austin: a day at the public library (aka, surviving finals season)

When finals season comes around, I’m always trying to find new study places — to both get a change of scenery and to escape the people camping out and taking spots next to all the outlets in the campus study spots.

This semester, one of my friends and I have started going to the Austin Public Library, which was only just completed in October of 2017), which is right on the lake and absolutely GORGEOUS. (Now, I may be biased as I’ve only seen two other public library, those being the ones in Boston (totally different style, still beautiful of course) and my hometown of College Station (now that one’s just ugly — I’ll blame it on lack of funding)). The library is six floors tall and beautifully designed; unfortunately, today I don’t have any photos of the interior of the library (maybe later), so with that, let’s move on to the part about where I ate & didn’t study, HAHA.

Before we arrived, we got breakfast at Snooze: an AM eatery. Snooze has officially become my favorite breakfast place in Austin (as with the rest of the city’s, so make sure to get there early if you go!). While you wait, they serve free coffee. The best part, though, is the huge variety of pancakes: we tried three pancakes, hash browns, and another breakfast entree, and I’ll just include the descriptions below so you too can decide for yourself that this place is incredible:

I Want Sum’oa Cakes: buttermilk pancakes topped with homemade vanilla creme anglaise, caramel sauce and shortbread crumble. Drizzled with chocolate sauce and sprinkled with sticky coconut and powdered sugar.

Sweet Potato Pancakes: signature sweet potato buttermilk pancakes topped with homemade caramel, candied pecans and ginger butter

& another one that I can’t find on the menu anymore; it was probably a special: it was banana & nuts & chocolate, I believe. Also incredibly good.

Spring Has Sprung Frittata: Cage-free egg whites filled with fresh asparagus, and mushroom salad, sliced zucchini and house-made pistou. Topped with arugula, heirloom cherry tomatoes, Dijon citronette, corn salsa and grated parmesan.

What makes the library even better is the location. Like I mentioned above, it’s right next to the lake, so you can look out over the water while you’re studying. Even better, it’s close to so many GOOD food places in downtown Austin. If you’re ever there studying, I’d highly recommend making a stop by True Foods Kitchen, which is a health-driven restaurant that merges nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavor-forward menu. They have an open kitchen that showcases their craft. We ordered the edamame dumplings (which were surprisingly good; I really hadn’t been expecting it…), grass-fed burger, and a brownie topped with ice cream.

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