This blog might seem incongruous with my recent posts from Europe, but it’s not. I had a “Texas Burger” yesterday in Berlin and it got me thinking — I miss Texas and all its yummy foods!
Okay, so it’s not really Texas that I’m talking about—more like the most brilliant blend of cultural and food. When I visited Texas last summer (one of the many places I call home), besides seeing old friends & family, the highlight was easily the food. Food is a big part of why I travel so it’s only natural. And the special, unique cuisine of Texas is one of my all-time American favorites. And not just because it reminds me of home. But because the food—whether it’s BBQ or Tex-Mex—is damn good!
The topic of “food in Texas” has come up repeatedly in my personal life as of late. This June marks one year since I last visited Texas so a trip home is overdue. I’ll probably start to plan a trip to Texas for later in the summer. There’s nothing quite like a Texas summer full of long hot days, midnight swims and poolside BBQs. To whet my appetite, I’ve gone through some of my old Texas photos and found some of the delicious foods I miss so much.
BERLIN TRAVEL TIP: And hey! Friends in Berlin! My new amigos at STA Travel have informed me about a great Texas food truck in Berlin, Pignut BBQ. They’re in the Moabit Arminiusmarkthalle on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays which I will undoubtedly visit soon.
My Texas Food Favorites
Tex-Mex, I love you! It’s a long-standing tradition for Americans abroad to complain about the lack of quality Tex-Mex food in foreign places. And while I love living abroad, of all the things I miss most from my home country, it’s probably Tex-Mex food at the top. Burritos, enchiladas, tortilla chips…. It’s not America’s most obvious cuisine (burgers, pizza and McDonald’s probably top that list) but it’s certainly our most delicious!
To try to satiate my desire, I regularly visit some of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Berlin. My friend Ali, from Ali’s Adventures created a useful Tex-Mex guide but even still the restaurants don’t live up to the original (though Maria Bonita certainly lives up to the hype).
In summer, it’s all about the snow cones! Growing up in Texas, I lived down the street from a snow cone stand which I regularly visited. Crushed ice with flavored syrup, I love you. Nothing keeps you more cool during the 100°F heat!
Backyard barbecue pot-lucks. Southern states like Texas have a reputation for friendliness, and while that’s not always the case — I do firmly believe in southern hospitality. Especially in Texas! Growing up in Texas, I always loved our neighborhood barbecues and backyard picnics. And what is a barbecue without some quality, home-made deviled eggs?! Boring, that’s what. I used to eat these things by the dozen.
Beer in Texas
Drinking in Texas was never really my forté. Though I won’t lie: tequila has always been a favorite spirit of mine and that’s undoubtedly because of my Texas roots. But these days when I go home, it’s less about the margaritas and more about the local craft brews. The most popular beer in Texas has to be Shiner and that’s a good thing — because it’s a great quality beer.