|The former home of my grandma and papa in Fredricksburg TX now a B&B|
Texas has always been a bitter sweet State for me. I have some fond and not so fond memories. My father and grandparents are from Texas and we lived here for about a year or two when I was about 4. After we moved back to Oregon I remember visiting my grandparents at this house in Fredricksburg when I was about 8. I used to play in the creek, catch snapping turtles and feed grandmas prized pet ducks. The house was very small but grandma had it perfectly decorated with art, antiques and other historical collectibles. I thought they were really cool as a kid and tried as hard as possible to not touch. The house always smelled good and it had homey cozy feel. Everything was perfectly randomly placed with purpose and clean without feeling sterile. It felt like they lived in an antique store. My grandmother loved antiques and worked at a store for awhile to satisfy her craving. Probably because the small historic house couldn't hold anymore or papa wouldn't let her buy anymore. They secretly eloped very young she was 18 and he was 19. They were madly in love until they both passed he first in 2001 and her 5 years later at the age of 87. I haven't been back to this house since I was about 8 so it was a bit of an emotional reunion for me. I miss them both dearly and their relationship with one another was an inspiration to me. If you haven't been to Fedricksburg you should check it out it is a super cute German town with amazing architecture and history.
|historical marker in front of grandma and papa's old house|
|This is the barn that has bedrooms above and where I stayed as a kid. You can stay too if you like, it is now the Shady Creek Bed and Breakfast.|
|Cool old house in Fredricksburg|
The other memory I have of Texas is more on the "bitter" side. I attended Air Force basic training in San Antonio TX back in June 1992 when I was young and uncertain of what to do with my life. It was hot, buggy, muggy and just downright miserable and I swore I would never re-visit this state which I considered a Hell hole, again!
I am going a little out of order here. We visited Austin and Fredricksburg last and actually started our Texas journey in Dallas. Avila's was one of my favorite Dallas finds. I was looking for authentic home style Tex Mex and I found it here. Its not fancy nor do they do an amazing presentation or anything but the flavor and love in the food is off the charts!
|The best Pozole ever, simple, perfect and packed with flavor!|
|One brisket and one pork enchilada|
|This bread pudding is on my the "best thing I ever ate" list. The picture doesn't do it justice it was unbelievably good.|
|Farmers Burger Bolsa|
|Passion whiskey fizz Bolsa|
|Tam Deli grilled pork Bahn Mi|
|French Onion soup Justine's Brassiere|
|Duck confit with spinach and white beans|
|Curra's delicious Queso and salsa|
|The best carnitas of my life at Curras|