Views of the Neighborhood – All Things Texas

Good day to you all. As you can see by the headlines we are off to look at things you see everyday in Texas. People love to decorate their houses with Texas symbols and we are going to take a look at a few. Our brunch is being catered by the Forthright Cafe in Austin. We’ve asked Toby Keith to come back since last week we had some technical difficulties.

Menu

American Breakfast
two fried eggs, sourdough toast with blueberry jam, hash-browns & choice of bacon, sausage or avocado
Biscuits & Gravy

fluffy house-made biscuits with chicken sausage gravy add two poached eggs +3 add fried chicken
Pastrami Hash

shredded pastrami, shredded potatoes, onions, peppers, two sunny eggs, queso & salsa doΓ±a
Pork Belly Eggs Benedict

poached eggs, cherry tomato confit, arugula, hollandaise, on English muffins, pork belly
Pork Belly Chilaquiles
corn tortillas tossed in salsa roja, two sunny eggs, crispy pork belly, pickled onion, queso cotija
Turkey BLT

sourdough toast, roasted turkey, bacon, shaved lettuce, tomato jam, with house-made fries
Chicken & Waffles

two boneless fried chicken thighs, maple honey butter, pecans, maple syrup, powdered sugar
Breakfast Sandwich

brioche Texas toast, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, black forest ham, chipotle mayo

Picture of an old time school bus

So, get on the bus and we’ll be off.

The first stop is at a place that supports the University of Texas in a big way.

Here is another University of Texas supported but a little more reserved.

Here is a plain star but the bet is you wouldn’t see it anywhere else.

Shutters with stars.

Big ole Texas star.

A little smaller Texas star.

A Texas star mounted in glass.

I have shown this windmill before but thought the Texas colors and star on the rudder was in keeping with the tour.

A star grouping

What could be more Texas than the state used to display the house number?

Finally, a metal trellis with a star.

I hope you enjoyed the tour today and now have some food and listen to Toby Keith.

85 comments

  1. A great tour, John. And what a menu. Feeling hungry after reading that.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Guy. I hope you have a great week.

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  2. Great examples of people showing their pride. Oh … thanks for Toby Keith and the Chicken & Waffles. We Bearcat fans are still buzzing!

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  3. I had the chicken and waffles while on the bus. It’s always good to see people having pride in the home state and country.

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    1. It is, GP. Of course, that kind of pride is getting less popular as we move to a federalist/socialist orientation. I hope you have a super week.

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      1. I agree.

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  4. I enjoyed this tour, John. I agree with GP, it’s nice to see the pride represented by the people. The breakfast sandwich was delish!

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Jill. Thanks for letting me know.

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  5. Thanks for the tour, John! I particularly liked the star mounted in glass.

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    1. I liked that too. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  6. I enjoyed the tour, John. The photos are nice β€” the Texas pride shows through. (Oh, and I’ll take the American Breakfast with bacon, please.)

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    1. Here you are. Thanks for coming along, Maggie.

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      1. Always a pleasure, John.

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  7. Thank you for the Texas tour! The breakfast menu sounds delicious but my arteries started clogging just reading it.

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    1. Hahaha. I can imagine. Thanks, Karen. 😊

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  8. Nice pics. Took me a bit to find the stars in a few of them.

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    1. Yes. Some more subtle than others.

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  9. Firs things first, I’ll have the chicken and waffles, hold the chicken. My fav is the state outline for the address number. The music video was excellent.

    Suggestion: would chimneys be good subjects for the neighborhood tour? We have a variety of brick chimney styles here and it would be interesting to see yours.

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    1. The chimneys here re not very different. Most of the houses were built in the 60s and 70s so there were a lot of inserts installed. The chimeys for those are just siding topped with a spark retarder. I think you should do it.

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  10. Nice tour! and a lot of Longhorn fans. Did they win yesterday? Around here we have a lot of UNC flags (not in our neighborhood, though – they are forbidden) but we have a stained glass UNC ram over our front door (on the inside). I think I’ daring today and go for the pork belly chilaquiles.

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    1. Yes they won over TCU 32 to 27

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  11. It looks like you had another fun trip.

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    1. It was, Molly Shea. Thanks for going along.

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  12. That does seem very Texas. Thanks for the tour.

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    1. Thanks for going along. 😁

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  13. I’ve always been favorably impressed with the people in Texas, from the time of my Army training there to when my daughter and her family lived there.

    Great breakfast and a nice tour of the neighborhood. Looks like a nice place to live. πŸ™‚

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    1. We like it Tim. We moved here in 2000 and have stayed.I guess that’s says something. 😁

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  14. I love the pastrami hash, Boss. And the stars, I really love them too. Big and bold Longhorns fan in the first capture, that was my favorite. The state of Texas imprint in one of the last captures came in a close second. I love that Texas attitude.

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    1. Thanks, Marc. I always enjoy seeing the Texas come out in folks. 😁

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  15. Great tour, John! I loved those shutters with stars, and fun ending with Toby!

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    1. I’m glad you did, Lauren. Thanks for telling me.

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  16. Nice tour John, great photographs., Hope you’re having a great Sunday.
    Hugs

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    1. It was great, David. Thanks

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  17. Thanks for the Texas tour, John. It’s nice to see people proud of their state. I like the stars. Here in Oregon we’d have… Ducks… or Beavers…not quite the same. Lol

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    1. Thanks, Diana.

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  18. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    My neighbors have a star on the front of their home that looks just like the ones you’ve shared. It’s a wild guess, but I bet they’re from Texas. I always wondered what it meant. 😊

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    1. They could be. Or they like stars. Thank you, Gwen

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  19. It’s nice to see so much pride in your home state. Thanks for the tour, John.

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    1. It is nice to see. Thank you, Jacquie. 😁

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  20. Nice tour and tasteful Texas symbols. I always wonder if those that put them up are native Texans or those who have adopted Texas. Either way, it is good to show some pride. I enjoyed the bisquits and gravy. Toby Keith was a perfect choice for this tour.

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    1. I think anyone who lives here. I’m glad you liked it, Jo.

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  21. Great tour, John. You know I love “all things Longhorn.” Really like the windmill.

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    1. Thank you, Joan

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  22. Finally! I’m able to check out your blog again, John, especially your Sunday tours. Always a favorite of mine, for sure! And this one is terrific. It did my heart good to see that Texas pride on display for the whole world to see. We don’t have anything quite so adaptable as a star for Florida, alas. Maybe an orange? Or a sun-blistered tourist? (Hmmm. Maybe not.) But I’m all in favor of folks being proud of their state and their country, and right now, we need to see examples of that more than ever. THANKS for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. I’m gad you liked it. I think the flamingo could be the symbol of Florida.

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      1. Once they began using them for the Lottery symbol, flamingoes sort of lost their appeal in many ways. Still, once in a while, I do see a couple stuck in front yards here and there. And I’ve read that even though they were considered a non-native, invasive species for nearly a century, it looks like they are being reclassified as a native now, and will be receiving state and federal protection. That could mean a sudden resurgence of yard flamingoes far and wide.

        You know, you might be on to something, here. 😁

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      2. Could always turn to snowbirds. 😁

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      3. See the above reference to “sun-blistered tourists.” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  23. Boomer Sooner!!! hahaha I’ll have the biscuits and gravy breakfast, though. That sounds great. I bet I eat half and save the rest for lunch.

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    1. Don’t forget virtual eats need to be refrigerated as well.

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  24. I remember the stars on Texas homes. Good read, John.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it Audrey. Thanks for letting me know.

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  25. All things Texas is right – tastefully done, I think (that big one maybe not, although it does look official). Hope you had a good Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. It was very good.

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  26. Thanks for the tour, John! I love to see the Texas stars on houses. Great food and glad Toby came back. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Jan

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  27. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Your Longhorns are getting it done on the football field too, John.

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    1. I think the Longhorns are a good Texas staple but all my money went to Baylor. So Baylor is my team. Thanks, Pete.

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  28. I never cease to be amazed at how patriotic Americans are about their state and country. It is not at all like this in South Africa. There is a huge exodus of professionals happening here again.

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    1. It does happen when the professionals believe life would be better elsewhere.

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      1. Yes, it does. We are also intending to leave within the next few years. We just need to get our boys through school.

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  29. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Another great tour, John πŸ™‚ I loved all the Texas stars!

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    1. Thank you, Denise. 😁

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  30. I wouldn’t have noticed some of those starts unless you pointed them out. Thanks for the tour, John!

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    1. Thanks, Teri. 😁

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  31. We’ve got a bucket-load of houses here with those big ole stars on them, but I’m having trouble believing they’re all Longhorns fans. I suspect they saw them in some flea market and thought they’d be attractive. I really like the one with the state’s outline on the house number though!

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  32. OMG!
    Another menu from hell!
    Oh well!
    I adore stars. I appreciate Texans love their state. This was a wonderful tour.

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    1. Hahahaha. The nice thing about virtual menus is they cannot hurt you. Here take this bale of alfalfa and a fork.

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      1. Of course I’ll have to saute the alfalfa first. then pour on some tomato sauce. It would be a kind of very chewy pasta dish. Add cheese, and it will never leave your stomach. No need to buy food ever again!

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      2. Actually a little oil and vinegar works just fine.

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    1. Thank you, Michael.

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  33. Wow! Texanians are very creative, even though the state only has one star. Lol Isnt this a well made joke, John? Have a nice day! xx Michael

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    1. You do good jokes, Michael. 😁

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  34. We can say what we want but there is no doubting that Texas pride. Love the stars. Great tune and eats.! Than you, kind sir!

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    1. I appreciate you letting me know you liked it, Dale. Thank you. πŸ€—

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      1. Absolutely! πŸ™‚

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  35. Amazing patriotic stroll, dear John! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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  36. Texas pride. Always good to see supporters, as there are too many naysayers in this world.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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