Wednesday, August 28, 2013

An Austin Institution

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
We started our Saturday with local coffee at Once Over coffee. We grabbed breakfast tacos at the corner taco truck for our long wait in the Franklin BBQ line (more on that in the next post...).
Our friend knows us so well and especially appreciates food just like we do. She brought us to the flagship Whole Foods which I believe is bigger than the closest Walmart that we have in Florida. It's amazing. This is how Whole Foods everywhere should be. It's seriously a department store/theme park. I can't decide. We visited three times and I enjoyed it every minute!
This Saturday morning we started the day at the Whole Foods for mimosas instead of at a restaurant. Yes, this Whole Foods has a bar. One of our first visits, we all got glasses of wine and shopped while sipping a rose for summer. This time, we took a seat at the quiet bar - only tourists drink before noon. 
Among the great things that this Whole Foods has includes that wine bar, a beer cave, a taqueria, a candy island, a coffee bar, and even a loft area over looking the store for customers who want to eat their food before bringing it home. One of the things that this Whole Foods does is takes the ends or small pieces of cheeses and wraps them to sell for three dollars. I wish my Whole Foods would do that! It would be a great and easy way to try all different kinds of cheeses and to put together a small cheese sampling board for two. I will have to talk to my cheesemonger about this.
This flagship store also has an old cigarette vending machine turned art vending machine. It was actually very cool and we bought two different pieces of wood art. There were other art pieces to chose from like jewelry or mixed media and you didn't really know what to expect from the artist listed. I really adore the mid-century look of this machine. Kind of wish I could have one in my house dispensing chocolates or cheese! 
After our lovely Whole Foods trip, we quickly stopped by the downtown farmer's market. You all know by now how much we love farmer's markets - I mean, we got married in one. However, this one actually has many locally sourced products. Our farmer's markets in Florida are quite lacking and source many of the produce and products from other states. 
I have really grown to adore the Austin downtown skyline. I was never one for skylines because I was raised in NYC and nothing compares to Manhattan. The Orlando skyline never did anything for me, and Paris is so centralized I barely recognized any buildings besides the out of place Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur. However, there is something poetic about the Austin skyline - it has great movement like notes on a clef. 
The Frost Bank building was one of my favorite buildings. It is said that it was designed to look like an owl at certain angles and much of our families know that I adored owls when I was in high school. Owls were always so studious and mysterious, my angsty high-school self could relate to that back then. 
In keeping Austin weird, we not only came upon owl-like buildings but also a couple of people going on a ride to brunch on their horses. We of course stopped to stroke the gorgeous horses, especially after noticing that one of them had the most gorgeous blue eyes. 
Everything in Austin is locally sourced from the soap to the jewelry. You couldn't find t-shirts made in China even if you tried. I really adore that about Austin, and so did my stomach. Every dish and ingredient was made locally and was delicious. That's one thing I will miss about Austin, that there is practically no processed food in sight. 

12 comments :

  1. I had no idea the first Whole Foods was in Austin! Makes perfect sense, now that I think about it. Remember when Whole Foods was Fresh Fields? That was when I first got to know it, it was a big deal to have a store like that! That horse is so pretty. Its blue eyes are stunning!

    (Oh, don't forget the tower of Montparnasse, and the tubular monstrosity of the Centre Pompidou. Those two stick out like sore thumbs among the Parisian skyline, haha) xo

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    1. Yes! It's the best whole foods in the world - I am convinced. I actually had no idea that it was once called Fresh Fields? Maybe I'm showing my age here.. but that's news to me!

      As for Paris, as much as I hate the look of Centre Pompidou - I adore that museum. Mostly because our apartment was so close to it so it was always a familiar building that felt like "home".

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  2. that whole foods sounds amazing! it does sound like a theme park. i am going to have to check out mine to see if they have the cheese thing going on, i haven't seen it before but maybe asking might give them the idea if they don't ;) and i love the art vending machine. that is so very cool. austin seems like a really lovely place. now i want to go even more than i did before!

    lastly that horse! xo

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    1. I have yet to tell my whole foods cheesemonger about the tiny cheese deals but I feel like if I tell him, he has to get in on it!

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  3. Great photos dear!
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  4. I'm a Texan who recently uprooted to Chicago. I love Austin- everything about that city is quirky in so many good ways. My favorite part of the city are the farmer's markets- you can always find something new, and I'm huge fan of locally produced/grown. I wish more and more cities would incorporate that type of lifestyle!

    Cheers!
    Akshara
    Simply Akshara

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    1. I would love to visit Chicago next (and hear how you would compare them!). And me too - I adore how much is locally sourced and made right in the city lines. It's one of the pros of the city!

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  5. I hear such wonderful things about Austin my coworker has a second home there and if it was up to her she would live there all year round. Cute blog following via Bloglovin

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

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    1. Thanks Alicia! And yes, I bet it would be so great to live there too! Unfortunately, it's not in the cards for us, but I will always have a lovely friend to visit!

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  6. Austin is the one place in Texas that I want to check out (I hear the music scene is excellent). Your photos are giving me wanderlust and making me hungry! That cigarette vending machine turned art vending machine is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time!

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    1. The music scene is super great! I was watching the Anthony Bourdain episode when he was in Austin for SXSW and he was hanging out with the best bands!

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