Minute Maid Park - The Juice Box!
Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, is located in downtown Houston. It was opened in 2000 as Enron Field (which we would just assume forget!), becoming the Astros first new stadium since the Astrodome. The stadium seats just under 41,000, and is one of the few baseball stadiums in North America with a retractable roof, which comes in handy during Houston's sweltering summers, as well as frequent thunder storms! The stadium was built at the old site of Union Station, the city's old central train depot, which lives on in the form of a replica 19th century train that is set up above the outfield wall, and runs along it's tracks whenever the Astros hit a homerun! Much of the decor of the stadium also has the throwback feel of stadiums past, but also with modern features such as state of the art electronic and sound systems, and a fabulous club level and luxury boxes. The Juice Box, as it is nicknamed, also hosts many events and concerts throughout the year, along with Astros games over the summer. It is an excellent stadium to watch a baseball game, or any event that may be taking place there!
Revamped Northwest Side Bar
After being designated for several years as a "hole in the wall" trashy bar, Crazy Frogs Saloon moved to a bigger location, put some money into the place, and got a decent bar menu. Now it is a fairly good place to hang out at, grab a few drinks, and chat with friends while up on the Northwest side of town. The bar is located towards the back, wih many tables and chairs in the front. They have pool tables and dart boards to one side, and a stage on the other for their frequent karaoke nights. Televisions are placed all over the bar in order to keep up with your favorite sports events. And if your feeling hungry, as I said, they have a decent menu, but it consists of mostly burgers and sandwiches, quite a few fried finger foods, and some basic salads. This is by no means a really classy place, the atmosphere is very casual. But again, if you're up on this side of town, it's a good bar to visit. Very Casual
The ladies from my office went here for lunch today. We all ordered a little bit of everything. The salads and soups were creative and fresh. The desserts were heavenly! And the SERVICE.... I have been complaining about the terrible service in this town for YEARS... not at Post Oak Grill.. we had a wonderfully attentive waiter and bus staff. I highly, highly recommend this restaurant. The corn/ crab something soup.. its green and looks like split pea.. but its spicy and wonderful!
The Tres Leches, the Creme Brulee, and especially the "trifle".. fresh fruit.. sumptuous cream.. ahh... drool
This is downtown Houston, a shot taken from a park outside of town. When approaching from Hobby Airport, the skyline rises from the ground like the city of Oz. Houston is spread out so that, wherever you are, you've always got something to do.
My favorite part of downtown is Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros baseball team. It's got a retractable roof so, no matter the weather, the game is on...and Houston's summer weather can be rather severe. There's also a bar across the street that used to be, I think, a firehouse. For major league baseball, I found the Astros very affordable..of course, I'm from New York :-)
Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Fine Arts
A beautiful peace heaven in the museum district is the sculpture garden of the Fine Arts Museum. It contains about 30 big sculptures of artists such as Giacometti, Moore, Rodin, aso... Very well lanscaped, it is extremely pleasant to stroll.
Officially it is called the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden.