22 February 2010

Weekend Update: Dr. Pepper Edition

This weekend was terrific. Husby and I left Friday night for weekend in Fort Worth. We were so excited to hang out with friends, Brent and Patti. I met Patti in 2001 in Romania.

(She hardly has an accent now.)

(Just kidding, she's from the great State of Texas.)

(And she does have an accent.)
On Friday night, we had dinner at Fuzzy's Taco. It was yummy. I wish I could elaborate more on Fuzzy's, but really the highlight of the evening was Menchie's. Husby and I had it a couple of months ago, and I've thought about it so many times since. I was ready to plead my case to visit Menchie's to the other three, but as soon as I said "frozen yogurt," Brent had already turned into the parking lot.
Now, I've been a little upset ever since TCBY closed its doors in Tyler. I just love frozen yogurt. But I had no idea how great it could be. Each of us concocted our own dessert. You'll see mine at the bottom of the picture. I had cake batter fro yo with Fruity Pebbles, Cap'n Crunch with Crunch Berries, and a little Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which turned out not to blend well with the other cereals. The others had things like mint fro yo with brownies and vanilla with brownies and peanut butter sauce. I'm sure you'd agree that mine was the best.

We didn't make plans for the trip. Only that we'd meet in Fort Worth. Since Brent and Patti live in the area, I felt fine with them coming up with a plan. But I didn't expect what they had in store: a trip to Dublin, Texas to the original Dr. Pepper plant. It's one of the things on my bucket list.

(Okay, I really don't have a bucket list, but when I create one, it'll be on there.)

I love Dr. Pepper. I just don't drink it. Because I have no self-restraint with it. I'd drink like a 2-liter a day. And that's just not okay. I was over-joyed at the beginning of the tour when they handed out ice-cold Dr. Pepper. It's not just any Dr. Pepper, but Dublin Dr. Pepper. The original recipe used granulated Imperial Sugar. When sugar was rationed during the war, they began using high-fructose corn syrup. So this was the real thing. Sure, I've had it before but NOT IN DUBLIN. It was better.
The tour is rather short. Imagine touring a 2000-square-foot house. Got it? That's it. We saw both sides of the conveyor and stacks of drinks. Then we moved onto the "museum," which is the size of a bedroom and large walk-in closet filled with memorabilia. But it was wonderful. Here are Patti & I on the tour.
We ate lunch in the little shop at the factory/museum. Husby had the B.E.S.T. Dr. Pepper float every. Bluebell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream + Dublin Dr. Pepper Syrup + a touch of carbonated water = AWESOME. I decided to try a NuGrape with my sandwich. It was yummy! By the end of our time in Dublin, I'm pretty sure that my body was in sugar shock. I don't drink sugary drinks, well, ever. It's either diet or water. But I didn't regret one ounce of Dr. Pepper, float, or NuGrape.
After our time in Dublin, we headed to Granbury to walk the square. It's full of cute little shops and antique stores. The four of us had fun in this store, trying on hats. I kind of wish they were in style! I loved wearing them.
Our grand plans to go to Billy Bob's--the world's biggest honky tonk--were put on the agenda the next time we're in Fort Worth. We were just so tired. Instead, we had dinner at a great hamburger place. Then we headed back to the hotel for some Canasta. Sounds like fun, right? Oh, it was. Give the four of us a deck or five of cards, and we'll be happy for hours. Or at least until the end of the game.

I hope this week is fabulous. Be a blessing!


Pleasant Drive said...

Mmmmm! I miss ice cream and frozen yogurt SO much. Even in the cold weather, I get such a craving for it! Now, your concoctions, not so much! They reminded me of when I was a child and my grandma took me to Golden Corral, and my favorite thing was making the most disgusting frozen yogurt sundae.

Christine said...

I like your hat. I think you could pull it off.