Thursday, June 17, 2010

Food, Fun & All That Jazz!

Joining us for our 1st Anniversary festivities was Gene’s oldest daughter, Liz, and her husband, Kalin, who live in San Antonio. The four of us walked a short distance from our hotel to the Riverwalk for dinner at Boudro’s Texas Bistro.

We all started the evening with a glass of fresh-squeezed limeade – very tart, very refreshing. For an appetizer, we shared an order of Boudro’s Famous Guacamole, made tableside while we watched. Our server, Derek, shared the recipe with us as he peeled, seeded and diced the avocados. He added a few tablespoons of a roasted Roma tomato and serrano pepper mixture, as well as a spoonful of chopped purple onion. Then, he tossed in two pinches of chopped cilantro and finished off with the juice of two limes and one orange. Derek mashed up the marvelous medley of enticing ingredients and set the bowl upon our table, along with a basket of fresh tortilla chips. My mouth watered with anticipation as I dipped the first chip into the guacamole. It was fantastic! In fact, I would say that Boudro’s Guacamole is one of the best guacamoles I’ve ever tasted. (Not the same ol’ enchilada!)

For our main courses, we all tried something different. Liz chose the Chicken Breast Chop Pan-Seared with Rosemary. This dish was served with a delicious Guacamole Risotto, which I had the pleasure of tasting.

Kalin ordered the Blackened Prime Rib with rosemary potatoes and roasted vegetables. It was devoured lickety-split!

Gene’s meal was the most exotic. He ordered the Grilled Seafood Platter, which was served with an array of seafood, such as lobster tail with herb butter, grilled fish fillet, crawfish fricassée, seared sea scallops, shrimp plancha, jicama slaw and corn pudding. Gene raved about his shrimp, and the scallop he had me taste was scrumptious!

Having eaten seafood the night before, I was in the mood for steak, and ordered the Center Cut Strip Sirloin, served medium-rare, with roasted vegetables and herb-roasted potatoes. Simply mahhhvelous! (I bet your tummy is grumbling now, eh?)

We couldn’t end our extraordinary dining experience without tasting Boudro’s desserts and decided to share. Gene and I ordered the Double Chocolate Brownie (no surprise to those who know how much we both love chocolate). And, we weren’t disappointed, either. The decadent treat tantalized our tastebuds with delight! This was Gene’s favorite part of our meal.

Kalin and Liz finished off their meal with the Toasted Nut Brittle Ice Cream doused in chocolate sauce. A fitting finale on a hot summer night in San Antonio!

By the time we finished dinner, the sun was setting and the temperature cooled off a bit. The four of us strolled…(does Kalin really “stroll”?? Love you, Kalin!)…along the Riverwalk to The Landing at the Hyatt Regency for some Dixieland Jazz.

The toe-tapping rhythm of The Jim Cullum Jazz Band set the beat for the rest of our enjoyable evening with Liz and Kalin.

Returning to our hotel at the end of the warm, summer evening, I hooked arms with my husband, walking in sync, side-by-side, and marveled at all the blessings of this day. When I married Gene, I didn’t just marry a man, I married into a family of wonderful sons and daughters and grandchildren.

Psalms 23:5 “…my cup runneth over.”

Keep Those Families First, Y’all!


  1. Grayson and Gene........two of my favorite people in the whole wide world! You two are so blessed to have found each other. I have seen the love you have in the way you consider each others feelings and desires and the way you look at one another. It is truly beautiful.


  2. Aw shucks, Diane. Yes, we're in looooooooove! :-)