This past weekend I did a mini tour of Austin’s vegan scene. I had an amazing time. I have made several posts on the things I did, but I wanted to come on here and make a compilation post. I will also be linking to each individual post.
The first thing I did when I got to Austin was hit up Capital City Bakery to get some vegan baked goods. The cupcakes were absolutely delicious. They were also my last stop on my way back to Houston. I got a kolache and another cupcake. The bakery that we have in Houston is nothing compared to Capital City Bakery.
Next, I went to Sally’s for an event by Cantu Beauty. Little did I know that my purchase would land me two free tickets to see Future in concert later that same night. I was ecstatic. My brother was a lot more hype than I was. He was baffled on how I just came to his city and won free tickets. The concert was great and I loved the Cantu products that I bought. I also had found out earlier that morning that I had passed my teacher certification exam, so this was the icing on the cake to win these tickets.
Then I went to The Vegan Nom food truck and got a Gracias Madre taco and let me tell you, that taco fooled me on being vegan. The taste and flavors I was convinced that they duped me, but it was indeed vegan.
After the concert we headed to 24 Diner which makes the best veggie burgers I have ever experienced. They are all handcrafted and cooked to perfection. It is rare that I visit a place that has veggie burgers that aren’t premade or come out of a package and just heated up.
Saturday morning I went to Counter Culture, a vegan restaurant, for brunch. I had chocolate chip and cherry pancakes, seitan sausage and tofu rancheros. It tasted amazing. I love a good pancake.
I left Counter Culture and headed to the George Washington Carver Library for the Austin African American Book Festival to see D. Watkins, author of The Beast Side, so that he can sign my book. Had an amazing discussion. The next speaker talked about the book and documentary, I am Not Your Negro. That was a very heated discussion between the black and white people in the room. What was even more heated was the next discussion of the movie Get Out. Some white people actually left because of how some of my fellow melaninated brothas and sistas expressed their views on the movie. Oh well!
For dinner I hit up Unity Vegan Kitchen and had their infamous chikn and waffles and I was too hype and to lit at the blend of flavors. Before I became vegan, I had never had chicken and waffles, and I had always heard how amazing they were. Now that I am vegan, I am sure the nonvegan version cannot compare.
Sunday morning I headed back to The Vegan Nom food truck and had The Flapjack Badasserie, which was a pancake topped with tofu scramble, vegan sausage, vegan cheese, berries and maple syrup. I know that sounds like a helluva mix, and it was. I never thought to make anything like that.
The food I experienced over this weekend was amazing and I definitely want to try recreating my own versions. If you are ever in Austin, try some of these restaurants. Also, let me know if you do.