Lisa Fain’s blog, “Homesick Texan,” is predicated on food nostalgia. From her New York kitchen, she conjures recipes of the kind of comfort food and Tex-Mex dishes she knew growing up in the Lone Star State, often updated with fresh ingredients. And when she returns home to Houston, she is always sure to visit city institutions like Molina’s or Ninfa’s on Navigation and stocks up on sausages at the local H-E-B.
But in June, while traveling from Houston to Marfa on a tour for her new cookbook, “The Homesick Texan’s Family Table,” she had the chance to check out some new restaurants. And the tour gave her the occasion to enjoy another quintessentially Texan thing she misses: long drives along empty highways.
“It’s a vacation for my mind,” she said.