Margaritas 4-eva & Goodies from Austin, Texas

Afternoon stroll in SE Portland.

Afternoon stroll in SE Portland.

I’m sure I’m not the first to have this epiphany, but I really think I get tacos now. And margaritas. As in….I could see the warmer weather beckoning both of these things vs. cold beers and tator tots. I seem to have lost a little bit of my inner-Portland this week on my trip to Austin, and I’m not complaining, I’m having some sort of epiphany. I never anticipated chips and salsa taking me to a different place, but they have. Most of all, I want to pick out a new pair of shades, return to Austin sooner than later, and eat breakfast tacos on a regular basis (which has already commenced).

It usually seems to take me at least a month to reflect on my travels, but with this one focused on research (and then, tacos and margaritas), the excitement is still so fresh that it just may happen this week. Revelations and making infused margarita salts are so next.

Dude, my feelings, exactly.

Dude, my feelings, exactly.

I can’t remember the last time I visited a city within the United States that felt so….pleasant.

My inaugural margarita and one of my favorites: cucumber with salt, Vivo.

My inaugural margarita and one of my favorites: cucumber with salt, Vivo.

My head keeps bouncing around with deciding where and when my favorite margarita was, what makes a margarita, when life calls for sweet margaritas, if I’m over bourbon, and if and when I could enjoy one without salt. Heavy thoughts.

The ladies of Vida Vegan HQ met some friends for dinner and margaritas at Curra's on our last night.

The ladies of Vida Vegan HQ met some friends for dinner and margaritas at Curra’s on our last night.

Dig it.

Dig it.

One of my sheer favorites parts of Austin and being in Texas was frolicking the giant grocery stores with Janessa and Michele. Here are some goodies from trips to HEB, Fiesta (oh my gosh, best) and Wheatsville Coop:

Stoked, stoked, stoked.

Stoked, stoked, stoked.

Hot sauces for J. Legume and to ship to my sister in Brooklyn.

Hot sauces for J. Legume and to ship to my sister in Brooklyn.

More goodies, specifically, party sauce! and a kombucha from Wheatsville that features olive juice. Consider me fascinated and shocked my luggage did not explode.

More goodies, specifically, party sauce! and a kombucha from Wheatsville that features olive juice. Consider me fascinated and shocked my luggage did not explode.

My luggage was packed with local bounty.

My luggage was packed with local bounty.

...even grocery store tortillas are exciting.

…even grocery store tortillas are way exciting.

A full box of goodies from Capital City Bakery, including oatmeal whoopie pies and the chewiest, thickest brownie ever.

A full box of goodies from Capital City Bakery, including oatmeal whoopie pies and the chewiest, thickest brownie ever.

The full shebang, including buffalo popcorn tofu and $5 shoes from a thrift store.

The full shebang, including buffalo popcorn tofu and $5 shoes from a thrift store.

And armed with smokey salsa and fresh tortillas, this just had to happen.

Yeah, slow-cooked black beans.

Yeah, slow-cooked black beans.

More to come! But first, maybe another breakfast taco…

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6 thoughts on “Margaritas 4-eva & Goodies from Austin, Texas

  1. This post & all of you guys’s tweeting & instagraming has made me miss Austin so much! My husband & I were there for almost 2 weeks and we loved it, a lot. I think if it was possible to just pick up & move from the UK to the US we’d probably be living there by now!

  2. I’ve been to Austin, it’s one of my fave cities and the surrounding country is amazing as well. there are turtles living in the canals in downtown austin, and the bats coming out of the bridge at night are just incredible. gosh, now i want to go back.

  3. I like Austin in winter and spring as well, your enthusiasm is infectious but summer in Texas is something I’d rather not experience again!

  4. Pingback: Belated Vegan Eats…Austin, Texas edition | Get Sconed!

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