Cody and I spent the day in Austin. Or, the afternoon I should say. I love Austin. We love Austin.
But every time I go to Austin I am always thankful that I don’t live there.
I spent a year in Austin and I really enjoyed it. But, after a year, I was ready for something a little smaller. A little less traffic. And perhaps a little less weird. 😉
We had a wine tasting mixer for the afternoon so we made a day out of it.
We spent the morning in NB at church. I think Cody geeked out when he saw the sermon was Star Wars theme. We then stopped by our favorite coffee place. Medium Carmelo, hot, no whip, please!
We don’t make it to Austin often, so when we do, we try to make the most of it. We have had the restaurant, Odd Duck, on our “Austin List” for quite some time now. I had heard first about it on Jamie Ivey’s podcast, The Happy Hour. And pretty much anything she says is pure gold. So we decided to make this our lunch spot for the day.
We were a little bummed when we showed up and they were serving their brunch menu. Their lunch and dinner menu is what we had seen and that’s what hooked us.
We were greeted with really pleasant wait staff and free valet because PARKING IN AUSTIN. Cody was instantly hooked with the music choices they were playing. And I really enjoyed the decor. The best word we could come up with to describe it was “eclectic.”
If you sit at the bar, you are able to watch the kitchen staff prepare.
Everything was really unique from the chairs, to the plates, to the centerpieces at each table.
Like I said, they were serving brunch and initially we were disappointed. Their menu was small, but really intriguing! It was kind of like a tapas type menu- which again, isn’t my favorite. But we were already here and I was borderline hangry so we didn’t really have any other options.
I have to apologize because I took a picture of the menu but I guess I didn’t do a very good job cause you can’t read a single word of it. So my pictures and descriptions will have to do.
First we started out with the “cauliflower & scarmoza flauta, refried black bean, eggscabehce.” Really? I hate when places put fancy words in there that no one knows. But, I saw “flauta” and “black beans” and really, what could go wrong there?
Nothing. That’s what went wrong. Nothing. Well…other than I could have eaten like two more plates of this. So much deliciousness and really random things all mixed together that all complimented each other really well.
Next we had the “Breakfast sausage, fried rice, scramble egg, carrot, cashews.” This one we were able to figure out and my gracious this one was delicious too!
That’s Cody being really patient with me while I took pictures of all the food as it came out.
Okay. Fried rice. YUM!
Originally we only ordered two things because our waiter told us servings were large and rich. Apparently he doesn’t know about my eating abilities.
So we also ordered the “short stack pancakes, pork belly, pork fat mayo, apple, pecan, fried egg.”
Hold on…let us all have a moment of silence for this.
Yes. I know it looks delicious. And it was. But again, I probably could have eaten two more of these on my own.
Oh, and I think my grandma used to have plates like that.
So basically what I am trying to say is if you are in Austin- this place is worth a visit!
We then ventured our way up to The Domain for a wine tasting mixer event with Texas Winos. We originally did a wine tour with them a year or so ago. They put on some free events for their customers and this was one of them. Five wine tastings and a shirt for FREE!
And, of course, no trip to Austin is complete without a trip to Amy’s. There is so much weirdness and yummy-ness there and I love it!
We head back to Austin in a few weeks. We are debating on trying a new place or visiting one of our favorites, El Alma.
Let me know if you have any places we HAVE to try out!
Until next time,