South By Southwest (SXSW) – Part 3

We started out Monday with a visit to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin.  It was an interesting experience and we learned a lot about Texas.  The exhibits were well laid out and there were three floors worth of exhibits.  We also decided to go to one of the history shows in one of their theaters.  It was a very fun 4-D Experience, I highly recommend that you purchase that option if you visit.  The kids will enjoy it.

For lunch, we decided on Chapala Mexican Restaurant on San Jacinto & Cesar Chavez.  It is an authentic family owned and operated Mexican restaurant.  The chips and salsa are fresh and spicy.  We ordered the medium salsa and it was pretty hot.  I can’t imagine what the hot salsa tastes like.  Milena and I didn’t want to stuff ourselves too much before the show, so we split an entree of nachos.  They were very tasty.  I highly recommend stopping by if you’re in the area.

Chapala Mexican Restaurant - Austin, TX

Chapala Mexican Restaurant

Later in the afternoon, we went back to the SXSW show.  I scheduled an appointment with one of the companies I found interesting the day before.  I had a brief conversation with the founder of the company.  About half way through the conversation, I realized that they were not finished developing the product they were presenting at the show.  It was a good conversation, but they are not ready for prime-time, so I’m not sure where this will go.

After the exhibit hall closed, we headed up the 4th level and met up with a couple of Vegas folks (@24k & @VegasBill) at the Adobe sponsored happy hour.  You can’t beat FREE appetizers & FREE beer.  Too bad I gave up meat & alcohol for Lent.  I was only able to enjoy the vegetarian appetizers.

Adobe Happy Hour - SXSW

FREE Beer & Appetizers @ Adobe SXSW Happy Hour

After the happy hour we went to dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse, which was not a good choice.  The food was very bland.  We didn’t enjoy it at all.  Luckily we weren’t very hungry.  We were looking for some time to kill before the Techkaraoke party hosted by friends @katebuckjr & @theJenATX.

Techkaraoke Party - SXSW Six Lounge

Techkaraoke Party - Six Lounge

We bar hopped between three parties on Monday night, Techkaraoke (Six Lounge), Windows 7 (Speakeasy), and ServerBeach (Aces Lounge).  We intended to stay out a while and head back to the Techkaraoke party, but it began pouring rain and our car was several blocks away.  We were soaked after walking one block, so we decided to head to the car and go back to the hotel.  There’s nothing worse than being soaking wet and cold.  Overall, it was a good day.

Windows 7 Party @ Speakeasy

Windows 7 Party @ Speakeasy

ServerBeach Party @ Aces Lounge

ServerBeach Party @ Aces Lounge

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