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In the state capital of Texas, Marko and Alex see what Austin has to offer. An eclectic city known for its music and cuisine, the guys brave the Texas heat and check out what keeps Austin weird.

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- I'm Marko. - I'm Alex. - [Alex And Marko] And we're the Vagabrothers. - [Alex] We love traveling and a little brotherly competition. - [Marko] So we're crossing the globe and putting our local trivia skills to the test. - [Alex] To see who's spending 24 hours living like a baller. - And who's pinching pennies. - [Alex And Marko] This is Basic Versus Baller. - Well, well, well, fancy seeing you here. - Howdy-do, brother. Welcome to Austin, Texas. - Exciting. - To the capital. I've heard good things. - I've heard great things, but we have not properly explored this city and one of us is gonna explore it as a baller, the other, on a budget, but both of us, I think, are gonna have a good time. What better way to decide our fate than with a trivia question? - The winner will be livin' large while the loser will have to stretch every penny. See if you can answer this one. - Time to ball! Have fun with your budget! - All right, you know what? I'm not too worried about it, but chapeau, my brother. Enjoy. - Tsk-tsk! - Enjoy! We'll see who does Austin better. - Yes, we will. - To stick to my budget, I have to travel deliberately. To that end, I've crossed literally to the other side of the tracks, East Austin, slightly cheaper than downtown and I'm gonna be in a hostel, but it's a hostel with a lot of style. Welcome to Native. Hello! - Hi, how's it going? - It's going well. How about you? - Good. Checking in? - I am checking in, - Nice. Sweet. - Hence, the backpack. My name is Marko Ayling. - Okay, cool, Marko. - Oh, nice, so six dorms. - Yeah, so you'll have other roomies joining you. - Okay. - And this is gonna be your bed. - Nice. - [Woman] So, middle one, and towels provided. There's showers and private toilets in the room. - May I say, nicest hostel ever. - That's what we're going for. - Thank you very much. - No problem. Let me know if you need anything. - I will do. This is a pretty sweet spot. I love these sort of hostel because it's kinda like a happy medium. You have the style of a hotel, but you have the affordability of sharing a room with five strangers. There is free breakfast, and overall, it looks like a great place to base myself. - Yeah! - Hi, how's it going? - Hello. It's going really well. Checking in. - Awesome. Perfect. What is the last name? - Ayling. - All right, and it looks here like the travel agency went ahead and took care of your room. That's gonna be our largest suite here on property. - All right. Let's go. Oh! Wow, gorgeous. This is what I would like my house to be like, but it's not, so I'm gonna enjoy this. Got a view out to the pool, bit ole flat screen. Ah, comfy bed. Let's check this bathroom out. My God, this could be the deepest bathtub I have ever seen. Be taking one of these. Don't mind if I do! - I gotta be mindful of my money if I'm gonna make it until tomorrow. I'm taking my chances in the Texas heat and walking to a taco truck because in Austin, there's nothing better than cheap tacos. Hello! - Hi, how are you? - I'm good. How are you? - Good, thank you. - So, I hear that tacos are the specialty of Austin, so I'm gonna try the Pueblo Viejo taco. - Okay. - And chicharron salsa verde. - Okay. - First taco I ordered is Pueblo Viejo. It's the name of the food truck, so I figure it's gotta be pretty good. Then we have chicharrons in salsa verde, which is pork rinds in green sauce. Mm! Wow, that's good, and pork rinds, acquired taste. It's basically pigskin, kinda like eating a football, but way tastier. Mm! - This pool feels pretty baller, but I need to get spruced up if I'm gonna look the part. Birds Barbershop takes care of everything from free beers at check-in to vintage video games while you wait. I mean, a hot towel and a neck massage, what more does a guy need? Feeling fresh, it's onto dinner. I love Japanese food and Otoko isn't your average sushi joint. Run by Chef Yoshi Okai, Otoko only seats 12 guests at a time and serves a multi-course, seasonal tasting menu that changes every day. It's a meal made for a high roller. Thank you. Beautiful presentation. Mm! So Yoshi, what are we working with? What do we got? - So, next is a bluefin tuna tartare. - Uh-huh, good. Bluefin tuna versus yellowfin? - Ah, yellowfin's garbage. Just joking! Not true, though. - So what's the green plant? - This is hoja santa. Right, it usually for Mexican cuisine a lot. Almost tastes like a Dr. Pepper's tuna . - That's the best of both worlds. You get a vegetable that tastes like Dr. Pepper. - [Yoshi] Yeah, pretty good though. - Oh my gosh, look at that! Oh! Mm, wow. It's unreal. It tastes so good. I hope Mark's enjoying the street food. - Oh, my brother. Sushi at Otoko Japanese restaurant. I do love sushi, but let's beat Otoko with O-tacos. See what I did there? Uh-huh, mm-hmm. That should do. - Oh! Damn, that does look like a good taco. - Oh, Alex, are you jealous yet? Ah, mm! And I spent less 10 bucks, bro. Eat that! - How do I say bon appetit in Japanese? - That's it. Mm! And now, to start off day two, I'm thinking, a nice, hipster breakfast. We're here at Cafe No Se. They talk about cliches. Avocado toast is one of them, but I'm just gonna embrace it. Just look at the jiggle of the poached egg. That's when you know it's good. This looks delicious, and here is the moment of truth. Mm! Mm, mm, mm, mm! That's it, time to go shopping. Toast is approved. Let's go. - While Alex is probably enjoying a lavish breakfast, I'm treating myself to a fancy coffee after my free hostel breakfast. A lot of people say that the best way to save money when you're traveling is to cut out those expensive coffees, but I actually think that it's money well spent because you get to see a really cool slice of a local community and the way that people make their coffee says a lot about the culture. - Just got to Noah Marion Quality Goods, leather store, atelier, coffee shop, a little bit of everything. Hey! - Hey there. - I'm Alex. - Alex, Noah Marion. Good to meet you. - Nice to meet you. Are you the Noah behind-- - I am. - The name? - Yeah, it's weird. People ask me that regularly. They're like, what are you doing in here, but it is me. - What a great spot, man. - Yeah, thank you. - [Alex] It feels vintage, it feels like Americana, but it's also got this clean, modern aesthetic. - My grandpa, I inherited some really old, beautiful things from him and that's what sort of informed my decision to create a brand built around leather. He grew up in a time where they didn't build crap. They just built things the right way because you needed to rely on it, and we do the same thing here. - Could we take a look at some of the products? - Yeah, of course. Let me show you around. - Cool. This is the wall, this is the wall of magic, right? - Yeah, this is our line. So, everything that we make is displayed here, and all the bags are made to order, and the hats we make are also mostly made to order. You can buy them off the wall, but if, for instance, you have a larger head and you like this color and that style, we'll just make it for you to order. - Are you just assuming that I have a large head? - I can tell. It's quite large. - Well, I think that I should get Marko a gift because I'm ballin', he's on a budget. I got a little bit of money to burn, and I wanna support local artisan goods. - Couldn't agree more. You should definitely buy him some of our stuff. I think a pack of coasters-- - Oh! - Would be a really good one. - That's cool. - Yeah. - [Alex] I like that. I'm sold. - All right. Let's go. - Let's do it. - All right, so I don't have all the gold in Fort Knox, but I do have my priorities straight. When in Texas, you gotta feast on barbecue, and I'm getting the best damn barbecue I can afford. What're you guys gonna get? - I love the turkey here. - Turkey? - So, I know. An unorthodox-- - Barbecue turkey? - Choice, but it's really delicious. - [Marko] I'm looking at that brisket, I'm looking at-- - Oh, the beef rib? - [Marko] The beef ribs are pretty good. - Of course, yeah, yeah, yeah. - Yeah, yeah. - Perfect way to order. - Yeah. This body won't maintain itself, yeah. - Body by brisket. - Body by brisket is it. That's it. I'm trying to get through Austin on a pretty minimal budget. - Okay. - This is maybe not the cheapest barbecue in town, but I feel like I'm gonna get really full, so once I have my belly full of food, I'm going to try to get outside. - Okay. - I think there's a lot of nature around here. It seems like a pretty green area. Is there anywhere in particular that I could go to get outside a little bit? - Oh, definitely, yeah. - [Woman] I would definitely say Town Lake. So, we are maybe five blocks from Town Lake. Basically runs all through downtown Austin. You can do a standup paddleboard, kayaking. - Yeah. - It's awesome. - Awesome. Well, after eating this much food, five blocks seems like the perfect distance. It's a half marathon in post-barbecue terms. - It'll feel like that. Yeah. - Okay, good. - Next. - How's it going? - Hey, how's it going, man? - Good. I think I'm gonna get the trio, Texas trio. - All right. - What is that? - [Man] Brisket, pork rib, and sausage. - Sounds perfect. - Do you want Chipotle or regular on your sausage? - Let's live it up and do Chipotle. - All right. Any other sides for you, man? - Mac and cheese, maybe. - Side of mac. - Ah, it smells good. This looks good. Got that nice little crust on the outside of the brisket. Oh! This is gonna be a feast. - I just got to the Circuit of the Americas, the only Formula 1 racetrack in the United States, and today, I'm gonna get to try my hand at being a race car driver. I'm so stoked! These F4 race cars go zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds. They're super lightweight and with 160 horsepower, this should be baller. Let's go! Oh! Woo-hoo! I don't care what Marko's been up to. There is no way it was more fun than this. Wow! Might as well do another lap. - This is a feast for the books. Got the Texas trio, got some brisket, I got some pork rib, I got some sausage, I got a side of mac and cheese with these colors I've never seen. This is not your normal mac and cheese. It has peppers or something like that in it. It looks delicious. They've given me this one napkin. I don't know if that's really gonna do anything. If this thing gets on my clothes, it's gonna be a souvenir, let's just say that. So, where should I start? I think I'm gonna go for the brisket. It's got this beautiful crust on the outside. You can see. I don't know what they spiced it with. I'm sure that's probably proprietary secret, but it's definitely been cooked a long time. You can see it's so tender, I can just mash it with my fork and it's coming apart. Ah! Wow, wow! That is some serious barbecue. The mac and cheese is killer. It tastes like they have just a chunk of cheddar in there. I have not had Texan barbecue, and this is a great introduction. This is a good way to spend my money. I'm pretty happy. Cleanse my palate with a pickle. That tastes good. This pickle look like a garlic. It is a garlic. Hmm. Now this garlic will save me money later because my breath will smell so bad that no girls will wanna hang out with me, so I will not be spending my money in the bars buying drinks. - There's a time and a place for a selfie. This is definitely one of those, and there's a person who probably would appreciate seeing this selfie, Marko, so here's to rubbing it in just a little bit more. - Ah! Alex sent me a selfie from a racetrack. Looks like he's modeling in front of a car. Okay, fast cars definitely work on Instagram, but ya know what else does? Food! So hey, brother. What are you having for lunch? How about a slice of FOMO? What's almost as good as eating barbecue? Watching it cook slowly. Luckily, the pitmaster at La Barbecue was kind enough to show me around the smokers. All right, so this is where you guys make it happen, huh? - This is where the magic happens right here. - Okay, so there's tons of different styles of barbecue in the United States, but what do you guys do here? - Central Texas barbecue. It focuses on post oak and low and slow. - When you say low and slow, what do you mean? How many hours or days are we talking about? - We got about 16 hours, 16 to 18 hours, all depending on the brisket. Each one's a little bit different. - So can we go check out the smokers? - Of course. Yeah, let's go in here and check it out here. - Oh, it smells so good! - It does, and here is the process right now. - No way! This is the brisket right here? - Yes, sir. - Oh, wow. So, that's just salt and pepper on there. - That's just salt and pepper. - I think there might be a little something secret on there. - Yeah, I can't tell ya all that, I can't tell ya. - You can't tell me all that, and we're not gonna give away the secrets here. So, they started last night. Are they gonna be ready to eat today? - All for tomorrow. - For tomorrow? - Yes, sir. - Wow. So, super slow, super low. I think it's the same. I'm traveling through Austin on a budget and I think it's the same with cooking, low and slow. - There you go, there you go. - Keep the prices low by going slow and you have a full belly - It's true. - And a great experience too. - It's a marathon, not a race. - Exactly. - And then we got a couple sausages finishing up here - Nice. - And there are beef ribs on for, they'll sit for the next day here. - Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh. Okay, awesome. This looks really good. I'm glad that I got to experience this and it's definitely something I'm not gonna forget any time soon. - Awesome, man. Appreciate you. - Thanks. All right, so I am almost out of money, so I have to be resourceful to see how I spend the rest of my day. I'm trying to walk alongside the banks of the Colorado River, which flows right through downtown Austin and has been dammed to form what locals call Town Lake or Lady Bird Lake because everything in Austin seems to have three names, Stevie Ray Vaughan, case in point, and there's a lot of people out here who are paddleboarding and kayaking and just generally enjoying nature and I think that's one of the coolest things about this city is it has this green belt running right through the center and of course, walking through nature is free. Austin averages 228 days of sun per year and I feel like I'm turning into smoked brisket. Thankfully, I've got just enough left over to rent a kayak and spend the rest of the day on the river. - Austin, Texas has earned the reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World and this place, South Austin Music, is an institution. Let's go! - [Scott] Hey man. How's it going? - Hey, what's up? Alex. - Welcome to South. Scott, and now welcome to South Austin Music. - Awesome, wow. What a collection! - Yeah, man. - I also heard that you have a few famous guitars here. - We do. We have a few. We've had some in the past, but we definitely have one by a very significant artist, Stephen Stills. - Yes! - It used to belong to him, but it's passed down through the grapevine to us. - Can we go look? - Absolutely, yeah, yeah. - Let's do it! - So this was made about, I think, I believe 1976, I think, by Max Krimmel. He's based out of Boulder, Colorado. - Got it. - After he built this, he did sell it to Stephen Stills on his Manassas Tour, which on that tour, he did sell it to Steven Fromholz. He sold it to a guy named Craig Hillis who actually plays locally. - So it's kinda like a rock and roll roadie hand-me-down. - I would definitely say it's got some history behind it. Actually, funny enough, I wanna note for sure these little scratch marks, which is kind of crazy about this because at the time, Steven had this just, well, we like to call around the shop the raptor claw of a thumbnail and he would just strum it like that. - That was the scratch. Look at that. - And he only had it for like, about four to six months, and that's the damage he did on it. - That's how hard he plays. - That's that one. - Mm-hmm. - I think he was leaving his mark. I don't know if it was damage. - Yeah right. - He's like look, this thing is gonna become a collector's item. Anything I touch is gonna turn into gold, - There you go. - So, I might as well leave my mark. - Well. - Can I hold it? - Absolutely, please. - Wow! - Yeah. - Beautiful. - Oh yeah, it's the dream. - Oh God, I don't know if I'm worthy. Honestly, I'm not. Okay, it's true. I didn't have to pay to play Stephen Still's guitar, but Marko's not a guitarist and this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Sometimes you don't need to spend a dime to feel like a baller, and I think I'm gonna pay it forward. Fancy seeing you here. - Dude, this is the place to come. - Yeah? - But I have spent pretty much all of my money, so I think I need you to spot me. - It's all good. Let's go for a swim. I got you. - Okay. - [Alex] In one last baller move, I rented out the entire pool for an hour so we cold have the springs all to ourselves. It's the perfect way to end our 24 hours in the hot Austin sun. So what'd you think of Austin, bro? - I thought it was really cool. It's very different than what you see Texas portrayed on television. It's really cool and funky. It's got a lot of style. It's a really unique blend of different parts of American culture and I think it's something that you only find here for sure. What about you? - I just really love the urban to nature blend. You got the river running right through the city, you got the trails for trail running, everybody's on bicycles and they're all fit and happy and smiling, doing all sorts of awesomeness and individuality and I really appreciated that. One very famous, influential musician once said, "Let your freak flag fly." Today, I actually got to play the guitar that was once owned by that man, Stephen Stills. - What was the price? - I think they said it was listed at 12 grand. I was ballin', but not that much. - Not that ballin'? - [Alex] No . How about you? - I think the highlight, for me, had to be the barbecue. Austin's famous for barbecue and I had this place called La Barbecue, easy to remember. It had tons of beers on tap, it had an amazing brisket. Ah, the brisket was just incredible, and pork ribs as well. I got a little bit of sausage, so that was really cool 'cause barbecue is so much apart of Texan and Austin culture and it was really cool to see it up close and personal. All right, brother. Well, we have been balling on a budget, so I can't wait to see where we go next. - Let's go for a swim. - Let's go for it.

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