In April 2011, Austin had 14 pianos around the city that anyone could play. After dinner on our second date, Karl took me down to a piano right by the lake, and we played and sang songs. It was by far the most romantic date I had ever been on! While the pianos have long since been taken down, I will always remember that date and love that spot by the water!    Photo by Jose Lozano

In April 2011, Austin had 14 pianos around the city that anyone could play. After dinner on our second date, Karl took me down to a piano right by the lake, and we played and sang songs. It was by far the most romantic date I had ever been on! While the pianos have long since been taken down, I will always remember that date and love that spot by the water! Photo by Jose Lozano

Flipnotics definitely has to be on this list, since that is where Karl and I first met! It has a gorgeous deck and has live music sometimes. Their chai teas are great!

Flipnotics definitely has to be on this list, since that is where Karl and I first met! It has a gorgeous deck and has live music sometimes. Their chai teas are great!

I mean, just look at it. It's adorable. Why wouldn't it be on the list? But in all seriousness, Karl and I came here on our second date and have continued to visit regularly ever since. They have an excellent taste in wine as well as a laid-back atmosphere. We have even just taken our books and read there while drinking wine. Love!

I mean, just look at it. It's adorable. Why wouldn't it be on the list? But in all seriousness, Karl and I came here on our second date and have continued to visit regularly ever since. They have an excellent taste in wine as well as a laid-back atmosphere. We have even just taken our books and read there while drinking wine. Love!

I was a little skeptical of a restaurant completely devoted to salads when I first visited Leaf, but I am SO glad I went. These salads are ridiculous. For someone who has salads every day for lunch, these are heavenly. My personal favorite is the strawberry fields - spinach, strawberries, candied pecans, goat cheese and bacon - all covered in a delicious strawberry vinaigrette!

I was a little skeptical of a restaurant completely devoted to salads when I first visited Leaf, but I am SO glad I went. These salads are ridiculous. For someone who has salads every day for lunch, these are heavenly. My personal favorite is the strawberry fields - spinach, strawberries, candied pecans, goat cheese and bacon - all covered in a delicious strawberry vinaigrette!

Okay, I don't know what kind of grass they use at Zilker, but it's incredible. I could sleep on it! It's so spongy and soft. The grass isn't the only reason Zilker is my favorite park in Austin, but it definitely helps! It also has really pretty walking trails, an off-leash area for Arnold...and did I mention the awesome grass?

Okay, I don't know what kind of grass they use at Zilker, but it's incredible. I could sleep on it! It's so spongy and soft. The grass isn't the only reason Zilker is my favorite park in Austin, but it definitely helps! It also has really pretty walking trails, an off-leash area for Arnold...and did I mention the awesome grass?

My favorite concert venue in Austin is probably Auditorium Shores. They have huge, free concerts there for SXSW every year, and it's just so awesome to see the city's beautiful skyline behind the concert. Plus, it's a dog park!

My favorite concert venue in Austin is probably Auditorium Shores. They have huge, free concerts there for SXSW every year, and it's just so awesome to see the city's beautiful skyline behind the concert. Plus, it's a dog park!

Ahhh, Hopdoddy. You make what is easily the best hamburger I've had in my entire life (sorry, Dad!). But seriously. This place is incredible. Eat there. Get a burger, fries and a shake. I would recommend the salted caramel shake - it's just ridiculous. But make sure you get there early, or you'll be waiting in a line that goes all the way around the building!

Ahhh, Hopdoddy. You make what is easily the best hamburger I've had in my entire life (sorry, Dad!). But seriously. This place is incredible. Eat there. Get a burger, fries and a shake. I would recommend the salted caramel shake - it's just ridiculous. But make sure you get there early, or you'll be waiting in a line that goes all the way around the building!

This photo isn't exactly a place...but it's definitely one of the best parts of this place. Trudy's is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. And my opinion of their best dish is definitely the one pictured here - the stuffed avocado. They also have tons of flavors of frozen margaritas; try the banana one - it's my favorite!

This photo isn't exactly a place...but it's definitely one of the best parts of this place. Trudy's is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. And my opinion of their best dish is definitely the one pictured here - the stuffed avocado. They also have tons of flavors of frozen margaritas; try the banana one - it's my favorite!

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