Austin 2014 Racecation

We came to Austin this year to run the 1020, which was an awesome race and experience! While we were here, we made sure to venture around the different parts of the city – from the center to the north in Round Rock and around – to get our way around and see what there was to do! We’ve been here before and were ready to head back to some of our favorites while trying out some new local favorites!

Most people know that this trip was definitely a WORK OFF WHATCHA EAT kind of vacation. #SorrynotSorry. Austin is just KNOWN for awesome food so while I was on the 21 Day Fix, I made sure to extend that a week to enjoy our racecation. We did something different every day to make sure we took it all in! Here’s the low down –

Breweries: Saturday when we got in, we decided to tinker around town right after the expo and packet pickup for the 1020. We Googled Austin Breweries and each picked numbers between 1-20 to make it to 3 local ones in the area all within 10 minutes of each other. Our first stop was The Draught House. This place was a cute little German house, where the beer flowed plentifully and they even had a Biergarten out back to enjoy the weather – not to mention free sausages and brats until they were gone!

 Next was North by Northwest where we shared a flight of local brews:

We ended our tour for the evening with  Black Star Co-Op that happened to be less than a mile from where we were staying. This place just opened, and also served foods all made from their co-op partners and local farms. We squeezed in a brew to share and an appetizer – a.k.a. fuel for the race Sunday.

Beer = Hubby happy

After Saturday a.k.a. Beer-Day we calmed down the drinking a smidge – that didn’t mean we didn’t eat our way through Austin! Before I jump into food, I just have to say how awesome it was to see so many Co-ops. Aside from Black Star, we found many as we walked through downtown and even in restaurants we ate at many were part of co-ops. SHOP AND EAT LOCAL – that’s what I’m talking about!

Food: We ventured ALL over Austin to get some of our favorite eats and try some new digs as well! In no particular order, we visited, Whole Foods, Gourdough’s (7), South Congress Cafe (8) , TRIO (6), Torchy’s Tacos (3), Hopdoddy, Cover 3, Round Rock Donuts (2) , Chuy’s, Bananarchy (1), Threadgill’s, Austin Juice (5), Hey Cupcake (9), Elizabeth St. Cafe (4) – and more I’m sure I’m forgetting!

My favorites? That’s so hard! Gordough’s is a favorite sweets stop, and this time I had their PBJ donut- whoa. Also, Torchy’s Tacos is an inexpensive favorite with multiple locations in Austin. We hare their Beef fajita taco and hubby loved their Trailor Park taco with fried chicken. My ABSOLUTE favorite restaurant so far in Austin has been the Elizabeth St. Cafe. I love how it truly stands for what Austin is all about – being weird and different and YUMMY. It blends Vietnamese cuisine with French pastries for a powerful punch! We’ve visited there before, and have never been disappointed – plus it’s 2 steps away from Gordough’s 😉

For breakfast each morning WE DID Stick to our Shakeology routine! ALL of our nutrients + protein + super foods + complex carbs and vitamins to kick off the day – Balance right? 😉

We were able to take advantage of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (awesome movie theatre), The Goodnight (bowling and games), The Texas Thrift Store (unique shopping on the cheap), Town Lake Trail (miles of Austin views), the Austin Nature & Science Center (free fun with nature and animals), and all of the fun shops throughout downtown and its surrounding areas. There is really never a dull moment in Austin, and I’ll miss it for sure until we go back 😉

We’ve both been in Florida all of our lives, so being here is fun to explore and sightsee while getting a feel for the local vibe!

Have you been to Austin before? What’s your favorite part?
What do you take in when visiting a new city away from home?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    April 23, 2014, 12:11 pm

    ahhh such good food! and nex time –> hill country food! hehe

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    April 23, 2014, 12:52 pm

    I was stalking all your pics on Instagram! Looks like you guys had a blast!!!

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    April 23, 2014, 1:15 pm

    oh, y’all did it up RIGHT! I see some good eats and am working up an appetite. Still have never made it to Gourgoughs . . .

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      April 24, 2014, 10:45 am

      Yes, you have to try it! and then run it off lol

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    April 23, 2014, 1:18 pm

    FUN! I wouldn’t even know where to begin with the food there. For me it depends on what city. Chicago and Philly both had amazing vegetarian options so I was all about eating LOL. Sometimes it’s just about the scenery.

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      April 24, 2014, 10:45 am

      Those are great EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH cities!

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    April 23, 2014, 1:42 pm

    Looks like you had a blast! I followed along on IG during your trip and seeing all the pics, especially of all that delicious food, makes me want to plan a trip to Austin.

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    April 23, 2014, 2:00 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Austin! It looks like you had a magical time.

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    April 23, 2014, 4:40 pm

    I have driven through Austin but never really toured it. Looks like a great time.

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    April 23, 2014, 5:01 pm

    That Round Rock donut looks so good it is making me crazy. No sweets now for me until after my race Sunday. Race weeks bug me since I have to be so good with food. Eating local is one of my favorite things to do, and I am impressed you found so many places with locally grown products. Big win,not to mention a fun vacation. When are you moving to Austin????

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      April 24, 2014, 10:46 am

      Right?! I need to watch the sugars for sure now

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    April 23, 2014, 8:19 pm

    This makes me really want to go to Austin.

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    April 24, 2014, 1:32 am

    That looks super fun. I’ve been to different parts of Texas, but not Austin. I’m not sure if we’ll ever make it there, but it definitely looks like a great place with some really yummy food! Glad you had such a great time!

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    April 24, 2014, 8:15 am

    Eating, exploring, and walking around a new city is the best way to get familiar with your surroundings–and really experience it of course. I went to Austin in college for a basketball tournament, but we did not have as much fun as you!

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    April 24, 2014, 11:17 am

    I recently found your blog and also ran the Austin1020. Loved the bands. I’ve been living in Austin for almost two years now. I’ve been to/ate a lot of this food, but others I haven’t. It’s nice to find new ideas of things to do! Always so much in Austin!

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    April 24, 2014, 1:16 pm

    Aren’t racecations the BEST? I loooooove them! So glad you enjoyed Austin. 🙂

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    April 24, 2014, 1:39 pm

    I’ve never visited Austin but it sounds like someplace I need to visit.

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    April 24, 2014, 1:39 pm

    looks like a blast!

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    April 24, 2014, 5:37 pm

    Never been to austin but its on my to do list!

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    April 25, 2014, 2:46 am

    I have not been to Austin, but this makes me want to go even more!

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