cliff’s “practically-annual” visit to texas

my cousin (cliff) came to texas for a weekend 2 months ago. i should blog these under “throwback thursdays” since i blog so late (you can view more recent photos on my instagram: @sierralei and then read about my experiences 2 months later, haha).

it was my brother’s birthday weekend, which also fell on restaurant week (as usual). cliff usually visits without me being able to plan ahead and take days off from work, but in this case, i managed to plan accordingly. we had a pretty jam-packed weekend.

on friday, my brother and i picked up cliff at midnight and went to IHOP for a late grubbing session. we probably slept at 3-5 a.m. and woke up in the afternoon to take my brother out for a birthday lunch at a sushi buffet restaurant, japan house. cliff had to work for a few hours during the day and at night (my brother had to work on his birthday), a small group of us went to our first restaurant week spot, THE MERCURY. wonderful restaurant in dallas, by the way. after dinner, we met up with more friends and bar-hopped. i was VERY glad that cliff got to meet my close friends. he had been visiting dallas since 9 years ago but i was never able to introduce him to a lot of my friends. friday was just an absolute blast.

saturday was pretty fun. cliff, clint, and i woke up early to head out to waco for lunch. my brother was determined to take us to vitek’s for their gut pak (yes, there will be photos), which blew his mind. we drove over 2 hours for lunch, yes. hey, we will go where there is good food! on the drive, my cousin educated me on the navigation app called WAZE. if you don’t have it, get it. moving along. we got to vitek’s and i thought it was a VERY COOL place. it was definitely worth the drive. after lunch, we went to the dr. pepper museum and that was fun. it was a first for all of us so it was pretty exciting. we took some superfun pictures there. we had to drive back to dallas because we had our second restaurant for restaurant week later that night at BIJOUX. oh, bijoux……oh, bijoux. if any of you live in dallas and have not gone to this restaurant, YOU MUST GO. in fact, i think i will make an entirely separate blog on just this restaurant, it was that amazing. saturday was such a great day.

sunday was still packed with fun! we took cliff to a rangers game! and oh, boy, did the weather turn up-it was nice and cool the past 2 days and then it turned into a furnace on sunday. cliff is an island boy and former marine-i think 70 degrees makes him sweat. poor thing. we tailgated with raising cane’s and beer before the game, which was fun since i have never tailgated before. after the game, we had to go straight home to get ready for dinner with cliff’s former marine friend. we had dinner at a korean bbq restaurant (ah-mazing korean food) with cliff’s friend and his beautiful girlfriend. i can’t believe i had never known of this korean restaurant in carrollton, it was so good! we had yogurt after dinner and it was amazing.

and then cliff left at about 5 a.m. on monday morning. and all the fun was over. but it was such a FUN FUN FUN WEEKEND. it was such a fun weekend, it was ridiculous. i took hundreds and hundreds of photos but there were some that just stood out over the others.

here are the fun photos from cliff’s recent visit. enjoy.

xoxo,

sierra lei

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the food truck festival

i went to the texas food truckin’ fest today.

it was awesome.

the event was held at the texas rangers ballpark in arlington. it went on from yesterday to today, benefitting the american cancer society. my sister, nephew, and i went to check it out. the parking was free around the ballpark, which was nice. it costed $10 to get in per person, $5 for children. i believe it was the ticket money that went to the american cancer society. there were about 30 food trucks that participated in the event. i was hoping that the sahm bbq (gourmet korean bbq tacos & burritos-they make killer kimchee fries!!!) food truck was going to be there. i had tried them at the taste of dallas last year and they were amazing. i was also looking forward to the cup cakin’ food truck (i had never tried them before), but i didn’t see them today. in fact, the cupcake trucks were closed when we got there. i was pretty upset. some food trucks ran out of food, but re-opened once they got replenished. there were all sorts of food trucks today that offered different types of cuisines: greek, vietnamese, american, indo-chinese, south american, latin, cuban. the lines were not that long, which was great. there was one food truck that had a noticeably long line, but i wasn’t interested in getting anything from them. aside from the cupcake trucks being closed, i really had nothing bad to say about today’s event. there were TONS of seating available to guests, outside the stadium and inside if anyone wanted some shade. there were bounce houses inside the stadium for kids to play. there was a huge screen that was available for everyone to watch the rangers game (unfortunately, we lost to the minnesota twins, 2-7) while they had their away game. there were trash cans available every 10 feet that were emptied out by the staff, and everything was clean. the rangers ballpark really knows how to throw and event to make sure everyone has a good time. and the weather was great. that always makes for a huge bonus in texas on any given day.

here are some pictures of the event, as well as the winner that beat all the food trucks. guests had the opportunity to vote for their favorite food truck by texting their votes in. i got to try them without knowing they were going to be the winner, so that was pretty cool!

 

home of the texas rangers, yeehaw!

home of the texas rangers, yeehaw!

 

a row of food trucks...

a row of food trucks…

 

maui wow. i noticed quite a few articles online about this food truck coming to DFW but didn't get to try them. all-natural fresh smoothies and gourmet hawaiian coffees.

maui wow. i noticed quite a few articles online about this food truck coming to DFW but didn’t get to try them. all-natural fresh smoothies and gourmet hawaiian coffees.

 

what's cook-n chef food truck. latin-infused menu. i got the 3 street tacos in all 3 flavors. it was mind-blowing deliciousness. the tacos were so tiny but WOW, did it taste awesome! i would say it was my favorite food truck. i would totally break into this food truck to steal what magical sauce they put in their tacos.

what’s cook-n chef food truck. latin-infused menu. i got the 3 street tacos in all 3 flavors. it was mind-blowing deliciousness. the tacos were so tiny but WOW, did it taste awesome! i would say it was my favorite food truck. i would totally break into this food truck to steal what magical sauce they put in their tacos.

 

 

what's cook-n chef street tacos...at first i didn't think they were tacos. underneath the lettuce and cheese toppings is pure deliciousness.

what’s cook-n chef street tacos…at first i didn’t think they were tacos. underneath the lettuce and cheese toppings is pure deliciousness.

 

short-n-sweet food truck. very clever name for the tiny food truck owned by tiny and "sweet" people. serving locally-made paletas (latin-american ice pops made from fresh fruit), i got rice pudding and my nephew got watermelon. i loved this truck because i love ice cream and popsicles and it was a mixture of both.

short-n-sweet food truck. very clever name for the tiny food truck owned by tiny and “sweet” people. serving locally-made paletas (latin-american ice pops made from fresh fruit), i got rice pudding and my nephew got watermelon. i loved this truck because i love ice cream and popsicles and it was a mixture of both.

 

rice pudding paleta! next time i want to try coffee and pecan!

rice pudding paleta! next time i want to try coffee and pecan!

 

 

the food trucks along the stadium side and some of the seating area.

the food trucks along the stadium side and some of the seating area.

 

taste of cuba, called one of the best cuban food trucks in the DFW, but i didn't get to try them.

taste of cuba, called one of the best cuban food trucks in the DFW, but i didn’t get to try them.

 

 

watching the game on the big screen.

watching the game on the big screen.

 

the bacon lover's truck. as much as i wanted to try them, i ended up missing out! i must find them in the future!

the bacon lover’s truck. as much as i wanted to try them, i ended up missing out! i must find them in the future!

 

 

empanda armada food truck. since april 8 was national empanada day, i decided to try their pulled pork empanada and their buffalo chicken empanada, since they had sold out of other flavors. they were the FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL winners this year!

empanda armada food truck. since april 8 was national empanada day, i decided to try their pulled pork empanada and their buffalo chicken empanada, since they had sold out of other flavors. they were the FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL winners this year!

 

the winning menu. surprisingly, i liked their buffalo chicken empanada more than the pulled pork empanada. i love pulled pork and i am really not fond of buffalo chicken, but i wanted to try one of each. what a surprise.

the winning menu. surprisingly, i liked their buffalo chicken empanada more than the pulled pork empanada. i love pulled pork and i am really not fond of buffalo chicken, but i wanted to try one of each. what a surprise.

 

the guava tree food truck. cuban american family recipes with a twist. i spotted their cuban donuts and had to try them.

the guava tree food truck. cuban american family recipes with a twist. i spotted their cuban donuts and had to try them.

 

cuban donuts filled with cream cheese and guava jelly! yummmmmy! it was worth the 25 minute wait.

cuban donuts filled with cream cheese and guava jelly! yummmmmy! it was worth the 25 minute wait.

 

 

that is the food truck with the longest line. and i don't know which truck that is.

that is the food truck with the longest line. and i don’t know which truck that is.

 

cravetopia bakery food truck. homemade mini bundt cakes....CLOSED.

cravetopia bakery food truck. homemade mini bundt cakes….CLOSED.

 

 

nammi food truck. vietnamese fusion. i got an asian bbq banh mi sandwich.

nammi food truck. vietnamese fusion. i got an asian bbq banh mi sandwich.

 

 

i was obsessed with the marinated radish and carrots on top. the sandwich was awesome, but i just wanted a bowl of the topping. haha.

i was obsessed with the marinated radish and carrots on top. the sandwich was awesome, but i just wanted a bowl of the topping. haha.

 

i was desperately looking for a soda and i bumped into this!!!! i bought 2 and i'm scared to try it!!!!

i was desperately looking for a soda and i bumped into this!!!! i bought 2 and i’m scared to try it!!!!

 

my nephew took this picture. cheers to an awesome day!

my nephew took this picture. cheers to an awesome day! oh, and this is us trying to dress alike again. haha. 

 

i bet that next year’s food truck festival will be much bigger. i think this first year will get great reviews and all the food trucks will want to get in on next year. well, that’s what i’m hoping for. haha.

 

did any of you do something exciting this weekend?

xoxo