El Paso Texas. ever been? Prior to my trip to El Paso I have only been to Dallas and Austin. My husband grew up outside of Dallas and went to the University of Texas for his undergraduate degree. Therefore, we travel to Texas a few times a year to visit friends and attend football games.
We traveled to El Paso because my husband was a groomsman in one of his good friends wedding. I was shocked at how different El Paso is to Dallas and Dallas is to Austin. Texas is a huge state but I didn’t realize the cities would feel so different.
Shocking facts about El Paso
- You literally look at Mexico. It was so bizarre to me that I was staring at a different country! One of the other groomsman who is from El Paso took us on a tour and we drove by the border. It’s crazy to me that it’s just a fence. The fence is secured but it’s just something I am not use to. It was very cool to see something so different!
- UTEP Stadium (also known as the Sun Bowl) is carved into a mountain. You may or may not already know this but it was really awesome to see in person! We were able to drive up to the stadium and the whole thing is sitting in the middle of a mountain. As a Floridian, I am intrigued by mountains so I loved this!
- There’s NO Nordstrom! LOL, I had to put this joke in for my fashionistas. The bride at the wedding always would tell me when I would see her in Dallas that she does her shopping there because there’s not a Nordstrom in El Paso. We drove by the mall and it was quite limited in stores. I know many cities don’t have a lot of good shopping attractions but with El Paso being a large city I thought they would have more shops!
For the rehearsal dinner I wore this dress by Self Portrait. It’s no longer available but I actually found mine in consignment at my favorite store. I love shopping for dresses on there. My dress was brand new with tags attached for sixty percent less than the original price.
I was trying to get the mountains in the background of my photos because I was really excited about them!
The food scene
Most of our time in EL Paso Texas was spent attending wedding festivities but we were able to do some exploring on Saturday morning. I found some really great local spots I wanted to share with you.
But first, Coffee
El Paso Coffee Box: What’s more important coffee or aesthetics? This was a win-win. The coffee was really good and they thought outside the box with their architecture and ambience. It’s a cargo box and you can actually go upstairs and sit and drink your coffee. I was all about the graffiti in the back of the store, it’s the perfect photo-op because you know, do it for the ‘gram.
I’m all about experiencing the local coffee scene when traveling. As much as I love Starbucks, I attend to avoid it when traveling (unless I’m in the airport) so that I can try local spots. I’m all about supporting local businesses and I feel more connected with a city when I try their food (and coffee).
Crave Kitchen & Bar: Green chile mac & cheese. So so SO GOOD. It was worth the wait. We went Saturday for Brunch and had to wait a bit for a table. They have quite a few locations across the city. I got the green chile mac and cheese with the avocado toast. The toast was nothing to write home about, but the mac and cheese is a must!!
El Paso has some great eateries and sight-seeing! I forgot to take a photo of what I wore at the wedding but will probably be wearing the dress again (to another wedding) soon. If you love traveling check out my others posts here.