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Houston City Tour and Admission to Downtown Aquarium
"This bus tour is a wonderful way to start your Houston vacation. This lightly narrated 90-minute tour showcases Houston's famous land marks historic Houston areas and breath taking views. Explore the great city of Houston and see what the largest city in Texas has to offer.This guided tour drives through Houston's beautiful market square and many more downtown locations including Buf Allen Parkway and Houston's upscale midtown residential area. You will enjoy the breath-taking billion dollar Downtown Houston Skyline and museum district.Once the city tour is complete you will be dropped off at the Houston Aquarium which you are welcome to explore and enjoy. This package includes one admission ticket for the Houston Aquarium and one ticket for the Houston City Tour.""""Take a 90-minute panoramic guided tour on board a double decker buss. The city tour includes Downtown Historic district Toyota Center
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Galveston Warship and Submarine Tour
"The tour will start with complimentary pickup from your centrally located Houston accommodation where all will receive a free gift before proceeding downtown for a 1-hour mobile view of Discovery Green Park GRB convention center The Toyota center Minute Maid Park Market square Buffalo Bayou Eleanor Tinsley park
From $142.00
Houston City Lights Tour
"Climb aboard a distinctive double-decker bus at a conveniently located departure point in downtown Houston. Listen to informative on board commentary as you cruise through the vibrant Texan city passing iconic landmarks like the Chase Tower and the Convention Center. You will also see Market Square Park where you can find a variety of food in the historical 19th-century square. Admire the tallest building in Texas the JP Morgan Chase Tower and enjoy sweeping vistas from the top of our British double decker buses. You will also see City Hall as well as Tranquility Park and the historical structures that surround it. Take in the electric atmosphere of the theatre di"""See the historical highlights and cultural delights of Houston on a 60 minute guided evening tour. You will have the best views of Houston as you travel through the city on the top deck of a double decker bus. Take in the city lights and listen to fascin the Downtown Aquarium the Theatre district
From $40.00

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Central Market: Gourmet Food (1)

Central Market is a wonderful big store where you can find gourmet food of all type and provenance. Huge choice of cheeses for example (I am french, sorry, i couldn't help to point that one out!), but also anything "ethnic" or rare or that you could not find anywhere else!!
It is also fun to go shopping there because the presentation of goods is well done, and there are always multiple locations where you can taste delicious food samples!
Although expensive, it is to me the best of the gourmet stores of Houston.

Open 7 days a week
Store: open 8am to 10pm
Central Market Cafe: open 9am to 10 pm

What to buy Ethnic food, bulk spices and all type of rice, grain, nuts..., organic products, cheeses, wines and beers from all over the world, vegetables and fruits, flowers, meat and fish, freshly baked bread and pastries...

What to pay It is expensive. I go there only to buy what I do not find in ordinary supermarkets.

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Apr 04, 2011

Food / Drink: Farmers Markets are coming to Houston!!!

Watch out! Houston is getting progressive...Can you believe it??? There are actually farmer's markets in Houston!!! It started in 2003. It's about time, isn't when you think that California cities have had dozens of them for more than 10 years!! I only went to the one in the neighborhood of the Heights (Sat morning, 8-12). Great relaxed atmosphere, very un-houstonian, very pleasant.

But now, it looks like there are other Farmers Markets in Houston. More later when I know more. Here is the info I have so far:
- Houston Farmers Market Downtown Area
3701 Travis Street
Houston, TX
(713) 666-3991
Saturday 8-12 am
- Houston Farmers Market Rice Village Area
Parking lot of Christ the King Lutheran Church
2353 Rice (at Greenbriar), Houston, TX 77005
Tuesday 5-7 pm
- South-East of Houston/Clear Lake area
902 Hardesty, Seabrook, TX 77586
Saturday 12-4 pm

What to buy Local farmers come sell their organic vegetables and fruits, nuts (great pecans!), preserves, home made soaps and all type of stuffs.

What to pay Pay in cash

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Specs Liquor Warehouse: Houston's largest selection of wine and liquors

Specs is the main liquor distributor in Houston with hundreds of stores throughout the area. The particular one I want to describe here is their warehouse, their main big store. It is huge and wonderful with the largest selection of wine and spirits from all over the world you could have dreamed of!! The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They also have gourmet food (cheese, chocolates,...).

What to buy Wine, beer, liquors of all type, taste and age, for all budgets.

What to pay The large range of selection allows for any budget to shop happily there! For some strange reason, they charge 5% extra if you use a credit card instead of cash.

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Mar 16, 2004

Whole Foods Market: Gourmet Food (2)

Whole Foods is similar to Central Market, except smaller in store size and selection range.

I generally go to the store on Bellaire Avenue which is not too crowdy (Northwest corner of Bellaire and Westlayan).

What to buy Ethnic food, bulk spices and all type of rice, grain, nuts..., organic products, cheeses, wines and beers from all over the world, vegetables and fruits, flowers, meat and fish,...

What to pay Expensive, maybe slightly less than Central Market, however. Go there only for what you do not find in ordinary supermarkets.

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Aug 11, 2003
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