Food & Friends: Food's Social Aspect (Part 3)

Imagine this:  it’s late afternoon, the sun is setting, you are sitting comfortably on a balcony overlooking a beautiful lake (Lake Travis) with the sun set reflecting off the water; surrounded by the ones you love, laughing, talking, and taking in this beautiful picture as you nosh on a pre-dinner appetizer and a true Texas margarita!  Sound like perfection?! Well take it from me, it was!! This was the exact experience I got to enjoy with my friends & husband in Austin, Texas as we relaxed at The Oasis on Lake Travis (http://www.oasis-austin.com/).  The Oasis confidently refers to Austin as the “Sunset Capital of Texas” and after experiencing it first hand, I would have to agree! It sits directly on Lake Travis and has 4 tiers of balconies that host numerous table for all guest to enjoy the breath-taking sunset view!  I cannot vouch for the food, as we did not have dinner, but we did enjoy the chips & salsa with a fresh rita!

Our days move at such a rapid pace, that it is such a rare and treasured gift to have the opportunity to sit, responsibilities free, no time limit or time frame to heed to, with loved ones, around a table and simply talk about life, the good, the bad, and the funny! To catch-up, share stories, and laugh till it hurts are the small moments in life that make life worth living and memorable!  When I consider the number of women in the world that make excuses to avoid such social situations because of the potential of food being present, breaks my heart and fires up a passion within to encourage women to reject the “social norm to diet” and to live in freedom.. To allow a calorie to subtract from the memorable moments in one’s life is devastating.

The four of us walked away from that table totally relaxed and excited about the night’s events!  It was on to South Congress Café!!

 

South Congress Café (http://www.southcongresscafe.com/) is located on South Congress Avenue and was conveniently located within walking distance of our vacation home!  Upon walking into this venue, I knew we were in for a treat!  The atmosphere is eclectic, but chic and full of life! The cuisine was impressive due to its ability to be casual, yet elegant all at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April enjoyed a warmed goat cheese salad topped with scallops!

Mike enjoyed Grilled Pork Chop served w/ truffled mac’n cheese, vegetables du jour, spiced apple demi-glace. Mike and I shared a warmed goat cheese salad prior to our meal!

 

Zach and I ordered the same entrées and were both VERY impressed. We enjoyed the Five Spice Crusted Pork Tenderloin served with blue corn bread chorizo stuffing, a spicy ranchero burgundy sauce, and asparagus!  The flavors and textures really played off one another well and the meal was satisfying. I would highly recommend this dish to everyone that plans to visit Austin in the future!!

This concludes DAY ONE of my adventures in Austin, Texas! More to come very soon!! So I leave you with this:

"This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!" ~ Julia Childs