In The Lone Star State, It’s Like a Whole other County. You Don’t Mess With Texas because Everything’s Bigger in Texas. And those are just the official slogan. In Texas, everything is about Texas!
We don’t have Snowbirds here in Texas. We have Winter Texans. These same folks would be Snowbirds if they went to Arizona or Florida or any other warm, beckoning state. But here in Texas, where they brand everything, they are Winter Texans. I’m a Yankee Texan, who, like a Winter Texan, didn’t start out here and won’t end up here BUT isn’t leaving here for quite a long time. I’m a Yankee Texan, like fat bread is Texas Toast.
In Iowa, the only thing we branded, were our chops. Iowa Chops (pork chops) were extra thick and delicious and didn’t taste anything like feral pigs or wild boars. You can buy Texas Toast in Iowa, but I haven’t seen any Iowa Chops in Texas. It’s a shame, really.
Texas Toast was first created in the early 1920s at The Pig Stand Restaurant in Dallas or 1941 at The Pig Stand Restaurant in Beaumont. There’s still some debate over bragging rights. They serve pulled pork instead of Iowa Chops. Too bad…
You’ll find Texas Toast, 8 individual slices to a box, in most friendly freezer sections. The Texas Toast back home came in a box that said New York on the front (which I’ve read, refers to the NY garlic spread ). It was made in Ohio. But the slices were extra big. 😀
I’ve already told you about the That’s What I like About Texas DQ’s with their own special Texas menu. Texas brands everything from Texas Tea to Texas Toothpicks (deep-fried jalapeno and onion strips) to Texas Trucks. Dodge, Ford, Chevy and Nissan (really?) all claim to be the Official Truck of Texas.
When we travel and have to stay in a motel instead of the RV, as we did during our tree tango repair, we often stay at La Quinta. It’s only about $8 more than Super 8 and it’s always pet friendly.
Henry VIII is kind of a pretend dog. He doesn’t bark, he doesn’t shed, he never goes to the bathroom on the carpet or on the walls in the hall (which I’ve often seen dogs do in motels). And at La Quinta, he stays for free!
La Quinta also has a large breakfast buffet. They have all the regular things like cereals and bagels and pastries and biscuits and gravy and pre–peeled hard-boiled eggs. The eggs cost the motel $1.50 a piece (I know because I asked when I was a manager at a resort in Oregon). If I don’t get a gate soon, I may hire out as an egg-peeler.
If you travel much, you already know that, for years, the hot item on the lodging breakfast bar is a waffle that you make yourself. I don’t generally make one but I do like them a lot better than the Strawberry Pop Tarts at the last Super 8.
I made one in Galveston, just to show you that, truly, Texas has branded everything. 😀