly addicted to Home Slice!

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