Fountains and Monuments
Just driving around Houston's roads and you are bound to pass a few fountains and monuments. This fountain is close to Hermann Park.
Of course if you only drive on the hugh freeways then all you'll see is the concrete jungle!
most famous mall in town
An architectural and commercial landmark, this have-it-all mall is the center of Houston's shopping community. Its where all my friends and relatives want to go at least once during their visit.
Besides the array of stores (more than 300), this retail mecca also contains a mammoth ice rink (great when its 96-deg F outside), quite a few restaurants, office towers and two hotels--the Westin Oaks and Westin Galleria.
Inspired by Milan, Italy's classic Galleria of the 1860s, Houston's Galleria began in the 1960s as an exclusive group of cafes and boutiques inside a glass-covered atrium. Since that time, it has developed its own distinctive character, undergoing several expansions and improvements over the past three decades. It steadily attracts a multitude of tourists and locals. With upscale names like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, you'd think everything might cost a fortune. Some of it does--but rest assured, there are plenty of bargains to be had for the dedicated browser. Popular shops on the premises include J. Crew, Betsey Johnson, Emporio Armani and Old Navy.
Dumplings and Noodles
when you walk in, you'll note that the whole place seats less than 40, but don't let that fool you... santong is THE dumpling powerhouse of houston.
the menu is bilingual and along the wall, with stated prices.
dumplings and noodles are made in house. pork dumplings, beef noodle soup, fried pork chops with rice are my favorites.
you're not here if you want to lose weight. you want to live once, and go smiling.
BBQ True To Texas!
Another great one in the local chain of Goode Company restaurants, Goode Company BBQ serves up some of the city's best BBQ. There are 2 locations in Houston, but since I frequent the location on Kirby, as well as prefer it, this is the one I am writing in regards to. The restaurant has a very "Texas" feel inside, with a slew of old decorations in honor of the state's proud history. Lots of pictures and paintings of Texas' past adorn the walls, as well as such items as old Texas license plates, beer bottles, and of course, a huge stuffed deer's bust. There is very limited seating inside, but tables are outside as well on the larger patio. The food most definately fits right into place with the decor. True Texas BBQ is what you came for, and it is what you will get. BBQ chicken, brisket, sausage, ribs, and turkey are smoked to perfection, and then covered in a thick & delicious sauce that spices up and livens up the taste. You can taste the delicious mesquite flavor in every dish that is served up here. And for side items? Well lets just say that the cole slaw, potato salad, jambalaya, jalapeno corn bread, and baked beans are so good your mouth will be begging for more, even if your stomach is completely full! And if somehow you can spare just a little extra room in that belly of yours, some of the best pecan pie you have ever tasted is waiting for you. Good Luck! :) The Turkey Sausage, and Austin Baked Beans! To die for!
Houston Livestock & Rodeo
The world's largest rodeo and a yearly Houston tradition (for 40 years). In 2003 it was held February 20-March 16. Each night features a different music artist. The rodeo show also includes roping events, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bareback, bull and saddle bronc riding. In between events, the clowns will do something or they will get some audience participation. Outside they have other events such as livestock competitions, other shows, carnival, lots of food, etc. If you want to see real cowboys, this is the event for you. And if you're like me and you're not very interested in cowboys, I still like the music concert (I saw Duran Duran a few years ago) and carnival.