What new foods did you try this year? An oat milk latte, an ube cheesecake or maybe a Beyond burger? Maybe 2020 was the year you became obsessed with okra chips or kefir, or maybe you didn't know that red, yellow and green peppers are all the same until this year.
You don't know what new foods you're going to try next year, and you don't need to because Whole Foods already lines them up for you. You can spice up your cuisine with a snack or staple, just make sure your meals are changing with the seasons.
Here is how to get the jump start on these new food trends and find them locally, while you're at it.
“Well-being is served”
2021 is the year of taking care of your body, which means probiotics, superfoods, broths and nutrients. Gone are the days of taking supplements—why do that when you could just eat them in your food? Look for things like sauerkraut, mushrooms, local honey, fresh fruit and kombucha during your next trip to the grocery store.
Austin-local Buddha's Brew sells dozens of flavors of kombucha filled with live cultures for your gut health. Yum!
“Epic breakfast every day”
With so many people working from home these days, there is no excuse to skip breakfast. In fact, there's no excuse to have a boring breakfast either. Think bagels and lox, pancakes on weekdays and sous vide egg bites topped with gruyère. Stock up on your favorite pancake mix, bougie cheeses and a breakfast cookbook.If you just don't have time to make your own breakfast, get takeout from Bouldin Creek Cafe, on 1900 S. 1st St. With vegan and vegetarian options galore, you'll be a breakfast person in no time.
“Basics on fire”
With cooking being one of the major newfound hobbies of the pandemic, home chefs everywhere are looking to amp-up even the simplest of foods. Spices, pastas, sauces and basics and are all getting a delicious makeover. Try some applewood-smoked salt, riced cauliflower or add a new basil pesto to the mix.One of the best ways to start is to go classic and upgrade your olive oil. Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Co. has been making its organic oils right here in the Hill Country since 2008. The local shop doles plenty of different flavors of olive oils and balsamic vinegar. You'll never cook the same again.
“Coffee beyond the mug”
Humans have been drinking coffee for hundreds of years, why wouldn't we start eating it? Nowadays you can get just about anything coffee-flavored: granola, steak rubs, almond butter, booze and even yogurt.
A good ol' cup of joe never goes out of style though, so if you're looking for locally-roasted brew, Texas Coffee Traders, located on 1400 E 4th St., is a great place to go. With good beans, you can make anything coffee flavored.
“Baby food, all grown up”
This holiday season, give your baby the gift of a sophisticated palate. Today's babies are eating superfoods, daring combinations like pear strawberry rhubarb, well-seasoned meals and turmeric. Plus, baby food is getting easier and easier to take on the go.Serenity Kids was started by an Austin couple who care about what kids eat. Not only is its baby food organic and ethically sourced, it is also reminiscent of what mom and dad are having for dinner.
More of your food is edible than you think. Upcycled foods take parts of an ingredient that wouldn't have otherwise been used and makes them into something new, reducing food waste. Things like peels, stems and pulp are officially back on the table.
Upcycled foods are still pretty hard to come by, especially by local makers as most are made in California, but you can still stock up when you come across them. Look for The Ugly Company's upcycled fruits, Renewal Mill's upcycled flour or Pulp Pantry's pulp chips.
You've heard of olive and coconut oils but have you seen walnut oil or pumpkin seed oil during your weekly trip to the grocery store? New oils are popping up on shelves due to their unique flavors and versatility of use from frying to salad dressings.If you want to try something new, grab a bottle of walnut oil. You can mix the oil with almost anything for a subtle, nutty flavor, use it to grease a pan or make a dressing with it. This guide will give you some ideas on how to use these unique oils.
Hard seltzers made a massive splash in 2018 and into this year and kombucha has risen to extreme popularity in recent years, so it just makes sense to make it boozy. Hard kombucha comes with a host of benefits—bubbles, gluten-free and filled with probiotics.One way to get your fix in Austin is at Black Swan Yoga and JuneShine Kombucha's Yoga in the Yard event. After a relaxing outdoor yoga session, you can enjoy a nice, bubbly glass of booch.
“The mighty chickpea”
You've heard of hummus and falafels, maybe even chickpea pasta, but as it turns out, chickpeas are extremely versatile. Chickpeas are a great source of fiber and plant-based protein. Keep an eye out for puffed chickpea snacks, chickpea flour and chickpea cereal.If you're still on a hummus kick but want to try something new, Floreli's hummus is locally made from sunflower seeds. Harkening tastes of Middle-Eastern cuisine, Floreli hummus is easy to come by and sold at Whole Foods and Wheatsville Co-op.
“Fruit and veggie jerky”
You read that right—jerky is for everyone now—vegans and vegetarians alike. From more tame snacks like mushroom or mango jerky to adventurous morsels like banana or jackfruit jerky, fruits and veggies are taking on a new form.Actually, jerky can be made from just about anything. Local company Umami It's Vegan! Jerky Co. makes 100% plant-based, protein-rich jerky in tons of different flavors. Move over, veggie burgers.
2021 is the year of trying something new so what food trend do you want to try?
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Happy birthday, Willie! Austin has been blessed to be one of your homes for so many years.
We have a lot to get through so without further ado, as a birthday gift to one of Austin’s most famous residents, here are 89 facts to celebrate his life.
1. Tomorrow is also Willie Nelson’s birthday—he celebrates on April 29 and 30 due to a clerical error on his birth certificate
2. However, Willie didn’t start celebrating both days until he turned 18.
3. Nelson was born in 1933 in the tiny town of Abbott, Texas, which only had a population of about 326 people at the time.
4. Nelson’s cousin Mildred chose his name.
5. Nelson was raised by his grandparents, Alfred and Nancy Nelson, who both studied music.
6. A lifelong performer, Nelson got onstage for the first time when he was five years old to recite a poem.
7. He was so nervous to recite it, that he picked his nose until it bled and earned the nickname “Booger Red.”
8. Nelson was gifted his first guitar when he was 6 years old
9. Nelson first learned to play “Amazing Grace” and wrote his first song when he was 7.
10. Alongside his older sister, Bobbie, Nelson grew up singing in his church choir.
11. Nelson joined his first band, Bohemian Polka, as a guitar player when he was 9.
12. Nelson went to Abbott High School and played as a halfback on the football team.
13. Nelson raised pigs for Future Farmers of America while in school.
14. At 13, Nelson had played with Bob Wills, the "King Western Swing"
15. Nelson graduated high school in 1950 and joined the U.S. Air Force.
16. He was later discharged due to back problems.
17. Nelson was first married in 1952, to Martha Matthews.
18. Nelson attended Baylor University but dropped out after two years due to his musical success.
19. While at Baylor, Nelson joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
20. Nelson once moved to San Diego for a job but was unable to find one, so he hitchhiked to Portland, Oregon, where his mother lived
21. No one picked him up, so he slept in a ditch to wait for a freight train.
22. Throughout the 1950s, Nelson worked as a disk jockey while performing as a singer-songwriter.
23. Nelson had a lot of odd jobs, including saddle maker, vacuum cleaner, encyclopedia and Bible salesman.
24. The contract allowed him to join Ray Price’s band as a bassist.
25. His first album, “...And Then I Wrote,” was released in 1962.
26. Nelson moved to Nashville in 1960 and signed a contract with Pamper Music.
27. Nelson married his second wife, Shirley Collie, in 1962.
28. Nelson signed with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1964.
29. Tired of the corporate music scene in Nashville, Nelson moved to Austin in the early 1970s
30. Nelson didn’t feel his brand of “outlaw country” fit in Nashville’s scene.
31. Austin’s hippie scene was burgeoning at the time and Nelson became a staple at the Armadillo World Headquarters.
32. He tried to retire shortly after moving, paying $14,000 to end his contract, but it didn’t last.
33. Nelson began to grow out his hair and beard after moving to Austin.
34. Nelson started his annual Fourth of July Picnic in Austin in 1973.
35. Nelson signed with Atlantic records in 1973 as the label’s first country artist.
36. He formed his band, The Family, the same year.
37. Nelson never tried marijuana until he was 21 years old and even then, he refused it the first time
38. Nelson starred in “The Electric Horseman” alongside Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in 1979.
39. The next year, he starred in the film “Honeysuckle Rose.”
40. Nelson has done crazy things for weed, including running into his burning house to save his stash
41. It wasn’t just for the love of weed—Nelson wanted to avoid the stash being found by police.
42. After all, Nelson has been arrested multiple times for possession of marijuana.
43. Nelson once smoked a joint on the roof of the White House with Jimmy Carter's son, Chip.
44. While there, he performed a duet with First Lady Rosalynn Carter.
45. He tried to smoke a joint on the roof of the Governor’s Mansion but was caught.
46. Nelson has famously out-smoked Snoop Dogg and maintained a firm friendship with the rapper
47. The pair wrote the songs 'Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die' and 'My Medicine.' together.
48. Nelson has his own brand of marijuana, called Willie’s Reserve.
49. Nelson is a huge advocate for marijuana legalization and sits as co-chair on the advisory board of the National 50. Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
51. Nelson’s smoking days have largely ended since 2019 due to health issues.
52. Nelson’s house fire, which happened in 1980, destroyed his Nashville home.
53. The one other object he was able to save was his beloved guitar, Trigger.
54. Nelson bought Trigger in Nashville from a man named Shot Jackson in 1969.
55. Trigger has been used in more than 10,000 shows across more than 50 years
56. Trigger got its name from Roy Roger’s horse.
57. Trigger is decorated with celebrity signatures, the first of which was Leon Russell.
58. More than a hundred yet-to-be-recorded songs were lost in the fire.
59. Nelson moved to Columbia Records in 1975.
60. Nelson’s smash-hit album, “Red Headed Stranger,” was released in 1975.
61. In the summer of 1977, Nelson discovered his manager, Neil Reshen, had been filing tax extensions and not paying the IRS.
62. Both of Nelson’s 1978 albums went platinum.
63. They were “Waylon & Willie” and “Stardust.”
64. “Stardust” spent two years on the Billboard 200 list.
65. “Stardust” also spent 540 weeks on various country music lists.
66. Nelson’s 1980 hit, “On the Road Again,” was written on the back of a barf bag while on an airplane.
67. Nelson continued to top the charts with “Pancho & Lefty” in 1982, which he released with Merle Haggard and Chips Moman.
68. The album won three Grammys and went quadruple platinum.
69. Nelson’s first book, “Willie: An Autobiography,” was released in 1988.
70. In 1990, the IRS raided Nelson’s house to seize assets.
71. When the IRS raided, Nelson mailed Trigger to his daughter in Hawaii for safekeeping.
72. Nelson originally owed $32 million; after the seizure, the IRS charged him $16.7 million.
73. In order to pay his debt, Nelson released two-disc acoustic album "The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?"
74. The situation with the IRS was settled in 1993.
75. His bill was one of the largest in IRS history.
76. Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.Beloved Austin native Willie Nelson receives COVID vaccine(Bert Cash/CC)
77. Nelson’s next book, “The Facts of Life: And Other Dirty Jokes,” was released in 2002.
78. Nelson appeared on Ringo Starr’s 2003 album, “Ringo Rama”
79. In Nelson’s opinion, Django Reinhardt is the greatest guitar player of all time.
80. Over the years, Nelson has been featured on Miami Vice, The Simpsons, Monk and King of the Hill.
81. Nelson has acted in more than 30 films.
82. Nelson’s most recent book, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road,” was published in 2012.
83. Nelson owns a biodiesel brand, Willie Nelson Biodiesel, made from vegetable oil.
84. Nelson is honorary chairman of the advisory board of the Texas Music Project, the official Texas music charity.
85. Nelson has a ranch where he lets horses run free in Hawaii, where he spends most of his time
86. Nelson hosts his annual Luck Festival, at his Luck, Texas ranch.
87. With the new album, “A Beautiful Time,” Nelson now has 98 albums in his discography.
88. Nelson will perform at the Moody Center’s grand opening with George Strait on both of his birthdays.
89. Last summer during a concert at the Texas Capitol, Nelson winked at reporter Laura Figi.
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