Concrete Jungle and Snowcones

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I haven’t been around lately, but I have been on a whirlwind of events. I ended up deciding to go to graduate school at Columbia University in THE New York City. Best decision of my life. I have recently moved up here (recently being this past weekend, I drove all the way from Texas – woooo). I’m now living with my best friend from BU and another girl that went to BU. We all three go to Columbia, but I’m the only one that studies nutrition. I love my program! It is so amazing and I will definitely go on and on and on about it, but right now I’m going to share my first NYC adventure with ya’ll!

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My roommate, Carrianne, and I ended up going to Greenwich Village to go on a hunt for something we needed for the apartment. However we ended up at this really cute pet store that had a ton of puppies on sale. Of course we had to go in and look at all of them just for fun. We definitely will never be getting a dog up here, but it doesn’t hurt to look at them. This cock-a-poo was so cute. I was tapping the glass with my finger and she was chasing it around. You could tell she did not want to be in the container. I wish we could have taken her out for a walk. I have a weak spot for adorable little puppies. After we had our fun, we went on the real adventure: to get a snowcone (ya’ll shouldn’t even be surprised at this point).

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Ya’ll know how I love snowcones, especially New Orleans style. This place was so cute. It was called Imperial Woodpecker Snow-balls. It was tucked away in a street filled with restaurants. It was sort of like a food stand just out on the street. The guy was sitting there with the ice machine in front of him and all the bottles of flavors. This was the huge menu of flavors! It was so hard to pick what I wanted. I am definitely going to have to venture back to Greenwich just to have one of these snowcones before the September 15th close date.

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I eventually decided to go for a booze theme and get flavors that were named after drinks. I chose margarita and mojito. I loved that the snowcone came in a takeout container. It was massive and definitely worth the 5$ price. It was sweet and tangy. The flavors matched each other perfectly as did the color. It was just a visually appealing snowcone with phenomenal flavors. I was in heaven as we walked around Greenwich looking at shop windows. I wish it was a never ending snowcone.

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Just look at the majestic power of this container of shaved ice! It is seriously delicious. There are not enough words to describe the flavor sensation I experienced as I bite into this. The flavors were less fake and syrupy. It tasted as if they had made the syrups themselves instead of ordered them from a standard shaved ice company. They actually even had all natural flavors such as jalapeno watermelon and Meyer-Lemon Basil. Ummm yes. Who doesn’t want exotic flavors like that on a cup of ice?

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Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls is the place to go! If you are in NYC currently, make it down to Greenwich village by Sept 15th to enjoy this tasty treat. The sad thing is that the manager is moving out of NYC, so this will be the last summer with Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls. I know, right? I discover something delicious in the city, and it is already leaving me! Oh well, I am going to make one more trek out there in order to try another flavor. Carrianne ended up getting the King Cake flavor and said that it was quite delicious!

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Later that night, we were originally going to go out, so we went to this tapas bar, Marcha, in our neighborhood before going out. We ended up getting a couple of cocktails and tapas. Turns out that we didn’t make it out, but we didn’t really care because this place was amazing. The music was great, the cocktails were even better, and the food was so good. I ordered a colada type of drink that had hints of pineapple, coconut, and mango in it. It was like drinking pure fruit with alcohol hidden throughout it. Carrianne got a strawberry drink with champagne and some other alcohol in it. It was delicious, of course.

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We got an order of patatas bravas. I know this doesn’t look like all the pictures of my patatas bravas from Spain, but this dish was equally delicious. It had a spicy aioli drizzled across perfectly seasoned and cooked sliced potatoes. We inhaled these. The sauce was so creamy and rich. The spiciness was not overpowering either, which was amazing. We also ended up order croquetas, specifically ones with goat cheese, tomatoes, and a red wine dipping sauce. Holy heck! These things were amazing. I wish I would have taken a picture, but at this point we were on our second cocktails and feeling good. I’m so glad that this place is one block from my apartment. We decided last night that this will definitely be one of our neighborhood joints.

I’m so glad to be living in the wonderful city that is New York. Ya’ll we be joining me on my foodie adventures to test out restaurants and cook in my apartment. I am going to be making a ton of different recipes, recreating dishes that I try, doing epic restaurant reviews, and of course sharing nutrition tidbits from my classes and life.

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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.