Saturday, January 15, 2011

Eating Our Way through Austin

We had some guests in the house over the Holidays!!  Aunt Ginger and her fab fiancee' "new Uncle Andy" came to visit for New Years.  As we are a family who likes to eat and Austin has some fantablous (that's a word - look it up) eateries, we decided to eat our way through Austin.

Ok, not really.  It just happened to turn into that.  We started at the LBJ Presidential Library on the UT Campus for a educational and inspiring afternoon.

It just so happened that we were famished when we left.  So we headed over to South Congress Ave (home of the infamous 'Keep Austin Weird') to visit some trailers.  yup.  I said trailers.

Austin has had a rash of food trailers popping up all over the city.  These aren't your ordinary food trailers either - no hamburgers and hot dogs for this haute city.  Our trailers sell gourmet foods like waffles & chicken, chocolate-dipped frozen bananas, homemade pies, brisket tacos, and the one that started it all....cupcakes.

So why not try it all??

 We started at our favorite pizza joint in the city - if it weren't 30 mins from the house, we would be here all the time.  Yummy New York style pizza.  And they happen to have this handy-dandy walk-up window next door to the restaurant and a block away from the trailers - talk about location.
 So the wait is a little long - they make it as you order it...but it's worth it.  And what do most guys do as they wait in line?  Get off your phones guys...what happen to conversing???  Poor Sis.
 But it was worth the wait to bite into a slice of pizza that is bigger than your head!
 Daddy likes it too!  And yes, on Dec. 30, it was warm enough to wear shorts & a t-shirt.  That's why we live in Texas y'all!!
 Aunt G and I decided to try the cones from this little place - not your ordinary cones either....
 Mine had lightly battered chicken & avocado, wrapped in a tortilla with mango slaw and an amazing sauce- YUM!!!
 But poor Brody - nothing for him to eat at the trailers except a basket of french fries. sigh.
 My favorite part has to be the amazing atmosphere - you can sit on benches and people watch all day long.  South Congress Ave. in Austin has some very interesting people!!!
 We slipped on down to Hey Cupcake! for my favorite cupcakes in Austin (they happen to be the first trailer!!).  All season I wanted to try the Pumpkinator - a pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting - it did not disappoint y'all.
 And we were so close to our favorite candy shop, that we just had to stop in.  Big Top Candy Shop is one of my kids favorites.
 So many amazing candies to choose from.  But they were out of the Elvis Bark - "Elvis had left the building..."  That's ok, someone in our group just had to try the die for.

Have I made you sick yet???  No??  It was an awesome day - come on down to Texas - we can certainly feed you well!!


Myya said...

Yum! It all looked so good... I'm imagining what that cone of yours tasted like. I love trying new stuff!

Kelli said...

I'm glad I ate lunch before I read this post. That all looks like amazing food. Wow, shorts and a T-shirt...swoon.

Miller Racing Family said...

Wow now that food looks great. The pizza looks amazing but that cupcake stand is a scream. Looks like a fun time.
I also have to mention that I hate that it is winter and you all are in short sleeves, how I need to move to a warmer state.
Have a great day!

Lindsay said...

ooo how fun!! That pizza looks amazing! :)

Vivienne said...

When you posted about the Elvis Bark before, I tried to find what is in it. I'd like to try to make it. I guess I'll need to see if they do mail order...

All those stops look amazing. :)

Connie said...

I love eating my way through cities!

Some food trucks popped up here in Denver too over the summer and now the city is trying to ban them. So sad.

Lyndsay said...

Sounds like a perfect day to me! That pizza looks delicious!

AndreaLeigh said...

how fun! that food looks amazing. I would thoroughly enjoy a day like that. :)

Shawn said...

Tell me how you ate a ll of that and still fit into your jeans/shorts? I ate slightly more than usual, drank a lot more than usual for 3 days and came home 7, yes 7 pounds heavier! It's back to business for this girl...just as soon as this german chocolate cake is gone!

jennykate77 said...

I just ate lunch like an hour ago, but you're making me HUNGRY!!! All of that looks so good. I love the cupcake trailer! So cool! I'm feelin' a trip to Austin coming on. :)

Xazmin said...

Wow. Now I'm hungry...thanks. I would especially like one of those ginormous slices of pizza!

You all look like you are having such a great time!!

My Not So Simple, Domestic Life said...

Hi, I just found your blog through a friend. You made me tear up as I was reading about Austin. My husband and I lived there for 6 years and we miss it sooo much. We were visiting some friends there this summer and we ate at Garage Mahal. Loved it!! And the whole trailer thing is new since we left 5 years ago. We're keeping our fingers crossed that we will be able to move back to the coolest city in the world!!

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