My husband had a meeting in Dallas, so we combined our stay with a trip to Houston to see our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. We flew Southwest. They are great because they allow one checked bag under 50 pounds per person free! Juan and I on the flight. I enjoyed a cup of tea as I read my current book. Very relaxing! We flew to Atlanta, where we had a 50 minute layover. We boarded a second plane for Houston. We flew into Hobby Airport. We had rented a car, so we retrieved our luggage, took a shuttle to the car rental place and hopped into our Toyota Camry. We stayed at The Embassy Suites by Hilton at The Woodlands Hughes Landing. I did a review of the hotel in this post. We checked in, dropped our luggage and drove to our daughter’s house to celebrate our son-in-law’s birthday. He smoked pork. We had corn on the cob and Mac and cheese. We celebrated with a yellow cake with espresso chocolate frosting that our daughter made. Delicious! We were tired, so we called it a night. We were able to walk to Starbucks from our hotel. It is a beautiful area. I got my grande, non-fat, misto made with blonde roast and two scoops of vanilla bean powder. This is an area called the Water Garden. Can you see? It says DREAM. I love whimsical art. The area is surrounded by waterfalls, little gardens, sculptures, restaurants, shops, condos and hotels. It is a brand new area. It is very quiet and peaceful.
We decided on the Black Walnut Cafe for brunch. It was Sunday and very crowded. However, because we ordered drinks at the bar, we were able to order our food as well! The Bloody Mary was amazing. I forgot we were in Texas where they know their spice! I had a sip of the Mimosa. It was made with fresh squeezed orange juice. It too was delicious. You can see how much pulp is floating in the top of the pitcher! I ordered the egg white Western-Eastern Omelet. I didn’t even have to ask for salsa–again we were in Texas! We have never been to Galveston, so we drove down to the coast. Here I am with my husband, Juan, my daughter, Kristen and her husband Matt. The weather was beautiful. It was chilly but nice. We drove around and saw the cruise ships in port. Mardi Gras had the streets blocked off for a celebration. Houses and businesses were decorated in the gold, purple and green of Mardi Gras. We stopped at Bubba Gump’s at Pleasure Pier for drinks and coconut shrimp. Juan went to his meeting in Dallas. Matt went back to work. Kristen and I went to Ikea. We don’t have this store at home, so it is always a treat. We are flying home, so I ended up only buying placemats 😏 We were so hungry. Kristen suggested Le Madeleine French Country Cafe. Why don’t we have these restaurants at home either?! It was perfect. We sat by the fire. I had a white bean with spinach soup, tuna salad on a croissant and a cranberry walnut salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Delicious! We ran some more errands. We hit every major highway in Houston. I was so ready to get out of that car! Kristen had to work the next day. I was home alone. Well, me and the grand kitties, Roux and Fanny! Roux helped me straighten my hair! I relaxed. I watched General Hospital, worked on my blog, caught up on YouTube, read…. and colored.
Kristen came to the hotel the next morning and we walked to Starbucks. We sat outside and enjoyed our drinks. It was another gorgeous February day! The police are mounted on horses in The Woodlands area. I snapped this pic from our table.
We spent the day buying Valentine gifts. We went to Rakuu is Spring for lunch. I had never had Pho before. It is a broth with vegetables. The little plate next to it had herbs, jalapeño peppers and bean sprouts. The idea is to combine it all into the broth. The sauces added even more flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I got to watch our grandson, Grant, long jump and pole vault for his middle school.
Juan returned from Dallas. We shopped and stopped for a nice treat at Rao’s Bakery. I had sugar cookie gelato. We also bought a King Cake. It is a cinnamon cake with icing in the gold, purple and green of Mardi Gras. This was a first for me. Tradition holds that a “baby” is placed in the cake and the person who finds it is the lucky one.
Dinner was at Rudy’s Bar B Q. I can’t leave Texas without eating here. I typically don’t eat sausage, but love Rudy’s!
Here is Fanny on a leash.
It was time to say our goodbyes. It is always hard to leave family.
Grant and Charlie (our grandchildren).
This trip was mostly work and visiting family. We did eat out a lot…a lot!
Until next trip….thanks for reading!