the Ice with Your Little: Suggestions from a Long-Time Match
was pretty nervous,” says Big Sister Kathy Garin about her first meeting with
15-year-old Little Sister Rachelle three years ago. “I was looking for a way to
break the ice.”
confidence grew, however, as she and Rachelle discovered that they shared an
adventurous spirit, and both loved trying new things. Seeking out activities
that were new to both soon became Kathy and Rachelle’s favorite way of spending
how our relationship evolved,” says Kathy.
their first foray into the unknown, Kathy and Rachelle decided they would seek
out the best pies in Central Texas– an accolade they ultimately bestowed on the
Texas Pie Company of Kyle.
their three years as a match, they’ve continued to discover new things together
–new tastes (Korean kimchi fries), new places (Texas’ first cat cafe), new
outdoor adventures (stand up paddle boarding) and much more!
spirit for adventure isn’t all they shared, however. Over time, they discovered
a common passion for music and choral performance that provided ongoing
opportunities for nurturing their relationship.
were paired very, very well,” says Kathy. “We’ve discovered so many common
Kathy and Rachelle, the creative explorations that began three years ago have
fostered a relationship that remains strong. Although they may share adventures
less frequently now that Rachelle is planning for college and Kathy’s job often
takes her out of town, Kathy feels confident that her relationship with her
Little Sister will endure.
can’t get rid of me,” Kathy laughs. “I know we’ll be in each other’s lives for
a long time!”
new Bigs and Littles, however, who may be unsure of how to get started, Kathy
enthusiastically recommends a “choose your own adventure” approach for breaking
the ice. Here’s a list of some of her and Rachelle’s favorite food and drink
discoveries to inspire new matches:
Pie Company –
Take the scenic backroads to Kyle’s Texas Pie Company, where the motto is “Life
is Short, Eat More Pie.” Choose from a wide selection of 4” individual sized
pies, including Buttermilk, Southern Pecan, Strawberry Peach, Peanut Butter
Mousse, Key Lime, and more, or take home a 10” pie to savor all week long! Just
in case pies aren’t your thing, you’ll also find a tasty selection of other
fresh, handmade baked goods, casseroles, quiches and sandwiches. 202 W. Center
St., Kyle. Monday-Friday: 10:30 am-6:30 pm, Saturday: 10:30 am-4 pm, closed
Sunday. (512) 268-5885.
Located in north-central Austin, Tiny Pies offers up yummy bite-sized pies,
including sweet and savory classics, unique combinations (like Pumpkin Chai and
Blackberry Balsamic) and rotating favorites inspired by seasonal
ingredients. With this seasonal emphasis, the menu is always changing, so
be sure to call ahead if there’s something special you’re looking for. 5035
Burnet Rd., Austin. Monday-Friday: 10 am-8 pm, Saturday: 9 am-7 pm, closed
Sunday. (512) 916-0184.
Cat Café –
One of Kathy and Rachelle’s favorite and most unique destinations, Blue Cat
Café is Texas’ first cat café. Bringing together adorable, adoptable kitties
with delicious food and coffee, the café’s prime objective is to find forever
homes for stray and shelter cats. Visitors pay a $5 cover fee for the
opportunity to mingle with and pet the cats, play board games, enjoy music and
art or even take part in Kitty Yoga on Sunday mornings! 95 Navasota St., Austin.
Monday-Thursday: 10 am-8 pm; Friday and Saturday: 10 am-10 pm; Sunday: 11 am-7
pm. (512) 766-5003.
Moon Coffee Bar –
Enjoy a cup of “coffee unplugged” at Summer Moon! This family-run establishment
crafts custom coffee roasts using fair-trade, organic beans in a wood-fired,
brick roaster they designed and built by hand. Rachelle loves to drink Mocha
Moon, while Kathy’s favorite treat is the lemon poppy seed muffin. Locations in
North and South Austin, Buda, Kyle, Westlake, Cedar Valley, San Marcos and San
Antonio! Hours vary by location.
Frozen Custard –
One of Rachelle and Kathy’s first discoveries, Andy’s Frozen Custard in Round
Rock, remains one of their favorite places to share desserts and catch up on
life. They both enjoy frozen custard’s thick, creamy texture and smoother
consistency than traditional ice cream and Andy’s abundant menu offerings. 1700
E. Palm Valley Blvd. #800, Round Rock. Open daily, 11 am-11 pm. (512) 687-2786.