Miniature food tour, I mean, because that’s exactly what you should be doing after the stellar workout that is stand-up paddle boarding.
My friend and I didn’t drink enough water while out on the paddle boards, so even though we had to make an emergency 7-11 stop for giant waters, I don’t think it counts. Shortly after, though, we spotted the Churro Co. truck, and just had to stop.
We had been having a discussion in the car about churros, so it was perfect. We made friends with the nice guy in the truck while deciding on which highly-decorated churro was best. My friend went with the Rico Suave, as recommended by one of the guys in the little kitchen, and I went with a Blue Ivy, because I saw that two of my favorite fruits were involved and needed no further convincing.
Their stickers and loyalty cards have tons of personality, so we jacked some of those. The churros came out shortly after in little boats. My three little mini churros were drowned in blueberry compote, lemon curd, whipped cream and almonds. For such a heavy treat, it was shockingly refreshing. The churro can very easily be broken apart with a fork, and dragged through all of the delicious decorations until there’s nothing left in the plate. I was so sad when it was over, and was tempted to get another.
Our second stop was actually where we had intended to go originally, except we got distracted by churros, so it got pushed back. We drove over to Ju Ju Juice, a hidden juice café that’s definitely a “locals only” kind of place. It’s so hidden, we drove by it the first time.
Covered in ivy, Ju Ju Juice is just a deck and a window. My friend warned me that their concoctions got a little exotic, and that I might not like it. I chose something called the Cilantro Chavez, which is not too much of stretch from my standard juice choice of kale and orange, and was a conglomeration of cilantro, lime, green apple, jalapeno, cucumber, and orange juice. To be honest, I did hesitate; I don’t usually enjoy jalapeno in things that are supposed to be refreshing and cool. I actually ended up loving it. The jalapeno didn’t really burn, and it still had a sweet element from the orange juice. It is also super bright green, and makes you feel awesomely fit drinking it- I probably should’ve gotten a bigger one.
Major props from me for these two stops. They are for sure in my top five favorite Austin restaurants!