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Where to Eat Breakfast in the ATX by Joey Trombetta

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Where to Eat Breakfast in the ATX by Joey Trombetta

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I love breakfast…..eggs, toast, bacon, oatmeal….they can all be called “comfort foods”.  And if you look at each of them individually, they can actually be pretty healthy.  The problem, of course, lies in the preparation.  And unfortunately (in America at least), breakfast foods have been DESTROYED by their accompaniments.  Eggs covered in cheese, toast soaked in butter, oatmeal covered in sugar…it’s amazing that we can even call these things by their original names!  With that in mind, I went searching for, and found, a delicious and nutritious establishment for great breakfast food available anytime of the day…Bouldin Creek Café.

Located on South First, Bouldin Creek Café is a true Austin establishment.  Upon entering, you are welcomed by vibrant colors, unique décor, local art, and the Indie music that Austin is so famous for.  This, combined with the friendly, hippie-esque staff, make for a great environment to enjoy a hot cup of joe and any of the numerous menu choices.

Now on to the food!  First off, Bouldin Creek is a vegetarian-friendly establishment.  They serve no meat or poultry, and will substitute tofu for any egg dish.  Now, to some, it may not be breakfast without sausage or bacon, but I can assure you that Bouldin Creek MORE THAN makes up for it in taste.  I tried the Bouldin House Omelet, a tasty combination of sautéed spinach, garlic, onions, mushrooms, and cheddar-jack cheese, all wrapped in cage-free eggs.  Each omelet is served with a choice of two sides, of which I chose the sliced, locally grown tomatoes and side of fruit (fresh cut strawberries and blueberries)….all for only 8 bucks!

All in all, Bouldin Creek Café definitely delivers on healthy and tasty breakfast food!  And if all of that isn’t enough reason to try it, then go for the music!

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New Year's Resolution Time by Joey Trombetta

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Tis’ the season......for abandoned New Year’s resolutions!  With 2015 rolling around, it’s time again for setting, and then giving up on, our New Year’s resolutions.  Why do we feel it necessary to participate in this crazy tradition?  And more importantly, why can’t we ever follow through?

 The New Year’s resolution is actually a tradition that came from ancient Babylonian culture, where the first New Year was celebrated (as far as we know).  Similar to modern times, the Babylonians essentially chose something that they had been “meaning to do” and made it their goal to actually complete it in the coming year.  Although, unlike us, the Babylonians weren’t pledging to give up smoking or lose weight (the most common resolution was to return borrowed farming equipment….HA!).

Despite the obvious differences, I would wager a guess that a lot of those Babylonian resolutions went the same place that our current resolutions tend to go….NOWHERE!  So why even make them?!  Simply put, we make resolutions because we need to have a goal or challenge to motivate us to do something.  For example…If I was standing next to a mountain, I’d probably be thinking nothing more than, “Wow, that’s a really nice mountain.”  But as soon as someone challenges me to climb it, the only thing running through my head is, “Okay, how do I get up this baby?!”

The truth is that we need resolutions and challenges because we are an inherently competitive species.  Don’t think so?  Open up a history book and find a time that wasn’t defined by competition for something….resources, power, money.  Competition has defined the human species for hundreds of thousands of years, and it is a tool that we can use to our advantage……if we do it right.

This brings us to the most important discussion.  That is, why is it so difficult to follow through with our resolutions?  This answer is multi-faceted, but the real root of the problem boils down to the simple fact that we are competing against ourselves!  It’s very easy to lose when you’re losing to you.  And without some sort of accountability, letting go of our resolutions is as easy as letting go of those unwanted pounds (when they finally DO come off).

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So what is the answer?  Should we not make resolutions at all?  Or do we need a lesson in sticking to our guns?  To be perfectly honest, I don’t have the answer.  But what I DO know is that the New Year’s Resolution is a time-honored tradition with a lot of inherent value.  And, from this writer’s perspective, its most important value is NOT in the accomplishment of sticking to our resolution; it is in identifying what is important to us.  When we make that resolution, whether it is to lose weight, use a little less profanity, or return borrowed farm equipment, we are saying to ourselves, “This is something about myself that I am not satisfied with”.  And it is in those awe-inspiring, sky-opening moments of self-analsis that we really grow as individuals.  And whether or not we accomplish the goal, we can at least say we tried.  Have a happy (and healthy) New Year!

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