Visiting ICE!, the North Pole Express, and Steak 'n Shake

Nativity in ice at the Gaylord Hotel (Above)

ICE! is a yearly attraction at the Gaylord in Gaylord Texas.  I went to Texas the week of Thanksgiving to see my new nephew.  My sister made plans for us to take the nephews to see ICE!  The attraction is extremely cold and dressing warm is necessary.  Check into purchasing your tickets online in advance.  Everyone is given a large blue coat to wear before entering. My oldest nephew enjoyed the experience, the ice sculptures, and especially the ice slide.  Zoom!  We went down the ice slide several times.  Due to the cold temperature and long line the attraction is probably best for those 3 years and up.  Remember to look and not to touch the ice.  Eating and using the restroom before going through ICE! is best, it can take awhile to walk through the rooms.  

"Brimming with authentic Texas style and hospitality, the awe-inspiring Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center invites you to experience the energy and excitement of the Lone Star State. Overlooking beautiful Lake Grapevine, Gaylord Texan is just six minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Underneath our signature majestic and climate-controlled glass atriums, you’ll find some of the most distinctive shopping, dining and recreation options all under one roof! Find out what our guests already know." 

Shrek the Halls™ ice sculptures

Nephews Ben and Will with Santa 


North Pole Express

North Pole Express 

The North Pole Express is another yearly event in Grapevine, Texas.  The event includes a pre-boarding show with songs, walk along a Christmas tree path with lights and "snow", caroling on-board the train, an appearance by ol’ Saint Nick, a keepsake bell for children, and hot chocolate for children after the ride.  Riding on a real train is a terrific experience for children, young and old.  Each train car of passengers is led in song and jokes by Santa's helpers.  Our car was led by some young helpers.  They put a lot heart and effort into leading.  Perhaps it was too early in the season, for Santa's helpers did not know all the words to the songs.  Kids still will enjoy and you can easily get into the spirit of things.  "Shake your jingle bells".  

Again, purchase your tickets online in advance.  Dress with several layers to keep warm.  Eat at home and use the restroom before going to the North Pole Express.

Steak 'n Shake

Rarely do I eat fast food, maybe twice a year.  I told that to someone the other day and they were stunned speechless.  After the North Pole Express I stopped in with my sister and her family to the Steak 'n Shake in Grapevine, Texas.  It was later in the evening and the restaurant was out of hotdogs.  I ordered the Guacamole Steakburger instead.  

The burger reminded me of something from home in California.  It was made with fresh guacamole, cilantro, lemon and lime juice, a spicy chipotle mayo, and served with thin 'n crispy fries.  The fries remind me of those at Ruby's Diner.  A flavorful steakburger.  Unlike in California, restaurants in Texas do not and are not required by law to post nutritional information.  No telling the fat and calories, although it is nice to know they use better quality ingredients.  I would appreciate all restaurants, by law or not, posting some nutritional information.  It adds to the transparency and understanding of what we choose to eat.       

"For over 75 years, the company's name has been symbolic of its heritage. The word "steak" stood for STEAKBURGER. The term "shake" stood for hand-dipped MILK SHAKES. Gus was determined to serve his customers the finest burgers and shakes in the business. To prove his point that his burgers were exceptionally prime, he would wheel in a barrel of steaks (including round, sirloin, and T-bones) and grind the meat into burgers right in front of the guests. Hence arose the origin of our famous slogan, 'In Sight It Must Be Right.'"

Steak 'n Shake Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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