So, let’s talk about food. I LOVE food. I love hamburgers and French food and spaghetti and Thai food. I love popcorn and candy and scones and homemade pancakes. I think it’s safe to say that there isn’t TOO much that I won’t eat. My favorite food in the world is Mexican, and I must say that my trip to Houston DEFINITELY peaked my taste buds.
My first night there, we went to Good Dog (which actually originated as a food truck) and had hot dogs. Ok ok – so it’s not Mexican… but DANG those were some good hot dogs! I had the southern dog (being from Alabama) topped with chow chow, bacon and collard greens. What? Yep – collard greens!
The next day we went to Torchy’s Tacos in the Heights for brunch and I had a taco with egg and avocado, lime, cilantro and salsa, and another one with egg and smoked brisket. Come to Mama!!!
Well, I liked Torchy’s so much that I went back for lunch the next day when my sister-in-law went to work I had a baja shrimp taco and the Democrat (slow smoked brisket) and an ice cold glass of local beer. Holy cow – that’s taking “Tex Mex” to a whole new level! SO GOOD!
Yes, that’s a tortilla… a homemade tortilla from Lupé Tortilla that’s bigger than my head! If you’ve never had a handmade tortilla (I was a handmade tortilla virgin until this trip), you need to stop what you’re doing and try to find some. Oh my – they’re thin and soft and have such a good flavor. They’re nothing like the store-bought pre-packaged crap we have here in Alabama. Not to mention the FABULOUS fajitas that came with the tortillas. Mmmmm… the meat and cheese and beans and pico… SO GOOD!
And no trip to a major city would be complete without a shopping spree at the Mecca of all grocery stores – Trader Joe’s! Oh how I love this place. I can’t help but break out into a huge grin – just walking in the doors!
Want to know what this luscious plate of Mexican yumminess is? Well, that’s our leftovers, folks. Yep, that’s right – leftovers! We went by the Alamo Tamale place (OMG – the best tamales you’ve ever put in your mouth) in a sort-of shady part of town to get these beauties. We went at 2:30 and thank goodness they still had some. They’ve been known to sell out before noon! I bought 2 dozen to freeze and bring home and we got 6 to split for dinner. The ones on our plate (above) are chicken, but I brought home pork, bean and chicken/jalapeño. Mmmmm…