It’s been three years since I visited America. I went on a 3-week tour on my own but visiting relatives and friends on each stop. I started off at the West Coast (Los Angeles) then to Texas and lastly, to East Coast (New York and New Jersey). I’d love to share some of my West vs East Coast experiences but lemme focus on Texas this time. Here’s a Throwback Thursday photo collage taken during the second leg of my US trip last 2010:
Some say, there’s nothing much to do at Texas. I say otherwise. I had the chance to attend the service at Lakewood Church and saw Joel Osteen upclose! It was also my first NBA experience when Rockets played vs Heat and I saw Yao Ming in person (who wouldn’t see him on the court?!). Along with my relatives, we visited Kemah Theme Park where some rides scared me to death! My uncle also brought us to the port where we were able to bring the car and sail along with the dolphins (I forgot the name of the place). I got my converse sneakers for only $19 so I bought few other pairs to give-away. It was just so nice to see my family on that side of the world.
I wasn’t able to take a lot of photos that time, especially the food! But luckily, there’s a newly renovated Texmex restaurant here in Cote D’Azur which reminded me so much of the food I had in Texas.
Le Ranch has a variety of starters (from guacamole to quesadillas), burgers (oh their burgers really come in Texan size!) and of course the traditional – from fajitas to tacos to enchiladas. Mark had Beef Fajitas as seen on the photo below:
Leslie, my cousin-in-law, had Chicken Fajitas (Crevette/Shrimp is also available). What I had was called Deluxe – it was a mixture of Beef Tacos with fresh salad and Chicken Enchilada. It was so good! It was actually my favourite amongst all our orders.
All of our orders came with these side dishes (Mexican rice, guacamole, cheese and that white sauce – I forgot what it’s called; I had chili-con-carne instead of the rice). The rice kinda tasted like Uncle Ben’s but I like the guacamole and my chili-con-carne. The cheese and that white sauce gave extra flavour to the tacos.
There’s also an oversize steak in the menu and I’m glad I didn’t choose that otherwise I won’t be able to walk due to food overload!
We didn’t order cocktails neither. I just had a bottle of Evian and I asked for few lemon slices. Mark had coke and Leslie had her rosé. The serving was really big so Les and I shared a slice of cheesecake. It was okay, not their specialty. I think the cheesecake itself is good without the strawberry sauce. Maybe try their fruit salad instead.
I recommend this to those who are craving for something different from the traditional Provençal dishes or gastronomic restaurants in Cote D’Azur. Afterall, there are only few Mexican/Texmex restos in the French Riviera. Big appetite is a must!
Price Range:Starters: From €6 – €15 | Salad: From €6 to €14 | Main: From €15 – €21 | Dessert: From €6 – €7
Average Price per person: €25 including 1 drink
Le Ranch. Address: 193 Route du Bord de Mer 06270 Villeneuve-Loubet | Tel No: 04 93 22 80 77
Tex-Mex food is a name used to describe dishes that are found in the state of Texas that is primarily American. It blends available foods in the United States with traditional Mexican cuisine. Some of the Tex-Mex f oods may differ from actual Mexican dishes, but are still referred to Mexican dishes in Texas. People who live outside of Texas sometimes refer to Tex-Mex as Southwestern food. (Source: Ezine Articles)