Saturday, November 24, 2007


My lovely wife the Rock Star and I know from our previous trips to Camp David that Molly always brings breakfast between 8:30 and 9:15 AM. Sure enough, promptly at 8:30, there was our efficient hostess-with-the-mostess knocking at our cabin door with our ambrosial eats. For our third and final day of this all-too-brief roadtrip, she brought us one of her classic standbys: breakfast quiche. (If quiche were a woman, I think her name in this case would be Lorraine, that classic French pastry, bacon and egg confection; however, I'm not a quiche expert and my only thoughts on that golden morning were in devouring every last crumb before it got away.) As usual, Molly served it cheerfully with a fruit cup, orange juice, and breakfast (cranberry) bread. We happily ate what we could, finished packing, and set out to the first stop on our trip home.


Cord Switzer is one of the most prominent figures in the annals of Texas winemaking, and the stories about him are the stuff of legends, many of which are masterfully told in Wes Marshall's Bible of Texas wineries, "The Wine Roads of Texas." His delightful sense of humorous uniqueness can be best summed up by one of his many pithy sayings "Ninety-five percent of people prefer sweet wine, five percent prefer dry wine. The five percent push their opinion more." Now who can argue with such an iconoclast, even if you prefer dry wine, which I do? Needless to say, the Switzer family is, in my opinion, the number one producer of sweet wines in Texas, although they also have excellent dry selections as well. Anyway, since my lovely wife's mother The Momma loves Fredericksburg wineries Enchanted Rock Red, we were determined to pick some up for her, while at the same time making a few picks for ourselves.

After an expertly-conducted tasting, we selected 150-year Anniversary Wine, which is a Texas Rose, and Main Street Christmas, a Gluhwein (mulled wine) popular in Germany in which cinnamon, cloves and other spices are added to red wine and served warm. (Speaking of rose, my curiosity got the better of me: are blush and rose wines one and the same? After extensive Googling, I discovered that blush is sweet and rose is dry. The things you learn when writing a blog!)

Having paid for our vino (not too much; Fredericksburg Winery,, is another value-oriented producer), we resumed our drive, next stop, Taylor, Texas and Barbecue Mecca #3 for lunch.


Louie Mueller barbecue is the winner of the 2006 James Beard Award in American Classics category, and one taste will convince you why. Not only do the Muellers cook over real wood, but they come in at 3AM (you read that correctly!) to make sure everything is done right. Their brisket is exceptionally tender and their spicy sausage is made in-house. Special mention must be made of their sauce: I usually prefer the thick, ketchupy kind, but Louie Muellers sauce is thin and chock-full of delicious meat juices. My lovely wife the Rock Star, herself a barbecue turkey fan (yes, it is offered, and yes, it is delicious!)now declares Louie Muellers to be her favorite barbecue anywhere. It doesn't hurt that not only is their meat meteroic and their sides superb, but their service is always exceptionally friendly. The URL is One suggestion: as with most Barbecue Meccas, try to avoid dining there during the noon hour, as the restaurant can fill up quickly with hungry diners.

The Rock Star and I continued the rest of our trip home without incident, except we had to return to the Czech Stop (see Post #1) for afternoon snacks. Plan your own roadtrip soon, and remember:


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