Hey mama, I am so excited to share about our trip to Austin with you. Let me first set the stage for you, we almost missed our flight, Jack napped only 30 minutes each day of the trip, Jack refused to poop for almost 3 days, I got bit up by mosquitos, we ended up at Walmart buying a Mickey Mouse potty, and I ate my weight in vegan food.
With that quick recap let me tell you, it was a blast! Seeing a city in 2 days, yes I said 2 days (we bought plane tickets after wine on a whim), with a toddler was interesting. Austin is a driving city for sure so we spent a good amount of time in the car looking at places, seeing neighborhoods, and driving to every vegan restaurant in town. Jack was not a fan of this, which is understandable but when your husband is lost, and you have to pee and your child is screaming it feels like a full blown psychotic episode.
I know you can feel my pain here. To sweeten the deal Jack was complaining that his tummy hurt and we were stopping and taking turns running him into public restrooms to beg, not try, we were begging him to poop which only backfired. Stefan and I spent more time squatting down in public restrooms then we care to ever experience again.
But, we had a blast despite the craziness of two year old emotions and patience of 31 yr old parents.
Vegan food was the theme of the trip. Austin is loaded with tons of vegan restaurants. As soon as we landed we went straight to Arlo’s food truck. I ordered a “burger” and Stefan got the jerk “chicken” sandwich, and holy crap it was the best I’ve ever had!
We then got vegan ice cream for Jack at Yummi Joy and headed to the very first Whole Foods and stocked up on snacks for Jack. I mean this is the life this kids lives, ice cream and Whole Foods. My dad took me to McDonalds when I was his age…
We knew in our heart we had to make this trip about Jack as well so we took him to the Thinkery which is the most amazing place for children and we just let him go nuts for over an hour. They have tons of different activities and learning experiences to do, plus a huge play place outside.
Stefan and I enjoyed Texas brewed beer because let's just say their Chardonnay game was not on point.
We also ate lunch at a vegan restaurant called Counter Culture and it was so effing good! I got a tuna salad sandwich made from chickpeas and it was amazing. I also discovered lavender lemonade mimosas that come in a huge glass, and that mosquitos will eat me alive.
I literally got bit 12 times on one leg/foot throughout the course of the day easily 10 bites on the other leg. This I was not prepared for with my oils FML.
We also discovered a place called Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden which is a coffee house that serves beer and wine and they have a chicken coup outside with a garden and a ton of food trucks. It was the most charming way to spend our evening after dinner at Bouldin Creek Cafe. I loved it because there were tons of families all there on a Friday night having fun. It felt super welcoming.
We took Jack to ride the little train through Zilker park and saw lots of people out on the Colorado river paddle boarding and canoeing. It was beautiful and super green!
We ended our trip with a coffee pitstop at an outside trailer kinda vibe called Picnik which was so freaking cute and so Instagrammy but it was pouring like a mother and Jack was running away any chance he got. Stress 100%= no photo lol.
It was a great 2 days and it was exciting being in a new city that was charged with energy and creativity.
Did you travel any place this Summer?
Also linking outfit deets below.