The excitement of Christmas has come and gone. Now what?! Ave and I took the littles on a family vacation to Austin, TX over the holiday lull between Christmas and New Years to visit friends and enjoy the warm weather. We hope to make it an annual family tradition! Living in Minnesota, cabin fever has set in and we can’t wait to get out of the house. Why not travel and make lasting memories with our children? The experiences gained while traveling are much more valuable than gifts under the tree.
My favorite part of traveling is the food. We had the chance to enjoy some of the best Austin has to offer. First stop: Torchy’s Tacos Trailer Park. Damn good tacos, you betcha! We started with chips, guacamole and green chile queso. I highly recommend. YUM!! I ordered (2) Mr. Pink’s. (image above: Seared Ahi Tuna with cabbage fresca)
It was 80 degrees the first day we were in Austin. We walked down South Congress and stopped at Big Top Candy Shop. The kids were amazed by all the cool, vintage candy. They had stained blue mouths before we even left the shop, which makes family photos pretty silly. Thank goodness for Photoshop!
We visited the Capitol building in downtown Austin. Although its not food related, I though it was worth mentioning. This was Peyton’s favorite part of the trip. He and his sister enjoyed racing up the stairs to look down from each level of the building. The Texas Capitol Visitors Center has interactive exhibits where the kids can dig for treasures and dress in vintage homestead clothing.
The experiences gained while traveling are much more valuable than gifts under the tree.
Last, but not least..we ate lunch at Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Round Rock. If you get a chance to eat here, DO IT!! You may have to stand in line outside, but it’s worth the wait. They serve samples of fresh, warm “bun bites” (is that a thing?) with cinnamon butter and truffle fries while you wait in line. The truffle fries are ridiculous. They are decadent, so plan on walking a few miles after you devour them. They also have shakes, so you might as well order one of ’em up while you’re at it. Just add a few more miles to your walk.