Monday, November 3, 2014

24th Anniversary Trip

Friday we decided to basically just run away from heart issues and instead focus on the good things in life.  So I made reservations at the Emily Morgan Hotel next door to the Alamo and at San Luis Resort in Galveston.
I got a perfect corner room at the Emily Morgan. 
We relaxed in the hotel lobby and watched people. 
We sat at the bar and I was mesmerized by the changing lights. Oooooo. ....pretty! 
We got some tequila on ice and took a selfie in the lounge. 
I tried to get artsy fartsy with some photo editing apps while we relaxed after a long day. 
We enjoyed a very loud experience at Pat O'Brians at Alamo Plaza area. 
You can't go to San Antonio and forget the Alamo. Nay, nay. You remember the Alamo! There is no basement. Don't ask. 
Oh, how about a selfie? Only married 24 years. 
Saturday night we got dressed for a fancy shmancy place called Feast. Or feast without a capital "F" to be ironic.  Darn hipsters. I put my hair up and wore a black dress. 
Mr. Happy Texan wore one of my favorite dressy casual outfits: jeans, blazer, and shirt. Work it, Chuckie!
Feast was a feast for the senses. Music, odd lights and decor, trendy type people all flirting with each other.  Also an abnormally high count of douchy men. Chuck was ready to choke a few. Bad manners prevailed for a few. But what an amazing place! Loved it! How can you not love a place like this? 
Checking out the scenery and enjoying it all. My date had a good time. 
Selfie!  It was such a foodie paradise at this restaurant in the King William District. Highly recommend it.
We started out with a great tuna tartare.  I know raw tuna might not sound great but it's so light and refreshing.  Great! 
I had and amazing portion of lamb belly. It sounded odd but I thought I'd try it and it was amazing!
The trip was over way too soon. Sunday morning we checked out, had the valet bring the car around, then we went for brunch at one of our favorite places: Liberty Bar. It's also in the King William District but located inside of an old convent. They make most of the things there like the breads and whatnot.
I had an amazing Bloody Maria. Yum! They make their own mix. Mmmmmm
They also make their own lamb sausage and sourdough breads. We enjoyed French press coffee, house made sausage, bread, and preserves. Chuck had rosemary potatoes with his that would melt in your mouth. Amazing place! If you have a chance to try their goulash on homemade pasta do it! It's only available as a special sometimes but you won't be disappointed. They even have a hoja santa plant growing as part of the landscape and they use it in a couple of their dishes. Also known as as root beer plant. Not sassafras though.

From there we went straight to Galveston and checked in at the San Luis Resort and Spa. I had reserved an amazing room on the 12th floor with an ocean view from the balcony. Ahhhhhhhhhh. .....time to kick off the shoes and relax. 
While planning our anniversary trip, I made reservations at a restaurant called Number 13 in Galveston and had flowers delivered and waiting at the table. How romantic. :)
The restaurant is called Number 13 because during the Mexican War of Independence, brothers Jean and Pierre Lafitte both acted  as spies for Spain and revolutionaries for Mexico while taking a stance on Galveston. Number 13 was their collective allias. 

The staff offered us a complimentary bottle of champagne. How awesome is that? We had a table seated by the window overlooking the bay and yacht marina.

The interior is beautiful but not stuffy.  
Again, we ordered the tuna tartare but theirs was even better than feast with bits of fresh mango. 
Chuck got the dry aged steak with foie gras and roasted garlic. Holy moly it was good.
I got a thick cut pork chop with grilled peach and sautéed spinach. 
We split jalapeño cheese grits and loaded lobster potato skins. I don't think I even need to tell you how amazing it was.
As we finished, the staff came over and presented us with a special dessert platter with "24" written on housemade marshmallow. We were both so impressed with the service and food.  Yes,  it's expensive but worth it. 
We had to roll ourselves out of the restaurant. The valet took the car at the hotel and we went upstairs to enjoy the beach and watch the fire from the volcano at Rainforest Cafe from our balcony. We had plans to go out and see more but we both passed out and fell into a deep sleep.
We slept late and took our time checking out. Monday the 27th was our 24th anniversary. We were in no hurry to end the weekend so we visited the Strand and bought the kids some souvenirs then went to The Gumbo Bar for breakfast/lunch.
Champagne and beer because we're classy like that.
Their seafood stuffed jalapeños are so good!
The gumbo has a wonderfully dark roux. They have a few different types to choose from but we asked if we could get crab only and they obliged. Huge bowls of delicious gumbo and garlic bread=heaven.
After walking and driving around the island, it was time to get home. Someone was missing his chicken. Oh,  and the kids. 

It was a perfect trip and a perfect weekend but ended way too quickly. We're already planning a similar trip soon! As you can see, we made it into a foodie weekend. No regrets here! Now it's back to low carb.

Thanks for letting me share our anniversary trip with y'all. Now on with our regular programming of low carb goodies and a little craziness.


  1. Happy Anniversary Kelly and Chuck!!! Cheers to MANY MANY more happy, healthy and joy filled years! (ps: love the chicken pic)

  2. happy anniversary and here is to 24 more years! thanks for sharing pictures!!!

  3. Oooh, VERY jealous of your trip. I thoroughly believe a little r&r can be a health tune up, too. Again, the chicken love is CRACKING ME UP!!


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