This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to join the good folks from Lincoln Motor Company, who were in town to present their 2015 lineup of vehicles, at Olive & June in Austin. It was a pretty sultry evening, but that didn't stop the new Lincoln cars and SUVs from looking anything less than pristine in the late afternoon sun. Upon arrival, I answered a few questions, and then I was able to hop into a 2015 Lincoln MKC for a test ride with Caitlyn. The MKC can probably best be described as a small SUV, larger than a sedan, but not oversized and bulky like a traditional SUV. The MKC offered plenty of interior space and headroom, which goes a long way toward making a tall guy like me feel comfortable. In typical Lincoln style, the MKC comes well-appointed and feels very classy through and through. In short, I'm sure it will appeal nicely to couples and small families who are looking for just that extra bit of space that their current car just is not providing. The 30 mpg highway is a nice plus, too!
After wrapping up the test ride, I was escorted into Olive & June, a very nice restaurant on the north side of Austin. It's one of my favorites in that part of town, and typically I sit outside on the expansive patio. On this balmy evening, however, I was glad to be tabled in the upstairs and very air-conditioned dining room. As part of Lincoln's Drive To Dine campaign, we were all being offered a very nice three-course meal, as well as our choice of fun libations. To open the tasting experience, I started with some incredible pork meatballs and a seafood fritto with lemon and arugula. Both were incredible, but I would opt for the pork meatballs if forced to choose between the two in the future. For the main course, I opted for the striped bass, which was pan roasted and served with asparagus, spinach, and soffritto. Fantastic! Well-prepared fish is one of my very favorite taste bud tantalizers, and the staff at Olive & June did not disappoint. Dessert for me was a difficult choice, but in the end I chose correctly with the blueberry ricotta semifreddo, which featured rum poached blueberries, a walnut crumble, and a blueberry rum gel. It was absolutely perfect, and a very nice way to finish off the evening.
Check out the video for a quick photo recap of the night! I'd like to thank the folks at both Lincoln and Olive & June for making The Hungry Cowboy a part of their Austin event!
Outdoor photos courtesy of the Lincoln Motor Company.