An Austin Thanksgiving

The Tesoro Tierra free-range local turkey having been roasted earlier this week and served with all the finest in accompaniments, including the very best locally grown green beans anybody could ever wish for, today was free to be free-form, and so far it has been.

The front was raked then was edged with the hand shears. The fennel was trimmed. Three lawn-and-leaf bags were filled. It took just two people to get the floor furnace lit and on just one attempt.

The new Austin city hall already looks too tiny for its intended purpose. Two people appeared to be enjoying the free Wi-Fi out front.

At the original Threadgills there was a long line of people waiting outside. We were headed to Taj Palace. On the way, we saw that Seoul Grocery and Video Store was open. These are two of the signs from the bulletin board out front.
Bamboo salt was available and so were raw peanuts.

Taj Palace was open and very busy. It was a disappointment that seekh kebab was not set out for the buffet. Apart from that, today’s experience was excellent without exception; this place is definitely on the upswing again. There were two soups, one lentil dish, two mixed vegetable entrees, delicious pilaf and naan, and many other excellent dishes.

At Taj Palace was a free tourist publication on food and drink, intended for the tourist population, called, oddly enough, Eat & Drink Austin. There was a nice tribute to Tesoro Tierra and the news that Jo’s Coffee plans to open a small dining establishment downtown in one of the AMLI “loft” residences, with an enlarged menu including poultry dishes made from Tesoro Tierra chicken.

Returning, we went via the eastside. In the parking lot of Disch-Falk there were many land yachts set up and there was much cooking going on. We saw several people who had walked eastward on foot seeking open convenience stores, which they had obviously found.

The City Market was open and very busy. It has a fresh consignment of pinatas and always stocks a great many of the classic multidimensional star shapes. The lime index was 12 big ones for a dollar, better than H-E-B this morning, both in price and in quality. At the City Market were The Villager and Nokoa. Tommy Wyatt, the editor and publisher of The Villager, usually distributes is annual directory of blacked-owned businesses at this time of year, but it must not be out yet. The viewing party for the United Negro College Fund Evening of Stars will be at the Doubletree on 15th Street this year. There will probably be whist and bridge tables set up.

At the Walgreen’s next to the City Market we found some of our junky telenovela magazines. People were beginning Christmas toy-shopping there.

On the way home were people sitting on their porches, putting up holiday lights, and playing volleyball and basketball. Leal’s Tires (the establishment with the handsome mural of the Aztec warrior) was open. It begins to appear that it’s like Katz’s and never closes.

Tomorrow will be the parade of Aggie cadets and the Travis Heights neighborhood art walk and studio tour. The day after that will be the Chuy’s parade with the Hardin-Simmons cowboy band and Los Texas Wranglers. It’s beginning to feel like an Austin holiday weekend. Austin is so homey when some people skip town and those of us who stick around can enjoy an Austin that seems more like Austin as it used to be: without an excess of noise and of traffic.

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