One thing I love about visiting people in their town is getting the inside scoop and true local experience. But another is actually giving them a new experience, by providing a reason to go to all the places they haven't yet discovered. The latter was what made Austin so special with Jen and Kenton. We dragged them from Airstream trailer to restaurant to bar, forcing native Austin food and drink into their bellies. While we did breakfast-taco research, we generously allowed them to take the mornings off to work, but by midday they were back in the car with us, ready to eat more and explore all that Austin (and the BBQ towns around it) had to offer. After dinner out (although they tried to stay home and cook kale), everyone was full and exhausted and eager for some downtime. But we wouldn't let that happen—not on EYW's watch! Nights were filled with live music—we actually saw legendary Austin musician Dale Watson perform three times at three historic locations three days in a row—and, usually, a late-night bowl of cheesy deliciousness: queso.
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