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I spent the first Saturday of spring break going to three grocery stores.
I wish I could say I was hunting down some elusive ingredient for a complicated recipe. Unfortunately, no, I just went, with no intention to buy anything in particular. I put my backpack on, hopped on my bike, and peddled my way around town to three different grocery stores.
I’ve talked about my grocery shopping habit before, but never in great detail. I suspect there are more of us out there, and hopefully this post throws some light on our marginalized community. Come out from lurkdom! And when you do, pay a visit to the following places, my favorite grocery stores in Austin.
Stop 1: Wheatsville Co-op
Wheatsville is a cute little hippie cooperative grocery store (member-owned) at 31st and Guadalupe. Along with a bunch of hippie products, they have a great bulk selection and a salad + hot bar. When I went, I had a less-than-$5 lunch of ginger tempeh pasta and some sparkling water, which I ate outside while listening to music. I love Austin.
While I was waiting, I saw a Helena Bonham-Carter lookalike walk in, followed shortly by this guy (who had to duck so that his tuba didn’t hit the top of the door):
Stop 2: Central Market
After lunch, I biked over to Central Market. CM is the hippie spin-off of HEB. They have a cafe, an incredible produce selection, and fun seasonal festivals (hatch green chile, chocolate, and currently “Eat the Heat” spicy food). At CM I bought a couple blood oranges, an Opal apple, and some buckwheat for a recipe I’ll post later this week.
(In case you were wondering, Stop 3 was the Hancock Center HEB to pick up some essentials. Nothing special here.)
A couple days later, Preston and I went to another grocery-store-browsing-adventure favorite locale: Whole Foods. Guayaki Yerba Mate invited us to an exclusive Brett Dennen show and yerba mate tasting on the rooftop cafe. I tried the citrus tea and the raspberry tea, and Preston tried the energy shot.
Verdict? The tea tasted pretty awesome, and has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee per serving. As for the energy shots…
Thanks for inviting us out, Guayaki!
Hope everyone had a great spring break. As for me, I’ve had a taste of warm weather, no school, and sleeping in, and now I’m ready for summer! I’ve got a few recipes in the works that will hopefully make the next 6 weeks easier to bear.
What did you do on your spring break?