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Traveling Tuesdays – Seattle edition

When things get rough and too stressful at work, I go and take a vacation. This time (a month and a half ago), it was to Seattle. (I also went to Europe, but that will be for another post.)

Seattle is an up and coming city and I had a blast walking around the city and playing tourist.

Top touristy spots that I thought were worth hitting up?

  • Pike Place Market – This will probably be my favorite spot in Seattle. My hometown, San Diego has a public market, but in no way is it comparable to Pike’s place. Within the market, you’ll find so many interesting things. Here were my favorites:
    • At Pike Place Fish Co, when a customer orders a fish, a fishmonger will hurl that’s customer’s order across to another fishmonger for wrapping. They will often throw it back and forth and trust me, those fish were slippery little suckers. I was just entranced with their performance and I can see why tourists from all over come here to watch this. If you can’t catch the show, apparently they have a live feed that you can watch online.
    • Pike Place Chowder¬†– I mean honestly, who doesn’t love chowder? My favorite is their clam chowder, which apparently won a bunch of awards. The melt in your mouth buttery-ness of the chowder. It’s totally worth visiting and getting your fill.
    • LionHeart Bookstore – This is found on the lower level of the public market and although it may not be super fancy, I found it to be really warm and welcoming. David, the caretaker there, is sooooo beyond friendly. If you’re not comfortable talking to strangers, this might not be the place for you to be. If you’re down to meet new people who are quirky and really pleasant, I’d suggest dropping by here. He also has a notebook full of postcards from all over the world that tourists send the bookstore. ūüôāimg_6007
    • Pike Place Pigs – I have a soft spot for piglets and so when I came across this place, I was thrilled. The owner makes piggy banks of varying sizes. In smaller sizes, she makes salt and pepper shakers in addition to little ornaments for Christmas trees. This place can be found further down Pike’s Place, but it’s¬†not always there. I’d check her facebook to see when she’ll be out with her piggies.

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      My new little salt and pepper shakers
  • Seattle Gum Wall – Even wanted to make your mark in gum? Well, this is the place to be for that. A tradition started in the 1990s, tourists and locals alike come here to leave their mark via chewed gum. There have been efforts to clean up the wall and last year, they were able to successfully clean off all the gum. The clean walls didn’t last very long as people were adamant about leaving their gum on this landmark. I didn’t leave any gum there, but you can bet your butt I took a photo in front of the wall.

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    Hello gross factor!
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass – I’m not a huge fan of museums, but when in Seattle, right? The Chihuly Garden and Glass is a museum for glass blown objects by you guessed it, Dale Chihuly himself. His artwork is amazing and it kind of makes you¬†wonder about what you’ve been doing with your life…

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    Amazing

Other notable mentions

  • Seattle Glass Blowing Studio – This is on the way to the Space Needle and for a hefty sum of $395 per 1-2 people, you can make your own glass blown art piece. You can make a bowl, a paperweight, a cup, or an ornament. Even if your wallet can’t afford it, I’d recommend stopping by here to see the artists at work. It’s kind of crazy watching them work with glass at melt your face temperatures.
  • The Fremont Troll – It’s a creepy looking troll sculpture found underneath the Fremont bridge. You seriously can’t miss it. It’s HUUUUUUGEEEEEEE!14184385_10104196384867914_1943298903523402699_n
  • Nue – This restaurant had an interesting gimmick. There is no real cohesiveness to their meals except they are inspired by dishes all around the world. You have Balut, which is a developed duck egg usually sold on the streets of the¬†Philippines. Then, there’s Tijuana Tostilocos, which as the name implies, originated in TJ, Mexico. I grew up with these and they’re delicious!¬†Then, there’s also Sri Lankan Beet Curry, South African Bunny Chow (not real bunnies folks), and¬†Trinidadian Goat Curry just to name a few. If you’re in the mood for international, this is the place to hit up.
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    Our Chengdu Spicy Jumpbo Chicken Wings

    There you have it. My vacation to Seattle in three short days. I had so much fun that I will definitely be back.

    So what are your favorite things to do in Seattle? What did I miss? 

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Traveling Tuesdays – Thailand edition Part II

I went to Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand last November. Here are my favorite four things from the trip and some things I learned along the way.

  1. Bangkok street food РOn any given weekday, the streets on which our hotel was on was filled with food vendors selling food for ~20 baht, which is give or take 60 cents in the U.S.  As huge foodies, we were thrilled. Here were some of my meals.

    If you have a sensitive stomach and aren’t willing to try street food, Siam Paragon is a mall that has a lot of delicious meals and is cleaner. We ate a lot of street food and didn’t get sick, but to each their own. We had some of the food there and most of the things we tried were delicious.

  2. Silom Thai Cooking School РMy boyfriend really wanted to take a Thai cooking class and after a lot of research, I settled for this cooking school in Bangkok. This was such an entertaining class and I would strongly recommend to anyone to take one while in Thailand. Our instructor, Oliver, was fluent in English, and educated us on the ingredients at the market that are often used in Thailand. He was funny, charming, and just a wonderful instructor. Here are some of the dishes we made.
  3. Taking the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai – I had never taken the train before this so this was something I really wanted to do. I chose to take an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai because¬†why not? I save on a night’s stay AND wake up in a new city all for roughly $25. It was also fun to wake up to a view of the countryside with¬†stray dogs roaming around. When the train was stopped, the kitchen would often throw out food scraps for the dogs and so we’d get to see them eat and play around with one another. If you do end up taking the overnight train and you choose a sleeper with airconditioning, I’d recommend taking a blanket, some earplugs, and a sleeping mask. They do give you a blanket to use, but they blast the airconditioning and it can get quite cold in the evenings. If you are a light sleeper, ear plugs are necessary. They also keep the lights on and even though there’s a curtain that blocks out some of the light, a sleeping mask is recommended.
  4. Elephant Nature Park¬†¬†– This was my absolute favorite part of my trip to Thailand. Here’s a mini lesson on elephant riding. Elephants don’t normally allow humans to ride on their backs. The extra weight puts a huge strain on their back and it hurts them. Trainers will beat and abuse the elephants to train them to allow humans to ride them.¬†The Elephant Nature Park and other elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai don’t do any of that. While you won’t be able to ride an elephant (it’s not the end of the world), you will be able to feed, bathe, and take care of an elephant for part of the day. [The sanctuaries will send out vans to pick you up at your hotel (as long as you’re within a designated region) at 8 am and take you to the park and back.] These sanctuaries take in elephants that have been abused by their owners. We saw elephants that were¬†stabbed in the eye for disobeying their owners. Others had stepped on landmines while working.¬†It was really a heartwarming experience to see them so well taken care of after all that torture and I am so lucky to have been so close to one.

    So there you have it. My favorite four events from the trip.

    If you’ve been to Thailand, what did you do? What were your favorites? If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.¬†Thanks!

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Traveling Tuesdays – Thailand edition Part I

Back in November, I decided an international trip was in order and so I packed my one bag and off I went to Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai) for 5 days.

Here are few things I’ve learned along the way:

Flights: Again, The Flight Deal saved my bank account. I found a great deal and paid only $515 (plus a little extra for insurance) for a round trip ticket from LA to Bangkok. That’s a steal! I’ve found flights from LA to NY for more than that.

Hotels:¬†I’m not a fly by the seat of one’s pants kind of girl and so I like to pre-book all of my hotels before traveling. My hotel bookings for international trips are primarily done through Agoda. I pre-pay for the hotels and that means I don’t have to carry more money than I have to while in Thailand. Note that if you’re on a budget, you can definitely book hostels in Thailand. The US dollar is significantly stronger than the baht (1 dollar: 36 baht) and so we decided to splurge a bit.

A few things to bring:

  1. A strong insect repellant – 40% DEET will do. Anything higher than that will start to melt plastic so be aware. Unless you are blessed with the ability to naturally repel mosquitoes, please bring a strong insect repellant. We also treated our clothes with Permethrin just in case. There are mosquitos galore and you don’t want to be left vulnerable to Dengue fever. Unfortunately, my boyfriend came back ill so do not go easy on the repellant. (He’s good now).
  2. Light clothing – Yes, November through February is considered Thailand’s cool season, but temperatures still range from 73¬įF to 86¬įF. I brought shorts and t-shirts. If a visit to a temple is on your list, I’d bring a shawl¬†to cover the shoulders and legs.

Transport:

  1. Bangkok – There are taxis, tuk tuks, boats, a skytrain, and the BTS (bus). While I was there, I took everything but the BTS. It’s hot and humid in Bangkok and waiting around for the bus wasn’t appealing to me.¬†Taxis should always have the meter on. If they don’t, find another taxi that won’t try to rip you off. With tuk tuks, you have to put your negotiating powers to use. Know what is reasonable. They’re a bit faster in terms of getting around the city, but riskier safety wise.¬†The skytrain was absolute favorite form of transport. It’s easy to navigate and there are a lot of signs in English directing you where to go.
  2. Chiang Mai – Songthaews and tuk tuks are your two main forms of transportation. Songthaews are your way to go though. They’re basically pick up trucks that have been modified to act like a taxi. They’re color coded depending on where you want to go. In the main part of the city, they’re red and it will only cost you a flat rate of 20 baht per person to go anywhere within the city. Do not ask how much. Ask them if they can take you there. If they say yes, then hop into the back of the truck. Once you’re at your stop, give them 20 baht and walk away. If they say no, flag down another songthaew and ask again. If you ask them how much, they will most likely ask for¬†a higher amount. Don’t fall for it. If it’s within the city, it’s 20 baht flat no matter how close or far it is. Tuk tuks are a bit more expensive, but it will get the job done if you’re in a bind and need to get somewhere without a songthaew in sight.
  3. Getting from Bangkok to Chiang Mai – There are a few options here. Plane, bus, or train. Flying will get you there quicker. A bus will be cheaper, but a lot longer and a train will be somewhere in between with more scenic views. This is completely preference. We chose to take an overnight train because it saved us on a night’s stay and¬†it was also nice to wake up to the countryside.

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    At the train station

If you are going to Thailand, hopefully these little tips will help you out a bit. If you’ve been, what did you bring? Did I miss anything? I’d love to know in case I go back for round 2. Stay tuned for a post with highlights of my Thailand trip!

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Portland Happenings (Day 3 and 4)

Day 3:

The Reggie
The Reggie

If you thought our second day was full of food, you haven’t seen anything yet. Started off our third day making our trek east of the Willamette River and set our sights on Pine State Biscuits.¬†The Reggie Deluxe is what they’re known for, but we opted for the eggless version of it, which was the Reggie. It’s¬†basically fried chicken and bacon in between a biscuit with gravy drenched over it. This place is amazingly good. I would definitely go back if I was in Portland again. They have two types of gravy – one that is sausage based and the other, which is mushroom based. We got the sausage based gravy and was instantly won over. The biscuits and that fried chicken was so good. You could just feel your arteries clogging up. Luckily, we did a lot of walking afterwards to check around their local shops. There were a LOT of consignment shops or what I like to call them, a hoarder’s paradise. Walking through these shops made me realize that I really am not a fan of clutter. After some

All the Thai food from my 3rd day in Portland
All the Thai food from my 3rd day in Portland

time walking around exploring comic book shops, pet stores, and consignment shops, we ended up at Nong’s Khao Man Gai for Thai food. They have several food stands around Portland in addition to the restaurant we went to. Fun fact: I believe, the owner was on the Food Network’s Chopped, and used to work for Pok Pok, another Thai restaurant in Portland. If you’re looking for basic¬†home cooked food, this is the place for you. We ordered the pork and rice dish and got this really simplistic dish, which I liked. The dish was light and not overpowering, which made it a nice break from all the heavy foods that we had eaten the past few days. We were in and out of there pretty quickly and on our way to getting lost.

It really is amazing how far technology has come. Both of us had been using google maps to get around using that nifty little bus function during the whole trip, but unfortunately in the middle of our third day, my phone decided to lose my GPS location and take me in the wrong direction while on low battery. Luckily, my boyfriend’s phone was able to take us in the correct direction and we were on a bus back to our airbnb spot. And as the saying goes, “When it rains, it pours.” Once we were on the bus and cruising back, we realized that we had missed our stop and was on the other side of the city. We were dropped off on the side of the road in some country side like area and just laughed at our little bump in the road. 15 minutes later, we were back on the bus, and on our way back.

That evening, we went back out, this time with a fully charged phone, to another Thai restaurant that was highly recommended called Pok Pok. I’m so glad we made the trek across the river. We ate at the bar and I’d recommend this if you’re in a party of two. We talked to the bartender and he was extremely friendly and gave us great recommendations on their food.¬†We ordered the Kai Yaang (charcoal roasted hen with lemongrass), ¬†Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, and the Muu Paa Kham Waan (Boar collar meat served with chilled mustard greens). First off, Thai food is really flavorful. Second, most Thai dishes are spicy. Now, if you can’t handle either, you really shouldn’t be eating most of the things here. My favorite dish was definitely the Muu Paa Kham Waan. It was pretty darn spicy, but so good at the same time. I mean, they serve it with chilled mustard greens. That’s how spicy it is. You need that iced veggie to calm your taste buds down. Their fish sauce wings came in a very close second. It’s their most well known dish and there’s definitely an explosion of spices in your mouth when eating this. I’d definitely recommend it.

Day 4:

Tanner Springs Park
Tanner Springs Park

Last day of our trip was pretty chill. We walked around a few parks, most notably Tanner Springs park. One of the walls there is made of train tracks and was kind of cool. We slowly made our way east and toward the airport. We dropped by Kal√©¬†for Japanese curry. If you’re into Japanese curry, I’d highly recommend this place. The owner was delightful. He informed us that they specialize in curry and therefore, do not have a variety of other dishes. We ordered the Kal√© rice with chicken and the kal√© rice with beef. It’s a order at the register, pick up your food there, and bus your own table type of deal and for $8 curry, I can’t really complain. As a side note, after eating lunch, we passed by a full block of food trucks selling their tasty goods. I was really sad we were full from eating or else I would have bought some food here too. We also dropped by Cacao drink chocolate. If you’re a chocolate fanatic, this is the place for you. Like the name

Our flight of sipping chocolates
Our flight of sipping chocolates

says, you drink chocolate here. We shared a flight of 2 oz sipping chocolates. The cinnamon infused chocolate was definitely my favorite. We also tried salt and straw vanilla ice cream with craque (pronounced crack). Although, it should have been spelled that way. They’re candied cacao nibs and are crazily¬†addicting. Sadly, afterwards, we made our way back to the airport.

TLDR? – Highlights of my last two days:

Pine State Biscuits is a must try for all the foodies and even the non-foodies. Who knows? You might even convert.

Pok Pok¬†Try the fish sauce wings! They’re yummy.

Food pods¬† Find some around Portland and eat to your heart’s content or until your wallet is empty.

Parks¬†Visit some! Being from an area that’s in a drought, I found Portland to be super green and beautiful.

All in all, this was a great trip. It had food, games, getting lost, and a great vibe to it. I look forward to my next trip!

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Portland Happenings (Day 1 and 2)

Day 1

We arrived in Portland around 5 pm. Our airbnb contact person wasn’t able to meet us until 9 pm so we decided to head

Tasty n Alder - Foie gras, hush puppies, and fries
Tasty n Alder – Foie gras, hush puppies, and fries

downtown and grab a bite to eat. First stop was Tasty and Alder. This place is busy. We were quoted a 1 hour wait time around dinner time, but luckily, a spot opened up while we were still there and we were seated pretty quickly. My friend mentioned that they served foie gras and bone marrow, so obviously, I had to try one of the two. We opted for the foie gras, hush puppies, and fries. The foie gras came with a pineapple jam, which was a nice touch. I’ve had foie gras on two other occassions and wasn’t used to the bitterness of this particular foie gras. Luckily, the pineapple jam was able to compliment the foie gras well and the dish was a hit. Hush puppies were amazingly moist and I could just feel my arteries clog up as I ate it with the mayonaise like sauce they included. Next up was dessert at Ruby Jewel. We ordered the Raspberry truffle ice cream and was blown away. Those chunks of truffle in the ice cream were delicious. Last stop before we headed to our airbnb spot was Powell’s Books. This bookstore is so big you need a map to locate whatever book your heart desires. We spent a good hour or so just perusing the books they had. Afterwards, we headed our airbnb spot to get our keys and back out we went to explore some more. The Alphabet district¬†is this cool neighborhood with a lot of restaurants and shops on one of the streets. We stopped by Escape from New York Pizza¬†for a slice of pizza to curb our late night cravings and called it a night.

Day 2

Southpark Seafood - a few of their $5 happy hour items
Southpark Seafood – a few of their $5 happy hour items

We started our morning off with Blue Star Donuts, which is supposedly better than Voodoo donuts. I’m not a fan of overly sweet donuts and so the blueberry bourbon basil donut that I had was perfect for my morning. I couldn’t really taste the basil nor the bourbon, but there was plenty of blueberry flavor to go around. After getting my fill, we headed over to Tom McCall Waterfront park to see some dragonboat races. The park has this wonderful view of the Williamette River and we just walked along it for awhile until we hit the Portland Saturday Market, which is actually a misnomer because it’s open both Saturdays and Sundays. This market was probably one of the highlights of my trip. My friend describes this place as an IRL Etsy because all the vendors craft their products. We came across a lot of jewelry makers, a catnip vendor, a puzzle maker, and even spoonman, a vendor that takes silverware and turns it into something else like a ring or chimes. Afterwards,¬†to escape the heat, we hit up Ground Kontrol, which is a blast from the past type of arcade. I’m such a nerd at heart and I loved this place. We played Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-man, Raiden, The Simpsons, and the Original Super Marios brothers just to name a few. After 5 pm, this place serves alcohol so it just seems like a good time all around. $5 and an hour

The Simpsons at Ground Kontrol
The Simpsons at Ground Kontrol

later, we were all gamed out and headed out to Southpark Seafood for their 3 Р6 pm happy hour. They have these $5 items that are simply delicious. We ordered a brick oven pepperoni pizza, which was pretty large for a happy hour item, oysters (3),

Chicken Pot Pie floater!
Chicken Pot Pie floater!

and a smoked steelhead board, which also came with some crackers and some type of pickled vegetable. I really can’t pick a favorite out of the three things we ordered because they were all really good in my book. I’d definitely recommend this place for anyone visiting. Afterwards, we just walked around a bit. Walked by a few parks, got pooped on by a bird, and decided it¬†was time to head back and wash up. After some RnR, we decided to head back out and get some dinner. I know, surprise surprise. We’re eating again. Decided on staying close to our airbnb and chose to eat at Pacific Pie Company. ¬†(The public transportation system in Portland stops running around 11 pm on a Sunday and we didn’t want to risk having to ubering or lyfting it back.) Apparently, this is the place to eat at if you want to try Australian meat pies. They have both savory and sweet pies here. I chose to get the chicken pie floater. It’s a chicken pot pie that comes afloat split pea soup. If that’s not a hearty meal, I don’t know what is.

TLDR? –¬†Highlights of my first two days:¬†

Powell’s City of Books is crazy huge and a must see if you love bookstores.

Portland Saturday Market is open both Saturdays and Sundays and is a must visit gem. Check out their $35 for $50 gift certificate on yelp!

Ground Kontrol is an 8 bit classic arcade for those who love gaming and re-visiting their childhood.

Southpark Seafood has a great happy hour and I’d definitely recommend if you’re into seafood.

I will update with my last two days soon!

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Planning for Portland

Traveling makes me anxious. So to alleviate this, I plan, plan, plan. I plan for the best case scenarios as well as the worst and although I know I cannot plan for everything, it makes me feel better knowing that I have a few back ups in case a hiccup arises. So when my boyfriend mentioned that he wanted to visit Portland, Oregon, I put an alert out on Kayak, signed up for a few airline fare alerts, and checked sites like TheFlightdeal.com every few days. One lucky day, I came upon a deal for a roundtrip flight to Portland from LA for $150 and I snatched it right up.

Next was housing. We searched around and found a nice airbnb place in the Alphabet district. It was close enough to downtown, but far away enough that it wasn’t expensive. Be aware that airbnb is not your 4 or 5 star hotel. Some places will have the basics like a towel and shampoo/conditioner, but for the most part, be prepared to bring your own toiletries. I’m fairly new to the airbnb scene, but the two places I did stay at were not exactly the best¬†rooms. In New York City, our floor was not very clean. The owners had just gotten a new puppy and well, accidents happen. In Portland, the room had a distinct wet dog smell every time you entered the room. Luckily, when I travel, I usually use the room for sleeping and that’s about it.

As a foodie, next on my list was to find places good places to eat in Portland. I figured that posting on social media asking for recommendations was the best plan of attack and did my friends deliver. I got so many recommendations that we couldn’t try them all. It wasn’t for a lack of trying though. Since housing was already set up, I looked up all the places people recommended and pinned them on a custom google map so I knew where everything was in reference to where I was.

Up next was finding things to do…you know…when I wasn’t eating. Googled the obvious “Things to do in Portland” and found several sites dedicated to it. Trip Advisor is great and so was this.

Last thing was transportation. Luckily, Portland has a very good transportation system and for $5 a day, I could use their light rails and buses to my heart’s content.

Here is my checklist for planning a trip within the U.S.:

– Transportation? (Fly vs drive, rental car vs public transportation?)

– Housing? (Friend’s place, hotel, air bnb, or hostel?)

– Food? (Location in reference of where I’m staying?)

– Entertainment? (Are there any festivals native to the area? Time constraints?)

Research can make all the difference. I’d rather spend several hours looking up places to visit than winging everything and missing out on a lot of cool things. Plus, planning will save you a bunch of time while you’re there. There have been numerous instances where my friends and I have spent an hour here and there trying to figure out what to do. Once I was in Portland, all I had to do was look at my online map and see where I was and what was nearby that I had bookmarked and off I went.

My custom map of Portland eateries and entertainment
My custom map of Portland eateries and entertainment

How my planning worked out and not so worked out¬†in my next post. ūüôā

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Happy, hot, and humid, oh my – my trip to Houston, Texas

Last month, I found myself traversing through the land of Texas Рmore specifically Houston, Texas. Here is the breakdown of my trip.

1 apartment.

2 couches

3 air mattresses

4 days

14 people

1 giant van

= One interesting adventure

The Weather

Texas, or at least Houston and San Antonio, from what I could see, are far from being in a drought. We were there four days and it intermittently rained all four days. It was a nice relief to actually experience rain and since it was hot, we could all still walk around in shorts and a tank top. What was not a relief was the humidity. I’m sure my skin was well moisturized those four days, but I am just not a humidity kind of girl.

The Food 

(From left to right) BBs shrimp po boy sandwich, Lambic from The Ginger Man, Won Ton Noodle soup Beef Noodle soup, dumplings (bottom right) from San Dong Noodle House, Cloud 10 Creamery, and Torchy's tacos plus queso dip
(From left to right) BBs shrimp po boy sandwich, Lambic from The Ginger Man, Won Ton Noodle soup Beef Noodle soup, dumplings (bottom right) from San Dong Noodle House, Cloud 10 Creamery, and Torchy’s tacos plus queso dip

BBQ anyone? First day we got there, we had to try some Texas BBQ. A few friends of mine had suggested places and I was in a hurry to try them all. Unfortunately, we were part of a group of 14 people and had only one van so trying to accommodate everyone was a bit interesting. We did end up getting our fill of BBQ at Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ, The County Line, and Luling City Market. Rudy’s was definitely the best for short ribs. Albiet, I could be biased as that was the first place we hit after we got off the plane and were starving, but I swear, those ribs were good. Luling City Market to me felt like a hit or miss. We ordered brisket twice and the first batch was deliciously moist and the second batch was rather dry. I would not recommend going to The County Line (San Antonio). Their food was just dry all around and we tried a lot of their food (Chicken, sausage, ribs). The one thing I would go back there for was their ice cream shakes. That bluebell ice cream, fear of listeria aside, was amazingly rich and creamy. Other places we tried? ¬†Bakkhus Taverna Greek Restaurant and Bar, Kolache Factory, BB’s, The Ginger Man, San Dong Noodle House,¬†Cloud 10 Creamery, Torchy’s Tacos¬†(Fried chicken taco and queso dip…yummm), La Paletera¬†(Ice cream on a hot day is really one of the simple pleasures in life), and Niko Niko’s Greek and American Cafe. What can I say? I love to eat.

The Entertainment

Now, onto the entertainment in Houston. I can’t just eat and sit there. Like Taylor Swift says, I gotta shake it off. On our first

Kemah Boardwalk and Rudy's Country Store and BBQ
Kemah Boardwalk and Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ

day there, we went to the Kemah Boardwalk, which is essentially your average amusement park. It has games, a ferris wheel, and food. There’s even a western jail cell to take pictures in if you want. On our second day, we made a day trip to San Antonio to visit the River Walk, which is aptly named because it is literally a walk along the river. It’s tourist central as the Alamo is a few minutes walk away. The area is very calming and there are a lot of shops and eateries along the river. On day three, we were back in Houston to see the sights. We went to visit the Williams Waterwall, which is this big giant wall with water flowing from the top of it. I know, it doesn’t sound that great, but it’s really better to see in person. It’s a very breathtaking landmark and also a very touristy thing to visit. Hermann Park was another place we visited, that was also very calming. The Miller Outdoor Theater is there and if you’re in town when there’s a play, I’d recommend dropping by. They sometimes have free plays. Rice University was probably one of the prettier places we visited. Their architecture and art installations are very beautiful. Last, but not least, how can you not visit a city and not see it’s skyline? From the Chase tower – Sky Lobby, we were able to see the Houston skyline.

James Turrel's Skyscape at Rice University
James Turrel’s Skyscape at Rice University
Williams Waterwall! I'm so tiny!
Williams Waterwall! I’m so tiny!

All in all, I had fun traveling through Houston and San Antonio. The people I traveled with, all 13 of them, were great company and if I could do it again, maybe in another less humid city and with more than one giant van, I totally would.