Last week I regaled you with tales of my fab trip to Austin to check out Vida Vegan Con. Today is all about the glorious food. And glorious it was!
First stop – Cool Beans Food Truck:
Known for their creative take on tacos, Robin and I inhaled this chickpea one.
Supper was enjoyed at Arlo’s Food Truck:
“Arlo’s serves vegan comfort food in a bistro style setting for the Austin nightlife scene. We support local, organic, and non-gmo products.” This is a little junkier fare than I normally eat, but it was finger-licking good! It reminded me of my fast food days =)
We were well fed at the conference too:
Check out this breakfast! They also had the option of having a lighter breakfast, but this is not something I would make for myself for breakfast and I had just finished an 8km run, so I piled my plate high with roasted potatoes, fresh kale and corn tortillas with beans, tofu, avocado and salsa.
I tried the blood orange dessert parfait on the first day… I was a little disappointed, but I should have known as I’m not a huge blood orange fan. But the pineapple one was gone by the time I finished my lunch.
We made the trek out to Capital City Bakery for supper as they were having an anniversary party:
I got a s’mores cupcake. Upton Natural’s was also there and I got a tasty jack fruit/slaw burger. Perfect combo!
Breakfast at the conference our second day was as delicious as ever:
More fresh kale loaded with lemon juice & nooch! Butter lettuce with salsa & nacho cheeze, corn tortillas with bean filling and toppings. I didn’t wait to finish my lunch to grab dessert this time. Best. Parfait. Ever.
And Capital City Bakery made an appearance for an afternoon snack:
We walked to Sagra, a charming Italian bistro with a ton of delicious vegan options.
We split a salad, got an appetizer (Brussels sprout, broccoli, roasted garlic, garlic sauce, salted caramel crostini) and tried the Funghi pizza. The appetizer was really different than anything I’ve tried, and I’m a total sucker for mushroom pizza!
We didn’t get to try as many places as we would have liked (Conscious Cravings! Casa de Luz & Biscuits and Groovy), but #1 on my list was Sweet Ritual which we checked out our last night in Austin. We arrived 6 minutes before closing and they happily served us a delicious vegan sundae =D
We tried the Salted Caramel and Cookies n’ Cream with chocolate sauce and sprinkles. Holy smokes was it good! It was especially refreshing in the hot, humid Texas air. Out of all of the places we went, this was my favourite. Everyone was happy and the staff seemed to really enjoy being there – it was a perfect way to say bye to Austin. And it inspired me to try making my own Salted Caramel Ice Cream (recipe coming!).
We had a chance to check out a couple more places Monday morning before heading out. We sat and relaxed a bit at Vintage Heart Café:
It was completely adorable. I imagine if I ever owned a café (something at the back of my mind…), it would look something like this with cute light fixtures and brightly coloured napkins where customers munched on lavender vegan doughnuts.
We grabbed Whole Foods for lunch:
They had a bowl bar!!! Why can’t our Whole Foods have that?
Lastly, we stopped by Bouldin Creek Café for some vegan brunch to-go on the plane (not pictured).
The trip itself was unforgettable and the food made it that much better.
So Robin – when is our next adventure?