Austin, Texas has a tasty chain of restaurants called Torchy’s Tacos. The Independent is a delicious vegetarian taco (hand-battered and fried portobello mushroom strips with refried black beans, roasted corn, escabeche carrots (*shrug*), cilantro and avocado with a drizzle of ancho aioli. The Brush Fire (jerked chicken), was too hot. They mean it when they say hot.

Torchy's Tacos, The Independent
Torchy’s Tacos, The Independent
The Brush Fire
The Brush Fire

We are not sports fans, and yet my husband and I get to experience a HUGE college football game. Texas A&M versus the University of Alabama. A place to tailgate has been secured. In this case there will be tents, a keg and a gigantic gas barbecue so it’s more like tailgating on steroids.

People have been camping for days to keep their spot outside the stadium. Some tickets are selling for $700. But we will be outside the stadium watching on a TV with huge crowds of people.

The crowds have already overwhelmed the cell phone towers so there’s no way to call out, though texting is still possible. 300,000 people are expected. Hopefully there will be enough porta-potties.

We are excited to participate in this unique cultural experience.

Preparations for game day begin:


Portable Barbecue
Portable Barbecue

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