Blues on the Green & Why Done is Better than Perfect

Downtown Skyline at Blues on the Green Austin, TX by Natalie Paramore

Yesterday I was telling you how I’ve been fretting over getting photos just right, well that kind of goes for this post too. You see I took all these photos at the very first Blues on the Green (BOTG) this year. I wanted to capture a little of my friends and was planning to do a cute little picnic post with my new picnic basket and all the cute little snacks and drinks and dog treats, all spread across some brightly colored blanket that would make for the perfect little Pinterest picture. Welp, that didn’t happen. I mean, it still might. I still have the picnic basket and I could still figure out a way to make that photo shoot happen, but just not today.

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Whip In

The Whip In is a hidden South Austin gem. Ok, maybe it’s not really that hidden, the Whip In has been around for a while but even during my 4 years in Travis Heights it has changed quite a bit. It’s a convince store turned bar, music venue that serves up some Indian dishes with a heavy Austin influence. This is a great place to pick up a bottle of local vino or peruse their large speciality beer section. Also, they have a great snack selection but not the kind you’d find at a regular convenient store, think more local hummus and pita chips. Of course once you step into this magical little place you’ll probably want to pull up a bar stool, grab a draft beer and stay a while. There’s almost always live music either inside the store or outside on their awesome, dog friendly patio. You can order up some great Austin-Indian fusion food at the counter then enjoy the music.

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This is the Eastside drive panaanini. Get it? It’s a panini on naan.

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I subbed out the tomato chutney for cilantro chutney and it was quite divine. However they usually don’t allow many substitutions since most of their cuisine is locally sourced and carefully measured out per dish.

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I grabbed a draft brew and sat outside at the community style picnic tables for some live music.

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Yurko went with the Barton Springs panaanini. Smoked turkey and habanero-cranberry jam? Yes please!

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Cranch got the Onion Creek panaanini which may have been my favorite. This take on chicken salad would have been great with a little cilantro chutney as well.

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We got to hear the musical stylings of Mazel Tov Cocktail Hour. This bands plays traditional Yiddish wedding music and made me want to go home and watch Fiddler on the Roof.

The Whip In is perfect for a week night outting or an easy going Friday or Saturday. Be sure and check it out!