Monday, October 29, 2018

My Trip to Waco, Texas...Home to Fixer Upper, Part 4

Well, now that I was full of bbq and a chocolate malt, I was ready to head back over to Magnolia at the Silos.  I had about an hour before they closed for the day, so it was plenty of time to do enough damage to my wallet if I saw something I couldn't have.

The line at the bakery was about 30 people deep, and I would have waited except the girl at the door handing out order forms (you are handed a form shown below of everything the bakery has for sale.  While waiting in line, you are able to place your order on this form so by the time you get to the cashier, you will pay for what you have placed on the order form and step aside a few minutes while it is being boxed, bagged etc.) was rattling off a pretty big list of what they were out of.  Not surprising since it was almost closing time.  I redid my strategy and figured I would get up early the next day and hit the bakery when it opened. 

The store is nothing short of beautiful inside, and of course there are two more employees greeting you at the door.  There are lovely table arrangements along with many different vignettes and settings featuring what is for sale.  Once done with the first floor, I proceeded down to the lower level, which has shirts, clocks, Chip's items for sale as well as leather goods.  And even though it was 95 outside and the store wasn't air conditioned, there were plenty of humongous fans humming away so I still felt cool.  After all, the purpose here is not to have you so hot that you're too uncomfortable to shop!  I walked away with two cement jugs, and of course they weighed probably 8-10 pounds together.  Thankfully I had enough room in my canvas tote that I carried on the plane to be able to put both of these inside. 

After my venture there, I decided to drive around a bit.  I went past the ALICO building, and this is the one that is featured at least once if not more on Fixer Upper.  They usually show it at night when it's all lit up.  Downtown is pretty small, and I drove by the condo that was featured on Fixer Upper.  It is owned by a young woman who lives downtown and wanted the inside totally renovated.  Also drove the very first Magnolia store on Bosque Rd. but at the time there were probably 25 people waiting to get into that store.  It sells seconds and discontinued items and there is yet another employee at the door because only so many people can fit inside, just like the bakery. 

Part 5 and my final on this wonderful trip to Waco coming soon...

the two jugs that I lugged home with me

Friday, October 19, 2018

My Trip to Waco Texas...Home to Fixer Upper, Part 3

So, all that driving around hunting down famous people gave me an appetite.  Time for some bbq as I had done some research the night before. No more In-n-Out burger for me. You can't go to Texas without having bbq, and that's where  I was headed.

I ended up at place called Rudy's, which I found out was a chain when I was inside, but regardless, I was there, and there was quite a line, so I figured it had to be good.  Looking at everything offered on the menu was a little daunting, so I turned around and behind me was a woman not looking flustered in the least.  So I told her I was visiting from Seattle, and asked if she had been here before.  As it happened, she frequented the place quite often, both in Waco and where she lived down south.  I asked her for her recommendations, and without hesitation she said the creamed corn.  Now, I happen to love creamed corn, but there are many ways to make can have corn and the only liquid is shucking the corn again after the first go around to get all of the corn cream.  Then you can have the corn, and add cream and butter, or just cream, so you see where I'm going with this.

Well, by this time it was my turn in line and I still didn't know what I was going to order.  Enter my cashier, the nicest girl on the planet.  She gave me a sample of everything, and I mean everything.  Smoked turkey, pork, sausage and brisket, and I have to tell you, I honestly didn't know what to pick, so I picked all of them, plus the creamed corn.  So while she's having everything sliced, and you pay by weight, except for the sausage, I see one of the workers holding something that I had no clue what it was but I was going to find out.  Weighing in at probably over a pound, and shown below, was the over-stuffed baked potato.  I saw this on the menu and I think it was 8.95 and couldn't imagine what the heck would be worth that amount of money.  Well, that was!  Man, I was sort of unhappy that I hadn't ordered it, but then I would have had to forfeit the other stuff I had gotten.  Loaded with butter, sour cream, cheese and bbq pulled pork...definitely a sight to behold.

Found a table and sat down to my smorgasbord of samples and I have to say, everything was to die for.  The creamed corn was exceptional, and I was hard-pressed not to be able to finish everything.  The atmosphere of the place inside was jovial...sports being shown on wide screen tv's, people talking, eating and laughing and music playing.  The setting couldn't have been more perfect.

But as full as I was from bbq, I had a date next door at a place called Health Camp, which was anything but healthy...burgers, shakes, malts and fries, and the malt had my name all over it, a chocolate malt to be exact.  I'm a sucker for a malt so next door I went.  The place is extremely small, but does a whopping business.  My malt was chocolaty and thick, although I didn't dare order a large, especially after having just eaten next door.  I wanted to keep my lunch intact.  So, while enjoying my malt, I planned my next outing for that afternoon.

Where better than to do some antiquing where Joanna used to hang out, so off I went to Junque in the Trunk and Cedar Chest, both beautiful stores.  Have to admit though that Junque had many, many items from market, which means that a lot of their things were not antiques, but looked to be.  Still, there's nothing more enjoyable to me than a few hours of antiquing, especially if you have a mental list in your head of what you may be looking for.  Unfortunately, I found a vintage shuttered door from a ship that I fell in love with, but the ship cost would have been over $200.  Some things you just have to let go of...although it killed me to do so. 

Well, enough...part 4 coming soon, and in the meantime, buy my cookbook.  You won't be disappointed!!!

a different set of silos in the country

Rudy's for lunch

The menu

The overstuffed baked potato...doesn't it look out of this world?

a few different sauces

my plate from left...pork, brisket, turkey, creamed corn and sausage

the pork

the sausage

the turkey

the brisket

the place

the malt...yum, yum

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Friday, October 12, 2018

My Trip to Waco, Texas...Home to Fixer Upper, Part 2

Okay, it's morning in Waco and time to get up so I can get to Magnolia Table and have breakfast.  I walk outside only to find that it's already 85 degrees...and humid!  Out on foot I go to the Silos, as again it's only a few blocks from my Airbnb.  And sure enough, there were the 2 silos, in all their grandeur.  I couldn't believe I was actually seeing those things in person.  I got so used to seeing them on TV that I had a hard time fathoming that I was actually standing right in front of them.

Well, come to find out, Magnolia Table is about 15 minutes from Magnolia, the store but alas they have a bus which takes you to the Table.  Had I known this from the get go I would have taken my car, but the bus goes around in a large loop, ending up at the Table.  My step must have been pretty forceful while walking to the Silos as I noticed two blisters forming.  Great, as I had more walking to do, and I'm sure the weather had a part to play in all of this because my hands and feet usually swell in very warm weather.

The wait at Magnolia Table was 1 1/2 hours, something I somewhat expected, but wasn't willing to do.  I headed over to their takeaway section and ordered a sample box containing pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, chocolate filled croissant, buttermilk biscuit and a blueberry muffin.  While I was nibbling on that I noticed another place right next door I wanted to go to, Health Camp, which is a burger/shake joint and anything but healthy lol.  But they were supposed to have some of the best malts, which I'm a sucker for.  I was going to have to save it for when I had my car because I had to get back to the store on the courtesy bus and then walk back to the Airbnb on my broken feet.  Besides, the Camp didn't open for another 1/2 hour and I had places to go and people I was hoping to see, namely, Clint Harp, Joanna's woodworker magician, and Jimmy Don, her metalwork magician.

When I got back to the Silos, the lineup at the Bakery was already 50 people deep.  This on a day that is now 90 degrees.  I can't even imagine how long the line was in July and August, along with the temperature to boot.  This is why word gets around that if you go in and buy a half or a dozen cupcakes, you had best eat them right away, as the heat will demolish the icing in due time.  So, back to the Airbnb, picked up the car and headed out to Clint's place.

Sad to say Clint wasn't there, although he was scheduled to have a book signing later that afternoon at a local grocery store.  His gift shop was nicely done with of course lots of woodworking items.  Also in the back was his shop, and next door, his home, which was featured on fixer upper.  I could tell...I noticed that beautiful front door right off.

Now headed to Jimmy Don's metal workshop, which was out about 10 miles into the country.  Beautiful ride but unfortunately no Jimmy Don either.  His store held many lovely pieces of metalwork though and I was glad I took the drive.   Part 3 coming...