San Antonio Road Trip

Anyone who knows me well certainly knows that one of my life’s goals is to travel. But because of my commitment to my kids, whose complicated schedules limit us from traveling often, we’ve been pretty much “stuck” to domestic travels and mostly within Texas. We bought a time share with Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch in San Antonio a few year back and when we start to feel burned out living in Dallas, we make the 4 hour drive to get away from this city. Although I am always faced with one dilemma- the drive to San Antonio is pretty boring! Hence I always  make it a point to find interesting places to stop on the way. We usually leave Dallas early in the morning (or sometimes even at dawn) to beat the traffic. After an hour and a half , the kids are already hungry for breakfast. So our first stop is the Czech Stop in Waco, a bakery in front of a Shell gas station. But don’t let that deter you from entering because this bakery —that has now expanded to two bakeries— specializes in delicious Kolaches. 20140714-113544-41744916.jpg 20140714-113544-41744740.jpg 20140714-113626-41786795.jpg They also sell other things such as baked pies, mugs, pens, shirts, cowboy straw hats, sausages, cookbooks, etc. 20140714-113759-41879082.jpg 20140714-113758-41878894.jpg Two hours beyond Waco is a town called San Marcos. Keith asked me if I wanted to stop at the San Marcos Premium Outlet, one of the biggest and perhaps one of the best outlets in the United States. Hey if there’s any opportunity to shop, I will never say no!😝 The outlet has the usual stores such a Banana Republic, Victoria Secret, etc. but they also have some of the very high end European brands such as Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, etc. Keith likes Gucci especially their shoes so we went to see if there were any good bargains. He didn’t find any but I was able to snatch a black cross body messenger bag for only $359! The original price for this one was $980 and I saw it listed on sale at $595 on the internet. (And so what if the outlet is 2-3 seasons behind? My personal travel accessories aren’t going out of style). When it comes to convenience, a cross body messenger bag is the best and most practical bag to use when traveling. 20140714-120515-43515079.jpg

Near the outlet, we spotted a rustic Texan bakery and attached to it is a burger and shakes joint. We went to look in just for curiosity and we discovered a very interesting restaurant named Centerpoint Station. Inside, they had a ton of old Americana memorabilia and antique signs such as Sunbeam bread, 7 Up, Dr Pepper, Kodak, etc. 20140714-121704-44224999.jpg  20140714-132236-48156001.jpg I’m not a huge burger fan but my stomach suddenly growled upon seeing fried pickles and fried green tomatoes in the menu. I was salivating and I had to have those fried pickles! It came with 6 large spears of breaded pickles with two kinds of dips—ranch and jalapeño. Keith and I also split a turkey sandwich topped with avocado and Jude ordered the cheeseburger in the kids meal. 20140714-122317-44597390.jpg


Fried Pickles

If that didn’t make you salivate, then you must not be from Texas or the South 😄 20140714-125928-46768813.jpg Keith and Jude got a root beer float after lunch and sat at the soda fountain. I had a scoop of the Blue Bell strawberry ice cream and I can honestly say this is the best strawberry ice cream I’ve ever had. Blue Bell is a true blue Texan made ice cream. They also sold different types of delicious homemade fudge.

20140714-125929-46769256.jpg **When driving, always keep your eyes open for interesting places to stop. If you do, most likely you will find something interesting and worth stopping! Also, keep an open mind! Just because the location is not so ideal doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth looking in. Always be curious! 20140714-132236-48156204.jpg