Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hittin’ The Texas Roads (Part I)

Before I tell y’all (ok, so I tried to pull of a Texas accent) about my trip down south, I first need to introduce you to my newest addition.


Yes folks, that’s a beautiful Canon Rebel XS camera—my dreams officially came true this past Christmas. Thanks mom and dad! So of course Ms.Canon got put to work this past week as I toured Texas for the first time. And my Casio digital camera has officially filed for retirement.


My gram and I left for Texas last Thursday. What seemed like a start to a nightmare (delayed flights, 4 hour bus ride, 6 hours layover in Minneapolis airport), finally led to waking up to some Texas sunshine Friday morning.


I thought it was so weird to see everything still decorated for Christmas minus the snow. Is it just me, or does Christmas just need snow?

Downtown Austin


I think I mentioned this before, but my cousin is opening up a bistro in downtown Austin on 6th street, so this trip was highly anticipated for me—I knew it would be a lot of things food related! She is starting from scratch in an old historical building.



It’s going to focus highly on brunch, appetizers, and a wide variety of wine. She is also renting out the bottom half for test kitchen needs! She plans to open in April..I can’t wait to see how it goes!



Starting a restaurant from scratch is no easy feat. I realized this as we paged through plans, forms, and more plans!


Then my cousin knew I’d jump at the chance to visit the HUGE Whole Foods. When I say huge, I am not exaggerating! We spent at least two hours browsing, admiring,  and of course eating at the famous hot bar.

Throughout our browsing, I bought this gorgeous kabocha squash..


I admired the gorgeous bakery displays..




IMG_0861And after working up an appetite walking around, we ate at the hot bar.

Check out the gigantic salad bar!


Glorious grilled salmon!


Grilled salmon, grilled squash, sautéed broccoli. So fresh & delicious!



And of course, a day spent traveling is not complete without some shopping. This was on the top of my list!



The All in One Bakeshop is  the largest cake supply store in Central Texas. I had a few things I’ve been looking for, so I figured this would be the spot! It was a baker’s delight!


Cupcake toppers galore!


Every birthday theme imaginable!


Cookie cutters anyone??


Sprinkles, glitter, flavoring & more!


If you are ever in the Austin area, make sure to pay the All in One Bake Shop a visit! :-)



And other must when I travel?

 Self-serve frozen yogurt places of course!

Being that Minnesota has virtually none, I cram as many in as possible when I am in states that do!


The Yogurt Spot happened to pop up first on the GPS, so off we went!

16 flavors of pure goodness—so hard to choose.


After much debate, I decided on two kinds—cheesecake and pumpkin with some crushed grahams and a few strawberries thrown into the mix! Amazing!


Had to get the classic fro-yo shot!



And then it was time to call it a night!


**Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 of my trip!**

Have you been to Texas? If yes, what did you do? If you haven’t, would you like to visit sometime?


Anonymous said...

texas looks so awesome!!! never been there, but i hear they just got some snow. So random for the south!

So jealous of your new camera and cupcake shop adventures :)

Christina said...

We drove through Texas on our way to Arizona. We stopped at that one restaurant that's always on TV w/ the huge cow and statue guy where if you eat the big steak it's free. haha That's all I remember.

That wall of cookie cutters is INSANE!

Erica said...

What an awesome trip! First off- congrats on the camera. And next, I'm a firm believer that Christmas does not require snow....but I hate the white stuff so ;) Congrats to your cousin- what a cool undertaking. And the bake shop looks incredible- I could spend hours in there

Krista said...

You're right....this road trip sounds like it was AMAZING!!! And I adore your new camera. hun!

Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon said...

What a fun treat! I've never been to a self-serve froyo shop because they're non-existent in WV :( Maybe someday when I'm traveling!

I could get lost in a Whole Foods for hours--aren't they the most fun place to shop?! I love how food bloggers all share the preference for shopping at massive health food stores (and baking specialty shops), as opposed to clothing boutiques :)

laurie said...

Guess what?

Last summer some guys from CA opened up a self serve yogurt bar here in town at a local coffee shop. It looks just like your photo, with the different yogurt machines in the wall.It has about 6 kinds, and I think they change them every so often.I'm not sure if it's open now or just seasonal.

So you aren't too far from one!

Looks like such a fun trip!

Kerstin said...

Congrats on your new camera - woohoo! Glad you're having fun on your vacation too!

Kim said...

Hey there - congrats to you on your new camera! You're going to have so much fun breaking it in:)

Looks like you are really enjoying your time in Texas. Very exciting that your cousin is opening up a bistro. It looks like it will be a very charming place. Enjoy Texas!

Sue said...

Love the bake shop! Congrats on your new addition:)

Jessica@tastyandtrim said...

Hey love! I’m just letting you know that I chose you as one my favorite bloggers to receive the “Stylish Blogger Award” because I adore your blog! Here’s the link to the post Have an amazing weekend :)

Lisa said...

What a bakery, what a trip, and what a camera! Looks like your new year is off to an awesome start.