I had heard so much about Andy’s Country Kitchen being a Corpus Christi legend since 1958 that I had to try it for myself. I mean what other restaurant has a waitress that worked her way up to purchase and run it? Well, the verdict is out.  110% excellent! The service, the food, the atmosphere, all exceeded my expectations. The history on the back of the menu is another excellent part of Andy’s. I had the Andy’s breakfast which is pictured and they brought muffins out as a snack. Wow! This will definitely  be a stop for me every time I am in Corpus Christi. For more information visit their website here https://www.andyskitchen.com/

As a long-time native Gulf coast citizen I love all things Gulf Coast. Rockport-Fulton is a laid back coastal town that still brings home their own shrimp, fish, oysters, etc. The Fulton Mansion is a piece of history dating back to when Texas was it’s own state. Mr. Fulton made his way from Philadelphia and never looked back. A Yankee tradition I might add. The south never won the battle, but they did win the war. If you think deeply and know your history you will understand. There are plenty of places to relax and stay in Rockport-Fulton. However, this trip for me was all about THE BIG TREE, in Goose Island State Park, which is over 1,000 years old, and has a diameter of over 35 feet. It was the largest tree in Texas for many years, but now the largest tree is located in the San Bernard Wildlife Refuge. Here are a few photos from my stop in Rockport-Fulton and Goose Island State Park.  For more information on Rockport-Fulton click here https://www.rockport-fulton.org/and for more information on Goose Island State Park and The Big Tree click here https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-island

 

Down southwest of Houston, Texas about and hour and fifteen minutes away lies what I call the original Texas road stop. What I mean is it was around way before Buccee’s. It is Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse and I have been stopping there for years before they even shipped their awesome smoked meats. No road trip to deep southwest Texas is complete without a stop to Prasek’s for Kolaches (Get them early before they run out), or a long time favorite Jalapeno Cheese Sausage bread. Did I mention the Klobase Sausage sandwich with sauerkraut? Oh, so much goodness in one spot. They even ship now for those who are not able to make it I highly recommend the beef jerky. For more information click here https://www.praseks.com/

Here are a few photos to give you and idea of this heavenly road stop.

The Texas State Aquarium located in Corpus Christi, Texas live up to it’s name. It is as big as Texas, well, not quite. The exhibits represent many areas of sea life. The purpose is not only to share these animals with us, but also to protect them which I love. I have visited many aquariums and I must say this one was really awesome. It allowed me the opportunity to have fun with my camera which I also love. I saw many new species I have not seen in other aquariums. Here are a few of my photos from this adventure. For more information on the Texas State Aquarium, visit this link https://www.texasstateaquarium.org/

 

In 1995, I was teaching elementary school, and my students came to me crying. “Mr. Moyer, Selena is dead!” At the time, I had no idea who Selena was, but soon learned she was the Queen of Tejano. I bought albums and listened to hear music, watched the Selena movie with J-Lo, talked briefly with her husband Chris Perez on his solo tour, and knew someday on my bucket list I would go to Corpus Christi to visit her museum, statue, and grave. It was a special moment to pay tribute to one of the best entertainers to ever grace the stage. She touched people of all nationalities and walks of life. Here are a few photos from my trip. If you are a fan or not, I encourage you to visit the museum and Corpus Christi. To learn more about the museum click here https://q-productions.com/

I celebrated my birthday at Kura Revolving Sushi Bar. It has been awhile since I have posted in my blog. Things have been busy, but I do believe Kura sharing. The food was excellent! I had a blast with the conveyor shooting items to my table and selecting items from the revolving line. If you deposit fifteen plates, a video style screen encourages you, you win a prize. The automated IPad style ordering system is very convenient table side. The selection of sushi is pretty expansive. For more information check out their website https://kurausa.com/

 

My daughter is going to have a fine art show soon and has recently created a new web page at http://www.gabriellamoyer.com I am attaching a gallery show flyer and I hope some of my followers will stop by her sight. It has front static page of one of her paintings and a few more paintings in the blog.

I am finally getting around to posting my annual year in food for 2018. These are dishes I made while cooking. Every year I cook at least 325 home meals. With each passing year cooking is a snap. Almost as fast as some people make a T.V. dinner. Well, maybe not that fast! I often wonder why so many chose to eat ready made or fast food when the home kitchen offers so much more quality options at a fraction of the cost. All it takes is a little effort, learning, time, and love. Could it be that is what we are losing these traits among the people? If we are isn’t that sad? Well, enough of being philosophical! Here are some of my favorite dishes for the year. As always there are many ethic dishes as I find many cultures besides American have tastier food. Bland is not an option for me. Bon Appetite!!! Ready to cook up in 2019.

 

Traffic – A Haiku

Organized chaos,

Sometimes disorganized mess,

Vehicles galore.

2019 Albert Moyer, Jr. Poetry and Photography

The Houston Independent School District recently opened the flagship Kinder High School For The Performing and Visual Arts in downtown Houston, Texas. This high school is a premier public school for students who are visual artists, dancers, actors and actresses, musicians, and creative writers. You will be hard pressed to find a public school that is this awesome anywhere in the world. Here are a collection of photos from the recently opened school. You will see the theater and two smaller practice theaters, library, relaxing area, exercise room, dance room, stage creation room, costume room, commons area, print making room, control area, orchestra room, some night snapshots, and a little history just to name a few. If you plan on attending, practice your craft for auditions, because as little as 10% make the cut to attend this great school. All photos 2019 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography