Thursday, October 16, 2014

Top 10 Restaurants in Austin for F1 @COTA

Hungry? You are visiting Austin for the F1 weekend...of course you are. So here is my own personal list of places you should check out. Some are classics, some are funky and some are just great. Have a great time at COTA and GO LH!!

10. Chuy's (the original on Barton Springs) - The Elvis statue and hubcap ceiling are pretty much a part of Austin history. Plus their top shelf frozen Marg is awesome. 

9. Fung Fu Saloon - you might need an adult beverage or two...and some classic video games (like Galaga).

8. Moonshine Patio and Bar - huge place with indoor and outdoor seating. The popcorn they serve when you sit down will make you happy. Food ain't bad either. 

7. Second Bar+Kitchen - great people watching place. Food was fantastic.

6. Enoteca Vespaio / Vespaio Restaurante - One high end Italian, the other a neighborhood hangout. They are next door to each other, so that makes it pretty easy.

5. Hoovers Cooking - if you happen to meet the Hoov, please tell him I said hi. Home cooking taken to another level.

4. Jeffrey's - because sometime you have to impress somebody- like your agent or a famous race driver, some Hollywood type or a supermodel.

3. Austin Java (Lamar Location) - GREAT breakfast and coffee place. Try the gingerbread pancakes or breakfast tacos.

2. Barley Swine - tiny bit sized works of food art. Plus I got to eat with and meet Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef.

1. Franklin BBQ - need I say more...expect a long chill Austin line.

Yes there will be crowds, and frankly you should probably try to make reservations at some of them (Second, Veapaio, Jeffreys, Barley Swine), the rest...just be ready to wait a bit. But it will be worth it. Now I also suspect if you hit several of these you may need to try to match Jenson Button's cardio routine to shed the pounds or you can just hit a hot club in the warehouse districts and dance the food baby away. Have fun!!

Oh and if you are just too full to move, buy my book. It will keep you engaged while your body processes that food baby:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FI @ COTA is coming

November Sunday November 2 at 2 PM CST

Here are some links that can help get you ready for the big race:

Lewis Hamilton's Blog

F1's Main site

Circuit of the America's Site (with lots of tips of how to navigate the race weekend)

Jenson Button's Blog

I'll post some more stuff up as we get closer....I can't wait!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Finally! THE DRIVER BOOK II-Training is now available on Amazon

Your patience has been rewarded! The second book in The Driver series is now available on Amazon. You can still buy Book I (and please do), just click the link and buy my book!

Marc Lange knows how to drive a race-car at the edge—that fine line between victory and catastrophe. But his team is only one blown engine away from shuttering the doors and his dreams of championships hang in that precarious balance. But then, at the last possible second, Rene Dufour slides into his life in a crazy four-wheel drift.

Rene made a deal with Marc. He would fund the team if Marc did something for him in return. Rene showed him his world, the world of a Driver, a shadowy group of paid mercenaries that take people or things from point A to point B. Off the grid, off the radar, but with one important distinction: no questions asked. 

The deal with Rene almost got Marc killed. He barely survived, but when he counted up the piles of Euros stacked in front of him he knew his fate was sealed. “The Driver - Book II” picks up on the action right where “Book I” leaves off. Now Marc is in training to be a Driver. Training that will save his life. But is he ready?