All I can say is...hell yeah! This fairly new stadium is a great place to watch a basketball game. It's worth the trip. Be loud and proud of your opposing team...esp. Mavericks fans! Even though it's Texas and we take our sports seriously, you won't get shot :-)
There's always something...
There's always something happening onstage in the Downtown Theater District. Downtown Houston is the star of the city's nighttime entertainment scene. The action takes place in theaters, cafes; clubs, and restaurants that offer superb shows, trendy food and excellent music. In the Theatre District, thousands of show-goers are drawn to productions presented by the Alley Theatre. Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Society for Performing Arts, Theatre Under the Stars, and Da Camera of Houston. Bayou Place showcases live concerts at the Aerial Theatre, a multiplex cinema, dining in a choice of restaurants, and other entertainment choices. Before or after the show, you can enjoy a snack, an elegant meal or drink and desert at one of the chic little spots that go all night long. The Rice is a good place to wrap up your evening with live jazz, a bite of ice cream, or a steaming cappuccino. There's even a fun, free, trolley service to take you around the downtown district. Outside the downtown district, many other performing arts venues offer a wide choice of entertainment, including free outdoor performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Herman Park; Express Theatre, a mobile company committed to quality, multicultural family programming; Ensemble Theatre, the southwest's largest African-American theater company; Stages Repertory Theatre, presenting contemporary and classical theater and children's programs in the renovated Star Engraving Building; and Talento Bilingue, one of the largest Hispanic cultural centers in the country.
Fogo do Chao is a small chain that serves what they call Brazilian cuisine. For the uninitiated, that means that there is good meat and plenty of it. The feature that distinguishes Fogo de Chao from most restaurants is the way that the meat is served.
When one orders the full meal, one is given a little round disk that looks like a coaster. It is red on one side and green on the other. Waiters circulate around the restaurant at all times. When a customer wants more meat, he turns his disk from red side upward to green side upward. The green disk side facing upward is the sign for waiters to bring meat.
When the green is showing, every waiter will stop and offer whatever he is carrying. The diner can say "yes please" (or just nod) to get that particular meat or "no thanks" to wait for another kind of meat. When one's plate is full, he flips the disk and eats what is on the plate.
Some of the meats are only good, but others are outstanding. I loved the lamb and the filet. I don't remember the cuts that I didn't like as much, but even they were still quite good.
The waiters dress in costumes that are supposed to resemble the dress of Brazilian cowboys. The Brazilian theme doesn't come across too strongly, but I took that as a sign that they knew how far to go without overdoing it. The place looks very nice. The only negative in my opinion was that it is often crowded. Obviously, many people in Houston think it's a great restaurant.
Texas Pride at it's best! :-)
Chris and I took the little ferry over to San Jacinto State Park before heading to the airport. The momument really is impressive especially with the large star of Texas on top! With the rectangular pool in front it def reminded me of the Washington Monument in DC. We wandered around the museum inside the moment and spent the small fee to see the special exhibit and the movie on the history of San Jacinto and Houston. Knowing nothing about the history of Texas, I found the movie quite fascinating and now understand why texans are so prideful of their state! :-D Def explained a lot! I would def recommend seeing the little movie they show- you learn things you never knew.
Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to see the USS Texas since it was getting close to when I had to be at the airport--next time!
Transco Tower, don't call me Williams!!!
The Williams Tower, formerly known as and still known to all Houstonians as the Transco Tower, is located in the Uptown District next to the Galleria Mall. It is a beautiful 64 story glass structure, and what makes it unusual is that at 903 ft., it is the tallest building in the world not located in a central business district. A huge rotating beacon light atop it can be seen across the city, which also gives it a unique characteristic among skyscrapers of the city. Built in 1983, it was named after Transco Energy Corporation, and then after Williams Energy when it was purchased in the late 1990's.