The line between latte and work of art is blurry at Fuego Coffee, thanks to a team of baristas who painstakingly swirl foam into hearts, snowflakes, and paisley teardrops. Though their pouring skills are impressive, their work starts long before the coffee finds its way to the cup. The shop sources its beans from organic growers and roasts them locally to ensure consistency and freshness. Only after the baristas grind these beans do they end up in a cappuccino, Cuban espresso, or one of 20 flavored energy drinks.
But these beverages aren't all that makes Fuego Coffee unique. The shop also features two drive-thru lanes for customers who are in a rush and whose gas tanks accept only premium roast. Those who have a minute can take advantage of the shop's dog-friendly policy, which allows leashed pets to sit with their owners.
The first thing you notice while approaching Gonzo Juice is a giant rooster head perched atop a vintage 1949 trailer, which flashes multicolored feathers painted on its sides. The gargantuan bird and his towering coxcomb cast an imposing shadow over Gonzo's wooden picnic tables and grassy lawn. The food hut's eccentric façade hints at what to expect on its menu: either an inventive spin on classic American cuisine or an omelet made out of the world's largest rooster egg. Gonzo's chefs festoon made-to-order hot sandwiches, wraps, and salads with a variety of unique, all natural ingredients including slow-braised meats, tangy carrot slaw, fruit jam, and hawaiian rolls. Earning the spotlight of 365 Things to Do in Austin, Gonzo's freshly squeezed juices catch taste buds by surprise with a tasty blend of unexpected flavors such as ginger and jalapeño.
Through its sophisticated, jet-setting menu, ate.cafe aims to capture the feel of intimate old-world eateries complete with dapper gentlemen tossing bocce balls of gruyere and children sparring with baguettes. Let your chariot-racing taste buds out of the lunch gates in pursuit of the AAA Sandwich with guacamole, cucumber, tomato, and balsamic vinaigrette ($6.50), or a chopped salad with salami, provolone, chickpeas and cherry tomatoes ($7.75). The café's Southern European flare becomes more pronounced during dinner, when tapas such as shrimp in garlic sauce (gambas al ajillo) ($12) and bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with parmigiano reggiano ($7) appear on plates after patrons say their names three times. A small selection of desserts such as pecan tart, fruit crisp, and Italian chocolate-almond torte ($7 each, $9 with ice cream) satisfy forsaken corners of the palate.
Founded by a former University of Texas student in search of frozen treats made from all-natural, organic ingredients, GoodPop blends fresh fruit and organic cane sugar into a variety of low-calorie pops. Devoid of high-fructose corn syrup, gluten, artificial colors, and unicorn byproducts, each flavor contains ingredients ranging from fair-trade coffee beans to hibiscus-flower extract to fresh fruits spiced with chili powder and basil leaves. Cool down after a workout by biting into a fresh watermelon pop sweetened with organic agave nectar or a piña colada pop forged from fresh pineapple and organic coconut milk. Or, replace a decadent dessert with the creamy sweetness of a banana-cinnamon pop plucked straight from the nearest Antarctic palm tree. Dairy-based bars contain 100–125 calories, and the vegan fruit bars scale in at a waifish 50–60 calories, placing them in the same weight class as a medium-size tomato wearing a soaking-wet wrestling singlet.
Featured on a number of national media outlets including CNN and the Travel Channel, Bobalu earns distinction with its Cuban torcedores, the shop's private label of premium hand-rolled cigars made fresh daily. Tobacco leaves from countries including Nicaragua and Honduras fill 15 varieties of stogie in all shapes and sizes, each manufactured on-site and aged in private tanning beds. Dominican tobacco dwells inside a Sumatran natural wrapper hugging the house signature Texas Select (Corona $8/single; $125/box), and 11 different flavored cigars spoil taste buds with high-life varieties including amaretto, cinnamon, and hazelnut. With the purchase of any box of cigars priced $75 and up, Bobalu will customize each smoke with a personalized label on the band or replace it altogether with a decoder ring.
Equipment: Ringside heavy bags, speed bags, kick bags, kettle bells, dumbbells
Students should bring: Workout clothes and water bottle
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking garage
Pro Tip: Parking is validated in The Quarters parking garage. No need to feel intimidated. No contact boxing
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Clients love Fight Club because no two classes will ever be the same. This makes class always exciting and prevents boredom. Clients can see results in as little as two weeks, so the quick improvements motivate return. Our trainers know every client by name and will always give personal and positive feedback. We offer many classes a day to accommodate all schedules.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Music is everything. We workout to loud, motivating, and upbeat music to "pump-up" clients. Fight Club has been described as "a dance party where you get to beat stuff up." It's very judgement free ? clients are only focused on their own workout and everyone works at their own level. We have a philosophy that clients who don't feel at home the second they walk in our gym for the first time won't come back. Because of this, it's our top priority to show new clients around, teach them the basic punches, tell them where to put their stuff, etc. right when they walk in the door so that they feel welcome and comfortable with everything when class starts.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Many people feel intimated upon trying their first class. It's important for prospective clients to know that we have at least five newcomers in every class who are in the same boat. We teach new clients everything they need to know before class starts, so they'll never feel lost or out of place. It's an intimidating environment at first glance, as the front of our facility has an elevated boxing ring. We always tell clients that there's no person-to-person contact in class ? the only things you hit/kick are bags. It's also important that people know our gym is strictly a fitness class. We incorporate all aspects of kickboxing, but our primary focus is a full body workout rather than teaching self defense or any specific type of boxing skill.