reflections, restaurants, travel

Austin, Tacos…I mean Texas.

When somebody asks me about countries I’ve lived in or traveled to the United States will probably be the last place I mention. Not because I haven’t enjoyed my travels there but because, as a Canadian, a trip to the States just doesn’t feel very adventurous. I mean its a domestic flight for goodness sakes.

Still, when I really consider all the notches I’ve racked up on my US State bedpost – California, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina – I realize that I have had some honest to goodness (mis)adventures across the border. And now that I’m here in Austin, experiencing Texas for the first time? Well there’s no question about it, I am not in Canada anymore.

War history makes me feel all kinds of wrong but even I gotta give it up to the Texans at the Battle of Gonzales
Why couldn’t Canadians have come up with a catch phrase when they stormed Vimy Ridge?

As for my daily eats? Tacos.


Like all day every day….

Corn tortillas come standard here as do delicious toppings like the tequila marinated shrimps, freshly made guacamole and perfectly spiced salsa pictured above. I’m sure you’ll see many more incarnations of this in the days ahead…

And because I’m saving my pennies I’ve also been eating at home once or twice a day, a nice balance for my “out” meals.

This salad consisted of some locally raised roast turkey, crunchy edamame, roasted squash, apples, red onion, zucchini, greens & carrots. Plus a poached egg and some Dijon balsamic dressing.

I intend on hitting up the North Loop, the farmers market and terribly trendy South Congress in the coming days… Can’t wait to share more of my Southwestern adventures with ya!

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  • Reply actorsdiet January 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    when we were in austin, i feel like we were eating tacos every other meal! which is kinda weird, since we live in l.a. and rarely eat them here…

  • Reply Beth (i run like a girl) January 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Texas almost counts as another country, not just another state in the US. (Did you, by chance, go to the Texas History Museum in Austin. If you do, you’ll know what I mean.) 😉

    Have fun in your travels!

    (And PS – I know what you mean — I feel like counting Canada and Mexico as part of my “international” travel is cheating, even though my passport gets stamped every time!)

    • Reply the healthy hipster January 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      I didn’t go to the museum yet but I’m dying to! I passed the gift shop though and got pretty excited…ahem…not the most politically correct children’s toys I’ve ever seen

  • Reply Steph May 6, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Could you tell me where you took this photo with the Texas stone? I would really appreciate it!

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