Alternate Title: “How P and I went to Whole Foods Three Times in Less Than 24 Hours”
Alternate Title Two: “Texas Winters Rock”
Hi everyone! I’m back from my weekend in Texas and it was an absolute blast. I believe when I left you Friday P was at work and I was hanging out until he got off. He ended up getting relieved a little early, so we grabbed a quick lunch and hopped in the car to drive up to Austin.
Once in Austin, we went on a 3-mile run/walk along the river to shake out our legs. It took almost an hour because I insisted on stopping at sundown to watch the bats fly out from under the bridge (Read more on the Austin bats here), but the bats never came.
We had parked at Whole Foods so we went inside to grab dinner. Salmon and a bunch of hot bar goodies for both of us.
I will stop now and tell you the main reasons P and I go to Whole Foods for almost every meal when we are in Austin:
- P has one teeny grocery store where he lives so Whole Foods is a real treat for him
- You can get anything you want (especially at this Whole Foods since it’s the original and is huge)
- The sushi
- There is parking, and it’s tough to find Parking in downtown Austin
- It’s close to the river and we usually go on a run or walk
- There are no lines
- No reservations are needed, which is good because we never have set plans
- Sparkling water assortment (both of us have a strange love for sparkling water).
What’s one restaurant you find yourself going to again and again?
Anyway, after dinner I told P I was going to need some gelato and wine, and he happily obliged. No chocolate for me due to lent (P of course got chocolate chip and dark chocolate mint), but I LOVED my classic vanilla and salted caramel. The glass of cab put me in a fantastically giddy mood.
Then we watched some Say Yes To The Dress and passed out. I definitely won that night.
Saturday we lounged around a bit before heading to a late breakfast at our favorite spot (and pretty much the only place we eat in Austin besides Whole Foods), the Driscoll Hotel 1886 Cafe. P loves it there, and it did not disappoint. P got what I usually get (egg white omelette with goat cheese and roasted potatoes – want to recreate at home) and I was feeling oatmeal with berries and almonds.
Another highlight? A smoothie P ordered that had cinnamon granola blended right in. So delicious.
After breakfast we digested while walking around the farmer’s market. It was so cute and made me wish I lived there to buy some goodies! We did sample a local goat cheese, vegan mac ‘n cheez, green juice, and fruity drink thingy.
It was chilly in the morning, but turning into the most beautiful day. Thank you Texas winter.
Time to hit the YMCA for a workout. (PS – first workout is free!) P grew up on the water, surfs, played college water polo and grad school triathlon, so he is a big swimmer. He hadn’t been able to get in a good swim in a few days and so really wanted to use the Y’s pool. While he swam, I did the Best Body Bootcamp arm workout I skipped on Friday.
After the gym we got lunch at…duh duh duh WHOLE FOODS! P was craving their roast beef and gorgonzola sandwich and I wanted to try the vegetarian section I found the day before. I ordered a hummus wrap with a side of avocado kale salad.
Reason #4298 I love my boyfriend? Within 2 seconds of walking to the counter, he said “I have to get a slice of that raw apple pie.“ He does not discriminate when it comes to food – vegan cookies there are his fav!
SO GOOD! It tasted like a crumble LaraBar crust filled with cinnamon sugar cream.
We tried to go to Zelker park after lunch, but the traffic was awful I think due to pre-marathon activities. If I had known ahead of time I’d be going to Austin, I would have totally tried to run the half! Unfortunately we had to get back early on Sunday.
Instead we went to the marina and rented kayaks for an hour. It was relaxed and fun, but definitely an arm workout! I have a blister on my hand…that makes me hardcore, right? Or really bad at kayaking?
No pics on the water since I don’t trust my phone in a boat, but here we are in our awesome life jackets after:
We were running low on time so ditched our dinner plans (we had reservations at Z’Tejas) and went straight to 5pm Mass. After Mass we were both pretty beat and when discussing dinner, both started laughing knowing we really just wanted to go to Whole Foods. (That’d be the third time in less than 24 hours.)
Sushi and hot bar was picked up (I was all about the teriyaki sweet potatoes) and brought back to the hotel to lounge in bed and watch Harry Potter. Pitch Perfect was first choice, but it was $17 to rent!?
I also had a vanilla Arctic Zero in bed, and the passed out before 10pm. A pretty perfect night.
In the morning we were up to head back to go to a friend’s daughter’s baptism, and I am currently writing from the Houston airport on another long layover before I get back to St. Louis.
Phew – tons of activities (so much room for activities! – name that movie) in just a day. I really really love Austin.
- Have you ever been to Austin?
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