SXSW: Rachael Ray Feedback 2014

How is it that I have never been to this event?  Maybe it has to do with the early start time and my former other half not doing mornings.

It was a lot of fun.  Next year we will get there earlier.  We only got in earlier than we should have, because I have a sweet friend.  We still would have gotten in but it would have taken longer.IMG_1450[1]

The drink lines were easy.  The food lines were a mess.  We may have not been at the end of the food line when we got in.  It was hard to tell.  But EVERYONE who got in, got food from what I could tell.  When we left at 3 pm, the line was still all of the way around the block.  OUCH!IMG_1447[1]

Music was behind on schedule but well organized.  Two outdoor stages.  When one stopped, the other started.  Well until Blondie.  I am not sure why they didn’t get on stage on time.  The music was good.  Bob didn’t play enough but he played my favorite song of his.  Rachael’s husband’s band, The Cringe was good, i’d never heard them.  He called her out from the stage and it was super sweet.  AWWW.  IMG_1420[1]

Here’s the scoop on the grub and the recipes that I think match with her descriptions from her signs and her talking about the food on Kimmel earlier this week :

Chow ChowIMG_1378[1] IMG_1379[1]

7 Hour Smoked Brisket
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Whisky WingsIMG_1382[1] IMG_1383[1]

All of mine were sans bread.  Guess what?  Bread makes a great serving vessel.  But so do fingers 😉

I will be making a couple of these things myself in the future!  Yummers as she would say!IMG_1375[1]

There was no dessert!  I wanted dessert.  Instead I had more grapefruit and vodka.

SXSW fails and wins

Fails

  • We were 5 people short of getting into Kimmel Live on Friday to see Lil Wayne and Willie Nelson
  • We were so tired from standing in line all day in the sun, that all 3 of us almost fell asleep at dinner
  • We didn’t get downtown for Rachael Ray early enough
  • It rained and rained and rained Saturday morning in line for Rachael’s Party
  • I dropped my drivers license on 9th street.  Thank goodness the dude yelled for me and I ran half a block back to get it.
  • I had a realization that some of my old crowd is just that.  I’ve been cut out I guess
  • The show I wanted to go to on Thursday was actually the day before

Wins

  • People watching is ALWAYS a win during SXSW
  • I did at least see Kimmel once and had a guaranteed seat and a good one at that
  • Parking.  We easily found parking both Friday and Saturday.  Shocking
  • We had a nice lunch at Hula Hut on Friday afternoon away from the downtown crowds.
  • My old intern DID get in line for Rachael Ray early enough and we were able to get in line with her
  • The RRFeedback food was delish.  Free food, booze, and music.  How can you go wrong?
  • Coffee before RR Feedback was a great idea.  Until there was no bathroom for 3 hours
  • $1 panchos from my running stash were lifesavers Saturday morning
  • Traffic wasn’t that bad when I’ve needed to come and go from downtown
  • My schedule was very different than it had been in years past and I was completely content.  I saw far less music but far more variety of talent and shows.

Fun Facts Friday-SXSW edition

  • it’s my 10th SXSW!  WOOHOO!
  • Started my week off with Kimmel.  I am trying to figure out how to get in tonight, the last night.
  • I am still reeling from meeting Adam Carolla and I barely spoke to him.  My signed wine bottle is in my kitchen window.
  • I am off today.  I REALLY needed it this week.  I only worked 3 days and they were almost the death of me.  I always try to be off the Friday of SXSW
  • Sister and I are meeting some friends at Rachel Ray’s party tomorrow.  I am so excited! I hear it’s all the rage.  And she caters to everyone’s food needs 🙂  I loved her on Kimmel Wednesday night.  Food and music?  HECK YES!
  • I’m missing my ODB this week pretty badly.  I want to share this wonderful SXSW because it makes my heart happy for a week.  ODB makes my heart happy every day.  I would like those two together.
  • I should be working in my yard today since it’s supposed to rain Saturday and Sunday.  NOPE.  SXSW comes but once a year.  My jungle will be there in a few days.
  • Despite it being SXSW I am dying to go to Gruene and have been all week.  I will be in the area for a whole week for work, so I need to be patient.  I LOVE the area and I love being around my regional coworkers.  It will be a good week of fun and work.

I AM OFF TO GET READY FOR FUN FUN FUN!

Things I like Thursday: SXSW time again

Tuesday night Dan and I went to our first showcase of SXSW.  I have never started that early in the week.  This kid doesn’t play late on school nights anymore.  This time of year is an exception.

We hit up the Red11 Showcase at the White Horse.  6 bands, $5 (free if you bought a wristband for SXSW).  We’ve never bought bands, you can get by without one for many shows.

Dinner.  Bomb Tacos food truck at the White Horse.  There are many locations of Bomb Tacos but this one is supposedly the best.  Yes, they were the bomb.  I had chicken fajita, veggie, and pulled pork.  Dan had 2 chicken fajita and beef fajita.  They were indeed good.  They offer flour and corn tortillas.  I got mine on corn, but Dan ate the actual tortillas, because I was pretty sure they weren’t gluten free.  So I guess I really had 3 small taco salads.  I am sure I could have ordered that.  Impressed.  I liked the chicken fajita the best, as did Dan.  The also offer nachos and quesadillas.

The show.  Lincoln Durham, The Crooks, Dirty River Boys, Turnpike Troubadours, American Aquarium, and Jason Eady.  We stayed for the first 5.  I didn’t know it was inside.  I wore a sweater and jeans.  I was SO hot.  I am never hot.  Plus it was SUPER crowded in the bar.  I actually, during the last act, bought a band tshirt to change into.  Of course, when we went to leave, I was cold again and put the sweater back on.  Whatever, I really wanted a Dirty River Boys shirt anyhow.

Apparently there are a ton of tall people in town.  I was close for Dirty River, but I couldn’t see much at all.  Doesn’t help that most of the guys in the band are also short!  I have seen them several times, my first was at SXSW last year.  LOVE them.

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My first time seeing the Crooks.  They had a lot of instruments in their set. 4 different types of guitars, banjo, maracas, tambourine, drums, accordion, trumpet, and some other percussion thing I don’t know the name of.  I LOVE accordions!  They were fun.  I think i’d like them live more than on the radio.

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My 2nd time seeing American Aquarium.  Last year’s SXSW was my first.  Dan LOVES them.   That’s why we were so close, he’s a total man-fan.

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Turnpike Troubadours.  Really like them, but I haven’t seen them much.  Good stuff.

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I got 3 hours of sleep that night, but it was totally worth it 🙂  Now looking ahead to see what, if any, other shows I’ll do this year.  So far, I have been working so much, that I’ve had 0 time to study.  Chronicle is being scoured over now.

SXSW 2012-Day 3

And day 3 is where is all fell apart for me 😦  I’d already been having issues standing Thursday and Friday, but Saturday it all went south.

I was supposed to be meeting AK for a run at the lake that morning.  That never happened.  I was so stiff and achy it was bad. It was so bad that I caved and took Alleve, which I rarely do.  Instead my day started before noon at Continental Club with Dan.

Got to see lots of good old friends, made my heart happy.

Saw Lucero for the 3rd time in that many days.  Don’t worry, I saw about 20 different bands total 😉

This made me laugh

I made it until about 7:30 before I called it quits and went back to our friend’s house.  I ate dinner and went to bed after that 😦  I was in bed before the main showcase at Cedar Street even started.  Not the way I wanted to end my SXSW 2012 😦