If you are in Texas, Tex-Mex is a common term used to describe the dishes that blends ingredients available in United States but influenced by the culinary created in Mexico. In other word, Tex-Mex connotes ‘Mexican food’ in Texas or in some other states, they refer it as ‘Southwestern cuisine’.
Having said that, the preparation and ingredients used in Tex-Mex dishes may be different from the original Mexican dishes. For instance, the salsa sauce of Tex-Mex is usually added with plenty of cilantro while the original Mexican food does not. Tex-Mex cuisine utilizes heavy usage of melted cheese besides meat, beans, spices and Mexican-style tortillas.
Burrito, taco, fajita, enchilada are the common terms on the menu of Tex-Mex restaurants. If you are not familiar, ask the server staff. They are usually helpful, able to explain or recommend.
When Friday comes, it is usually the rest day for my home kitchen. We went to Chuy’s for Tex-Mex as this restaurant is highly recommended by our local friends.
Guess this venue is pretty popular. And getting there on weekend night means we were part of the crowd. We arrived about half past seven and we waited for about 40 minutes before being ushered to a cozy indoor corner for four and a half. Our common practice during queuing is to check out the menu. Thus as soon as we sat down, we were ready to order.
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‘Paseo del Rio‘ is a Spanish word which literally translated as ‘Walk of The River’. Or better known as ‘River Walk’ among the tourists, it is a city park maintained by City of San Antonio Downtown and River Walk Operations. Situated one-level beneath the hustling and bustling streets in the downtown of San Antonio, River Walk is a very successful pedestrian street as the edges of the river are endlessly occupied by hotels, restaurants, cafes, art & gift shops, boutiques, live music and recreational park.
The name of this beautiful river is ‘San Antonio River’ which later joins Guadalupe River and eventually flows to Gulf of Mexico. Featuring over a few miles of footage, River Walk is made of lovely landscaping and lighting at night. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges. Two parallel sidewalks by its edge are lined with restaurants or shops and connects the major places of interest from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, to the Arneson River Theater close to La Villita, to HemisFair Park, to the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Pearl Brewery.
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Ho Ho or in Mandarin 好好 which literally means ‘Good Good’ or ‘Double Good’ is a Chinese BBQ Restaurant near our place. It was first found by our friends and on the following, the lovely couple went with us again to the same restaurant! It must had been more than just ‘good’!
If you are coming from Parmer Ln and heading to I35, Ho Ho is situated at the intersection on your left side where Walmart is. The facade and interior look pretty sophisticated. As we entered, the ambiance is quiet, cozy and decorated with terracotta stone statues and some paintings.
Our friends recommended us the BBQ and roasted pork as the dish seems to be above par even compare to some places in Penang. As I flipped their menu, there were more than two dozens of choices including soups, vegetables, seafood, hot pot and sizzling platter. It seems they also serve a bit of Hong Kong flavors. Besides, Ho Ho also features set lunch from Mon – Fri (11am – 2:30pm) from $5.95. Apparently, the waitstaff is fluent in Cantonese but we did not ask where the chefs are originated from.
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In my earlier installment, I did share about our trip to Waco and Homestead Heritage. One of the most outstanding physical structures opposite Homestead Heritage’s Visitor Center cum Deli & Bakery is the historic barn.
The Barn that stands within the compound of Homestead Heritage in Brazos de Dios was originally built in northern New Jersey during early 1800s by Dutch settlers. Restoration was worked on this two-story Dutch-English barn architecture and finally The Barn is renovated to serve as a gift shop for Homestead Heritage.
Exterior look of The Barn is a typical old-fashioned farm store with a pair of huge doors. The frame is held by 200-year-old chestnut and oak. I believe the little door next to the giant entrance was part of the renovation to benefit the visitors as it is definitely easier to open.
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