Spring Break 2013 ~ Houston and San Antonio

Texas Bluebonnet

Texas Bluebonnet

I am back after a wonderful 10 days of rest and relaxation! I wish I could say that was true but I am sure you all understand when I say, vacationing is exhausting! As much as I love going away and doing something other than the usual grind, it is so wonderful to come home and crawl into your own bed. I don’t know about y’all, but even though its great to get a break from the kitchen chores and cooking, I can only eat restaurant food for 3 days max and after that I am wanting to cook and eat home food again. We ate out the entire trip pretty much except for one day when we had a family BBQ. I thought I would share some photos from my trip since I haven’t started back in the kitchen yet and though I have post or two ready to go, maybe you’d like to see a non food post? Here is my Spring Break 2013 trip to a Houston wedding and San Antonio, for two days of actual Spring Break.

Despite all the tiredness and fatigue, I had a fabulous time! It was so wonderful to see my dad, siblings, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends! We were eating a lot, talking and laughing way too much and sleeping in the wee hours of the morning. It was a lovely family reunion after about 4 years. My cousin looked very handsome on both his receptions. The bride was gorgeous. We all got a chance to dust off our party clothes, do ourselves up a bit and party! We had a midnight pie run to the House of Pies where we cousins took up 5 tables on a very busy Saturday night/Sunday morning, much to the annoyance of other patrons who obviously weren’t having as much fun as us!

My cousin waiting for the arrival of his bride.

My cousin waiting for the arrival of his bride.

 

My son, Laith with the bridegroom, they are best buds.

My son, Laith with the bridegroom, they are best buds.

 

My husband and me at the wedding reception

My husband and me at the wedding reception

After the wedding festivities, we drove to San Antonio to see my father in law and relax there. San Antonio allowed us to catch a breath and rest a bit. We took the opportunity to visit a couple of places we hadn’t been to there; The Japanese Tea Gardens and The Witte Museum. The Japanese Tea Gardens were beautiful! It was so nice to see lush greenery after months of Colorado grey. It was still a bit too muggy for me with the humidity and heat and I am glad to be back in the cool Colorado temperatures once again. Of course, we couldn’t leave the Gardens without actually trying some tea (I need no excuse when it comes to tea or coffee) We chose a pot of Red Flowering Jasmine and Peach Apricot Oolong; both were fragrant and delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed my 5 cups πŸ™‚

Japanese Tea Gardens, San Antonio

Japanese Tea Gardens, San Antonio

 

Japanese Tea Gardens

Japanese Tea Gardens

 

Japanese Tea Gardens

Japanese Tea Gardens

 

Red Flowering Jasmine Tea

Red Flowering Jasmine Tea

I also had the chance to meet up with the very lovely Denise from the blog From Brazil to You. If you remember, she did my very first guest post. It was so nice to meet the lady behind the wonderful words and photos. She treated me to a delicious lunch at The Turquoise Grill, a Turkish restaurant serving authentic Turkish fare. We had a lovely lunch and great conversation. She has two beautiful daughters who were such perfect little ladies and became great friends with my daughter.Thank you Denise for lunch and your friendship.

having lunch with Denise

having lunch with Denise

 

chicken adana kebab

chicken adana kebab

 

Turkish manti: dumplings filled with ground beef covered in a yoghurt and mint sauce.

Turkish manti: dumplings filled with ground beef covered in a yoghurt and mint sauce.

 

Thank you for welcoming my guest bloggers and leaving such wonderful comments while I was gone. I apologise for not replying to comments and for not visiting everyone but with the time frame I was working within and shoddy wifi at best, I just couldn’t get to everyone. I really appreciate y’all stopping by!

Hope y’all have a great rest of the week.

 

    • It was very nice but tiring. The actual marriage ceremony is Islamically done, the signing of the certificate etc. The reception and all the festivities linked to the wedding are generally Indian culture influenced. Hence, my get up πŸ™‚

  1. Nazneen…so glad you had a wonderful time away! You have such a beautiful family! And how cool was it that you got to meet Denise! And I would have loved to have tea at the Japanese Gardens…so lovely! Hope you manage to get some rest from your vacation. Looking forward to what you will be whipping up for us next! Welcome back! : )
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    • Thank you Anne!! There has been no rest for the wicked…have to cook dinner every night…back to the grind! Feels good in some weird way though πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Barb! I had a fabulous time even though it was tiring and I am still exhausted. Thank you for your very sweet words!

    • It was a really nice trip Minnie. Family and friends everything was perfect. Thank you so much my friend for guest posting for me!

  2. Welcome Home Nazneen,I can totally understand how family vacations can be fun and totally exhausting as I myself came from Las Vegas after a short vacation. Weddings can be more tiring as there are so many ceremonies and too many relatives to meet. But its good that you spent two days in San Antonio visiting tea gardens and meeting your fellow blogger friend Denise. Thank you for sharing beautiful pictures of your vacation.
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    • Thanks Lail! The bluebonnets were gorgeous and all over San Antonio. I had to take a photo, they are so beautiful.

  3. Welcome home after what sounds like a wonderful “Spring Break.” How lucky you all were to be able to come together for your cousin’s wedding. Thank you for sharing so many beautiful pictures, especially of you and your family. It’s nice to have a face to associate with the “voice.” πŸ™‚
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    • Thanks John! It was a nice trip and I had tonnes of fun, but I am glad to be back in my own bed.

  4. Sorry, what I meant was, I don’t know anyone in San Antonio but a visit to the Tea Garden might be a good reason to go there, anyway!
    I do have a friend in Dallas whom I have never visited. I will look at Google Maps to see how far they are from each other!

  5. That Japanese Tea Garden is fascinating! Maybe worth a trip to San Antonio for that alone?
    Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

    • Its definitely worth a trip!San Antonio has many wonderful places. They also have a very nice botanic garden and zoo. Dallas-Fort Worth has wonderful gardens too. There is a Japanese garden at the Fort Worth conservatory.

    • Thank You Denise! I had a wonderful time with you and the girls. I hope they are well xx

  6. Welcome back Nanzeen! Take a good rest as traveling can be fun but it is so exhausting. A beautiful wedding and so happy that you were able to meet up with a fellow blogger, how fun is that! Take care, BAM
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