Banana Pudding

After some stellar Banana Pudding at both Stubb’s and the Driskill Hotel’s 1884 Cafe, we knew we would be making our own rendition. Our version had more intensity of banana flavor because we mashed super ripe bananas into the vanilla pudding itself, in addition to the banana slices. I also enjoyed the texture of the Nilla wafer crumble and sweetened whip cream on top. Next time, I am making homemade Nilla wafers from scratch.

  • Cook and Serve vanilla pudding
  • milk
  • 3 ripe bananas (2 sliced bananas for the pudding and 1 sliced banana for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 30 Nilla wafers (additional 5 Nilla wafers for crumbs)
Slice bananas into 1/3 inch slices. Lay five Nilla wafers in ramekins and a slice of banana at bottom of dish.
Prepare cook and serve vanilla pudding as listed on package. Add the 2 sliced bananas and mash into warm vanilla pudding. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Whip heavy cream and gradually add sugar and continue to whip until desired consistency.
Spoon banana and vanilla pudding in ramekin. Garnish pudding with slices of banana, add several tablespoons of sweetened whip cream and crumble Nilla wafers on top.

Salt Lick BBQ, Airport, Austin

Salt Lick is famous in Texas and we were looking forward to finding a way to squeeze Salt Lick in during our trip. Unfortunately, we were not able to get to the proper restaurant and directly try the sausage, turkey, pulled pork and brisket.

Our father rarely asks for anything, however when we mentioned we were heading to Texas, he asked if we would bring him home from Southern BBQ. Our late grandparents lived in Houston for part of their lives and although my father visited Texas, he has never had a taste of authentic Texas bbq.

We brainstormed when and what way we could take home some barbeque on the flight. Salt Lick is at the airport and we took full advantage. The staff were willing to sell us a frozen, 5 lb brisket for $50 and a pound of smoked sausage for our father.

The counter staff packed it up for us in a hot cold bag. After my parents reheated it at 200 degrees F, they said they enjoyed every morsel of tender brisket and smoked sausage.

While we were waiting for our flight home, we enjoyed Salt Lick brisket, sausage combination plate, which came for coleslaw, potato salad, beans and some white bread for $11.95. The gravy made the brisket even more tasty and we really enjoyed all the sides with the Salt Lick meat.
Salt Lick BBQ at the airport. Got some brisket and sausage with coleslaw, bread, beans, and potato salad while we wait for our flight which is two hours delayed
We wish we had time to go to the proper Salt Lick restaurant, but this does mean we have something to look forward to on the next trip.

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Austin To Do (Next Visit), Austin

There were various food trailers closed Monday and Tuesdays or had mid afternoon closings. Despite this, we were borderline gluttons in Austin and there was not enough time to enjoy all the restaurants and trailers. We have a working list of many future to do’s.

We passed by Ms. P’s Electric Cock, who serves fried chicken (made with a Texas two-step brining process) and we love our fried chicken.

We love crepes as well and wanted to try Crepes Mille, an adorable silver trailer with a variety of savory and sweet crepes.

Fat Cactus serves Southwest Navajo Fry breads, pizzas and tacos. The dessert fry bread with peanut butter and banana looked really tasty.

Across the street from Caffe Medici (BMH review of Caffe Medici) and next to Patika Coffee is Turf N’ Surf which serves fries, fish tacos, po boys and fried shrimp. The owner was super friendly and the truck is open nice and late.

Guero’s Taco Bar was quite lively with the music performance and folks dancing in the parking lot. The menu looked great.

Located at the Trailer Park area was Conscious Cravings which was filled with tofu and other healthy sandwiches.

Kung Fu Saloon has a cool ambiance and has games to entertain patrons. I really enjoy the bottle nunchucks logo.

Wahoo Fish Tacos is a chain based in California and Colorado which serves tofu, fish and regular tacos.

Easy Tiger sells pretzels, breads, pastries upstairs and has a beer garden downstairs.

Clearly, there is much more to try and to enjoy in the friendly, warm city of Austin. The food is fun, abundant and puts a smile on our faces. We can not wait for the next chance to head to the Southwest!

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Conscious Cravings (Trailer) on Urbanspoon

La Mexicana Bakery, Soco, Austin

La Mexicana Bakery with its green and red bright lights offers many sweet pastries fruit empanadas, custards and biscuits.

Cookies and churros

Flan, cookies and danishes

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Elizabeth Street Cafe, Soco, Austin

Elizabeth’s Street Cafe serves French Vietnamese cuisines such as crepes, pastries, banh mi, pho, noodles and coffee in a lovely atmosphere. Note Elizabeth’s is in the same restaurant family as Perla and Lambert’s.

The pricing is more than double the price of Vietnamese fare at the mom and pop shops I have been to, but this upcharge is certainly for diners that are seeking decor and ambiance.

Some interesting iterations of banh mi include spicy pork meatballs, grilled McAllen Ranch Flank Steak, Keffir Lime Fried Chicken and grilled lemongrass tofu for $7. The Elizabeth Street pho ranges in price from $12 to $22 (Shrimp, Red snapper, Dungeness Crab).

Butter cake, canelles and eclairs (nutella, pistachio and peanut) $3

Macarons and cream puffs (coconut, banana cream or espresso) $2

Zebra striped pillow with the seating and bar area

The Vietnamese Iced coffee being made and consumed (drip coffee and sweetened condensed milk) for $3.00. It was lightly sweet and had a deep coffee flavor. Perfection.

We ordered a canelle, banana cream puff and macarons.

The canelle tasted like a cross between bread budding and a dense flan with a caramel soaked bottom.

The chocolate chili macaron had a deep chocolate flavor with the spice coming through as the chocolate dissipates. The citrus flavored macaon was refreshing.

Next time, I will order the pineapple tatin with palm sugar ice cream, pineapple chips and star anise caramel for $8.

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Candy: Big Top Candy Shop, Soco, Austin

Big Top Candy Shop is unlike any candy shop I have been to. Yes, I have seen plenty of stores with nostalgia candy, truffles, and fudge, but they do not have a soda jerk. Big Top’s proper soda jerk allows patrons to enjoy egg creams, floats, malts and shakes.

Nostalgia candy and European chocolates.

Memorabilia and antiques related to the circus.

Refrigerator, instruments, weights, posters and other antiques.

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Soco, Austin

Given the tremendously long line at Hopdoddy, we knew we would be trying it during an off hour. We hopped into line, the waitress gave us a number and assigned us a seat in the dining room. As we ordered at the counter, we noticed how quickly we moved through the line. In fifteen minutes, our burger and fries were delivered to our table.

Hopdoddy serves fresh burgers, fries, ice cream. They grind the meat, in-house, daily.

Hopdoddy makes homemade milk shakes for $5. The flavors included, Oreo, Dutch Chocolate, Mexican Vanilla, Raspberry White Chocolate, Caramel & Sea Salt, Nutella & Chocolate Covered Pretzel. I definitely will try the Salted caramel sometime.

They also serve alcoholic beverages, hard limeades, sangria, margaritas, martinis, wine as well as cane sugar sodas.

The kitchen, fresh tomatoes and Hollywood fries boxes

They servce the best chili cheese fries we have ever eaten. These Kennebec potatoes fries with a side of chili cheese for $5.50 were worth every penny and then some. The fresh cheese sauce and chunks of chili flavored beef was so good. It is not your nightmarish rubbery chili cheese version from 7-11.

We shared the Magic Shroom burger ($8) Angus Beef, Texas Goat Cheese, Field Mushrooms, Mayo & Basil Pesto and it was juicy, thick and very fresh. We tried the complimentary sauces chipotle ketchup, honey mustard and barbeque sauce. The honey mustard with fries were awesome.

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