Quarter Century

My 25th birthday has come and gone. With all the moving craziness, we didn’t do much. We picked up some cupcakes from Hey Cupcake! and had dinner at the wonderful Oasis on Lake Travis. It was so beautiful! Even with the lake practically empty.

 

 

The Salt Lick BBQ

While driving around Driftwood, my family and I stopped for lunch at the Salt Lick. I’d heard a lot of hype surrounding this particular BBQ joint, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

The place is very unassuming. We actually drove by it earlier in the day and I didn’t even notice it! It has an outdoor picnic area, private dinning (you can even have your wedding at the Salt Lick! how very Texan) and a main restaurant with large tables and community style seating. The whole place is BYOB, which is pretty great and further enhances the relaxed atmosphere. All the employees were very polite, quick to attend to us and easy to chat with. One gentleman even moved some clutter out of the way for me when I was trying to take a photo of their glorious pecan pies! I’m sure they deal with exhausting and annoying tourists all day long, so he definitely didn’t have to go out of his way to help me. I was very impressed.

I ordered a mega iced tea and a pulled pork sandwich with all the sides (potato salad, coleslaw, beans, bread and pickles). Hands down, best pulled pork I’ve ever eaten. It was cooked perfectly, some parts slightly pink and some parts a little charred, and wasn’t super finely shredded. They just cut it off the pig, threw it on the fire, then slapped it on my sandwich. Even better than the pork itself, though, was the bun! It was just a white bun, but after being soaked in their special Salt Lick BBQ sauce and the juices from the pork, it was a soggy lump of deliciousness and flavor. The potato salad was also tasty. I’m not sure what the seasoning was (BBQ sauce??), but it was brownish in color and had a wonderfully unique flavor.

I also found the food reasonably priced! My pulled pork sandwich with sides was only $11. It was more food than I could eat in one sitting. We were to stuffed from lunch to order dessert, but I’ve heard their peach cobbler is to die for.

The Salt Lick BBQ
18300 FM 1826 Driftwood, TX
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSaltLickBBQ
Twitter: @saltlickBBQ

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Breakfast at Bea Bea’s

If you’re as serious about breakfast as I am, you’ll love Bea Bea’s. As they say, “Breakfast is Everything.” They have an overwhelming four page menu on two huge sheets of paper. If you’re into dessert for breakfast, Bea Bea’s has pancake specials like “Chocolate Fantasy” with Nutella, chocolate chips, and whipped cream, “Strawberry Brownie” with strawberries, brownies, and mascarpone cream, and the “Green Tea Monster” with matcha green tea pancakes, green tea mascarpone, white chocolate chips, and whipped cream – Interesting!!

Our family has visited Bea Bea’s several times and it is ALWAYS PACKED, but worth the wait. It was pouring rain when we last visited, but that didn’t stop the crowds. This was not your typical LA “rain” (which is really just mist that wets the sidewalk) it was real rain! Despite the inclement weather, the wait time was over an hour when we arrived. People were huddling under the awnings and sharing umbrellas, waiting patiently to get a plate of  “Uh Oh Oreos” pancakes. Luckily, many parties left after leaving their name, and we didn’t have to wait the whole hour for a table.

All I care about is breakfast. I would eat it all day long if I had the chance. However, in addition to pancakes, waffles, crepes, eggs, omelets, etc., Bea Bea’s also serves lunch items, such as pasta, burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Finally, they have an extensive drink list, with fancy coffee’s, juices, and teas. Basically BEA BEA’S HAS IT ALL.

If you feel like enjoying Bea Bea’s goodness in your pajamas, you can! You can order food to go! Either place a call or download the OrderAhead app on your iPhone or Android (you can also use OrderAhead on your desktop). Thank goodness (for my waistline) I don’t live close enough to take advantage of this.

Bea Bea’s
353 N. Pass Ave.
Burbank, CA 91505
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bea-Beas/215911686420

Let me know if there’s a restaurant, store, event, or venue you’d like me to feature: emailkellyphillips@gmail.com or tweet me @kphilphoto.

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Grain Lab

Last year, my photo focus was on quantity. Take as many photos as possible. Take at least one new photo every single day. Check! This year, I’ve thought about focusing on my website/blog, updating more with a eye on quality instead of quantity. However… I just don’t have enough quality series to update as often as I would like.

So, I’m going to start posting blogs more often, but they will be simple and short with just a few photos. I really want this to become a more traditional blog – little updates on what I’m doing every day – but with a focus on photography (obviously). I’d also like to start featuring things/places/people! Let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to cover: emailkellyphillips@gmail.com or tweet me @kphilphoto.

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Yesterday, my mom and I saw Book of Mormon at the Pantages. OH MY GOD, it was there greatest think I’ve even seen or heard. I literally (not figuratively, literally) sat in my seat with my mouth wide open the whole time. SO FUNNY SO SHOCKING SO INAPPROPRIATE. I’m obsessed.

Anyway, I digress. Before the play, we went to Grain Lab for lunch. What a wonderful little place! After talking with the cashier, she said their storefront in Burbank was their only location and they’d been open for about a year and a half.  Their goal is to provide local business workers, families, and community members with a premium dining option at an affordable price. They have a wide variety of sandwiches, kale salads, quinoa sides, and wraps. Their tea is probably my favorite part – fresh brewed organic peach passion iced tea, yum!

Grain Lab
1737 N. Victory Pl., Burbank, CA 91502
Follow them on Instagram @grainlab and