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Have a Great Weekend.

Lemons by Taylor Anne Swaim

What are you up to this weekend? We’re excited to be visiting old friends in Austin for a couple days. Tonight we’re going to Elizabeth Street Cafe. (Any other food recommendations?) Hope you have a good one, and if you’re in a blog-reading mood, here are a few fun links from around the web…

When you let kids rewrite the house rules. (“We’re never going to bed.”)

Alex got to eat tacos with this hunky movie star for WORK.

Wishlisting this pretty dress. That back!

One way to get a job.

Damn, Bon Appetit comes up with the best titles. Exhibit A, exhibit B, exhibit C.

Dogs review the movie Isle of Dogs, haha.

So sweet: Megan Markle’s dad reading a picture book to learn about England.

Science says it takes 50 hours to make a friend. Thoughts? That number sounds so high to me.

Looking in the mirror.

Timothée Chalamet made me do it. #nobutforreal

Plus, two great reader comments…

Says Deena on five words that changed everything: “I thought of this post today in my yoga class when the teacher said, ‘Are you on your side?’ and she didn’t mean body position in space. What a gentle reminder that you can and should be your own biggest fan.”

Says Lisa on a funny parenting realization: “One of the most mortifying moments of my life was when I was at university, and two of my classmates were arguing behind me. I turned around and said ‘Just stop. I don’t care who started it, but one of you finish it,’ in my mother’s exact tone of voice. It was terrifying.”

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo by Taylor Anne Swaim. Job and friend links from Jocelyn Glei.)

  1. Stella says...

    Looking in the mirror:
    Completely identify. Thanks for saying it.

  2. AC says...

    LOVE Elizabeth Street Cafe!
    And I love Austin!
    I am commenting a bit late but we were just there in Feb and did Louie Mueller for authentic, no frills BBQ. Also the Zilker Zephyr, a train for kids and their adults that goes around Barton Springs. We also managed to do a tasting menu at Uchiko with our toddler and grab donuts at Voodoo, the PDX transplant. We need to head back when the weather is warmer for sure.

  3. Loved Alex’s article! As a Mexican girl I grew up listening to Luis Miguel and as a 20-something, my childhood was very much peppered with Diego Boneta’s (back then he went by Gonzalez) appearances in shows and telenovelas, so reading this made me so proud and hopeful and excited and Alex did such a great job of showcasing the importance Diego and Luis Miguel have to Mexicans! Just an FYI, Luis Miguel are his first and middle names, his last names are Gallego Basteri (it was funny to me when Alex called him Mr. Miguel hahaha)

  4. Nikki says...

    Can you guys do another NYC guide, updated restaurants and activities? Maybe interview other people who go out a lot? :) Thanks!

  5. Jennifer P says...

    Thank you for the “One way to get a job” link. I’m about two years away from finishing my PhD and I am already thinking about could happen next. As much as I pride myself in my planning capabilities, this article revealed what I am not doing. You can bet I’m tucking the suggestions into my long-term memory and planning on how to apply it into my life!

  6. Anne says...

    I miss those those friendships that are struck almost instantaneously.

    There is a spark. The eyes widen, the heart races (she gets me!!) and you make more plans. You ease into sharing your thoughts (support given, understanding, no judgement) and there is true loyalty (yes!). So few of these have happened to me that I remember them so vividly.

    The rest are disappointments. Lack of reciprocity, ego too strong, not supportive, no overlapping interests, narcissistic, bullying (subtle but there), or just plain manipulative (you are good for x but not y). Its exhausting going through it all over and over again.

    It does takes ages and hours and hours…but it only seems to go on because you are second guessing yourself in the process. I feel like she is using me….no! can’t be true….couple months later…she talks about herself all the time……no! can’t be true….until….the end.

    I’ll just daydream about those magical ones instead.

    • Lidia says...

      Wow, I know exactly what this feels like. I, too, wish it was easier to find true friendship. I second guess myself all too often…I give people chance after chance and make excuses for their behavior. It truly is exhausting.

      I’ll be daydreaming too. And maybe one day, there will be Cup of Jo meetups in every state to make making real friends an easier process!

  7. That 50 hours to make a friend theory sounds just about right. And it might also explain why I haven’t made a deep friendship since the last time I had 50 hours to devote to this pursuit – I met my closest friends in high school and college.

    I used to read about how hard it is to make friends in your 30s. Well, now I’m living it.

  8. Liz says...

    JUST EAT QUESO. And tacos.

    Every opportunity while you are there, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD just eat as much queso and tacos you can for all of us Texans who live up north now and can’t.

  9. Emily says...

    We were just in Austin last week and had a fantastic meal at Pitchfork Pretty. The Lady Bird Johnson wildflower center is also great!

  10. Sasha says...

    On getting a job: I wish I had known this a few years ago. I was a nanny for years and because I am a confident but shy and introverted person, I let parents lead interviews. They were often crappy interviews because parents didn’t really know how to do this. And it wasn’t usually a matter of whether I’d get the job, I would, based on my references and credentials. But what my leading the interview would do that is so important, is establish me (the professional nanny) as the expert and the lead and a person of authority. As a shy person I had trouble stepping into this, and I could have been of much greater benefit and avoided some conflicts too, had I done this. Now I fully use this model, as a homeschool teacher. When I was “interviewing” parents, it felt easy to take the lead, give a presentation on my program and why it works because a teacher just has more authority in our culture, and I am in my own space. Part of why I like this model so much is the autonomy, but I realize now, I could have been creating that before as well.

    I hope this article is helpful for others still figuring this out too! This is the stuff that introverts need encouraging about.

  11. Anne says...

    I love that article about ambitious interviewers, but I think the author misses the point! The suggestion seems to be that if you really want a job, you should be going overboard to prepare for the interview. I think of it a little differently – if it’s really the right job for you, you’ve already done a lot of dreaming about how you would approach the work. Your plans might need some polishing up, but they’ll pretty much be ready to go. Having the plans in your head already is a sign that this job is going to be a great fit for you.

    This was how I approached university and grad school applications too. Instead of saying, “I want to study engineering, so I should do math league,” I said, “I really love math league, and so I think engineering would be a great fit for me.” It’s a subtle reframing but I think it is a much healthier and more rewarding way to approach a career.

  12. Rue says...

    I’ve gone on several dates with a guy who lives a few hours away (when you’re in a small, out of the way city, you do what you gotta do). I like thinking about the 50 hr rule of thumb in the context of these dates!

    He visited my city for a series of back to back dates one weekend, and it was so interesting to me how when we met up on Saturday for our “second date,” it felt distinctly different to me compared to our first date on Friday evening. When I visited his city the next weekend, we had this funny moment where not only had we developed inside jokes (that happened within just a few hours on our first date), but we could reference “that thing that happened to us last weekend.” It struck me so clearly, to hit that milestone of having a shared experience to look back on together. It came up in conversation when we were chatting with a friend of his. I turned to him and said, “oh, that’s like last weekend, when…” and got a little thrill while saying it. By that time we’d probably spent about 50 hours together?!

  13. Natalie says...

    Reading “Looking in the mirror” gave me a pit in my stomach. It is a huge reminder that we need to see more kinds of people in movies, tv, social media, ECT.

    • Capucine says...

      Yes, all people matter and should be represented! Find yourself a women’s circle of mixed ages (I found a singing circle myself) so that knot in your stomach dissolves.

      As a young woman, I was invisible in public situations because of my homely features.

      As a mother, I was doubly invisible in public because of my homely features and gaggle of children.

      As an aging woman, I have acquired a tangible lightness as I sail into the acquiring of wisdom needed for my life-and-death years. I haven’t given a thought to invisibility in a long time. I am aware fading beauty must be mourned, but that is one mourning that isn’t a significant death for me. I had hope for my looks at fourteen, mourned the death of that hope until 38 when I went to therapy to accept who I am, stopped bothering with makeup hope, started buying clothes that delighted me regardless of how they looked on my body, and noticed I was alive with love to give before I die too young from the inflammatory diseases my years of misery doubtless had a hand in creating.

  14. Rachel says...

    That no rules house, stresses me OUT.

    • Ellen says...

      SAME.

  15. Lauren says...

    Oh my goodness, those Bon Appetite titles were so much better than I expected (written from my blanket fort in Minnesota)

  16. Martha says...

    Joanna I hope you do a review on the Elizabeth Street Cafe, Definitely my style :)
    It has to be better than the Vietnamese restaurant next to my work. (dark, in Vietnam, I didn’t understand, :p} ps dark very dark Lol! With Red and White Check table clothes.

  17. Andrea says...

    I agree with the 50 hour friend rule. I feel like I really only “know” the people I have known for a long time. Most people seem completely normal but then most seem to take a weird turn……you know what I mean? Be it parenting style, morals, just overall fundamental differences. And don’t get me wrong, differences are great and what make the world go around. I just am not interested in being friends with people I find out have belief systems completely the opposite of mine. And that takes awhile to find out….

  18. Jo says...

    I’m dwelling on the fact that some people limit their kids to 15 minutes a day of TV. Or a half hour every other Saturday. ?

    • Ashley says...

      haha! I usually consider myself fairly strict on tv. But I had a moment while reading that article of thinking, “oh my gosh, do I allow too much screen time?” But I talked myself down from that ledge, because half hour every other Saturday?! It takes that kid approximately two months to finish a movie…

      That article was stressful.

  19. Holly says...

    We were having a family dinner at my oldest son’s house who has two little boys. The boys were having a tussle over something when I heard my son tell them, “You can be mad at your brother but you can’t be mean to your brother.” My other son who had just arrived turned to his brother and said, ” You sounded just like Mom. ” I guess son’s can turn into their mothers too!

  20. Juliette says...

    Reading this post on Saturday morning (in Germany) is my favourite weekend morning routine! I love the mix of things that make me think, swoon and laugh :) Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

  21. Christy says...

    Big Top Candy Shop on South Congress is fun. My husband and I just went there yesterday without our kids. ?

  22. Audrey Johnson says...

    That is a pretty dress.
    As for the reader comments: I don’t even know how many times I have became “Mom” to my coworkers in the exact same way. It just happens. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

  23. Betsy says...

    I love your blog- thank you for all the inspiration. It is a wonderful time of year to be in Austin! Come visit the beautiful wildflowers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and then go eat at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ (hecho con amor and beyond delicious). And if you haven’t been yet, take the boys to the Nature Center at Zilker and the Big Top Candy Shop on South Congress. Did you see the classic cars and hot rods tonight on South Congress? Have a lovely weekend!

  24. Rachel Adrianna says...

    The first article (kids making up their own rules) reminds me of a Mrs Piggle Wiggle story from childhood… especially the sweet 6 year old who seems so wise about how they “might get ill” if they eat unlimited sweets all the time :)

  25. BLG says...

    I just read this article this morning Alex and had NO idea this was written by you. Great article and all I can say about Diego is Hubba Hubba!

  26. Lorena says...

    Mexico: I give you Frieda Kahlo, the Muralists, tequila, tacos, avocados, chocolate, vanilla, (Guatemala did too, true),our turquoise beaches, piñatas for your kids’ birthday parties, plus a bunch of other stuff, and oh yeah, Diego Boneta.

    The World: Thank you.
    Thank you for a yummy way to start the weekend, CoJ..keep up the good work!?

  27. I could have sworn I saw you at Zilker Park today! I was on the train with my son or would have introduced myself. Fellow mama blogger over at http://www.lovechildmag.com Welcome to Austin! Definitely check out Cafe No Se at South Congress Hotel. There is also an amazing coffee shop on the hotel grounds-Manana. Josephine House is a dream and so lovely, Hank’s on the east side opens Saturday and is beautiful and kid-friendly (check out their instagram feed) and if you haven’t been already Shady Grove or Hula Hut are both Austin institutions and super kid-friendly. Stop by Esby (down the street from Elizabeth Street) or Sunroom (also in South Congress Hotel) to do some shopping! Add a frose from San Jose Hotel and a dip in Barton Springs or Deep Eddy and you’ve basically nailed the dream day/vacay in Austin. Have fun!

  28. Sarah says...

    I actually found the photo of Meghan Markle’s father a little sad – he wants to live a private, “reclusive” life in Mexico, says the article in Elle, but paparazzi are now following him and taking photos of him. Seems like a nightmare for someone seeking a reclusive life.

  29. Amy says...

    I LOVE that dress! If only it came in something other than white, for my life with three young kids…ha! Also I’d have to wear shorts underneath (because of my life with three young kids who love to play with/flip my skirt edges).

    Also that article about kids choosing the rules was terrifying. I had to stop reading. My stomach was hurting just imagining all the sugar and lack of sleep :P

  30. A says...

    the lemon ricotta pancakes at joesphine house are to die for!!

    Bonus: after breakfast, stroll through the quaint-eclectic neighborhood, Clarksville, and instagram all the cool murals :)

  31. I moved to Austin last fall (previously lived in SF and NYC). If you’re looking for Texan eats, then Le Barbeque (lines at Franklin’s can be too long) and Veracruz are delicious. When I crave the comforts of CA or NY, I go to Launderette and Cafe No Se. Cafe No Se is part of the South Congress Hotel, which is a space worth checking out. There’s also a great coffee shop called Manana at the hotel. And the pastries at Le Politique if you’re in the mood for something sweet. Enjoy Austin and all of its quirks!

  32. Kaylin says...

    My favorite restaurant in Austin, hands down, is Jack Allen’s Kitchen. They have a few locations. They utilize local food in all of their dishes, the owner is a wonderful human being, and they have great portions for the price. If you’re going on the weekend for dinner or brunch I recommend reservations! Also Torchy’s Tacos is better than Tacodeli in my opinion…

  33. Mara says...

    Holy Roller, is a fully female run diner, which includes French fries with a side of soft serve! La Barbeque has the best brisket and the best sides, Easy Tiger is a beer garden/bakery with amazing pretzels and if you like sour beer Blue Owl is great and their resident dogs are usually standing by!

  34. Denise says...

    I just got Call Me By Your Name in my mailbox to-very-day! On DVD from the Netflix – hello! I’m getting my snacks and putting on my jammies right now. Finally I’ll know what all the fuss is about.

  35. Susana says...

    I don’t go out much, but when I do, I go to restaurants with playgrounds. The Lucy’s Fried Chicken on S. Lamar is awesome. Others that come to mind are El Mercado, Fresas on S. 1st, and ABGB doesn’t have a playground but you can see the train that passes so that’s pretty awesome. Also, we have grocery stores with playgrounds! In.gredients on the E. Side, Whole foods downtown, or the Central market on N. Lamar. Have fun keeping those bellies full.

  36. Joanna Tsay says...

    Austin recs: Kerbey Lane Cafe and Magnolia Cafe for places that make me think, “This is Austin” for things like queso, Veracruz all natural for tacos, Chuy’s for Tex Mex (I dive head first into a vat of creamy jalapeno dip every time), Salt Lick, Kerlin and Louie for BBQ, Hopdoddys and P Terry’s for burgers. To name a few. ?

  37. Brittany says...

    The best hole in the wall breakfast tacos are at Juan in a Million in Austin. Get the grande! With a side of pico. Not a glamorous restaurant, but def a famous one.

  38. on 50 hrs to make a friend…Since becoming a mom, some of my greatest friends were made in minutes, really! One of these just moved from Seattle to Sydney and just yesterday we video chatted. Friend-soul-mates I guess :)

  39. Liz says...

    Lots of good austin rec’s – just throwing Contigo out there. Gorgeous patio, family friendly, superb food. We had our wedding reception there! Have fun :)

  40. Jana Banana says...

    Odd Duck for an nice adult dinner of inventive small plates and Torchys for quesso and chips!

  41. klm says...

    Lived in Austin for years. My vote is for Uchiko. It’s still my very favorite.

  42. Megan Thurkins says...

    All I needed to know about Megan Markle’s background and her parents was seeing that picture of her dad reading a book about Britain. Within five seconds of viewing that image, I knew she had wonderful parents. So sweet. I don’t know why (maybe because I am a sappy parent of three), but it brought tears to my eyes. He was just completely absorbed in learning about his daughter’s new life…just precious.

  43. Elizabeth says...

    Enjoy Austin this weekend! I now live in San Francisco, but was born and raised in Austin and was so excited to read that you are there now because I am flying home tomorrow night (I’m an assistant principal at an elementary school and it is FINALLY spring break!)!! Here are a few of my favorite spots in the city. . .

    Mozart’s Cafe (has the perfect lakeside deck to spend an afternoon)
    Julio’s Cafe (best queso & mexican martinis in the city)
    Pennybacker Bridge Overlook (the most magical sunset view)
    Contigo (open air restaurant with delicious cocktails and fun/unique food)

  44. Erica says...

    Thanks for sharing the ‘Looking in the mirror’ article. I turned thirty-seven a few months ago and already worry about my fading beauty, and then I feel super ashamed for being vain. Ugh. Being a woman ain’t easy. XO

    • Laura says...

      This reminds me of my one of my favorite 30 Rock quotes (of which there are many). “Liz, it’s OK to be a human woman!”

  45. Reem says...

    I just learned the word “diffident” from Alex’s article! Thanks. I needed that word.

  46. Stephanie says...

    50 hours?! Looks like I’m gonna be pretty busy this weekend working on what I thought were already friendships. Haha

  47. Gen says...

    Austin reccs: Launderette for dinner, and also Torchy’s Tacos and Jo’s Coffee. Franklin’s is a must but when I visited they were still closed due to fire damage, so we went to la Barbeque, which was also great! I second Gourdough’s as well.

  48. Alex says...

    Hahaha

    50 hours sounds low to me (introvert).

    • Melanie says...

      Agree!

    • Charlotte K says...

      Agree also! I think it takes YEARS

    • Jenny L says...

      Yep. Which is why I’ve known all my dearest friends for at least 10 years.

  49. Maywyn says...

    Yay for Bon Appetit! Love the words “Blanket Fort.”
    Love Alexis’ article as well

  50. Priscilla says...

    I lived in Austin for 5 years right before it blew up… my recommendations are a bit more for “locals”: Koriente, Thai Fresh, Tacodeli (NOT Torchy’s), Veracruz (food truck) and Fonda San Miguel… enjoy!

    • eliot says...

      I lived there for 5 years *just* before and at the beginning of Austin blowing up. I second all of Priscilla’s recommendations! Great list. Also, get a smoothie at the Juiceland near Deep Eddy. And the nopales salad at El Alma. I could go on…

    • JSS says...

      So tacky of me but but “before Austin blew up” there was no Tacodeli, Thai Fresh, or Koriente.” Very “pre-Slacker” to give a point of reference. When Austin “blew” is directly related to when you moved here. (But Fonda is legitimate.) #native#udontevenknow

    • JSS says...

      Oops! Prefix issues. “Post-Slacker” not “pre!” But in all seriousness, the first bust in population in Austin started in the early 90’s and really hasn’t stopped. In the 70’s and 80’s it was just a big college town. Some of the old hangouts are still hanging on, but we love the new food scene. (You could always get good BBQ and Tex-Mex but Austin was NOT a culinary destination.) So many good recommendations here!! This is a great time to be in Austin. Enjoy!

    • Leah PS says...

      TacoDeli > Torchy’s ALL DAY. Why do people even eat there?

  51. Page says...

    Restaurant Rec: Chuy’s is really good if you are craving Tex-Mex. I always get the fried fish Baja tacos. Their creamy jalapeño dip is amazing! The Barton Springs Chuy’s is the original restaurant location: https://www.chuys.com/.

    • Emily says...

      YES to Chuy’s. Be sure to go to the original location.

  52. Kate says...

    In Austin, The Little Darlin’. Great food, great drinks, magical yard to eat at picnic tables. Sometimes live music.

  53. Laura says...

    I suggest Hillside Pharmacy! Awesome for Brunch, Lunch or Dinner – kind of has a cafe cluny vibe!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so many good ones!!!!!

  54. Anne says...

    Yay! Welcome to Austin :) Hope you have fun weekend! I agree with all the places that have been listed so far, but I’ll also put a plug in for Lenoir (fun fact: I’m actually getting married there in June!). It’s a sweet little restaurant, very cozy and the food is delicious. A great spot for a date night.
    Also, Lick Ice Creams: they just put out their spring flavors. strawberry and cream is my favorite!
    And the lo-brow but forever favorite in my household is P.Terry’s Burger stand. Best fast food burger I’ve had in my life. The fries are so so good.

    Have fun!

    Oh, and LOL at the Timothee Chalamet link. Obsessed.

    • Christy says...

      YES!!! Lick is a must! For a different taste and experience Cow Tilping Creamery is fun. But we love Lick!!! Especially the one in Burnet.

  55. kate says...

    OMG that dress! Someone talk me out of the irrational thoughts I’m having right now to impulse-buy it for my fictional perfect garden/forest wedding. It’s perfect.

  56. Do NOT leave without going to Gourdough’s! BEST donuts of my life! I can’t remember the name, but there’s one with cheddar cheese and granny smith apples that was life-changing. https://gourdoughs.com/

    • Kaylin says...

      I second this. Great choice!

  57. M says...

    Do yourself a favor and check out Salt Lick if you can! Excellent barbecue and such a beautiful spot in hill country.

    • I’ve wanted to go to Salt Lick for years but somehow the men in the family are always dragging off to a Longhorns game. :)

  58. Kay says...

    The Megan Markle article bugs me, bc while its technically a book of pictures, the term “picture book” is usually used to describe an illustrated children’s book, not a photo-book. I feel like that wording was a click-bait/condescending choice (not on CoJ’s part, but on the part of the article’s author). It makes it sound like he’s flipping through a copy of Winnie the Pooh to learn about England!

  59. Allison Z. says...

    If you still have room for dessert after dinner, you should take the three minute stroll from Elizabeth Street down to Dolce Neve for gelato. It’s run by two Italian brothers and one of their partners, and the flavors capture each season perfectly! It’s the best gelato I’ve had outside of Italy (which is high praise, because I can’t turn down a gelato!). Truly unbelievable.

    And don’t pass up the chance to snap a picture pretending to be a butterfly (in front of the butterfly mural on the building next door!).

    Here’s a peek at their tasty flavors: https://www.dolcenevegelato.com/welcome/#flavors

    Hope you guys have tons of fun here!

    • Jana Banana says...

      Yes…Dolce Neve… a must!

  60. Samantha Vitale says...

    You gotta eat at Kemuri-Tatsuya in Austin! Super cool Japanese fusion. Make sure you get the Hot Pocketz!
    http://kemuri-tatsuya.com/

  61. Christina says...

    First of all, did you see Timothee Chalamet’s comment on the artist’s Instagram post? And then her response to his comment? DY.ING.
    @tchalamet: I spent twenty minutes in an elevator laughing at a phone screen because of Olivia de Recat’s acute wit and charm and awesome name.
    @drawingolive: @tchalamet “I created a two mile traffic jam because I stopped in the middle of Santa Monica Blvd to ogle over a notification on my Instagram feed.” Olivia, 26, Los Angeles, CA
    Second of all, Exhibit D: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/never-fail-creamy-miso-dressing
    <3 <3 <3 great roundup this week!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      amazing!!!!

  62. Jill says...

    I just was in Austin last weekend! Food-wise, we loved Elizabeth St Cafe, Laundrette, and had one of the best dinners of my life at Olamaie.

    • Laura says...

      I second Olamaie!

  63. Robin says...

    Justine’s has the coolest vibe for dinner. Josephine House, Lenoir, Hill Side Farmacy, Le Politique, Irene’s….so many GREAT places to choose from!! Have fun!

  64. Kelly says...

    This street band festival (think New Orleans brass bands) is happening in Austin this weekend. You can grab a drink at Spiderhouse or Trudy’s and watch the bands from their patios (kids also always look like they are having an amazing time)

    http://honktx.org/

  65. shhhh says...

    “I’ve seen Call Me By Your Name 22 times since late November, but don’t worry I have MoviePass and it was also playing on the two flights I took and I was going to watch something else but on both flights my across the aisle neighbor started watching it so I had to too otherwise would have watched creepily over their shoulder though I definitely did keep glancing over to gauge their reactions…” – Anonymous, 38, NYC.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahaha YES!

  66. ALL TIME FAVORITE TACOS:

    Radio Coffee & Beer: http://radiocoffeeandbeer.com/

    The taco truck in their front yard is actually family owned and have had a location in East Austin for a long time. Authentic, delicious Tex-Mex tacos. I’d recommend getting the migas for sure. Coming for brunch is a must! Grab a few beers, get your breakfast tacos and hang.

    Parking can crowded and the place gets popular so get there sooner rather than later! Seriously favorite place to hang.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      alex got breakfast tacos with the boys there!!!! :)

  67. Sarah says...

    Only 50 hours to make a friend?? I’m pretty sure my average is like…. 650. Hah!

    • A says...

      Also it seems impossible to find 50 hours to spend with a new non-work friend! It would take me nearly a year!

  68. Katherine says...

    Oh my gosh GO TO OUR NEW LIBRARY. It’s downtown and has reading porches and a rooftop garden and it is heaven on earth for this introverted bibliophile. The boys will love to sit in the circles in the walls, too.

    Come to Mueller’s farmers market on Sunday, mostly because I’d die if I ran into you there. :)

  69. Kate says...

    I find it so interesting that both of the candidates who employed the “briefcase technique” were men. Has anyone else had this technique work for you or not?

    • Lauren says...

      I did for my job, a teaching position I really really REALLY wanted at a highly ranked suburban Chicago public school. I went in with a binder of artifacts to show off all the aspects of my work and notes to make sure I spoke about all the things I thought were important for them to know. I ended by putting it all out there and saying that I’m not really good at anything, I don’t have a talent or a passion or an interesting hobby, but I am phenomenal at teaching the specific student population I work with. My coworkers that were on my interview committee still talk about how they were blown away.

    • Kate says...

      That’s so awesome, Lauren! My last job interview really left a bad taste in my mouth, so it is great to hear what you did (so well).

  70. Veronica Barrio says...

    Authentic Mexican – Fonda San Miguel – Fave dishes: Tampiqueña is delicious and you can split it, or sit at the bar and have tacos al pastor and mango margaritas, Crepe cajetas for dessert are a so good.

    Breakfast tacos at Taco Deli. – Fave: migas tacos w/ amazing doña sauce.

    Uchiko – (Sushi) – Fave: Tiger Cry, Brussel Sprouts.

    Garage Mahal – for very Austin vibe patio and yummy indian food.

    Buffalina Due – straight up margherita Napolitano style pizza

    Amy’s ice cream – if you brought the kiddos with you.

  71. vr says...

    rainey st in austin is the best! when the weather is right, a drink on the back patio at lucille’s is one of my favorite destinations!

    • Sarah says...

      I second and third the Launderette suggestion! It is so, so cute and delicious. June’s All Day looks really adorable and delicious too.

  72. Christy says...

    Pint house pizza
    Jack Allen’s kitchen

    Definitely check out the downtown library. Has outdoor reading patios!!!

    Bundle up, tomorrow is supposed to be in the 40s/50s!

  73. Chrissy Shea says...

    Have so much fun in Austin! One of these days, you’ll need to come explore San Antonio :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!

  74. Carrie says...

    My parent’s finalized their divorce this morning, so I just want to thank you, Cup of Jo, for sharing the buzzfeed article about Meghan Markle’s dad. That was the exact bit of sweetness I needed to brighten my weekend.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so sorry to hear that, carrie. even if it’s the best decision overall, it’s always hard. thinking of you. (and yes, her dad is SO cute!)