Happy Saturday, lovelies! I’m so glad that it’s finally here – this past week was a little crazy! I’m sure you’ve noticed that it’s been a slow couple of days on the posting front, but if you’re ever craving more Creature Free, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@creaturefreee). You can find more pictures there in the spaces between these posts.

As you know, I returned home from California on Monday afternoon. I found out Tuesday evening that I’d be traveling for work on Wednesday through Friday. I feel like I’ve been on airplanes more this summer alone than I typically am in a whole year. It’s certainly been a whirlwind. Thankfully, this last bout of traveling has been so easy. I made it back into Austin by about 8:00 PM last night, which was earlier than scheduled. I was able to see my brother and spend time with JB for a few hours before crawling into my bed. I’ve missed it.

In the past two weeks, I have only seen JB four evenings. It’s been a little weird since neither of us has historically done a lot of traveling, and we’ve lived together for over three years now. I’m used to seeing him every day, and I’m always surprised by how much it throws me off when I am not able to. When we woke up this morning, we decided that we wanted to spend our Saturday together.

Our first stop was Counter Culture, a vegan cafe that’s only a few minutes from our house. When I was scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning and caught site of their weekly brunch specials, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to resist. The omelet this week has roasted hatch peppers with potatoes and is slathered in a creamy cheeze sauce. Of course I had to have it. I ordered it with a side of tempeh bacon. I’m not typically a fan of vegan bacon, but there is something so unique about Counter Culture’s. The tempeh texture combined with the smoky, almost barbecue flavor is an exciting variation on traditional bacon substitutes.

Counter Culture is right down the block from Capital City Bakery, so we stopped in our way back home, mostly at my suggestion. JB was shocked that I was able to think about food after the incredibly filling meal we’d just eaten, but look at this lavender lemon cupcake:

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Who could say no to that? I wish I could take photos of Capital City’s baked goods all day. They are so gorgeous. JB got a slice of cheezecake. In typical fashion, he is saving his for later. My cupcake is already gone.

Later this afternoon, we are going to see a live taping of a mutual friend’s podcast called Age Gap. I have not had a chance to listen to the earlier episodes, so I’m excited to hear what it’s all about. Afterwards, we will probably be meeting my brother and another close friend, Z, for dinner at an African food trailer right down the block from us called Wasota. I can’t wait for some plantains!

Whoever says that vegan food is boring has clearly never spent the day in Austin.

What about you? Anything excited planned for this weekend?