My Austin Weekend

My Austin Weekend

SATURDAY

Happy Monday, y’all! The weekend is over and I wanted to share some of my weekend-eats throughout the city. It is no secret that I like to stay loyal to eating/buying local throughout Austin, so in @MarkyATX-fashion, I visited a few trendy spots around town.

Saturday morning, I visited Sa Tén Coffee and Eats, located inside Canopy over on Springdale. Canopy is an East Austin warehouse that has been redeveloped to showcase local art and host creatives alike.

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I grabbed a cappuccino to help kick start my morning. Sa Tén has recently partnered with Rosen’s Bagel Co., to provide some traditional bagels and inventive schemers to enhance your bagel experience! I didn’t grab a bagel (this time) I was still full from dinner the night before, but definitely grab one if you’re ever in the area!

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Sa Tén Coffee and Eats
916 Springdale, Bldg 3, Ste 101
Austin, TX 78702
Mon – Sun: 7am-10pm
512-524-1544

For #brunch, I went to Unit D Pizzeria — one of my favorite spots to grab pizza — I was invited by Shalou, the owner, and accompanied by my friend Taylor. I was there to test drive Unit D’s new Weekend Lunch! I definitely saved my appetite that day, and was excited to try some of the new sandwiches added to the menu! You can really taste all the love and flavor in each bite when you’re at Unit-D!

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Caesar salad with Anchovies

I started with the Caesar salad, and ordered a couple sandwiches and a sausage pizza with egg! Unit D has been testing adding eggs to their pies, and when Shalou asked if I was interested in sampling one, I said “yes” with no hesitation.

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A Croissant Sandwich, the best!
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Turkey Sandwich
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Sausage Pizza with Egg on top

Unit-D Pizzeria
2406 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78722
Mon, Wed – Thurs: 5pm-10pm
Fri: 5pm-11pm
Sat: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11pm
Sun: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Closed Tuesday
512-524-1922

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Blackened Dragon
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Poke Me Long Time

Later that evening, I went down to East Austin to sample 1606 East. 1606 East is a food trailer park on the East Side, from Mediterranean, to Poke, the eatery has some really good food, for a really good time.

Food Trailers include:

  •  BLACKENED DRAGON – from chicken, to vegan cauliflower chicken, you don’t want to skip this food truck
  • AUSTIN HALAL – absolutely loved their humus and falafel’s
  • POKE ME LONG TIME – funny name, delicious, freaking Poke
  • TAMALES VITAL – not kidding, these were some high end, authentic tamales

1606 East — Food Truck Park
1606 East 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78702

SUNDAY

Sunday I woke up at 8am, and traveled down to one of my favorite coffee spots on South Congress: Mañana Coffee Juice and Bakeshop.

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Drip Coffee from Mañana

Unfortunately, for the rest of the day I forgot my Canon, but did have a few eats around town that I would like to mention. For brunch, I went to Bouldin Creek Cafe with my friends Tyler and Michael. Afterwards, we went to Moojo on Guadalupe, Michael wanted a cookie ice cream sandwich. Tyler and I were craving Bubble Tea, so we went to my favorite spot for squishy pearls: Coco’s Cafe. I ordered a large Avocado Smoothie with extra pearls, and Tyler ordered a small without pearls. Once we each had a treat of our own, we walked over to the brand new mini-Target (which was so freaking awesome by the way, I was so close to buying a Nintendo Switch) and wandered aimlessly wishing we were still in college… simpler times!

Overall, I had a great weekend with friends and can’t believe how quickly the weekend always flies by.

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving, eat lots of food and enjoy your time with friends and family.

Make Snooze Your Next Brunch Spot

Make Snooze Your Next Brunch Spot

Snooze an A.M. Eatery has a new Fall menu — and it’s totally worth tasting!

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Snooze has the coolest interior design

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Snooze is one of the best brunch restaurants in Austin, and I’m here to tell you why! When they first opened back in 2015 on North Lamar, the hype was real and this brunch-only chain quickly became a brunching phenomenon. Snooze did so well in the few months they were open, they had to open a second location on South Lamar! Now if that doesn’t prove this place rocks, I don’t know what will… If you live and eat in Austin, you probably know the culinary scene is one of the best in the country — and Snooze is no exception. Typically, you will be waiting in a 30 minute to 2 hour wait (it is that good) and they offer free coffee and games of Jenga while you wait. Currently, Snooze has a new fall menu that is totally worth your while……

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Snooze offers a game of Jenga while you wait

On Tuesday, I visited Snooze’s South Lamar location to try some new fall menu items, I was accompanied by my friend Rachel who runs a food Instagram account: 512 Bites. We decided to go on a Tuesday morning, before heading into work. Normally I don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast, but I really wanted to a) sample these new dishes to showcase them on social media and b) didn’t feel like waiting hours in line on a Saturday.

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You can seat yourself at the bar, here the wait time is much shorter as you don’t have to put your name on a list and the seats are first-come-first-serve.
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Coffee and cream to start my morning

Rachel and I decided to seat ourselves outside, where the lighting was best to take all of our foodie pictures. We quickly ordered some coffees to keep us warm — it was a chilly morning! For breakfast we had 2 dishes off the new fall menu and some pancakes. We started with the I like you E’Lote Benedict, consisting of elote corn quinoa cakes topped with poached cage free eggs, chili lime hollandaise, cotija cheese and roasted corn salsa. We also had the Steak + Eggs Benny, consisting of seared hanger steak medallions atop roasted poblano cheddar grit cakes with asparagus, roasted mushrooms and tomato topped with poached cage free eggs, smoked cheddar hollandaise and gremolata. Lastly, Rachel and I shared a Pancake Flight! I was mostly excited to have something sweet that morning, not to mention Snooze has the best pancakes in town! When you order a Pancake Flight you get to pick three of the pancakes from the menu and get to enjoy the best of all worlds.

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Right: Steak + Eggs Benny Left: I like you E’Lote Benedict
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Pancake Flight

Our Pancake Flight came with the new fall menu item, Bourbon Street Pumpkin Pancake. This flavor was especially yummy, it consisted of a pumpkin buttermilk pancake topped with bourbon pecan jam, sweet cream cheese drizzle, whipped mascarpone and mocha crumble. The Flight also had the Pineapple Upside Down Pancake, which is a buttermilk pancake with caramelized pineapple chunks, housemade vanilla crème anglaise and cinnamon butter. Thirdly, we had the Pancake of the Day, that day it was a Key Lime Pie flavored pancake (tasted just like my childhood)!

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Bourbon Street Pumpkin Pancakes 

Our breakfast was consumed way too quickly, Rachel and I enjoyed every second of our meal, we were re able to catch up over brunch and really enjoyed these new fall menu items. And although, the wait can be long on weekends just remember Snooze offers a) free games of Jenga while you wait b) free coffee while you wait and c) has the best pancake combinations in town. So run, don’t walk!

See ya there!

Snooze – South Lamar

1700 S Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
Daily 6:30am – 2:30pm
512.428.8444

 

Snooze – North Lamar
3800 N. Lamar Suite 120
Austin TX 78756
Daily 6:30am – 2:30pm
512.410.0670

Veggie Heaven is BACK!

Veggie Heaven is BACK!
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R2 D2 Soy Sauce dispenser

If you’ve been in or around Austin since the late ’80’s chances are you have been to Veggie Heaven. After serving the Austin community for 20 years, Stacy Chen, the creator and co-founder of Veggie Heaven, decided it was time to retire. Within 2 years of closing, Ms. Chen had to reopen due to popular demand — and this time she went from vegetarian to all vegan! The above R2 D2 is an example of  the little corks and new touches to the restaurant.

It is no secret that many people in Austin are highly interested in healthy eats and clean eating, and although I am not vegan, I am still subject to eating less meat when possible. This blog post in particular means a lot to me because I felt it would be a great opportunity to introduce Veggie Heaven to people who a) have never been and b) showcase just how filling and delicious vegan food can be.

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The Sweet Bun

When you’re a food blogger in a city like Austin, where tacos and bbq surrounds us, eating a non-meat menu can be a challenge. Veggie Heaven is unique in a way that your taste buds will have you asking for more. Their uniquely flavored dishes are bound to fill your tummy, so much so that it can be hard to believe that the food is even vegan at times! Also, there’s bubble tea on the menu and Veggie Heaven makes some of the best (if not the best) bubble tea in the whole city!

With that said, earlier last week I visited Veggie Heaven with an old coworker, Camille, from my time at Facebook Austin. Camille is newish to the city, she moved here to work at Facebook and she was ecstatic when I asked her to come and try an all vegan menu with me. Camille and I ordered a variety of items: from the Pot Stickers (6 for $6.95), to the Sweet Bun ($3.50), to the Ramen Rumble ($9.95), to my favorite, the Cauliflower “Wings” (which come in 3 flavors: teriyaki, thai chili, or curry) and a couple bubble teas to soak the food down!

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Curry flavored Cauliflower “Wings”
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The Ramen Rumble

Lastly, we ordered the Protein 2000 as it was almost mandatory by our server! The Protein 2000 has been the number one selling item since Veggie Heaven’s previous location over on Guadalupe… still to this day, this menu item is a hot seller. And boy oh boy, was it so darn good! Consisting of fried protein batter cooked in a sweet brown sauce with broccoli, garlic, and onions, the Protein 2000 was definitely worth saving till the end.

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The Protein 2000
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Me with the Cauliflower “Wings”
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Our full spread with Camille in the background

I highly recommend Veggie Heaven for vegans and non-vegans alike! I left with a full stomach and utterly enjoyed my food from beginning to end.

See ya there!

M-Th 11am–10p
F-Sa 11am–11p
Su 11a–10p
https://www.veggieheavenaustin.com
1611 W 5th. St. Suite 135
Austin, TX 78703

Blenders and Bowls has a New Fall Menu

Blenders and Bowls has a New Fall Menu

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Wanna spoon? Blenders and Bowls has a NEW FALL MENU, just in time for the season! Do you like pumpkin? Cinnamon? Granola? Blenders and Bowls has incorporated all of these ingredients into their new fall menu, and I had the pleasure of trying a few of these seasonal specials last weekend…

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The new Fall Menu

The Fall Bowl, which was my favorite of the two, is a great source of clean energy – perfect for my day on Saturday. I really enjoyed the combination of the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, apples and walnuts topped with local honey — mmmmmm.

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The Fall Bowl

The Mocha Bowl is great for all the chocolate lovers (cough cough me) out there, it’s blended with chocolate vega protein, espresso and chocolate almond milk. Topped with coconut shreds, The Mocha Bowl is a perfectly crafted combination of sweetness with a rich, dark taste of happiness.

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The Mocha Bowl

Lastly, I had the Pumpkin Chai Blender… I’ve always been a huge of chai, add some pumpkin, almond butter and apples and you’ve got me! Made with all natural fruit, a blender is basically a smoothie filled with nutrients and organic ingredients, packing a great health kick to any time of day.

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The Pumpkin Chai

Blenders and Bowls is a great place to catch up with friends, have a on-the-go type snack, to come before or after a workout and for anyone trying to eat clean and still have a good taste in their mouth. I’ve been going here for years, and I am so thankful for their new East 6th location. Seeing them expand means they are doing well, and are able to provide to more locals and visitors alike. They have the best açaí bowls in town, no doubt about it!

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Blenders and Bowls new East 6th location
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Blenders and Bowls new East 6th location
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Blenders and Bowls new East 6th location

Come support your local community with some healthy bites! See ya there!

 

Blenders and Bowls has 3 locations

  • Downtown – 206 E. 4th St
  • Westlake – 3736 Bee Cave Rd #8
  • East Side – 1625 E. 6th St

http://blendersandbowls.com

Sneak Peek Inside Veracruz’s New Brick and Mortar Location

Sneak Peek Inside Veracruz’s New Brick and Mortar Location

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The new Veracruz Tacos location officially opens on October 7 — from food truck to brick and mortar, Veracruz has claimed their place in Austin and they deserve all the wins! Veracruz prides themselves on creating a culture of kindness and authenticity, their slogan “hecho a mano, con amor” translates to “made by hand, with love.”

I was fortunate enough to attend their Soft Opening and try some of my favorite menu items…

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Translation: made by hand, with love

When you first walk in, you will see a neon “COFFEE” sign located to your left, this is where you will find Machine Head Coffee, a local coffee shop owned by Nolan Green. Nolan is no stranger to coffee, he has shared his knowledge with Radio Coffee and Beer, Caffe Medici and Thunderbird Coffee. Machine Head Coffee humbles themselves on quality drinks and kindness. Try the Guji Coffee!

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If you’ve been to Veracruz, chances are you’ve had their famous Migas Originales Taco, which contains eggs, tortilla chips, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro, tomato, onion and – the best fat there is – avocado. Mmmm! And if you have not been to Veracruz, or have never had their migas taco, consider this a sign from above. You won’t regret it! I also had two of their Picadas, one Picada Ranchera and one Picada Aguacate. Each picada contains a soft, cecina steak, queso fresco and onion.

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Me with a Picada Ranchera and a Picada Aguacate

I am really proud of Veracruz for how far they have come since 2008, and if you’re a supporter of local businesses, make sure to come by on October 7 to taste all of the authentic, Mexican goodness.

So come for the tacos, come for the coffee, come for the agua frescas and come for the chips and queso! See ya there!

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Veracruz Tacos has 2 food truck locations

  • 1704 E Cesar Chavez – open daily, 7am – 3pm
  • 4208 Manchaca Rd – open daily, 7am – 12am

Open daily, 7am – 3pm
http://veracruztacos.com/index.html
9003 Waterford Centre Blvd Suite 180
Austin, TX 78758

The Knotty Deck at the Renaissance Hotel and Why You Should Go

The Knotty Deck at the Renaissance Hotel and Why You Should Go
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Wild Boar Spare Ribs

Earlier last week I visited The Knotty Deck + Bar located inside the Renaissance Hotel at the Arboretum. I was accompanied by three of my favorites: @somuchlifeblog, @atxbites and the lovely @atxeatsandtreats. We each had a go around at a full service dinner by Executive Chef Chris Degweck.

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Knotty Fries (aka the best fries you will ever have in your entire life)

Chef Chris walked us through each menu item, providing us with detailed information regarding all of the (freshest) ingredients The Knotty Deck uses in their food and drinks alike. Chef Chris moved here from Florida to purposefully change the Hotel-Food industry, and his unique taste in menu options are worth trying. I have never had such a flavorul dining experience AT A HOTEL. From brunch on the weekends, to a quiet night-in with girlfriends, anyone and everyone is guaranteed a satisfied tummy leaving The Knotty Deck + Bar.

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Pig Ears

FACT: Austin is becoming the next culinary hot spot in the country, and the hotel scene is taking notice… Nowadays hotels need to offer a pleasurable experience from beginning to end, and that includes the food they serve. If you don’t live in Austin, consider the Renaissance Hotel for your next stay! You won’t regret it! And if you do, run don’t walk!

 

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dress code: casual
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/aussh-renaissance-austin-hotel/
9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

Best Haircut in Austin: Birds Barbershop

Best Haircut in Austin: Birds Barbershop

If you’re looking for a classic barbershop feel with a touch of the times and a “Keep Austin Weird” type of vibe, than look no further because Birds Barbershop is all of this and more….

Whether you live South, Central or North Austin, you can find a Birds in your area with 8 locations throughout the city (and one in Houston even), each one having its own personality and unique touches that reflect the surrounding neighborhood.

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I highly recommend Birds Barbershop to all of my friends, and no matter what type of hair style you have they will work one on one with you to have ya feeling and looking your best.

Now I usually go to the East 6th location, but last week I wanted to change things up and visited the Rock Rose @ Domain Northside location, where I had an appointment with the highly recommended, Shauna (@hairbyshaunad). As most people, I am terrible when it comes to hair-related terminology, and telling my barber exactly what I want has never been an easy task for me. One reason why I love Birds so much is the way in which each stylist can really take in what you’re asking for by taking many factors into consideration, such as: the type of hair you have, the style you want, the shape of your head, to asking about your lifestyle (yes, these questions matter when you’re trying to figure out what style of hair works better for you). For example, if you are an active runner, maybe you want shorter hair so that it doesn’t get into your eyes… these are the types of questions Shauna (and the stylists) like to ask their clients to make sure you get the best experience possible. It’s and incredible feeling knowing you’re going to be greeted with a smile when you walk into Birds, and be serviced with such professionalism and passion. Walk-ins and appointments welcome!

Birds also partners with local neighborhoods to run fundraisers and events to give back to the Austin area!! So really by going to Birds you’re a) contributing to a local, Austin company and b) helping give back to the community, how cool is that? Birds also gives college students a $2 discount with proof of I.D., a free hair wash for those who bike there, and provide you with beer while you wait! And yes, even the beer is local! Birds recently partnered with Independence Brewing Company, offering three of their brews: Austin Amber, Power & Light Pale Ale and Redbud Berliner Weisse.

So if you like to live by the Austin mantra of “Keeping Austin Local” and like to look SHARP *badum chhh* I highly recommend visiting a Birds Barbershop near you!!

http://birdsbarbershop.com