Magnolia Table Visit

This past Friday, I just had to visit Magnolia Table on my way to Dallas. I love the show fixer upper and breakfast foods. I asked my sister to meet me in Waco, she drove from Dallas to meet me. The restaurant does have a parking lot but it’s limited. I had to park behind another restaurant that is right next to Magnolia. I got to the restaurant at 10:45 AM and had to wait in line to put my name down. However, the service was phenomenal. Employees told me the wait would be about an 1 hour and 45 minutes for 2 people but if I requested a community table or bar seating it would be quicker. Of course, I requested for both. When I put my name down, I gave them my phone number for them to text me when my table was ready. Magnolia Table has a waiting area outside where you can get coffee, juice, and pastries. My sister and I got iced lattes while we waited. The restaurant also has a takeaway/gift shop area if you don’t want to wait for food. I visited the takeaway/gift shop area and got a pecan coffee for my brother and a rose lemonade for myself.

We ended up waiting an 1 hour and 20 mins and sat on a bar table. The food was quick and delicious. My sister and I just caught up, ate our food, and enjoyed the air condition, after waiting outside. I recommend the restaurant but if you don’t like waiting, try to go early on a weekday. I would recommend to get there when the restaurant opens at 6 AM or you can just get takeaway food and take pictures. I am happy I got to visit Magnolia Table and that my sister was able to join me.

 

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Selena Movie Party in Austin

On Tuesday night, I went to my first Alamo draft movie party. If you are not familiar with Alamo Draft Movie Parties, the movie theater Alamo Draft will hold events were they show a classic movie and they celebrate the movie. They give the audience props maybe do a sing along. The movie party I attended was the Selena Movie Party. The Selena Movie Party was held to celebrate her life and her recent birthday, April 16th. They gave us song lyrics, maracas, a candle, and they did a Selena menu. I ordered the Selena pizza, with a Como La Flor drink. The drink was refreshing, perfect for a summer drink and it wasn’t to sweet. The Selena pizza had extra pepperoni because it was her favorite. Before the movie started they showed interviews of Selena and commercials she did. Also, their was a host and she told us we can use the maracas during the movie because it was a movie party and sing along to her songs. She explained that this would be a different movie party, where at the end of the movie we would lite the candle in memory of Selena. We were definitely missing tissues.

I hadn’t seen the Selena movie in awhile, so I was excited. A friend of mine invited me and we thought staying up late on work night was worth it. I ate my pizza and drank my Como La For drink, and watched the movie like it was the first time. I used the maracas in good parts and tried to sing along. At the end we lite our candles for Selena’s memory. The movie party was definitely worth staying up late. I want to attend another movie party at Alamo Draft, hopefully they have an 80’s theme one.

Halloween Brunch

Usually Halloween activities occur at night. There is late night Halloween parties,  late night horror movies, or a late night Haunted House visit. Even trick treating is in the evening. Well, it was when I was a kid. This Halloween was different, I attended a Halloween brunch. The brunch was hosted by a friend of mine and she did a fantastic job. Her husband helped too. I just loved the idea of a Halloween brunch. I love brunch and Halloween is fun, combing the two is amazing and cute.

The brunch was hosted on a Sunday and a brunch buffet was included. The buffet had waffles, scrambled eggs, kolaches, fruit, and mimosas. It was amazing and I defentiely went for seconds. I brought my Polaroid camera and had fun taking pictures like it was 1977. We took pictures, ate, talked, and just had a good time. For the Halloween brunch activity, we carved pumpkins. It was my first time, pumpkin carving too.  It was a fun and an interesting experience. My friend helped me and I think the pumpkin came out pretty good. It is now on my balcony.

Halloween weekend couldn’t of been more fun. I even got a little pumpkin as a Halloween gift. Hanging out with friends never gets old and neither is celebrating Halloween.

Why I started Blogging

It’s been 6 months since I started my blog. I got inspired by a close friend of mine to start one. I was not having a good week and felt unmotivated. He asked me what I like doing. I told him that I liked writing, traveling, and food. So, he gave me the idea to start a blog. Some of you might be asking, why I had never thought about a blog before; especially since I like to write. I did try to blog in the past but it never stuck.  I would get distracted with other things. Life happened pretty much. Basically, I didn’t make the time. However, It was always in the back of my mind. My friend gave me the push and direction. I am very thankful for him for that.

I really do want to continue to blog and make it another 6 months or longer. Blogging makes me happy. I am happy to talk about my travels, food experiences, and personal thoughts. It helps me put all my thoughts together and express how I feel at the moment. I can be having a bad day but writing makes it better. Also, I want to help people travel because it’s an amazing experience. I know blogging is not easy but I like it and its something that’s mine. It’s something that expresses who I am and I get to know myself better.  So, I hope to continue writing to everyone and I hoped you have enjoyed it so far.

Brunch in Austin TX

Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. Combing both breakfast and lunch, is one of the greatest inventions ever made. For me brunch is more than just food. It’s a time where I can get together with friends. We will meet up on a Saturday or Sunday early afternoon and just sip our mimosas or bloody Mary’s and just talk. To be honest, I don’t know what can beat that. This helps me relive my stress and be around great supported people. There is times, I do brunch alone to have quality time with myself. A very calming and relaxing feeling. Since, I have a love for brunch I wanted to name 3 of my favorites in Austin.

  1. Counter Cafe: Is an American Diner that servers fresh, local and organic food. It was established in 2006 and has two locations in Austin on N Lamar blvd and East 6th street. They serve brunch Monday thru Sunday till 4:30 PM. They have delicious scrambled eggs and are probably the best I have ever had.
  2. East Side Cafe: This restaurant opened in 1988 and it was the first restaurant to open on the street, manor road. The restaurant servers herbs and vegetables from their own garden. They serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  3. Little Barrel and Brown: serves American cuisine and opened in December 2013. They serve brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM. They also have delicious scrambled eggs and they serve their drinks in a mason jar. It’s located on Annie and South congress in Austin.

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Brunch is more amazing when you have a good place. The places above are great places to go to whenever your in Austin Texas, when you want some eggs and bacon with mimosa or a Bloody Mary. Whether your with friends, a significant other, or alone brunch is good start to the day.

Wine in Texas Hill Country

Yesterday for my friend’s birthday, we went to Fredericksburg Texas. Fredericksburg is beautiful and it’s known for being the Texas Hill country. It has multiple vineyards on the drive in and those vineyards show the beauty of the city. They have shuttle buses on the weekends where you can try the different vineyards. The ticket for the shuttle bus is $25.00 dollars but it does not include the wine. We didn’t try the shuttle bus, we drove straight to Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg. Main street has antique shops, restaurants, wineries, candy shops, and much more. The town has a German influenced because of German settlers that settled there in the past. However, they do have more than just German restaurants. One of my many favorite things about Fredericksburg TX is you can take your wine outside. Yes, you can walk around outside with your wine, beer, or cocktail!

The first winery we tried on Main Street was Andreucci  Wines. The owners of the winery lived 15 years in Italy and brought their knowledge of wine to Fredericksburg Texas. I tried their five sample wine tastings. I had a good experience, the staff was friendly and the wine was tasty. I’m still learning about wine, which is why I love Fredericksburg because I learn more every time I go. After, the winery my friends and I walked around downtown. I had to stop at one of the candy stops to get ice cream because it was hot out. You have to love Texas for its hot weather in February. For those of you that don’t like wine, Fredericksburg does have a brewery called Fredericksburg  brewery. We made a stop there too and the brewery reminded me of when I went to Germany. They had it set up similar like the original hofbrauhaus.

Das Peach Haus was where we ended our trip. It’s a cute little shop that serves jams, salsas, and of course wine. When we came here, we bought 2 bottles of blueberry wine and sat by the lake. The lake is in the backyard of Peach Haus. It was nice and relaxing to sit down and drink wine with my friends by the lake. We took pictures of the lake, talked, and enjoyed the delicious wine. The staff was nice enough to let us stay after they closed. Keep in mind that in Fredericksburg a lot places close early. If you decide to make a trip there, you want to get there in the morning, to have plenty of time to enjoy the city. Fredericksburg is a nice weekend gateway. You can have a bachelorette party with close friends, a romantic weekend with your significant other, or it can be a place to help you get away from the real world.

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