Like many, I met some of my closest friends in college. Also like many, those friends didn’t necessarily stay local after school, moving to pursue hopes in dreams all over the world. It is an exciting yet uncertain time as we realize more and more that this isn’t college anymore and we can’t walk down the hall/block/campus to keep in touch at a moment’s notice.
But there is an upside – new places to visit! And so that is how Austin happened.
Just like the last time I visited, this trip was full of new places to eat and drink that I’m showcasing over the next three posts. Everything is bigger in Texas, so obviously the number of blogposts has to match! Links to restaurants are all at the end of the post.
3rd coast living.
Similar to San Francisco, Austin is full of quirky coffeeshops to work or study at. Houndstooth Coffee, in the Frost Bank building, is one of them, serving up espresso with names like Flying Monkey. There are also a ton of power bars to choose from that I had never seen before! Maybe I should just stick to these ones instead?
Flipnotics is well in line with the quirky theme. Also, can we talk about how there are empanadas here? Or should I say, mmmmmmpanadas. Yes, that happened.
Part bike shop and part coffeeshop, Juan Pelota (which alludes to the result of Lance Armstrong’s testicular cancer, ahem) is rocking the single-serve coffee. I loved the Aztec – an iced mocha with cinnamon and chili powder.
I finally found some noodles! Sway is a popular spot with an outdoor patio and modern Thai cuisine.