Thursday, August 12, 2010

Austin Days 4 & 5: Fondue and Whole Foods

To continue the week-long recap of my trip to Austin last week (last day, I promise I'll be back with regular material tomorrow!)...

On Friday, we decided to take in the "scenery" of Round Rock.

Here we are on part of the Chisholm Trail, which was used to transport cattle from Texas to Kansas in the late 19th century. Not quite the Oregon Trail, but the other statues at this park definitely looked like they came straight out of the computer game!

Yup, there is the "Round Rock" for which the town is named.

Not very round. They'd have been better off calling it "Pancake Rock." Wouldn't that make a nice town name? lol.

Me and ol' Bessie.

After all that *spectacular* (cough, cough, yeah right) sightseeing, we hit up the pool at Megan's apartment to cool off. The pool wasn't cool at all though. This is Texas--there is no relief from the killa heat!

That night, as is our tradition whenever we get together, we hit up the Melting Pot for fondue. My sister and I started this tradition, so we thought we'd let Mam and KB into our tradition.

Me, KB, and some glorious liquid cheddar :)

In retrospect, this looks absolutely disgusting. At the time, though, it tasted like PURE GOLDEN HEAVEN FONDUE.

The three of us "sisters" (KB is practically my sister)--Me, Megatron and KB.

THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR CHOCOLATE FONDUE!!!! These were the "dippers"--cheesecake, marshmallows, strawberries, bananas and rice krispie treats!

We got the "featured chocolate" which was a passion fruit Yin n' Yang--it was dark chocolate and passion fruit-infused white chocolate. After this, we went home, put our elastic pants on, and watched True Blood until 2am. I told you I got them all hooked! GREAT SUCCESS!

The Saturday morning after our fondue feast, none of us were really hungry until lunch. We had the most fantastic Greek food, but I forgot to take a pictures (needless to say, I was a little burned out on the food pics). After lunch we swung by the Mexican Bakery again so I could get some cookies to bring home to Wes.

Before our flight home, we had an hour to kill, so we trekked it down to 6th Street in Austin to see where the world's first Whole Foods (and the adjacent Whole Food Headquarters) is located. According to someone I talked to who lived in the area 20 years ago, the first WF was this little dirty hole-in-the-wall store.

My, how things have changed in 20 years.

I didn't get any good pics of the inside, but I swear to you--this was the most BEAUTIFUL and HUMUNGOUS Whole Foods I've ever seen. They had every possible "bar" you could think of (salad bar, cheese bar, wine bar, trail mix bar), but guess what "bar" they DIDN'T HAVE...

The new Lara Bars! I've been wanting to try the Cookie Dough one, but alas, not even the mecca of the Whole Foods chain could keep them in stock. Instead, I got three of their regular ones for the flight home--coconut cream pie, banana bread and cinnamon roll. I gave KB the cinnamon roll one, so I can't wait to hear what she thought!

Well, that's the best of the best of the Austin trip! And remember that sketchy hotel room? My sister works at the Police Department, so let me know when I got home that the whole "crime scene" in the room next door was nothing more than a busted toilet and broken water main. REALLY?!?!? Then why did they need eight police officers to take a report? Round Rock must have slow crime days :)

I have so much good news to share tomorrow with ya'll and it's FUN FRIDAY, so be ready for some new recipes and jams!


  1. I had an awesome time in Austin! I love the picture of our feet!

    I haven't tried the Lara Bar yet but when I do, I'll let ya know what I think!


  2. Well that's a total story let down on the "crime scene" huh?! ;-)

  3. I still haven't been to the melting pot. I even live less than 5 mins from one. It looks extremely yummy!

  4. I'm obsessed with the Melting Pot. I go once or twice a year. Yummy!

  5. I LOVE the melting pot. So fabulous. It is so darn good - UMMM.

  6. This looks like so much fun! Love the outdoorsy pics:)
    I've never been to the Melting Pot! Looks delicious.