LaVenture

City: Marfa, TX

Address: 105 S Highland Ave

Date: December 29, 2016

Meal: Dinner

Tales from my Travels: On the 28th, the trail my father wanted to go on, Lost Mines, was again full. Instead, we went on the Grapevine Hills Trail that took us to Balanced Rock. I did not find Balanced Rock particularly amazing but the final 0.25 miles of the trail were fun due to the rock scrambling. We later set off on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive that took us (with a stop at La Harmonia Co. for an ice cream) to the Santa Elena Canyon that is right on the border with Mexico. We also went on the Dorgan-Sublett Trail to see the remains of some homesteads from the first half of the 1900s. The rest of the night proved frustrating. We had not made a reservation for a restaurant and on the road back we had absolutely no service so we could not call. Once in Alpine, we tried several restaurants but they were all completely full and/or about to close. With the levels of tension high in the car and a lot of “hangry” comments, we ended up eating at Pizza Hut. The 29th was reasonably better; we were all rested and the arguments of the night before forgotten. On the road to Big Bend I made a reservation at LaVenture so we would not face the same consequences of the night before. We first went to the Lower Burro Mesa Pour-Off. On the road to the Chimneys Trail, my dad thought he saw a tarantula, crossing the street. He turned around and went back. A car nearly ran over it but luckily saw it in time, probably due to the fact that my dad and I had been in the middle of the street. That car later returned and out got a British family of three who shared the little adventure with us before we set off on our separate ways. After eating some sandwiches for lunch, we set off on the trail at the very end of which was a boulder with some Indian paintings. The walk back on a narrow, pebbly path was quite annoying with the little stones slowing us down and cutting into our shod feet. Once more we made our way to Marfa where we were, once again, very well fed. Once we had ordered our food, the waiters brought us some slices of pumpernickel bread with whipped butter and a pumpkin spread. My parents and I later had Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms, Celery Root and Shaved Parmesan (it’s an Argentine tradition to eat gnocchi on the 29th of each month), my sister the Seared Diver Scallops with Cauliflower Purée, Winter Truffle and Braised Leeks, my brother the Grilled Half Chicken with Roasted Winter Vegetables, Beluga Lentils and Preserved Lemon Yogurt and my sister-in-law the Braised Lamb Shank with Wilted Greens, Marfa Maid Feta, Soft Polenta and Crushed Pistachio. For dessert we shared two Crème Brûléed Lemon Curds with Shortbread Biscuits and Citrus Salad. It was a great finish to our short family trip.

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