Yale Grill and Gifts in the Historic Houston Heights Area in Houston, Texas – Step Back in Time to 1923!

My awesome sister gets all the credit for this discovery! Yale Grill and Gifts has been a Houston landmark since 1923!!!! This was back when Corn Flakes cost .10 cents for an 8 oz. package, a pound of bread was a mere .08 cents, the first issue of Time magazine was published and flapper style clothing was in vogue.  I’d guess this makes it one of, if not THE oldest diner in Houston!  Once inside you’ll notice half of the place is the diner and half an antique store.  The part that is now Lovejoys Antiques and Collectibles used to house the long gone Yale Pharmacy. Continue reading “Yale Grill and Gifts in the Historic Houston Heights Area in Houston, Texas – Step Back in Time to 1923!”

Mini Road Trip Adventures with a Giant Squirrel and Pralines???!

A while back while passing by the small town of Refugio, Texas I saw the above Texas Boot, Blue bonnets and Cactus and have to snap a quickly.  Sadly, looks like South Texas Kitchen at 201 S Alamo St, Refugio, TX 78377 has since closed but I liked the sculpture 🙂  Refugio had 2,890 residents as of the 2010 census. 

Next stop…Sinton, Texas.  Now why on earth would I veer off in that direction? Yep, to see the “Largest Squirrel in Texas”, according to a clever billboard advertisement, so off in search of I drove.  Aunt Aggie De’s Pralines at 311 W. Sinton Street, Sinton, Texas would be the destination in the small, Texas town.

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Sinton, Texas did prove to be a friendly, small Texas town.

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Russian General Store in Houston, Texas

Today I had the pleasure of entering the Russian General store in Houston, Texas and having the chance to sit down and speak with Mr. Alexander Kogan while his business partner, Ms. Anna Levitin tended to the business, they have shared for over 20 years! Ms. Levitin is a bit shy and didn’t wish to be photographed, although you’ll have to trust me that she is quite the attractive lady!  Smart as a whip too according to Mr. Kogan! I think he feels a bit badly that she’s been taking on so much more than her fair share of the work load since he became ill as he mentioned his gratitude more than once toward Ms. Anna Levitin.  Very touching to see these two friends in business together still after so many years.  What a team!

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Mr. Alexander Kogan – Partner/Owner of The Russian General Store
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Rhea’s Ice Cream in San Marcos, Texas – Get Your Crazy, Fun Flavor On!

Like the idea of crazy flavored ice cream? Then this is your place! Rhea’s Ice Cream in San Marcos is a tiny, cute ice cream shop in the heart of San Marcos surrounded by other quaint shops, restaurants and fun stores to explore. (You can always search this blog in the SEARCH box on the right side for Things to do in San Marcos, etc. so you can help plan your visit).

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Hays Co. Bar-B-Que in San Marcos, Texas and NEW …. Hays Co. Burgers and BBQ in Martindale, Texas (5 Stars for both!!)

Since I was making a day trip to  Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum in San Marcos, Texas, I asked the Curator, Mr. Thom Fortney a good place to eat lunch nearby.  He suggested Hays County Bar-B-Que & Catering. Wow….GREAT recommendation Thom!!! Thanks!!

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Upon my arrival to a rather simple looking restaurant, I see these two beautiful ladies leaving, (I asked and they confirmed it was a thumbs up BBQ joint!) …if it’s good enough for 2 Beauty Queens…

 

 

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Newman’s Castle in Bellville, Texas as promised :)

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Ok, so we got our coffee and apple fritter….next it’s was on to see Newman’s Castle!!

To see it though, you’ll need to call Newman’s Bakery at 979-865-9804 to book your tour. The day of the tour, you’ll meet up at Newman’s Bakery around 10:15 am.  Why not go a little early and taste one of Newman’s Bakery donuts, danishes, Quiche, pigs in a blanket, cinnamon roles or choose from whatever grabs you from the display case and if you’re like me – a large coffee! (Remember to mention Houston Photo Journey at the Bakery and you’ll get 2 FREE Pastries with your purchase!)

Chuck Norris even filmed a Russian beer (Hoegaarden) at Newman’s Castle (See at end of post)

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Who WOULDN’T want to have their very own castle?!! It’s beautiful!! Mr. Newman began building the castle in 1998.  Today it’s a Bellville landmark.  The moat completely surrounds Newman’s Castle and it’s believed that this is the only Castle with a moat fully encasing a castle in the USA.  It’s truly a sight to behold!!!

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Welcome to Bellville Texas – Home of Newman’s Bakery and a Castle?? (SPECIAL OFFER FOR HOUSTON PHOTO JOURNEY READERS!)

(Photo above:  Kim Bolin Auman with Tom and Joy Bolin)

My Dad told me about Newman’s Bakery and  the castle years ago! May 26th I finally got to see it for myself!!

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Tucked away in a small city, about a hour’s drive from Downtown Houston, in Bellville, Texas you’ll find two hidden gems…we’ll talk about  Newman’s Bakery first : ) .  

Bellville is a small city of around 4,100 residents and is the county seat for Austin County, Texas.  (See below for special offer for Houston Photo Journey readers!)

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