Monday, November 12, 2018

Rudy's-- Some of the best BBQ in Texas!

Since we are on the subject of Gas Stations, and by we, I mean me. I can't let Rudy's go unannounced.

Now. Sit down.
Any Rudy's BBQ restaurant that you go to, is located... In. A. Gas. Station.
No kidding.
I don't know why.
It's just how we do things here in Texas.

Texans are a peculiar breed of people.
But we know BBQ.
Some of the best BBQ in the World is in Texas, I'm not being biased -- Honest -- Read about it HERE OR better yet, you can do your own research and find that there are several award winning BBQ places in Tejas*

When we have company from out of town, we always take them to Rudy's. Not only is the food good and the conversation of dining in a gas station one for amusement, but-----you don't get plates, nope, not here-- You have to eat off of the table. You literally get a sheet of wax paper to lay down and you must proceed to plop your food on it and eat from there. After you get a lot of side eye from first time visitors, it's a hoot!
The food is good, the atmosphere is welcoming and it's just a lot of fun!
The photos I have included are taken over the last 4 years, we have been several times, with a lot of friends and family. Both Procrastibake and The London Kiwi enjoyed their visits!
Outside of all Rudy's, is this massive container that says it has BBQ sauce in it. Now Rudy's is famous for their sauce, but, is this just a marketing tool? Or do they really have BBQ sauce in there?
When you go into Rudy's, you can pay for your gas, or you can make a sharp turn and get into this line...
If you get impatient, you can always use the cattle prod!
You will order your food and drinks and you'll be given your grub in a small crate that looks like this... You have the choice to have a pile of white sliced bread to go with your meal. BBQ isn't meant to be healthy, it's just meant to be good!
Upon writing this, I haven't been to Rudy's in awhile. Now that I am looking at the photos, I am literally cringing over the plastic silver ware and the wax paper-- both of which can't be recycled. (Even environmentalists are forever learning, and I am not embarrassed to bring my own silverware or write the company with suggestions for eco-friendly utensils!!!)


Oh and feel free to drink the BBQ Sauce... Not really, though I doubt anyone would bat an eye if you did, it's really THAT good. It's also available for purchase.
Rudy's hails itself as "Being the worst BBQ in Texas", which makes it so amusing, as it's absolutely delicious!
It has a rustic and family get together feel
Finding a location to eat at Rudy's in Texas, isn't hard, they are all over the state!
So there you have it, a 2nd proof that Texans are somehow enamored by the local Gas Stations!

Winter has reached us here in Texas, and we are currently freezing our royal nay nay's off. However, it's for such a short period of time here, we can deal with it.

Have a great week and if I don't blog before then, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tammy


*(Tejas is the Spanish spelling of a Caddo word taysha, which means "friend" or "ally". In the 17th century the Spanish knew the westernmost Caddo peoples as "the great kingdom of Tejas" and the name lived on to become the name of the 28th state of the United States—Texas

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Buc-ee's -- A Texas "Gas" Station, worth sight-seeing in!

This is the absolute best time of year, isn't it?
It's crisp and the trees are changing colors.
Halloween fun has come and gone and us yanks have Thanksgiving day to look forward to. 

I have recently moved to Abilene, Texas and have been slowly painting and decorating our new house. 

But still, something so huge is missing from my life.

Travel.

I haven't been anywhere since May 2018 when I took a quick trip to London,. Well... Unless you include the flight from Washington State to Texas State when we moved in July (Which I don't). 

Now that we are unpacked and settled (Minus some wall painting), I have been feeling down. That feeling of missing something, like something not being quite complete. After my family,  I live to explore & I live to travel. Even if I return to the same city, I have to explore something new. 

I'm working on getting back to my exploration of Europe, I'll be there soon enough. That aside, I had a word with myself. You know, I can also explore, exactly where I am. Texas is a pretty cool place. I'm sure there is a long list of what it isn't, but I sure can share what it is! It's fun, and Texas, well... Texas has a certain personality unlike anywhere else in the World. 

So while I am here, not exploring the distant travel I pine for. I'm going to share more of Texas. This super eclectic, multi-personality, twang accent State!

After concluding that blogging about my own nifty home is cool-- I couldn't let another minute pass without telling you about Buccees... It's a gas station. But before you think... "Seriously Tammy?"... Buc-ee's is a one of a kind experience. I get the biggest kick out of going into them. They are few and far between, and not in every town. I like to visit the biggest one in Texas, located on I35 In New Branfells. This store is 83,000 Square Feet-- It has 120 places to fuel your vehicle, 83 toilets, Cowboy hats, dishes, unique decorating choices & Food Galore!.
I'm not playing around here... This place is the size of a small mall! It's logo is a Beaver-- No idea why, but it works! He's an amusing little guy and my daughter for one, loves his clothing (By "His" clothing, I mean, the Beaver is on a lot of the merchandise).

Besides the Bizarre foods that I will share in a bit, after a long car ride, the first thing I normally have to do, it head for the ladies room, and let me tell you, you have never been to a more clean lavatory anywhere. First, I'll tell you what I hate... Big gaps in the toilet stall door so that people can see you doing your business, now most of us make a habit of not looking, but it's really annoying! In Buc-ee's, you get your own personal room.
Not only do you get your own personal room... You get a VERY clean toilet. I mean how many times have you been to a petrol station and had to hover over the toilet, half crouched down trying to aim into the bowl? I know you have a visual image. I'm also pretty sure this toilet is cleaner than mine at home... (Seriously, I have raised 4 boys!)
However, if it's still not clean enough for you, every room has this on the wall...
So feel free to clean your own toilet and handle
Also, go ahead and sanitize your hands before you leave, as every room has this as well
Seriously. What more could you want to feel fresh after a road trip. If only bathrooms on airplanes were like this! 
After you have accomplished a feeling of freshness on the road, now it's time to explore. And you will want to meander through this "convenience" store.
Welcome to Buc-ee's

I should probably give you a heads up. Buc-ee's is never this empty. I was there at the butt-crack of dawn when I was working out of town, up and awake before most of the town. Many of the photos were taken at the Buc-ee's in Bastrop, Texas. Not as big as the New Braunfels store, but just as much to see!
I think most Texans that enjoy a stop-over at Buc-ee's have something in particular that they like to do. I enjoy a poke around to look at all of the home decor. 
My FAVORITE is the Texas inspired themes, they are so much fun.
I have been meaning to buy these two things in the next photo. I'm ever so slightly obsessed with cotton, and the star has a long time association and representation of Texas.
I like seeing the designs from Mud Pie
Their Art Collection is lovely, and some of it from local artists!
The T-shirts are a Hoot!
It's never a quick stop when you go into Buc-ee's
Are you stopping for Coffee?
Do you want some creamer with that?
What about syrup?
Chocolate maybe?
(Would they notice if I just put my mouth under one of those pumps? As I don't drink coffee)
We always grab some kind of sustenance when we are on the road.
Buc-ee's has that covered and is one of those places that you want to try one of everything.
Do you want Cold Cuts or Cheese? Fruit or Veg?
Jerky?
Fudge?
Cakes? Cookies? Donuts?
Or maybe just some Beaver Nuggets?
There is also Hot Brisket, Turkey, Sausage or Chicken... And Sandwiches Galore to choose from.
I usually get Brisket or a Sub
That all being said, I mentioned earlier in the post about the Bizzare foods that you can purchase.
When it comes to food, I'm pretty cut and dry, I don't eat a lot of meat, though my sub in the above photo would state other wise, my biggest venture of food, is maybe a new potato chip flavor or eating pickled peppers. My dad on the other hand, loves new things. I am always buying a palate of flavors at Buc-ee's for him.
This I did NOT buy... Only eat this if you never want to feel your face again
These things... I believe, are an acquired taste...
But the deliciousness, far out way the strange! (Strange for me, anyway)
I could go on and on, but I won't, I'll just let you explore.
I haven't even began to touch on the hunting merchandise, the BBQ supplies and grills, the Texas souvenirs, the candy or the amazing hospitality at Buc-ee's, you're just going to have to experience it for yourself!
OH YES...
DON'T FORGET TO FILL UP YOUR TANK!
You ARE at a gas station after all!
Buc-ee's-- All in all, is a fun place to visit. I will have to say that the only thing that bothers me about Buc-ee's is that many of it's products are made in China (Including Mud-Pie) and many of their clothes are made in Pakistan. This may not matter to you, but it truly does to me. I don't let this stop me from stopping in and having something delicious to eat, or purchasing their many American products! It would be great though, if Buc-ee's started carrying more local goods.
Get yourself into Buc-ee's!
I hope y'all are having a fantastic weekend,
Tammy