Jeni’s

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My SXSW food tour in Austin can never have enough sweets included. So, I stopped at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for a bowl. While Jeni’s isn’t actually from Austin, they’ve brought their truck down for the festival to spread the ice cream gospel to all the party people. 

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All of their unique flavors are made with quality ingredients starting with grass-grazed Ohio milk. I tried their Salty Caramel and Brown Butter Almond Brittle. Wow, these were really great, and went so well together too. The ice cream itself is rich and creamy. The Salty Caramel has a really nice flavor, perfectly balancing the sweetness of caramel and the slight hint of saltiness. The Brown Butter Almond Brittle was my favorite of the two. It has a wonderful sweetness of brown sugar, and then you find pieces of almond brittle in there adding texture and crunch with an amazing toffee quality. 

The Shorts:
Name: Jeni’s
Location: Locations and retailers can be found nationwide here.
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Now that I’ve located where I can purchase pints near me, you can Brown Butter believe it.
Would I recommend it? Yes, quality ice cream worth sampling. 

Gourdough’s

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This week I’m in Austin, TX for SXSW. Sure, there are events, parties, music, but I’m most excited about the food. And one place that I’ve been looking forward to visiting was Gourdough’s. Their tagline, “Big. Fat. Doughnuts.”, is absolutely spot on. All of their doughnuts are made to order, frying up each doughnut fresh in their vintage Airstream Trailer. But their doughnuts aren’t just big and fat, they’re gratuitously loaded with unique and deliciously decadent toppings.

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I ordered the Funky Monkey (Grilled Bananas, Cream Cheese Icing with Brown Sugar). Sweet. Baby. Jesus. This was, without a doubt, one of the best doughnuts I’ve ever had before. For starters, this thing is huge, weighing in at probably about a pound. The dough is warm and pillowy and melts in your mouth. The cream cheese icing is rich, very sweet and completely amazing, becoming almost gooey when atop the warmness of the dough. Then, you have the bananas on top which are caramelized, sweet and creamy with a sprinkling of brown sugar, adding a little crunch. 

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The famous Gourdough and myself. Excited! 

The Shorts:
Name: Gourdough’s 
Location: 1503 South 1st Street, Austin, TX
The Long and Short: Would I go back? The next time I’m in Austin, you can bet everything you’ve got I’ll be going back!
Would I recommend it? I recommend showering on a regular basis, getting enough sleep, and going to eat one of these doughnuts.