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Texas Expedition
February 25, 2017

Texas Expedition
My work flew me out to Lubbock, Texas this past week. It was my first time going to Texas and the Lone Star pride was strong. I enjoyed my time out there and learned some neat tricks about network security. Lubbock is a relatively small town and is industrial/farm-based. The people I’ve encountered are super nice and lovely!

My team was performing a security assessment and I was assigned work I haven’t done before. This was a great learning experience. My team was pretty good at explaining things in a way that the information would stick in my brain. Hurray for technical work~

We stayed at Embassy Suites during the week. The amenities were pretty good and I love how my room is a suite so the bedroom isn’t directly connected to the hallway. I’m not a particular fan of hearing people scream at midnight. The best thing about the hotel was the daily manager’s reception where people can order unlimited bottom-shelf drinks between 5:30pm-7:30pm. I enjoyed my custom sweet and fizzy cocktails! The breakfast was pretty decent with the made to order omelette. PS. Always tip your housekeeper!

I had the pleasure to enjoy some delicious local dining out here. Texas is known for its barbecue and I made sure to take advantage without going too overboard. Thankfully, I experienced great service out here and was left with a really good impression. Here are the notable places we visited:

  • Eddy’s Barbecue: Within 30 minutes of arriving in town, I had a taste of authentic barbecue. I ordered sliced beef brisket, sausages, and a side of potato salad. I really enjoyed the sausage while the brisket was on the dry side (didn’t want to abuse the barbecue sauce either).
  • The Funky Door Bistro & Wine Room: The restaurant had a Mystery Monday special where you get a random glass of wine for $5. You can pick out the type of wine and the rest is up to the bartender. I ordered a sweet white wine and liked my mystery drink. As for the main course, I ordered a seared ahi tuna salad with grilled tiger shrimp (add-on). The salad was delicious with the sesame dressing!
  • Burger-Fi: My coworkers and I went here twice because it was that good. This burger shop is known for its meat being free of antibiotics and hormones. I ordered their quinoa+veggie blended burger the first time and a wagyu+brisket blended burger the second time (both bunless for carb-free fun). The quinoa+veggie burger was πŸ’―. It tasted like a regular beef patty without having the guilt of eating one.
  • Double Nickel: This is pretty much a fancy steak house. Part of me wished that I ordered the filet mignon or lobster but I am fine with the boneless ribeye steak. The dish came with snap peas and off the corn cob. The steak was delicious and was cooked to perfection (medium-rare). 12oz is a lot of meat…
  • Bone Daddy’s: This pub has delicious cocktails- enough said.Β I ordered a blow torch and it reminded me of Disney California Adventure’s fun wheel drink. Between the two drinks, the blow torch is sweeter and comes lit πŸ”₯. I ordered half-rack ribs with potato salad and fried okra on the side. I love okra but dislike fried food so I picked the batter off the okra. At this point, I had a good share of barbecue for the week!
  • The Crafthouse: I love how this place calls itself a gastropub (aka. pub with high-quality food). I ordered a delicious honey glazed salmon with beets, endive, and green beans on the side. Two of my coworkers ordered a plate of fried turkey and I loved the presentation.

Ahi Tuna Salad
Double Nickel
Cake
Koi Pond
Ribs
Fried Turket
Salmon
Dessert
Hot Sauce
Plates
Horse Saddle

20 Responses

  1. Tara β˜† February 26, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Huzzah for visiting a new place on the account of your work! πŸ˜€ Texas is not a state I’ve been to yet. Your hotel sounds lovely, and the fact that you were in a suite? Niiiice! That sounds so posh. The unlimited bottom-shelf drinks also sound really great! Gotta love those custom sweet and fizzy cocktails!

    Yay for gaining new knowledge and experience πŸ˜€ It’s always nice when people explain things that stick to you.

    Those are some nice dining experience. The mystery drink one intrigued me XD Good that your sweet white wine suited you. Did they tell you the name of it? Birger Fi must be good if you returned there twice! I love the idea of the meat being free of GMOs and whatever other things that we don’t need. The quinoa-veggie one sounds interesting. I’ve not had good luck with quinoas, but this one sounds like something I’d give a shot!

    I would have totally gone for a filet mignon! πŸ˜€ Glad the steak was delicious, even if it was a lot. And I LOLed at you defining gastropub. We have so many of those here, that they are not a new concept for me XD That honey-glazed salmon sounds soooo good. Your photos, too, are great and they’re making me hungry πŸ˜€

    Welcome back home! Thanks for sharing your trip πŸ˜€

    • nancy β˜† February 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Sweet and fizzy cocktails are the best! The server didn’t tell us the name of the mystery drinks. I guess it’s up to the bartender to tell us- but it makes sense for them to give us the mystery vibes. Who knows if we drank expensive wine? (or cheap in retrospect). I’ve never heard of a gastropub before so I thought it’d be nice to explain it XD.

  2. Cat β˜† February 26, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I’m glad you had a good time in Lubbock! I’ve driven through there before, but I’ve never actually stopped to spend time in it. The food you got looks really good! A tip on the brisket for next time: if you order “moist” brisket, you get the juicy, fatty slices πŸ™‚ Otherwise, you likely get lean. Some people like lean, but I find that it’s too dry. As for steaks, ribeye is my favorite cut, but it’s always soooo big.

    That’s also good that it was a great learning experience! Hopefully they’ll send you to Austin some time πŸ˜‰

    • nancy β˜† February 27, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Thanks for the tip, Cat! I’ll ask for the moist brisket next time. Not really a fan of the leaner meat on this occasion. I would’ve been on with just 6oz ribeye :’). I hope I can visit Austin soon!

  3. Chynna β˜† February 26, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Glad to hear you had a good time in Texas and that you got to learn some new things whilst out there. It’s good when team really meshes well together, so that when something new pops up that another member has to learn it looks glides by seamlessly.

    Hmm, I love BBQ. I was actually watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives today and there was one place with BBQ beef short ribs, and I was legit drooling. Not a fan of beef brisket, but I love a good potato salad! Mmhmmm.

    All the restaurants sounds amazing! Glad you got to experience some good food whilst you were out there. Your photos are making me so hungry!

  4. Cassidy β˜† February 26, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Texas!

    I’m so glad that you got to learn something new and gain some tech experience!

    I’d love to go Texas at some point, mainly the Houston area.

    • nancy β˜† February 27, 2017 at 10:43 am

      I definitely want to go to one of the main cities as well to see how the city life is out there :).

  5. Pauline β˜† February 26, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I think that it’s super cool that you get to travel, see new sights and learn all at the same time as you’re working! Nancy, you’re serious #goals. πŸ‘Œ I’m glad that you learnt new things and that everyone was super welcoming and nice to you ☺

    Texas looks great, food sounds amazing too! Burger-Fi must’ve been bomb if you went twice haha. All the other places look delicious 😍 Its 5am and I’m super hungry just reading this post xD Glad you had fun!

    • nancy β˜† February 27, 2017 at 9:25 am

      I realized it’s nice to travel once in a while but not too often for work. Dealing with jet lag is not fun at all! XD. Even I am hungry thinking about that delish quinoa veggie burger!

  6. Liz β˜† February 27, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Oh, that’s so cool! My maternal aunt’s fam is from there, and my maternal aunt and uncle, plus my mom, were adopted from Lubbock, but I have never been. I know it’s got a bit of that typical small town stuff going on, though.

    The places you went to sound great, especially Burger-Fi. I remember looking it up a long way back, but totally forgot about it. 😣

    I love how you got BBQ food whilst here! It’s, like, a staple. πŸ˜… I mean, not really, but…it’s the go-to celebratory cuisine most the time.

    • nancy β˜† February 27, 2017 at 9:12 am

      People have been telling me how great Texas BBQ is. For the price and quality, I agree! Lubbock definitely has that small town feel. Good stuff πŸ™‚

  7. Mija β˜† February 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    So glad you got to visit Texas! We sure do love our meat, especially brisket! I’ve never been to Bone Daddy’s but we have a few of those restaurants around Houston.

    I hope you get to visit other locations in Texas one day!

  8. Kya β˜† February 27, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    That’s great you were able to visit Texas. πŸ˜€ It’s really cool you enjoyed your time there and were able to learn new things and be able to discover how well your team works together. πŸ˜€

    The pictures are awesome. They are really interesting with the number plates and saddles. They look like they have really had a long life with a lot of untold history.

    The food = me drooling.

  9. Rezina β˜† February 28, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    That’s really cool your work sent you out to Texas and that you got to learn something new in the process! I think it’s cool you make an effort to try out different places to eat whenever you’re traveling.

    I’ve heard that food in Texas is amazing, so that’s awesome that you enjoyed your time there! The food in your pictures looks really yummy!

  10. Amy β˜† March 1, 2017 at 4:20 am

    That’s so cool that you got to go to Texas with work. Every time you write about your job it sounds so amazing. You’re so lucky, Nancy!

    I hate it all the noise of hotels. Whenever I stay at one I’m always paranoid that people are directly outside my door, and it’s so much worse to sleep through. It’s great that you got a good room!

    All the food sounds amazing as usual. I’d love to go to the burger place! And the surprise wine sounds like so much fun. Definitely something different.

    Glad to hear you had a great time!

  11. Jenny β˜† March 1, 2017 at 8:06 am

    such breathtaking photos!

  12. Teesh β˜† March 1, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Thank goodness it is lunch time in my part of the world while reading this, because those food photos got me hungry! You’re so lucky to have your work bring you places. πŸ™‚

  13. Thao β˜† March 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    “Don’t mess with Texas” y’all! (It’s basically the unofficial state slogan.)

    I actually had no idea where Lubbock was until I looked it up. My Texan geography knowledge is limited to just Austin, Houston, Dallas, Waco, College Station, El Paso and San Antonio. Other than those places, I just imagine the tumble weeds and the stereotypical old western town. Hahaha, I’m sure it’s not really true but that’s the image in my head.

    Your pictures look delicious and reminds me to do play the tourist in Austin more often. I take it for granted so often that I end up just staying home many weekends even though I’m only temporarily here for work. Such a waste of prime tourist time!

  14. Elisa β˜† March 3, 2017 at 6:09 am

    oh my god. all these food. yup, that’s it. that’s the only thing i can utter for this post. i just can’t with all the food you get to enjoy. i’m so so so jealous! but kudos to you for constantly growing in terms of working skills. you go gurl!

  15. Laurie β˜† March 8, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Texas is the bomb.com!!!

    Next time if you go, go to Austin!! Austin is the place to be for young adults and there’s so much to do!!! I’ve actually never been to Lubbock even though I live in Texas. It’s about like 8-10 hours away from I live. Too far. :/

    I’ve never been to any of those restaurants. Those must be only in Lubbock. If you’re ever in Austin, Dallas or Houston, you should go to Chuys Tex Mex! There’s so many things I can write fun things to do I can’t write them all!! You kind of understand that since you’re from California. I like living in big states! πŸ˜€

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