The Bachelor Party

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There comes a time in every mans life where he trades in his freedom for….well i’d rather not say. Luckily for me, it was not my time. It was, however, my brother Max’s last few weeks as a single man so a bunch of his friends and my brothers decided to send him off properly. We rented a huge lake house on Lake Travis (sort of, we’ll get to that later) in Austin for a relaxing weekend with the guys.

Because everyone but me lives in the great state of Texas, I had to fly down for the bachelor party. This involved skipping a day of work (which I didn’t mind whatsoever) and a 7 am flight. Thankfully it was a direct flight with jetBlue. They have free TV and the best snacks.

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I was even able to take some scenic shots of Boston as we flew over.

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It’s amazing how different the scenery is in Texas vs. Boston.

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The weekend can be summarized in 3 parts:

1) Dogs

2) Beer

3) Meat

Dogs

Oh dogs. I love dogs. This is the one thing (among many other things) that sucks about living in a city. There simply isn’t space for them to roam around. But that’s okay because my family now has two of them. A bunch of the guys also brought their dogs along so everyone had plenty of company that weekend.

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I’m pretty sure that the dogs had more fun than we did.

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Beer

There are only two beers worthy of calling themselves Texas beers. Lone Star and Shiner. Consider yourself lucky if you can get your hands on either.

They sent me to the store and this is what I came back with. Yes, it was that kind of weekend.

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Lots and lots of beer.

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We even had leftovers so I brought home a case in my luggage because I had a free checked bag. Best decision ever.

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Meat

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I know what you’re thinking. We killed Bambi and ate him for dinner. Although there were plenty of deer roaming around the lake house, we did not hunt any of them for food. We’re not savages.

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Instead, one of the guys brought a pig. Yes, an entire pig.

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But before we could eat it, we had to do some serious prep work on it. Notice the gardening shears in the bottom left hand corner. We weren’t messing around.

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This also involved a large butcher knife and a rubber mallet as well as a lot of standing around and cheering.

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And while we were at it, we had a brief anatomy lesson just because. I believe that’s the aorta just hanging out down there.

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Next came the injection phase. This marinade was made up of a blend of orange juice, pineapple juice, garlic and fresh herbs if I remember correctly.

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Basically, you just inject every part of the pig with as much marinade as you can. There can never be too much marinade apparently.

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And I do mean every part of the pig. I think Max was injecting the face in this picture.

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Finally, after the pig was sufficiently injected, it was coated generously with a special dry rub and left to marinate overnight.

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The next day, it was placed into this special pig roasting apparatus to slow cook for a few hours. It was essential a wheel barrow with a tray on top for coals. I need one of these immediately.

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While we were waiting for the pig to roast, the guys set out for a day at the beach. When we booked the place, the lake looked like it was literally in the back yard of the house (hence why we booked this place). This was one of the many pictures on their website advertising this “lake house” for rent. Awesome right?

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Unbeknownst to us, the lake had actually dropped significantly over the past few years. If you look at the picture below, you can barely even see any water.

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That’s because the lake had dropped about 55-60 ft. in the past couple of years.

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You can also see where the water level used to be by all of the docks that have dried up over time with the lake.

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I had actually brought my wet suit to get some open water swimming in but the lake was much farther out than I had anticipated. So I settled for some laps in a really chilly community pool.

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After the swim, I met up with the rest of the guys on the beach for an intense game of….croquet.

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Apparently croquet is making a come back.

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Again, I’m pretty sure the beach we are on is supposed to be underwater. Check out all of those boat docks across the water as well as the makeshift ladders/stairs leading down to them.

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And finally, after a long day of laying out on the beach and soaking up the UV rays, it was time to eat!

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This was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen (second only to Selma of course).

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And what is a meal without some traditional Texas Toast.

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And some shells and cheese. Obviously.

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Words can’t even begin to describe the amazingness of this plate.

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And yes, that’s Blue Bell. The best ice cream in the world and the perfect way to wrap up a dinner such as this.

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And finally, what is a visit to Texas without some tacos. While waiting for my flight, my friend brought me to this place called Tacodeli in Austin. I had never heard of this place until now but man, these were some of the best tacos I’ve had in awhile.

I ordered the Cowboy Taco (Cowboy rubbed beef tenderloin with grilled corn, caramelized onions and roasted peppers, topped with guacamole and queso fresco) and the Mojo Fish taco (Line-caught Texas Gulf Coast Drum fillets grilled with a mojo-garlic sauce & garnished with our homemade guacamole and pico de gallo). The picture speaks for itself.

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I also got this giant bowl of guac because its guac. No explanation needed here.

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And with that, I (reluctantly) made my way back north to the cold and not-as-awesome state of Massachusetts. But no worries, we will be back down in a few weeks for the actual wedding so stay tuned for that adventure!

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