Happiness with a Side of Meatballs

I remember the day I moved to Austin. The 1st of February. The early morning flight from Boston. The snowstorm before taking off, the sunshine upon landing.

Renting a car and trying to fit in all the belongings to get to the new home. Stopping on the way to switch Timberlands for Converse, because it’s too damn hot.

Arriving to the empty apartment that looks like a clean sheet of paper. No character, no memories. Cleaning, unpacking, sitting on the floor because the furniture is yet to arrive in a couple of days. The feeling of being exhausted by the end of the day. Or maybe being hungry? Can’t tell the two apart anymore.

The search for the closest restaurant in the neighborhood. Don’t even care about the reviews. Finally, arriving to Thundercloud Subs just before closing and getting a hot meatball sub. The moment I sink my teeth into the soft bun soaked in marinara sauce I feel such a complete sense of happiness and fulfillment that only happens when you make a big change in life. Happiness with a side of meatballs. Whenever I come here for a sub, I think of that first day, when Austin was a stranger. Little did I know it will soon be my best friend.

thundercloud subs dripping springs
Meatball sub is too messy to make a pretty picture, so here’s a pastrami sub instead!

Yulia is a Russian food and travel blogger who found home first in Sri Lanka for 3 years, then in Brazil for a year and is currently based in Austin, Texas. She is the kind of person who starts a research of the new country by googling “what to eat in…” instead of “what to visit in…” Yulia is a self-proclaimed “food nerd” who will spend hours reading on the origins of pecan pie before trying it and who doesn’t consider waiting in line of 50 people to get a cronut a waste of time. She finds it hard to keep her delicious findings to herself and that is the reason why this blog exists.

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