The Steeping Room – Austin, TX

Dinner at The Steeping Room in Austin, TX before the SXSW screening of Sound of My Voice.

Our lovely hotel in Austin is actually near a popular vegetarian-friendly restaurant, The Steeping Room.  A reader recommended it to me, so I was excited to eat there.

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It’s also really far from the heart of SXSW, but we still can see long line action.  I don’t know if the iPad 2 Mania from the Apple Store next door is spilling into the The Steeping Room.  Because they are really busy in the restaurant!

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First, a sip of Abe’s ginger ale, which is strong and tasty.

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I’m making a decision that I will order salads whenever possible during this trip.  Don’t want to get sick again, like I did in New Orleans!  So I order the Tao of Green salad, with chicken.

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I picture a non-creamy sesame dressing so I order it on the side, which is a mistake!

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I have the kitchen retoss it for me, which takes a little while…

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…so I’m nibbling on Abe’s Ginger Tofu on Ciabatta while waiting.   It comes with veggies, pickled onion, and hummus.

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Afterwards, we wind up rushing downtown to get in line for our very first SXSW movie as audience members – Sound of My Voice.

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The movie is really terrific – unique, entertaining, thought-provoking, and well-acted – I especially enjoyed the performance by my dear friend Christy Meyers.

Around midnight we stop by the Opening Night party on Bourbon Street. I mean, 6th Street.

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Look who I run into – my Surrogate Valentine co-star Goh Nakamura, who just flew in from San Francisco!

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As we head back to our car and I hear these wonderful words: “FREE ICE CREAM!”

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I’ve been wanting to try Stephen Colbert’s Ben and Jerry’s Americone Dream forever.  Finally I get to tell y’all that it is delicious.  It’s vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered cone pieces, and a caramel swirl.

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Ice Cream Man’s agenda is to travel the country giving away ice cream. FOR FREE. I would like to support that mission in any way I can – sign up for their newsletter or follow them on twitter to see if they’re coming near you.

The world premiere of Surrogate Valentine is in less than 5 hours.  We actually just got a 4-star review in the Examiner!  If you’re in Austin, come to the Alamo Ritz at 1:30 pm.  So, if you can, please line up an hour before that.  Goh is also performing a free concert afterwards!  It’s at The Equinox Mish Mash Show.

Hope to see you at one of these events!

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