Update on the first week of my Great American Hipster Project

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Hey hey!

I’ve been in America for almost two three weeks already and have already done a ton of hip, cool things. Here’s the lowdown and highlights:

texas suburbs

  • visited family, lounged by a swimming pool
  • authentic texas barbecue for labor day holiday
  • empanadas from a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant with @anotherpack
  • attending friend’s wedding where the deejay played hits from Regina Spektor, Bon Iver and Nick Drake

downtown dallas

  • lived it up for a night swimming on a rooftop at the luxurious joule hotel - review
  • amazing tequila-with-ginger cocktail at charlie palmer’s restaurant - foodspotting
  • summer-in-london cocktail and amazing dinner entrees (truffle mac-and-cheese!) at the cedars social - website
  • visited the dallas museum of art (boring) and nasher sculpture center (cool)

road trip to austin

  • rented a car at the DFW airport to visit my sister in austin, tx
  • stopped for polish klobasneks at a czech bakery off the highway – photo
  • mexican food & margaritas in austin at the delicious curra’s grill (try the mexican margarita!)
  • authentic french crepes (savory) at le cafe crepe – my sister’s favorite!
  • local beers at black star co-op – website
  • texas-style sushi/fusion at roll on sushi diner – super social restaurant & awesome food

cleveland, ohio

I spent a few days exploring Cleveland and the one thing I came away with: this city is surprisingly cool! I explored several of their off-the-beaten path neighborhoods where they’ve got food trucks, polish restaurants with arcade bowling and hipstery summer festivals.

  • rock-and-roll themed cocktails at the ritz carlton – you have to try the “lady gaga” one!
  • learned that cleveland is hosting the 2014 gay games - gg9cle.com
  • gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches at melt bar & grill with dangerous-business.com (@dangerousbiz)
  • visited the rock & roll hall of fame where I watched a 3d movie from a U2 concert
  • craft beer breweries, weekly food truck festivals, ethnic restaurants and amazing artwork in world-class museums

travel by the numbers

I’m counting the first two weeks of travel around America during which I visited Dallas, Austin, Cleveland and Columbus.

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVALS — 4
Dallas, Austin, Cleveland, Columbus

TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS — 1
but it was worth it…on the way to visit my niece!

EMPANADAS — 5
in the D/FW metroplex and Cleveland

CAR RENTALS — 2
to get from Dallas to Austin & back, and another to get from Cle to Columbus

SWIMMING POOLS — 3
that includes the Joule Pool, my parent’s pool and Austin’s Barton Springs pool

SEGWAY TOURS — 1
in Columbus

GAY BARS — 2
in Columbus and in Cleveland

COMPLIMENTS RECEIVED ABOUT MY CLOTHING — 9
almost entirely because of this t-shirt, no joke!

what’s coming up?

I’ve been averaging about 6 hours of sleep a night and it doesn’t look like I’ll have much time for more anytime soon. Stay tuned for snippets from my third week of hipster travel around North America which included Columbus, Toronto, Montreal and currently….Boston! A few other noteworthy things about my upcoming trip:

  • i’m getting the new kindle paperwhite! pretty excited about that because it’ll make reading easier for me while i travel. the author, DC Gallin, of the novel KISS THE SKY has graciously offered me her e-book (about London in the nineties) so it won’t arrive empty!
  • i’m getting an iphone but i’m so hipster, i’m skipping the iphone5 and going straight for an older model.
  • i’m on my way to san francisco! i’ll be staying in the most hipstery area, the Mission, in a design hotel i expect to be very beautiful—the Hotel Abri

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16 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Can`t wait for Canada!!

  2. You seem like you are having an amazing time, you are so adventurous to be travelling around all of these places and I hope one day I have the courage to do the same. I wish you the best of luck with the rest of your travelling.

  3. It might be great if you make an article on hipster empanada. You’ve enjoyed so many things for your three week travel. Haha.. Traffic violation is normal for a traveler. Don’t worry.

  4. Ah, you had me at empanadas! Very cool Adam. I don’t know Texas as well as I should (notably because I’m vegetarian and I think everyone will be eating beef) but that shouldn’t stop me, right? Nice roundup and I’ll look forward to your travels!

  5. This sounds like you are having a great time! I really need to visit this place by the looks of things! Some wondeful pictures! Enjoy the rest of your trip. Thank you for sharing!

  6. The Travel by Numbers is the best part! I’m digging the photos too!

  7. Hey, thanks for taking Foodspotting along for the ride! Looks like you’ve had some incredible sights and meals so far. Can’t wait to see what you discover next :)

  8. Sounds like a great start to the trip! It was fun meeting up with you for grilled cheese! You actually have me convinced that I need to make it up to Cleveland more often…

  9. What a great trip to North America you are having. I really need to get to Cleveland.

  10. What a great trip to North America you are having. I really need to get to Cleveland.

  11. First: That t-shirt is amazing. That’s compliment number ten.

    Second: Bon Iver. BLEARGH. Not a fan. On a hipster-y music note, the new Tegan & Sara song is amazing. And totally danceable.

    Third: I need all these cocktails in my life, now. Especially the Lady Gaga one.

    • Awwww ::blushing:: thank you!

      I heart Bon Iver, though. Skinny Love, man!

      And I tried 3 of the Rocktails at Cleveland’s Ritz. Each one was amazing and they put out a new one each year :)

  12. Hahahaha which model did you get? I guess I’m a hipster too, then.

    • Haven’t got it yet but am checking Craigslist for people selling their old ones for when they upgrade today!

      Probably will end up with the 4s again :)

  13. That’s an awesome start to your trip. Are empanadas considered a hipster food? If not, let’s turn them into one.

    • Empanadas are DEFINITELY a hipster food! And one of my all-time favs, too.

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