Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Local Flavor

It's been rainy for weeks it feels like here...(I know, I know...much better than shoveling snow, Northerners?).  I took a pause too as it was time to make the haul over to Houston and get my head examined for the umpteenth time at MD Anderson.  All clear - I even joked that after so many MRI's could I get this one free...no one laughed.  Oh well - I guess you just can't make cancer funny!  I never start anything or order anything for the shop a couple weeks before the big trip just in case I ever receive bad news - there's nothing like returning to project and realizing this is the cross stitch or crocheted scarf you started before you knew you had cancer.  So I just don't chance it...and now I'm super behind with everything!  But I am happy I get to stick around a little longer in good health and feel well enough to tackle this mountain of busyness!

Taste of Bavaria

Right before we left, we did take some time out to have breakfast at one of our favorite local jewels...Taste of Bavaria.  Totally a destination, this restaurant has been around since I was a girl on the opposite side of town; you drive up to a few quaint cottages that resemble a German village...just adorable.  The food is always good, German fare...no fast food either; it may take a little while as everything is  made to order but plenty more time to enjoy the ambiance.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450"]Taste of Bavaria Here I am...actually trying not to think about the trip to Houston![/caption]

Anywho, I'm such a proponent of Shop Local efforts in town and with my customers, I realized on my way home one night when I saw a new sign they erected, "Please Support Our Local Business," that yeah - it had been a better part of a year since I had eaten there.  I know first hand how frustrating it can feel to create a lovely business that donates to most local charities, entertains it's tourists and pays local taxes, to not feel appreciated.  Patronage (i.e. spending some money) is the only way to let businesses know you value them and want them to stay a vital part of your community.  *stepping down from my soapbox*

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450"]Corn Beef Hash at Taste of Bavaria Corn Beef Hash with Poached Eggs[/caption]

Breakfast is their specialty and it was awesome!    I ordered the corn beef hash and C got the Hopple Popple (one of us had to order that because I just needed to say that out loud!).  Both were just perfect for a cold and dreary morning.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450"]Hopple Popple at Taste of Bavaria The Hopple Popple! A delicious omelet with bratwurst[/caption]

--Lisa LeBlanc

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