Austin Java has been long known for being a great coffee shop but we recently visited their South Austin location and they really upped their culinary experience! I would say it is now on par with some of the other great Austin restaurants!
Mixed drinks to satisfy any mama… and kid!
They not only have a super cool menu of coffee choices including a snickerdoodle latte (pictured above) when we went but also, a smooth iced coffee, and some mixed drinks that were FABULOUS! (we had virgin ones at the time since we were taking an alcohol break and they had just applied for their liquor license)
Rotating menu creates an awesome Austin restaurant choice
With blackened Brussel sprouts on the menu you can almost guarantee that the restaurant is going to be good! They had the typical “Austin” Tex Mex food choices. Which for some reason I didn’t have high hopes for and was pleasantly surprised! But they took all the food to the next level and their flavor game was STRONG!
We DEVOURED the queso which isn’t a shocker for my family! And then the sweet waiter brought out our main dishes which even our pickiest eaters happily enjoyed! Which as a mom is ALWAYS NICE when you can enjoy your eating experience and not have to BEG your children to eat their food!
Austin restaurant with a modern atmosphere
I loved the interior design of this place! It was beautiful and simple at the same time. It was also comfortable and didn’t feel awkward to bring kids to which I truly appreciate! So we will have to be back one day! We really loved it! Let us know in the comments below if you have checked this place out before or plan to visit!
My Mom actually found out about Teriyaki Madness and suggested we try it out. We sent a message to their Instagram and headed over a couple days later! It looked great online but I wasn’t anticipating such an array of options for some of us that are Gluten-free in our family!
I snagged a cheap one-way flight on Frontier to meet one of my best friends in Reno, NV to take a road trip with one of my besties! I also decided to travel with our youngest because lap children are free, he is still nursing a little off an on (he was 15 months at the time), AND I AM CRAZY!😂 I want to do an “all-encompassing” post where I share photos from our adventure.
Then I will share a couple specific posts ( Gear to get for your flight with your baby, Gear to get for your road trip with your baby, Our first Airbnb experience, Wild Palms Hotel review, Family foodie adventure in Santa Cruz: Earth Belly , Family Foodie adventure in Las Cruces: Andele”s dog house, and I will come back and link to the different posts 😚.)
So we traveled 1796 miles in 4 days with 2 adults and 2 kiddos!
😻🙀 Our plane got in late and I needed to situate all of our stuff as soon as I got off the plane and I HAD TO PEE which was interesting with a baby and a TON of stuff that goes along with a baby for a road trip (which if it wasn’t for my baby gear I would not have made it out of the bathroom with my sanity intact! 😂👐 Then I went down the elevator to meet up with Davielle.
MAMA NEEEEEEDS COFFEE!
After I squeezed the crap out of Davielle and crying after not seeing her for 7 years (she lived on Hawaii, which we never had enough money to fly out there as a family at the time) and to reward myself for making it through the craziness of packing, prepping my family for the 4 days I would be gone, flying solo with a baby… mama was ready for some coffee! So we stopped at Coffeebar in Reno.
We drove to Trukee, California
where her family was camping the week before for Father’s day. We stopped and I took some family photos of them among the GIANT GORGEOUS pine trees. Not going to lie wish I had all my peeps to photograph with me and was a little jealous of the gorgeous light (maybe next time). But Davielle got a couple super cute ones of little dude and me as well!
Let it BURN!!
That last photo CRACKS me up! Isaac ended up playing the harmonica and I was so excited to get a video of him doing that and as I swiped up my phone FLEW INTO THE FIRE! As Davielle and I were scrambling around trying to get it out of the fire pit Charlie nonchalantly said “let it burn” thinking it was a hot dog! 😂😂😂 He put it in their cooler for a bit once it cooled down and it totally worked the remainder of the trip!!
Wild Palms Hotel
We drove through the night to get to Wild Palms Hotel; a Sunnyvale Boutique Hotel and it was totally worth it to get there. The bed was so comfy and the interior design was AMAZING. I will do a separate post on this amazing hotel and will link back here.
We decided to try to go down the PCH (along the coast of California, PS DON’T DO IT! I will tell you more in a bit). As we were driving we stopped at Earth Belly in Santa Cruz (will link to later) and it was AMAZING! THEN we saw this amazing fruit stand where we loaded up on fruit to make a fruit salad later the next day.
So the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway)…
is gorgeous but extremely winding! I was SUPER NAUSEOUS! We didn’t realize the northern part of California was cliffs and not beaches (you live and learn!!). So a lot of the time we were super close to the cliff edge! 😣😖😵😱😳
We made a short pitstop at Big Sur Lodge to grab some coffee to continue our trip. Next, go around I would LOVE to stay here! It was GORGEOUS, chilly, surrounded by huge amazing trees!
THE ROAD ENDS!!
THEN around 10 pm after HOURS of being on this road, the road ENDED! NOT A DETOUR BUT ENDED!! But thank God, where we stopped, there was a gas station that had a slip of paper of how to cut through the mountains to get back to a “normal highway”. Well, that ended up being even WORSE! LITERALLY EVERY 10 FEET there was a turn. And I got super car sick! 😷 THANK GOD we had some Whole foods paper sacks in the car that I used at one point and let’s just say that I left it on the mountain! It was seriously the most intense moment of my life! I learned some deep and important life lessons (I will be loading my thoughts to IGTV soon)
We raced through Arizona
Because of all that craziness with PCH it put us behind schedule so we RACED THROUGH Arizona which is sad because we missed Joshua Tree, Salvation Mountain…. etc etc etc… we will be redoing our trip one of these days and take MUCH MORE time and avoid the PCH… although maybe just go to Big Sur and then get off! 😂😂😂 BUT I made us pull over in the desert during sunset and grab those beautiful desert sunset photos! 😍😍😍
Airbnb in Las Cruces
We FINALLY got to this amazing Airbnb I reserved in Las Cruces (I think we got there at 5 am😨😰😱😳😵) BUT it was totally worth it! It was a renovated shipping container that gave both of us BIG DREAMS of doing the same thing in the Austin area! 😱😍 I will be doing a full review and link to it later, until then just know it was CRAZY COOL!)
New Mexican food is delish!
While in Las Cruces the Airbnbhost suggested Andele’s Dog House. I have a pretty refined Tex Mex pallette so😂😂 “Mexican food” is a FAVORITE of mine and has to be on point or it is disgusting! There is a pretty fine line! And this place KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK! It had New Mexico flair to it which was so yummy! I will write more about this place in a separate post, make sure to check it out!
Until next time!
So after that, we drove straight through the tip of Texas into Austin to get home! It was definitely worth EVERY MOMENT and something I have wanted to do with her FOREVER! AND I hope we get to do another trip next summer, until then I will reminisce and be thankful for this fun, crazy life changing adventure!