Getting Healthy in Small Town Texas!
I pass through this town often, on my way to 2 centers where I volunteer. It's fairly new and I never knew it existed, until my friend from one the centers mentioned it. I've been trying to change some eating habits since I was diagnosed with cancer. My friend, Terri is in the same boat and she highly recommended the place.
So I had my first intro to the place when friends, Lorrie and Shari decided I needed to get prepared for my first chemo, by going wig shopping. I was sort of dreading that outing, so we made sure to start with a fun... and healthy lunch. The inside was as cute as the outside.
Quotes and Cowgirls
The theme seemed to be sort of Texas Cowgirl and Homey Comfort. I loved the retro red refrigerator and the wooden kitchen table with metal legs. And yes, lots of cowgirl "pin up" artwork. The quote above the door caught my eye.
I liked all the clever touches with chalkboards and jars and who knows what that lamp was made out of? Some old espresso maker?
Into the Kitchen
We could peek into the kitchen through the windows, or sort of through the very curious revolving door... which was holding some bananas in an attached holder.
I almost missed these little ladies below the upper counter. Quite a collage, I would say. Some with frying pans and some with guns and one with a cup of cold- pressed juice!
The front room was small but there were more tables in back. I loved the cow and horse art. And Trough! What a curious name for the place.
We 3 got my favorite table, right by the window. It was like a wooden version of my grandmother's white and chrome table. The occasional trains rumbling by just outside our window, added a little more nostalgia!
Lorrie had been before so she knew about the organic cold-pressed juices, made daily. The Trough tags were helpful since they listed the ingredients in your drink. Lorrie went for Green Pastures, the healthiest. Shari went for sweeter, Ruby Red, with apple, beet and celery! I went for the Dragon Fruit or something. I'm confused what I had... because I accidentally drank Shari's first, so we got small cups to sample them all.
The meals were all $8.50, just about the price of a juice. I ordered the Super Trough Bowl, recommended by my friend Terri. Brown rice, kale, cucumbers, tomato, pickled veggies, cranberries, sunflower seeds and ginger sesame dressing. Lorrie got Avocado English Muffin and Shari got a combo of Salad with Grilled Cheese. I couldn't finish, but refused to leave a thing behind. I carted mine home to top my salad for dinner!
Off to Shop
I ordered a wig similar to the one on my head and Lorrie and Shari were good enough to put on some flowered hats to pose with me!
Before starting up with chemo, I met up with Terri for lunch another day. I was once again surrounded by delicious, healthy foods and fun stuff to look at. I got a better look at "Pearl", the juice-drinking Cowgirl. And I loved the slim legs of the Carrot Woman, posing in the basket!
It was wonderful getting to catch up with Terri, since we have much to share. She frequents The Bar often and chatted with many. It was also a nice surprise to learn more about the history of the business. The inspiration came from a mother of 4 who became proactive with her cancer by totally changing her diet. After kicking cancer, she and her daughters transformed this quaint little building to become a healthy and quick alternative to fast food. It's their shared love of horses that brought on the name... along with a reminder that these energetic beasts can thrive on a trough of grass!
I love living in 2016, a time when we no longer whisper the word Cancer. Coming to The Trough, I felt like I was celebrating my good-bye to Cancer!
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.