This past weekend, on a hunt for a very specific mustard, I visited no less than 3 local farmers markets. When the lady who makes and sells the mustard was finally found, she was already sold out! (It's that good!) Bummer, but at least I know where to find her and I guarantee that I'll be first in line to get it this coming weekend, and I'm not complaining about that because Austin has some great local vendors and there's nothing like cooking with fresh foods and of course there's no calories in taking pictures of pretty food...
Barton Creek Farmer's Market, one of the nicer and bigger markets around. Isn't this beet beautiful? It's from one of my favorite local farms, Johnson's Backyard Garden. They
always have a great variety and a few interesting things as well, (like
black Spanish radishes.)
I didn't buy any beets or radishes but I did buy some of these turnips, which I have only eaten once and have never prepared myself, so these will be an adventure for sure! (Let me know if you have any good recipes!)
Afterwards we stopped at Gourdough's Public House for lunch, another new place for me.
Anything and everything served on or with a donut! Burgers were actually served on donuts instead of buns. Sounds weird because you think it's going to be overly sugary but not so! They were a little bit on the sweet side, but without any frostings or fillings it worked perfectly with the saltier items that it was served with.
I had 3 Little Guidos. Pork belly, mozzarella, basil and tomato on donuts with homemade chips. What can I say but WOW!
I guess technically this place is a bar and the rustic, industrial interior is really quite perfect, very Austin. Afterwards, we rolled ourselves home for a nap.
On Sunday we thought we would try to catch the mustard lady at another market, this time it was the Mueller Market, but sadly, she wasn't at this location. However, this one had more prepared foods, and was very child friendly with a petting zoo and balloons.
You see the rectangular donut on the right? Peanut butter frosting and jelly filling. And it was amazing! (Ok, so it wasn't the healthiest of weekends...)
So after admiring some ducks we made our way out to Micklethwait's Meat Trailer, the newest, hyped up barbeque joint (trailer) in town.
Barbeque goes fast here in Austin and to get the good stuff you gotta go early, that's all there is to it. Usually you need to be in line by 10:30 AM. We got there around 1:30 and they were already sold out of everything but ribs and sausage and 2 or 3 sides. I was already full by the time we got there so after a few bites of sausage, I was done! The BF enjoyed the ribs.
Verdict-Sometimes BBQ gets a little over spiced but we both agreed that you could actually taste the meat and it was very nice. We will be returning to try the brisket.
As if this post isn't super long already, here's a few pics of the local scenery around the BBQ trailer...
Gigantic BBQ pit/smoker thing...I don't claim to know the process, I just eat it. And for some reason I find these things wonderfully depressing, like oil derricks.
This little salon was right next door...
and this Airstream was sitting next to it. I looked up the website - I'm some what intrigued by facial acupuncture. Anyway, it was just as pretty on the other side...
What's going on with you?