Embracing Houston

Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
Trip End Sep 19, 2010

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Most people complain about the hot weather in Houston. I enjoy  the hot, humid climate. The rest of the U.S. is cooling off, but not Houston. It is hot and sticky early in the morning and late at night. The people are warm like the weather.

Houston is developing it's Downtown area.The IAH Houston International Airport brings in visitors for all over the world. The tourist are international just like the restaurants. The city offers Italian, German, Chinese, Vietnamese, Irish, and Mexican cuisine. These are just some of the restaurants the city offers.  Therefore restaurant specials are abundant. Everyone is advertising "Happy Hour" Specials with cheap appetizers to entice business to the downtown area. Some of the restaurants that I noticed  eating places with great specials are Cabo's, Frank's Pizzeria, St. German The Flying Saucer, McCormick & Schmick's, Molly's Pub, and Napoli's. McCormick's & Schmick's  specials from 4 pm to 7 pm features $1.95 appetizers. Napoli's offers specials everyday from 2 pm to 7 pm. Cabo's has two specials from: 4 pm to 7 pm and 10 pm to midnight. St. German The Flying Saucer seemed to be the busiest with patrons.

The bus driver recommended Cabo The Original "MixMex" Grill to me. I love Mexican and wanted to try TexMex. The food is excellent. I love the upstairs patio with a view of  JP Morgan Chase Tower. It appeared to be quite a popular place later in the evening with a private event and the local college students plus patrons of all ages. I enjoyed a Mango Margarita with Tortilla Chips, a fish taco with black beans and Cabo Rice. Great food. Great Service. The bus drivers' recommendation was on point. I would definitely return.

The Rice Hotel is an historic hotel with trendy restaurants with upscale dining for a dressy evening out. There are bars with live music and patio seating. The Rice Hotel is where John F. Kennedy spent part of his last night.

I like the beauty of the Houston Downtown area with its beautiful parks, fountains, greenery, lights and artwork. The downtown area is an Historic District. You can visit www.HoustonDowntown.com for more info on things to do and see.

The malls and shops close early at 6 pm, but there is a theatre district and the Minute Maid Baseball Park. The MetroRail transports people from UH (University of Houston) to Minute Maid Baseball Park. The MetroRail looks like a fun. Transportation in Houston area is inexpensive. The local buses and MetroRail are $1.25 per ride. Transfers are available with a metro card which you have to purchase at food stores.

Houston is a place to enjoy warm weather, friendly people and have a great time.

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