Austin, TX: Mount Bonnell

Austin, TX: Mount Bonnell

The name Mount Bonnell is a little misleading. It’s a very large hill/bluff but I definitely wouldn’t go so far as to call it a mountain. However, in the incredibly flat Austin, 750-ish feet above sea level is pretty high up there. It was pretty cool though! Basically, you drive up the hills into a SUPER ritzy neighborhood and then park by a set of large (and I mean large) stone stairs, then climb up to the top. From the top you can see the hill-y neighborhood as well as a river, and if you go to one side, you can also see downtown Austin’s skyline, which is pretty cool. Seriously though, there are stairs, man. Here’s a picture about 1/4th of the way up. Here’s what it looks like from the tippy top, facing towards the houses and the river. In this one, you can see downtown Austin off in the distance. This is to the right of the stairs and you have to walk down a bit by a picnic area to see it. From there a bunch of trails start to take you through the woods and back to the road! They’re definitely not developed trails though, so I wouldn’t recommend them to people who are unable to walk over uneven surfaces or young children. Some of them have up to 3 foot drops. And finally one last picture, just because. Starring Joel! In addition to all of the cool-ness of the spot and all of the little trails, there are also lots of picnic tables (and also an abundance of people shamelessly making out, in...
Sell-Your-Soul Chicken Sandwich

Sell-Your-Soul Chicken Sandwich

Once upon a time there was a magical food truck, with magical food. Any native Omahans knew it as the Localmotive in the parking lot of Ted and Wally’s. This magical food truck sold a chicken sandwich I would definitely kill for. And fries. And a steak sandwich. And don’t even get me started on the rounders (magical, fried balls of heaven). But the magical food truck shut down for the winter. And no one has heard when they will be re-opening. And we’re all starving! So, I’ve created a very, very close copy of their chicken sandwich. I’d sell my soul, and Joel’s soul, and the soul’s of my unborn children for this sandwich. And so would the rest of Omaha. It’s been a very long time since either one of us had one of these magical sandwiches, so we can’t be 100% sure, but we’re pretty sure we got it pretty darn close. This recipe only used one pan and also can be EASILY cut into smaller portions for 2 or even 1 person. Here’s the printable recipe card! Sell-Your-Soul Chicken Sandwich Recipe Type: Sandwich Cuisine: American Author: Sam (Sizzling Mess) Serves: 4 Ingredients 8 slices bread, toasted (the original truck had focaccia, but I used Sara Lee Honey Wheat since that’s what I had, use what you like) 4 small chicken breasts, cut into large chunks 1 small onion, sliced finely 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup of arugula, washed 4 slices fontina or provolone cheese 8 slices bacon, cut into thirds 4 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon sriracha (or adobo sauce) 1/2 teaspoon lime (or lemon) juice...