Brian and I took a little kid-free trip this weekend, which was much needed and SO FUN. The kids stayed with my parents from Friday night through Sunday evening. Brian worked late on Friday so I did a little shopping and packed, then we hit the road Saturday morning.
We stayed in New Braunfels but made a few pit stops along the way: Buc-ee’s (obviously), then Vitek’s Market in Waco for lunch. We briefly considered attempting to eat at Magnolia Table, then saw the line wrapped around the building. Vitek’s was great! I think they were featured on a Fixer Upper episode at some point. Their specialty in the gut pack: fritos topped with bbq beans, cheese, onions, chopped brisket, pickles and jalapenos. Brian and I split the half size:
Not so pretty, but tasted great!
We also stopped at the San Marcos outlet mall and wandered around for a while. The Pottery Barn/Williams-Sonoma outlet was impressive but other than that we were kind of underwhelmed. After that we checked into our hotel, changed and headed to Gruene for dinner.
We ended up having dinner at the Gruene Door, which is FABULOUS- but not walking distance from Gruene Hall. Don’t make the same mistake we did and walk a mile down the side of the highway when it’s 95 degrees out. Anyway the restaurant was amazing and so reasonable. I had the salmon with brown sugar glaze, polenta and flash-fried spinach.
THE SPINACH. Omg. It was kind of like a kale chip but a million times better. The salmon was fantastic, too. Brian ordered the smoked duck breast and said it was one of the best he’s ever had. Such a good meal.
After dinner we Ubered (thank god) back to Gruene Hall for the Old 97′s concert. I don’t even know how many of their shows we’ve seen- not to mention getting engaged at one at the 9:30 Club in DC- but they never disappoint. Gruene Hall is such a cool venue (Texas’ oldest dance hall!) and I was so excited when Brian surprised me with the tickets on Mother’s Day.
Also exciting- we got to see Joy and Chip! They drove up for the concert from San Antonio.
At a bar afterwards, pretending that we’re cool and not pushing 40.
Such a fun weekend! Saturday was a late night and I think I’m still recovering… 36 and I can’t hang anymore. We stopped at Guero’s Taco Bar for lunch on the way home. I had to order these La Guera tacos when I saw that they were topped with pickled cabbage. The chicken is marinated in orange juice and achiote- so good.
Sad that our trip is over BUT we leave for Michigan on Friday! Lots to do to get ready but we are all so excited to escape this heat and get to our favorite place.