LaKing’s Confectionary

LaKing’s Confectionary is in Galveston, Texas. It’s a couple of different things rolled up into one place. It’s an ice cream parlour, a soda fountain, coffee bar, and a candy shop.

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You walk into a wide open space. It was bigger then I had imagined. There are tables in the middle and the coffee, soda, and ice cream are on the left side and the candy is to the right.

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There are signs telling you where to get in line for what you want to get and there is a cashier at each. The boys got ice cream, the line for ice cream was the longest. I thought that Connor was going to want a banana split since he had been asking for one the day before but he didn’t, he just wanted ice cream. An interesting fact I found from LaKing’s website is that they make Purity Ice Cream which is the oldest ice cream in Texas.

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I got a cherry ice cream soda and JT stole it. He decided he liked that better than his ice cream I guess.

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Once we were done with their ice cream it was time to get candy. They have a pretty big selection of candy and for some reason it reminds me of the candy store in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

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You can watch the taffy being pulled and the man pulling the taffy will toss you a sample. All of the kids seem to really enjoy this, it’s fun to watch.

The boys ended up with a few different types of candy, mostly gummies but they also had some candy that looked like legos that JT loved but unfortunately he didn’t get to eat many of them because he spilled them. I think he was trying to build with them and ended up spilling them all.

Our next stop after LaKing’s was Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast. I liked it, I thought it was really interesting but that is a different story for another day.

Fish Tales in Galveston

I’m back to Galveston again. This isn’t a tale about a fish but rather a review of restaurant called Fish Tales. We knew we wanted to eat seafood while we were in Galveston but not necessarily where we wanted to eat. I had read about several different places and hadn’t picked one so we just decided to drive straight down one street towards the Pleasure Pier. Well, right on the Seawall and directly across from the Pleasure Pier. It looked good and I like the name so we decided to eat here.

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The view here is pretty great. We didn’t sit next to a window but even still we were able to see the water and part of the pleasure pier. We probably coud have asked to move to one since there were plenty of tables available but oh well. The restaurant also has balcony seating upstairs so I’m sure the view from there is really great.

On to the food, they have a lot of selections and I decided to go with something a little different. I got the Tilapia and Crab Stuffed Poblano. It is a stuffed poblano pepper with crab and cheese and then it has tilapia and shrimp on top and then it’s topped with a cilantro cream sauce. The cilantro cream sauce is what got me, I am a big fan of cilantro cream sauce and not that many restaurants I know of have something with that on it but if they do that’s more than likely going to be my choice. It was also served with black beans and white rice.

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The boys got fried fish from the kids menu. I’m not completely sure but I want to say it was flounder and it was pretty good.

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My mom ordered the fried oysters. They were good, maybe not the best, but still good.

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Once we were done eating the boys wanted to take a picture with the painting on the back wall so here it is.

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I should also mention that they have ice cream here. I hadn’t noticed it on the way in but on the way out I saw that they have ice cream. They actually have it set up like in an actual ice cream shop so it looked cute.

I mentioned Pleasure Pier a few times so in case you’re wondering what that is, here is a picture:

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If you dine at Fish Tales that along with the gulf will be your view. Here is another picture of the side of the Pleasure Pier.

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Back to restaurant, I would definitely recommend it if you are in Galveston. It had a good casual atmosphere, great views, and good food.

Rainforest Cafe Galveston

I’m finally getting around to doing this post about the Rainforest Cafe in Galveston. I had planned on doing it much sooner but have gotten behind because our air conditioner hasn’t worked since we got back.

I stated before in my post about the Rainforest Cafe in Grapevine that we were going to go to the one in Galveston. We did go, however, we didn’t end up eating there. The wait was 40 minutes and both Connor and my mom didn’t want to wait. It was so packed anyways and difficult to move around in the gift shop.

This Rainforest Cafe is much bigger then any of the others we’ve been to. The parking lot is in the back but we walked around the front because I wanted to be able to actually see the building…it’s a volcano.

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The restaurant also has a river adventure ride.

The back of the building by the parking lot.

The back of the building by the parking lot.

The side of the building

The side of the building

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The ride takes you around a river and there are different animals just like in the actual restaurant. You ride in one of those round rafts so it spins as you go down the river. It looks as if you might get wet but you don’t. For some reason JT was scared to get on but then he liked it.

The ride was the first thing we did so maybe had we not done that first there would have been less of a wait but maybe not.

They also had Cha! Cha! the tree frog walking around which is something I haven’t seen before at Rainforest Cafe. The boys didn’t get to take a picture with him though because it was too crowded.

Since we didn’t end up eating here the next day we ate at the Rainforest Cafe in Katy which is similar to the Grapevine one. I will write about it soon.