Now that I’ve been fully vaccinated with two Pfizer jabs completed well over a month ago, and in light of my having gone a whole year without travel, I’m blowing this pop stand and taking a trip. And it’s to Texas! Why, you ask? Well, see below:
The City Market: best BBQ in America (it’s the sauce!)
A satisfied customer at one of the three fabulous BBQ joints in Lockhart. The sine qua non of Texas BBQ is, of course, beef brisket, but sausages are also big.
Examining the briskets in the smoker:
Chopping the ribs:
Sure good eating! Sausages, sweet tea, brisket, and banana pudding for dessert.
I needed a destination that was:
b. had good food (Paris has “b” but is not “a”)
c. Isn’t too far (I have to get back at duckling time), and
d. Has nice scenery (I love parts of Texas, including Big Bend, the Hill Country, and so on).
So I’ll be in Texas, starting in Austin, for about ten days: from Mar. 29 to April 8. I have no fixed itinerary save that I have to go to Luling, where the City Market resides (first picture; best BBQ in America), and the BBQ-laden town of Lockhart, with three great places in a tiny town. And I plan to visit Hill Country, which also has great food as well as the LBJ Ranch.
Yes, Texas is open and full of Republicans and the Maskless, but I’ll still be wearing my mask when I’m not shoving brisket in my gob, and there are many things to like about the state—cowboy boots, for one thing.
If anybody resides in the circum-Austin area, or not that far away, and wants to say hi, let me know. I am not infectious, having had my shots, and love long walks on the beach and brisket dinners by candlelight. LOL.