Cabin Fever Remedy

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Yesterday, Erik and I were starting to lose our minds inside our small apartment, so we broke. We had to get out, stretch our legs, and explore. Our stomachs led us to South Congress, also known as SoCo, to Zen, Japanese Food Fast. Zen is a small Japanese/Tex-Mex fused eatery that offers sushi, “takkos” (Japanese/Tex-Mex tacos), salads, regular Asian sides, and bowls. I decided to B.M.O.B., or Build My Own Bowl, with marinated steak, soto mix (shiitake and crimini mushrooms, carrot, white & green onion, cabbage), spicy teriyaki sauce, on udon noodles. Thank God for this bowl! I was famished, and this bowl did the works. My craving for Japanese food was satisfied. Not too much, not too little. Erik had the chicken teriyaki on a bed of white rice. His bowl was also delicious. There was no spare food left behind at our table.
After the food masacre, we strolled out to peruse the ordinate shops along SoCo. Erik has been in need of a new wallet, so we paid particular attention to the real cowboy boot and menswear stores. We left the street empty-handed but will probably return tomorrow to buy from a shop that closed before our touring. SoCo is an amazing bustling street with vintage, new, custom, and eclectic findings (and people!). Noted stores, such as American Apparel, Stag, by George, can be found here.
On our trip back to Lola (my white 2003 Ford Focus), I couldn’t resist a tiny-sized cup of Amy’s homemade strawberry ice cream. My timid sweet tooth was teethy in smiles. Rumor has it that Amy’s was featured on Food Network last week as a local ice cream success in Austin. Awesome job, Amy’s!
SoCo was a great way to remedy this cabin fever Erik and I have been experiencing. I can’t wait to use our new gym pass to our apartment’s 24-hour secure workout room! We paid a flat fee of $35 and can’t wait to get sweaty in there! 😉
Are you supporting your town’s local businesses? I hope so!

The famous Austin Motel, a cute yellow car, and Zen's way in the background

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About asmallthingintexas

I am a small thing in big Texas. This blog will detail this big change for my husband, Erik, and I, as well as share new recipes, adventures, and commentary. We are moving from Raleigh, NC, to Austin, TX, in early July and cannot wait to start a new journey together, learning about the history, culture, food, and people of this southwest state. Wish us luck!

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