In between leaving Kansas City and arriving in Washington, D.C. (where I am now), I booked myself a couple of solo days in Austin, Texas. A brief few days just for me, days in which I could decompress, recharge, Think About Things, and steadfastly ignore the fact that my time in the U.S. is (for now) coming to a close.
I intended to do absolutely nothing blog-worthy in Austin. All I wanted was to stay in bed until late morning reading a book over multiple cups of coffee with hemp milk, meander out for slow walks with my iPod around the gorgeous Hyde Park area I was staying in, and explore the flagship Whole Foods store for hours on end before returning “home” to eat delicious things whilst watching the last season of Make It Or Break It (for the inner 8-year-old gymnast in me).
It was, of course, the “delicious things” part that tripped me up and compelled me to whip out my camera for the blog. What else is a girl to do when, immediately after lunch, she spots a wacky toy store and upon entering discovers vegan soft serve?
And not just any vegan soft serve, but vegan soft serve where the current flavour of the week is CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER?
Toy Joy, your chocolate peanut butter vegan soft serve (with a soy and coconut milk base), was beyond delicious in its rich, creamy, smooth and peanut buttery glory, and for a moment I understood why some people prefer ice cream to chocolate.
I didn’t even mind eating it from a plastic cup instead of the above bowl from my AirBnB abode. Dear me, I loved that bowl. I wish I could have kept it. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to celebrating Valentine’s Day.
But I digress.
After my soft serve experience of wonderment, I passed a tattoo parlour that so embodied the “Keep Austin Weird” spirit that I immediately walked in and got myself a tattoo of a potato on my ankle*^.
*Wayside School is Falling Down, anyone?
^Just kidding, Mum. It’s actually on the back of my neck.
FORT! FORT! THE MOST AMAZING FORT IN ALL THE WORLD! It also had a slide, a rock climbing wall, and many other exciting facets, but I feel I should respect my Air BnB host’s privacy a little bit.
Okay, so these snacks aren’t exactly “best bites”, but since when is it a bad thing to post photos of booty of any description, plus vegan caramels and spicy sauerkraut? Exactly.
Now, though, it’s time for me to unveil the best thing I ate in Austin (even though I don’t think it was actually made in Austin). The very best. The swoonworthy, the incredible, the so-good-I-bought-and-ate-it-twice-in-three-days.
I present to you Earth Café’s Raw Vegan Carob Mousse Pie. So light, so ethereal, so rich, so perfect perfect perfect in its silken richness and flavours of carob, caramel, coconut, maple, nuts, cinnamon, and a hint of salt in the crust… this dessert danced.
I miss this pie already, but I’m finding some small comfort in the fact that my Raw Vegan Carob Maple Brownies taste almost, almost the same.
And that’s all I’m going to say about Austin.
Question Time: Are you a fan of carob? If so, could you please reverse engineer this treat for me and then send slices every second day for the rest of my life? Ta.