Austin, Texas + Baltimore, Maryland
Alison makes an admission that she is tipsy. Lulu points out that she usually is. Alison says "no...I'm really tipsy", it's usually a couple of glasses of wine, but she's had a night out with the hubby, and there's been so much wine. SO MUCH WINE. By the way if you missed last week's episode, "Our Skanket is Shook..." with OneUp, click here to listen and read about it. It was the perfect day-before-Thanksgiving episode. ALL the feels...and some laughs, of course.
First things first, we've made a Holiday Gift Guide based on our obsessions (and wishlist items) throughout the year, so if you are needing a gift, you can't go wrong with any of these! Alison is obsessed with avocado toast, specifically the avocado toast at First Watch. They top it with lemon juice. Novel concept, we know. It may be basic but it is still so good. Lulu is currently obsessed with Grove Strawberry Wine. If you are following us on Instagram, you know that Lulu is obsessed with this as it has been her #whatsyourhappy on our instastory multiple times. Understandably so, as Lulu describes it as a grown-up boozy version of fresh strawberry jam that's not too sweet. Sold!
Alison wishes teleportation existed. Alison started to describe wanting to escape holiday family obligations, just for an hour, to have a glass of wine with her girls, and then she could teleport back in time for dessert. Lulu thinks she just doesn't want to be the designated driver. Listening to them describe this will make you wish for this too. Lulu's wishing for Nuraphones. They are over-ear headphones that measure the frequencies your eardrum sends back out, and adapts the sound it sends in to your unique hearing profile. Sounds pretty incredible right? And they are the same price range as Bose and Beats headphones, so...she's definitely wanting these.
Alison stays in a poolside bungalow at the Saint Cecilia, a hotel created in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry, where upon arrival you get welcome cocktails. To get around she hires Cynthia's Limo, a limo service run by a native of Austin. This will be handy for getting the inside scoop on where to go! She has Cynthia drop her off at Epicerie, a French and New Orleans-inspired breakfast. She tries the egg roxanne which is made with dirty rice, house hot sauce, green onion, a honey butter biscuit, and a coddled egg. Alison and Lulu guess that a coddled egg is one that is really well taken care of, like a coddled child. After much discussion about this possible definition, Lulu looks it up so they now know that coddled eggs are eggs that are cooked in a dish like a ramekin in a hot water bath. Now you know, too. On that note, Alison heads to Austin’s ultimate, full service, luxury day spa, The Woodhouse Spa. She gets two facials, a hand treatment, a pedicure, AND a four-handed massage. All of those services brought Alison's spa bill to $1200. Now THAT's luxury. After her relaxing spa experience, and a quick ditch of the limo, she heads to Driveway Austin to race a Ferrari. After some instruction, she gets to take the Ferrari 488 GTB out for an exciting three laps, getting up to 200 mph if she dares! Next she goes for a ride in a vintage white Bentley sedan, that takes her on a private wine tour. This tour takes you to three wineries and for lunch at the historic Salt Lick BBQ restaurant for some world famous Texas barbecue.
Alison downloads the Detour app, which offers immersive audio walks. It takes you on unique audio tours by guides who really know what they are talking about. I'm talking really unique audio tours. The one Alison takes is a walk along the path of America's first serial killer. They're not all dark, don't worry. Alison decides to customize her walking tour a little bit by stopping for an appetizer and a drink at multiple restaurants. First is a caviar trio and a smoked old fashioned at Eddie V’s. Next she pops in to Easy Tiger for a cheese and charcuterie board and a beer. Edamame and Bubble Tea at Koriente is followed by a beer at Beerland, Austin’s most beloved and occasionally hated rock n roll club. She's not full yet so she gets cheesy bread and a root beer at Hoboken Pie. Feeling generous she picks up 100 large pizzas and takes them across the street to the Austin Police Department. Somehow still not satiated, Alison heads to Roaring Fork for an amazing dinner of lamb chop fondue, mussels & chorizo, and a center cut new york strip steak. Oh, and a bottle of wine, obviously.
First things first, Lulu makes sure she has car service, this time through Dryver. She is staying at the Inn at Perry Cabin, which is a Belmond brand hotel. She loves this brand so she knows she's in for a treat at this spot on the Chesapeake Bay. Her luxury water view suite package comes with a breakfast credit, which she will most definitely be spending on bloody mary's. Always one for oysters, Lulu is excited to discover that her room package also comes with a exclusive oyster harvesting activity at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. You can also add on features to your stay like "Flavorful Welcome" - a Chef's offering plus a bottle of wine, and "Floral Arrangement" - a bouquet waiting for you in your room. Good choice of accommodation, Lulu! For breakfast she heads to Blue Moon Cafe which claims to have a “Bad ass breakfast!” It was pretty good. She needs some clothes for her next activity, so she shops at Baltimore-based preppy chic athletic wear brand Devon Maryn. She gets these Lobster pocket yoga leggings, a “Crab cakes and football” tee and of course this "Yacht" sweatshirt. Lulu is dressed and ready for dance lessons at Mobtown Ballroom, where she decides to try an aerial class. She's always been curious, but hasn't tried it, so to feel comfortable, she buys out the class. This next one seems a little weird, she's going to see the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death at the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office. She heard about it on Sidedoor, the Smithsonian's podcast, in the episode called Murder is Her Hobby. It's about a woman, Frances Glessner Lee, who lived in the early 20th century. She wasn't allowed to be a forensic investigator, being a woman, but she used her skills and interest in the field to create dollhouse size dioramas of true crimes, which are still used in forensic training today!
Lulu decides to do a scavenger hunt for Old Bay® Seasoning, seeing as it was made in Maryland. She finds Old Bay® Caramel ice cream at The Charmery. She pulls up the Maryland My Maryland website, where there are 91 Old Bay® themed items and she buys them all. Included in her hall are cutting boards, oven mitts, a snow globe. Very interested to see if she puts these to use later. Continuing in her hunt of Old Bay® items, she gets wings coated in the seasoning, from eight different locations, and of course hires someone to deliver them. Lulu is on a bit of a seasoning high...so she decides to make a parody video of On Broadway. Except instead of "They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway", it's going to be “They say the wings in Baltimore have Old Bay.” To quote Lulu in this episode, things are getting "wackadoo". She hires the Oracle Band to back her up singing this modified tune, and hires Producers to make a 10KForReels music video. Next she goes to Guinness®'s American Outpost brewery for their guided tour and tasting. On their homepage they have the Gaelic phrase “Céad Míle Fáilte”, which means “you are welcome, a thousand times, wherever you come from, whosoever you be.” Lulu has her Irish friend pronounce it for her in a voice memo. Alison and Lulu trying to follow along with his pronunciation brings back memories of the Friends episode where Phoebe tries to teach Joey French. Lulu grabs some Banana Beer Bread Pudding with salted caramel ice cream paired with coffee stout at the 1817 Restaurant at the brewery. For lunch Lulu heads to Loch Bar, the “raw bar and elixirs” spot, where she indulges in a shellfish tower, crab soup and crab dip. Next she heads for a mani/pedi, glow treatments and a Himalayan salt stone massage at the hotel spa. To close out her day, Lulu heads to Woodberry Kitchen to indulge in everything on their gluten-free menu. Baltimore magazine: “There’s a reason why the James Beard Foundation gave a nominating nod to the waitstaff. Servers are ad-hoc emissaries to the farming community. Hearing their sourcing spiel is like getting a lecture in crop science. Listen—and learn.” In addition to her meal she gets half a bottle of wine. Alison's "why?!" when she says this is what we were all thinking, and Lulu explains she would have gone over her 10K budget if she'd had a full bottle.
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