Trip Start Nov 22, 2010
13Trip End Dec 14, 2010
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Where I stayed
The Holiday Inn
Black Friday! This means something else in Australia, it's any Friday that lands on the 13th of a month and usually sends people running under the duvet for safety. This is the opposite in USA, it's the start of Christmas shopping and amazing deals can be secured all around you, as long as you're looking for stuff that can be discounted well (like electronics and toys).
I managed to dodge this by getting a haircut that went for a few hours. Dad and Z went to a few stores including Game Stop where they were flooded with locals who were looking to nab a nice deal on some goodies in the store, but the hairdresser was almost empty bar one person getting a trim.
Last night's sleep was pretty good despite having a horribly runny nose and worrying that I've caught a cold during the time in which my body is trying to recover from the missing sleep and co-ordinating to a new time schedule
After my haircut we went to a store called Academy, a sports store that my Dad absolutely loved. Z and I decided to stay in the car, we've been all shopped out and I had some time to update myself with Facebook and upload some new photos of my haircut (though it was still about 7am in Australia, and it'd be a few hours before most of my friends woke up in Aus). The bit to follow was my favourite.
After seeing the movie Harold and Kumar go to Whitecastle, I've been trying to hunt down a location of this restaurant chain to try their burgers. Most Aussies assume they're just little burgers but in fact they're more than that; they're steamed, an unusual way of cooking a burger. Unfortunately for us, there's no Whitecastle in any of the locations we're visiting on this trip, but I found the next best thing!
There's a chain called Krystal Burger which offer the same miniature burgers that are also steamed, and are found in the southern parts of USA where Whitecastle don't reach (and as Dad and I learnt today, they've been around since the 1930's!). We tried their burgers today, and it was a big step for me personally, making a link between movies and real life (even if it wasn't 100% accurate). The burgers themselves were surprisingly filling, one burger was enough for me, keeping in mind I've had a stomach operation. It's about $4.99 without tax for a 4 Original Krystal burger pack, including fries and a drink.
The afternoon disappeared quickly, as we didn't have lunch until about 3pm
We had dinner with Grandpa at a place called Texas Road House, a steak restaurant about 5-10 minutes drive from where Grandpa lives. The steaks were unbelievably tender and rivaled The Outback's steaks, though I'd have to still give the #1 spot to The Outback. I'm uploading a video for it, the last few videos have failed to upload and I'm not sure how this will go. Fingers crossed!
That's all for today! I hope you enjoyed :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmBTLtyGiLA - The 4 of us at Texas Road House