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What do you do and why do you do it?
My evil day job involves customer service and computers, but my real passion is writing. My second novel is in the works with a hopeful December publication.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I don't get sad, I get angry. There will be Carrie Underwood with her baseball bat, there will be Xzibit's murderous rage, and Nicki Minaji rapping about frauds among many others. Then when I'm finished be angry, I get awesome instead.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
I am a huge fan of anything paranormal. Supernatural, American Horror Story, Lucifer, and American Gods are my current favorites.
Name some spots in Austin that are good for a Tinder date.
Anywhere on East 6th. Far enough away from the terrible drinks and spring break atmosphere of Dirty 6th, East 6th has a quieter vibe and much better cocktails. Head to Whistler's and let the bartender choose your drink, and if the date goes well head upstairs to the intimate Mezcalería Tobalá for round two.
Who’s your hero and where in Austin would you take them out for a serious hang?
I would love to pick Stephen King's brain for writing advice. I'd take him to Moontower, grab a picnic table and talk for hours.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Anthropologie, ModCloth, and Nordstrom
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I'll try anything once, but as far as I'm concerned anything north of The Domain might as well not exist.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to shows! Despite the fact that I live in the live music capital, I don't make it to nearly enough concerts.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Austin and where did you get it?
Most extreme was probably antelope sashimi at the sadly closed Restaurant Jezebel. Most decadent is definitely the seafood risotto at Jeffrey's - every delicious thing from the ocean in one bowl!
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Austin that you particularly like?
Garage. It's an amazing little bar hidden inside a parking garage downtown. Delicious cocktails and nothing is more refreshing than being underground when it's a million degrees outside.
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?
Uchiko for NYE. We went for the chef's choice Omakase menu and it was easily a $300 dinner before we even got to drinks, but absolutely worth it. I love tasting menus for the chance to try as many foods as possible!
Where can you get the best cocktail in Austin? Which one do you like?
I live for a good craft cocktail, and that designation definitely goes to Péché. Choosing a favorite in their constantly rotating menu is difficult, but one I loved was called Christmas Came Early. Pine-forward gin, mulled wine syrup, and citrus, if that can't get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will!
Where would you take your partner in Austin if you wanted to really pamper them?
The Lake Austin Spa. Nothing can compare to getting a massage while looking out at the beauty of the hill country.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Austin?
Franklin's Barbecue. It's not that it's not fantastic food, but there is so much other great barbecue in Austin that doesn't involve waiting four hours in line.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Austin?
Lambert's. A fun little downtown spot with great barbecue, a fantastic happy hour, and great live music. And somehow almost no one I know in Austin has been there until I take them!
What are the Austin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
South Congress, Rainey Street, and East 6th. Seriously, just pick one of those streets and wander around. Don't chain yourself to one destination. Austin is a place to have adventures!
Tomorrow’s your last day in Austin. How do you spend it?
I'd start the day with brunch downtown to fortify myself with something strong so I can handle the thought of leaving this city. Then once that wore off I'd take a drive out to the Hill Country to take in the gorgeous views. I'd meander back into town and find myself a hearty serving of smoked meats and then end my night in the best backyard in the city at Moontower Saloon.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
New Orleans. The food is fantastic, you can bring your cocktail into the street as nature intended, and there's a vibrancy to the city that no place else can compare to.