|Shaker at the Key Bar|
|Whole Foods |
Next up, like any faithful foodie, we made a pilgrimage to the flagship Whole Foods store on Lamar Street. It was amazing - aisle of delicious produce, a wine bar, a stand where they roast your coffee for you, an expansive bakery (with a separate chocolate/candy case), rows of hot bar offerings and every type of organic dried nut, fruit or berry you could ever want in the bulk bins. After wandering around in awe for some time, Tim and I eventually found the coffee bar and bellied up for iced coffee. It was so tasty we came back another day for a second round. I liked that WF offered all different types of milk and sweetener options, too.
When we were in San Antonio, we opted to grab coffee at Sip, a cute little panini and coffee bar downtown. It was super adorable and I can picture spending an afternoon there reading ... in my dreams, of course. In the front is my drink, the mocha freddo, and in the back is Tim's drink, the shakerato. It's Sip's take on Vietnamese coffee. Both were quite excellent, and mine was probably the best drink I had on our trip. Probably because it was made with full fat everything, but I know not to ask what I don't really want to know.
|Patika Coffee iced coffee|
Finally, I found out about Holy Grounds on Yelp. It's a coffee shop specializing in fair trade, locally sourced drinks and food with an eye on gluten-free and vegan options. And it's inside a church. It was the strangest, delightfully funky coffee experience I've ever had. Tim and I both got Vietnamese iced coffee, which was excellent, while we perused the eclectic cafe offerings. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood.
Finally, on our trip through Texas Hill Country, we stopped at the aptly named Texas Hills Vineyard. Again, if it wasn't for Yelp, we would have never known this place existed. It was quaint and adorable. Another wine dog was there, judging my wine choices, as Tim and I cycled through a five-sample tasting. It made an impression as Tim ended up stowing three bottles in his luggage for safe keeping. The Orange Moscato was so delicious with chocolate, and how could we not love a wine called Kick Ass Cab? And while we're at it, might as well throw in that Volare sweet red. Yes, these are all coming home with me.
Read the rest of my Austin adventure recaps.