Wellness Weekend In Austin
Last weekend Fredis took me on a weekend 'getaway' trip to Austin. Initially he had said we were going to a concert for a close friend of his birthday but ended up dubbing it a wellness weekend. After a pretty busy first two months of the year packed with meetings, event planning, shoots, blogging, both of us traveling, plus my marathon training and trying to get a couple of projects off the ground, we TOTALLY needed a weekend to just spend a lot of time together, explore, and just go where ever we wanted without having to be on schedule.
Once we agreed that it would be a wellness weekend, we decided to check out a lot of coffee shops, vegan/vegetarian places to eat, exercise, and find some juice spots. The really great thing about Austin is that it has PLENTY to choose from and they are big on supporting local so we knew we would find some Austin-exclusive spots. As a Houstonian I tend to overlook Austin, but we had such a great time finding and discovering little gems it was hard to say goodbye the end Sunday.
Our Air BnB
Of course, the Air BnB we stayed in was super cozy. The owner said she found the camper already gutted out and ended up renovating it into a full on studio with bed, kitchen, and bathroom. The decor was all vintage and meet all of our needs. All the little knick knacks decorating the camper were all so in sync and all had a specifc place that made it so homey to be in. The owner also gave us complete access to the backyard to sit at, use the picnic table, and their hammock. It was a super nice stay and would definitely stay again with them.
Wright Bros Brew + Brew
Where was stayed at also gave us super easy and fast access to coffee shops in the area. So we made our way to over to Wright Bros Brew + Brew. In the mornings you can find bikers, cyclists, young professionals meeting, and students at this shop. It had a simple and straight forward coffee menu with some light fare (muffins, avo toast pls) that looked tasty. There was plenty of seating around the coffee shop and at it's bar. Fredis and I just ordered simple coffees to try it out and were pretty happy with the taste.
Another place we hit up was called Juice Society. This was a coffee, tea, and smoothie bar. Juice Society is very simple, clean, white, and modern looking, but the menu had so much to choose from. They had several "potions" that could be made hot or cold with adapotgens and superfoods like macha powder, matcha, or different mushroom varieties like reishi, chaga, or cordyceps. It was so hard to choose!
In the end I ordered the hot matcha with coconut oil and almond milk, and Fredis ordered the Purple Haze that was made with a plant based protein powder. I really really enjoyed my matcha. It was creamy, had a rich matcha taste, not gritty, and had a nice sweetness to it. Before leaving I also grabbed a tumeric granola bag for snacking and pretty much devoured it by the end of the trip! The goldeny granola was probably my fave new discovery of the trip!
We headed to picnik the morning before we left because we had heard from several Austinites that it was a cool place to just check off. The coffee shop is situated inside a recycled shipping container right on top of a hill so you can't miss it. Picnik's menu was comprised of several adaptogenic blends with coffee, whey proteins, coconut oil, MCT oil, cacao, and different flavors. There's no other coffee shop like this. It definitely can be overwhelming for the person that just wants a plain and simple coffee or latte. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed mine and appreciated the out there and new flavors to my cup!
The Food Spread
We went to Fresas the first night and wanted to hangout on the patio. The wait was about 45 mins long, but we were able to order appetizers while we waited. There's a few vegetarian options here so we order a couple and ended up sharing our plates. We ordered pachucos which were kind of a like a bean and cheese empanada, bowl with kale, beans, cauliflower, sweet potato, pickled veggies, and the other plate was beets with queso fresco and pepitas. Fredis also ordered a mezcal which was very good too!
Cafe No Sé
I think this cafe was probably my favorite new places we checked out. It reminded of light and airy cafes you would find in Mexico City. There were small plants hanging and sitting everywhere and like that the shelves had small objects that gave it a homey feeling. I also loved the consistency of all the gold, white, and light blue /teal everywhere. We had brunch here and ordered a breakfast bowl with veggies and eggs, pancakes (which were so so good) and sweet potato beignets with tumeric aoli. My one regret was probably not ordering a croissant (don't they look so delish?).
Casa de Luz
This restaurant is vegan staple in Austin. Every time I visit I always try to go and eat. For a meal you get entree with sides, soup, salad for $12. It's a plant based meal steal. All of it run by volunteers /students learning how to cook vegan ayurvedic meals. All of the food is super nourishing, flavorful, minimally cooked, and all fresh tasting. The ambiance is also very zen and you can't help but feel calm and an immense sense of gratitude while eating the meal. Before we left we also got a dessert and I bought the book to try and recreate some casa faves.
After dinner one of the nights we were visiting, we both craved for something sweet, so I hopped on my IG and started searching Austin vegan food accounts and found Sweet Ritual, a dairy free ice cream shop. All of the ice creams are made from coconut, almond milk or almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter, and other alternative milks. I've tried a few dairy free ice creams, and they all never really get the ice cream texture or taste right, BUT Sweet Ritual mastered dairy free ice creams. IT.WAS.SO.GOOD. Fredis and I could not stop talking about how creamy it was and how well it was created. We ordered rocky road and cookie dough (on the right) and toasted coconut and mexican vanilla (left). Definitely will be back to this place!
What we did:
The Loop Running Supply
Since I am still in training mode for Boston, I needed to get my 18mile long run in Saturday morning. So I woke up at 5:30 and headed to The Loop Running Supply to meet up with them for their long run day. I chatted with one of the owners (Pam!) throughout the run and learned a bit about how much support they've received from the running community. They've opened up shop sometime in December-January and there were 75-100 people in their running group.
This place is a must check out for all my running peeps! They have the latest and stylish running shoes up, and hard to find running brands. I couldn't walk away without something so I ended up buying a pair of oiselle running tights that are super comfy, sit nicely on my waist, and have an extra pocket for running gels. If you ever want to run with The Loop you can also send them a DM on IG and they respond pretty quickly!
South Congress Hotel
Sadly I didn't get to take very many pictures here, but it was definitely an ultra cool place to just hang out. Post brunch at Cafe No Se (they are in the same building btw) we walked into South Congress Hotel side and sat there for a couple of hours to work. While we were there groups of people sat around the lobby area and were drinking mimosas from the lobby bar. The lobby area was dark, comfortable, and had this amazing courtyard in the center where most of the light came from. Would definitely go back to just have a mimosas in the future.
There were so many places to choose from, so we were only able to get to a handful, but we hope to be back soon to keep checking off places. Here's what we have on our list of to be explored list:
Any of you guys have other vegan/vegetarian/ coffee shops recommendations? Or have you gone to any of these?