Traveling Back Home

I went to my hometown about three weekends ago. Going back home, always brings up so many memories. That weekend, I went looking around my old drawers and found my old shoe box.  The box is filled with notes from my high-school friends and other high-school things. One thing I found was napkin from a local coffee shop that I use to go to. The coffee shop was called Open and is no longer in business. This wasn’t just an ordinary Open napkin. It was a napkin that friends of mine and I wrote our dreams and made a promise. To me that is an irreplaceable napkin. This all happen when I was a sophomore in high-school around February 2004.

Back in February of 2004, 3 friends of mine and I went to a local coffee shop, Open. We sat down talked about lives and drank Frappuccinos. We talked mostly about our future. The typical question we asked each other was, where do you see yourself in 10 years? We each decided to answer this question on the coffee shop napkin and promised to meet in the same spot 10 years later. I remember that we wrote on 4 napkins, so we each had one. On the napkin, I wrote that I wanted to open a coffee shop in New York city. I don’t know what to say about that, I had many dreams back then. Other friends of mine wrote that they wanted to travel, become an actress, or a real estate agent. I know my friend that wanted to travel, did travel. I lost contact with my other two friends. I hope they accomplished what they wanted to accomplished and that they’re happy.

The whole meeting back in 10 years did not happen. We never even discussed that meeting after that point.  I actually wouldn’t of remember about this memory if I didn’t find the napkin. Even the spot we were suppose to meet up is not a coffee shop anymore. It’s actually a sushi place now but I do like the restaurant.  We still could of met at that restaurant. However, that did not happen on February of 2014  but I am grateful for that meeting. I am still in contact with one of them but we never discussed the napkin thing. I am glad I kept the napkin, it helps me remember past me. I think we tend to forget how we felt in the past, what are dreams were, and what are life was like. That is one of reasons I kept all those notes and memories in that shoe box. When ever I go back home, I try to look at my old shoe box, pictures, and journal and reminisce.

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Magnolia Market Visit

If y’all have seen the show, Fixer Upper. You know about the Magnolia Market in Waco TX. I actually just started watching the show in June but I had heard about the Market before. Basically, whether you watch the show or not you have probably heard about Magnolia Market.

I went to Magnolia Market this past Saturday with friends. The market closes at 6 PM daily and is closed Sunday. We left Austin at 2:30 PM and between Austin and Waco it’s about an hour and half. We made in time with plenty of time to spare. When we first drove in, we passed by the bakery and saw the long line and we decided to skip that. Next time I want to get a cupcake though. The market has a bakery, a garden, food trucks, and a grassy area to relax and play. The grassy area was one of my favorites of the market. Kids were playing soccer and football and families were relaxing. The sense I got at Magnolia Market is that it’s more than a market, its a place to relax and hang out.

We were able to  get free parking and after we walked right inside the Market. Well, first we took pictures by the Silos and checked out the food trucks. They have a variety of different food trucks from actual meals, to desserts, and coffee.  I got a coffee at the Common Grounds food truck, they also have a brick in mortar by Baylor. I got the coffee before we left and checked out the market. The Market is amazing; they have so many items to buy for your home. The items can get pricey but they do have a discount section. Make sure to check out that, when you go. My friends and I just walked around and enjoyed what we saw. The market was packed but we had enough room to walk around. I also made a purchase, I bought a mug. We were not at Magnolia for long because we were attending the UTSA vs. Baylor football game. A friend of mine and I plan to attend Magnolia again soon. We want to get there early to enjoy the bakery, more of the market, and food trucks. The coffee I got at Common Grounds food truck was the cowboy iced coffee. It has a secret sauce, drip coffee, and half and half. It was what I needed to wake me up before the game.

I definitely recommend checking out Magnolia Market, its better than I thought it would be. It’s more than just a market and something for everyone to enjoy. I really hope to visit again during Christmas time.

A Mini Texas Road Trip

This past weekend, I wanted to get away from Austin and experience a new environment.  So, on Saturday afternoon my boyfriend and I went to Wimberley Texas. It was a quick one day road trip. Wimberley is a cute little town 40 minutes from Austin. I heard great things about the area and I wanted a taste for myself. Wimberley has beautiful swimming holes, cute restaurants, and some wineries. A friend of mine told me about a restaurant called The Leaning Pear. The restaurant was beautiful. The ambiance was nice both inside and outside. We sat inside because its Texas and its summer.  For the appetizer we ordered a queso. For the entrees, my boyfriend got mac and cheese and I got the meat loaf with mashed potatoes. All I can say is everything was delicious and the service was amazing.

After dinner, I wanted to check out more of the town. We drove around and stopped by a wine shop called Hill Country Wine Shoppe. The place smelled amazing because of a candle that the shop just unlit. The lady at the store recommended some wine tastings. They have 3 options you can have a red wine taste, a white wine taste, or a sweet wine taste. Then they choose the 7 wine samples for you. My option was the white wine tastings. My favorite wine ended up being Mary Ruth and I bought bottle. Also, I bought a candle. The wine tasting was $7.00, bottle $28.00, and candle $13.00. The lady gave us the idea of going by the creek and drinking my wine because you can drink outside in Wimberley. But instead my boyfriend I stood by the creek and admired it’s beauty. Then, I drank my wine at home.

My mini road trip to Wimberley was a good gateway day. I wanted to get out of Austin for a bit and explore another city. Especially a cute little town. I want to visit the Blue Hole swimming hole and relax. Definitely another Texas Bucket list thing.

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.

My Texas Bucket list

In honor of Texas Independence day recently, I created a Texas Bucket List. I have lived in Texas all my life and I love it, it’s home. However, there is a lot places in Texas I haven’t visited. Texas is a big state, so it should’t come to a surprise. I’m good with lists and I decided to share my list here, for the blogging world to see. I’m hoping to accomplish this list soon and take a lot pictures. Also, I hope to help tourists or other Texas natives with this Texas Bucket List. This is my list of 10:

  1. Hike Enchanted Rock. Located in Fredericksburg Texas. After, I will reward myself with wine.
  2. Hamilton Pool is located in Dripping Springs. I have been trying to visit this natural pool for years, I will make it happen this summer. Keep in mind, you need to schedule a visit to this beautiful pool on their website.
  3. Visit artsy Marfa Texas. Even though Marfa is in the middle of the desert, they have amazing galleries, boutique shops, and a cosmopolitan dinning scene.
  4. Big Bend National Park
  5. Eat deep fired food at the State Fair of Texas. The fair is located every year around September or October in Dallas Texas.
  6. Swim in the natural-fed spring Krause Spring. It’s located in Spicewood Texas and it’s a family owned property.
  7. Watch a sea turtle hatch in South Padre Island.
  8. See another Texas beach, Port Aransas.
  9. Do a brewery tour for Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner TX. This happens to be the oldest brewery in Texas, stated in 1909.
  10. Finish visiting the mission trails in San Antonio TX.

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I have no idea when I will complete this list but that’s the fun in it. It gives me something to look forward too.  Also, I would live to see y’all s state lists!

 

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.