But just after quality time with friends and family, the list turns to food.
I have my favorites - Kumori for sushi, Taco Palenque for the egg/potato/chorizo on flour (night or day), and my parents' kitchen for everything from pizza to marinated skirt steak.
On this most recent trip, I ventured outside my usual stops to accommodate coworkers and schedules. Most of them aren't worth writing home about, save these tripe and sweetbread tacos from a dive called La Taqueria near the airport in Harlingen. At $4.50 for 6, they're almost worth the roundtrip from McAllen.