Includes: Progress Coffee, Torchy’s Tacos, Amy’s Ice Creams, all in Austin, TX
Last week despite my complete disregard for the low-carb, high protein eating trend, I gave in and gave it a try. (Not with meat — but plenty of fish, nuts, string cheese, soy, etc.) I wanted to jump start a little weight loss, but also to see if — like so many websites claim — it would make a difference in the layer of horrid torso fat that middle age suddenly seems to have dumped on me.
Ugh. What a boring way to eat.
But I surely made up for it today, with a total what-the-hell, throw all caution to the wind food day on this, my first full day in Austin.
Here’s what I had: a biscuit, a taco, a milkshake and a beer.
Told you — all caution to the wind.
The biscuit, though not of the flaky, layered North Carolina genre, was delicious all the same. Texas-y, for sure: a jalapeno-cheddar biscuit sandwiching a fried egg and more cheddar at Progress Coffee. And a great cup of Joe, of course. Nice breakfast on the shop’s porch, with a good book, whiling away a little time while Erin and her roommate slept in following their late-night work shifts.
I indulged in the taco, milkshake and beer at the Austin City Limits festival.
What a great day of fantastic music (Alison Krauss! Gillian Welch! Stevie Wonder!) And how nice to have good food provided by local vendors at such an event, instead of the usual corn dogs, funnel cakes and other yellow, fried whatnots. The long row of Austin Eats food booths features 30+ vendors.
My Torchy’s Baja shrimp taco was piping hot and spicy with chipotle sauce, and the crunchy shrimp were perfectly cooked and juicy on the inside. (It tasted so good I had a few bites before I remembered to take a photo.)
I haven’t had a milkshake all summer, and the chocolate shake from Amy’s Ice Creams hit the spot.
The only disappointment was the beer. (Austin may be a foodie’s paradise, but Erin says there aren’t really many great local beers.)
More to follow … it’s after 1 a.m. (2 my time!) and this squishy-middled, midlife foodie is tired and dirty and satiated.