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What do you do and why do you do it?
I work as a Project Manger in advertising for a large tequila company. My job allows me to be the problem-solver and allows me the opportunity to collaborate with creative people.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I'd be jamming to my Girl Power playlist that consist of women like Beyonce, Destiny's Child, and Rihanna.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Stranger Things, West World, and Breaking Bad
Name some spots in Austin that are good for a Tinder date.
Infinite Monkey Theorem is an urban winery and they used to do (maybe still does) BOGO glass of wine on Tinder Tuesdays. There's also CRUX climbing gym next door if the date is going well and you want to be a little active.
Who’s your hero and where in Austin would you take them out for a serious hang?
Anthony Bourdain which makes a hard guest to take to a restaurant since he's a food critic and writer. I'd probably take him to Uchi for sushi and drinks.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I'm cheap when it comes to clothes so most of my wardrobe comes from Target.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
The Domain. I'm a South Austin kind of girl and the Domain just reminds me of Dallas with it's cookie cutter vibes.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love to be on the water so I wish I had more time out on my standup paddle board or boating Lake Travis.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Austin and where did you get it?
Tsukemen at Ramen Tatsu-Ya is my jam
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Austin that you particularly like?
The Gallery is my favorite music spot off South Congress that has good local music. It does not have a sign- you just go up the stairs by the tattoo parlor next to the Continental Club. The entire place probably only hold 30 people max.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Austin? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Boiler Nine is a good pricey meaty place with nice cocktails and Uchi is the best for sushi.
What restaurant in Austin looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Juan in a Million is a Mexican restaurant on the eastside with a good brunch.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Austin? Which one do you like?
I'm more of the beer and wine type, but I take my cocktail friends to Garage Bar. It's a speakeasy-style bar in a parking garage downtown.
Where would you take your partner in Austin if you wanted to really pamper them?
Four Seasons for a massage and then Uchi
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Well breakfast tacos are all the rage in Austin and I'd recommend them from Taco Joint. Chips and queso are also a must- Torchie Tacos are pretty good.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Austin?
Visiting the capitol
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Austin?
Cathedral of Junk- probably because it's a guy's backyard and you have to call at least three times or so before he answers. I still think it's worth the visit.
What are the Austin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Bike around Lady Bird Lake, visit Hope Gallery graffiti park, and grab a drink on Rainy Street
Tomorrow’s your last day in Austin. How do you spend it?
Depends on the weather. If it's nice outside- go to Alta Cafe and grab a drink by the water. Then go downstairs and rent a paddle board from the rowing docks and see the city by water. If it's raining, go play games at Buffalo Billiards off 6th St. or check out The Blanton Museum of Art.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I don't like to vacation in the same city twice, but a few places I wouldn't mind going back to are Barcelona, Sayulita (Mexico), Culebra (Puerto Rico), Portland, Santa Teresa (Costa Rica), and Budapest. I love a place that has good food, people and laid-back vibes.