Those are the only words I can think to describe the month of March! It was like insane but I loved every.single.minute of it!
Wanna know what kept me busy last month (btw: Happy first day of April aka April Fool’s!)? Well here is another installment of “Dishin’ It Up!” (a look closer at some of the photos from my Instagram feed and some that didn’t get shared!).
At the end of February we celebrated Mardi Gras! We headed to Louisiana for an official Mardi Gras parade! Cajun food and culture are deep rooted in my soul and family heritage; and while we eat gumbo, crawfish, red beans and rice, and celebrate many other popular Louisiana traditions; this was our first Mardi Gras parade! It was so much fun even if we went to the family friendly parade. Honestly, I think that is the only type Mardi Gras parade I could handle! : )
Since I live in central Texas, most of the month of March centers around the world renowned SXSW film, music and interactive festival. Of course I had to check out various events around town!
I attended a great blogging conference called TECHmunch. Blogging conferences are not only educational they are so much fun and always leave me amped and re-energized to be a better blogger. While these conferences have a lot of useful information about blogging, there is a ton of useful information that is shared that everyone can benefit from. Check out this recap about how to be more safe online (tips not just for bloggers). Oh… and we also got to meet and hear from Chef Brian Malarkey (from the shows Top Chef and Taste; and the restaurant Searsucker) about his career as a chef and restaurant owner!
As part of SXSW film there was a Game of Thrones Interactive Exhibit. We are pretty big Game of Thrones fans so it was so cool to check out props and costumes directly from the film set. They even had an Oculus Rift exhibit, a new virtual reality experience, that was super intense, as it had you climbing up then falling down the snowy tower.
SXSW wouldn’t be complete without some live music. Every year the flagship (downtown Austin) Whole Foods has a free concert series on their roof top. I was thrilled to see that some of my favorite artists were performing. I got ‘up close and personal’ for G. Love and while he was singing one of his new songs about coffee (Probably one of the reasons I love his music so much he always sings about food! The way to my heart! Ha!), he looked directly at me and asked how I like my coffee. I about died and then was able to answer… with milk and sugar of course! : )
Eating is also a major part of SXSW (it is a major part of living, breathing and being Austin) and we went to a French cheese tasting (by Cheeses of Europe and Isigny America). Like hello. A cheese tasting? I was in heaven!
Speaking of eating, we ate a lot this month (not just part of SXSW)! This Donut Breakfast Taco, from Donut Taco Palace (Austin, TX) was deliciously insane and is a must try if you are eating your way around Austin. It was also a super popular photo on Instagram and I can’t wait to go back and eat this breakfast taco again; it is made from rolled out donut dough that is deep fried, then grilled and filled with your favorite breakfast taco ingredients. The dough was slightly sweet but nice and soft and fluffy, making a perfect (and ginormous) breakfast taco!
I also had the opportunity to check out the lovely new Graj Mahal (Austin, TX) as part of an event with the Austin Food Blogger Alliance. I had never been to the old location, but I loved the patio at this new location! This patio is absolutely dreamy under a big tent draped with sheer pink fabric, beautifully adorned umbrellas and cushioned pink furniture (Pink people! Pink!). Oh and of course they had tasty Indian food. Can’t wait to go back and sit on that patio hopefully before it gets too hot!
Oh and I celebrated 5 years of blogging! FIVE! That’s huge!
Whew! I am exhausted just writing this! Wonder what April is going to bring?!?!
How was your March?