I was kind of a bad blogger in Austin. I didn't take too many photos, though I do have a few to share. While Austin ended up being a really cool city (and I'm happy to finally understand now what my friend means when she says it's both a big city and a little village all at once), the primary purpose of the trip was not to see Austin. It was to visit my friend, and to spend hours girl talking and cuddling in bed with her. Mission accomplished. No worries, we took turns being "big spoon" and "little spoon" so no feelings were hurt on either end. It's all about compromise folks.
Since it'd be too overwhelming to share everything we did, I've picked three of my favorites to share with you:
1. Whole Foods
Did you know that the flagship Whole Foods store is in Austin? I.was.in.heaven. They have everything. Everything. You want something? Don't worry, they have it. Bulk bins as far as the eye can see, clothes, make-up, and prepared foods galore. Among the goodies I brought back with me were farro, nutritional yeast, and an unbelievably delicious vegan cheese dip. What, those aren't normal souvenirs?
Don't you think I walked out of the dessert section without some goodies. Some of the best toffee I've ever had + a lavender truffle. Nummers.
2. Tango: shoes + milonga
My friend dances tango, and on my last day in Austin she took me to go look at some tango shoes being sold by a tango instructor in Austin named Laura. Ladies, you need to start looking at tango shoes. And buying some. Whether you decide to tango in them or not is your call, but they are just too beautiful not to own and wear as regular shoes. Plus, they make them in a size 4! Yes, I have midget feet. Never have I ever tried on a pair of shoes that fits me that well, that is so beautiful, and that is so freaking comfortable. You can bet I'll be investing in some real soon. If you're interested, here's where you can buy the ones I looked at below.
Later that night, I got to watch my friend dance for a few hours at a milonga. I promptly texted Ryan to inform him we'd be starting tango lessons upon my return.
3. Lick Ice Cream
Sweet corn ice cream. Goat cheese, thyme, and honey ice cream. Butternut squash ice cream. And so many more. I literally asked for at least 15 samples before finally making a decision. I have no shame.
This right here is what it's all about.