The first few days in our new apartment were as to be expected.

Hectic, stressful, cluttered.

There were fire ants [and fire ant bites], staining unfinished wood furniture on the patio in the blazing and unwavering sun, self-installation of our new washer and dryer, piecing together IKEA furniture, figuring out where to put everything, Texas beer tastings and more fast/fried food than I’ve had in years.

Worth it.

In no particular order, because the days ran all ran together, we* ate/drank [at]:

+ many fried egg sandwiches on English muffins and toast – really, how can you get sick of this?!

Whataburger me with the classic Whataburger ‘all the way’; the guys with a double meat/double cheese/bacon/jalapeño burger, a bacon cheese Whataburger, fries, a vanilla shake and a chocolate malt

Chick-fil-A apparently we don’t have these in WI anymore, so the boys wanted to try it – cute schtick with the cows but meh, nothing special

+ grilled fresh Gulf shrimp marinated in fiery lemongrass-chili sambal atop white rice, with more sambal on the side

Lone Star the ‘National Beer of Texas’

Taqueria Jalisco after chips and salsa, I decided on a bowl of Caldo de Res with avocado and handmade corn tortillas – the soup aromatic and undeniably authentic, the tortillas thick, rustic; the guys had Flautas de Pollo and Carne al Pastor with charro beans

+ chorizo and caramelized onions on bolillo rolls with homemade guacamole and tortilla chips

Shiner Hefeweizen

+ more grilled fresh Gulf shrimp over an avocado and grapefruit salad

oven baked tuna with a savory topping of breadcrumbs, cured olives, tomato, capers, chillies and basil with grilled nectarines

lemon poppy burgers with slaw and potato crisps [our version below made with turkey and sesame seeds – we’re still building the kitchen]

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Rosie’s Tamales a dozen spicy chicken to share

Mexican brownies made by my chocolate and dessert-loving boyfriend – what’s this… have I found a brownie I actually like?

Garlic vinegar chicken with artichoke – blue cheese orzo and Shoofly Shiraz

+ Ina’s guacamole salad with cucumber and tossed greens

focaccia with tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts and Panela Fresca

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I’ll regale you with photos and tales from our FL to TX traverse, and hopefully get back into the groove of regular postings shortly. Bear with me a bit longer!

*Myself, my boyfriend [six months today] and his good friend from college track

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