Austin

Good morning people!

I hope you are all having a lovely day/week/month! I wanted to share with you guys our Austin trip. I didn’t end up taking many pictures so I am able to get 4ish days in Austin into one blog post 🙂

We had decided to do this Austin trip because we wanted to check out the area and see if it’s somewhere we would settle down at. After a series of unfortunate/stressful events we are seeing it as signs from God that Austin is not the place for us!

20190601_072129

We had coffee and snacks at the airport, but I only got the coffee

Even though it’s not the place for us to stay forever (I’ll never say never so who knows), it is the place for BBQ and tacos. So after getting our rental car and dropping of bags at our AirBnB we headed to Terry Black’s for brisket.

We’ve heard that Texas is “cow country” and they have the best brisket in all the land. After having Terry Black’s I do agree…

20190601_162347

We also ended up getting this massive rib which ended up being my favorite part of the meal along with cornbread and green beans. All I can say is that all of the food was delicious. I highly recommend!

We came around 3/4pm and it was great timing because the line was short. The next time I turned around to look at the line we had gotten our food and were in the process of finding a table. Let me tell you that line was out the door!

The next day we headed into Dallas to meet up with B’s little brother and his GF. While waiting for them we (read: I) found myself getting a little hungry so we stopped by Malai. They gave us complimentary sticky rice with this eggplant sauce and we ordered the tuna spring rolls.

The tuna was seared rare and the rolls were so light and fresh! Perfect for a warm day!

We ended up getting tacos with them at Velvet taco, but I wanted to be present and involved and got 0 pictures!

Dinner that night was kind of a fail. The hubs and I were super excited about Austin Taco Project-they had such great reviews on Yelp, but the food was not great.

The next day we started off fresh at First Watch. When we lived in Oklahoma we used to go here somewhat often and sadly there’s not one in CA so we had to have it while we were in TX.

I ordered a garden hash with eggs over easy! I had no idea it would come with fruit and buttered toast (it had been that long since we had been). This hash is something I would absolutely get again if we had a First Watch next to us.

20190603_110415

B got their breakfast protein (power?) wrap and it came with some fruit too. Win for us!!

20190603_110435

We didn’t end up eating lunch since we had a somewhat late breakfast. We hit up a couple of malls and watched Ma before heading to dinner at Bun Belly. We were initially thinking pizza, but the pizza place ended up being too far from our post dinner plans so we switched it up a bit and boy are we glad!

20190603_192202

We ordered the beef belly, the soft-shell crab, and a vegetarian one with eggplant. We also got some shrimp spring rolls to start!

The shrimp spring roll was delicious! It was light and the paired so well with their warm peanut sauce. I have never had warm peanut sauce with the cool spring roll, but wowza was it amazing!

The baos were so yummy too. The bun was so soft and fluffy and the fillings were so flavorful. I loved the contrast in textures with the crab and vegetarian one, but my favorite was the beef belly 😋

What I failed to mention was that before dinner we had stopped by Uncle Nicky’s and grabbed a cruller. This was one of the things I had seen on Insta before Austin and pretty much knew I needed to try before leaving. After dinner we headed back to the car and ate this and it was honestly so delicious and sweet and light. I was sad we didn’t have another!

20190603_194611

We walked around till the improv show we had bought tickets for and that pretty much concludes our last full day in Austin.

We woke up the next morning pretty excited to be coming back home. We had already decided on Torchy’s for breakfast tacos before heading to the airport so that’s what we did.

These tacos were really good, but the one I always love is The Wrangler (I think that’s the brisket one).

We had some time to kill so we mosied around the area before heading to return our rental and get on our flight.

That concludes our Austin trip! I am honestly so glad we visited Austin and if you’ve never been I think you should. Besides having great tacos and brisket they have some lovely people and it’s worth it to go for just that.

Have you been to Austin? What’s your favorite taco/bbq spot?

 

Beach Day and BBQ

We had been trying to plan a beach day for a while now so when opportunity struck we took it and headed out to the beach.

We worked out in the morning so I grabbed a green juice to tide me over till I could have a late(r) breakfast/brunch. I would say that this breakfast burrito from The Country Kitchen in Malibu was well worth it.

20180811_103444

It was basic-eggs, cheese, potato and salsa, but all the elements came together to create a tasty burrito.

20180811_135158

B had made what he likes to call “broccamole” for our little beach picnic. It’s essentially broccoli mixed in with mashed avocado and he adds in different things for protein and today it was rotisserie chicken.

20180811_135200.jpg

We brought some grapes so we both munched on those while we sat around enjoying the warm sand and the cool ocean air.

IMG-20180813-WA0008

We eventually left the beach and ran around for a while before heading home to figure out dinner. I guess we didn’t have enough BBQ in Missouri because we ended up finding a BBQ place (Rosie’s) to pick up some chicken and ribs.

The chicken was really great-sweet, savory, and tender.

20180811_205556

The ribs were just okay and I probably wouldn’t get them again.

20180811_205617

We also got a little bit of mac and cheese to try-this was delicious and I would recommend getting this and the chicken if nothing else.

20180811_205602

It was quite the day and we were both wiped by the time we went to bed! Till next time friends!

Our last day in Kansas City, Missouri

Our last day in Missouri was pretty fantastic since we started our day with brunch. Since the hubs and friend didn’t have to get to conference till later we all went to Homesteader Cafe to start our day.

I went with the breakfast burrito which came with a side of beans. I loved this burrito because it had potato and eggs and more veggies, but I was not a fan of having salsa poured on top. It just made the burrito soggy and I had to eat it with a knife and fork…why would I want to do that??

IMG-20180804-WA0041.jpg

Despite being salty at my salsa soaked burrito I really enjoyed it…I ate some of the tortilla, but mostly consumed the filling 🙂

We walked back to the hotel so they could head to conference while we watched some HGTV-basically my favorite thing to do at a hotel! LOL

Once they got back we sat around talking and looking at all the random stuff they collected while at conference and then we decided to head to Q39 as our last bbq stop of the trip.

This experience was a little different since we didn’t get a bunch of meat to share but instead got burgers and sandwiches with a couple of apps.

We started with their famous wings and got some spiced onion straws. The onions straws were thin, long onion rings, but not in a ring. Does that make sense?

IMG-20180804-WA0029

Everyone LOVED the wings including our friend who isn’t a wing person. The onion straws were good, but I was hoping they would be crispier!

The hubs and I shared the burnt end burger. We thought the meat would the burnt end, but instead it was a burger patty topped with burnt end…uh what?! It was a bit too much for me so I picked at it and the hubs ended up eating what I couldn’t. Thank God for him!

IMG-20180804-WA0027

We were full, but all needed something sweet so we shared their cheesecake which had chocolate ganache, caramel and nuts. It was really light and sweet!

IMG-20180804-WA0024

We headed back to the hotel to grab our things and head to the airport. We made it back to LA around 9:45pm. Our friends stayed in MO for another night and send us pics of pizza and it got us craving Vito’s.

20180804_224125

So after we landed we headed out to Vito’s and got our usual cheese pizza and since we were so close we stopped by SK Donuts to try their cookie butter donut.

20180804_231344

Such a delicious weekend and now I am craving green juice and kale salads!

P.S. Cookie butter donut? Delicious. Glazed donut+layer of cookie butter+cookie crumbs=heaven.

Do you have a favorite bbq spot?

Missouri Day 2

This was our first full day in Kansas City and boy did we really get after it. We woke up at 6am (running on 4 hours of sleep) and worked out before heading out to breakfast.

We walked to this Australian style cafe, Banksia, that had coffee and pastries and all the goodies. I got a breakfast burrito to go and we picked up a cinnamon roll as well!

20180803_090659

Cinnamon roll all packaged up

20180803_093629

The hubs went to conference and I caught up on HGTV, blogs, emails, and even some work stuff. They had a lunch break so we all went to Jack Stack BBQ to check it out! The vibe was different than Gate’s-it was a lot more reserved let’s say.

We got the smoked salmon dip to share…

IMG-20180804-WA0036

For our entree we ordered a Kansas City Combo and got the chicken and lamb ribs. We also got Jack’s best which came with the crown prime beef rib (crowd fave), baby back ribs, and beef burnt ends.

IMG-20180804-WA0038

IMG-20180804-WA0032

Our sides were coleslaw, beans, and a cheesy corn bake.

IMG-20180804-WA0033

IMG-20180804-WA0037

I think the crown prime beef rib was my favorite piece of bbq all weekend. It was super tender and delicious.

We ended up getting dessert too-carrot cake. It was served warm and the cream cheese frosting was more like melted icing on top of the cake. It was seriously good!

IMG-20180804-WA0031

Needless to say we were all pretty full!

After another round of conferences for them and finishing up work stuff for the significant others we all met up to nosh on some bites and mingle. I don’t think any of us were super hungry after lunch so this seemed like a great idea.

They had shrimp cocktails, all types off little toasts, sliders, and a ton of other little dishes. They had these little grilled cheese squares with little cups of tomato soup which were my fave.

IMG-20180804-WA0039

They also had some yummy desserts-little cheesecakes, brownie bites, chocolate dipped strawberries, macarons, etc.

IMG-20180804-WA0040

There may have been a second plate of dessert…

IMG-20180804-WA0030

We tried to go out, but ended up walking around until we ended back where we had at the beginning of the night. There was live jazz that was just ending much to our dismay, but we stayed and chatted till we could chat no more.

The friends came over to our room to watch some random tele and munch on some snacks. Remember the cinnamon roll? Yeah we kinda demolished that. Plus some those Sprout’s Picante flavored plantain chips that I raved about and some pretzels from the airplane…it was quite the snacky night!

They left and we packed a little before crashing into deep, deep sleep.

The time we went to Kansas City, Missouri

A few weeks ago hubs had a conference he needed to go to so I tagged along and we made it a little adventure 🙂

We had to be on the plane by 7am so we woke up before the sun was even shining to make it on the plane. This meant I had time for coffee, but no food. Don’t worry friends before I could get hangry our plane landed in Denver and we had enough time to grab some breakfast.

This is where I had my first Einstein Bros bagel. I ordered an everything bagel with lox but got a plain bagel instead. I was a bit devastated, but I will say it was still pretty yummy! Bae had some greek yogurt with berries…

20180802_104501

We got back on the plane and headed to our final destination-Kansas City, Missouri. It was hot and a little humid when we got off the plane, but we decided to check in to our hotel and find some lunch.

We went to this little market close to the hotel and the hub and I shared a couple of sandwiches. We got a spicy turkey of some sort and I think the reuben.

IMG-20180807-WA0002

 

Both were yummy, but we both liked the turkey the best!

After this it was time for some conference stuff so we split up and I went to the hotel to get us kind of unpacked and organized for the weekend. I also had a chance to chill, hydrate, and freshen up for the night!

We had started asking everybody we saw including our Uber and Lyft drivers what their favorite bbq spot was. We got a few different answers, but a lot of it was between Gates’s, Q39, Joe’s, and Jack Stack. We knew there was no way we were going to be able to eat that much bbq in the 3 short days we were there, but we all decided to give it our all.

In that spirit we made Gate’s our first BBQ stop.

We were hungry and the employees at Gate’s got us super excited and we got the presidential platter which may have been a mistake.

It’s SO. MUCH. FOOD. Definitely, way too much food to split between 5 people-you need at least 10. It came with turkey, chicken, brisket, ribs, sausage and we got beans, coleslaw, and bread too.

I think the beef sausage was our favorite that night…it had a really great spice that I really enjoyed!

It was all delicious and so we ate and ate and I don’t think we even made a dent in that platter. We did we could and packed up the rest and gave it out to whoever was in need of some bbq!

IMG-20180804-WA0035

We ended up at Insomnia Cookie for dessert and it was pretty spectacular. We shared an ice-cream sandwich. We paired a white chocolate macadamia cookie and a chocolate chunk cookie along with birthday cake ice-cream to make a sweet, melty treat!

IMG-20180807-WA0000

We took a short walk around to check out the night life and stayed up well past any of our bedtimes. I think the hubs and I were in bed by 2am and we woke up around 6am the next day to workout, but that’s a story for next time 🙂

See you then!