Austin-tatious? We Don’t Think So…
Jessica says: I just returned from a little shindig in Austin, Texas called SxSW. You might have heard of it – it’s ten days of music, film, comedy, and interactive media. So of course, while in Austin, I had to soak up the locavore culture – and this electic city has plenty of it. Here are some of my Austin picks:
Austin has embraced the food cart kick – they’re everywhere in the Texas capital. And although I have no complaints about the quality of Austin’s “street meat”, I desperately wanted a good, light lunch. I found exactly what I wanted at Walton’s Fancy and Staple, a gourmet deli and bakery serving classic deli fare with a gourmet, local kick. My choice (and it should be yours too): a pressed caprese panini with fig preserves and a side of spicy potato salad.
You can’t go near a bar in Austin without seeing Tito’s – everywhere. But I’m not arguing about it because Tito’s Handmade Vodka is one of the smoothest vodkas I’ve ever had. Distilled six times by Tito and his team in Texas’ oldest distillery, this vodka also leaves minimal hangovers. Trust me on this one.
Leather apparel is in no short supply in Texas. Leave it to Austin to put a clean, modern spin on leather with hip leather bracelets from Leighelena Jewelry. The leather cuffs, in a variety of widths, colors, and textures, can be dressed up or down and go from the streets of Austin to the streets of NYC with ease.
If you want leather goods that are a little more Texan in fashion, then invest in a pair of Heritage Boots. Created using the finest skins and leathers and vintage patterns from the 1930′s – 1960′s, these handmade boots (by boot elves, no less) will grace your feet for years to come.
Austin’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Austin Weird” and Austin’s not weird, just refreshing. Its culture is hip, quirky, friendly and classically Texan. Above all else, it’s 100% American and 100% Austin, making it one of my favorite cities, and a favorite among locavores everywhere.