wednesday, october 03 2012 Everything’s bigger here – days 1 & 2

We've escaped the dry, blistering AZ heat and taken up residence in a sweet Austin, TX bungalow. For the next few weeks we will visit with family and conduct some serious brainstorming about our upcoming wedding (woo!) and the next iteration of the Foodee project. Tune in for pictures of our adventures, ideas and the food we eat along the way!

Days 1 & 2

Wholly Cow
This was the very first restaurant we pulled up on Yelp! by Scott's office and it couldn't have been a better way to start the trip. Just off 6th street, Wholly Cow boasts local, grass-fed burgers and is already very familiar with the CrossFit/Paleo community. They have catered for CF events here in Austin and have since come up with a new menu item: The Fit Cross Burger- A 1/4 lb hunk of meat set between 2 Portabella mushroom caps with bacon and grilled onions. (I think it's safe to say that we all know where Matt's pants are right now...) The food was great, and the people working were really passionate about the food they crafted - which always makes it taste better, so our food journey had officially, and successfully began!

We spent the rest of the day cruising around Downtown, checking out the bars on "Dirty" 6th and exploring the insanely huge Whole Foods HQ on the opposite end of the street. The weather was rainy, and pretty muggy, so we stayed in at night and cooked Lemon Artichoke Chicken (a la Practical Paleo) for Scott.

Eggs, bacon and avocado over spaghetti squash. Unconventional, yet tasty!

The next morning we crafted some delicious breakfast goodness and headed out to Lady Bird Lake to kayak. The brothers donned their matching bro-tanks and all of us wore boat shoes for the aquatic occasion. It was a little overcast and windy, but nonetheless a great start to our day. After an hour of working up an appetite, we were off to our next lunch adventure.

24 Diner
24 Diner was a favorite Austin spot for Melissa Joulwan, of The Clothes Make the Girl, and her recommendation did not steer us wrong! Another great spot for burgers with a big emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients. I had the Chili Cheese Burger (hold the cheese, please!)- A beanless, Brisket chili over a 1/4 GF Beef patty with a side of green beans braised with bacon and ML had the Lamb burger over a roasted red pepper tapenade with the same bacon-y green beans. Definitely a place to check out for us paleo/gluten-free eaters. Thanks Melissa!

Central Market
Our new favorite grocery store. We have been every day of our trip so far and loved the quality and selection of food they offer. It winds you through like Ikea and creates the ideal environment for food lovers as it builds you up to the next "exhibit" of food. We are used to jumping from store to store to complete our shopping, but this place seems to have it all and at a reasonable price. If you'd like to run into us during our trip, camp out here and we'll be sure to run into you within the next 24 hours, hah!

See y'all tomorrow!

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