I just came back from a little trip to Texas with one of my best friends recently and I thought it would be fun to share our travel plans with you. Fair warning: this might be more of a food agenda than a tourist itinerary. Read at your own risk. 😉
What better way to start the day than with brunch?
My friend, Lulu and I, grabbed brunch at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. The brunch was yummy and delicious. It’s also located in walking distance of The Galleria mall. The Galleria is a huge, upscale shopping mall with various stores, a food court, and even an ice-skating rink inside. It was great to window shop, but this definitely isn’t the most budget friendly place to shop.
We couldn’t resist and stopped by Popfancy for some delicious fruity popsicles. This is a cute popsicle stand located inside the mall.
After that refreshing snack, we got lost walking to the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park. Thank you to the kind officers who saw us clearly lost and clueless and directed us in the right direction. It’s free to visit and I recommend you seeing it for yourself if you’re in town. It’s much more beautiful in person.
We’re old and I was dying from the Texas heat, so we went to Trader Joe’s to get some water and pick up snacks before heading back to our Airbnb to cool off. In the evening, we freshened up and headed out for dinner at BB’s Tex-Orleans.
But first, we brunch again.
We went to Baby Barnaby’s for some much-needed energy. The food was good and almost enough for me not to feel the humidity and heat outside. Their fresh-pressed orange juice is refreshing and a must have to start the day.
After that, we headed over to the Menil Collection. The collection is a museum that includes tons of paintings, sculptures, and other artwork from the private collection of founders John de Menil and Dominique de Menil. It offers free admission and is a lovely place to visit. Note: most of the exhibits prohibits photos so I only took a few here.
The Menil Collection @: 1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006
I love photography and we were relatively close, so we trekked through the Houston heat to see the Houston Center for Photography. The small gallery is intimate and wonderful to see. It doesn’t showcase too many exhibits, but each exhibit is impactful. Also, it’s free to the public!
Now in case you were thinking “wow this trip seems well planned out” or “this trip sounds like it’s going so well”, this is where you are wrong. At this point, we attempted to go to a farmer’s market in the city but mixed up the times and dates. By the time we realized it, we had already ordered an Uber so…we went to downtown Houston anyway. At this point we walked the 1,000 miles under the blazing heat of the sun and humidity to finally get to the Houston is Inspired mural. Let me tell you, instead of feeling inspired, I was just perspiring through every pore of my body (what we do for friends).
Next we headed over for some much-appreciated ice cream at milk + sugar. This ice cream place not only has cute, Instagram worthy décor but delicious and interesting flavors. My favorite was the Rain or Shine (lemon, earl gray tea, and lavender flavored).
Since we’re in Texas of course we had to try some Texas barbecue! We went to The Pit Room. It’s a bustling, cafeteria-style meaty, barbecue paradise!
During our last day in Houston we decided to relax and take a slow day in preparation for our next trip to San Antonio. We ended up opting for an early lunch instead at BurgerIM. It’s a fast-casual restaurant that serves burgers and sliders with various options.
On our way back, we stopped by Cloud 10 Creamery (because there’s always room for dessert).
We wanted to go see the bats take off at sunset, but we ran late for dinner and missed it. I was craving crawfish again, so we tried a new place, Saigon House.
The food at Saigon House was delicious and the evening at the garden was relaxing. The back of the garden has a nice, fun set up with hammocks, bean bag chairs, wonderful service, and games like cornhole. It’s a great place to hang out even if you don’t drink alcohol. For the people that do drink or don’t, it has a welcoming atmosphere that has something for everyone. Also, they have delicious complimentary popcorn.
And that’s all folks!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this as much as I loved sharing it. Travelling is such an amazing experience and it’s so interesting to see a different part of the world. It was a fun trip with its ups and some very funny moments (more on this in my next post). Stay tuned for my next blog posts for more details of my favorites and not so memorable food spots in the city. If you want to see more food photos, follow my IG @snugglesandtea. Don’t forget to show <3 if you liked this post. 😊
Until next time,