Well, that just happened. I am officially a graduate of The University of Texas. My whirlwind of emotions seems to shift (without warning) from excitement and gratitude for this milestone to severe melancholy, as my strongest support system of friends branches off across the country, like darts on a board, from this moment forward.
But, all emotions aside, at least we ate well. Our curated graduation food tour of Austin spread across the city and cuisines, leaving our stomachs very happy. South Congress Cafe's lunch portion of the seabass deliciously kicked off the weekend's festivities, and a Thursday night dinner at Perla's (our family favorite) was none less than stellar. I ordered a lighter version of the lobster bucatini, substituting a garlic cream sauce for a lighter white wine sauce. Over one pound of sweet lobster sat atop the housemade pasta. Unbelievable.
In between graduation ceremonies on Friday, we dined at Foodheads (my go-to lunch spot) where my boyfriend Alex surprised me in the courtyard. Dinner was a sentimental reunion of the four graduating Memphis families at Eddie V's. Our private room was filled with laughter, tears and stories -- my mother even gathered photographs of the four of us as little ones.
It would not have been a complete weekend without the Primetime burger (add a fried egg) at Hopdoddy for lunch on Saturday. And once the University-wide commencement ended Saturday evening, we celebrated on the roof of Benji's Cantina with margaritas, guacamole and (one too many) tequila shots.
The finale to this chapter was a bittersweet one, and I am so grateful to have been surrounded by my family and closest friends this past weekend. Now...onto the next chapter!