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WanderFood Wednesday: Hash House A Go Go

If you’ve heard of Hash House A Go Go, it might be thanks to an episode of Man Vs. Food in which Adam tries the fried chicken benedict and the stuffed breakfast burger. The fact that this restaurant was featured on the show should tell you something about the portion sizes. Of course, they’re enormous. We’re talking pancakes the size of a medium pizza.

During our recent visit to Hash House, I ordered the Basic Breakfast, which consisted of potatoes, two eggs, a huge biscuit, bacon, and fruit. The eggs and fruit were nothing special, but the biscuit was delicious as were the potatoes (and I’m usually not a fan of breakfast potatoes).

Hash House A Go Go. Las Vegas

My husband orderd the blueberry pecan pancake, and I tried a bite. It was outstanding. I liked that they didn’t overdue it on the quantity of blueberries and pecans.

The atmosphere of this restaurant is definitely fun and family-friendly. The service is friendly and quick. I also loved the fun music that played during our meal, everything from Lady Gaga to Tony! Toni! Toné! to Tom Jones. In fact, my daughter and I might have had a little dance party in the girls bathroom as we were washing our hands. Maybe.

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Two Great Thai Restaurants in Las Vegas

Leave it to me to go on a Thai food quest within our first few weeks of living in Las Vegas.

First, we tried the well-known Lotus of Siam. Located in a totally unglamorous strip mall north of the Strip, this restaurant offers great Thai food in a casual environment. I’ll admit I was a little skeptical when we pulled into the parking lot and saw that it was located next to an abandoned wig shop. However, I knew we would be in for a good meal when we saw a full dining room. The prices are very reasonable, and we loved that this is the kind of place we can take our four-year-old daughter. Call ahead to make a reservation for dinner or be prepared to wait for a table. They also offer carry-out.

Our other Thai food adventure came in the form of carry-out from Archi’s Thai Cafe, located on Sahara Ave. west of downtown. The food was outstanding! I ordered the red curry with tofu, and I’ve been daydreaming about having it again all week.

Carry-out from Archi's Thai Cafe.

Both options are kid-friendly, but do not offer a kids menu, which is actually a selling point in my book. If we’re going to go to a Thai restaurant, I want my daughter to eat Thai food, not chicken fingers or some other typical kids item.

Lotus of Siam is located at:
953 E Sahara Ave,
Las Vegas, NV 89104
702-735-3033

Archi’s Thai Cafe is located at:
9350 W. Sahara Road
Las Vegas, NV 89117
702-363-9699

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Note: All opinions are my own, and I did not receive any complimentary items or discounts.

Road Trip Snack Ideas

I wrote this post about two weeks ago, but it got lost in the moving chaos. So, here’s my take on road trip snacks, better late than never!

As we prepared to embark on our 1,300 mile road trip from San Antonio to Las Vegas, I’m trying to make sure I don’t forget anything…

And one thing I keep forgetting is that we’ll need plenty of snacks and drinks for the road. We’ll be travelling through areas (I’m looking at you, West Texas) that are less populated and won’t offer an abundance of convenience stores or restaurants.

So, here’s my shopping list that I’ll take with me to the store tomorrow so that we’re stocked up and ready to go:

Dried fruit: Quick, easy, and not messy.

Annie’s bunny snack mix: Whole wheat, healthy snacks in cute bunny shapes.

Sandwich-making supplies: We’re trying something other than the typical pb & j. Peanut butter and banana slices in a whole wheat pita pocket sound pretty good to me.

Cereal bars and/or fiber bars: These work well as a quick breakfast if we want to hit the road early.

La Croix sparkling water: I’m addicted to this stuff! No sugar or artificial sweetener…just bubbly goodness. Available in a variety of all-natural flavors.

Kashi dark chocolate oatmeal cookies: 12 grams of whole grains in each cookie. Plus, they’re delicious!

Pears: Good source of fiber and vitamin C to help keep us healthy on the road.

Note: All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post. However, if the pear people want to send me a free bushel, I won’t argue.

The Sweet and Spicy “Inferno” Cupcake

Not long ago, I wrote about a local cupcake shop called Cupcake Couture. I wouldn’t normally write about their delicious baked goods again so soon, but I had to share this.

Inferno Chocolate cupcake from Cupcake Couture. San Antonio, TX

It is the “Inferno Chocolate” cupcake, which consists of habanero chocolate cake and a raspberry cream cheese frosting. The sweetness of the raspberry frosting really complimented the spiciness of the cake.

Something about the unusual combination of habanero and chocolate reminded me of the Vosges milk chocolate bacon bar that I tried a few months ago. Bacon…chocolate…two of my favorite foods on earth. How can you go wrong with that?

If you try an Inferno cupcake, just make sure that you order a glass of water to go with it. Then come back and leave a comment telling me what you think! Too spicy, too tame, or just right?

Happy Wednesday! Thanks for reading Wandering Off.

WanderFood Wednesday: Our First Visit to Yum Thai

Pad Gai Prik Khing with tofu. Yum Thai.

When I saw that a new Thai restaurant had opened near our house, I knew we’d have to try it as soon as possible. Although we’ve enjoyed a few Thai meals here in San Antonio, we’ve had trouble finding a favorite Thai place in our part of town (northwest San Antonio).

Yum Thai is located in a strip mall, and it doesn’t look like much from the outside. However, we enjoyed our lunch so much that we returned the following week! (And, I have a feeling it will be my new go-to for carry-out when I don’t feel like cooking.)

I ordered the Pad Gai Prik Khing, which consisted of green beans and tofu stir fried in a sweet chili paste with kaffir lime leaves and ginger. I loved the way the tofu was prepared. It wasn’t spongy at all, and the green beans were crisp, not overcooked.

Although Yum Thai offers a variety of kids meals, E. ate as much of my dish as she did of her own fried rice.

Yum Thai is located in the Alamo Ranch Shopping Center:
5511 NW Loop 1604 Suite #115
San Antonio, TX 78253
(210) 509-0000

This post is a part of WanderFood Wednesday, which is hosted each week by Wanderlust and Lipstick.

Note: I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

WanderFood Wednesday: BBQ Pork Nachos

It’s been an action-packed summer for our family! Boston, St. Louis, Houston, and the Smokies…I’m still catching my breath. As I sit here trying to think about all of the interesting things I’ve eaten lately, the one I keep coming back to is this: (and it can be found right here in San Antonio)

BBQ Pork Nachos. Brannon's Cafe. Westin La Cantera.

These are the BBQ Pork Nachos from Brannon’s Cafe at the Westin La Cantera. They may look like your standard nachos, but there’s one major difference (besides the tender, delicious pork). Those green things are candied jalapenos. I love the sweet-and-savory combo.

I haven’t tried making my own candied jalapenos yet, but I might give it a try. I’m envisioning them on top of a bagel and cream cheese or as a delicious pizza topping.

To read other WanderFood Wednesday posts, or to add your own to the link-up, visit Wanderlust and Lipstick.

You also might be interested in reading:

Our Westin La Cantera Staycation
Insider Tips: Making the Most of Your Stay at the Westin La Cantera

Note: I received a complimentary lunch at Brannon’s Cafe during a bloggers getaway at the resort. However, all opinions are my own.

Possibly the Prettiest Cupcakes You’ve Ever Seen

Cupcakes from Cupcake Couture. San Antonio, TX

I know what you’re thinking.

Yes, they taste just as good as they look!

I wanted to thank my friend for watching our dog while we were out of town, so I bought her some cupcakes from Cupcake Couture. Of course, my daughter and I had to go back (twice) to get more cupcakes and do further research for this post!

The cupcakes in the picture are: white wedding (white cake with buttercream frosting, strawberry filling, and chocolate shavings), red velvet, carrot cake, and chocolate confetti.

I have also tried the strawberry cupcake, and I think it’s my favorite. It consists of strawberry cake with white frosting, chocolate drizzle, and a fresh strawberry on top. Yum!

Cupcake Couture has two locations in San Antonio:

11851 Bandera Road #122
Helotes, TX 78203
210-695-5115

4710 Broadway Street
Alamo Heights, TX 78209
210-595-6375

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Peach Ice Cream in Floresville

Earlier this week, we drove with some friends to Floresville, Texas. Is it a little weird that we would drive an hour just to get ice cream? Perhaps. But what better place to get peach ice cream than a peach orchard!

We visited Rhew Orchard House, located along a gravel road east of Floresville, and enjoyed a big dish of deliciousness. The peach was very subtle, not overpowering, and the ice cream was really refreshing on a hot summer day.

You’ll need to call to varify that they’re open before you head out, since the hours listed on their website are for peach season only. I hope you’ll visit; it’s definitely worth the drive from San Antonio!

Rhew Orchard House:
762 CR 403
Floresville, TX
830-393-6022

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Feel Free to Steal This Idea Next Year: Father’s Day at Roaring Fork

I knew I wanted to take my husband out to dinner to celebrate Father’s Day, but I wasn’t sure which restaurant to choose. I wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t eaten before, but I also hoped to find a restaurant that he’d definitely like. In other words, different but dependable.

The dinner menu at Roaring Fork, located north of San Antonio, looked perfect. They serve American/Tex-Mex food with a twist. For instance, I ordered a huckleberry margarita. Although I’m glad I tried it, I think I would have preferred a beer!

For dinner, I ordered the Roaring Fork “Big Ass” Burger. (And I deserve an award for saying “big ass” because now I’m going to be plagued by all kinds of weird comments from people who googled “big ass” and somehow ended up here. But I digress.)

Father's Day at Roaring Fork, San Antonio

The burger was indeed big, as you can see. It was also delicious.

My husband ordered the beef short rib tacos, which he said were good. (And I take his word for it since he ate every bite.)

Overall, Roaring Fork was a great choice for Father’s Day, and I have a feeling we’ll be back before next June.

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Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes at The Grove

Meyer Lemon and Ricotta pancakes at The Grove, Houston

We recently spent an awesome 24 hours in Houston, a city I’m convinced is underrated when it comes to family fun. (I’ll be sharing more about our Houston trip next week.) One of the highlights of the trip was Sunday brunch at The Grove, a restaurant right beside Houston’s lovely Discovery Green.

There are few things I love more than good food. I really enjoyed the Meyer Lemon and Ricotta pancakes, while my daughter ate one of the prettiest fruit plates I’d ever seen (plus a side of bacon…that piece you see in the picture above was a piece I stole from her plate!) My husband ordered the breakfast tacos and is already talking about a return trip to Houston so that he can try some of the other brunch items at The Grove.

The Grove is located at:
1611 Lamar Street, Houston, Texas 77010
Phone: 713-337-7321

This post is a part of WanderFood Wednesday, hosted each week by Wanderlust and Lipstick. Stop by WanderFood Wednesday to share your own food-themed post or to read about the culinary adventures of other bloggers.

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