Dallas was our destination.  It was the first of undoubtedly many road trips to our Headquarters for one of the finest theological educations that is possible.  Our Houston campus is growing and we need to keep the lines of communication and prayer between our two cities as wide open as possible.

The weather was very hot.  We didn’t eat much on our journey.  But, the liquids kept our whistles wet. 

Some snacks kept our tummies happy.  Some times it was salty other times it was sweet.  But, always it was modest.  Hot weather has a tendency to do that to the human body.

But, our minds were focused on saving our appetites for a pleasant dinner.  After a day of meetings and introductions, the sun set low enough for us to lay out our plans for dinner.  We check on-line and decided to give a local eatery a chance.

We were the only ones who were there.  It is a small establishment with limited parking.  But, we felt excited to see what the local city buzz was about this place.

First, we ordered our ala carte entrees.  My bride’s choice was scallops.  I chose duck.  Together we selected their Brussel sprouts as a shared side dish.

Pleasant conversation took over and time passed quickly.  Our meal showed up with a kind of aroma that makes a modest day of eating shockingly ready for deep satisfaction.  The sprouts looked wonderful. 

But, we all turned our attention My Bride’s dish.  Her scallops made me second guess my choice.  It’s a good thing that she always shares her dinner with me.

When we both took a bite of that savory scallop, we released our “umm good!” at the same time.  They were fresh, sweet, tender and flavored to gratify the palate.

But, I was not to be disappointed.  My duck was succulent, tender and full of flavor.  The combination of vegetables that blanketed my meal was delicious.  The sauce was not too overwhelming and the preparation in the kitchen had removed all of the tough parts of the duck meat. 

 Do you see the blueberries that were used to bring just the right amount of fruit sweetness to this dish?  It has to be one of the most memorable duck dishes that I have had in recent days.  If you’re ever in the neighborhood, stop in and give Urbano Cafe in Dallas a try; it was delicious and delightful.

photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography