T-bone Steaks Texas Tasty Recipe

We are always trying to find new ways to cook up our all time favorites. T-bone steaks are a favorite of ours and Masterbuilt just set us up with their Gravity Series 1050 grill, so we had to grill them as one of our first recipes on the 1050!

Ingredients

Masterbuilt Grill

4 T-bone steaks

3 tbsp kosher salt

3 tbsp smoked paprika

2 tbsp onion powder

2 tbsp garlic powder

2 tbsp dried oregano

2 tbsp coarsely ground black pepper

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp ground cumin

Directions

  1. Thaw steaks overnight.
  2. Apply seasoning evenly to both sides of the steaks prior to grilling.
  3. Set grill to 450 degrees F.
  4. Grill 5 minutes per side at 450 degrees F.

Internal temp guide:

Rare 125 deg F

Medium Rare 135deg F

Medium 145deg F

Medium well 150deg F

Well Done 160deg F

@texastasty

Our Masterbuilt Gravity Series 1050 is our go to during the holidays and this week we made some T-bone steaks. #recipe #steaktiktok #steakrecipe

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Tex-Mex with Charm – Cisco’s Restaurant and Bakery

Located in East Austin, Cisco’s does not fall short when it comes to charm. With photos and knickknacks lining the wall, the store-front gave off diner vibes mixed with the traditional Mexican restaurant feel. Recently deemed one of Austin’s historic locations, I couldn’t have been more excited to try the food at this iconic spot. There’s also the coolest mural on the side of the building to fulfill all of your picture-taking needs. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the restaurant is offering dine-in with limited seating as well as pick-up and delivery options. 

After being seated and served with chips and salsa, I did not waste any time before ordering an appetizer. Appetizers are important. I would argue that the appetizer sets the mood for the entire meal. With that being said, you can’t go wrong with queso. Cisco’s cheese dip was creamy yet thick and matched perfectly with the salsa. 

Known for their biscuits and huevos rancheros, I decided to take a different route and explore the menu. Up first, we have the chicken enchiladas topped with green sauce and monterey jack cheese. The shredded chicken wasn’t too dry and the green sauce, similar to salsa verde, was very flavorful. I was a bit caught off guard to see peas in the rice but it added a depth to the meal that was unexpected. 

My favorite dish I tried was the beef fajita fried steak and I now understand the hype for Cisco’s biscuits. They were rich, fluffy and didn’t fall apart when eaten. With creamy country gravy, the beef fajita fried steak is the perfect embodiment of Tex-Mex. The fries disappeared quickly as everyone reached for my plate for another bite. A crowd pleaser, that’s for sure.

Last but certainly not least, I tried the migas. Now, I’m picky about my migas. Sometimes the tortilla chips can be too overpowering or too hard, but not at Cisco’s. I also can appreciate a good side of refried beans and was not disappointed. The sauce was great, the eggs were nice and fluffy, and the dish was cheesy. A good dish overall.

With the amount of food that is served on one plate, you definitely get your money’s worth at Cisco’s. The welcoming atmosphere and the family history made me feel like I was home– not many restaurants can do that. Cisco’s has now been added to my list of places to take family when they come to visit. 

Check out their site here

Expo 2020 Dubai – A Foodie Paradise

We go to food festivals, music festivals, sporting events, and many other large events all the time, but what we experienced this past week is all of those rolled into one event and made grander, larger, and better. We got to go on a press trip to Expo 2020 in Dubai this past week and if you were following us on social media, you can see why Dubai is being called the culinary capital of the world right now. 

What is Expo 2020 Dubai? 

 
We’ve all heard the story about how the Eiffel Tower was built for the world fair and became such a popular attraction that it was kept up – well the term world fair is commonly used in the Americas, while other parts of the world like the Middle East and Europe use the term Expo. Expo 2020 was supposed to take place last year, but like most events the pandemic forced a delay and rescheduling to October 2021- March 2022. The theme of this years expo is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. 192 countries have pavilions, or exhibits essentially, that showcase their country, culture, food, innovations, and so much more. These pavilions are complimented by musical performances on festival sized stages, light shows, and educational experiences.  

Where is Expo 2020 Dubai and will getting there be hard? 

Expo 2020 takes placed in the United Arab Emirates – a country formed of seven Emirates, essentially cities, of which Dubai is one of them. The UAE is located on the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai is very easy to get to – there are direct flights from Houston and Dallas. Once there you’ll feel like you are in a futuristic Manhattan with pristine roads, all your favorite hotels, and mostly everyone speaks English. We never felt out of place or worried about our safety at any point (Dubai is also one of the safest cities in the world).  

What is there to do at the Expo?

Buckle up! We were there for four full days and feel like we only scratched the surface of all the events, food, activities that exist at the Expo. In fact, we are convinced that you could come every day for the entire duration of the Expo, which is 6 months, and still not run out of things to do. We’ll break it down by type of activity, but of course we’ll start with our favorite part – the food.  

The Food  

With cuisine from 192 countries on display at this global super event, food is central to the Expo and experiencing a culture. In our conversations with many of the staff members that organized and operate the food venues on site, the way the Expo approached food was unlike any previous iteration. Rather than having restaurants spread out all over the city, Dubai brought the restaurants to the Expo itself. You are at the Italian pavilion, well right next to it you may have an Italian restaurant. These venues are a combination of food concepts created specifically for the Expo and well-known restaurants with pop-ups. Over the course of our time at the Expo, we visited more than 16 different venues (maybe more!) and boy did we enjoy it. For reference there are 200+ food and beverage outlets featuring notable names and rising talent from nearly every corner of the globe, including over 20 Michelin starred chefs. 

Here is a quick rundown of the venues we went to and some of their standout dishes.  

Alkebulan – The World’s First African Dining Hall  

Alkebulan is the world’s first African dining hall curated by renowned NYC-based chef Alexander Smalls. We had the chance to sit down with Chef Alexander at Alkebulan and learn about his vision for the food hall (we recorded an episode of 512 degrees that is now live wherever you get your podcasts).  

At Alkebulan (which is being primed to be an international brand with culture and food halls planned for NYC and London), Chef Smalls has curated 11 African chef-led concepts from across the continent which celebrate the diverse cuisines that Africa has to offer and the innovate spin these young aspiring chefs are applying to the traditional fare.  

We had the pleasure of going to each of the restaurants on site and having Chef Alexander suggest what we should order.  

Can’t Miss – The fried chicken from Chicken Coop.

Rising Flavors 

You are in the UAE, so of course you have to get Arabic food. Rising Flavors brings together 11 concepts from well-known chefs from all over the region to showcase the variety of food the region.  

Can’t Miss- Briket from Villa Mamas by Chef Roaya Saleh 

 
 

Talabat Kitchen  

 
Talabat Kitchen is what you would expect in futuristic sci-fi movie.  We got to tour their set up at the Expo and learn about their cloud kitchen concepts, robot coffee + ice cream baristas, and autonomous robots that deliver food! Using your phone or kiosks at the Expo you can order food/beverages from over 30 brands and 15 cuisines. And once ready, you can pick up your food from a locker, a conveyor belt, have a robot driver it, and in the future maybe even a drone.  

 
Can’t Miss – How can you not marvel at ordering coffee on your phone and then seeing a robot barista make it in no time.  

Long Chim 

This concept originated in Australia by Chef David Thompson. So many amazing Thai dishes! The idea is to share the tastes of the street of Bangkok with a focus on authenticity and favorite dishes.  

Can’t Miss – The spices on the massaman curry of chicken are incredible!  

Bread Ahead 

Bread Ahead is a popular London-based bakery and making it’s first appearance outside the UK at the Expo! They are known for their artisan doughnuts filled with homemade custards and jams. Bread Ahead offers baking classes and we sat in for their doughnut class and baked our own dozen of goodness. As someone that has never baked before, we were amazed at how good our doughnuts turned out and can’t wait to make more!  

Adrift Burger Bar 

We’ve been to Adrift Burger Bar in LA and were excited to see them at the Expo! The New York Times has called this the perfect burger and we agree! 

Can’t Miss – Don’t forget their milkshakes – our favorite is strawberry and vanilla.  

Café Milano  

Every restaurant feels authentic and well thought out at the Expo, but if we had to choose one that takes the cake, it’s Café Milano. We felt transported to Italy with the amazing service, ambiance, drinks, and of course pasta. The music choice added to the experience.  

Can’t Miss – Strozzapreta Zegna, the lamp ragu is unlike anything we have tasted before.  

Mudra 

Located in the sustainability district, Mudra is a plant-based concept by Chef Matthew Kenny marries plant-based eating with simple foods in a gourmet way. We loved the plant-based gourmet burger with a few mocktails

 

Can’t Miss – Buffalo cauliflower as an appetizer – we couldn’t stop eating them! 

Floozie Cookie  

Another London-based entablement visits the Expo. These vegan stuffed cookies come in five different flavors and are perfect for a snack while walking between pavilions or desert.  

Arabian Tea House 

When in the Emirates, eat as the Emirati’s do. The Arabian Tea House is one of the first traditional restaurants in the UAE. From the Emirati hospitality, to gravel lined floors, to unique aromatics the experience was flawless. We went for breakfast and had a traditional breakfast platter.  

Can’t Miss – Traditional Arabic tea.  

You can check out Expo’s Instagram page @eatatexpo2020 too for all the amazing Insta-worthy shots of what we detailed above and much, much more. 

The Pavilions 

 
The Expo is 2.72 square miles and broken down into three operate districts – sustainability, mobility, and opportunity. These districts all are centered around the grand Al Wasl Plaza, home to constant light shows, concerts, and dignitary visits. Each district fits in with the theme of inspiring meaningful action to address the challenges we face in our world today.  

Sustainability District – In this district we learned about the ways each country is doing their part to preserve our planet and ensure future generations have a habitable plant to live on. This district has beautiful and futuristic looking solar trees that capture create energy from the plentiful sun that is present in Dubai year-round. Each district also has pavilions that play off the theme of the district they are in. We loved the Singapore pavilion and it’s towering forest canopy that started at the ground floor and went up three stories. When here make sure you don’t miss Terra, which has some of the most amazing architecture we saw at the Expo in addition to education about our plant and preservation.  

Mobility District – Dubai has more exotic cars than we’ve ever seen before in one city, so it’s only fitting to have a mobility district. This district aims to create conversations around a global society where information, good, and ideas can be exchanged seamlessly. We got to ride in autonomous vehicles, learn about space exploration, and visited the Russian pavilion which focuses on the movement of ideas as key to a successful future.  

Opportunity District – This district is in essence what the Expo centers around in our opinion– creating opportunities for all humans so that we can live better lives. The Mission Possible Opportunity Pavillion is a sight to see and teaches you about inspirational figures that came before us, personal commitments we can make to making the world a better place, and has some of the best vies of the Expo grounds.  

 
Other Notable Activities  

Music – With 192 countries present it seems like every night there are a handful of shows outside their respective pavilions. We ran into many lively, fun, and interactive concerts that will life anyone’s spirits.  A personal favorite was Pakistan and the drum heavy uplifting show we got to take in on a Saturday night. In admission to these performances, the Expo as a constant stream of A-list talent like Alicia Keyers, AR Rehman, and so many others that put on festival like shows – these are all included in the basic price of admission.  

Sports – Whether it is meeting legendry footballer Luis Figo, catching an F1 race on the big screen, or putting up 3 pointers like Steph Curry at the onsite basketball courts, the Expo has sports intertwined into every aspect of the experience.  

Educational/Collaboration – There are daily talks by experts in science, business, politics, and other areas at various pavilions. While we were there, Bill Gates visited and talked about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts. This leads to a SXSW like atmosphere where a mixing of the ideas and learning go hand in hand.  

What about COVID? 

When it comes to pandemic travel, Dubai is one of the safest cities takes the pandemic seriously. Over 90% of the population is fully vaccinated and 100% has had at least one shot. Add on to that the requirement for a negative test to enter the country and you get fewer than 100 cases per day and no deaths for the last 8+ weeks. Dubai is an example of a pandemic should be handled. 

5 TikTok Trends You Can’t Stop Watching

#Ben10

Remember the mid-2000s when Ben 10 aired for the first time; those were good times. Creators on Tiktok are bringing back the hype on this show back with a clever watch slap. Typically in these TikToks you start as one person and turn you into another after the watch slap. Others have started with a statement or question and show answers and such after. It is evolving into a very unique trend.

#GoSkate

Skating with skateboards and roller skates has become the thing again. Long time has passed that these had been reserved for skater dudes, eboys, and hippies, well at least in the public’s eye. This flippin Tik Tok trend has skating how-to videos and showcases new people trying it out as well. My favorite ones are the ones with sick kick flips and tricks that I’ll probably never be able to do.

#SmallBite

This trend showcases all of our little furry friends as they respectfully nibble some of whatever we’re eating. My favorite video has two dogs that were fighting at the beginning and even after that, one big ol’ doggo took a small bite out of his owner’s sandwich. How adorable!

#Popcornduet

These videos can either be absolutely stunning or overwhelmingly hilarious. Some creators are very serious about their popcorn duet and perform in a stunning manner while others make good fun out of it. The songs can be very hard to duet and it’s amazing that people outwardly give it a shot.

#MedievalTiktok

This is my favorite trend right now! I can’t help laughing at how silly some of the jokes are. Creators state something that happens to them or that they do and they dance around to Medieval music with related backgrounds.  In this picture, the text on screen reads “me after eating a piece of bread with cheese” and follows suit into the aspects of the trend. The first time I saw it, I cackled.

A Cozy Conroe Christmas: Weekend Destination Alert!

Conroe sits just outside Houston with all the charm you’d expect from a small town alongside all the convenience you’d expect from a city. The red-brick downtown and winding country roads feature a variety of food, drink, and specialized shopping. For general necessities, staples like Target and Best Buy cluster together by the hotels.

If you visit near Christmas, Conroe’s Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade greets you upon arrival as it snakes its way through downtown. The traffic shutdowns are well-organized and finding a vantage point is easy. A huge amount of Conroe’s educational, retail, political, and religious organizations participate with their own floats, giving a well-rounded view of the community’s inclinations and opportunities. Best of all, participation isn’t limited to the adults! Kids of all ages enjoy the spotlight on floats and on the ground, making the parade a real community event.

There’s also the Toby Powell Conroe Christmas Celebration, a fair taking up residence at the center of the parade’s route for most of the day. Farmers market style tents flaunt the artisan and craft talents of Conroe’s residents, while face painting, carousels, ponies, and a slew of fun outdoor activities are available for the kids. 

Bartletts Distillery

Bartletts Distillery is easily the winning attraction in Conroe. The independent distillery manufactures two whiskeys and four rums in-house. The owners are incredibly friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and more than willing to talk you through the distilling processes as you taste the effects of different methods across the six tasting sips. My personal favorite is the Single Malt Whiskey as it stays on the tongue for a while after, while my partner oscillates between the headiness of the Gold and Dark rums. However, all six selections go down insanely smoothly. As for mixed drinks, the Painkiller earns its title as the most popular. Who wouldn’t want their drink cheerfully set ablaze before being served? And if you want to try one of everything, have no fear – Bartletts provides plenty of card and board games to pass the time as you make your way through the menu.

Honor Cafe

Bartletts may have best drinks locked down, but veteran-owned Honor Cafe claims best food. The unassuming, warehouse-like restaurant is filled with patriotic memorabilia and mouth watering dishes. No frills, just food. The breakfast quesadilla with brisket and bacon, served with chimichurri and sour cream, is guaranteed to haunt your dreams for weeks after your trip… I’m tempted to drive back just to bite into the juicy, perfectly cooked brisket and enjoy high quality ingredients at their best again. 

Pie in the Sky

After best drinks and best food, I present to you Conroe’s best dessert. The personality-filled Pie in the Sky offers a wide array of pie flavors, including keto and gluten sensitive options. The banana cream is my recommendation. It may be the most satisfying banana pie I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of banana pies. The southern pecan, pear berry, and bumbleberry pies are solid options as well. If you’d like a meal after dessert, Pie in the Sky is no slouch when it comes to savory dishes. Jamie’s Skillet, in particular, is a cheesily divine egg skillet sure to hit the spot during breakfast or brunch.

The Players Theatre Company at Owen Theatre

Dinner and a movie is overrated. Why not dinner and a play? The Players Theatre Company at Owen Theatre is small but mighty. Talent is in no short supply in Conroe, and one only has to sit through a showing of A Christmas Story to see it. Transitions between scenes are effective and mechanical thanks to the hard work of the stage hands. Both adult and child actors deliver stellar performances and clean, quality musical numbers throughout the show, and the whole experience is engaging and exciting. 

Ferm Meadery

Mead is basically honey wine. Two of the best treats melded together for a stunning final product. Innovation runs rampant at Ferm Meadery, so it’s best to go for a mead flight and sample five at once! For an elevated wine flavor, the Vanbogh, flavored with vanilla and oak, is a must. Somehow, the flavor combination results in a stout, barely-there hint of chocolate on the tongue that I am all there for. A more celebratory blend is the Cranberry Spice, which initially hits you with all spice before subsiding to a sensual cranberry finish.

The Red Brick Tavern

A local favorite that can’t be missed is The Red Brick Tavern. It’s menu of comfort food is fit for casual consumption, while the upscale preparation and presentation make it a site for celebratory and serious dinners as well. The live music in the evenings makes it a great place for night life as well. Particularly fine options include the Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas and RBT BBQ Gourmet Meatloaf Sandwich. The quesadillas are perfectly cheesy and sassily spicy, while the meatloaf manages to hold together without being a ball of grease as is usually the case. The meatloaf both impresses and puts one into a food coma, because it’s too good to stop eating regardless of how full one is.

Fass Brewery

I’ll be honest. I’m not into beer. I am, however, into Fass Brewery in-house beer. While the core flavor of beer is still very much present, Fass’ unique and creative flavor profiles mean there’s more to look forward to and enjoy in each drink. The cream ale, for example, is reminiscent of summer days spent chugging cream sodas in between rides at the waterpark, while the Tiki Seltzer brings a little tropical twist to the classic taproom taste.

Pacific Yard House

For an expansive American menu and vibrant live music, the rustic Pacific Yard House is the place to be. Their ribs are massive, saucy, and delicious. Their sweet potato fries are flavorful and their regular fries have that textured crunchy outer layer that puts them a step above the rest. Their Chocolate Eruption Cake features chocolate brownie, chocolate mousse, chocolate cheesecake, and chocolate drizzle for a decadent, rich end to the meal. It’s all around good food at Pacific Yard House, so be sure to stop by while you’re in town.

Fajita Jack’s Tex-Mex Grill and Cantina

It’s not Texan if it doesn’t have Tex-Mex. Fajita Jack’s fills the requirement for Conroe, serving classic Tex-Mex fare and sporting an expansive drink menu. The Lunch Lupe features a chicken breast that is moist and carries a touch of sweetness. A classic Piña Colada keeps the vibe up with its creamy coconut goodness. The restaurant sits on Lake Conroe, so there’s a beautiful view included with your meal.

We had such an amazing time visiting Conroe and can’t wait to be back! Perfect for weekend getaway, a short day trip, or something inbetween! 

Peppermint Parkway

Peppermint Parkway is bigger than ever and back at Circuit of The Americas this holiday season. Experience the twinkling lights, feel the speed on the COTA track, and wander through Peppermint Plaza. From roller skating snowflakes, a mesmerizing light experience, and even an appearance from the Grinch himself, Peppermint Parkway is a must on your holiday list to make it #totallysweet. 

The Atmosphere

Now through December 26th, guests can enjoy various activities at the Parkway. Peppermint Plaza, which can be enjoyed before or after your journey through the lights, is filled with activities for the whole family. The plaza resembles a carnival, with many rides and fair foods to indulge in. Write a letter to Santa for Pepper and Mint to deliver, or enjoy one of the live shows with an appearance from Santa himself. Take a trip up to the top of the COTA Candy Cane and step out over the glass observation deck if you are brave enough. While admission to Peppermint Plaza is free, each activity is purchased separately. 

The Packages

Before the drive-through experience starts, guests have the opportunity to stock up on snacks like cookies, popcorn, and hot chocolate. Peppermint Parkway offers several packages for guests to choose from to have the best experience possible. The Parkway is the most standard package, providing admission to the drive-through experience. The Sweetest Deal, the most inclusive package, includes access to the Parkway, a lap around the COTA track, and a fast pass. 

The Experience

After experiencing Peppermint Parkway for ourselves, we highly recommend selecting a package with a @COTA_Official Track Lap. The lap starts just before you drive through the light experience when you divert from the route and enter the track. Whether you are a fan of cars or not, the trip around the course is sure to put a smile on your face. While you are guided through the path by a guide car from Peppermint Parkway, you still feel a little bit of speed and adrenaline when your tires hit the track. 

The drive-through light experience takes about 15 minutes to complete. While you are not permitted to leave your car, you can occasionally stop and take pictures inside the car. You’ll want plenty of time to slow down and enjoy the spectacular light show. Roll your windows down, let the holiday music flood in, and get into the spirit. 

Peppermint Parkway is the perfect holiday activity to do with family and friends. They are open through Christmas, so you still have plenty of time to load up in the car and admire the dazzling lights. For more information, visit @PeppermintParkway or purchase your tickets at peppermintparkway.com. 

@texastasty

Peppermint Parkway is a holiday must this season in Austin! 💡🍬 🎄@Peppermintparkway @COTA_Official #totallysweet

♬ Christmas Bells – StudioKolomna

Best Vegan Restaurants In Austin Texas

Eating out while on an all-plant based diet can be difficult, not to mention expensive. Most restaurants have animal products in their dressings, their beans, and even cooked into their vegetables. The search for truly animal-product free food seems endless unless you are at one of the few all-vegan restaurants in Austin. Once you find one though, it’s hard to know what to order, since most vegan restaurants have their own unique style of replacing animal products and they each have their own recipes…and of course, there’s still the price issue.

For this reason, we went out and found the best vegan Restaurants in Austin with the lowest prices and compiled a list for you. 

1 – Flower Child

Flower Child has a build-your own bowl option where you can fill it to your liking, the options range from delicious vegetables that are in season to quinoa and tofu to top it off. In addition, they have delicious wraps, my personal favorite being The Thai Dye, it has a perfect balance of spice and natural flavors. 

2 – Mr Natural

The best vegan flautas in Austin can be found at Mr. Natural, they are a perfect combination of thin crunchy exterior and soft veggie interior. You have the choice of building your own, or picking a pre-prepared flauta, my personal favorite being the potato ones.  

3 – Modern Market

Modern Market has few but reliable vegan options in their menu. They are not experimenting with faking the taste of meat, so if that’s not your thing, this is a great place. The Buddha bowl and the sesame glazed tofu salad are two filling, healthy and easy vegan options to add to your list. 

4 – Mission Street Burrito

Mission Street Burrito has well disguised meat and cheese supplements. For a first-timer I would advise to order the Swiss quesadilla and add “chicken.” Their “chicken” is made from plant based products and is well seasoned. The “cheese” is made from cashew, and it is the ingredient that stands out the most from the burrito. It has a strong taste, and if you like it then you will love the nachos and mac and cheese. 

5 – Arlo’s

Arlo’s has a plant-based menu filled with comfort foods with decent prices. From tacos to burgers, to frito pies, mac and cheese with a side of salsa or french fries, their menu is perfect for a night in. 

6 – Casa de Luz

Casa de Luz was founded on the idea that a proper meal shared with your community is at the center of one’s well-being. They hand pick the most organic ingredients and serve them with care. For adults, you receive a soup, salad, main plate, and drink for $13 without tax. Their dishes have a homey feel to them, and their mission makes the experience all the better. 

7 – Next Level Burger

The best vegan patty I have tried so far is from Next Level Burger. Their mushroom patty was soft but not too mushy, it was not trying to be someone it wasn’t, and the whole burger went well together. 

In addition to burgers, they also have vegan chili french fries. These are french fries that are topped in bean and tempeh bacon. The tempeh gave it a chili-flavor, and when ordering you have to let the waiter know to not add any cheese or cream. 

8 – Austin Food Company

It seems like Austin has a taco truck at every corner, so I was iffy about trying the ATXFOODCO but I changed my mind on the first bite. Their tacos are stuffed to the brim so you truly get your money’s worth, and all their tacos are topped off with sesame seeds, raw coleslaw and avocado. I would recommend their tempeh brisket taco and mushroom one as well. 

9 – Bouldin Creek Cafe

One food I have always had a special place in my heart for are hash browns, and Bouldin Creek Cafe had some of the best hash browns I have ever tried. They were crunchy yet soft, with a unique tangy taste. In addition, this restaurant has a wide variety of breakfast tacos where they sub eggs for tofu which go nicely with the hash browns. As far as their bowls, they are accompanied by flavorful dressings, which brings the whole dish together. 

10 – Possum Pizza

Located in East Austin, Possum Pizza has the best selection of vegan junk food in the city. Their pizza toppings range from olives to bacon mac n cheese, they offer mozzarella sticks and even vegan wings. Definitely worth a try, even for meat eaters!

Austin City Limits Food Festival

It’s October in Austin and only two things matter – Texas vs. OU and the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival. The first weekend of October came quick this year and it was hot, sweaty, exhausting, and just perfect. Fun was had, music was heard, food was eaten, and friends were made. We could write a book about the amazing music from Childish Gambino to Tame Impala, and Mumford & Sons, but we’ll leave that for another post.

Each year ACL makes improvements to every part of the experience and that includes the food. ACL Eats this year came back with an expanded lineup that included favorites like Torchy’s, the Mighty Cone, Amy’s Ice Cream, and The Salt Lick. Nothing beats amazing festival food from your favorite Austin vendors, listing to crazy awesome music, and catching Texas football and Astros baseball in between.

Our favorites from this years ACL Eats:

The Beer Garden

Let’s face it, it can get hot in Austin in October and the perfect solution is the beer garden. Ice cold beer, chairs, and massive screens to catch the Longhorns, Astros, and NFL games on made it the perfect recharge station between our favorite sets.

Chi’Lantro BBQ

Chi’Lantro BBQ is a Korean-inspired restaurant company that opened in Austin, Texas in 2010. Since then, the former food truck operation has opened 7 locations in the Austin area. They are known for their Korean fusion dishes including the World-Famous Kimchi Fries. It was the perfect Friday lunch! (Does not need to be highlighted)

Torchy’s Tacos

Do we even need to say more?

Torchy’s Tacos started in 2006 with a mobile trailer: a little red Vespa. Before we knew it, people were rallying beside the taco stand hollering, “damn these tacos are good!” and the legacy began. Today, Torchy’s Tacos operates over 50 locations throughout Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.With names like the Washingtonian (smoked pulled pork, grilled onions, jack cheese, pickle, and avocado) or Trailer Park (fried chicken, green chile, pico de gallo, and poblano sauce) you can’t go wrong with Torchy’s for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast.

Honorable Mentions

Tiff’s Treats – Tiff’s Treats is famous for bringing hot, fresh-from-the-oven cookies and brownies to hungry treat lovers everywhere, and perfect for the mid-day festival sugar high.

Shawarma Point – Shawarma Point was born in 2013 as a Modern Mediterranean Eatery in Austin. If you want a meal with fresh meat,, flavorful, and easy to eat – they are your go to!

Mighty Cone – Mighty Cone was born at the first ACL Festival in 2002! Their iconic “Hot & Crunchy” cones are the ideal festival food – transportable yet delicious – and an Austin staple.

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5 Best Thrift Stores in Austin You Should Visit

Second-hand stores are, by far, one of my favorite ways to find new clothes. Not only is fast fashion hurting my wallet, but it’s hurting the planet. Thrifting is one of the ways I try to be more sustainable without breaking the budget. Lucky for me, Austin has thrift stores on nearly corner. Here are some of my favorites:

1 – Buffalo Exchange

A staple in any college student’s wardrobe, Buffalo Exchange never fails. While their items can be a little more on the expensive side, they are of excellent quality and help you reduce your carbon footprint by continuing to shop second hand. Not once have I walked out of Buffalo Exchange empty-handed, even if my wallet was begging me to. 

Buffalo Exchange has a great selection of men’s and women’s clothing ranging from ACL fits a wine night with your friends. In addition to their clothing options, Buffalo Exchange has incredible accessories and some of the best earrings and jewelry in town.

2 – Austin Pet’s Alive Thrift

This is, by far, my favorite thrift store in Austin, Texas. Everything is a set price in the store unless specifically marked, making it much easier to shop. Austin Pet’s Alive Thrift often does grab bag sales to buy a bag for $10 and fill it with as much clothing as you can fit. They have some fantastic items; I’ve gotten a nice Nike windbreaker from here and some great vintage prints that I hung in my living room. I love APA Thrift not only because of their excellent selection but also because the proceeds go back to the APA themselves.

3 – Flamingos Vintage Pound

One of the more unique stores in Austin, Flamingos, sells clothes by the pound. Known for its phenomenal jackets and t-shirts, Flamingos also has a great selection of denim. It’s hard to walk out empty-handed from Flamingos, but even harder to not drop an entire paycheck in one visit. Full of incredible finds, Flamingo is a destination for many and in the heart of Austin, a few blocks north of UT Austin’s campus. Packed full of vintage jackets, shirts, and dresses, Flamingos is a one-shop when you need something new to go out.

4 – Texas Thrift Store

Another place I never walk out empty-handed, Texas Thrift, has a little bit of everything. Located right off of I-35, Texas Thrift is a popular spot and always has a great selection. While most stores don’t have dressing rooms to try on your haul, Texas Thrift does. They also have a great selection of business and business casual clothing, perfect for interviews or work that won’t break the bank. Additionally, unlike other thrift stores, Texas Thrift has toys, appliances, and other random knick-knacks.

5 – Savers

Different days mean different discounts at Savers, and it is full of hidden gems. I hadn’t heard of Savers until I moved to Austin, and I was really missing out. Packed full of clothes, appliances, furniture, and everything in between, Savers is the ultimate thrift store. Everything is reasonably priced, and it’s easy to spend hours here. Savers isn’t unique to Austin, they have stores across Texas, but their location on Burnet is one of the best.