Those of you who guessed that the Mystery State was TEXAS are right! As they say, everything's bigger in Texas, including me when I lumbered onto the plane to leave after a week of Texas-size servings of dessert, barbecue and enchiladas.
It took me three days to finish this slab of chocolate cake from the Saltgrass Steak House in San Antonio, and I didn't even eat all the icing.
My stomach felt like this laughing Buddha that was on the grounds of our hotel in Dallas. At the same hotel, the Hilton Anatole, I got this outrageous Rice Krispy dessert. It has chocolate mixed in with a layer of peanut butter filling and homemade marshmallow fluff on top. I had half for breakfast the next morning.
Then this thing was my dessert at Dick's Last Resort in Dallas. It's a cakey brownie with a whole Hershey milk chocolate bar melted on top and powdered sugar, nuts, chocolate drizzle and ice cream.
At Dick's, they make appropriate hats for each customer. Here's mine. (Most of them I can't show on the blog because they're too bad.) Dave's said "Banned from Petting Zoos."
Even the names sound big. Here's the Monument Café in Georgetown, just north of Austin. I actually had something healthy there, but I can't remember what it was.
This is the bigger-looking version of the statue clue in the Mystery City blog post. It's Stevie Ray Vaughan, late famous blues musician who is memorialized in this statue in Austin. The other part of his clue is that he played on "Austin City Limits." One of his songs is about flooding in Texas, and one of the clue photos was debris after a flash flood swept through McKinney Falls State Park in Austin.
At the colorful County Line in San Antonio, I had brisket and a crème brulee to die for, but I didn't get a picture. Another colorful restaurant is the Blue Mesa Grill in Dallas, where I had lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in about 20 years.
I think the entrance looks a little like my Southwest wonky log cabin quiltlet (the one I was accused of copying).
This twig wall at Blue Mesa reminds me of a quilt. Next I'll blog about inspirational lines and shapes I saw from San Antonio up through Dallas and above the clouds.
P.S. Some of the other photos in the Mystery Cities post are the Riverwalk and the Alamo in San Antonio, Las Colchas quilt shop in San Antonio (that'll get its own post), and an Alaska Airlines plane at Sea-Tac painted like a salmon.
Have a colorful day