French Bakery Workshop

For those that truly truly know me, know that bread is the way to my heart! I love bread, all types of bread, pastries, you name it. If I have not had it before, I am definitely willing to try it. I do try to watch what I eat but sometimes you just have to splurge and this past week was one of those times.


I have been on this new kick about adventuring out, trying new things, truly figuring out what tickles my fancy and what I am okay with not doing on a regular basis. I decided to try a pastry cooking class and of course my go to partner for this class was my mom. I surprised her for tickets at Christmas and we attended the French Baking Workshop at the Sur La Table in Austin.


We arrived and made it to our table, where we were in a group with another lady. Our Chef was Maggie, and she is the Pastry Chef at the Domain location in Austin. If you are ever interested in cooking pastries, take the classes from her. She was awesome, she kept everyone on track and on task and was very encouraging.


Our group was great as well, we all took turns doing little tasks throughout the recipe to complete them and get them in the oven. The biggest thing I learned from this cooking class was to prep before hand. The Chefs had prepped the three different recipes for us, so all we had to do was add things to the blender, stir, mix and put them on the pans. I did not realize how much easier it made things to have everything prepped out beforehand. I felt like I could go home that day and make these same things, as long as I prepped beforehand. This class definitely gave me the confidence to want to get back into the kitchen again.


My favorite recipe was the Eclairs, while not all of ours were filled with cream, we had a great time attempting to fill them.


If you are interested in taking cooking class, be sure to check out Sur La Table and see if there are any near your area. They have lots of different options to choose from. I will definitely be attending another class sooner than later!

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XOXOXO

Casey

Galveston, Texas

Oh, how my soul was calling for the coast? Do you ever get that? That longing to be somewhere else? To recharge, to feel at peace once again? Do you have a special place that does that for you? This year I have discovered that mine is the coast. There is just something so peaceful about sitting on the sand and listening to the waves crash. Don’t get me wrong, if I could get away to the mountains as quickly as I could get to the coast, I would be there as well.

Despite it being rainy and cold, while waiting for a table at a restaurant, Mattie and I made a mad dash across the street and walked down the stairs at the seawall to the sand. We watched the the waves crash in and she even picked up a sea shell. While it was only a few short minutes by the water, it was all I needed. That time was even more special because Mattie was there with me. I hope that I am teaching her to follow her heart and do things that bring her joy.

One of my favorite things about traveling is eating at places that are new and unfamiliar to me. I got in two new restaurants the last couple days in Galveston.

Riondo’s Ristorante – we stumbled onto this restaurant while doing the Polar Express. They had a truck serving drinks while people were waiting to get on the train. The owner gave us a 15% off card so we decided to check out the restaurant for dinner. It is located in historic downtown Galveston and offers Northern Italian Cuisine and sources their ingredients from local farmers’ markets, fresh seafood from The Galveston Shrimp Company, and beef from 44 Farms.

I went with one of the specials for the night. A filet topped with crab meat, served with your choice of scallop potatoes or vegetables…. of course I went with the scallop potatoes. Disclaimer… I am not the biggest seafood person but I have been venturing out and trying new things and I am so glad that I did. While, my steak was a little overcooked, it was still very tender. The crab meat, delicious. No other words for it. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with potatoes, they were great as well. Did I mention, they serve bread as well? While I did not get a picture of that, bread is practically the way to my heart.

Shykatz – I was looking for a good breakfast place on our way out of town and found this one. It is on the East End and they serve baked goods, breakfast and lunch. We hit the jackpot with this one. Not only was the outside adorable but so was the inside.

I tried one of their croissants, talk about melt in your mouth, it was so good. For my meal, I got the Benni’s Breakfast Tostadas. It was a tostada with beans, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, onions, bell peppers, cheese, avocados, and salsa. Have I mentioned that I love Mexican food? This was the first item listed on the menu and I looked no further. The tostadas were crispy! The toppings topped off with salsa, best breakfast I have had in a while.

There are restaurants galore in Galveston, I am just glad to have stumbled upon these two. Great experiences with great food. I will be sharing all about my Polar Express trip in the next blog, stay tuned!

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Casey

Corpus Christi, Texas

I recently spent some time in Corpus Christi, it was a great week, filled with meeting new people and catching up with old friends. While most of the trip was all work, I was able to check out a few activites and eat at some amazing restaurants. 

Most people with kids traveling to Corpus make it to the aquarium and the USS Lexington. If your kids love water and animals, I recommend hitting those spots too. We explored something different and went on the Pirate Adventure Cruise – The Red Dragon. While this is located in Port Aransas, it is a fairly short drive or you can always ride the ferry. This cruise was definetely a highlight for me. The crew was phenominal. They dressed like pirates, had accents like pirates, and told hilarious jokes. They also made it very enticing for the kids! All the kids on the cruise got to participate in a treasure hunt, sword fighting challenge, and a water gun fight. They do have a bar on the ship for adults interested in adult beverages. We went at sunset and the weather was perfect! You can’t beat watching a sun set on open water. The dolphins we saw just made the cruise that much better. 

My co-worker, Taylor and I, got to try some of the local restaurants in the area. Shout out to my friend who came in clutch with the best restaurant recommendations!

B&J’s Pizza Restaurant, this place makes the best pizza. Granted, most people that go to Corpus want seafood, but if you are looking for something different. This is the place to be. This restaurant served craft beer before craft beer became a thing. I will admit, I was a little hestitant walking up to this place, but don’t let the looks deceive you. The pizza is tasty. 

Water Street Oyster Bar – honestly, there are no words to describe how great this place is. We arrived around 5:30, the restaurant was already on a wait, and the bar was hopping. They had half price oysters and sushi rolls during happy hour. The spinach artichoke dip was exquisite. I am not the biggest seafood eater, so I went with the Ribeye special with bacon wrapped shrimp. Simply divine. 

Executive Surf Club – this is a must see spot. You can’t beat a surf board for a table and an open mic night. Every night they have something different going on ranging from game night to live music. The vibes and atmosphere were exactly what I needed for my last night in Corpus plus, the food was really good too. 

While I am sure there are a lot of other great places in Corpus to eat, these are definitely going to be on my list to revisit next time.

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Casey