Sunday, June 02, 2013
Meals on Wheels
Great time was had by all.
Tuesday was being taken off the freeways of Houston to the Eastside of downtown to a relatively new place called The Cajun Stop. A young woman who survived Katrina has a place that serves everything from gator to crawfish to the best po-boys this side of the Atchafalaya Swamps! I was delighted to be asked if I wanted to go there. My preference would have been red beans and rice as I grew up on that in Louisiana but they weren't ready when we go there so my second choice was a roast beef and gravy po-boy which is seldom seen on a menu anywhere but in New Orleans or south Louisiana. I was not disappointed! At all.
The messiest sandwich I've eaten in years - at least a 10 piece paper towel lunch. Yum-ee. I wanted to try their bread pudding and a few other things but that will have to be for another day. I was WAY too full to have anything else.
Wednesday night it was off the freeway near Sugarland to go to the closing party for the Houston Aeros hockey team which is moving to, of all places, Des Moines, Iowa. I'm not kidding. The party was at Tx Land and Cattle. I had had lunch somewhere (oh yes, a sandwich from Neilsen's Deli) and so wasn't hungry at all. My friend and I shared sliders and pecan pie.
Thursday was lunch at Gaicomo's - sage ravioli, to die for and then that night it was downtown Houston to go to Discovery Green to see Billy Joe Shaver. GREAT show. Discovery Green is such a welcoming, easy place to get to amidst the skyscrapers of Houston. The big grassy areas, little man-made lake along with a raised knoll and covered stage make for a perfect venue for musical groups. We took things to sit on and enjoyed being very close to the music and the people. Dinner that night, light fare. Chili cheese hot dog and lemonade.
As if all of that wasn't enough Friday morning I was out of bed early, dragging myself to get dressed and be at the Breakfast Klub for breakfast. Have heard about this place for years. Have heard about the line that starts forming before they even open in the mornings. About the delicious waffles and fried chicken.- one of their specialties. It was all that and more. No line luckily. Great food - no I didn't have waffles and fried chicken. Suffice to say that I had no need to eat another meal until lunch the following day. Except that night I went to the Pour House for drinks and shared a very tiny cheese plate with my friend.
Cool breezes blowing in the evenings for the last few nights added to the delight of dining outside. Mixology is big and booming in Houston. Artisanal beers and unique mixed drinks with ingredients never before heard of add to the mystery and high prices.
The photo at the top of the post was from a wine dinner I went to a couple of weeks ago where one of the courses was paella. A dish that I love. Ironically just this time last year was the Paella Festival in San Miguel which I wrote about. In talking to my son in San Miguel today, he said the Second Annual Festival yesterday was even bigger and better. Great news.
I'm settling down for a few days of quiet.......well that's not true because I'm amidst teenagers - there is NO quiet. But surely not as many meals and things to do. That is til Tuesday and Wednesday when there will be another concert to go to. Chip Taylor at the Mucky Duck along with lunch on Wednesday with my dear friends Amanda and Patrick at Charivari, my new favorite restaurant in Houston. We'll all be sharing this meal with my new friend, Bob.
One of the fun and enjoyable things about all these meals is that I'm connecting with old friends and catching up on their lives and activities. I'm not eating any of these meals alone.
Home to San Miguel next Sunday where I'll be glad to sllllllllllllloooooooow down, I think, for a while at least. I'm grateful for each and every thing that I have been able to experience on this trip to Texas!