This week, a little less home history and a little more hamburger

By Dan Hiestand — Houstory Publishing Marketing Director

Like everyone else these days, I don’t seem to have  enough time. Which is why this week, I’m taking the ‘easy road’ when it comes to a blog post. Mike —  my brother and business partner — and I are preparing for our first trade shows next month, so I’m having to cut back a little on social media output. I will be back next week, but this week it’s a holiday from home history.

Yes -- I will do this again. Gotta love the jelly oozing out!

And what better way to take a break then with some good food? I recently moved to Austin, Texas to start Houstory operations down south  (although the company is still based in Ferndale, Wash., where Mike lives). It’s been a lot of fun. Last weekend, my parents came and visited me and my wife so of course we had to show them a good time, Texas style. And like any trip down to the Lone Star state, it included a lot of history (tours of the state capitol, a visit to the supposedly haunted and historic Driskill Hotel, etc.) and — perhaps more importantly — food excursions.  Go big, or go home, right?

I’m pretty sure I’ve gained about 10 pounds since moving down there — between all the Tex-Mex cuisine, barbecue and southern cooking I’ve enjoyed. Well, the debauchery continued last weekend with a stop at Smitty’s Cafe and Bakery in Brenham, Texas. With portions the size of human heads, there is plenty of food to go around. I’ve included images of two of their specialities: a hamburger featuring peanut butter and it’s good friend, strawberry jelly — as well as chicken fried steak covered in queso and salsa.

Hanging on the wall at Smitty's...

My parents split this masterpiece. This is just one half!

For good measure, I also included the  “Cowboy 10 Commandments” which was hanging in the restaurant.

Enjoy, and see you next week for more home history. 🙂