Ah, Texas. The land of BBQ and breakfast tacos and all that is good in the world. I spent one day and two nights in Austin last week, and I fell super hard for the city's art, colors, and in-your-face cuisine. I think I did a good job of eating and drinking all of the everything while I was there--here are the tasty deets:
I arrived after a tiring day of driving through rainstorms and was in need of something warm and between bread. I got my fix at The Noble Pig, where I ordered a sandwich with not one, not two, but THREE types of pork on it (spicy ham, pulled pork, and bacon). We made a quick stop at Fork & Taco next door (try the caulifower taco!) before heading downtown for some art, a hot sake, and sleep.
I started the next day brunching with friends at Pacha, where I tried the bacon, pear, and scallion pancake (like, WHAT?!). We spent the rest of the morning burning off pancakes and strolling around Feliz, an amazing art + maker pop up. I swooned over wood spoons and gorgeous handmade goods (especially one of the mexican robes from OH! Fox Creative, which ended up coming home with me) while sipping on iced coffee from Sister Coffee. Aren't those boob cups everything?!
Let's talk about barbeque for just a sec. I know, I know, Austin is known for its BBQ, but it really truly knocked my socks off. We grabbed lunch at Freedmen's, a spot rich with history and meat and whiskey. My friends and I shared a tray of warm bread and pimento cheese with our whiskey bloody marys before trying out the brisket, homemade pickles, and grilled cabbage slaw. I give that meal five hands-in-the-air emojis. So, so good.
I spent my last night in Austin staying in with my good friend and host. We had an impromptu Vietnamese dinner party for two on her living room floor, complete with homemade spring rolls and THE BEST peanut sauce I've ever had. She was kind enough to share the recipe with me and now I'm sharin' it with you:
vietnamese peanut sauce
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
Combine all of the ingredients in a pan and place on medium heat. Stir the ingredients until saucy. Top with fresh cracked peanuts, sesame seeds, fried shallots, and/or fried garlic. This sauce is meant for dipping spring rolls, but it would also be fantastic on top of some rice noodles or a green salad.