Last week I heard one of the best stories about Texas that I’ve heard in a very long time. I was talking with a young woman over the phone and she stated she was from Texas. As a Native Texan, I asked her where she was born. She told me she was actually born in Virginia but moved to Texas when she was three months old.
Many automobiles in Texas sport a familiar bumper sticker I see often on the highways and interstates – I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could. I felt sure this young woman owned the same bumper sticker due to the pride I could hear in her voice. Why was her story so great? Well, this is the rest of the story so you be the judge.
It turns out while the parents of the girl were preparing for her to be born in Virginia, her Texas grandmother couldn’t stand the thought of her not being born in in the Lone Star State. So Grandma actually sent a plastic bag of Texas soil to her daughter so that when her granddaughter was born, she could put the bag under her during the birthing process and actually say she was indeed born on Texas soil.
Her birth certificate may read Virginia as her native state, but her family did what they could to welcome this young lady into the world. Some may think this is ridiculous, but I for one would love to meet this wonderful grandmother and thank her for being such a great Texan. God Bless Texas!
Eat in the Heart of Texas
Since Tortilla Chips and Salsa are the Official State Snack of Texas, it was only a matter of time before I talked about eating Mexican food or, in this case, Tex-Mex. According to Wikipedia, Tex-Mex cuisine is characterized by its heavy use of shredded cheese, meat (particularly beef and pork), beans, and spices, in addition to Mexican-style tortillas.
While I could include more than a dozen restaurants under the Tex-Mex label, I decided I would share my most recent indulgence. Maudie’s Tex-Mex has been around the Austin area for 20 years. Having never been but told by many I should try it, my husband and I visited their South Austin location. When we arrived, the line was out the door and the wait was around 30 minutes. I am not the most patient person so waiting has never been something I enjoy doing.
My favorite snack is chips and salsa, hands down. If I could find a diet that included eating them every day, I would be all in. I’ve tasted many different types of tortilla chips – crispy, salty, thin, thick, red and blue corn. Salsas come in many varieties but the common choice served at restaurants is salsa roja or red sauce. We enjoyed Maudies salsa. Some restaurants go too far with the heat and some don’t go nearly far enough, at least in my opinion. One of my favorite things about Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants is they always provide you with an appetizer prior to your meal and what better appetizer is there than chips and salsa?
Since I love fajitas and they fall right in line with the Tex-Mex menu, I ordered a mix of beef and chicken. Homemade corn tortillas arrived with my meal, hot and fresh wrapped in foil. The meat and chicken were seasoned well and the borracho beans came on the side and offered exceptional flavor. I understand their margaritas are great but didn’t try one this time. Great meal overall. I’ll definitely return again. For more information on Maudies, visit http://www.maudies.com.
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