Austin is one of those cities that, visit once, and you’ll find yourself plotting to come back. Or who knows, maybe you’ll be super gutsy, and pack up your bags, and actually move to Austin. In fact, I’ve officially lost count of the number of my fellow Californian’s that have done exactly that–trading in their plush, more expensive LA and SF city lives, in favor of a city packed with a rich history, culture, artsiness, incredible dining and drinking spots, no state sales tax, and a much lower cost of living. If only I could convince my husband to move us, but I digress…
I first visited this magical city on a trip last year with one of my favorite food brands, Siete Foods. It was on this trip that I fell in love with the midwest charm, the people, and of course, the FOOD. From hearty bone broth, to loaded toasts, adaptogenic lattes, dim sum, vegan desserts, TACOS, ice cream, craft coffee, and more TACOS, you can find it all here.
So when my girlfriends (Jaime Foster, the Founder & CEO of Georgia Grinders and Jessica Luengo, Founder & CEO of Naturally Clean Eats) and I were trying to pick a place in the U.S. to meet for a much needed girls trip, you better believe I was the first one to say, “AUSTIN, BITCHES. WE NEED TO GO TO AUSTIN.” Thankfully, they were on board, and over the last few days, we spent our time here eating and drinking at as many places as we could, shopping, and exploring. We even managed to sneak in a workout.
I’m definitely not an Austin expert; I’m quite the NEWB. So I’m not writing this article with the intention of coming off as a self-proclaimed Austin expert. But I do know what I like, and since I loved every single spot we went to on this trip, along with the places I went to the last time I was here, I thought I’d put together a little trip recap for you.
I give full credit to my friend Jessica, the owner and founder of Naturally Clean Eats, for planning the itinerary for this trip. Because if there’s something you should know about me, it’s that I’m not a planner. I like to fly by the seat of my pants, and because of that, I’ve been known to waste a lot of time. I’ve learned that some planning is good, while leaving room for flexibility in between, and in this case, it was perfect. So here it is – the KALEJUNKIE Austin trip recap, along with a few of my favorite places from my last trip here.