One Trailer At A Time

Hey ya’ll! It is Thursday and I couldn’t be happier. Tomorrow I am flying off to Miami to go celebrate the wonderful thing known as Ultra Music Festival. In case ya’ll don’t know what it is, the festival is the largest dance/electronic music festival in the world. I can’t wait. Anyways for today’s post I thought I would write about something I love: food trailers (hopefully you aren’t sick of my posts on this topic). I can’t help it that Austin has a million trailers. My best friend from college was in town and we decided to go on a trailer adventure in order to get a good taste of Austin.

crepe-mille-1Back to an old favorite. South Congress is such a good area that has tons of food trailers, shopping, and weird little Austin things. I went here on my birthday weekend, had an amazing crepe in the rain, and decided that I must go back in order to try another one. I was excited because I started eating meat again, so I was going to get to try one of the many savory crepes that were available.

photo(3)Oh look at that beauty. We had the pork floss crepe. I think this one was even better than the last time I was there if that is even possible. It had authentic Chinese shredded pork and it was topped with thai chili sauce. An Asian crepe? Definitely the best way to go. The weather was perfect and so was the food. The pork was light like cotton candy and the sauce wasn’t too spicy. It also didn’t soak the crepe into a soggy mess, which I definitely appreciate. Yelp needs to get their stuff together because Crepe Mille definitely deserves at least 4 stars, not 3 and 1/2.

photo(4)Ya’ll know I have a huge weakness for snowballs. When we were walking up South Congress, I spotted this thing from a far away distance. Yes, my eyes are special and they locate things that I love in life. This trailer is new in Austin, so I thought I would test out the snowball quality of yet another stand.

photo(8)I decided to order the Cinderella. It was a mix of blue coconut and toasted coconut. As you saw in my last post, I love coconut. As soon as I saw on the menu that there was double the coconut then I knew I was going to get it. It was delicious. The only downside was that there was more blue coconut than the toasted coconut, so it sort of got overpowered. The other problem was that it became liquid very quickly, but I still thought it was tart and had a good flavor.

photo(5)While I munched on my snowcone, we waited for this interesting looking trailer to open up. They had an entire patio in front of their trailer! That was crazy cool. Since there was a cheese sign in front of the patio, we thought that the trailer probably sold something having to do with cheese or grilled cheeses. Obviously that meant we were going to check it out since cheese is one of our favorite food groups.

photo(6)Cheesey goodness. We decided to order the via 206. The sandwich had cheddar, gruyere, balsamic apricot fig jam, and it was on beer bread. I wish the sandwich was bigger. That was my only complaint. It was perfectly grilled, the cheese was melty and goey, and the fig jam provided a sweet taste to match the cheese flavors. I wish I lived down the street, so I could get myself a grilled cheese everyday.

capital-city-bakeryOf course I had to take my best friend to my best food truck: Capital City. Oh how I love these baked goods. Seriously best vegan treats in all of Austin. Maybe even the best desserts in Austin, but I love all desserts so that would be hard.

photoCapital city makes the cutest iced sugar cookies on the planet. When I saw this little cat in the bakery window, I just had to get it. It was delicious too. The cookie was soft and chewy. The icing was not too sweet and there wasn’t an excessive amount on top. I am definitely a fan of the cookies now (NOTHING is bad at this trailer, I swear).

photo(1)There were so many wonderful cupcakes in the window. However out of the corner of my eye, I saw her toasting some marshmallows in the back. Then I looked to the other side and saw a line of cupcakes waiting to be topped with the marshmallows. Hello, s’mores cupcakes. Of course I was going straight for that one. The cupcake was moist chocolatey goodness while the icing was a subtle sweet flavor. Not to mention the extra chocolate on top with the marshmallow. This cupcake was amazing. My friend ended up getting the blackberry lemon cupcake, which was also as delicious.

2The final stop was of course one of the greatest trailers in Austin: Gordough’s. My friend had heard a lot about this wonderful trailer not only from me, but from her family friend who lives in Houston. He told her that Gordough’s is a must! I wasn’t going to complain about going there because it is so good.

photo(7)This looks sort of like a pile of mush. It was definitely a super delicious pile of mush. We got the Sarah’s joy donut, which was chocolate and coconut. Pretty much like an mounds bar, but on a donut. The donut was also stuffed with coconut cream. Ummm YES. We ended up taking it to go because we were full at the time. We wanted to snack on it later though, so I guess that is why it looks like a pile of mush.

lA much prettier picture of the Sarah’s Joy donut. This is obviously not my picture because it is beautiful. All of my pictures look like a huge pile of junk. You can drool though and enjoy.

Have an awesome day and I’ll probably be on hiatus for a couple of days while I’m in Miami. Pretty much all I’ll be doing is dancing, raging, and sleeping. No time for blogging.

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WIAW in NYC

Hey ya’ll! I’m so glad it is Wednesday because that means it is only two more days until I’m going to be experiencing the greatest time of my life: Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Yeah, hopefully I don’t die. On a happier note, it is What I Ate Wednesday! Seriously I love Jenn for creating this magical day. For my WIAW, I’m going to be posting about my trip to NYC. This was a little bit ago, but I’m finally getting to post about it since I’m not as busy as I normally am.

photo(4)Before I left for the airport, I made a quick breakfast of an egg in the middle to hold me over. Don’t worry, I had two. They were fried eggs in whole wheat toast. Can you believe that some people have never had the pleasure of having one of these? It seriously amazes me and scares me at the same time. I always worry about people that haven’t experienced all that there is in the food world – even simple things like an egg in the middle.

photo(3)Once I got into the city (I was so proud of myself because I rode the subway with my suitcase by myself all the way to the flatiron district from my airport), I was reunited with my long lost love. Only recently were we introduced, but it was love at first gulp. David’s tea is the greatest place in the world. Unfortunately it only exists in Canada and NYC. That is not cool. However I grabbed myself a warm cup of Blueberry Jam tea, so I could stroll around the shops and be warm while my friend was finishing up work at Buzzfeed (YES, my best friend is bad ass).

photoHer office is literally surrounded by all my favorite places: David’s Tea, Urban Outfitters, tons of shopping, and CRUMBS! My love for Crumbs Cupcakes stems all the way back to when I got back to America from Israel and I had my first bite of these delicious cupcakes. Of course I was totally going to be unhealthy and eat some cupcakes for lunch.

photo(7)Look at that gooey goodness inside the cake. This was the toasted coconut cupcake. Get it. Seriously you will not regret it. The icing is sweet and creamy while the cake is extremely moist. Inside is coconut cream. Biting into this was like entering into a sweet cupcake wonderland. It just melted in my mouth. I cry at night because there are no crumbs near me. I think it is a sign that I need to come up to the north (I wish).

photo(1)For dinner, we met up with my friend’s dad at a place called Dos Caminos. If you are living in NYC, but you need some quality Mexican/Spanish food then definitely hit this place up. At least go for the margaritas because those are crazy good and definitely a little strong (or I’m just a light weight). This was a sangria swirl margarita and it was delicious. It had the hint of sangria, but with the good taste of a strong tequila margarita. Yum. I’m not gonna lie, but I was getting a little tipsy just after this one drink. That is sad, but good times.

photo(6)For one of the appetizers, we had albondigas con chile. Pretty much they are red chile meatballs that are covered and sitting in roasted tomato-habanero sauce. This was heaven in a pan. I wish they were never ending because I definitely could have destroyed a couple more of these. We had two other appetizers. One was guacamole, which we ordered spicy and it came out too spicy. I couldn’t handle it. The other appetizer was red snapper ceviche. I have a deep passion for ceviche, which will actually be fulfilled when I go to Spain this summer. I will consume crazy amounts of ceviche. Anyways this ceviche was good, but it was a small portion so I was sad.

photo(5)For my main dish, I got fish tacos. I thought the presentation was super cute. The tacos were really good too. The fish was a mahi mahi and the tacos were topped with pico de gallo, some cabbage salad, and a aoili sauce. Perfection. I ended up having leftovers, which I ate at my friends later on in the weekend before going out one night.

photo(2)Most of the main dishes came with your choice of beans and some spanish rice. Of course we got some refried black beans. You can’t go wrong with anything that is refried. They are definitely a weakness of mine. I love to mix the rice and beans together then put it on my taco. Best way to eat tacos or any Mexican dish in my opinion!

Have a great WIAW! I have to go back to studying about fiber and fatty acids.

My True Love

Hey ya’ll! Today’s post is probably more on the foodie aspect rather than the conscious aspect of the blog. I am taking you back to a wonderful place that I have already reviewed once. This is definitely one of my must go to places if you are ever visiting Austin. Hopdoddy burger bar is an Austin staple for me. It has only been open for 2 years, but it is just that amazing. It has taken over the Austin burger scene (obviously there are still other good places, check out Min’s list of burgers in Austin).

Warning: Not all of this food was consumed in one sitting. It was spread out over many visits. This is just a declaration of my love for Hopdoddy!

photoThis may be the best veggie burger in town. It is named the La Bandita (so cute, I know). It is a black bean corn patty with avocado, arugula, cilantro pesto, and chipotle mayo on whole wheat bread. It also comes with goat cheese, but I’m not a fan of overwhelming amounts of goat cheese, so I opted to switch it out for tilamook cheddar. It was a good decision. This burger has some Mexican flavors to it, hence the name of La Bandita. It is amazing. The burger falls apart a little bit because of all the ingredients, but it is easy to eat and extremely delicious for a vegetarian option.

photo(1)Specialty shakes. One of the main reasons why I love Hopdoddy. Their shakes are hand churned and made from fresh ingredients (oh wait, everything is made from farm fresh ingredients there – another reason of love). This beauty is the peppermint patty milkshake that was a wintertime special back in December. Man oh man, it was minty, cool, and creamy. You can’t go wrong with a pink drink (in case you didn’t know pink is my favorite color).

photo(3)Blackboards as menus? Specialty burgers? Colorful chalk? Yes, yes, yes, I love you Hopdoddy. Why are you so cute and creative? I’m not sure, but it keeps me coming back. I just love how they write their specialty items on the chalkboards above the ordering station. Usually they have a burger, some milkshakes, and some adult beverages on the three menus that spread across the top.

photo(4)Of course I’m going to get the specialty burger if it is as awesome as it says it is. My oh my was the Gangham burger delicious. The bulgogi beef was top notch. If you ever see bulgogi beef, GET IT! It was much better than regular beef if I do say so. The kimchi on the bottom of the burger gave it those classic Asian flavors and went well with the beef. Also sriracha mayo? Um yes please. Can I get that in containers by the gallon to put on all my food? I wish because it was one of the best sauces I’ve had (that is saying a lot because Hopdoddy has a crazy amount of sauces to choose from).

photo(2)Shake, shake, shake it up. Another specialty shake please! This one here is the red velvet shake, which is currently the flavor of the month. It has chunks of red velvet cake and cream cheese icing swirled into the shake. Umm YES. It was pretty delicious. So if you are in Austin for South by Southwest or you are visiting, go get this immediately. The special for last month was a thin mint shake with actual thin mint cookies in it. Yes, it was amazing. To be honest, anything with girl scout cookies can’t be bad.

photoMmm a mountain of fries. We usually split a large order of fries between 3-4 people because trust me, you are going to be full from your burger. Their fries are seasoned perfectly and you have a wide selection of sauces to choose. You can also get green chili queso though to dip your fries in! Queso and fries? Yes it is a pretty great combination. Try it and you will be glad that you did.

photo(6)That looks sort of disgusting. Then again usually gross things tend to be the most delicious. This is the Terlingua burger. My current favorite regular menu item. It is made with angus beef, chili con carne (chili with meat for those of you that don’t know your basic Spanish), corn fritos, tilamook cheddar, and sassy sauce. Pretty much a frito pie, but on a burger. Greatest creation ever? I think so.

photo(5)Here is a delicious close up of the wonderful burger. I know it sort of makes me want to puke, but in a good way. Look how toasted and delicious the bun looks! Man I wish I had this in front of me because I would definitely gobble it up. Although I use Saturdays as my day to treat myself. Usually/almost always that includes a trip to Hopdoddy. We tend to go about once a month on the weekend as our family treat since the burgers are a little pricey (specialty burgers run about 10$ while every day menu goes from 7-12$). The burgers are definitely worth it, plus you can split fries with whoever you go with since the portions are huge!

Have a good afternoon! I’m going back to studying about soluble and insoluble fiber, the effects on digestion, and how fiber helps reduce risk of certain diseases (boo biochemical nutrition class). Thank you fiber for being a probiotic (maybe I’ll give ya’ll an educational post about fiber)!

Blueberry Donuts (Healthy/Low Cal Recipe)

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone is having a good Monday. I have been pretty busy today. So far I have run some errands with my mom, got a travel guide for my trip to Spain, did some computer stuff, and now I’m posting on the blog. Later I get to start studying for my biochemical nutrition exam (fun, but not really). I have an awesome recipe for you. I sort of based this off a recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but I did some epic Lindsay changes to it.

DSCN0189Whole Wheat Blueberry Donuts

Ingredients:
1 c of Whole Wheat Flour
6 tbsp Splenda (I may have added an extra two or three to this)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c + 2 tbsp of Chobani 0% Blueberry Greek Yogurt
2-3 tbsp milk (I used almond milk)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp margarine (melted in microwave)
DSCN01941. Preheat the oven to around 315-330 degrees and spray your donut pan with non-stick spray.
2. Mix together all of the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and sugar).
3. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients (yogurt, milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter).
4. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry bowl and mix until fully combined. Make sure that you do not stir the mix too much.
5. Pour mixture into donut pan (if too thick, you can add some more milk or yogurt in order to make it more “pastry” like).
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the oven.
7. Let cool for a couple of minutes.
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For the topping:
1/2 c of fresh blueberries
1 tbsp blueberry jam
1 tbsp milk (I used almond milk)
1-2 tbsp of confectioners sugar (if you want it to be an icing use 1-2 cups)

1. Mash the blueberries with jam until mainly juice and crushed skin (or use food processor to puree).
2. Add in milk.
3. Slowly add in the sugar until you reach a blue color and the right thickness for your icing (I used little to none because I wanted more of a syrup).

DSCN0188In my opinion, these were more like snack donuts. To make them more breakfast like, I would probably switch to all purpose flour. That doesn’t mean that these aren’t good because I actually thought they were quite delicious. They weren’t overwhelming in the way that donuts normally are. No sick or full stomachs. They weren’t oversweet either. It was a more natural version of a donut in my opinion. I’m definitely going to be messing with this recipe to make some crazy donut concoctions because I am a big fan of breakfast foods (in case you couldn’t tell from my many pancake posts).

Have a good rest of the day! I’ll be studying and finishing up some graduate application stuff. During my breaks I’ll probably be looking up things about Spain (yes, you can all be jealous).

Barley Swine (Take 2)

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been gone for a long time. I’ve been a busy bee. Traveling around the US, applying to graduate schools, and of course the busy work of being a senior in the undergraduate nutrition program while working on a review paper. What have I been up to food-wise? A LOT! So I’m going to bombard ya’ll with a crazy amount of posts about restaurants, recipes, and places I’ve eaten at on my travels. The other night my dad, my younger brother, and I went to the Barley Swine in Austin. We love this place so much because of the exquisite small plates that are offered there.

DSC02741This is grilled broccoli, fermented chili, and crushed duck egg. The crushed duck egg was creamy and smooth with a hint of garlic that melted perfectly in the mouth. The broccoli was crispy and was a nice combination with the fermented chili that was scattered around the plate. This was definitely one of my favorite dishes because of the garlic chips in the dish added a nice hint of flavor the already perfect dish.

DSC02742This was the second appetizer dish. One of the good thing about all the appetizer plates is that they are all vegetable based. On this plate were hay roasted beets, mole, crispy rice, and goat cheese. It was delicious. I’m not a big beet eater, but this definitely has changed my mind. The beets were soft, which was great when you added in the crispy rice since it gave it a nice crunch. The variety of flavors in the dish were amazing. I definitely will go for more beet dishes after this.

DSC02743This thing looks like a pile of goop.However it is an amazing pile of goop. Underneath the garlic chips there were bay scallops, cauliflower, masa, raisins, and chipotle. The chipotle provided a sweet smokey flavor to the dish. It was amazing. The scallops were tiny, which was nice because I hate when there are only one to three large scallops. The cauliflower was creamed into the sauce, so it wasn’t overwhelming.

DSC02744Hello to one of the greatest dishes of the night. This was goat, walnut, kohlrabi, fenugreek, wild rice, and green garlic. The goat was cooked to be extremely tender, so when you bit into the meat it fell apart in your mouth. That is my kind of meat. The sauce that went along with it was so creamy, and added a sweetness to the tender cooked meat.

DSC02745I’m still not sure what to think about this dish. It is a soft poached egg, celery, dill, popcorn, and fermented goats milk. Yes, I did say popcorn? I am not sure the popcorn was so great on the plate, but when you had a bite of the egg with the goats milk it was extremely delicious. The foam was one of the interesting parts about the dish. I was sort of ambivalent about the dish.

DSC02746This dish was perfection. This was a smoked steel head trout, fennel, pine, and shiitake mushrooms. This was like a high end and creative version of lox. It was like a Jewish girl’s heaven. All I needed was a fancy bagel to go along with this dish and it would have been like Saturday Kiddush bruncheon after services. This was one of the specials they had on the board, so if you go within the week definitely get this dish.

DSC02748This looks a little creepy, but I promise it is good. It is lamb sausage, mint, sunchoke, and bacon broth. BACON BROTH?!? Yes, one of the greatest things that has ever existed on the planet. I wish you could order bacon broth everywhere you went because it is just that amazing. The lamb sausage had a wide variety of flavors with a bit of a kick. It was spicy, but the perfect amount so it didn’t overwhelm you.

DSC02749I could eat ten of these plates because it was just that awesome. It had bacon, brussel sprouts, hot sauce, hay butter, and hoe cakes. I love the hoe cakes at Barley Swine. They are delicious. The bacon was thick square pieces that went along nicely with the crunch of the roasted brussel sprouts. The hot sauce on the plate had a nice addition. It was more of a sweet hot sauce, so it wasn’t too overwhelming to the palate.

DSC02750What is this? It is pig three ways. It is crispy trotter, pig’s face, and loin. The rest of the goods on the plate are pinto beans and sauerkraut. The crispy trotter was stuffed with foie gras and some cheese. That may have been my favorite because you definitely can’t go wrong with anything that is fried. However the pig face is also extremely delicious. They cook the face of the pig and once the meat is extremely tender, the chef cuts out the softest pieces to serve on the plate. The loin was delicious, but the others were my favorite.

DSC02751This dish was the best of the night. The picture is a little dark because the restaurant started to change the mood for an upcoming party at 7:30. This was duck, foie gras, carrot, lavendar, farro, and hibiscus. The duck was crispy on the outside and extremely tender on the inside. It was the perfect cooked duck. The foie gras was heaven. It was so soft and melted in your mouth as you combined it with the farro and cooked carrots. I wish I could have eaten this dish over and over again.

DSC02752Time for dessert. Always one of my favorite parts of the meal. This was a meyer lemon tart, basil, quinoa granola, and rooibos tea sorbet. The lemon was sour and sweet at the same time providing for a delicious treat.

DSC02753Chocolate heaven. I have a huge weakness for chocolate, so as soon as this dessert came out I had my spoon ready to dig in. My family laughed because they discovered my biggest weakness (they kept getting annoyed because I would slap their hands, so that I could take a photo of each plate). This was a milk chocolate ganache topped with sweet potato marshmallows, whiskey, and orange. I was in heaven. There was also chocolate meringue chips that topped the dessert. It was amazing. I had died and gone to a chocolate bliss world.

If you are ever in Austin, please please go to this restaurant. You should order 3-4 small plates per person in your group. We ordered everything, but then again we like to eat a lot of food to sample everything a place has to offer.

Have an awesome weekend! I’m off to watch Once Upon A Time and Revenge. I love being on spring break and having time to relax!