Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Gourmet Texas on a Budget

There are certain delicacies without which a trip to Texas is just not a trip to Texas. Here are a few of them.

1. Good Mexican food made with fresh ingredients from scratch.
You can find plenty of that here in Austin, and don't forget to order The Bob. Or the Guacamole. I'd better stop there.

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2. Forget Krispy Kreme. It's Shipleys Donuts or none at all. You can find these in most major Texas cities, for sure Houston and San Antonio.

shipley

3. My favorite hamburger used to be at Prince's Drive-In on Main Street in Houston, with a tall, frosted mug of root beer. My current fave these last thirtysomething years was introduced to me by my Dear Professor down in South Texas. They are now everywhere.

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4. Mexican Coca Cola. Bottled in Mexico in REAL bottles, and made with pure cane sugar, not that high fructose stuff that they use in the States. It has a wonderful bouquet and a smooth finish. Currently appearing at your local HEB. (Texas grocery chain)

5. I saved the best for last. (Drum roll please.) It just ain't a trip to Texas without bluebonnets or Blue Bell Ice Cream. After hearing DP wax eloquent about it in class, one of his students, after graduation, had two gallons shipped to us in western PA. Wherever that student is, God Bless him!!

blue bell

I'm salivating just remembering it all.

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

I just had lunch, and this post STILL makes me hungry! I will 100% back you up on your ratings system here, as I have had each of these things many times in my life, and they are sooooo good.

You will notice, however, that there are not many vegetables on this list. This will explain why I instantly gained about 10 pounds when I moved back to Texas from NYC...

JAS said...

Does Guacamole count as a vegie? Or the lettuce and tomato on the burger? :)