Forth Worth, TX!

Happy Tuesday!!!! Boy, do I have a treat for you! I slowly have been recapping our travels on our cross country trip in between present day California updates. It’s like one of those super confusing movies where they flip back and forth between past and present, and sometimes you can’t figure out which one it is, ya feel? Anyways, after our amazing Hot Rolls experience in Ozark, MO, we headed south to the good ole’ state of Texas! My parents moved there a couple years ago. When I was planning our wedding last summer (2015), before my trip to India, I spent the entire month in Fort Worth. I just fell in love with the area. Everyone is incredibly friendly, and if anyone knows you are from out of town, you will get a big smile and a “Welcome to Texas!” guaranteed. The energy in the city is contagious. We wanted to stop and say hello to our parents before continuing on and we managed to squeeze a decent amount of activity in our twenty-four hour period!

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After a long day of driving, we arrived in the evening and definitely needed some R and R (can you tell?) No better place to relax than Mama’s back patio. She has it decorated so gosh-darn cute.

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When my family gets together (even if it’s a small get- together) it’s about guaranteed that there is going to be some kind of cocktail/appetizer hour followed by  dinner… AKA two dinners. For our apps we had baked brie with granny smith apple slices and sushi. It was a delicious, and I wish I had taken a picture! As usual, I gobbled it all up before the thought crossed my mind! Dinner consisted of delicious chicken (at least I heard it was delicious 😉 ), russet potatoes, and a vegetable platter from Texas Bleu. Look ya’ll, if you ever go to Fort Worth/Keller area, you MUST go to Texas Bleu. It is one of the best steakhouses of yo life!

We went to sleep pretty early on because we were whooped! The next day my mom and I started the day early by going to the local gym together. Lately she has really prioritized exercise and gets up most days before 5 am to go to the gym. (Go mom!) After exercising, we went to the local Farmer’s Market and tried watermelon juice from one of the cute little stands. It was insanely refreshing after that workout! We then went back to the house, picked up DJ and relaxed at the local watering hole (or Keller’s Recreational Pool). I haven’t gone into a lazy river in years. It was so nice to float around and around and chat about just anything and everything.We were so on-the-go that I hardly have any pictures of the first half of the day’s festivities!

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We got ready and hit the city!!! First we went to the Fort Worth Water Gardens. I have never been anywhere like this. This “downtown oasis” consists of uniquely architected structures that each have a specific characteristic. There was a wedding and a quinceanera going on while we were there. My mom thought it was especially fascinating, and she chased around the quinceanera group to get pictures. You would have thought she was one of the kid’s parents. No shame. She did end up getting her picture that she wanted so badly!

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Aren’t they the cutest?!
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Looks like we had the parental paparazzi on us!
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Pete likes to make fun of how we put our hands on our hips, the stinker
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For dinner we went to one of the BEST steakhouses ever (like I said-come to Texas for a great steakhouse!). While we waited, we hung out in their boutique. They had the cutest Texan turquoise purse I have ever seen, until I saw the price tag. That made it a little less cute!

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Here is what our selections looked like for dinner. *** All pictures from Reata’s website:

Appetizers:

  • Presenting the most incredible Bacon wrapped crab stuffed jalapeños. I don’t even eat meat, so I took off the bacon (some of you are cringing hearing me say that), and they were still TO.DIE.FOR. Truly one of the greatest things I have ever tried at a restaurant. The side of jalapeño cheddar grits will transform your meaning of “grits”, I promise!

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  • Fried Calamari with Cowboy Cocktail Sauce– Yes, it was as good as it sounds!

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Mains

  • The main course part of meals is incredibly stressful for me. It all looks so goooood! I can never decide on a main entree and usually end up ordering something, then changing it by the time everyone else has ordered. To help with this indecisiveness, my mom and I usually choose two meals we both think sound good and split them half-and-half. This time we split the Mahi-Mahi with Lobster Florentine (pictured below- no explanation needed) and the Jalapeno Cilantro Crusted Red Fish (hello, taste bud explosion!).

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  • The men each ordered the Pan Seared Crusted Tenderloin with Port Wine sauce. They said it was good, and I am willing to bet they ain’t lying!

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Sides

  • I require of you, if you go here, you MUST try the Bourbon Creamed Corn. it was one of my favorite parts of the whole meal! (Dip some of their corn bread in the creamed corn if you like all good things food).
  • Butter Roasted Mushrooms– Yes, I am currently drooling all over my laptop, how kind of you to notice.

Dessert

  • We couldn’t decide on one dessert, so naturally we ordered three. That’s normal, right?
  • First we tried the West Texas Pecan Pie. Can Pecan pie ever be bad? NO.
  • We then tried the banana pudding– it was “eh”. I’m not picky about desserts, if it has enough sugar than it really can’t be bad. This was just missing that banana punch, hate to say it.
  • However, we finished up with the Dutch Oven Apple Crisp with Cajeta. Not sure what Cajeta is, but I really like it!

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  • Next time we go, we all agreed we have to try their Chocolate Bread Pudding Tamale. I mean, just look at the things! We didn’t order them because the banana pudding sounded so light and tasty, but this is what the waiter recommended. There is your lesson for the day, boys and girls, always take the waiter’s recommendations!

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After dinner we walked around downtown Fort Worth for a while. I was surprised at how nice everything was. It did not feel like a downtown, but rather like a large scale suburban shopping center. For our evening entertainment, we went to Four Day Weekend Comedy Show. I love a good IMPROV show, and this one surpassed all expectations. The way this show works is the audience writes sentences or phrases on a piece of paper and place it on a board near the stage before the show starts. During the show they randomly pick off words/phrases and use them in their skits. It’s too much to handle. We were roaring.

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Well, we gave it our best effort

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We wrapped up the night by sight-seeing the rest of sparkling Downtown, sitting at a patio and enjoying the warm breeze while sipping on some light beverages, and debating wayy too long about what type of bush was planted next to our table. We then headed off to the Grand Canyon in the morning! More to come on that adventure!

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Wishing you the opportunity to try a bacon wrapped crab stuffed jalapeño,

xo ❤

Mack

31 thoughts on “Forth Worth, TX!

  1. Mack, your pictures are making me salivate even though I just finished dinner! But I totally can relate to you on forgetting to take food pics. I’m always so greedy and looking forward to my meals that I forget to take a picture. Hopefully as I continue blogging, I’ll change out of that habit. I’m so glad you were able to fit in so much with your parents in that short amount of time! Talk about efficiency! And of course, having your parents practice healthy habits bring so much joy. I’m so proud (weird saying that as a daughter) of my parents of going to the gym regularly.
    Once again, awesome recap!
    Xoxo,
    Stephanie

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  2. Saving up for a proper holiday to visit the states for first time ever..boy your blogs don’t make it easy! Too many places want to see..but food always helps sell things..might have to put Texas on my to do list!

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    1. YES YES YES! Put Texas on it! Oh goodness don’t get me going, this blog doesn’t even cover the half of it too! I am so excited for you to explore the states. Download the app “Zomato” to find the best food places wherever you end up going 🙂 I look forward to reading about your travels, if you post them!

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  3. I too am with the salivating crew! Oh my goodness I need to try those stuffed jalapeños and cheddar grits! Would make a great breakfast I believe as I am contemplating my boring oatmeal, no picture needed! Jill and Pete’s back patio is like something from a magazine, perfect! The Water Gardens are amazing and so funny about your mom chasing down the quinceanera pic! And really, this mom is sadly not getting up at 5AM to workout! Good job Jill! I simply love these blogs and literally look forward to reading them. Thanks for sharing your world with all of us!

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    1. AHHH I will have to get the veggie platter next time 🙂 I have to let my mom know about that because she would lovee it! Unfortunately they won’t actually be retiring for a while – but certainly not a bad place to work 😉 have a wonderful rest of your weekend !

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      1. I’m from Laredo, Texas. It’s a good 10 to 11 hours from Dallas. I’m originally from Weslaco, Texas though. Even further south. Everywhere in Texas is a decent drive. It’s not quite like other states where you can cross two or three within a day. Here it takes you a day or two to cross Texas, especially when you’re from down south. 🙂

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  4. Hi, Mack! What a fun blog you have! This post caught my eye! Fort Worth is right down the road and is home to some of my favorite people (aka two of my daughters, one son-in-law, and my grands!). The Reata is wonderful! We usually hangout at the Bird Cafe…and of course, Melt Ice Creams. Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for the follow!

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    1. Aww thank you for the sweet words, Teresa!!! I truly do love Fort Worth- we are going back there in about a month and I cannot wait!!! Those places are amazing- it’s fun meeting a fellow blogger who knows that area so well!! I know my family loves the Bird Cafe, but I haven’t heard of Melt Ice Cream!? Definitely will be checking it out when we are there. Thank you for stopping by, and please enjoy your weekend as well 🙂

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      1. Oh, fun! Melt is on Magnolia. My daughter is the assistant manager but we loved it even before she joined their team! The owners are amazing people, and so is their ice cream. My girls have pretty much sold me on FW living, but alas, we are tethered to Big D. 😊 Have a great weekend!

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      2. I will definitely be keeping this in mind!!!!! I don’t blame you- Dallas is pretty amazing ! I’ll let you know if we make it there over the holidays 🤗🍦🍦

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