Get ready, this is going to be a long post full of bright colors, pretty plants, and delicious food! Colin and I went to Austin (the best thing that ever happened to Texas…in my opinion haha) a couple weekends ago for a photo shoot. While we were there, of course, we enjoyed exploring the city and eating lots of amazing food! I also got to make a new friend, so that was awesome :) Here’s my documentation of our trip!
I didn’t get to snap as many good pictures of our AirBnb apartment this time like I did for our trip to Santa Fe, but rest assured it was still a great experience! We stayed in a duplex that was very cute and fun. The best part about renting a space like that is getting to stay in a neighborhood. Colin and I love to ride our bikes and go for walks, and it’s always interesting to do those things in a new place. It really makes us feel like locals :)
^ My parents gave me an Instax Mini camera for my 25th birthday, and this trip was my first time I got to play with it–so fun!
After taking an initial walk through our neighborhood, we went downtown to grab dinner at La Condesa. WOWOWOW! It was so amazing, and we will definitely be eating there again. We got their seasonal guacamole, which had pomegranate seeds and queso fresco mixed in. It was dreamy. For our meal we ordered their Chile Relleno (like nothing you’ve ever had before), and their Coliflor a la Plancha (cauliflower steak) which was so spicy and amazing I wish I was eating it right now. Thank you, Anne Marie and Jimmy for recommending La Condesa to us!
After dinner, we walked around downtown (in the rain), and wound up at this little FroYo place for dessert–look at the decorations on the walls!
Per recommendation of my friend, Amanda, we biked to brunch at Kerbey Lane for our first morning there. We had to wait outside for about 20 minutes before our table was ready, but man was the food good. I had the Paris Texas Platter (with the green sauce), which is Migas and French Toast. I was a pretty happy camper.
^ Anywhere bottomless coffee is involved is usually a good place to be.
Speaking of coffee, after shopping I met up with my new friend, Holly Crabtree, at Houndstooth Coffee! Holly and I are both friends with Kourtni, so she set us up on a “blind friend date” and it was lovely. She is the sweetest (and she’s super talented…seriously), and Houndstooth was awesome.
Austin has a Patagonia store….so obviously we spent some time in there. I mean, come on.
While I was at coffee with Holly, Colin was driving around exploring. He came across this awesome park at the top of a hill, and he took me there to snap some photos before dinner–it was so beautiful!
^ I found all the celebrity mansions…woah.
For dinner, we got Kimchi Fries (YUM) and guacamole from Chi’Lantro. They were amazing. I want to go on a tour of every restaurant in Austin that serves guacamole and sample them all. I could eat it all. day. long. Anyway, we took our food to Zilker Park for a little picnic!
That evening, I was in charge of an epic photo booth at a gorgeous wedding! It was so fun, and that wedding was seriously great. More photo booth shots to come.
The next morning, before church, we ate at the Blue Dahlia Bistro. They have mostly French food, and everything we ate was mouthwatering delicious. Colin ordered crepes with chocolate sauce, I got the frittata, and we split it all in half. So. Good.
Church at The Austin Stone. I have no words to describe how great it was to be there. What an amazing community of believers serving our God and their city. We loved everything.
Since church was in Austin High School, and the school backs up to the Colorado River, Colin and I spent a long time sitting on this bench and soaking it all in. Next time, we are definitely going swimming/kayaking/stand up paddle boarding or something while we’re there! Such a great oasis.
We had to finish our trip with a sweet treat, so we stopped again at La Patisserie for some macaroon’s (and a photo by the “Greetings from Austin” wall)
We love you, Austin!