Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Destination Houston

Unlike the 16 Balls in the Air Tour of Memphis (photo tour w/info in captions), the recommendations for Houston, Texas are neither free or especially inexpensive.  Retail therapy does have its place!

If you happen to find yourself in Houston (hopefully for very different reasons than my own), you just might want to hit a few of these spots which have become our Fave - Must Do - Lucky Charms.

First, with all seriousness, I cannot say enough about MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Chances are, you know someone affected by cancer.  We all do.  This is an amazing place that I hope you never have to visit.  If you or someone close to you are facing cancer or looking for a place to donate to make a difference in the lives of people bravely enduring cancer, consider MD Anderson. 

La Madeleine
We have been having lunch here from the very first trip to Houston 3 years ago.  The day after my surgery in fact, I remember taking teensy tiny bites of pasta salad while having lunch here with St. Joel and my parents. La Madeleine serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Desserts and French pastries are HEAVEN. The Croque Monsieur sandwich is one of my faves too.  It is a chain restaurant with many locations (sadly none close enough to Tennessee), but doesn't feel like a chain. Our favorite location is at Rice Village 6205 Kirby.

Crave Cupcakes
The best cupcakes we have ever eaten!  And we have tried a lot, I mean A LOT of cupcakes, just to see how they compare.  St. Joel's fave - red velvet.  Mine - anything with chocolate. Be sure to wash them down with an old fashioned glass bottles of milk for sale also and pick up your desserts BEFORE dinner because they close at 8:00pm most nights.

Pappasito's
This Mexican restaurant holds a very special place in our hearts AND stomachs. On the very first trip we took to Houston in 2007 for appointments at MD Anderson, understandably overwhelmed and nervous, a friend called and instructed us to go to Pappasito's at Kirby and Richmond and there would be a gift card waiting for us with the hostess. We have eaten at the exact same location each and every time we've gone back for my checkups. The Wave Margarita with sangria is my personal favorite stress reliever. St. Joel always orders Pappa's Grill for dinner. The tableside guocamole is the best I've eaten. And every time we go, I think of the Hall's and their huge gesture of friendship.

Shopping:
Katy Mills Outlet Mall
The Galleria and surrounding area
The Woodlands
IKEA

Hotels:
In the past few years we have stayed at many different hotels in every price range.

Rotary House International is adjacent to MD Anderson, God forbid you ever need to stay within the medical district. Very convenient, comforting and affordable if you do.

Hotel Zaza - Hollywood meets Texas Swanky, across from the Houston Museum of Fine Art.


Springhill Suites - Very nice and near Reliant Park, Hermann Park Zoo.

Hotel Derek - Ultra modern, hip and cool, near The Galleria.


Renaissance Greenway Plaza Hotel - Very nice, convenient, comfortable place to stay.


Another day, another story,
Em





3 comments:

Liberty said...

Love this listing of GOOD THINGS that were waiting for you in the midst of something scary and uncertain!

Amy@ MomsToolbox said...

Found your post via Pam R., my Tyler Place buddy. :)
I live in Houston and couldn't agree more with your suggestions... you are making me hungry!!!
I'm sorry you had to come to my town for the reason you did, but I am thankful your are CANCER FREE and that you ventured out to enjoy some of the city.

Amy Nagoski said...

So glad you are doing well!!! Just had to add that I LOVE Pappasitos! My aunt used to live in Houston, and I can remember having it as a small girl... we just recently went to the one in San Antonio and it always brings back such memories! Glad someone else hearts it just as much as I do!!!

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