A Slice of Austin

21 03 2012

If I had to identify the first thing that struck me in exploring Austin it would be the food cart culture. Sometimes it seems as though there are more food trailers than brick-and-mortar eateries. I’ve heard estimates of 1,000+ carts, and they aren’t your typical “Halal Gyros Stand” in New York City.

A Small Portion Of The South Congress Food Trailer Park

A Small Portion Of The South Congress Food Trailer Park

Most of Austin’s carts have permanent residence in “food trailer parks” throughout the city, and many of the carts aren’t exactly orderable on Amazon. Alongside the traditional-style food carts there are plenty of converted school buses, Airstream trailers, and other creative adaptations of space. The culture of two-wheeled transport is also apparent. Bicycles, scooters and pedicabs are all over the place, and it sometimes seems as though drivers view themselves as being in the way of cyclists rather than the reverse. Coming from New York City, that’s crazy talk.

Nigerian "egusi soup with yam fu-fu" - Vegan, delicious, and from a food card

Nigerian "egusi soup with yam fu-fu" - Vegan, delicious, and from a food cart

There’s a whole lot of quirk around, but on the more mainstream side of things the flagship Whole Foods store is in Austin. It’s MASSIVE, boasting a full wine bar, multiple restaurants with menus, and a complex that you could easily get lost in. (Maybe that’s the point?)

Finally, a bit unrelated, we got together with a Jewish group in South Austin for a Purim party. It was pretty non-traditional, including a participatory improv reenactment of the Purim story. It wasn’t necessarily our crowd, but was a fun time nonetheless.

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5 responses

22 03 2012
Jim and Gayle

We really enjoyed Austin. Didn’t eat at any of the food carts but had a great vegan lunch at Veggie Heaven.

22 03 2012
Yair

Everyone says that Veggie Heaven is fantastic, but Ayo is hesitant to eat there because she’s not a fan of a totally unrelated restaurant named Veggie Heaven in her hometown. I’m working on her :-)

22 03 2012
Lindsay

That looks so good!

Completely unrelated, but have you heard about the Full Moon party at Barton Springs? If you guys stay through a full moon, please go and howl like a werewolf for me!

http://galleries.austin360.com/gallery/full-moon-swim-barton-springs-pool/

22 03 2012
Yair

April 6th. We’ll be there!

26 03 2012
ayo

Nope, we’ll be at a Passover seder. Nice try, babes. But maybe for the full moon party in May! :-)

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