Fun Finds in Blanco, Texas – March 2017

I meet my best friend and sister of the heart for lunch occasionally in Blanco, Texas.  One of our favorite places for lunch is the Redbud Cafe.  After a leisurely meal, we visit  Brieger Pottery which is located next door.  (Click on the links in blue to see a blog post from a couple of years ago about The Redbud Cafe and Brieger Pottery.)

On this trip we, of course, had to see what was new  in the Brieger Pottery store.  They carry  a lovely mix of pottery, handmade creations from local artists and more.  You will find pottery, jewelry, clothing, cards, a great selection of oil cloth patterns, and wind chimes, just to name a few.  Today I am focusing on pottery.

One of my favorite pieces are these pottery balls.  I took a photo of them a couple of years ago and always look for more when I visit the store.  On this trip I found a wonderful selection of pottery by this artist.

Yes, there were my cute pottery balls, but I immediately zeroed in on the faces. They are adorable.

and this one


 

 

If you get a chance to travel to the Texas Hill Country , take time to visit Blanco.  It is a lovely town.  Have lunch at The Redbud Cafe and browse through the pottery store next door.  Be sure to walk around the square and visit the other great places to shop and eat too.

Happy traveling,

Melyna

 

Coffee Monday

Good morning!

I have ran posts in the past about my visits to Blanco, Texas. It is the half way point for my sister/best friend and I to meet for coffee, lunch, dessert and more coffee.  We usually stop at the Redbud Cafe (which we did), but we also found a new to us coffee house called The Bean & Biscuit.

The Bean & Biscuit Blanco, Texas

The Bean & Biscuit Blanco, Texas

 

We were immediately drawn to the colorful and welcoming exterior.  The interior is bright, clean and filled with art .   It has the feel of an internet cafe, with patrons sitting at  the tables by the windows drinking coffee and working on their laptops.

The room that I call the reading nook at The Bean & Biscuit. You can see another small room and table to the back.

The room that I call the reading nook at The Bean & Biscuit. You can see another small room and table to the back.

 

The room that I designated the reading nook has an atmosphere that invites one to sit, relax, read or visit in a more intimate space.

The menu includes sweets, quiche, sandwiches and various specialty coffee drinks. The lunch special of the day when we were there was chili.

The front counter. The special this day was chili.

The front counter. The special this day was chili.

We had planned on eating at the Redbud Cafe so we decided to come back for coffee and dessert.   When we returned I chose a cinnamon roll.

Cinnamon roll

Cinnamon roll

I love the hearty sweet dough and the sweet cinnamon filling .  I also chose a plain coffee.  The coffee is self serve as are the pastries, which you can see in the photos.

The self serve pastry area near the counter. We enjoyed the art displayed throughout the cafe. We especially liked the one with the peaches, which you can see in this photo.

The self serve pastry area near the counter. We enjoyed the art displayed throughout the cafe. We especially liked the one with the peaches, which you can see in this photo.

The self serve coffee area is to the right as you come in the door near the reading nook.

The self serve coffee area is to the right as you come in the door near the reading nook.

Overall, we enjoyed our experience and will be trying it again on one of our future visits to Blanco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We cannot come to Blanco without stopping at the Redbud Cafe and Brieger Pottery. Today we enjoyed their portabella burger for my vegetarian friend and my nod to a low carb diet was satisfied with the Angus blue cheese burger sans the bun.  I have not been strict about my diet throughout the holidays and decided to enjoy myself and have a chocolate chip  pecan cookie with my coffee.  Definitely not low carb, but oh so yummy.   In the photo you can see a box of coconut macaroons. My family says that these are the best they have ever had and request that I bring them whenever we visit.

Chocolate chip pecan cookie with coffee and coconut macaroons to go.

Brieger Pottery

Brieger Pottery

We went to browse at Brieger Pottery and they had some fun items. they always have fun items. It is a wonderful place to shop. Here are a few I found.  If you happen to be in Blanco, be sure to stop by and check them out.

Lovely beaded ornaments

Lovely beaded ornaments

Cool pottery balls

Cool pottery balls

An unusual pottery piece

An unusual pottery piece

Road Trip June 08, 2015 to Blanco Texas

Yesterday I took a road trip to Blanco, Texas to visit my sister of the heart.  We have been friends for forty years. So, yes, she is my sister.  As often as we can manage, we meet for breakfast.  We picked Blanco because we like the town, it has a good feel and it is between where we both live.  This week we decided to eat at the Redbud Cafe  market & pub.

Exterior of Redbud Cafe & PubThey serve a breakfast (brunch) on Sunday.  They  have Quiche and croissants and sweets for breakfast the rest of the week.  Here is a link to their Menu.  We met about 10:45 and opted for lunch instead.  We have had coffee and dessert here several times but today I felt like trying something different.  My friend is vegetarian and they have a nice selection of options to choose from.  We both had the hot portabella mushroom sandwich.  I had fresh fruit with mine and she had their homemade coleslaw.  Unfortunately I did not get photos of the food.  We were too busy talking and sharing photos and stories of what has been happening in our lives and eating.  I forgot, but it was delicious.

They serve specialty coffee drinks as well at the self serve coffee bar with their own Redbud blend and today they had a Brazilian blend as well.  If you prefer real half and half in your coffee, they have it.  (I am very happy about this myself)

The Cafe is directly across from the courthouse on the square.  You can sit outside and chat with passersby or just enjoy the fresh air.

Exterior of Redbud Cafe market & pub.

Inside is open and inviting. The tables are covered with oil cloth in an array of bright and cheerful patterns.

Interior of Redbud Cafe market & pub

Interior of Redbud Cafe market & pub

They have a great selection of locally brewed beer from Real Ale Brewing

as well as their handpicked selection of local wines.

Redbud Cafe Bar area

Real Ale Brewing at redbud Cafe market and pub

Real Ale Brewing at redbud Cafe market and pub

and Live Music on the weekends.

Music schedule at the Redbud Cafe for June 2015

Music schedule at the Redbud Cafe for June 2015

One wall is used for art exhibits.  They are currently featuring artist, Melanie Fain 

‘Bluebird’, Etching by Melanie Fain

‘Bluebird’, Etching by Melanie Fain

One of the fun and interesting items on permanent display is a series of rainfall table starting in 1900.

Rainfall totals for Blanco Texas 1900-1920

Rainfall totals for Blanco Texas 1900-1920

Rainfall totals for Blanco Texas 1920-1940

Rainfall totals for Blanco Texas 1920-1940

Rainfall totals for Blanco Texas 1940-

Rainfall totals for Blanco Texas 1940-1959

Check out the rain totals for September 1952. yikes!

The owners of the Cafe, Jon and Jan Brieger, also have Brieger Pottery next door.

Brieger Pottery

 They have a wonderful assortment of pottery,  handmade items, locally made as well as imports (beautiful selection of items from Peru) including textiles, jewelry, soaps and cards.  They have clothing, imported and vintage, plus used books, various antiques and knick-knacks.  Be sure to explore their selection of lavender products.  Blanco is known for their lavender festival which is happening next weekend: 11th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival

interior of Brieger Pottery

Oil Cloth table at brieger Pottery

Rolls of the beautiful Oil Cloth that covers the tables in the Cafe.

Here are some close-ups  of some of the patterns:

Black oil cloth with floral circles

Black oil cloth with floral circles

Yellow Oil cloth with flowers in cirlces.

Yellow Oil cloth with flowers in circles.

Red Oil Cloth with Flowers

Red Oil Cloth with Flowers

Black oil cloth with animal patterns

Black oil cloth with animal patterns

Black oil cloth with flowers

Black oil cloth with flowers

Black and White Oil Cloth

Black and White Oil Cloth

Happy Travels,

Melyna

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