T. Gozney Thornton Rings in the New Year!


Looking forward to 2012

We ended the year 2011 on a high note by doing what we do best and that is playing music for our friends at a New Year’s Eve Dance.  The venue was packed and the dance floor was always busy.  That’s what we like to see.  We counted down the seconds to the new year and then sang Auld Lang Syne to mark the transition from one year to the next.

There were plenty of our Tex-Mex Fandango cruise members in attendance at the dance and I spent a lot of time during the breaks visiting with old friends.  That is just part of what makes it so enjoyable for The Old Hat Band to play our music both in this area and around the state.  We have made so many friends all over Texas that wherever we go, we get to renew friendships.  Now that New Year’s Eve has come and gone, we will be getting ready for the Tex Mex Fandango & Blues Cruise IV which leaves Galveston on January 29, 2012.

Check out the New Year celebration photos by clicking on this link:

New Year 2012

Here’s a New Year’s Eve interview:

 

From all of us in The Old Hat Band we wish you nothing but the very best in the year 2012.  Please feel free to take time from your busy schedules and come out to any of our performances and enjoy yourselves.

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TexMex Fandango Corn with Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn

This is not just a delicious recipe, but there is a story behind it.  It’s so interesting how things sometimes come together and this is one of those times. It all started because I’m a foodie and I follow other foodies on Facebook.  One of the clubs that I am a member of mentioned a brand new corn that had an interesting story.

I researched this corn further to find that it is grown by Colorful Harvest in California.  Doug Ranno, the original founding partner had a child with severe food allergies.  He was looking for natural foods that she could enjoy and that would boost her nutrition.

Colorful Harvest was designed to be a cutting edge produce company with one foot in tradition and one foot in innovation.  A special variety of sweet red corn was the first to be tested.  Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn has jewel like red kernels that got their color from naturally high levels of an antioxidant called anthocyanins.  This unique corn is tender, sweet and delicious.

After reading all of this, I had to have some!  I found out that it was offered in a couple of stores in San Antonio and Austin.  So off David and I went.  Both locations had some Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn, but it was sold out just minutes after they put it out!  I went home after making a 4 1/2 hour trip each way, really bummed out.  I called to see if I could get the produce departments to special order it for me for our big Tex Mex Fandango event.  They just so happened to have some on the truck to be delivered in a few days!!!!  Lucky us!!!  Not, when it arrived at the stores, once again it sold out when they put it on the shelves.

I researched again to see how I could get my hands on this Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn and went all the way to the top!  This is going to be a very special relationship to be able to create recipes for all our blogs with our new friends.

The Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn arrived by Fed Ex and when I set some of the corn on the bench to take a picture. When I opened a piece of the beautiful corn and stood it up on the bench, a beam of light came through our pecan trees and shined right on the corn.  We couldn’t have set up the lighting better if we were professionals.  It was at this moment that I knew we were going to have a long lasting friendship with Colorful Harvest.

In addition to all of the recipes that I am preparing for our blogs, T. Gozney Thornton had a wonderful recipe that he has named for our event: TexMex Fandango Corn!  It was an event just preparing the TexMex Fandango Corn, but it was well worth it.

T. Gozney and Pam Thornton

After the corn arrived by Fed Ex, we brought the corn over to Pam and T. Gozney Thornton’s house to prepare the TexMex Fandango Corn for our big event.  Here’s the recipe and the step by step instructions on how to make TexMex Fandango Corn with Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn.  I hope you enjoy.  You will need to use the amount of spice you like so there are no exact measurements. For our event we chose to use a prepared mixture of spices, but I have separated out the ingredients so you can prepare it in case you can’t find the spice in the store.  You can use any of your favorite spices and it will taste delicious.


You can download and print the full version of the recipe.  Just click on the title hyperlink below:

TexMex Fandango Corn with Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn

Ingredients

Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn
Fresh Lime Juice
Margarine
Chili Peppers, ground
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Paprika
Cumin, ground
Little Kosher Salt

Directions

Carefully pull back the husks, but not removing them from the cob. Remove all the silk. Set the corn aside.

Cut fresh limes in half and squeeze the juice. Pour into a large bowl and set aside.

Dip the corn into the fresh squeezed lime juice and using your free hand, scoop some lime just and rub into the corn. You really want to saturate the corn with the lime juice.

In a small bowl mix together ground Chili Peppers, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Cumin, Salt.

Sprinkle spices onto the corn and rub in. If you are using the spices you mixed, then using a spoon, sprinkle the spices onto the corn and rub in.

Scoop margarine in your hand and rub into the corn firmly. Make sure you totally cover the corn with the margarine.

Pull the husks back over the corn and close the husks around the corn.

Using aluminum foil, place the corn cob at an diagonal and wrap tightly, twisting the ends. You want to make sure that the husks is covering all the kernels of corn and that the foil doesn’t touch the corn.

T Gozney Thornton Roasting the Corn

 

Keeping your grill on low, place the corn wrapped in the foil on the rack.

 

Grill the corn for approximately 20 minutes turning after 10 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Watch the video of the TexMex Fandango event, while listening to T. Gozney Thornton’s #1 hit, ‘Necesito Nada Mas‘.  See how much everyone enjoyed T. Gozney Thornton’s TexMex Fandango Corn with Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn from Colorful Harvest.

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

2012 Group Shore Excursion

We’ve put together a great Group Shore Excursion for the 2012 Tex-Mex Fandango & Blues Cruise.

The Group Shore Excursion is on our stop to Cozumel.  It will include Ocean, Beach, Open Bar, Delicious Buffet, and lot’s of fun activities.

With a mixture of essences, Cozumel brings together a perfect union of Mexican culture and the warmth of its Caribbean friendly people.

Located in the western Mexican Caribbean, at the eastern side of the Peninsula of Yucatán in the state of Quintana Roo, Cozumel is a unique island surrounded by turquoise crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, incredible flora & fauna, interesting archeological sites and shopping diversity. Enjoy a fun the more time on whats considered the second world’s most famous diving & snorkeling reef system that holds and endless number of marine species and unique tropical ecosystems that makes of this island an exotic destination.

Treat yourself to a memorable experience in PLAYA MIA GRAND BEACH PARK®; one of the main attractions in Cozumel where you will find a great variety of services & activities that join together the special qualities that define the island.

We will also have a private area on the beach for our group to enjoy the open bar and buffet. Check out the Open Bar and the Buffet Menu, I know you will want to join us for this 5 hour shore excursion.  Space is limited and you don’t have to pay until December, you just need to RSVP.

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Activities

  • Access to the underwater Mayan City (snorkel gear available for rent)
  • Lounge Chairs
  • Showers
  • Fully equipped bathrooms and dressing rooms
  • Kayaks
  • Water Trampoline
  • Aquatic iceberg
  • Sailboats
  • Paddle boats
  • Floating mats
  • Water bicycles
  • Inflatable hubs
  • Ping pong tables
  • Volleyball court
  • Soccer court
  • Trampoline
  • Huge board games
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hammocks
  • Shopping area
  • Lifeguard
  • Rescue boat
  • First aid center & paramedic
Unlimited Open Bar

 

  • Purified bottled water
  • Draft beer
  • Assorted soft drinks
  • Juice
  • Tequila
  • Mezcal
  • Brandy
  • Rum
  • Vodka
  • Margaritas
  • Piña colada
  • Rum punch
  • Daiquiris assorted flavors
  • House wine
(For safety reasons straight shots are not provided, alcohol beverages are served as mix drinks)

 

Buffet Menu

 

  • Breaded Mushrooms
  • Shrimp with cocktail sauce
  • Shrimp on cream cheese and bread
  • Calamari rings
  • Turkey and Cheese Croissant
  • Mini beef meat balls
  • Guacamole and Pico de Gallo with Chips
  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Sweet & Sour Pork with Pineapple
  • Beef Fajitas
  • Mexican Rice
  • Penne Rigate with Napolitano Sauce
  • Refried Beans
  • House Bread selection
  • Dressing and Salsa selection
  • Seasonal Fruit
  • Soft blended Ice Cream
(Subject to changes by disposition of the Chef)

 

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Royal Caribbean ‘Radiance of the Seas’ is remodeled!


Radiance of the Seas is just out of Dry Dock!

What does this mean? She is remodeled, renovated, refurbished, cleaned from top to bottom, and just generally ‘spruced up’.  It looks great!

It’s a really big deal when a cruise ship goes into dry dock. The contractors have to work fast to make the new upgrades so the ship can get back to sea. It took 21 Days, 700 Contractors, and 1, 000 crew! We’re so excited about some of these upgrades that we can’t wait to go to Alaska to sail on the Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas!  We plan on sailing on June 22, 2012 and yes, you can join us.  It’s a cruise tour,  the best experience you could have and it is affordable.

Sometimes when a ship gets upgrades or a makeover, they introduce new restaurants, or remodel lounges, or add features to the swimming pools. One of the upgrades we’re excited about is, the added Theater under the Stars! It’s a large outdoor movie screen. It’s like a drive-in picture show, except you are under the stars watching movies as you sail. Can you imagine watching a movie under the stars in Alaska! I can see it now The Sound of Music (just because of the beautiful scenery and singing) or even North To Alaska with John Wayne. Take a look at the movie clip and imagine you are watching it on the big movie screen as you are sailing in Alaska. (I have to add a disclaimer, these are not the movies that Royal Caribbean are playing, don’t know what movie will be playing, but this one is a favorite!)

Enjoy the pictures of the Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas getting a makeover in dry dock:

The Chef’s Table, an exclusive dining experience, which hosts a maximum of 14 guests, and is led course-by-course by the ship’s executive chef and a sommelier receives its finishing touches before it serves its first meal to guests.

Digital signage was one of the many enhancements that Radiance of the Seas received during its renovation.

Giovanni's Table, an Italian eatery, is ready for its first guests.

Izumi, a Japanese eatery, receives its final touches before it receives its first guests.

Radiance of the Seas' outdoor movie screen.

Rita's Cantina, the Mexican themed eatery, receives its final touches before it receives its first guests.

Samba Grill, the Brazilian steak house, receives its final touches before it opens its doors to its first guests.

The Boardwalk Dog House receives its final touches before its debut on 'Radiance of the Seas' first voyage on June 10, 2011.

The Concierge Lounge, an area for the line’s suite guests, receives its finishing touches.

The Diamond Lounge, an area for the line's loyalty members, gets its final touches.

The Park Cafe located in the Solarium receives its final touches before it opens for its first guests.

The Royal Babies and Tots nursery receives its final touches before it receives its first little guests.

One final modification on the Radiance of the Seas before leaving Dry Dock.  As part of her Royal Advantage enhancements Radiance of the Seas received a tune-up of the ship’s marine operations systems. Watch as crew go “under the hull” to help improve efficiency for years to come.

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What is a CruiseTour?

A CruiseTour combines both sea and land travel. This is a perfect way to explore Alaska. The best way to experience the beautiful scenery that Alaska has to offer is from the water. Cruising the dramatic coastline with the whales, glaciers and the forest is just breath taking!

Mt. McKinley

A cruise to Alaska wouldn’t be complete without a journey deep into the heart of Alaska. Visit the historic gold rush town of Fairbanks, the coastal towns of Seward and Alyeska, and the not-to-be-missed journey into Denali National Park, home of Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain. These are just a few of the cities and highlights of an Alaska Cruisetour.

Alaska is a cruise not to be missed with thousands of miles of shoreline. Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park with it’s highest peak of 20,320 feet, is a giant block of granite that was lifted above the earth about 60 million years ago. The upper half of the mountain is covered with permanent snowfields that feed many glaciers.

There are so many inland sites to visit and you just can’t see them in a day shore excursion. This is why when visiting Alaska you need to also to experience the land tour. Once the cruise portion of our trip is finished, we will board a motorcoach to begin our land adventure.

Royal Celebrity Tours Motorcoach

The motorcoaches are the newest fleet of deluxe Prevost motorcoaches, with television monitors,

adjustable air vents, plenty of overhead storage, and foot rests. We’ll have the same motorcoach driver throughout the entire trip, so there are no worries about our luggage, camera cases or sweaters. Everything will be there, whenever we need it.

Escorting us will be an Adventure Specialist who will give us the scoop on the scenery and will point out the many natural wonders and explain the area’s history and culture.

Glass-Domed Traincar on Wilderness Express®

 

We’ll also travel by train on the Wilderness Express®, luxurious, glass-domed traincars. With more glass for better viewing, and wide leather seats that recline, face forward or rotate to allow guests to form seating groups, this will be a wonderful way to view all the scenery. You can head to the observation platform for some fresh Alaska air or to get a closer view of a moose in the wild.

See moose, caribou, grizzlies and eagles up close while traveling by our custom, luxurious glass-domed traincars, the Wilderness Express® and our deluxe motorcoaches.

We think you will have an amazing overall experience on this TexMex Fandango to Alaska Cruise and Tour. Great scenery, good friends, and the memories of a lifetime are waiting for you.

 

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What’s There to do in Cozumel, Mexico?

Cozumel, Mexico is a favorite port for us. There is so much you can do.

The cruise ships dock at the pier, and you can walk off the ship and you are in downtown Cozumel.

Linda Wright, Shirley Looney, Phil, Ramona & David Werst at Palmeras in Cozumel, Mexico

There are several ship shore excursions to enjoy, from Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming with the Dolphins, Horseback riding, or jump on a boat and head over to Cancun. You don’t have to take a shore excursion to enjoy Cozumel. There are plenty of shops from Jewelry Stores, Duty Free Liquor Stores, Tequila Factory Stores, Boot Stores and even Cuban Cigar Stores. You can also have a relaxing delicious meal at several famous restaurants: Pancho’s Backyard and Palmeras. Or have fun and have an upside down Margarita at Senor Frogs or Carlos and Charlies…you’ll have to go to Cozumel to experience this, just don’t miss the boat!

Take a look at just a few fun things we found to do in Cozumel, Mexico! Enjoy listening to ‘Jose Cuervo, You are a Friend of Mine‘, by Cindy Jordan.

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

Galveston Texas Sites and Sounds

So you’re going on a cruise out of Galveston. How would you like to get your vacation started early before you get on the cruise ship?

Most of you are traveling a distance to get to Galveston, or flying into Houston. You’re probably going to stay in a hotel the night before you cruise out of Galveston. So why not start your vacation early?

Galveston has so many sites to see and experience that you could spend a whole vacation there and never see them all!

If you can get to Galveston as early in the day as possible, check into your hotel and the rest of the day and evening are yours to explore Galveston. There are historical mansions, plenty of delicious restaurants, lots of shopping and all kinds of site seeing to do. Oh, did I mention, the beautiful Gulf of Mexico? You can walk miles along the beach, or rent a pedal cart and ride it right on the sidewalk next to the seawall.

Take a look at a video of sites you can see in Galveston, Texas. Enjoy the song ‘If Texas Were A Woman‘ written and sung by Cynthia Jordan and see how much fun you can have even if it’s just for the day before you cruise.

8 Things to Do in Galveston, Texas

(From the Tex-Mex Fandango ebook coming soon!)

From historic homes and modern attractions to beaches that are perfect for weekend getaways, Galveston is a great all-around destination for the lone traveler and the vacationing family alike. What’s there to do in Galveston? Here are some of them—aside from catching the cruise of a lifetime, that is.

1. Get Your Bearings at the Visitor’s Center.

It’s a great place to start. The Galveston Island Visitors Center is a treasure trove of information about the island. Brochures aplenty, free maps, and very friendly guides eager to help you get the fun you have in mind are only some of the things you will find after a quick stop at the Center.



2. Step Back in Time.

Where better to go sightseeing than in a romantic island nestled deep in the heart of Texas?

Galveston played a major role in Texas history, and its buildings and landmarks remain proof of this. Not surprisingly, Galveston packs a lot of sightseeing punch—it’s home to no less than six historic districts, after all.

It also has one of the most historically significant—and largest—collections of 19th century buildings, with more than 60 structures made a part of the National Register of Historic Places! So, stroll all you want through Galveston’s many historic districts or explore any of the historic houses which are open for public viewing—you won’t run out of landmark buildings to take photos of! Stepping back in time in Galveston is a treat by itself. Take your time and enjoy.

Don’t miss this in Galveston…..

  • Take a ride on the Paddlewheel boat The Colonel. The Captain or his spokesperson gives a great discussion on sights of the area and depending on the weather, you can even schedule in an evening cruise with dinner and live music. Really enjoyable. It’s held from April-Labor Day with cruises at noon, 2p.m., 4p.m., and 7 p.m. From September through March – cruises are at 7:00 p.m. Call Moody Gardens for more information: Cruise Schedule, One-hour cruises across Galveston’s Offatts Bayou: Weekday Cruises: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 1 p.m. Weekend Cruises: Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Due to weather interference and occasional schedule changes, we encourage you to please call 1-800-582-4673 to verify the schedule.
  • Visit Ashton Villa. Be sure you check on this tour because Ashton Villa has been undergoing major renovations. It’s an impressive 1859 Italianate brick mansion construction by a New Yorker who later became one of the richest men in Texas. His name was James Moreau Brown. Mr. Brown was a prosperous hardware merchant in Galveston. Ashton Villa is located at 2328 Broadway – Galveston, TX 77550 – Phone: (409)762-3933.
  • Learn about the 1900 storm. For a really informative and exceptional documentary account of the great Galveston hurricane of 1900 that took an estimated 8,000 lives, be sure to visit the Pier 21 Theater for a viewing. It’s open Sunday-Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. to 8p.m. The documentary movie runs every hour on the half hour. Pier 21 Theater is located at Harborside Dr. and 21st Street.

3. Visit Museums.

The island has slew of top-notch museums, including the Texas Seaport and the Tall Ship Elissa, the Lone Star Flight Museum, and the Galveston Railroad.

The Galveston County Historical Museum is located at 2219 Market St. (409/766-2340) and is full of the wonder that makes Galveston is such a great place to visit. For example, there is the building used to house the city bank. This old site was transformed into a fantastic museum full of Texas culture and life. The architecture here is marvelous, and once inside, you are sure to be impressed by the sights and highlights of Galveston that are on display. The exhibits here are great, and if you have any questions, the staff is quite knowledgeable and helpful.

The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum is a fantastic museum and can be found at Pier 19 (409/766-STAR, www.oceanstaroec.com). There are three decks full of exhibits and hands-on displays that are outstanding. You are given the chance to see exactly how gas and oil are drilled for off the shores of Galveston. New interactive technology enables you to be linked to drilling sites all over the world, and the result is fascinating.

4. Shop in The Strand.

Long before The Strand became the shopping mecca of the island, it was late 1800 Galveston’s commercial center. Shop ’til you drop at The Strand, where you can buy your fill of upscale, artsy, or trendy finds. Be sure to drop by Col. Bubby’s surplus store. It is a musty place filled with vintage military surplus items.

5. Join Revelers of the Mardi Gras.

Everything is bigger and better in Texas, they say. Well, there’s no doubting that Mardi Gras is bigger and definitely better in Galveston. How big? Texas-sized partying for 11 nights and 12 days before lent—that kind of big! This comes as no surprise, though. Galveston is world-famous for its many festivals—from Epicurean Evening, to Dickens on the Strand, to Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras in Galveston was from February 12 until Fat Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

6. Chase Bad Moods Away at Moody Gardens.

Moody is the last thing you will be at the Moody Gardens. It is awesome! Just the Aquarium is worth the visit.

After all, a visit to this lush paradise created by the Moody family is a vacation on its own! A profuse growth of tropical plants, three pyramids that house among others a 10-story rainforest, a 1.5-million-gallon pyramid aquarium, and the educationally-enriching Discovery Museum, a memorial for Vietnam veterans, the 19th century-styled Colonel Paddle wheeler complete with hour-long narrative cruises, a Palm Beach—freshwater lagoons, white sands, and all—and theaters for educational viewing.

Moody Gardens is a pleasurable opportunity to see an unbelievable creation of beauty. A partly synthetic, partly authentic ten-story rainforest was created to showcase the Amazon habitat. Walking around this marvel is a mind-expanding and breathtaking experience. The Aquarium Pyramid is a 100,000 square foot phenomenon and is the largest such exhibit in the world. In addition, there is a bat exhibit that is the largest in the Southwest.

Also, the last time we visited Moody Gardens had a fantastic penguin exhibit. Don’t miss Moody Gardens.

7. Get Wet in the Waterpark.

We haven’t been here yet, but we know if it is a Schlitterbahn, we will like it. Like all the Schlitterbahn parks, Galveston’s Schlitterbahn has innovative and unique rides for everyone. Unlike all other water parks in the world, however, the island’s water park is convertible—it’s perfect for outdoor fun during summers and indoor enjoyment during winters. Enjoy water coasters, whitewater rapids, water slides, hot tubs, wave pools, and more!

8. Wine and Dine.

Hungry? Whether you’re hankering for margaritas and tacos along the bay or oysters by the seawall, you won’t run out of good eats in Galveston. Here are some of your options.

Note: Hours on Galveston’s fine restaurants may be seasonal and subject to change.

  • Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant.

Found along Seawall Boulevard, Gaido’s is a dining institution of the island—and with good reason! You can buy their Seafood cookbook containing 100 years’ worth of history and great recipes. Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.




     

  • Shrimp ‘n’ Stuff: For nearly 30 years, this is where locals head for seafood. Favorites include gumbo, fried fish, oysters, and hush puppies. They have one of the best shrimp po-boys on the coast. We had lunch there a day before we sailed on a cruise and it was good. Nothing fancy here, just good basic seafood, gumbo and po-boys. Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. 3901 Ave. O.
  • Clary’s Seafood Restaurant: Jackets are required for men here. Yep, it’s that kind of place. It’s one of the pricier and fancier places in Galveston. All kinds of seafood with an emphasis on Cajun inspired dishes. Closed Sunday and Mondays, Open Tuesday – Saturday 4:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. 8509 Teichman Rd.
  • Saltwater Grill: Reservations recommended. Very popular and possibly the best seafood in town. Lunch Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner Monday through Saturday 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. 2017 Post Office St.
  • Mod Coffee and Tea House: Less expensive than a lot of other places, good food. Open daily 7 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 2126 Post Office St.
  • The Spot Restaurant and Tiki Bar. Waterfront dining featuring hamburgers, seafood, ice cream, arcade, and tiki bar. See and be seen at The Spot. 3204 Seawall Blvd. 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
  • Joe’s Seafood. This is where they have seafood, po boys, fried chicken and Chinese favorites in a friendly and casual atmosphere. Open daily 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. 3702 Broadway Blvd.
  • Rudy & Paco. Top billed as the most innovative dining experience in Galveston, this restaurant offers a steak and grilled seafood with a Central American twist. It’s located next to the Grand 1894 Galveston Opera House making it a great choice for a pre-show place to eat. 2028 Post Office St. Lunch M-F 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Dinner Monday through Saturday 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.

The Star Drugstore is a delightful place to visit in downtown Galveston…….

And don’t forget Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s right next to the cruise terminal. No kidding, you can walk outside and see the cruise ships up close and in all their glory. We have dined there many times. It’s always good and right on the water overlooking the Texas Tall ship Elyssa.

Located at Pier 22. Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Galveston is just full of good places to eat and these are just some that we know about. If you have a recommendation, contact us and we’ll see what we can do about adding it to our list. Have fun and explore some on your own.

Here’s one last stop before you head home….

Shrimp Run…..

One of our last stops before we go back home is to make a fresh shrimp stop at the pier. As you are facing Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant which is right next to the cruise pier, turn right and follow the train tracks as you head over to the pier where fresh fish and fresh shrimp are sold by the pound.

It’s probably on about 19th street all the way down to the water. It’s about a hundred yards or so over there from Fisherman’s Wharf if you are walking. There are two fish vendors located there and as I remember, one is called Katie’s Fresh Fish. The other is Sampson and Sons. Both are good Galveston shrimp vendors.

We have also stopped in Port Aransas to get shrimp from the good ship Pollyanna. Jumbo shrimp are around $5.99 per pound straight off the ship…..very good.

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

T. Gozney Thornton at San Angelo Rodeo

There’s a buzz around town when the rodeo is here.  Fancy trucks pulling trailers, horses and livestock groomed and don’t forget boots and buckles being polished getting ready for 2 weeks of competitions at the San Angelo Fairgrounds.  San Angelo has turned into one of the very top rodeos in the entire country.  Yes, it’s a big deal to professional cowboys.

I love walking through the exhibits and seeing all the beautiful different livestock.  Then I’m on to the art show; There are so many talented people involved.  They even have a baking contest.  I wish I could be a judge.  There are folks selling all kinds of neat stuff from fancy boots to metal buildings.

As a kid, I used to love the carnival at the rodeo.  All the rides, the big stuffed animals you could win at the games; but most of all, the JUNK FOOD!  I would always end up with a stomach ache because I would try to eat all the food I could in one night! When the Rodeo comes to town, I know that I am going try to be the first in line to get a hand dipped corn dog, a funnel cake, and a turkey leg.

I’ve seen the performances in the coliseum and in awe watching the cowboys rope steers and riding the bulls.  My most favorite part is the Barrel Racing and this year we were able to watch Tiana Thornton compete.  You won’t believe this, but we were in such a trance watching her, that I didn’t video her performance!  After she was finished, I looked at my camera, which was in my lap and couldn’t believe that I didn’t video a thing.  Tiana was fantastic as she raced around the barrels.  I was sitting on the edge of my chair cheering her on. Since I didn’t get a video, I did remember to take a picture. She didn’t get in the money, but she is a winner in my books.  She was competing against other professionals from all over the USA.  Way to go Tiana!

Every night after the rodeo, there are dances for all the cowboys and cowgirls and those attending the Rodeo to kick up their heels.  They shower and change and ‘git their dancin boots’ on.  I love watching them dance, with their fancy turns, 2 steppin dips, and I’ve never seen so many cowboys dancing with a beer in one hand and their girl in the other.

T. Gozney Thornton and Old Hat Band performed in the Buffalo Social Club.  The Buffalo Social Club, also known as the ‘beer barn’ has great atmosphere.   It’s an open dancehall with a bar filled with plenty of beer, peanut shells on the floor and plenty of dancing room.  T. Gozney Thornton and Old Hat Band entertained the crowd and kept them dancing the night away.  He even sang his new song ‘Necesita Nada Mas’, it’s going to be a #1 hit!  With it’s spicy Tex-Mex flavor, it’s a real good dancin’ song with lyrics in English and Spanish.

Take a look at the video photo album while you listen to T. Gozney Thornton’s ‘Strawberry Stallion‘ from his CD Legends Before The Fall.  You can purchase your copy of the CD at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/tgozneythornton

You can come out and join T. Gozney and Old Hat Band and have a Fandango of a Time at any of his performances around San Angelo and Texas.  Check out the Calendar of Events.  And remember, he is the originator of the Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise & Blues Cruise that sails out in January 2012.

Come and be a part of this fantastic cruise with all of us and enjoy great performances, dancing music, great people, new friends, and plenty of fun.  It is something really interesting to be involved in and you can easily be involved by calling Texas Cruise Company at 325-835-7561.

A small deposit can guarantee your stateroom.

Go ahead and make the call, you will be glad you did!

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Jeff Strahan at Sealy Flats

Jeff Strahan at Sealy Flats

Jeff Strahan was at Sealy Flats on February 24, 2011.

T. Gozney Thornton has invited Jeff to join the Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise making it now the Tex-Mex Fandango & Blues Cruise IV.  With Jeff’s style of music and his electrifying personality, he will surely be a great addition to the group.

Jeff is going to release his new album ‘Wayward Son‘   it’s not a Blues Music album, but with more of an Americana sound.  He found a niche writing Blues songs and competing in competitions, but now he’s changing his style.   The style now is everything from Johnny Cash to Los Lonely Boys, whatever feels good at the time.

Jeff will be releasing his new album at Sealy Flats in San Angelo, Texas on April 2nd, 2011 at 6:30pm.  You will want to make reservations for this event early, it’s going to be a Fandango of a Time!

You can get to know Jeff a little better by watching my interview with him. To read his story go to:  Jeff Strahan

It was a FANTASTIC performance, with Jeff Strahan and his band, Joseph Ortiz on Drums and Robert

Jeff Strahan, Robert Fulton, and Joseph Ortiz

Fulton on Bass Guitar.  His songs are stories of Friends of Jeff’s, and some of them are real characters.  His energy, without any breaks, was amazing.  As he told a story about the song and then went right into the song, it gave the song a whole new life all it’s own.  Sounds like you may want to be careful if you let your hair down when you’re around Jeff or your story may end up being told to all!

We can’t wait to get Jeff and his band on the cruise.  They are going to rock the boat!

This video is just a clip of a few of Jeff’s songs that he performed for us at Sealy Flats.  You don’t want to miss out on seeing one of his live performances.  You can see his schedule on the Tex-Mex Fandango Events Calendar.  If you are able to see Jeff live, come back and comment just to let us know where you saw Jeff Strahan!

Check out Jeff Strahan at Sealy Flats photo album:  Jeff Strahan Photo Album

Jeff ended the evening singing his song ‘Superman‘ to Lois, the special lady in his life.

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.