Monday, September 27, 2010

Getting Lost-in Austin

I’m visiting my brother in Texas, and we went to Austin for the day. After learning the limitations of our GPS when it comes to overpass highways and feeder roads with exits, then fighting the UT pre-game traffic and searching for parking, we were ready for lunch.

We ate at Mellow Mushroom, which is mainly a pizza place, but I selected a tempeh sandwich. This guy was really good – better than it looks. It was grilled tempeh cubes, grilled onions, green bell peppers, and mushrooms, along with lettuce and tomato. We were at a pizza place, so a few red pepper flakes from the shaker on the table really rounded this sandwich out.


It didn’t come with a side, but we got some hummus as a starter for the table. My sister in law likes hummus, but it’s one of those (many) things my brother won’t eat, so she enjoys it with company. A dollop of hummus can look so unappetizing; I’m glad they dressed up this plate with carefully arranged pita triangles.


After lunch, we headed to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Preserve. We walked around a saw some wildflowers, some cacti, and climbed a little tower to get an aerial view.

033 I like how much bigger my brother is than Alex. Even I’m a little taller than Alex!


Me trying to make a pirate face with the monocular on top of the tower.

058Alex practiced his Spider Walking in the entryway.

After a bit of walking around, it was time to eat again. We headed out to sno-cones at a place that came highly recommended, Sno Beach, located in the food truck court. Each table had paper towels and Windex in an attempt to curb any bee problems.

2010-09-26Shelby using her iPhone, which really proved helpful navigating a new city.

The place had a lot of flavors, so many that it was difficult to choose what to get. I went with cantaloupe and really enjoyed it; Alex selected grape and validated his choice of simple flavor by pointing to the giant sunglass-wearing sno cone atop the stand. This was a fun little break. Next, on to the bats…


  1. I'm so jealous. I want to go to Austin and Portland so badly (Cincinnati not so much). Your brother is very attractive. As is the hummus.

  2. I can't believe you went to Mellow Mushroom and didn't get pizza. :-( Did that location have the vegan pizza? I've often wondered about their looks yummy. I'll have to get that the next time we are at a Mellow Shroom! Sounds like you are having fun!

  3. So funny you say that about my brother, Shen. The older he gets, the more he reminds me of our dad.

    Michelle, the vegan pizza wasn't on the menu, but they did mention vegan cheeze in the salad toppings. I have a place to get vegan pizza here, so I wanted to try the tempeh sandwich. Plus no one wanted to split a vegan pizza with me! ;-(

  4. I am going to Houston in a couple of weeks. It will be my first time in the South (I am from Montréal, Canada). Any suggestions as to where I can find vegan food? I don't assume that Austin and Houston are close, I just thought that there might be some chains common in Texas that has vegan offerings. And, I agree with Michelle, your brother is attractive... and so is the hummus ;-)

  5. Hi Chantal, I have only been to Houston and Austin once each, and only for short periods of time. In either city I'm sure you'll have choices (unlike many other smaller southern US cities). I'd suggest checking out for places to eat.