Wednesday, July 30, 2014


So, the lapse of food posts has not been intentional. Dear chef Kelley left for a grand Canada adventure for two weeks, and I have been preparing for my own grand adventure--moving to California. We knew that distance would eventually separate us, but that was not supposed to happen until Kelley ventured to culinary school in October. Thus, we must initiate Being Fed: Coast to Coast or Being Fed: Domestic. The name is not finalized, the game plan is rough at best, but soon the blog will be covering the West Coast and Gulf Coast....then the West Coast and East Coast.

In the week's time before I head out to California, I plan to take full advantage of Houston. This blog may be a bit more restaurant review heavy in the upcoming week, but I still guarantee wonderful photos of food and slightly-incoherent musings.

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From Above

Flatonia is kind of my "creative haven" town. When my family ventures north on I-10 for the weekend, everyone has tasks and chores on the ranch property. My dad will run the tractor, and create burn piles, and repair fences, and herd the cattle, and start and finish project after project. My mother will clean the house, and visit with her donkey Mia, and start projects...that my dad will finish, and revisit her donkey Mia.

In the early days of city-family-buys-a-ranch, I would help pull prickly vines out from trees, and climb said trees, and attempt to help my dad with his projects. But after a few scars on my arms and legs, my mother revoked all work privileges. Now, I am the official ranch photographer.

My role and responsibilities also extend into the town of Flatonia.
I wrote on the saddlery shop, and below are some shots from the Tower 3 Bakery & Cafe.

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Tower 3 Bakery & Cafe
114 East South Main Street
Flatonia, TX 78941

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rates of Decay

Back as I was writing my undergraduate thesis, I was also very enchanted by the concept of rates of decay. At one point, the theory of exponential decay composed the introduction of my entire thesis project. Then it was demoted to the acknowledgements section, and then entirely rejected...poof. Its role in my thesis had several half-lifes--losing energy and significance with each proofreader reaction and each replacement.

But thinking about exponential decay: "a quantity is subject to exponential decay if it decreases at a rate proportional to its current value"

I like to muse over all of the exceptions to the rule. The value is relative to each person, and an item might undergo exponential decay for one, but exponential growth for another. Classic cars, antiques, pieces of art, photographs, etc.

At our ranch, there is an old house. It is uninhabitable. My mother is having it torn down sometime soon. The value lies in the wood. Not in the building itself, not in its role as a home, not in the meals taken indoors or the views from the bedroom window. It has been reduced and I guess that is it. I like it though.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Texas Fog


Do you know about San Francisco fog? The weather is lovely, the evenings are cool, but this whole fog thing is relatively new. Each morning, my mother and I remarked on the nature of the sky; "Looks like rain." But it burns off over certain parts of the peninsula, and the sun peeks through as well as bits of bright blue sky. Oh, the weather is quite odd.

But then again, I guess sometimes Texas weather can get pretty peculiar. Remember that Christmas in the 80s? Glorious. A week ago or so, there was also a string of foggy mornings out in the Texas countryside. I was awestruck. Fog, fog, fog. Especially over a rolling Texas hill country landscape, with dewy fields of grass, and misty-eyed cows.

My affinity for fog began last summer during a drive from Prague to Vienna. In the early dawn hours, the white, dense mist seemed to creep out from the towering forest wall. It was foreboding, but also romantic. Another favorite aspect of fog: my inability to capture the mood of fog in a photograph. But here's to San Francisco weather, and future daily practice.

Photos taken while driving along Texas State Highway 95 from Flatonia to Smithville.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Goode Co. Taqueria

As I write from San Francisco, during my pre-move trip, I am already becoming nostalgic. I am here, yes, to familiarize myself with my future, and my new life, and my new job, and my new city, BUT I am also already starting my mental list: "Things I Will Miss About Texas."

That list will come eventually...but for now, I am already missing Tex Mex. Really, its to be expected. And as I meet people here, I keep asking for restaurant recommendations...specifically Mexican food recommendations. It will be difficult to replace Escalantes and Taco Deli and La Condesa and Goode Co. Taqueria, and the place that these places have in my heart. Not to mention Kerbey and Magnolia Cafe queso, respectively. Also, let's not forget about margaritas from Tacos & Tequila or Santa Rita's, or that Trudy's Mexican martini.

After this trip, I may need to plan a week of Tex Mex in order to hold me over while I move and live in San Francisco. You can be sure that Goode Co. Taqueria will account for several visits.

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Goode Co. Taqueria
4902 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Flatonia Saddle Shop

On Friday evenings, a group of locals, retirees, out-of-towners, city-folk-gone-country, farmers and teachers, friends and artists all gather outside the Flatonia saddle shop. It's just past five and they contribute bottles of wine, others bring packs of beer. Then some farm fresh eggs, homemade brownies, a ripe, pregnant watermelon, and a fly-fooling contraption join the table.

They are a motley crew, and I joined them back on the Fourth of July for motley conversation: farfetched dreams, political banter, tips on cow maintenance and hay growing and hay rolling and hay this...hay that. Just outside the saddle shop, that's where its happening on a Friday night in Flatonia.

The following day, I made my way back to the shop. The Hairgrove Saddlery is located just west of the historic Olle Hotel in Flatonia, Texas. Owners Cathy & Jeff Hairgrove manually restored the barn and today, it serves as a saddlery, a shop of trinkets and goods, and a home. I was as fascinated by the little odds and ends as the leather-working station. So on your next good Friday, just mosey on up Interstate 10 (I-10) and exit Flatonia. Swing through Dairy Queen for a dipped cone, and visit my friends Cathy & Jeff.

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Hairgrove Saddlery & Gifts
117 E 6th St
Flatonia, TX 78941

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


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Light We Cannot See

I highly recommend: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
"So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?"
"To really touch something, she is learning—the bark of a sycamore tree in the gardens; a pinned stag beetle in the Department of Etymology; the exquisitely polished interior of a scallop shell in Dr. Geffard’s workshop—is to love it."
"To shut your eyes is to guess nothing of blindness. Beneath your world of skies and faces and buildings exists a rawer and older world, a place where surface planes disintegrate and sounds ribbon in shoals through the air."
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“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”

"A beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II." That is truly all that you need to know. The language is beautiful, and each chapter takes you from one perspective to next. Back and forth, very quickly. No more than a few minutes inside the mindset of blind Marie-Laure, and then a few minutes with Werner. Then back again. Like a game of ping-pong. No, my metaphors will not do this book justice. Best thing I have read this summer.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Plan for Field Notes

Since finishing up my thesis project, finally...once and for all, I have started several smaller projects.
  1. Find a job with my highly employable Liberal Arts degree
  2. Create a food blog with Kelley to pass the idle time in Houston
  3. Attempt to pick up film photography via the Holga + "estate sale find" Kodak
  4. Read, read, read through list titled, "Books to Read"
  5. Learn to cook for parents, Larry & Sherry
  6. Unpack from the great move from the childhood home, and the move back from Austin
  7. Update the following: portfolio, linked in, this personal blog...
Alas, there have been several developments in regards to these smaller projects and larger goals.


       I got a job!
   and I am moving to California!

       I did in fact create the food blog with Kelley!
   I also attempted to cook on my own...

       I read over 20 books this summer!
   But most importantly...

       I have a job in California!

Thus, in celebration of a truly new chapter and with my Houston limbo-period drawing to a close, I present the modified Haaston. As of July 13th, this blog hit the four year mark. Against common blog-odds, this baby made it throughout my undergraduate years. I figured its now time to switch things up to reflect newer inspirations and new new new everything.

I'm drawing inspiration from my dear friend Jessica Yong: a fellow UT grad, future stellar-star interior designer, Dear Jessica: I want to steal your Instagram. Jessica draws on the concept of field notes: little lines and patterns and beauties and oddities that she sees daily in the world.

My fellow Texan-gone-Cali, Grace, offered an similar idea: "what Victoria saw" or something like that. Oftentimes, the daily photographs do not get published anywhere because I cannot think up a series or full blog-post and commentary to accompany them. But, let's celebrate the singular images.

Lastly, I am just obsessed with Alice Gao. Really, I want to steal her everything. The New York based photographer has perfected lifestyle photography and blogging. I embarrassingly check her blog several times daily.

In sum, I'm starting a new adventure. I hope you'll follow along.
Also, please come visit me in California after August. :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tony the Tiger Bars

Sometimes delicious food does not photograph well. And sometimes, despite wonderful camera equipment, apartment kitchens make poor backdrops. I attempted to make some camping treats that I recall from a Colorado backpacking trip. We called them Tony the Tiger Bars, and they are made with marshmallows and peanut butter and frosted flakes and butter. These little bars make an excellent snack on a hike, and the peanut butter provides some protein to sustain you until you reach the campground...or civilization.

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Tony the Tiger Bars

1 bag of regular marshmallows
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup peanut butter
7 cups of frosted flakes
  1. Melt marshmallows and butter in saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth.
  3. Add in the frosted flakes cereal, and stir until coated. You have to do this pretty quickly because the peanut butter/marshmallow will begin to thicken. Using a spatula or spoon, spread the mixture into a pan.
  4. Allow to cool, and then cut into the bars.
  5. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dinner Date: Tiny Boxwood's + The Chocolate Bar

In the endless game of "catch-up," I want to tell you about a little food date from two weeks ago. My friend Jennifer and I went to Houston's popular Tiny Boxwood's for dinner, followed by second dessert at The Chocolate Bar.

I ate at Tiny Boxwood's once before for lunch and just about died over the grilled cheese and pesto sandwich, the chocolate chip cookie, and homemade lemonade. A whole year later, and I still fondly remember this meal.

In addition, this is the typically the first restaurant recommendation to come out of the mouth of any young Anthropologie-loving girl from Houston. "Make sure you order the chocolate chip cookie, too! It's ahhhh-mazing!"

With Jennifer, we arrived at Tiny Boxwood's for an early dinner. We ordered glasses of wine, the refreshing white wine mojito, and the buffalo mozzarella pizza to split. We concluded the meal with, of course, the classic melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookie.

The Tiny Boxwood's dinner vibe widely differs from the lunchtime vibe. The atmosphere is more formal, you order from your table instead of the cafe counter, and the lights are dimmed. It is a finer dining experience and serves as an excellent spot for a dinner-date. So really, check out Tiny Boxwood's for lunch and dinner. During the day time, meander over to nearby garden + landscaping business for extra greenery to accompany your lunch. And at night, score a table outside, and enjoy the white wine sangria. With each meal, be sure to conclude with the chocolate chip cookie too! Because it's ahhh-mazing!

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I don't think Jennifer expected me to go for the chocolate chip cookie. But honestly, how could I resist. Still, we stuck to the original plan and went out for second dessert after dinner and went to Houston's The Chocolate Bar.

....where we ordered Mega Dessert, also known as Any Day's a Holiday Cake. (I could have sworn it was called Tuxedo Cake, but the internet does not lie). The cake retails for $75, or $10 a slice. There are alternating layers of chocolate and yellow cake, all held together with rich chocolate icing. I had about three bites before admitting defeat. Oh yes, the cake prevailed. Jennifer faired much better, but we still had a sizable portion to take home. Second dessert can be a formidable opponent.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mexican Street Corn


The blog has been a bit slow because Kelley the cook is currently in Canada. I think I mentioned that in the last post or addition to the horror story of my abysmal cooking skills. I take photos and eat. That's it.

Anyways! Just before Kelley left for Canada, we decided to cook Mexican Street Corn, aka the best summer side dish, and submit the recipes and write up to the fabulous Brit+Co website. Well lo and behold, they posted our recipes and photos this week.

Being Fed's
Mexican Street Corn - Two Ways

Click click click that to view the recipes!

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