Foggy Bottom Kitchen in Oklahoma
Beavers Bend State Park
When traveling through Beavers Bend State Park last spring, we kept an eye out for beavers.
We didn't see any, but we saw some other curious creatures.
Posing with Sasquatch
Today is the first day of spring in 2023. Weather is cool and gray, just like a year ago, when Don and I stopped for lunch in Oklahoma and met this guy.
He was there to greet us, when we headed into the Foggy Bottom Kitchen.
Chain Restaurant in a State Park?
Don and I were traveling through Arkansas towards Texas. We detoured a bit into the Oklahoma State Park, around lunch time. Why did we even think we could find food in a State Park?
But we did. Swadley's Foggy Bottom Kitchen, looked pretty cute, even if it was a chain. Usually chain restaurants don't make it into my blog, but this was an odd chain of 6 restaurants, located in 6 Oklahoma State Parks. Interesting!
Gas Pumps and Wood Shutters
The restaurant wasn't old, but the style of the building with the old gas pumps, felt fun and retro.
Best of all, the restaurant was located in a lovely woodsy setting, with a river behind!
There was a a huge open air dining space, with cute cafe tables and ceiling fans for hot weather.
There was even a tree growing right up through the floor and right through the roof.
The longer tables had great views of the river.
But it was chilly and we chose to sit inside in a comfy booth, near a nice big window.
We had the same great view!
I had a hard time studying the menu, when my eyes were drawn to the river and the trees with new green leaves. Was that another Sasquatch, climbing a tree?
I looked back to my menu and started to get hungry. I also became more curious about the Swadley Family, as I read a little "history" printed in the menu. I learned that the family was in the BBQ business for many years, before recently teaming up with State Tourism and Rec. Dept. They created 6 restaurants, mostly during the pandemic. Impressed!
Fritter Balls with Sweet Sauce!
I sipped from my jam jar and enjoyed some fritters, as I finished reading about the homey family biz. The last sentence made me scratch my head. "and don't be afraid to ask us to bless your meal... we'd love to." Hmm? I wondered who did the blessing. The cook? Our server?
But I focussed on our fun surprise instead! Foggy's is known for their complimentary apple fritter balls, served warm with a sweet, syrupy sauce! Heavenly!
Don and I usually avoid huge feasts when we're on the road. Our server was more than kind, when we asked to split an order of the Winchester Burger and fries.
Our half pound burger arrived, nicely divided on two plates. Each half was packed with poblano peppers, apple bacon, onion jam and white cheddar! I could have eaten 20 of these, but really this was a perfect amount.
As we finished up, a manager came around to make we'd enjoyed our meal. We tipped well and headed out happy. We've learned to lower expectations during these pandemic years, but this little touristy place treated us well.
Don even got to pose with another Sasquatch before we left.This one was meaner.
Don headed for the car and I told him I just had to dash down to the river to check out that yet another Sasquatch.
What a delicious little lunch break on a somewhat gloomy day. We headed back on the road and I stared out the window, wondering about the other 5 park restaurants. What were they like?
Today, I did some Googling as I finished writing about this memory, from a year ago. And now I'm really scratching my head. All 6 Swadley's have closed. Evidently the state accused the Swadely's of fraud...
I honestly had no idea about any of that when I for some reason, decided to do this quick blog post today. Evidently the accusations came about, very shortly after we dined there.
I had so enjoyed out little lunch break with good food, service and view. But all those eerie beasts were trying to tell me something back then.
Creepy and sad...
Big Sur River Inn
It was a beautiful day last October, when Don and I arrived for lunch.
We had memories of The Big Sur River Inn, from 40 years ago.
Big Sur River Inn 1982?
This is the only photo I can find from our visit, 4 decades ago.
Don looks mighty serious as he sips his Heineken. My sister and SIL, were hanging out in the grass. I do remember the air and sun felt wonderful.
This is actually the main thing I remember from that first visit. There were chairs in the creek! And there were tons of people sitting in those chairs and on those rocks! There wasn't an open chair that day!
At 11:30 on a Wednesday in October, there were no people cooling off in the water. I was so glad to know that the chair in water thing wasn't just some false memory of mine!
Beautiful Day in 2022
It was another beautiful day when Don and I arrived for lunch, this past fall. It was also Don's birthday, so I was extra happy for good weather.
We parked in a lot beside Highway One and walked past the River Inn Bus. Did it sell ice cream?
We walked past the Motel Office and a deck with planters.
The Inn's History
When we visited 40+ years ago, I knew nothing about the inn's history. I guess it was only about 50 years old then. It's almost 90 today!
I do however remember the rambling structure of logs and stone, sitting beside the highway.
The exterior today, didn't look terribly different from the photographs I found on a wall inside.
The rock chimney looks the same. The road is no longer dirt.
The Apple Pie Inn in 1934
The Big Sur Inn began In 1934, with a different name. Ellen Brown established the Apple Pie Inn, on the east side of the dirt road.
Ms. Brown opened her living and dining rooms and served food to travelers and tourists. She was famous for her pie. Lodging units were built nearby.
Rogers Redwood Camp
In 1937, Ellen left Big Sur and her mother took over the inn. Highway One was completed and Ellen's house was moved to the west side of the road.
The home was turned into a dining room and kitchen. Gas pumps were installed and the Inn got a new name. The term camp was considered very inviting in the thirties.
We passed a number of doors before we found the main entrance.
The sign told us, "Welcome! Don't be shy. Come on in! We're open." So we went in!
It was about 11:30 and a beautiful day, so no surprise that the dining room was empty.
We asked for an outside table, but I had to do a little exploring first!
I was glad it was October and not peak season. It was hard to imagine every table being filled.
On a Cold Night
There was a fabulous old fireplace, that clearly belonged to the chimney, we'd seen in all the photos.
The ashes were a reminder that the fireplace gets lots of use. It must be cozy in here, during the winter. But what's that shape on the floor?
I breezed through the second dining room and peeked at some old photos.
I noticed a brass design on the wall. It was in the shape of a chair and it reminded me that I needed to get outside and see those chairs!
Chairs and Umbrellas
I wasn't talking about the deck chairs.
There were a lot of them, though! And lots of umbrellas for sunny and hot days.
We sat on a higher deck, with a view of the deck.
If the lower deck hadn't been closed we could have had a better view of the river. But no complaints.
Tree in the Deck!
There was a tree growing through the deck, behind us.
I wonder when the deck was added and how often they've had to enlarge the hole?
My photo from further away, fails to show how tall the tree actually is. This big old Redwood (I presume) probably could tell some stories!
Lunch on the Deck
There were lots of options in the big ole menu that arrived shortly after we were seated.
Don ordered a chicken sandwich with fries. Simple, but delicious and quick.
My greens and spinach salad was perfect! Candied walnuts and Gorgonzola! We saved the bigger "pig out feast" and cake for dinner.
Down to the River
After lunch we headed down past the deck and below the boulders, to get to the Big Sur River.
This is the part I had been waiting for. It wasn't summer and I wasn't hot. But I needed to have the River Experience!
My shoes came off and I stuck my feet in the chilly river! 40 years ago, the chairs were all taken, but I had my pick on this fine day!
A Good Visit
This was a quick write up. I don't say much about the food or service. Both were totally good. Really better than I expected!
But we came mostly, because we remembered the river and the chairs and the peaceful surroundings. It was lovely and I hope to return. Maybe we'll stay in the motel across the street. And for sure we'll try some of the Original Apple Pie!
Pea Soup Adventure
Don and I finally sampled the soup, at Pea Soup Anderson's.
This sign itself (in Buellton, CA) was worth the stop! And yes, it's Pea Soup Anderson's. Not Anderson's Pea Soup. This is where we ate.
There are two Pea Soup Anderson's, This one with the windmill, is off of I-5 in Santa Nella, California. We spotted it in 2020, while traveling.
I made Don pull in so I could read the sign and take a pic! It was the pandemic and we weren't dining in any restaurants then. It killed me to not experience this odd place.
Dining Adventure in October 2022
2+ years later, Don and I planned a pea soup stop, on another trip. We learned about the Buellton location, when flipping through our 1950 cookbook. The Buellton restaurant was featured in the book! We knew we wanted to go to that one because it was the original restaurant. It opened in 1924 (with another name) and attracted travelers on Coast Highway 101.
There was no windmill at the Buellton restaurant. There also didn't appear to be too many travelers stopping for soup. The lot looked almost empty. But there were many interesting buildings on the sprawling grounds. We passed a curious building with stained glass and headed towards the doors in the tudor building.
Tudor & Neon
As we got closer, I wondered if the place was even open. Was this was another case of pandemic closure? The exterior looked a little worn. I kept fingers crossed that the biz was open, as the Pepsi banner on the left suggested.
My eyes were drawn to the neon letters on the roof and some whimsical artwork to the right. But I was even more curious about the history behind the brown boards and tan stucco. The rambling structure looked like an old lodge of some kind.
Around the Corner
The entrance was indeed closed. But that was only because we were at the wrong one. The main entrance was around the corner facing another street.
Wow! What was the deal with this building, that went on and on?
There was a glowing OPEN sign near the door! A good sign.
I stepped back and tried to imagine the history behind this iconic place. I had already read that Anton and Juliette Anderson began selling split pea soup (Juliet's family recipe) back in the 1920's.
They started with a small cafe, then added a hotel and dining room in 1928. I'm guessing this was part of that "newer" addition.
We stepped inside and I was a little taken aback by the smell. Was that a pea soup smell? No, I think it was just age. I can usually get past that. We made our way through a large gift shop before finding the dining room.
The spacious area wasn't exactly packed with diners, but it was after 2:00. We had lots of choices for seating.
Those big cushy chairs at the counter were sort of luring me.
Usually you don't get the luxury of leaning back when you enjoy swiveling at a counter. This looked like it was designed for oldsters like us!
There were soft, rounded booths as well.
In fact this whole place was kind of booth heaven!
My photos look neat and tidy, but there were a few tears in the vinyl and some hints of age. So many older, classic restaurants suffered from the pandemic.
I studied the dividers and wondered if the frosted glass was added with the pandemic? Then I noticed the etched glass, with those familiar characters, that I had spotted on billboards long before we arrived.
Hap-pea and Pea-wee
These are the mascots that have been attracting attention since the 1930's.
The image of these cartoon chefs splitting peas with hammer and chisel, can be seen all over the property. At some point, artist Art Clokey, (who also created Gumby) was hired by the Andersons to make stop motion commercials with these characters.
One of these hardworking guys seems to enjoy his work more than the other.
Lots to Read
A very sleepy-looking host took us to our table and handed us some entertaining menus. I enjoyed reading up on more history. Anton was from Denmark. Juliet was from France. Their only child Robert, got into the family biz after graduating from Stanford in the 1930's. Robert took on the nickname Pea Soup Anderson, along with the restaurant in 1947. Did anyone really call him Pea Soup?
I had my own reading material waiting in my bag. The 1950 cookbook was put out by Ford Motor Company during the time when Robert was running the restaurant. Our yawning host clearly was not someone who would be interested in seeing an old book. I hoped our server might be more lively and interested.
Ricky and the Book
We lucked out big time, with Ricky. In the quiet dining room where no one seemed to be talking above a murmur, Ricky came to life when I showed him the cookbook. He had questions for us and we did for him. He was happy to pose for a photo.
Ricky said he'd been working at Anderson's for 22 years. He'd moved from Mexico to Buellton when he was 14 and had never been in the restaurant until he got the job. (I think I got that right) He also said it took him about 10 years to finally taste the soup. Now he likes it and has a cup a day!
The vegetarian soup recipe in our book looked pretty easy. It was fun to look at the illustration again, after seeing the building. The image still didn't exactly match what we saw from the parking lot. Lots of changes.
However, the book's recipe perfectly matched the framed recipe, displayed on the wall. I should try to make it sometime, since Don loves split pea soup.
Don and I both ordered the pea soup, but he's the real fan of the creamy green stuff. Don doesn't have any childhood memories of a getting horribly sick after eating a grandmother's pea soup. I do.
But when in Rome! I just had to order the soup. It was in the book after all. Plus it came with Danish Pumpernickel bread! Actually that's not my favorite either.
But I loved that it was served in a retro bowl, with a basket of onion cheese rolls. I had a choice of coffee, soft drink or milkshake and took about 1 second deciding on that!
So I had split pea soup AND milkshake together! I ate it all and didn't get sick!
Since I ate all my soup, I was rewarded with this image! I could have covered them up with more soup over and over. My order was the "All You Can Eat Traveler's Special". I didn't test the limits. I had one bowl.
Enjoying the Walls
We chatted a little more with Ricky before we departed. He was such a pleasant part of our experience. He steered us towards more photos with such sincere enthusiasm.
It really was amazing to study the old photographs and imagine the excitement and energy of this place. Even when it was closed during WWII, the hotel housed and fed the military.
We wandered through the gift shop on our way out. The bakery goods and candy were neat and tidy, but there were also many empty shelves and no customers.
I found it a little sad. Was this just a slow day? When the shop was added in 1941, business was booming with travelers and tourists. Even in 2012, they were selling 500-600 gallons of pea soup a day.
The place was sadly quiet. I wondered about the metal equipment. Was that for making pea soup? And why didn't I at least buy a Pea Soup Mix, after I took the photo?
Before heading outside, I studied a framed photograph with an aerial view. It showed the property in 1942, before Hwy 101 expanded and some buildings were removed.
The photo helps, but it's still confusing. I wish I could compare to another aerial view from 2022. Don and I headed outside to see what we could figure out. I read later, that the 35,000 square foot property, is now for sale. Sad... but maybe good.
More of the Pea Guys
First we found more of the cartoon chefs. Don found one image that showed the poor guys getting a break from splitting peas. They were holding glasses of wine! Cheers to that.
There were no other folks wandering nearby to take our photo, hamming it up as Hap-pea and Pea-wee. I really wonder how long it's been since 2 people posed their faces in those holes.
Reminders of Another Day
We strolled around the side of the building that was once the Anderson's hotel. What is that second floor space being used for today?
In 1965, Vince Evans bought the business from the Andersons. He had big bucks and ideas. He added onto the business and the whole thing became sort of an amusement park, with an aviary filled with parrots, a children's train and an animal park. He opened up the location in Santa Nella in 1976. The little truck in the corner, looked like a reminder of the past.
Walking and Wondering
I guess we should have asked Ricky more questions. He might have known stories about some of the buildings we found behind the restaurant. What was the place like when he started working around 2000?
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We could see a motel that was added much later, further back. It also looked a bit weary, with less charm than the larger tudor hotel. I so hope that new owners can buy and preserve some of this curious history. It doesn't sound like there are any Andersons or Evans family members left, to carry on the history.
One More Look
Before we got into the car I took one more peek at the mystery building.
It looked like a building from the 1904 World's Fair, that could have housed a carousel. And just today I found an article about Vince Evans and this property. In 1979, he purchased a 100-year old pub in England and had it moved here. This was it! Sadly a year later he died with his wife and daughter in the plane he was flying. Such a sad story.
Good Luck Andersons!
So good luck to Anderson's Pea Soup and to our waiter Ricky.
I hope someone or some group, with lots of funds and great ideas, purchases this business. I hope they give Ricky a position where his enthusiasm and appreciation can be put to good use. I need to be able to come back! I'm just starting to like split pea soup!
Cafe Nell in Portland, OR
Cafe on the Corner
This is the cute cafe, where my dear friend and I enjoyed a heavenly patio breakfast, beneath a 100 year old oak tree!
Actually we arrived at 10:30 and they weren't open for breakfast. We looked longingly from across the street.
We crossed over to see when they would open. 11:00.
The covered patio appeared quiet, except for spurts of activity. Staff seemed to be preparing for some kind of surprise party and we were entertained.
The outdoor dining area was lovely with chairs that reminded me of Paris. The enclosure was classy, unlike all the quickly rigged structures, I remember being thrown up for Covid dining. The 100 year old oak added some drama and history!
We found a cute little bench area with umbrellas and sat a moment.
But that used up 5 minutes. Milissa and I went on a walk to kill time. The neighborhood area in Northwest Portland, was very inviting on a summer morning.
Milissa and I had lots to talk about, so it really didn't matter whether we were at a proper table or traveling down a sidewalk.
Ready to Go
We returned at 11 and the red carpet awaited! There were curtains and strings of lights and potted bushes. We could be outside, but feel the comforts of inside dining.
We were the first diners to arrive. The surprise party was happening out of our sight. We didn't get to witness the reaction.
My Coffee Buddy
Milissa and I met through our kids 30+ years ago. We have conversed over all kinds of beverages. On this morning we were happy with our blue bottle of water and our cups of coffee.
We now live 2,000 miles apart and our coffee and converstaion has to be shared over the phone. But on this August morning, we talked over coffee in person! It felt like we'd left our homes in Texas and Oregon and had met up at a cafe in France.
I was glad they had good breakfast options on the lunch menu. I ordered the Bacon, Egg and Blue Omelet. "3 free range chickens, bacon, chopped tomato and blue cheese".
The omelet and potatoes were tasty. I liked how the food was served, with cloth napkins... little dish holding butter, jelly and catsup. It just felt nice. But the wait service was not quite as nice. We finally begged for a coffee refill. But honestly, we were caught up in our own world and were happy to be a little ignored.
The patio never filled up, so we felt okay lingering as long as we liked. We eventually paid up, then stepped inside to take a peek around.
The red stools and red carpet and red and black chairs really felt festive and French.
Nell's describes their food as, "French inspired American classics". They've been in business on this neighborhood corner, for 13 years. I read that the last 2 restaurants in this space, were also French.
The red fireplace was extra cool. There were lots of mirrors! I'd love to see the place at night with glowing lights reflecting off the mirrors.
I had my buddy sit for a photo, before we walked back to her apartment. She fit right into the umbrella scene, with her black and white attire.
Our dining adventure was a little piece of heaven. We had lots of catching up to do and we didn't have to holler over crowds. Our table was cozy and pretty and clean and calm. The food was nice and a carafe of coffee on the table would have made it just perfect.
I'm hoping for another dining adventure with Milissa, very soon!
Cookbook Adventure, in October
This is the illustration that accompanies a recipe, inside our 1950 Ford Motor Cookbook.
Last fall Don and I had the cookbook with us, while traveling near Santa Barbara. A quick look on the internet told me Cold Spring Tavern was still open for business in 2022!
The sweet looking tavern pretty much matched the vintage image! It looked so darn charming, it could have been part of a movie set. But there's a lot of real history behind those checkered curtains!
The little log structure was originally built in the 1860's, as a stagecoach stop along the San Marcos Pass. Today, visitors drive from Santa Barbara and beyond, to enjoy drinks and food and sometimes live music.
Don and I followed Mapquest directions, winding along this scenic road.
For a while we thought we'd made a wrong turn.
Then we spotted a sign on the hill. It reminded me of arriving at Silver Dollar City (theme park) in the Missouri Ozarks, when I was a kid.
We followed the 2 lane road and spotted a cluster of buildings ahead.
We took the last spot in a small dirt lot and wandered towards the little oasis of weathered shacks.
There seemed to be a fair amount of activity near the green umbrellas.
The air felt like an October day in the Ozarks. Warm air with cool shade. Perfect.
The folks didn't look like Ozark hillbillies or Branson, Missouri tourists. Mostly the guests looked like Santa Barbara locals, who had driven out to the tavern for lunch. I'm sure they wouldn't care for my Ozark comparison.
How did they even know about this place? We only did because of our 60 year old cookbook. I hoped they weren't all waiting for inside tables.
Stone & Wood
The log structure looked larger from the side. I believe it began as one room and 3 more were added in the '40's.
I was eager to get inside and see the place, that's been serving food and drink since 1941.
We stepped inside and I smelled the the same comforting smells I remember from my Uncle Morris' log house in Missouri. Wood and smoke. 80 years worth of fires in this cabin!
The cabin is much older than 80, but it was in 1941 that Adelaide Ovington purchased the property. She was the widow of Earle Ovington, the first airmail pilot. She paid $2,000 for 40 acres, including the tavern.
Don and I practically had the tavern to ourselves. The front room was cozy, with a small bar on the right.
Only one guest was seated in the front room. I imagined the same room on a winter night, with guests begging for the table near the fireplace.
There are 3 fireplaces in the tavern and all were added after Adelaide purchased the property.
The room behind the bar, was the coziest. There were dark wood booths and stacks of wood just waiting for chilly fall weather.
The wood walls and floors were all original. The Tavern didn't even have electricity until 1954. They still use gas lanterns today.
Don and I took a seat at table near the window, in The Long Room. I read that the large round table in The Long Room, once belonged to Gene Autrey. I love that kind of trivia.
There were no other guests in our dining area, but we were not alone. We were surrounded by lots of critters, on the walls above us. They shared the walls with lots of photos and news clippings
The antique "kitchen queen" is evidently the only original piece of furniture from before the Ovington's ownership. It was built in this very room and was too large to be moved when the property changed hands.
The White Room?
I peeked past the white door to see the back room. It appeared to be closed off for dining, but I believe it's called The White Room. Adelaide and her daughter Audrey lived in The White Room, until 1951.
Mother and daughter worked and lived together until they eventually built a small home on the property and named it Blisshaven. After Adelaide died in 1972, Audrey operated the Tavern for 33 more years.
I had a hard time focussing on the menu with everything that surrounded us. I popped up to study the curious divided door. What was that metal thing?
I got sidetracked reading up on some history, on a wooden board.
...Cold Spring Tavern is a stagecoach stop almost 100 years old...
Wow! When was that history board created? The Tavern turned 100 in the 1960's!
Marcos & the Book!
Our waiter, Marcos was the best! He had worked at Cold Spring for 27 years! As we were deciding what to order, I pulled the old cookbook out of the bag and Marcos had the best reaction.
First he laughed and said, no they DID NOT have the Monte Carlo Sandwich on the menu! Then he suddenly seemed totally amazed by the old illustration and asked if he could take a photo with his phone.
We explained the whole cookbook deal... how we travel with it... it helps us find classic restaurants all over the country,.. so many of the featured restaurants are no longer around...
Sometimes it's hard to explain the whole treasure hunt & nostalgia experience to younger people, or to people who didn't grow up with Ford Motor Company advertising gimmicks! But Marcos was someone who was thrilled about history. He reacted with such enthusiasm!
Tri-Tip Sandwich & Wild Game Soup
Marcos also was good at encouraging us with food choices. I ordered the Wild Game Black Bean Soup. Initially I shied away from the soup, packed with venison, rabbit and buffalo. But Marcos raved about it.
Good choice! The flavor was amazing! It was served sour cream and cheese and a fresh hot flour tortilla.
Famous Cold Spring Original Tribute-Tip Sandwich
I wonder if they served try-tip, back when they served Monte Carlos? Marcos talked this up too. He pointed out the window to the stacks of oak used for the outside grill.
The oak-grilled, thick sliced meat was served on a brioche bun. The barbecue sauce was house-made with apple horseradish. Potato salad too!
A perfect feast with a perfect woodsy view!
Marcos and Ashely
Marcos checked on us often. We talked about everything from fires to droughts. He showed us a photo of the Tavern in the snow. It's a miracle the buildings have survived, over all this time.
At one point another server stopped by the table and wanted to see the cookbook. Ashely was young, but seemed surprisingly interested in the funny old book. She introduced me to her mom later. Her mom was even more curious, since she'd worked at the Tavern for 33 years! Another mother/daughter team! Did her name start with an A too?
We weren't able to linger as long as I wanted, since we had hours of driving ahead. But we wandered the property a bit.
We headed past the picnic tables and took a peek inside two other buildings.
Log Cabin Bar
In the early 1900's, this building held a water bottling plant. The Orvingtons changed it into a bar in 1955.
Inside, the bartender looked a little bored. No one seemed to want to spend anytime inside, on a beautiful Friday afternoon.
The fireplace at the end of the bar was added in the fifties. They had to take down the wall, in order to remove the bottling equipment. They added the fireplace and used a local telephone pole for the mantle..
Old Bunk House
This little gift shop was once a bunkhouse used by stagecoach drivers.
It's hard to imagine horses and stagecoaches traveling through this area, way over a century ago. Evidently you can still see ruts made by the wheels, in the stone along the old pass.
Questions for Audrey
We didn't explore nearly enough. There are more structures on the property, that we totally missed. I sure wish we could have visited when Audtry was still running the tavern. She died in 2005, but evidently left behind an enormous collection of cookbooks. I'll bet she had a Ford book, like ours.
We saw and learned a lot during our short visit. And the website is excellent for learning more later. It has a very fun list of interesting facts and stories. It was nice to find out that a third generation (Wayne & Joy Ovington Wilson) still operate the Cold Spring Tavern today!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.