The Wimberley Cafe is a Wimberley icon, with its daily specials, bright primary colors, oil cloth table coverings, and happy, well-fed clientele. Locals and visitors alike flock to and through its welcoming door. Breakfast Sitting here in the early morning, drinking coffee with friends, chatting about nothing important, planning our day, […]
How many times have I been here in the past eleven years? Too many to count, and I always park in the same place, and always walk around to the front door, but today, today is different. The side door of Kiss the Cook has a big OPEN sign on it. I can’t say no […]
The hills are alive with the sound of music…and the parks, and the stages and the dance halls and the theaters…and the houses. I look around, approximately fifty individuals are chatting and snacking and mingling —a party of almost total strangers. Some people know some people, and other people know other people, and some people […]
I could probably count on the fingers of one hand how many individuals I know who would be willing to go on a picnic in the middle of July on a day with temperatures predicted to be in the mid 90’s. But when the opportunity arises to be with a friend and sample wines at […]
On a late Saturday afternoon in July, Michael pushes a button and the garage door slowly rises—revealing a virtual downpour. “I think I need an umbrella,” I tell the air around me. Michael hears and pulls one out of the car’s trunk, placing it on the passenger’s side floorboard. Down the road, five minutes from […]
A little less than a year-and-a-half after my discovery of the 4B Ranch, we once again find ourselves sitting on the top of a mountain in Medina, looking beyond the hills to the endless sky. However, today my teeth don’t chatter, we can see forever, the weather is high summer, and I am correctly dressed. […]
Our motorcycle escort—a fast moving train in front of us—weaves along the hills and valleys from Bandera through Tarpley and into Utopia, where we finally lose them to a roadside food truck selling Texas BBQ. Driving five minutes further down the highway we turn left into the parking lot of the Laurel Tree. Our lifelong […]
We drive for food, I think, as Michael noses our car west toward Highway 473. It is Sunday—it is brunch time, and it is as good a day and as good a time as any to return to the charming Peggy’s on the Green in Boerne. Arriving a tad early for our 11:15 reservation, we […]
Sometimes, it’s not just serendipity. Sometimes it takes a friend to push and pull and tug—and make a firm date. I love Farmer’s Markets, being introduced to the Saturday phenomenon for the first time in San Francisco thirteen years ago. Equaling it might not ever happen, but who knows. One has to try. Inching along […]
The Price Center chef smiles when I ask if he minds if I take his picture. He removes his glasses, sitting opposite me, commenting, “Tell them it is a picture of Robert De Niro.” I study his face. He does look like Robert De Niro, but in fact, he is Chef Ray Abiza, Albanian-born, spending […]
Artist - Traveller - Foodie - Avid Hostess - Picnicker - Amateur Chef
Simply put, I love Texas. I have lived almost my entire life in this state. Born and raised in San Antonio, I spent the majority of my adult life in Fort Worth, in addition to ten years—on and off—sailing in and around the Gulf Coast on our 40’ Endeavor, Island Rose. For the past ten years, my husband and I have called Wimberley home—and if I love Texas—I adore the Texas Hill Country.
We have traveled extensively in this state--from deep East to far West, from North to South--and have probably been on more back roads and in more towns than anyone I have encountered. I AM a Texan—through and through!
I’m a foodie. I love to cook. I am a good judge of what is excellent, what is not. We will drive two-and-a-half hours for Saturday lunch; for the journey and the destination. I love picnics and trying out local wineries. Food and wine pairings draw me like a magnet. And music—all kinds. Concerts are on the menu at our house every year, be they concerts in a house, in a park, in a barn, in an auditorium or at a winery--we're there.
I paint. I cook. I entertain. I love back country roads and small towns—we own two convertibles so I can be sure that nothing bars the experience of just being there.
I finally decided it was time to share my love of this state and these hills with anyone who will listen or read, letting them in on on the famous, the infamous and the not so famous places that dot the countryside and cities. I'll share stories, experiences, and recipes.
Hopefully, you will come along for the ride, blaze your own trails and let me know if you are having fun. If you step out your door and take a chance, I know that you will!