Al Nakhil is an Iraqi restaurant in Houston, Texas that offers original dishes from Iraq. The food is really flavorful and prepared with time and love. Some may say, “Iraqi’s? Didn’t we go to war with them?” Well, I like to think we we were at war with a government, because the Iraqi people are very nice and they strive to build greatness just as many people do around the world. They have a wonderful culture and aim to be free just like Americans. Anytime I have been in their presence they have made me feel welcome and they are very willing to share culinary secrets. Iraqi food is a labor of love for sure. If you are in a hurry, you probably will be disappointed in Al Nakhil, because in Iraqi culture enjoying a meal is not about being in a hurry. Thank God not all cultures believe in stuffing their face real fast to get back to work right? As of now, I do not believe Al Nakhil has a website, but I will leave your with some photos and a menu. You can see more about them on YELP. These are images from the Family Kabob Platter with extra sides of Hummus and Baba Ganoush, and after dinner hot tea.

Polonia in my eyes is the official Polish restaurant of Houston, Texas. The food offers up all the delicious dishes and tastes of Poland. Growing up my father had a taste for many of these dishes and they were served at home. It was so common that as I grew older, I wondered if my father was part Polish. Someone once asked me if the Polish were vegetarians? I kind of laughed at that notion. The Polish are meat specialists as evidenced by the Polish store next door to the restaurant where you can get many Polish meats or snacks to take home. For more information..visit Polonia’s website http://www.poloniarestaurant.com/

Ritual is a meat lover’s dream restaurant! The freshest dry aged meat hanging on racks for you to select your perfect steak. The finest meats and ingredients all cooked to perfection in what was once a Citgo gas station that was redesigned into an extravagant restaurant in the Houston Heights. Outside on a statue is a pig with wings…..If pigs could fly. Their pulled pork sandwich is flying because it tastes heavenly. The Ritual burger is so messy delicious! 1/2 lb of beef with caramelized onions, blue cheese, and a pile of brisket oozing BBQ sauce. Yum! The chicken fried steak is true to the bone Texan flavorful. The onion rings fat and perfect. The Death By Chocolate cake…..Ummm, oh baby! To learn more visit their website http://www.ritualhouston.com/

With the thousands of awesome restaurants in Houston, Texas it is always not easy to get to them all at once. Jus’ Mac has been on my bucket list a long time. Upon entry I was pleasantly surprised by it’s small size (capacity 55). It gave the place a real homely feel. The service was excellent. Waiting for my dish my family and I shared some Spinach Artichoke dip. It was the best I have personally ever had. I have eaten it a lot too. When my dish came…Chicken and Waffle Mac N Cheese, it made my heart dance and the my olfactory senses happy. This places is no diet haven. This is full on heavy food that keeps a person fueled for a good time. It was everything I hoped for and then some. I’ll definitely make it my Mac N Cheese stop. For more information visit their website http://www.jusmaceatery.com/

I just love Tacos! They are so versatile for those of us who are true foodies and know, love, and understand quality food. The Velvet Taco lives up to their hype 110%.  They offer some of the best tacos I have eaten anywhere and they win the creativity award. A shrimp and grit taco? WTF? Really? That is a home run for us southern folks. Chicken and Waffle tortilla taco? Off the chain! And a cheeseburger taco? Oh, baby! For more information check out their website here https://velvettaco.com/

Once again the Democrats have failed to understand the working class American. For so long, Democrats exploited the working class through failed promises that Donald Trump has delivered on. The #1 concern of all Americans is can I pay my bills. President Trump understands this and has delivered on tax cuts that benefit everyone and actually tax the rich more than I have ever seen in my life time.  Trust me! I am middle class….maybe even lower middle class by standards. Trump is freeing up mandates to give people access to lower cost health care. Trump has worked with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to give prisoners hope upon release into society. I have asked several African-Americans what did Obama do with his promises and I get a resounding response from all I ask, “Nothing!” Democrats have long been the party of slavery for everyone. They want to encourage dependence on the government through program after program that actually takes from your hard earned income out of your check. Taxes! Democrats love to make a rule and regulation for everything under the sun that in affect cause businesses to lose money. Taxes! If the business loses money you lose your job or benefits people. Thank God for President Trump. Creating jobs and living up to his word.

The key defining difference between President Trump and the twenty or so Democratic Candidates is that President Trump believes in letting Americans run their lives so long as it does not encroach or negatively harm others. The Democrats on the other hand want to force their will on U.S. citizens. Dictators force their will. When I look at the Democratic party I think about the book Animal Farm by George Orwell, “Some pigs are worthy, but some more worthy than others.” I want my children to have a future and socialism and dictatorship is not a future. Venezuela….do I need to say more? Freedom isn’t free and Americans soldiers have fault hard to allow you the ability to almost say or do anything you want within reason. This right doesn’t exist in most countries. Our freedom and being ONE NATION UNDER GOD has blessed us so much. You see God is about freewill. It is why he is hated among many Democrats. Democrats hate freewill. They want to dictate and enforce. God says to sin or not to sin you have a choice. Freewill. American was based on that very freewill. Men and women should be free. I look at that American flag and see those stripes and stars and it brings me great pride! That flag is loved around the world! People die trying to be a part of that flag. Do people migrate to good places or try to get into the worst countries? The want to be in America! America is awesome! Travel the world and you will notice that immediately. Thank God for President Trump. A president that loves America and is willing to defend it.

Immigration has become a hot topic and many Democrats portray President Trump as some evil. Let’s face it…The Democrats never did anything for immigrants and they only take advantage of them for votes.  Immigrants are actually fleeing dictators and socialism. Imagine that! They want to live under President Donald Trump! We all want to help immigrants. I want to help immigrants. The problem with an open border is to many come and overwhelm the system. President Trump welcomes immigrants that want to do it legally through the proper channels. This gives every immigrant a fair chance of becoming an American citizen. If you have a system that allows the free flow of immigrants unchecked people from other parts of the world get denied. Why should that happen? They are waiting and going through the proper channels. Imagine your own personal home. A couple of immigrants show up for food. No problem. You give them a meal. Tomorrow they tell their friends and ten show up. You look in your pantry and refrigerator and notice you cannot feed everyone. You are overwhelmed! That is the current situation. America is overwhelmed. We have to regulate immigration for the benefit of every future immigrant and American citizen. Thank God for President Trump. Protecting American and wanting to create an immigration system that is fair to all.

Healthcare has been another issue. President Obama signed Obamacare and it was the single most damaging thing for my family and many Americans. A great percentage of us saw our healthcare costs sore $250 plus a month. A huge hit on Americans finances. You take money from Americans…..Americans have less to spend. Less to spend means a declining economy. For the most part I have watched to poor members of my extended family get free healthcare all their lives. I have never seen one of them denied medical care. Many were uninsured. They may not get the healthcare they want, but it has been sufficient and kept them all alive. So Pre-Obamacare, I saw little issue with getting healthcare or for those who needed treatment that did not have healthcare. All I saw with Obamacare was and extra $3,600 dollars going out yearly. It hurt me! It hurt many Americans. I do believe people should be proactive regarding their health. If they sit around a table and eat like pigs at a hog trawl, vape and smoke, drink like a fish, and end up sick and continue to live without regard for their health they are bringing their problems on themselves. As I said earlier, freewill. Some of these people do not even work. They collect welfare. Yes! You are paying for it. For me, that is a no go! I have worked my tail off since the age of 12 cutting yards and 15 working for companies. If a person works and makes an effort at a good job, most good jobs offer healthcare. America is about making an effort and being a contributor, not a leech. Thank God for President Trump. A president that is working to lower healthcare costs and make healthcare available to more citizens especially the contributors.

Tariffs are another issue. Countries all over the world want Americans to buy products they manufacture, but they do not want to allow us the right to sell our products in their lands. If we cannot manufacture in America and sell our products around the world because those countries place obscene tariffs on our goods how is that fair? How will we keep Americans working? The tariffs that President Trump has placed has made businesses boom! We hear over and over how it hurts America. Bah! Humbug! The stock market is the best it’s been in years, people are working (Americans #1 concern), and jobs are being created. Foreign countries are also more willing to deal for fear of losing business. Thank God for President Trump. He understands business! He is not willing to sell out America. And let’s get this clear to everyone if America fails so does the world.

I thank God for the blessing of America! That beautiful flag! A country where anyone who tries and wants to excel can succeed. We have migrants from all over the world that have become and are richer financially than they could ever dream of in their home country. I stand proud to say the pledge. Man we are blessed in America! Let’s pray for a continued resurgence of ONE NATION UNDER GOD and believe that America is the leader of the free world. When there is a problem….America get’s the call. Nobody else in the Global 20 can claim that like America.

Donald Trump has won 2020 because he goes against the grain and makes the hard decisions that need to be made. He’s is not a suck ass. Keep up the great work Mr. President!

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is a place that was well-thought out for those who like walking and viewing a variety of garden like environments in a peaceful setting. There are exhibits that cover urban farming, Japanese gardens, hill country gardens, rose gardens, tropical gardens, cactus and succulent gardens, fern gardens, ponds, Texas native trails, and bird watching blinds. There is not as much canopy in Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin which I wrote about last year, but there are ample spots to re-hydrate and the tropical green house has air conditioning. Even though it was 100 degrees I had a blast taking hundreds of photos. Here are a few and I hope you make a trip to the San Antonio Botanical Garden to enjoy it’s peace and beauty. San Antonio Botanical Garden https://www.sabot.org/

 

Old Baldy is 1,849 feet up a steep half-mile climb of rugged back country in Garner State Park in Concan, Texas. I would recommended someone be in somewhat decent physical condition because of the angles, slopes, rock climbing, tree roots, and the Texas heat. Watch your ankles, wear good solid shoes, and follow the yellow footprints. Most of the trail is shaded with Mesquite and I believe Cypress trees. However, at times, there is no shade. The reward at the end is awesome! The valley overlooking Garner State Park and the Frio River.  I took several photos along my hike. I hope you enjoy the photos and visit Garner someday too.

 

One of my favorite places to relax, stroll, and take photos is the San Antonio River walk. No matter how many photos I shoot, I notice differences in all of them and never loose enjoyment taking them. I hope you find inspiration in the photos and choose to take a trip to this wonderful place.

Enjoy the photos!

The Medina River is sourced by cool natural crystal clear springs that occur in the Balcones Fault in Central Texas. Many species of plants and animals live either east or west of the Balcones Fault which makes it important to ecology. The water is cool and refreshing in the hot Texas sun. The Cypress trees that line the banks provide a shade that creates a calm and relaxing atmosphere. I had the opportunity to tube the Medina River recently, get it off my bucket list, and take some photos. Enjoy the pictures! My services were provided by the excellent Medina River Company. https://www.themedinarivercompany.com/