Austin’s South Congress Street: a (short) photo journey

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While in Austin for a few days in December, I had the chance to eat at some great food trucks! Austin, the most eccentric city in Texas, is known as the live music capital of the world, but it also has a growing food truck population! South Congress Street in downtown Austin is another food truck hub within the city, with food truck “parks” dotted down the street, selling everything from Indian dosas to Texan barbecue. Austin has definitely been growing in its foodie status.

(The area we went to is extremely close to the Hyatt Regency Austin.)

To celebrate another Foodie Friday as well as Phoneography Month, I decided to share my photos of the food trucks and restaurants we stopped at! I took a few photos with my dad’s Nikon D5000, but the rest were from my iPhone 5 since I didn’t want to lug around a big camera with me all day. Either way, enjoy!

Austin is an incredibly exciting place, especially if you don’t consider yourself part of the mainstream. Austin is very dog-friendly, as well as vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. Nearly every single food truck and restaurant in downtown Austin offered vegetarian or vegan options—not just one, but normally an entire menu! Nomad Dosa, one of the best food trucks on Congress Street, didn’t even offer meat! (It’s like a vegetarian/vegan heaven!)

Austin proudly proclaims its slogan of “Keep Austin Weird,” standing as the major center for liberal politics in Texas and a safe-haven for the nontraditional, including the artistic, LGBT, naturalist, environmentalist, and intellectual communities. It holds a desire to protect independent and local businesses (as opposed to large corporations).

Austin is actually a really cool place, and if you’re ever in Texas or even the southern half of the United States (yes, the crazy part), then be sure to stop by! You won’t regret it—as long as you’re willing to keep Austin weird!

Haute Wheels Food Truck Fest: Eating Everything in Sight

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“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to EATING.”

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Food trucks today with @alessia_stewart!

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Back on September 22, ten food trucks rolled into the Dallas suburbs as a part of the first annual Haute Wheels Food Truck Fest. I am a big fan of food — in case the foodie trip to New York didn’t make you realize that — so naturally I showed up at the hour it opened. My best friend since preschool, Alessia, came with me and we tackled the food trucks together! Thanks for joining me in my goal to eat at all ten food trucks, even if that didn’t work out for obvious reasons!

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Alessia didn’t actually join me until I hit Good Karma Kitchen, although she and her parents ended up eating at most of the same trucks, and our families went back to Coolhaus for a group dessert.

The Ten Food Trucks:

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