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We Found Our Favorite Coffee Shop

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We first noticed Sambalatte after eating lunch at the nearby Gordon Biersch. We’re always looking for good coffee shops, so we figured we’d stop in for a quick coffee.

But there is no such thing as a quick cup of coffee at Sambalatte. And that’s what makes it great.

Instead of grabbing a quick, been-sitting-around-all-day-on-the-burner cup of coffee, we enjoyed freshly-ground pour-over coffee, listened to live music, and enjoyed some delicious little desserts.

This is a cafe where people actually hang out, talk, read, relax. You don’t see many people here getting their coffee to-go. This is a gathering place.

Despite the fact that this is a pretty sophisticated coffee shop, my daughter loves it (probably because I let her pick a few treats from the dessert case). The prices are very reasonable considering the quality of the coffee and food, and I love that most of the desserts are bite-sized, so you can try a few different things instead of ordering one large item.

As you can probably tell, Sambalatte Torrefazione gets a thumbs-up from my family. Highly recommend!

Sambalatte is located in Summerlin, at Rampart and Charleston:

750 S. Rampart Blvd, Suite 9
Las Vegas, NV 89145
(702) 272-2333

Note: All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post.

Another note: I’ve stopped watermarking my photos…at least lately. But they are all still mine, unless otherwise noted. No reuse without permission.

One more note: Wondering why I published my food post on Thursday this week instead of Wednesday? Click here and then here.

San Antonio to Arlington: A Texas Road Trip

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It was a perfect storm…in a good way. Nick noticed that the Cubs would be playing the Texas Rangers in Arlington, and my friend Andrea sent me an article from the New York Times about sights along U.S. 281. We put the two ideas together and *poof* a Texas road trip was born.

We left Saturday morning, not quite as early as we’d hoped. As soon as we got out of the suburbs, I could tell we’d chosen wisely when we decided to take 281 instead of I-35, the busy interstate that runs north and south through the center of the state. U.S. 281 is definitely the scenic, rural route. We saw lots of old abandoned gas stations, fields filled with wildflowers, and small Hill Country towns.

Our first stop: the Hill Country town of Burnet. We stopped for lunch at Storm’s, a burger joint that I had read about in the New York Times article. The portions were generous, the prices were reasonable, and the food was average. However, it was certainly better than stopping for lunch at some chain restaurant. We got to enjoy our lunch outside on a wooden deck, in the shade of a few large trees. Definitely not the kind of scene you’d find along an exit ramp off the interstate.

We got back in the car and continued north on U.S. 281 until we decided it was time for some caffeine. Luckily, we spotted Kool Beans, a small coffee shop located in Hamilton, Texas. Nick and I enjoyed some coffee–the house blend for Nick and the special vanilla bean coffee for me–while E. had a lemonade. The woman working at the cafe that afternoon was so friendly. We had a nice conversation before it was time to get back on the road.

Kool Beans

We reached Arlington just in time to check into our hotel before taking the trolley to Rangers Ballpark. The trolley, which takes fans to and from area hotels to the stadium, was certainly a convenient way to go. However, taking the trolley back after the game is extremely inconvenient, but I’ll get to that later.

The baseball game was great! As I’ve mentioned before, we’re Cubs fans, so Chicago’s 10th-inning win was a thrill to see in-person. E. hung in there for all ten innings, and we were thrilled that she seemed to enjoy the game.


Afterwards, we walked out of the stadium to catch the trolley and noticed that there were no trolleys waiting to transport fans…but plenty of fans waiting for the trolley. After waiting and watching two trolleys come by, barely making a dent in the number of people waiting to return to their hotels, we decided it was time for plan B. We spotted a cab and hopped in. About ten minutes and $12 later, we were back at the hotel.

Sunday morning we ate breakfast at the hotel and hit the road, this time taking I-35 back to San Antonio. We definitely missed the scenery we had enjoyed the day before. However, there were a few advantages to taking I-35. For one thing, it cut about 90 minutes off of the driving time. Also, it allowed us to stop in Waco for lunch. Thanks to Twitter, we were directed to Ninfa’s where we chowed down on some Tex-Mex.

We had a wonderful time, and I’m so glad we were able to explore some new places in addition to seeing the Cubs play. Country roads, good coffee, baseball…what could be better?

Ninfas Waco


Fredericksburg: Part 2

When we visited Fredericksburg last week, I knew that we would be returning at some point. Little did I know that our return visit would take place five days later, on the day after Thanksgiving.

E.’s grandparents came into town, and they wanted to visit Fredericksburg, so off we went on the scenic drive from San Antonio. Even though our last visit was still fresh in my mind, I loved the beautiful scenery: the rolling hills, wide open spaces, and strange (at least to my eyes) trees and shrubs that populate the landscape.

We ate lunch at Winslow’s Restaurant on Main Street, which boasts “the best burger in town.” Since this was my first Fredericksburg cheeseburger, it’s hard to say whether that description is accurate, but I can say that the burger was very good. The service was great, especially considering that the restaurant was crowded that day.

We also got to stop by the Clear River Pecan Company, which has a 1950’s diner theme, for ice cream and coffee. E. loved riding the old mechanical horse that sits outside.

As we walked around the downtown area, I noticed several Texas Historical Commission markers that I hadn’t spotted the first time, such as this one at the Hoerster Building, located on Main Street.

And here I am posing next to another historical marker, although this was our second encounter with this particular spot:

After our first visit to Fredericksburg, I knew that there were many more places to see that we hadn’t gotten to that day. And I still felt the same way after our second trip. As we rounded the corner to walk to our car, I spotted this church spire in the distance. I wondered about the age of the church, its appearance, its history. I guess we’ll be making yet another trip to Fredericksburg sometime soon.

Miss out on Part 1? Check out my post Half a Day in Fredericksburg.


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