To say Lois Goodman leads a colorful life would be a gross understatement. Regardless of which definition you use for colorful, hers is a world brimming with excitement and vibrancy, from her personality, to her collection of friends, to the bright, multi-colored (inside and out) house in which she lives.
A professional intuitive, Lois provides counseling for the indecisive, heartbroken, and merely inquisitive. She also teaches classes, helping others to develop their own intuitive skills — that’s how I met her. Soon enough, our teacher/student relationship gave way to a great friendship. I love Lois’s energy, her sparkly art car, and her passion for theater, something we share, often swapping post-show critiques with each other.
She has lived here in Austin a long time, connecting with just about everyone, and offering lots of informal advice along with the sort she doles out for a living. Toward that end, she’s a true go-to expert on how best to enjoy Austin. Here, she share’s her insider tips.
Describe Your Perfect Day in Austin
My perfect spring day would include the Sunday brunch at Green Pastures (get directions) with my boyfriend, Stan, and friends. After the meal, Stan and I would take photographs of the resident peacocks. Next we would continue on the photo journey to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and to the Zilker Botanical Garden (get directions) or the closest cluster of flowers we could find. In the evening we would see some great live theatre (no additional meal required still being full from the brunch).
My perfect summer day would entail hitting Maria’s Taco XPress (get directions) on the way to Pale Face Park — aka Pace Bend Park (get directions) — this is assuming the lake is “up.” I would spend hours floating in Gracy Cove chatting with my best friend(s). We would go home and I would take a brief nap. Next we would watch the sunset and dance to the Atlantics at The Oasis (get directions).
What’s Your Favorite Dish?
I had to think long and hard about my favorite dish. I finally got the answer when I thought about what I recommend to every visitor that comes to Austin. In the early 80’s I ate quite a bit at The Omlettry (on Lake Austin Blvd.), which later changed its name to Magnolia (get directions). I loved the omelets and tried all of them. Ultimately I decided on my favorite, which was vegetarian with a side of Ranch and a few squirts of Tabasco. I met one of my servers at a party and asked if everyone that went there regularly ordered the same thing every time they went. She said “No, but you do.” It’s true. I tell every visitor they must have a Magnolia Omelet with a side of gingerbread pancakes before they leave town. So far, everyone has been grateful for the advice.
I’ve been a pescatarian for the last 17 years but being a real Texan I still love my BBQ. When I have to have it, I get the vegetarian BBQ sandwich at Mr. Natural (get directions). Yum! When my more sophisticated side makes an appearance I go to Truluck’s (get directions) for the crab claws.
What’s Your Best Kept Austin Secret?
Austin’s best kept secret is the free art gallery at Dougherty Art Center (get directions). The exhibits are well thought out and generally fabulous. I also think the exceptional quality of the live theatre here is way too much of a secret. This would include the many great original improv groups that often play at The Hideout (get directions).
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