A TEXAS SIZED WEEKEND
Hi friends! Good morning and happy Monday! I traded the slushy streets of New York this weekend for… TEXAS! Everything really is bigger in Texas and I’m feeling a little bigger this morning after enjoying all the amazing food Texas has to offer!
On Friday I flew to Dallas, my old roommates recently moved there so I was looking forward to seeing them. We decided we’d head downtown Grapevine for dinner since they knew of a great Mexican restaurant. The restaurant was so great there was a 45 minute wait when we got there, lucky for us there was a winery tasting room across the street so we decided to head over there and try some Texan wine. It was fun wine tasting again with these two since we tasted a LOT of Virginia wine while we lived together in Charlottesville. The most interesting wine we tasted at Homestead was their red wine that tasted like green peppers! We were told that the dirt/fields these grapes are grown in was bell pepper fields for many years before they started growing grapes there and that’s where the flavor comes from!
Saturday, I spent the afternoon making my way through downtown Houston sampling a few of their popular restaurants. My first stop was to Taco’s a Go Go for their taco truck style tacos. I tried the shrimp and barbacoa which I learned from their menu was rated “one of 63 Tacos You Must Eat Before You Die” by Texas Monthly. If the other 62 tacos are as good as that barcaoa taco was I think I’d die a very happy person. Next, I stopped by Leon’s Lounge because I had read on Yelp they had GREAT empanada’s.. unfortunately they were recently bought by new owners and no longer serve food but fortunately they had an extremely friendly bar tender working, a great vibe and swanky decor so I decided to stay and have a drink. I was still hungry since I had only had the two tacos at the first restaurant so I asked the friendly bar tender where to go for another snack and she recommended Batanga. Batanga also had a great atmosphere and a nice big patio out back I was able to snag a table on. They serve tapas so I decided on ceviche and since I was still craving empanadas, I also ordered chicken empanadas. Both dishes were delicious and I wish I had been hungrier since every other dish I saw servers carry by looked just as good!
Sunday morning I spent my final hours in Texas laying by the pool at the airport Marriott soaking up the sun.