Monday, July 13, 2009


Ellen Aim has written an excellent post about our visit to Lonesome Dove here, complete with pictures (I don't have pictures unless she mails me the one of me holding the bowl of luscious mushrooms...and even then, I'm not sure I'll be sharing). It was truly a sublime meal. I'll get to that in a minute. I have something else to get off my chest first.

It's a little blurry. Suffice to say, it is a monstrosity. It is supposed to be a grilled cheese sandwich from the Space Center in Houston (a very cool place, by the way. But bring a picnic). It is not. Oh, no. It is lukewarm white bread---and yes, without crusts. "Pre-toasted". It tastes like lukewarm dry cheap cheddar cheese surrounded by moist cardboard. It is an abomination. They put that on my tray when I paid and I nearly said "WTF" out loud. Let me first explain. The prices here are astronomical (heh heh heh--bet I'm not the first person to say that!). Fiona wanted a cheeseburger basket (that just means it has fries, too). That's nearly 8 dollars. For a mediocre cheeseburger. It's edible, but mediocre. Hey, it has a piece of small wilted lettuce and a Roma tomato round. So I got a kids' basket in case she didn't finish hers. Plus mine came with a Caprisun, which is this drink in a foil packet that is mostly sugar and has token fruit juice in it. It's ass fruit punch flavor. I just wanted her to have some liquid. Anyway, I thought I could not go wrong with a grilled cheese sandwich. I have been solidly proven wrong. By the way, I paid nearly 6 bucks for that. I will say this: the fries are pretty good. They were hot and nicely salted. We had no problem finishing those!

I have this feeling I'll probably find myself eating there again (actually, Fiona certainly will, she's going to four camps there--that's just four days--and they provide snack and lunch, which is very cool for the price) and I think it's possible I just need to try something different. We should have kept walking and tried the Italian place. You can't go wrong with pizza...right? Okay, don't answer that. I did see some people eating some and it looked okay. We actually would have ordered Chinese food, but they didn't have pork, so she turned her nose up at that.

Except for that unpleasant bit of lunch, we had a fabulous time. If you are ever in the area, this place is a must see, especially with kids. Especially with kids over 40 inches. It would NOT be a fun place if you went when it was packed, because I think you would feel like a sardine (especially in the kids' area). We had a blast and Fiona wants to go back to tomorrow (not happening). I loved the presentation they have on living in space. Next time I want to allow more time to roam around. We had to cut it short to go grocery shopping before I picked up Sophia (who seems to still be enjoying school).

I shall return to talk about the dinner in my next post!


alex said...

omg, cute photos are CUTE. <3

Glad the Space Center is so cool!!

Triana said...
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Triana said...

Oh that looks like fun!! I love the pictures of you two!

Lone Star Ma said...

I want to go! The LSG's Girl Scout troop went (if we are talking about the same thing - NASA) on an overnight there once in 5th grade. Mimosa actually loves those little PB and J uncrustables, I am ashamed to say, but even she is above the grilled cheese ones.

Veloute said...

Yes, NASA! Oh, I bet that was FUN. You should go; you'd love it! Ah, don't be ashamed of PB&J Uncrustables. I'm just a snob sometimes. Let me just say: Boo Berry cereal in the freezer (like Count Chocula cereal, you know? But "blueberry"--nothing at all like blueberry, of course). Hidden from the kids. I hate half the box gradually over 9 months. I finally threw the rest away. There is my food confession.

Thanks for the nice comments :)