The sun slowly baked my arms, legs and feet as The Husband cruised our rental car, filled to the brim with our precious belongings, along the Interstate at top speeds. The heat reminded me of Dubai summers. The blue sky was void of the fluffy, massive, pristine clouds that loomed overhead. The landscape that surrounded us transformed: from mountains and rolling hills thick with trees as far as the eyes could see to camouflage colored flatlands dotted with bales of hay, grazing herds of muscular cows and thoroughbred horses, colossal pick up trucks and the Lone Star flag flying high in the summer breeze. I guess we were definitely here…our new home: Plano, Texas.
As I alighted out of rental car stretching my throbbing legs, tired from the 6-hour drive from Memphis, the heat and humidity slapped me hard in the face. I then checked the temperature on our nifty mobile weather app: 95°F (35°C) it read. Groan. Almost like Dubai. Almost. And it was already 8’o clock in the evening. Isn’t it funny how destiny led us from one desert into another?
Moving our luggage from the car and into our hotel room, sweaty and sticky, I ached for Georgia.
I miss the trees and the little critters that lived in them. Our afternoon walks in the neighborhood and in the parks were filled with our silly squeaks and squawks of childlike excitement seeing squirrels, bunny rabbits, turtles, geese, ducks, snakes (Yes, we did see a couple!), raccoon and deer. And our evenings were greeted by a sparkle of fireflies from the bevy of trees across Mr. Trong’s house.
I miss our quaint neighborhood where everything relevant to our hungry adventurous spirits: Korean BBQ restaurants, Vietnamese noodle shops, Parisian inspired Korean bakery cum coffee shops, the Shorty Howell and McDaniel parks, and groceries, particularly, the specialty ethnic supermarkets, were just a few minutes walk away. Our little corner of Duluth, Georgia had the stone’s throw convenience of a bustling city with the small-town pace as most places were closed early in the evening (i.e. between 9-10PM) and sometimes even closed on Sundays.
I miss oh-so cheap Chinese-Taiwanese meals at Great Wall Supermarket. This Asian superstore housed an amazing food court that filled our stomachs to the brim at an affordable below $10 meal for two.
Ping’s Place was home to Taiwanese pork chop, salt and pepper chicken and beef noodles. While Yummy Garden offered eat-all-you-kanin (rice) whenever you order a viand from them. We adored their melt-in-your-mouth braised pork belly, which was served on a bed of steamed fresh baby bokchoi (pechay in Filipino).
Even though we have moved into another famous BBQ state, I do miss Georgia BBQ. I still have a huge hangover from the Dubai porcine deprivation, hence the intense craving for everything pork. And Georgia is maybe the best place for pork BBQ. For me, notably, Fox Bros BBQ and Sweet Auburn BBQ made its marks.
Though Fox Bros. BBQ is said to serve Texas style BBQ, I think they have the best BBQ pork ribs ever: moist, peel-of-the-bone, flavorful meat paired with charred, caramelized crust. Sweet Auburn BBQ, on the other hand, had a twist to the usual BBQ ribs: the fried BBQ pork rib as well as amazing buttery beef brisket. Oh, let me not forget their unique pickle preparation, which was served in what looked and tasted like Vietnamese style fish sauce (Nuoc mam) brine. Is it really?
Somehow, I also miss all those annoying Peachtree roads. Since it is the Peachtree state, I guess they had the right to name as many roads as they wanted in honor of the state’s famous fruit. When you’re in Georgia, don’t make the mistake of asking where Peachtree road is because there are a LOT of them.
But alas this is our fate as modern day gypsies: we move. Even if Texas will be our home for now, Georgia will always be on my mind. I hope that we will get to return soon.
Fox Bros BBQ
1238 Dekalb Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Hours of operation:
Friday and Saturday: 11:00am-11:00pm
Sweet Auburn BBQ
Sweet Auburn Curb Market
209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Open Monday to Saturdays, 11AM to 4PM
Food truck also at the Atlanta Food Truck Park
Inside Great Wall Supermarket Food Court
2300 Pleasant Hill Road
Close on Mondays
Also inside Great Wall Supermarket Food Court
Delirious about delicious,