On top of a hill in Bellville you’ll find a burger joint appropriately named The Hill and it’s a site that’s been slinging out burgers and shakes for a long, long time.
The Texas Bucket List – Newman’s Castle
Over in Bellville, we found a baker who built himself a castle. Mike Newman has owned Newman’s Bakery for 30 years but one day he wanted something bigger. Now he’s got it.
The Texas Bucket List – Luckenbach, Texas
If you’ve never been to Luckenbach, you’re missing out on a country music culture that lives in the air and in the hearts of the people of this town. On our very first episode on The Texas Bucket List, we sit beneath the mighty oaks that have had years and years of musical notes pick their way through the branches. In the breeze and in the air everywhere is the sound of a good ole’ country twang, dust scuffed up from boots at the dance hall, and the constant picking of guitar strings. Celebrate the country, celebrate music, and come have some fun where everybody is somebody in Luckenbach on The Texas Bucket List!
The Texas Bucket List – Texas Woman’s University First Lady Dress Collection
From glittering gowns to sleek timeless styles, the Texas Woman’s University in Denton displays dresses worn by some notable women from the Lone Star State. The Texas First Ladies Historic Costume Collection exhibits over 40 gowns — some replicas, some originals — all looking just as regal and impressive as they did in their prime. It’s well worth a stop on The Texas Bucket List!
The Texas Bucket List – Hubcap Grill
The Philly Cheesesteak Burger at Hubcap Grill in Houston is one heck of a burger — it’s huge! If you like a meaty burger, this is the one for you (if you can even fit it in your mouth)! Well worth a stop on The Texas Bucket List.
The Texas Bucket List – Devil’s Rope Museum
The Barbed Wire Museum in McLean fences in a bit of history that changed the free-roaming game for cowboys and Native Americans across the Lone Star State. Explore this prickly piece of the past from how it was made to the many different designs. Well worth a stop on The Texas Bucket List!
The Texas Bucket List – Rodeo Goat
We try a holiday burger at Rodeo Goat in Fort Worth! This burger gets into some Christmas cheer with a little special ingredient…pink cheese! Mix that with some collard greens and you’ve got yourself one delicious Christmas treat that looks too good to eat. Well worth a stop on The Texas Bucket List!
The Texas Bucket List – Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana
Corsicana – When it comes to Christmas confectionery, there are all sorts of sweets that one can savor here in the Lone Star State. There is one cake that keeps people coming to Corsicana, and it goes hand in hand with the holidays, Collins Street Bakery in Corsicana.
“This is a part of Texas history,” Sarah Keathley said. “It’s unique. The world’s greatest fruitcake.”
Since 1896, the Collin Street Bakery has been getting a rise out of customers by providing carbs that are well worth craving. Back in the beginning, baking bread was the business’s backbone, but after too many bakers starting popping out of the oven, the Collin Street Bakery took a different approach.
“They sold all of their bread equipment and made this decision just to go and gamble on this product that nobody heard about,” Hayden Crawford said. “They did it and it was a home run.”
Hayden’s family bought into the business in the 1960’s back when Corsicana’s craving for fruitcake started to become a fruitful fixture during the holidays.
“Historically, the fruitcake has always been a celebratory cake,” Hayden. “It was a product of the fall harvest with the pecans and some of the fruit, and then this was all put together in a delicious cake. [It] was put back in the root cellar and held back until Christmas and pulled out so that everybody could enjoy the bounty of the harvest.”
Today, the fruitcakes are a bit fresher thanks to a bounty of bakers that help make one million fruitcakes every year!
“So what you see is freshly shelled native pecans, big decorative halves to decorate the top of the cakes,” Hayden said. “We use pineapple from our Costa Rican farm. We have the largest organic farm in the world. Cherries from the pacific northwest, raisins from California, all go into this fruitcake to make one of the finest Christmas products in the world.”
Each cake is carefully topped, baked, and prepared to be enjoyed by somebody.
“I’ve been coming to the bakery ever since I was a kid but believe you and me fruitcake was not always on my favorite list,” Steve Keathley said.
Despite what you may think of fruitcake, you just never know how good it is until you try it.
“We’ve put free samples everyday because we have to prove to people ‘hey this fruitcake is really a quality product’ and people walk in and the worse thing I ever heard them say is ‘Hey this isn’t bad,’” Hayden said.
Turns out what was once equivalent to getting coal for Christmas is now cool again, and people are going nuts for fruitcake.
The captains of industry, leaders of nations,” joked Hayden. “Everyone loves to enjoy fruitcake.”
With Christmas upon us here in the Lone Star State, filling your face with fruitcake in Corsicana is well worth a stop on The Texas Bucket List.
“Because it is the world’s finest,” Hayden said. “There’s no other product like it. It’s just a combination of pecans and fruit all bound together with local clover honey. It’s a fantastic product. Everybody needs to try it before they kick the bucket.”
The Texas Bucket List – Ennis Railroad and Culture Museum
We visit to a long-standing train depot in Ennis that happens to be a museum. Just a few generations ago, it was known as the place where the railroads and cotton fields meet. Once the main stop between Dallas and Austin, this station now serves as a testament to the history and culture of the people of Ennis. Well worth a stop on The Texas Bucket List!
The Texas Bucket List – Beer Can House
Well, they’ve certainly turned trash into treasure and gotten a little extra fun out of their aluminum at the Beer Can House in Houston! Covered in chimes and cans galore, this house is the ultimate result of “Hold my beer – watch this!” challenges. If you’re looking for something unique and bizarre, look no further. Well worth a stop on The Texas Bucket List!
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