Vietnam Town in Houston
Going northbound on the Metro, looking to your left around McGowen Station, you'll see many older shopping centres with signs written in Vietnamese.
This shopping centre is inside the Supermarket CHO QUE HUONG. There is a foods market, beauty salons, music shops and various other business and authenic restaurants run by and marketed for Vietnamese citizens. I felt like I was instantly transported into any market in Ho Chi Minh City!
The Pho restaurant and french-bread sandwich shop was yummy, and real deal homestyle cooking!
Houston is known to have a heavy traffic. During the week days, the cars go to the center on the morning and to go back home in the suburbs on the evening. The week end, the 45 which goes to Galveston is saturated.
Fortunately, the number and the width of the motorways are increasing, including the interchanges.
More good Chinese food
When I worked in this area, Wong's was the place to go for lunch when we wanted Chinese food but didn't want to eat too much at a buffet and feel stuffed and lethargic all afternoon. Wong's was always considered a little nicer place than China Palace which is just east on Westheimer. I wouldn't say that it is really a better restaurant, but it probably has a little more upscale atmosphere and crowd. Until recently, Wong's didn't offer a buffet, and many people enjoyed a place where they ordered their food and waited at the table instead of fighting the line around the buffet.
Wong's has recently added a buffet, and it's a good buffet. I think Wong's stil has a quieter atmosphere, and many people still go there to order their food rather than use the buffet. The price range that I've given is for ordering an evening meal. I still think of Wong's as a little more of a non-buffet place. The buffet and lunch meals are usually cheaper.
Kemah is a boardwalk area surrounded by several small blocks of specialty boutiques. It's got a ferris wheel, arcade, and carousel for the kids, several good restaurants with views of the water, and lots of good shopping (esp if looking for special gifts). It's family-oriented, free to enter and a nice place to spend a day.
The Rodeo to end all Rodeos
The Houston Stock Show and Livestock Exposition began in January of 1931 and the first show was held in April of 1932 at the Democratic Convention Hall. The first downtown parade took place in 1938 and the first entertainer, Gene Autry, takes the stage in 1942. The first scholarship associated with the Rodeo is a $2,000 award that goes to local product Ben Dickerson. In 1961, the official name of the show is changed to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Astrodome became the home of the HLSR is 1966 and attendance tops 40,000 for one of the shows. 1970’s performance featuring Elvis Presley draws a record 43,614 spectators, a number that would stand for eight years. In 1992, the four scholarship awards grew from $8,000 to $10,000 and in 1994, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was broadcast for the first time on pay-per-view. In 1996, the HLSR celebrated 30 years in the Astrodome by inviting George Strait to perform. Strait’s performance drew a record-breaking 62,936 spectators and his 2002 performance sold out in less than two hours when 68,266 spectators filed in. In 2003, the 71 st HLSR moved into Reliant Stadium and Reliant Center, a new stadium built for the NFL team. The attendance record was broken again on March 17, 2004, when 70,668 people paid to watch rodeo action followed by a concert by country music star Kenny Chesney.