I believe I warned you all in my post yesterday. I have food pics. Lot’s of food pics. Mainly because I’ve had lots of great food!
I admit that the food gluttony didn’t start until later in the day yesterday than planned. After my run, I grabbed a banana at the hotel, and had intentions of grabbing a light lunch in the University of Texas – Austin area (which is where I’m staying). Long story, but that didn’t happen.
BUT…that’s not to say I starved all day. In fact….this happened…
I hit up Whole Foods to grab a bite. Sadly, the pho was flavorless (no pic), but this…this was brilliant.
there were several food trucks at the Vida Vegan Con Bazaar. I didn’t get anything, but I was tempted by the vegan corn dog!
Arlo’s – which I also didn’t partake of, but heard was awesome.
yet another food truck that I didn’t get anything from….but it sounded great.
I DID, however, eat here! The Vegan Nom is a very vegan-famous taco place here in Austin, and I just had to have one. This is the Jalisco. I could eat it every day!
And then there was today! Both breakfast and lunch were buffets as the conference – but make no mistake. I hear “buffet”, and I picture Golden Corral or some cafeteria type place. These buffets were ridiculous. And I mean that in the best possible way.
this was my plate – though I wish I had snapped a shot of the spread. Breakfast taco with chorizo, tofu, black beans, and yummy toppings. And potatoes and a slice of toast with Earth Balance coconut spread and a slice of vegan cheese.
lunch was this crazy deconstructed bowl line – can’t even describe all the ingredients, but mine had kale, spinach, brown rice, quinoa, kale chips, roasted chickpeas, roasted cauliflowers, coconut bacon, and a creamy ranch sauce. my most epic BAS in a long time. I also double fisted the desserts. Coconut panna cotta with toasted quinoa and spicy pineapple, and a blood orange tapioca with crispy ginger. Freaking ridiculous.
I’m going to dedicate a separate post to dinner tonight since I’m going to a supper club hosted by Chef Chad Sarno and his brother. Should be pretty freaking amazing. Or freaking ridiculous, since that appears to be the word of the day.
After my run yesterday, I showered and cleaned up, and it was still too early for lunch. So…I decided to go for a walk around the University and kill time. Then I decided I wanted to walk to Whole Foods.
In the end, I walked 8 miles AFTER my morning run. Yeah, no guilt in that last taco I ate :)
random sighting on my walk.
This morning when I woke up my hips and calf muscles were tight – I’m assuming from the hills! I opted for a half hour of yoga in my hotel room before getting ready for the day.
I learned that Whole Foods originated right here in Austin, TX, so I just HAD to go see the mother ship! She was beautiful.
seriously, there were multiple restaurants and bar areas INSIDE. I want one…
Then it was off to the Marchesa Hall & Theater for the Vegan Bazaar. It was open to the public, which was really awesome. There were the food tucks, of course, but also vendors galore as well as tables for various animal activist groups. It was awesome (aka, ridiculous). I personally picked up a t-shirt from the Compassion Co, a tank from Herbivore Clothing, a mason jar smoothie thing from Meaningful Paws, some stickers and buttons (I LOVE buttons), and this gorgeous bag for my daughter A from Cykochik.
one of the vendor tables!
my new t’s and smoothie/juice jar!
bag for A! It’s called Love Bunnies.
There were also many great speakers and demos, including a great one from Fran Costigan that I really enjoyed.
As for today – today was the first full official day, and it was amazing (or ridiculous!). Both yesterday and today, I got to connect with new and familiar faces alike. I’m planning to do a recap post with links to all these great people, so I encourage you to check them out when I do.
the selfie I sent to D since I can’t see him today. Clearly excited, right?!
the conference Swag Bag of Wonder! Conferences where you get tons of free food and fun stuff is excellent.
Breakfast was with Amey from Vegan Eats & Treats, and her wonderful mom! Her mom and I had a long and delightful conversation about healthcare. She’s been in women’s health her whole career, and is heavily involved in the Santa Cruz community. She shared some amazing programs they have launched, and it was just an amazing time.
I had a similar conversation with Jessica from Sprouts & Chocolate. Totally delightful.
These conversations were revolutionary to me. In vegan circles there is certainly a LOT of conversations about health. Typically those I’ve heard or been involved with are related to personal health. My personal passion (other than veganism of course!) is in global health – and I loved finding and talking to so many people who were interested or engaged in the state of healthcare affairs in their communities – who are interested in making a difference on the policy side as much as within their own lives.
I took a break and sat outside to type out some of my session notes!
In order to not write a total novel, I will recap the sessions in future posts after I’ve had a chance to distill some of the messages and what they mean to me – and not just ramble on and on.
So summarize this post, it’s been another remarkable, enlightening, and inspiring day at Vida Vegan Con Austin!
And of course on the home front…pictures!
All weekend long, I’ve had people come up to me and tell me how much they love the morning pictures – how it’s the first thing they see in the morning. Amey told her mom how much R smiles now that she has braces and how adorable they are. How the love they have just shines through each picture. I told R today that she’s famous, and that everyone looks forward to her and her dad’s pics every day. Then I told D that I needed a morning pic, even though it was a weekend. I didn’t want to fend off a mob of people looking for one!
So, here’s today’s morningpic! Right after R woke up.
And a selfie of D in the pool!
And my first harvest! A radish – that grew this big from a seed 6 weeks ago! Caterpillars have decimated the leaves, so D pulled one. Said it was spicy and awesome! Can’t wait to get home and eat these bad boys.