Top 6 Ice Cream Stops in Bryan-College Station

What better way to celebrate National Ice Cream month than to recap my top picks for America’s favorite summer treat.  The Brazos Valley isn’t short on a supply of sweet treats that help cool off even the hottest days of summer.  As you plan your summer vacations or need a quick sugar fix try out some of my favorite local Ice Cream spots in the Brazos Valley.  Next week I’ll share a few more Ice Cream spots that you don’t want to miss around the state and beyond the boarders of Texas!

1.  Blue Bell Ice Cream is a Texas staple and should be on everyone’s “must do” list while traveling through the state.  If you can’t stop by the Brenham factory for a tour, you can find this delicious treat at most grocers and in Downtown Bryan a the local Must Be Heaven Sandwich Shoppe.  Stepping back in time, treat the family to a hand dipped cone of Blue Bell Ice Cream and take a stroll down the historic sidewalks of Downtown Bryan.


Photo Credit:  Must Be Heaven Sandwich Shoppe in Brenham, Texas                               

2.  Farmhouse Creamery  opened their doors to the Bryan-College Station community in 2016, bringing to south College Station a true taste delicious premium ice cream.  They offer 28 flavors of ice cream, including sugar free and gluten free options, the creamery brings a unique spin to ice cream right here in the Brazos Valley.


Photo Credit:  Farmhouse Creamery Premium Ice Cream

3.  “Maybe a Cupcake will help?” – Jeff Martin, Founder of Smallcakes Cupcakes and Creamery, created this decadent treat that is just irresistible to any sweets lover.  A brand new location has opened in Bryan-College Station and it’s definitely a sugar shock in the making, you don’t want to miss out!


Photo Credit:  Smallcakes Cupcakes and Creamery

4.  Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen – Gelato 

Ok this isn’t really Ice Cream… but this rich and creamy Italian favorite seriously had to be on this list.  Made in house, you don’t want to skip dessert when dining at Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen. (Psst order the Trio 8, you will thank me later.)


Photo Credit:  Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen                                                                                               

5.  Frios Gourmet Pops

A cousin of our favorite summer sweet treat ice cream… Popsicle are making a huge comeback, but in a gourmet way.  Are you planning a fun outdoor event or even a wedding? Frios Pops is mobile and ready to add a unique sweet treat to your next gathering.  Supporters of small businesses and growing local economies, Frios Gourmet Pops are your go to for fresh. frozen. fun.


Photo Credit:  Frios Gourmet Pops – Aggieland                                                                                              

6.  Have you ever wanted to tryout a science experiment with your ice cream?  Y’all my ice cream isn’t around long enough for me to actually conduct any experiments… but that’s ok because SubZero Nitrogen Ice Cream has you covered.  The staff at SubZero use liquid nitrogen to hand mix your ice cream at freezing temps of 321 degrees Fahrenheit.  Don’t worry, the liquid nitrogen isn’t toxic and it does not have a taste or smell to it.

Bonus: SubZero loves education and they will take their show on the road, this would be a huge hit at a children’s party!

Next week I’ll share a few more Ice Cream spots that you don’t want to miss around the state and beyond the boarders of Texas! xx Jennifer


Photo Credit:  SubZero Nitrogen Ice Cream                                                                                                    


Wine on the go!

I love supporting local businesses and seeing the Bryan/College Station community thrive through successful retailers, fine dining and attractions.  That’s why I am over the moon excited to announce my collaboration with Messina Hof Winery & Resort and Shelby Tiska Photography to present the newly released Messina Hof canned wine!

With Shelby Tiska’s amazing ability to capture and highlight food and beverage products through her stylized brand photography skills it was a no brainier to partner with Messina Hof Winery and Resort to feature their new canned wine for the summer on my blog.


Y’all, your summer just got better with the refreshing taste of Messina Hof wine on the go!  As I’m planning all of my summer vacations and trips to the beach and pool, you can bet that Messina Hof wine in a can will be in my cooler!!

You can choose between two refreshing options of canned wine.  Each selection is sold in a four pack and you can purchase it at all three Messina Hof locations.  Click HERE to see a complete list of retailers!



In addition to their new canned wine, Messina Hof Winery & Resort has a lot of great upcoming events.  My friends and I will be signing up for the Bryan Harvest Festival and good news you can too… use the Early Bird Promo Code PURPLEFEET for 15% off the Ultimate Pass Harvest 2018 Tickets!!  Hurry this code expires 6/15!

This week I also joined the Messina Hof Winery & Resort Wine Club!  I pick up my first selection this week and I can’t wait to also restock my fridge with canned wine too.


If you’re looking to change things up during the week, the Wine Bar at Messina Hof Estate Winery & Resort in Bryan has great Happy Hour  specials each night of the week!  Monday-Thursday they have a special feature of $5 select glasses and Wine on Tap from 4 PM to 7 PM.  Take a peak at the awesome weekly specials by the day!

Mixology Monday  $5 cocktails from 4 PM to 9PM

Tap Tuesday  $5 glasses of Wine on Tap and 10% off growler fills (growler purchased separately).

Sips and Sweets Wednesday  Sip three of Messina Hof’s award winning wines expertly paired with two deliciously sweet desserts, each treat crafted by the Vintage House Restaurant Chef.  

Aggie Night Thursday $5 glasses of wine and 1 free taste of one of our Aggie Network wines by showing your student or faculty ID or Aggie ring.

Friday Flights  20% off any themed flight on the menu.


xx Jennifer

Girlfriends Guide… Fredericksburg, TX (Part 3)

Day 3 of our girlfriend getaway in the Texas Hill Country didn’t lack in activities… we dedicated Sunday to last minute shopping and a stroll down main street, peeking in windows and grabbing last minute homemade baked goods from a church bake sale stand.  (And yes I ate the baked goods before even getting back to the car!)

We started the morning with the idea of just grabbing a quick cup of coffee and pastries at local bakery… but quickly changed our minds when we discovered the reviews on yelp for a local restaurant, Sunset Grill.

Weekend Guide to Fredericksburg, TX

The parking was a challenge but our timing was better… the wait was organized because of their text messaging system which allowed you to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful morning and relax.  We were seated almost immediately and our table was next to a Disney style porthole window creating a “magical” dining experience.

We could barely carry on a conversation, not because it was loud… but because we envied every table around us as their breakfast was brought to their tables. Although I opted for a traditional breakfast, with biscuits I could eat for days, my top picks that you should try are the French Toast and Eggs Benedict.  I’m adding it to our list for the next trip!

Sunset Grill

With our stomachs full, we needed any excuse to get outside and walk off the calories.  So we decided to hit up main street and visit a few of our favorite stores.  Everyone knows that I go a little crazy decorating for Christmas and if I could get away with it, I would leave it up year round.  So naturally we had to visit the Christmas Store.

I love looking at the new Christopher Radko Ornaments and I was on the hunt for one very special ornament for my tree this year… the Christmas Pickle.  There are many stories that are told about hanging a pickle on your tree.  I’ve heard it brings good luck to your family and I’ve also heard that the first person to find it on the tree gets to open an extra present.  So I figured either way it would be a solid purchase.

Christmas Store

If you’re looking to squeeze in a few more wineries on your trip to Fredericksburg, main street actually has a few wineries that you might have missed out on.  Fat Ass Ranch and Winery has a tasting room conveniently located next to the Christmas Store and if nothing else you just need to experience it because of the name…and the frozen sangria.

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I love cooking, it’s another creative space for me and actually a stress reliever believe it or not.  So stopping at the Kitchen store, Der Kuchen Laden, was a must on our list before we left town.  A fun fact about the Der Kuchen Laden, is it’s historical past as a hospital.  Walking inside you wouldn’t have known it was a hospital because it is wall to wall kitchen gadget must haves. They had kitchen gadgets I didn’t even know existed… from Le Creuset cookware to every sugar cookie cutter on this planet, I was in heaven.  And if you are craving java, here’s a little secret, they have a coffee house in the back of the store to grab a quick cup while you are shopping.

I found a few treasures that I couldn’t live with out, one in particular made my day.  I have a small obsession with cocktail napkins and I found the cutest Cowboys and Indians napkins that I just couldn’t leave with out purchasing.

Kitchen Store

If you have a sweet tooth, like I do, then you don’t have to walk very far to find sweet treats of all kinds.  The Lone Star Candy Bar had everything you could think of including a chocolate covered jalapeno, yikes!  And don’t be afraid to be a kid and take your picture with the life size M&M candy out front while you enjoy your hand dipped ice cream.

Fredericksburg Fudge is also a must in the sweets department.  They have everything under the sun when it comes to fudge and it will leave you on a sugar high for days.


Another great winery, who has a tasting room on main, is Grape Creek Vineyards.  On our first day in Fredericksburg we actually went out to the vineyard on HWY 290, but we only stayed for a glass of wine.  If we had done a little more research we could have just enjoyed a glass downtown and maybe avoided some of the crowds!

Grape Creek Vineyards on Main

As we left Main Street in “Olaf”, our jazzy mini van, we were already planning our next vacation to the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg, Texas.  It was exactly what we needed, a mini girlfriend getaway.  We can’t wait to plan another trip this Fall to enjoy the German heritage festivities and hopefully a little Christmas shopping too!


The Potter’s Cottage

The three days of jam-packed Texas Hill Country fun wouldn’t have been the same had we not chosen to VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner).  True confession, I have always been a little skeptical about staying at a “strangers” house and truth be told I envisioned it as a opening line to a horror film (you know, completely normal, rational thoughts.  Insert eye roll here.)  But that couldn’t be further from the truth, in fact, our VRBO experience was true bliss and it was the icing on the cake for our Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg girlfriend getaway.

We chose The Potter’s Cottage because of it’s proximity to main street and the charm that the property offered, we just couldn’t resist.  The wooden privacy fence that lined the front of the home, the gravel drive way and elegant walk to the front door created a atmosphere that you where coming home to your very own secluded cottage in the middle of the Texas Hill Country.

Potters Cottage

We walked through the front door into a cozy living room where, little did we know, that we would spend each night in our pjs, having a glass of wine, listening to music together as we just enjoyed life and endless laughter.

Each morning we enjoyed the fresh fruit and coffee that the owner had generously provided as we got ready to experience Fredericksburg.  And y’all, I’m am kicking myself for not snapping pics of the bathroom because the cast iron teal bathtub and soft pink bead board ceiling was an unexpected element that was definitely picture worthy.

The property also offered two out door seating areas, giving you an option to rock your worries away on the front porch or relax on the back porch over a glass of wine and maybe even grill out if you were feeling adventurous!

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One of my favorite things about the cottage was all of the pottery and art that adorned each room of the cottage.  From the windmill to cacti to the giant oak trees hugging the cottage, it was difficult to pack up Sunday evening to drive back to reality.

Although we spent most of our days away from the cottage and out enjoying the beautiful Spring weather, ending each day at The Potter’s Cottage was wonderful and it helped to create lasting memories for three girlfriends during their Texas Hill Country getaway.  We can’t wait to make another trip to The Potter’s Cottage in Fredericksburg, Texas!



Girlfriends Guide… Fredericksburg, TX (Day 2)

Fredericksburg Day 2!  Y’all it was, yes, another wonderful day in the Texas Hill Country.  Ok pause, if you missed Day 1… stop and click here to read all of the fun we had on the drive to Fredericksburg and our big night in Luckenbach, TX.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for our girls weekend in the Texas Hill Country.  With clear blue skies and rolling hills on the horizon, the day was picture perfect for a Saturday packed with wine tours and a lazy afternoon patio hopping.  Y’all I could seriously get use to the Texas Hill Country life… Let’s just say Monday back in the office after this girls weekend was a struggle.

Weekend Guide to Fredericksburg, TX

We kicked off our day on Main Street at the Old German Bakery and Restaurant.  The pictures really don’t do the pastries justice.  The good ole saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach” rang true as soon as we walked through the doors of the bakery.  Not only did we order food that barely fit on the table, we had do grab sausage wraps and pastries to go.  Our waitress thought we were nuts, but totally worth the carb overload.  The must haves for this dinning experience were the waffle (only a 1/2), the potato and German pancakes.

Old German Bakery & Restaurant

Our carb overload didn’t slow us down one bit, we called Uber and made our way to William Chris Vineyards in Hye, Texas…just outside of Fredericksburg.  And yes, I said UBER.  Just as a side note, Uber has expanded into Fredericksburg.  They began this December and we used the heck out of the app over the weekend.  I will say that Uber was really great for in town requests, the farther we got away from town the more challenging it was to actually get a ride.  Next time we plan to use our friend Rex at the 19th hole Wine Tours , he actually saved us when Uber stranded us at William Chris Winery.

Ok ya’ll back to the important topic…wine.  William Chris Vineyards was picture perfect and a great way to kick off our wine tour.  The tasting room was divided by six bars where guests were paired with their William Chris customer experience representative to taste each wine.  A list of wines were provided to you for the tasting along with a small bowl of almonds, with a little bit of kick, to cleanse your pallet between tasting the wine.  After our delightful tasting, we enjoyed sitting out on the lawn, people watching, and listening to live music.  Quick tip…they take their reservations very seriously, so please make sure and go to their website to register before just showing up for a tasting!

William Chris Winery

William Chris Vineyard (10352 U.S. Highway 290, Hye, TX 78635).                                   Bluebonnet Photo Credit: William Chris Vineyard website.

After hitching a ride with our new friend Rex at 19th hole Wine Tours, we headed over to Kuhlman Cellars… and I hate to be biased y’all, but this was by far my favorite tour.  What made the experience for me, at Kuhlman Cellars, was the outstanding customer service and attention to detail.  Not only was the atmosphere amazing, the staff was beyond knowledgeable about their product.  I really enjoy learning about wine, and more specifically how it pairs with food.  I think it’s great to hear where the grape comes from and how it grows, but what I really want to know is … “does this go with steak and potatoes?”  Kulhman Cellars did just that, they provided gourmet bite size bundles of flavor that paired with each wine.  Our tasting guide was excellent in explaining how the flavors of the wine would change in each bite of our food.  If you do nothing else please stop by and buy a jar of their herbed almonds, I could eat these by the truck load.

After a great experience in the tasting room we decided to test out the porch where we fell in love with their orange tabby cat and the cozy patio furniture.   I recommend also making a reservation at Kulhman Cellars, unless you just plan to just buy a glass of wine and enjoy the patio experience.

Kuhlman Tasting

18421 E US 290
Stonewall, TX

Keeping up with our patio hopping theme for the day, we made our way back into town to sip Rose at Lincoln Street Wine Market.   We indulged in an afternoon snack, inclusive of a custom gourmet cheese tray and margarita pizza.  Live music and the faint smell of cigars filled the patio as we relaxed, laughed and simply enjoyed life in the slow lane.

Lincoln Street

Y’all, don’t let our jam packed day fool you, the best part about our vacation were the afternoon naps to recharge for each evening.  After a break and some much needed relaxing time we felt renewed and ready to take on the night!  We found ourselves at The Treaty House, known for their cocktails and shareable dishes.

The food was amazing and the atmosphere almost topped that with a piano playing in the background and vocalist singing his little heart out.  The Treaty House was a great experience and a good place to hangout for the evening with no pressure to leave.  PS y’all, get the crab mac and cheese … your stomach will thank you later.

Treaty House

Day 2 complete!  When planning your Texas Hill Country vacation keep in mind that you will need reservations at the wineries and at the higher end restaurants.  Also consider your transportation… ok putting my “mom hat” on here, please utilize Uber or local businesses like Rex’s 19th hole Wine Tours for safe transportation.  Also take naps, it’s ok to take naps on vacations, in fact it’s highly encouraged.

Y’all, stay tuned for a recap of Day 3, full of shopping and more food!  I will also tell you how to fit in a few more wineries when you are short on time!

xx -Jennifer




Girlfriends Guide… Fredericksburg, TX

What better way to celebrate the first day of Spring than to share with y’all the details of my Texas Hill Country getaway with a few of my girlfriends.  This trip was just in time and a MUCH needed get away to Fredericksburg for all of us.  Looking back over the last three days I can’t believe all of the fun we had and I have outlined each day in detail for y’all so you can start planning your Texas Hill Country getaway this Spring asap!

  Weekend Guide to Fredericksburg, TX

Y’all our days were filled with fabulous food, beautiful wineries, shopping and each day ended in the living room of our VRBO cozy Texas Hill Country cottage enjoying a glass of wine.  Hold on tight because I’m sharing all the details over the next three weeks!  I’m kicking today’s blog post off with a recap of our first day in Fredericksburg.

DAY 1:  Our caffeine fueled send off from College Station was filled with excitement and a minivan (aka Olaf) packed from floor to ceiling in suitcases and best friends.  You know when you haven’t seen your besties in a few weeks and you just can’t talk fast enough, you talk over each other and laugh so hard you hope you don’t pee in your pants… that’s pretty much the theme for the weekend in a nutshell.

We made our way through Austin, Dripping Springs, Johnson City and finally made it to our first stop in Downtown Fredericksburg at Vaudeville Bistro for lunch.  The original ceiling tiles and retro light fixtures created a unique dining experience that matched the gourmet food.   In addition to the culinary experience, the Vaudeville also offers a market, wine store, home and gift retail store and art gallery – even a supper club, all spanning over three floors of this Fredericksburg Downtown landmark.

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What’s lunch without dessert, I say…  After lunch we took a short walk over to the Fredericksburg Pie Company to enjoy heavenly slices of pie with a jolt of pecan flavored coffee.  Get there early because when they are out y’all, they are out.  We chose an assortment of flavors from peach, to apple and my personal favorite key lime!

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With our bellies full we decided that the afternoon would need to include some walking, ok a LOT of walking…and shopping of course.  We were in luck, the Fredericksburg Trade Days were in full force and we couldn’t wait to get there to see what treasures we could find to take home.  On the 3rd Saturday of each month you can walk through the Trade Days searching for antiques and collectibles.  Side note, make sure and pack comfortable shoes, bring recyclable bags or even a “canton cart” to carry out your finds.  You will need cash to park and maybe even a cooler of water to stay hydrated.

Market Days

Grape Creek Vineyards was nearby so we decided to take a shopping break to go enjoy a glass of wine on the back patio and the beautiful landscapes surrounding Grape Creek  Vineyards.  If you plan to visit and tour Grape Creek Vineyards on a Saturday you will need a reservation for the tour.  Since we dropped in on a Friday we just grabbed wine by the glass and did not do the tour.  Instead, we enjoyed sitting on the patio and taking a relaxing break from all of the eating and shopping that filled most of our day.  Grape Creek also has a wine tasting room in Downtown Fredericksburg, which I would recommend doing.  This then allows you to have the option and time to substitute in another full wine tour, maximizing the wine tasting selections! Priorities!

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After a quick afternoon siesta we were refreshed and ready to put on our dancing shoes for a concert at Luckenbach, TX.  This is a Texas sized backyard with a dance hall that will make your feet hurt the next day.  We made a quick pit stop for burgers at Alamo Springs Cafe for  burgers that even Texas Monthly raved about… side note get the jalapeno cheese bun and don’t be afraid to add a fried egg on top!  You won’t be disappointed!  If you have the time stop by the Old Tunnel State Park on your way out to see the Mexican free-tailed Bats in an old abandoned railroad tunnel it’s also a must see.

The saying goes “Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach.” We quickly found our place at a rustic picnic table in Luckenbach and of course we took the classic photo in front of the Luckenbach Post Office.  It was an evening full of laughs, singing and laughing…. and most importantly, the much needed girl time!


It’s hard to believe we did all of that in one day… I’m exhausted just typing it y’all, but the adventures were worth it.  Check back tomorrow when I recap Day 2 in the Texas Hill Country! We tour two wineries and eat our hearts out at some amazing restaurants in Fredericksburg, TX… oh and I’m sharing all the details about our cozy Hill Country cottage that we rented through VRBO!


Girlfriends Guide… Boerne, TX

Planning for my girls weekend getaway to Fredericksburg, TX this week has me feeling super nostalgic over a trip I took back in December to the Texas Hill Country to watch two of my dear friends tie the knot at Marquartdt Ranch.  Have you ever been to Boerne?  It’s pronounced “Bur-nee” and it’s actually not that far from where we’ll be this weekend.  It is a must on your tour of the Texas Hill Country!
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Although we were only in Boerne for one day, we maximized our time and spent it eating and shopping in the Historic Downtown District.  Our first stop was Bear Moon Bakery and Cafe… and confession time, it was also our last stop later in the day for a sweet treat!

The breakfast was amazing, I had my favorite go to breakfast food – French Toast with a side of eggs I’m still pining over.  And of course a mocha coffee (with an extra shot of espresso).   They also offer a full brunch buffet that looked delicious… and spoiler alert those pastries were as good as they looked.

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401 South Main
BoerneTX 78006

After brunch, and now extremely caffeinated, we set out to shop til we dropped – in a matter of only a few hours.  The entire downtown was preparing for the Christmas parade and every store was full of beautiful, vintage Christmas Decor.  Let’s just say after this little shopping trip in Boerne, my Christmas tree has never looked so good.

One of my favorite stores, which I unfortunately did not photograph, was Kiss the Cook.  I love cooking and this was a novice chef’s dream come true.  Not only did they have every kitchen gadget under the sun, the customer service was out of this world.  The staff was very friendly and helped me find the perfect Christmas gift for my Aunt.

Boerne in December

A few snap shots of the Downtown Historical District in the Hill Country Mile of Boerne.

Boerne will definitely be back on the list for the next girls trip we take this winter. I would love to go back to see the Christmas Parade and spend more time shopping the beautiful stores.

For a full list of shops and eateries visit the Boerne’s website to plan your trip to the Hill Country Mile.  And here are a few places to put on your list to stop by while you are strolling down the country mile!

  • 259 Home Market
  • Bear Moon Bakery & Cafe
  • Kiss The Cook
  • The Red Rooster
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    And our grand finale …Italian wine, in a can, with a holiday joy cupcake. 


    xx -Jennifer