Mar 10, 2019 by

The Texas Wine Trail isn’t just about wine.  You can mix it up with whiskey, rum, and now, beer.  And, what a beer stop the Altstadt Brewery is!  For your foreigners, it’s between Wildseed Farms (gotta do a blog on that) and Fredericksburg on Hwy 290.  You can’t miss it—-it’s the huge chalet looking building—–reeelly huge.  We met friends there to enjoy Thomas Michael Riley perform.  How fun to listen to Texas Americana Music in a Bavarian setting—as in huge beer hall, people dancing, eating delicious food, and of course, drinking mucho cold beer while laughing with friends and sitting on long tables with long benches.  Think Oktoerfest in Germany except this beer hall has huge crystal chandeliers and gorgeous Texas size fireplaces.  The cavernous hall is one of several settings at Allstadt Brewery....

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Feb 17, 2019 by

There used to be a Kinky Friedman song called “Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In The Bed” (I kid you not).  Obviously, that’s when people still had a sense of humor.  Now, I’m telling you to get your buns to Blanco to The Bean and Biscuit on the square.  I discovered it on the way back from Corpus when I wanted to pick up the lavender cocktail syrup they sell at Leather and Lavender-you know it’s the stuff they make Lavender Lizzies during the Blanco Lavender Festival every year-which has to be on your Texas Hill Country bucket list.  Anyway, I saw the Bean and Biscuit sign and decided to dash in and grab something to eat.   What a find!  First of all, the pastries are dazzling and the...

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Feb 3, 2019 by

I am soooo sorry.  I apologize.  I forgot to alert you the 2nd annual SAVOR THE HILL COUNTRY was happening at the Science Mill in Johnson City.  Unfortunately, for you it was last Sunday, as in, you missed it.  But, fortunately, for me-it was just another fantastic evening in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  Where else can you sample the best offerings of local area restaurants, wineries, distilleries………..and see an exhibit of an aquaponics garden?  All the while listening to muy cool music?  Like I said, I’m really sorry you couldn’t make it.  I’ll try and remember next year to remind you.  But just in case, sign up for the Science Mill’s blog.  You’ll also find out about other upcoming exhibits.  In the mean time, here are some snapshots of the night……..Did I mention...

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Jan 27, 2019 by

Yes, I finally stopped at the Hye Market.  Like you, I had driven by it for years—-and I mean years, as in since the seventies on my way to Kerrville.  To me, it was always a place that caused you to step off the gas pedal and slow down for a couple of miles, then kick it up as soon as you cleared the spot in the road.  But, that store facade has always been picturesque.  If I was a painter, I’d put it on a bucket list to paint.  But, back to pulling over……….for some reason on that particular day, I pulled the car over, saw the sign that said no parking and inched up to a place I thought would be safe.  I got out, went in the post office and walked...

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Jan 19, 2019 by

Black Board Bar B Q, in Sisterdale, is definitely destination eating.  Unless Sisterdale is on your beaten path or you’re into beautiful Hill Country scenic drives, you’d probably never go there.  Friends had raved about it as did Texas Monthly (June 2018).  So, Denny and I decided to take the hour long drive through Johnson City, Blanco then Kendalia and see what all the buzz was about.  We got there a little past noon and were the first ones through the gate, obviously, the first customers of the day.  We were greeted by Tres who gave us the culinary crash course of the menu and it quickly became very apparent we had stepped through the looking glass of bar-b-q joints.  You could really see the owners previous food experiences coming through with such things...

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