Go ice skating in a mall..
For us it was really special to see a ice skating rink in a shopping mall.
One of the reasons is that we don't have that in the Netherlands and another was the high temperature outside the mall.
It must be very nice to skate here when it's steaming hot outside. Some ice skates maybe ?
Picture taken June 3, 2003 14:51
Trendy Midtown Bar/Restaurant
This midtown gathering place could be described as a trendy lounge with the word "Pub" in it's name. Really the only thing that remotely links this establishment to a "pub" in the general since, is that they have a small menu of sandwiches, buffalo wings, ribs and nachos, and they have a pool table in the back. Other than that, no other evidence of a "pub" is present. The main gathering area has a long bar to the side with bar stools, and several tables with chairs, and a few standing tables. There are also a few couches within this part. At the back of the lounge, there is another smaller bar with the aforementioned pool table, and tables and chairs. There is an outside patio area with many tables and chairs as well. Decor is very trendy, and there are flat screen t.v.s above on the walls throughout the bar, perhaps one more attempt to prove it is a "pub" :) Drinks usually run from $7-$9 for mixed, $5-$7 for beers. Crowds are generally 20's to early 30's, and begin gathering in the evening around 10pm. It is open 7 days a week, but generally it's busy nights are Thursday-Saturday. Be prepared to wait in line if you arrive after 11, but sometimes the line begins forming well before that. If you like a trendy, young crowds, this is a place for you! Decent nightlife attire, jeans are acceptable, no tennis shoes
Houston's excellent restaurant scene
In my opinion, Houston has one of the top restaurant scenes in the country, and without a doubt the best in the state.
Others agree: Esquire magazine and The Wine Spectator have more than once named Houston as the fourth best restaurant city in the nation, just behind New York, San Francisco and Chicago. This puts it ahead of such cities as Boston, Washington DC, New Orleans, Dallas, and Los Angeles in some opinions.
Houston also has more gold-medal award-winning restaurants than any other city in the nation.
You can find almost any kind of food in Houston, and most of it is very good and reasonably priced compared to other areas of the country.
Some notable places by area:
Cafe Annie -- 1728 Post Oak Blvd. Fabulous Southwestern in the Galleria Area. Decor has the feeling of a luxury cruise liner. Dressy.
Tony's -- 1801 Post Oak Blvd. French/Italian and "the place to see and be seen", but pricey. In the Galleria Area. Dressy.
Americas -- 1800 Post Oak Blvd. Great South American/Brazilian/Argentinian and steak. Hip and trendy atmosphere in the Galleria Area. Unique, artistic decor. Business casual or casual.
Nit Noi -- 6395 Woodway Dr. Fresh Thai near the Galleria Area. Rumor has it former president Bush likes this place. Casual.
Bombay Brasserie -- 5160 Richmond Ave. Great Indian food in the Galleria area. Cozy, romantic atmosphere. Business casual to casual.
Grotto -- 4715 Westheimer Rd. Italian in a trendy, upbeat atmosphere in the Galleria area. Business casual or casual.
Anthony's -- 4007 Westheimer. Continental/French/Italian. Upscale, romantic atmosphere in a upscale shopping area along a palm-lined area of Westheimer.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse -- 6213 Richmond Ave. Excellent steak in the Galleria area. Business casual to dressy. Notable places continued...
Zula -- 705 Main St. Unique dining experience in downtown. Decor is unique and very retro early-mid 20th century. Business casual or dressy.
Sambuca -- 909 Texas St. American/Italian. Restaurant/bar with a hip retro atmosphere and live jazz every night. On the ground floor of the historic Rice Lofts (formerly the Rice Hotel, where JFK spent his last night alive). Business causual or dressy.
Artista -- 800 Bagby St. (in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts). New American, seafood, South American. Great place for pre-theatre dinner. Business casual to dressy.
Mia Bella -- 320 Main St. Great value Italian in downtown. Casual or business casual.
Rainbow Lodge -- 1 Birdsall St. New American, seafood, game. Exotic, romantic cabin atmosphere off Memorial drive just west of downtown. Outdoor gardens back up to Buffalo Bayou. Business casual or dressy.
Damian's -- 3011 Smith. Fabulous Italian in a cozy atmosphere just west of downtown. Casual or business casual.
Brennan's -- 3300 Smith St. Cajun/Creole. Nice New Orleans import with a subdued, peaceful atmosphere. Dressy.
Madras Pavilian -- 3910 Kirby Dr. Good Indian food, including vegetarian. Casual.
Ruggle's -- 903 Westheimer. American, southwestern. A Montrose area favorite. Business casual to casual.
Churrascos - 9705 Westheimer. Great South American/Brazilian/Argentinian and steak in a cozy atmosphere. Business casual or casual.
A Moveable Feast -- 9341 Katy Fwy. Vegetarian in a serene atmosphere. Casual.
Space Center Houston
OK...this was very interesting to me....believe it or not, there are actually 2 space centers! So, let me give you a few tips just to help you have a good time; and not get confused and frustrated in the process:
First off, like I said, there are 2 space centers. The first one is run by the government. The other is where all the exhibits are. I accidentally (and purposely) drove into the wrong one thinking they were both the same place. The guard at the gate told me to "proceed to building 110." So I "proceeded" to Building 110 (outside the gate I might add), where I was told I could not enter unless I had a "point of contact." Since I didn't have one, I couldn't talk to HR in person...oh well.
In any case, I drove further down the road and found the space center that had all the fun stuff. It is just past the NASA JSC. The best way to know you are in the right place, is the fact that the front entrance has 2 T-38 planes on display.
Parking is $5 US; and admission is $18.95 (discounted with AAA, Military, or if you work for Southwest Airlines).
Art Car Museum
This little museum is really a must see - one of the sights that are both interesting and unique to Houston. It hosts a collection of 'art cars', that also take part in a yearly parade through the city. The place also features some random exhibitions, typically of the ultra-liberal type.