The Toyota Center
The Toyota Center is the new stadium in Houston for professional basketball and hockey. It just opened in October 2003. It is home to:
The Rockets: NBA (National Basketball Association) Houston's basketball professional team
The Houston Comets: WNBA Houston's basketball professional team for women.
The Houston Aeros: AHL Houston professional hockey team
Finally, the Toyota Center is also used for concerts.
Info on the Rockets can be found at http://www.nba.com/rockets Parking is expensive ($20/hour!!). Alternatively, park somewhere along the new tramway line (see my Transportation Tips), take the tramway ($1 per person one way), and walk to the stadium (5-10 mn walk East from Main Square stop). When it is not a huge popular game, it is actually easy to park in the nearby streets for free.
Do yourself a favor and visit downtown Houston on a weekend night. I think they may have finally gotten their sh** together. Tons of places to visit, bar hopping, dancing. Good times and great people watching.
The Best of Tuscany
La Mora is my absolute favorite Italian restaurant in the greater Houston area. I was 14 years old when they opened and have been a loyal customer ever since. The atmosphere in the front room is very warm and romantic and is very remenicent of a Tuscan cottage. The main dining room is a site to behold with a vaulted ceiling and outer walls lined with columns. The wait staff are very friendly and accomodating without being overbearing. Most of their food is incredible, I can safely say that I have tried at least 80% of the menu at La Mora and have never been disappointed. Antipasti - Cape Sante alla Marissa
Insalate - Inslata Frutti di Mare
Pasta - Gnocchi Tricolore or Penne al Dominic
Pesce Entree - Dentice
Carni Entree - Filetto di Manzo
Newsflash: TIS A SHOPPING MALL FOR CRYING OUT LOUD
I can not understand why anyone would put the Galleria on their list of things to do while visiting Houston. It's a shopping mall!!! Surely you can find better things to do than waste your vacation in a mall. Plus, it's overrated. It's 4 sections, forcing a long walk. Galleria 1 is plain. Built in the early 1970s, it is a rectangle around the ice rink with drab concrete walls. The parking garage is ugly, old, and smells. From the outside the Galleria is invisible, with no architectural merit that I can see. Regarding restaurants, apart from the fabulous Cheesecake factory the pickings are slim. The food court has been remodled to bring the standard food court selections, replacing the formerly meager row of 5 generic restaurants. Don't bother to visit the lousy Ruggles Grille 5115 ($$$) unless you MUST pay $35 for too-salty emu with goat cheese. Instead, visit the outstanding Ruggles Grille on Westheimer near Montrose.
Galleria 2 until recently was a vacuum for stores and shoppers. It's busier now, but still Feels lonely and depressing, Architecturally, it's a plain atrium to an office building.
A long walk brings you to Galleria 3. Almost deserted. Depressing. A lack of "must visit" stores in this remote outpost results in a lack of shoppers and reasons to visit.
A loong walk brings you to the brand new Galleria 4. If you are visiting the Galleria it's worth the walk. It's bright, new, sparkles, and bustles. It even has a store where a person can buy a watch for less than $10,000, namely, Foley's.
Galleria is lousy shopping unless you are rich. Stores like Cartier, Saks, and Fred cater to those with $$$$. I'm in the wrong mall when the stores keep the door closed and have to buzz me in. Unless you walk into Fred with shoes that cost $1,000 each, like Michael Douglas in "The Game," you don't get that glass of complimentary champagne. Instead you're likely to get ignored or worse, though I must say that the Cartier people are nice to me when I go buy my $10 pen refill.
Just visit Memorial City instead.
Outdoor Concert - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
See a concert at Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands. I saw Jewel perform there and I was sitting on the grass. It was fun! Look at website for upcoming concerts.
To Purchase Tickets :
Purchase tickets at any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including Foley's, Wherehouse Music, and Fiesta, charge by phone at 713-629-3700, or visit the Ticketmaster Online box office