Jamaica = Austin

UGH.. I had a whole post written in Ecto, hit publish and then realized the post was blank on wordpress. Everything is gone = 2 hours of time wasted. :/

It’s already time for bed so I can’t rewrite the whole thing. In the meantime, here’s a brief version with photos (definitely not the same, but it will have to do).


It’s parent/teacher conference week at Isaac’s school so we got a meal made from one of his parents. Homemade roasted vegetable lasgana cooked for us = yes please!

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I’ve been loving the new bootcamp workouts I’m doing with Next Level Fitness and this Drop10 toning workout from the Tone It Up ladies (In the April issue of Self Mag). I’ve been feeling super sore this week. It hurts but feels good at the same time. πŸ™‚

Wedding wise = my new favorite color palette is coral/peach pale aqua and ivory. Blue glass mason/ball jars and blue glass vases are a must for centerpieces at the reception. I love the looks of the decor in the photo below!

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Last but not least, you’re probably wondering what’s up with the title of this post. Well, it’s a long story (which I had originally wrote about) but basically Isaac won a trip to Jamaica through a Halloween costume contest in 2010. The trip to Jamaica has turned into a trip to Austin, Texas and we’ll be there for a week in April. I’ve had some lovely blog friends share their favorite places to eat and things to do in Austin, but I’d love to have more ideas so if you’ve got any Austin tidbits to share, please leave me a note in the comments.

With that I’m getting off the computer because I’ve had enough of its nonsense tonight. Blah!

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  1. Austin – like Austin, TX?? I live in Houston, TX and have been religiously following your blog since right after this new year. I’ve been vegetarian off and on throughout my life, but you inspired me to give meat up for good!! πŸ™‚

  2. lovin’ the looks of that TIU workout and the beautiful centerpieces. I definitely want mason jars incorporated into my future wedding decorations πŸ™‚

  3. I am so happy to see the TIU girls in Sef Mag this month. They have great tips and advice and have worked so hard to build a strong community of followers and fans. I hope to see you in mags like that soon πŸ™‚

  4. Those centrepieces are so cute πŸ˜€

  5. Thanks for the workout link! Definitely one to give a try. Hate when posts go missing but you managed to pull one together with all the vital pieces πŸ™‚

  6. One of the best meals my husband and I have had is at Enoteca, just up the street from the Austin Motel: http://www.austinvespaio.com/enoteca/enoteca.html

    I can still taste the panini and spinach salad (that we ate in 2007!), and our server was wonderful. If we ever have the fortune of going back, I am definitely eating there!

    Have fun!

  7. I’m going to Austin the first weekend in May!! I need tips too so maybe your experience right before will help. Wish we were crossing paths!

  8. The vegetable lasagna looks so comforting. Have a great time in Austin–it might be a more exciting trip in the end.

  9. Ugh–that is the WORST when you lose all the work you’ve just done! I’m paranoid about that happening to me after it happened once–I think I probably hit the save button on my blog about every two minutes some days, and also copy and paste it into a separate document to save just in case!

  10. you poor thing Brittany! that Ecto is not very forgiving, is it? thanks for writing AGAIN…are you having a nice time in Austin…will you actually get to travel to Jamaica eventually?

  11. Courtney says:

    I live in Austin and I still have yet to experience all of the awesome things it has to offer. The fit/healthy culture here is booming, so I’d imagine there are a ton of healthy places to eat that I’m just not aware of. However, I can vouch that the food at The Magnolia Cafe on South Congress is delicious! I would highly recommend it. Kerbey Lane Cafe is a great place to go for breakfast. They’re known for their pancakes, and they have gluten-free! Both places have online menus if you’d like to check them out. I hope you enjoy Austin!

  12. Things you should do in your free time:
    β€’ Spend all afternoon sunning yourself at Barton Springs.
    β€’ Hit up Bookpeople, the best book store on earth. Walk across the street to Waterloo Records for authentic local albums.
    β€’ Walk around Town Lake on the hike and bike path.
    β€’ UT Campus has some pretty sweet museums like the Blanton Museum of Art. The campus itself isn’t too big and nice to walk around. The UT Co-op on the drag is gigantic and there’s some sweet funky boutiques on the same road to shop at.

    Must hit tacos:
    β€’ Torchy’s Tacos – NOT TO BE MISSED. $2-4 mini tacos in amazing combos. There are locations all over Austin. I would completely understand if you ate EVERY SINGLE MEAL HERE.
    β€’ Maria’s Taco Express – South Lamar – an Austin staple. Best breakfast tacos in Austin, in my opinion. Funky patio.

    Great restaurants downtown:
    β€’ Casino El Camino – dive bar/food Tex Mex. Made famous on Man vs Food. 517 E 6th St (512) 469-9330
    β€’ Downtown Joe’s Coffee Shop – 242 W 2nd St (great for breakfast)
    β€’ Austin Java – across from Joe’s and near La Condessa (great coffee, great breakfast)

    Food cart deliciousness:
    β€’ Kebabalicious – Turkish Kabobs – 7th and Trinity
    β€’ G’raj Mahal – 91 Red River (1 block south from 1st/Convention Center on Red River) (512) 480-2255 amazing Indian Food
    β€’ Coreanos – 7th and Neches – Korean
    β€’ Cazamance – 90 Rainey St (1 block south of Convention Center off Red River and Rainey)
    β€’ El Naranjo – also 1 block south from 1st/Convention Center on Red river (El Naranjo is on the left as you walk south, Garage Majal is on the first right after 1st st). Texmex (512) 474-2776

    Nightlife downtown:
    β€’ Mulberry Wine Bar – 4th and Nueces. Mulberryaustin.com serves food
    β€’ Cork and Co Wine Bar – 308 Congress Ave
    β€’ Clive Bar – 609 Davis (1 block south from 1st/Convention Center on Red River). Near there, hipster bar with washers and hula hoops called Lustre Pearl. Sweet back patio.
    β€’ Antone’s – 213 W 5th for a show. Better than Antone’s: Continental Club. Better than the Continental Club: two stepping at the Broken Spoke.
    β€’ Max’s Wine Dive – 207 San Jacinto Ave (and 3rd, west of Conv Center) serves food.
    β€’ The Gingerman – nine gazillion beers on tap. Awesome atmosphere. 301 Lavaca St (between 3rd and 4th St)
    β€’ The Bar in the Driskoll Hotel – lush. Posh. You can never go wrong. 6th and Brazos (one block east of Congress)

    Venture off the beaten path:
    β€’ South Congress CafΓ© – 1600 South Congress Ave (512) 447-3905 http://www.southcongresscafe.com A little bit more pricey than everything else, but worth every dollar.
    β€’ Curra’s (614 E Oltorf St – south on Lamar, left on Oltorf) – excellent for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. I love the migas in the morning and if you ate meat, the conchinita pibil at night but you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. The Avocado margarita is amazing.

    • WOW – you’ve got a wealth of information about Austin Lauren!! Thank you so much for your help!

      • No problem. That’s my hometown so we are well acquainted and I like to share it.

      • Natalie says:

        Lauren definitely nailed a lot of things you should do in Austin. Barton Springs and Torchy’s Tacos are a MUST (fried avocado taco is amazing-they will even do it unfried if you prefer!). Maria’s is also my favorite place to get breakfast tacos (potato, egg, and cheese!) Whatever you do just make sure you eat lots of breakfast tacos. No one does them like Austin. Juan in a Million on the eat side is the famous place that was on Food Network.

        South Congress is a great place to people watch with lots of fun stores and trailer (cart) food. There is a Joe’s Coffee down there as well with a great patio and the famous “I love you so much” spray painted on the side. I recommend the iced turbo. It’s the specialty. Yum!

        Speaking of famous spray painted walls, near the UT campus the famous green frog is down there on 24th-ish and Guadalupe (or as the Austinites call it “the drag”)

        For a nice dinner, Vivo’s has great margs and a beautiful green patio. Plus they give every woman a rose after dinner! As mentioned in other post Enoteca (on South Congress) is a fabulous dinner spot.

        On town lake you can rent the stand-up paddle boards or a canoe as a fun activity. There is also a run/walk/bike trail around it that is beautiful.

        There is a place up north called Mothers that is a great veggie-friendly option!

        And you should walk around 6th street on a weekend night just to say you have seen it. Or if you are feeling wild and crazy you can join the crowds!!

        I have lived in Austin forever and went to school at UT so if you need any more information just shoot me an email! It’s such a wonderful city and I hope yall enjoy it!! I have lived and traveled all over the world and seen very beautiful places (hello machu picchu), but I have never loved a place and a vibe like the one Austin has!

    • Wow Lauren I should make you my tour guide for the day (and I’ve lived here almost my whole life πŸ˜‰ also a fun thing near the hike and bike trail is Zilker park, Barton Springs pool, Deep Eddy pool, or Peter Pan mini golf http://peterpanminigolf.com/about/

      • I send a lot of people to Austin so I try to keep a running list of stuff for folks so that I don’t have to retype it all the time and forget things. I used to live there and as Natalie said, I also have never loved a place and vibe like the one Austin has. Too bad the weather is so terrible or I’d probably still be there.

  13. Ecto’s done that TWICE for me this week! πŸ™ #bloggerproblems

    • Boo. I definitely feel your pain.

      I had never had this particular thing happen to me. I’ve had it delete everything before I published but not DURING a publish. So so so annoying, but yet I still don’t save in Word as I type in Ecto. I think I need to start doing that. Such a pain but probably worth it in the end.

  14. Ughhhhh I hate when posts are eaten by the internet monster! That’s the worst! I love writing blog posts… but not twice.

    You’re going to have so much fun in Austin! I’ve always wanted to go, so I’m super jealous πŸ˜‰

    See you tomorrow for the 10k!!! Good luck!!

  15. While in Austin, if you have time and enjoy scenery, take a drive down into Hill Country (just do some internet research to decide where) – beautiful limestone hills, green like you’ve never seen, crystal clear rivers and lakes… Lots of German/Spanish influence, so you’ll taste combos you never thought of before. Have Fun!

  16. I live in Austin! What part of town will you be staying in? South congress is the ‘hip’ place and also has tons of cool restauraunts and shops plus a lot of the food trailers that have popped up in town

  17. Austin has tons of great places. Kerbey Lane and Magnolia Cafe are both open 24 hours. They are known for their breakfasts, but honestly, everything I’ve had at either place has been great.
    Chuy’s, Hula Hut and Shady Grove are all very popular. Hula Hut is on Lake Austin so that is a pretty fun place to go. The food isn’t spectacular but for a great view The Oasis or Iguana Grill on Lake Travis is nice.

  18. I’m still brainstorming for you, but the tips about Book People, Barton Springs, Town Lake are excellent! I might also suggest walking around SoCo (South Congress) if I haven’t already, catching a movie or show at the Drafthouse, and trying to see SOME sort of music. People also love going two-steppin’ at Broken Spoke. πŸ™‚

  19. You should read the comments on this post – TONS of great Austin ideas, including mine πŸ™‚


    I went to college in Austin and live in Houston now – Austin is AMAZING. You will love it. Have a great trip!

  20. Snack Bar on South Congress. Vegetarian sub at Thundercloud. Greenbelt. Zilker Park. Barton Springs. Walk down Guadalupe. Go to the bars on 4th Street, NOT 6th Street (unless you want to hang out with the dude-bros). Enjoy my hometown!

  21. Have you read Mrs. Cowboy Boots posts on Wedding Bee? Coral/peach was one of her colors and it was gorgeous. You should read through her posts, you might get some good ideas. http://www.weddingbee.com/author/cowboyboot/

    • Hi Whitney. I hadn’t seen Mrs. Cowboy Boots posts on Wedding Bee so THANK YOU for sharing that link. I’ve already went back and read half of the posts tonight. Their wedding was beautiful!!

  22. Austin is my hometown! (I now live in CA…and miss it terribly!).
    Specific suggestions for you-
    West Lynn Cafe – a beautiful little vegan cafe down close to the Capitol building

    East Side Cafe – Has a gorgeous organic garden and garden shop on the grounds, the restuarant is in an old mansion and the food is to DIE for.

    I agree with the suggestion to hit South Congress, lots of funky shops and yumm TexMex to be had there.

    Also, since it will be spring, you cannot miss the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. It’s a beautiful place, you’ll be a little late for peak wildflower season (it’s happening now) but there should still be blankets of gorgeous flowers and the center alone is a great place to spend a few hours walking outside.

    Enjoy and say hello to home for me!

  23. Sami Miller says:

    I’m so excited that you’ll be visiting Austin! I think you’ll love it because Richmond and Austin are so very similar.

    There are so many good suggestions already listed so I’ll try to keep it brief:
    -Hop Doddy (http://www.hopdoddy.com/) has the best burgers! Try the Continental Club if you like turkey burgers!
    – Galaxy Cafe or Zocalo Cafe (both owned by the same people)- absolutely wonderful food. Try the steak wrap at Galaxy or the mahi mahi tacos at Zocalo!
    -Juan in a Million: if you go here you MUST try the Don Juan. Delicious!
    -Elizabeth Street Cafe: a new French/ Vietnamese restaurant off of South First st (Just south of downtown).
    -24 Diner: great food for breakfast, lunch, or diner. Their french toast is to die for!
    -Max’s Wine Dive: great wine, fabulous food. The fried egg sandwich is my favorite sandwich of all time.
    – Chez Nous: French restaurant downtown. My absolutely favorite restaurant of all time. A little pricey, so I would recommend going for lunch. Very authentic French food.

    Of course you should check out the Whole Foods downtown, it’s gigantic. Also make sure to visit Barton Springs! I can’t stress that enough. You haven’t truly visited Austin unless you go to Barton Springs.

    Have a wonderful time!

  24. Makes sure to visit our fun food trucks (like Gourdough). They just did a eating guide here
    http://austinfoodbloggers.org/city-guide/. My personal favorites are Amy’s IceCream (Mexican vanilla), Chuy’s veggie chili rellano plate, East Side Cafe, NXNW brew pub for their microbrews and homemade onion rings, magnolia cafe and Kirby lane for their breakfast (yummy pancakes), Jo’s coffeeshop, and brunch at Moonshine grill. Make sure to jog the hike and bike trail on town lake to burn some of this off lol. It’s fairly muggy now but reasonably sunny. Welcome to town. πŸ™‚

  25. Brittni says:

    Hey! I love the color combo of coral and aqua too! I have some earrings that you might like, maybe for bridesmaids, at my site on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BanditJewels
    Check it out!

  26. Cait's Plate says:

    Ugh I’ve had that happen SO many times with Ecto! Have you ever tried MarsEdit? It’s got a few bugs but at least if it ever crashes it autosaves everything! I switched a while back and am much happier with it!

  27. LOVE the color pallet for the wedding!!!! Mason jars are awesome.

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