Today marks the end of my spring term! Which that I am officially done with classes! It also means that many students are going home for a month. This is a bit weird for me because I am not going back to the States. However, it did lead to an interesting conversation between Lou and I about what we would eat if/when we go back to Texas. And so, because I couldn’t stop thinking about all of that glorious southern food, I’ve created the perfect day of Texas foods and general American foods that I can’t or won’t include in my current diet. And so here it goes! Prepare to be hungry.
Breakfast: Let’s start with my favourite meal of the day, at a place that, if you forget that calories exist, can be a kind of heaven: IHOP. That’s right. The International House of Pancakes is my first stop back in America. I’m craving some Face Pancakes (that is, pancakes the size of your face) topped with partially still-frozen fruit and ways too much butter and syrup (I know that I paint an intriguing picture, but the heart wants what it wants).
That’s some good old fashioned Face Pancakes right there
And my heart wants a plate of REAL bacon. That’s right, Brits. I said it. Your bacon is an imposter.
I’m also gonna start this day off right with a big glass of SWEET, ICED tea and an instruction for my waiter to fill it up whenever it gets low. I’m setting myself up for a sugar coma by the end of the day, but it will be worth it.
Sweet. Iced. Tea. Sweet mother of God I want some so bad.
Now, although IHOP has, in the past, been a place I’ve only gone at a time of night when the only other option is Taco Bell…I would make a proper breakfast out of this. You would think that a carb-filled meal like this would take all day to recover from…but I’ve got more planned.
Lunch: Moving on to the meal that is usually just a time to have something to tide you over between the actually important meals of the day, but this one will be epic. For lunch on my perfect cheat day, I’m craving some Mexican food (because there is NONE in London. Indian food is delicious, but does not equate to a replacement). Now I could really go to any Mexican restaurant (there are probably 20 in my small town…30 if you count taco trucks that come round gas stations), but I can’t get Rosa’s out of my head.
Rosa’s: glorious Texas tradition of in house tortilla making and all around deliciousness
Rosa’s is a ‘tortilla factory’…they make the tortillas in house. So they’re guaranteed to be delicious. My lunch is going to consist of one of every kind of taco. That means beef, chicken, brisket, soft and crunchy.
I want one of every kind of taco
I’m also gonna need some Mexican rice, refried beans and let’s go with 3 orders of guacamole because I’m gonna smother that glorious green manna on everything. If I run out of things to put it on, I will eat it with a spoon. I like guacamole.
I could eat this with a spoon.
But of course I can’t forget a fish bowl margarita…not sure if they have these at Rosa’s, but I’m going to need one. Once you’ve had tacos and margaritas, they cannot be consumed separately. But obviously, I’ve now had a taste of sweet tea for the first time in about a year, and so I’m gonna have one of those as well. Probably just a pitcher with a straw in it.
I am no stranger to the fishbowl margaritas
Dinner: After allowing for a semi-adequate amount of time to digest, let’s move on to dinner. Any trip to Texas would not be complete without barbeque. I’m quite picky about barbeque; Tuscaloosa was meant to be the best place for barbeque in Alabama, but I never found anything worth that title. Texas barbeque is where it’s at. I want to go to a place where my meal is served to me by a man who looks like this…
The only barbeque places worth going to are the ones where a man who looks like this serves your food.
And where this is the menu…
Point and it shall be yours.
And that means Hard Eight Barbeque.
My dinner is going to consist of brisket and sausage. And lots of it. Oh, with a side of bacon wrapped jalapenos. Let’s add on an ice cold beer. And some more sweet tea. And then finish it off with some peach cobbler and Blue Bell ice cream.
Peach cobbler and blue bell ice cream: a match made in Texas heaven
And that is my perfect American/Southern/Texan cheat day. If you are in a location where you are able to go and get any of those things right now, I envy you. Because my stomach is grumbling.
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