Bri was born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, and trekked north to Austin to study film and geography at UT. You can catch her working at Caffé Medici on the drag or sitting around some other coffee shop studying languages and planning adventures that sometimes actually happen. She is the first of the four lovely ladies interning with Feliz this year to be introduced by her very own Friday Favorites:
My ideal morning is a lazy one; I love having the sun wake me up through the little window in my room, and I continue to lay in bed for an additional ten minutes before I actually get up and do anything. If I don’t make my usual açai bowl at home I’ll walk on over to Juan in a Million for a Don Juan or Tamale House for their migas and Mexican iced coffee. Living in Texas has made Mexican food a part of my soul; when traveling the only food I miss is tacos, and I try to incorporate them into my life on a daily basis.
When it's not a bajillion degrees, I love walking through the Texas State Cemetery in the morning/early afternoon. Usually, there’s not a lot of (living) people there, so it’s easy to feel as though you have three centuries of Texas history all to yourself. The grass is always green and is nice to sit down in and just be for a moment, and there are some pretty neat people buried there – from American Revolutionary War veterans to mister Stephen F. Austin himself.
Because it’s summer right now, all I can think about doing in the heat of the day is, of course, swimming. It’s awesome that Austin provides its residents with so many community pools; Givens is my favorite that I have found so far, but there are lots that I haven’t been to yet. If I’m feeling fancy and ambitious, I’ll go to Barton Springs and spend a lot of time lounging around avoiding the freezing water. Ideally a good book and a picnic consisting of a baguette and cheese from Antonelli’s would be involved.
Most people who know me well know that I am the queen of having dessert for dinner. Living in Austin, I am spoiled with all of the fantastic options I have to satisfy my often overwhelming desire for something sweet. A recent favorite of mine is Frozen Rickshaw, a mochi ice cream food trailer located just north of the UT campus. Mochi is a Japanese dessert made out of sticky rice, and mochi ice cream is a wonderful ball of ice cream or sorbet wrapped in mochi dough. The woman who owns the Frozen Rickshaw makes all of the mochi by hand, and she has an awesome lineup of flavors. My favorites are green tea and strawberry passion fruit.
However, if my cravings are too strong to be satisfied by anything else, my beautiful and undeniable siren is Lick Ice Creams, which uses only local dairy for their milk and cream and has a constantly changing menu based on whatever produce/ingredients are in season. My favorite combination is a scoop of strawberry basil on top of a scoop of goat cheese, thyme and honey – all cradled in a perfect, homemade waffle cone. It is truly God’s gift to Austinites and specifically to me.
And if we’re being serious and I’m wanting an actual dinner that would be respected by most adults, a couple of my favorites are the spicy beef noodle soup at Julie’s Handmade Noodles (so good) or steamed buns at East Side King (I could eat so many). I really like trying something new at one of Austin’s many food trailers, or getting things to go so they can be consumed later in front of a good movie or while playing Little Big Planet with my boyfriend.
Add all of that up and you have a day as good as your birthday.