Surprises in surprising places

I just plain keep on forgetting to ask, but isn’t that the Mangiasaurus atop Wheatsville on the Drag? Every time I stop in, I mean to find out for sure, but I just keep on forgetting, including today. Anybody who doesn’t get around to the South Austin Farmers Market at El Gallo on Saturdays can find some of Tony’s P/2 organic items at Wheatsville, including started chile, tomato, and herb plants. At that farmers’ market today, we scored the last of the season’s best-in-the-world spinach, along with beets and asparagus. The H-E-B at Congress and Oltorf now stocks lucky bamboo, some of it in kitschy ceramic containers with three-dimensional pandas, and seemed to be selling more of it than of potted Easter plants. We often dine in the off-peak periods at Manuel’s but seldom during conventional lunch hours; maybe it’s because we deviated from custom today that we saw Kirk Watson there for the first time ever. I won’t say at what dining establishment, but I was very surprised during this long weekend to order the day’s fish and find that, when it came to the table, one of the accompaniments was raisins. Fish with raisins! These items were not mentioned in the waitstaff description and I hope never again to experience such a pairing. This weekend, it seems best, whether you’re downtown on wheels or strictly as a pedestrian, to beware of all those tourists driving the wrong way on one-way streets. We saw some close ones today and had a narrow escape ourselves.

2 Comments so far

  1. dan (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    Yep, that is indeed the Mangiasaurus on Wheatsville’s roof! I’m the GM of Wheatsville and figured that that big ole dinosaur might not be welcome on Mangia’s new space. So, I offered him refuge on our roof for the time being. Glad you noticed!

  2. Rantor (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    Thank you for the confirmation! I noticed right away when it went up but just plain have not been able to remember to ask. I love Austin’s human-made decorative embellishments and I’m so glad that you have provided a haven for this one.

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