Austin [Texas] Photo Diary

Austin Texas Photo Diary

Yoga teacher training has completely consumed my life for the past two weeks, in the best way possible. Of course, that means that the poor blog has been a bit neglected lately.




Since I don’t have enough time or energy to keep up with my usual posting schedule, today I’m cheating a bit with an easy one: a photo diary from the trip Kiyo and I took to Austin, Texas last year.



I absolutely loved this small city and could even imagine living there. Keep scrolling to see some of the awesome things we saw and did when we were there.

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Amoretti Cookie Spreads, Astoria

Amoretti cookie spreads


Recently I tried three products from an ingredient company I’d never heard of: Amoretti. Founded in 1989 by CEO Jack Barsoumian, Amoretti® is based in California and is a family-run business of Armenian heritage. Amoretti® provides nearly 2,000 natural pastry, savory, and beverage ingredients to chefs, restaurants, bars, etc. around the world, but many of these items can be enjoyed at home as well, such as their nut butters and spreads.



The three items I tried were Graham Cracker Spread, Noisina (chocolate hazelnut spread) and original creamy Super Butter, a nut-free seed butter.


The Noisina was an indulgent addition to my regular overnight oats (here made with oats, almond milk, almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes and raisins).


Now let’s talk details about this delicious chocolate hazelnut spread…

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What I Ate Wednesday: Yoga Teacher Training [Part II]

Another week, another What I Ate Wednesday hosted by Peas & Crayons! Apologies for the lack of posts lately, but we’ve been so busy and even though I’m home by 6 each evening, I’m so tired I can’t do anything except my homework, eat and sleep.

Tuesday, July 22: Day 8 of Yoga Teacher Training

WIAW yoga teacher training edition

7:20 AM: Wake up

7:30 AM: Pre-breakfast

Again, I had a quarter cup of aloe vera juice with lemon juice and water, as well as three krill oil capsules.

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8:00 AM: Breakfast

In the car on the way to the studio, I had a coffee with coconut milk and a small applesauce. Sadly I forgot this Mojo trail mix bar on the kitchen counter so I didn’t get to eat it! That was really disappointing.

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8:30 – 9:30 AM: Hot Yoga

Our first hot yoga practice of the day went well but I was starving towards the end!

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9:45 AM: Snack

I really wanted that trail mix Mojo bar, but I had to eat what I had in my bag (at least I had backup!), which was a cookies & cream Quest bar.

10:00 – 11:15 AM: Hot Yoga

We went right into another practice, which I thought would be exhausting but it actually felt really good, even though it was tiring.

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12:30 PM: Lunch

We sat in a nearby park to eat lunch, which was nice. I brought a big container of leftovers from the dinner Maggie’s mom made Monday night: pasta salad with ham, fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, as well as zucchini, yellow squash, basil and chives from their garden! Food picked from the garden right outside the kitchen just tastes better, and so fresh.

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Mom’s Lunch Creation, Honolulu

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I’m really sad that this isn’t a better picture (I’ll have to teach my mom how to focus pictures on her iPhone when I get to Hawaii in September!) but I had to share my mom’s ingenious lunch creation she shared with me the other day.

From the bottom up:

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Avocado
  • Onion
  • Bacon
  • Sprouts
  • Veggie Burger (fried on pan with leftover bacon oil)
  • Manchego Cheese
  • Artichoke and roasted red pepper on the side

Maggie and I (I’m living with her right now) want to make this, it sounds so delicious!