I couldn’t talk about Austin without mentioning the food, right? Honestly, one of the things I am most excited about with this move is the Austin dining. Oh man, I am in for it.
We didn’t end up eating out that much because we were so busy, but the times we actually sat down at a restaurant were some of the best parts of the trip. It might have been the food, or it might have been the break in the action during which I could completely relax. House-hunting was pretty stressful!
I want to highlight two of the places we went…
The first was a coffee shop/cafe called Pacha, which was near our hotel. We ate here on both Friday and Saturday morning.
My curious mother decided to Google the meaning of “pacha” on her iPhone and came up with the following options:
- a civil or military authority in Turkey or Egypt
- a traditional Iraqi dish made of sheep’s head and stomach
- a whore.
Upon inquiring with the barista, it was revealed that pacha here meant “mother Earth“. Whoops.
Regardless, the barista didn’t spit in our drinks for asking (at least I don’t think he did), and breakfast was pretty darn amazing.
On both days my breakfast included a double-shot soy cappuccino and a rosemary sea salt bagel with butter. And the paper, naturally.
Here’s a funny picture my mom took of me while I was reading/waiting for my food:
I have a bad habit of unconsciously contorting my face so that I look mean and unapproachable. It usually happens when I’m concentrating or zoning out. Something to work on!
I also want to share with you our dinner during our last night at Lambert’s in downtown Austin. I wanted to treat my mom to some barbecue (one of her favorite treats) after all of her help with this move.
This was my first Texas barbecue experience! It was a little more upscale than your usual bbq joint, but it was truly a meal to remember. Our server was such a riot and he gave us great recommendations on what to order.
My mom started with Austin’s own Tito vodka and I had the draft beer special (also from Texas!).
For dinner, we decided to order two mains so we could switch half-way through. We both had pork on the brain, but does that really surprise you?
From the top: pork chop with prosciutto, artichokes, chiles, and roasted lemon; pork ribs with a fennel-coriander rub and apple fennel slaw; broccoli with roasted garlic and jalapenos.
This was my favorite part of our trip. During dinner, I listened to my mom tell me stories from her late 20′s and we made up little anecdotes about the tables next to us. Besides the food, my mom and I agreed that Austin really has a lot to offer. After this weekend, I’m even more excited for what is to come!
I’m off to watch the Pens game – let’s go guys!
Jam of the day: Rusted Root “Rain”