Texas VegFest with Vegeria Vegan

Texas VegFest is only two days away and I can't wait!  I am volunteering in the morning, and I can't wait to see the festivities and hear the speakers.  After volunteering, I can't wait to eat myself silly.  Did I mention I can't wait?

If you haven't heard about Texas VegFest, check out my post here, visit the website, or check out the Facebook page.  It is the second annual Vegan Festival featuring local food vendors, speakers, cooking demos, beer and live music.  With FREE admission.

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Waffle love

Texas,

I know I am dangerously falling in love with you when I freak out at the complimentary breakfast over the waffles.

Look at them!  I mean, I get excited over Belgian waffles as it is, but Texas-shaped ones???  Come on, you're going to give me a heart attack.  I need to buy one of these waffle makers, and make my favorite delicious Oatmeal Almond Waffles every. single. day.

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Welcome to Austin

View of downtown from Congress Bridge

I have been horribly behind on my blog because as some of you know, I have picked up my life, packed whatever I could into my little Rav-4 and drove off to Austin, Texas.  I was in Los Angeles for only about five years, but I felt that a change was needed.  I have always wanted to live in another city before settling down, but I didn't have the guts to do so.  Sure enough, somewhere along the last six months, I grew those guts and well, here I am in Austin.

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Our quick trip to Austin

Austin was INCREDIBLE.  It is such a unique, fun, adventurous, active and beautiful town that is filled with the nicest and friendliest people.

I rented my very first car, which to me, was quite exciting, but the rental car lady told me, “Now, don’t get too excited…”  Nonetheless, Kelsey and I were stoked.  We had a great road trip which, of course, was accompanied by country music the whole way.  We had the most amazing time, and it will be visited again very, very soon!

First night out on 6th!
6th St

Cute shopping area in South Congress
South Congress Cafe… delicious!

warm cornbread basket 🙂
best bloody mary’s in town! (or ever!)
Migas plate (scrambled egg whites with tortilla chips and peppers, potato pancake, black beans and corn tortillas)

One of the many outdoor music places

Crossing the river into downtown

Famous fries of Hyde Park Bar and Grill
Delicious chicken salad sandwich
Blueberry Pie from Quack’s Bakery!

from Dallas…

Last year, I fell in love with Texas when I was in Dallas.  We were out for lunch during an A&M v. Oklahoma game and the passion for college football was incredible.  Everyone was in their apparel, and the sports bars were going crazy.  We got a lot of stares because everyone was in their respective colors, and here we are, these oblivious Californians hanging out in regular clothes!  And thennnnn I couldn’t have been happier when country music was playing in the restaurants and bars.  Not to mention making friends and enjoying plenty rounds of margaritas…

Now I’m back!  I have been in Texas for a few days for my training at Deloitte University and it is HOT and I love it!!!  I just love the heat.  Ever since I moved from Northern California to Southern California, I have become a complete wuss.  I shiver in 60 degree weather!  God forbid I ever spend a winter on the East Coast.

Anyways, training has been going well.  This place is insane; it’s a 100-star resort.  The building and interior decor is brand new and beautiful, people are always opening the doors and tending to you, there are gourmet buffets every meal, free Starbucks, and free snacks everywhere!

Entrance to DU
Lake in the back
Back patios

My room…. small bed, right?

Crazy, right???!  There’s a pretty nice gym and even a running loop around the ‘campus’.  And yes, along the trail, you run by some cows.  It’s pretty darn awesome.

And of course the food. AMAZING. It’s ridiculous.  Everything they make is pretty much gourmet.  For example, breakfast they have cage free eggs, bacon, fresh tomato and cheddar flat bread, Mexican Chorizo  Breakfast Taco, Whole Grain Flax Seed Pancakes, and Ginger Pumpkin Pancakes.  They also have fresh fruit in massive quantities.  And I’m talking about strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries sitting in huge buckets.  If only I had the guts to take the pictures in the Market, you could see the buckets, but I got a to-go box of them every meal.

Some of the lunch options are Roasted Corn and Frisee Salad with Achiote Lime Vinaigrette, Vegetarian Meatballs with a Red Lentil Ragout, Bison Meatloaf with Cranberry Gastique, Slow Roasted Lamb with Garlic Tzatziki.

Some dinner options are Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Butternut Squash Gratin, Chicken Tikki Masala, Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish and olive oil, Mussels in basil curry, Shrimp Ceviche .

Not bad, right??! Imagine walking around an entire market with food like that.  Second helpings? Definitely.  Thirds? Most likely yes.  It’s dangerous!

Chilean seabass, curries, mussels, chard, indian veggie dishes

Cioppino, Vegetable Ragout, grilled artichokes

Seafood plate.  Check out the claws, they are already half cut for you….

Unfortunately we are a little far from Downtown Dallas, and didn’t spend time out there, but after training, I am going on a little road trip with my friend Kelsey to AUSTIN!!!!  I finally get to see Austin, and I can’t wait!  More to come from there!