Minute Maid Park -- Home to the Houston Astros
Hello loves! I just got back in to town earlier this week and I am officially on a traveling hiatus until late December! Don't get me wrong-- I love to travel. I was in a different state practically every week during the month of October. Not to mention a couple of trips to Nashville, TN and a quick game day experience in St. Louis, Missouri. Seriously loved it all! But now it's time to rest and enjoy some time with my family.
Today I just want to catch you up on a quick trip I took to Houston and College Station, Texas late last month.
Here's my philosophy on traveling-->You should only be in your hotel room when it's time to go to sleep. No matter where I go, I try my hardest to find something that will get me out of my hotel room and into the heart of the city!
Since I was going to only be in Houston for one night, I booked an Airbnb instead of a hotel room. I did consider staying in an ultra plush hotel near downtown Houston but decided against it when I found the cutest Airbnb apartment for much cheaper!
This Airbnb was actually a little apartment behind a main home. The set up was so cute and I really enjoyed my one night here! I couldn't get over the claw-foot tub in the bathroom! I didn't have a need to use the kitchen, but the owner had the fridge stocked with staples like butter, eggs, and fruit. If you plan on being in the Houston area anytime soon and are in need of a place to stay for a night, check out the Airbnb listing here.
Whenever I'm in a new city, I also try to find some restaurant unique to that area. Needless to say, I stay away from the chain restaurants until I get back to the airport! This time, I used Yelp to help me find a true authentic Mexican restaurant-- El Tiempo Cantina on Navigation Blvd. in the Second Ward.
I. LOVE. MEXICAN. FOOD. And there is no shame in my game when it comes to the frighteningly large amount of queso, chips, and salsa I can consume.
Obligatory margarita, chips, queso, and salsa! I tried the guacamole and wasn't too keen on it. Maybe because it was so smooth? Anyway, this was the first time my queso was just queso and not queso blanco. Not going to lie, I was a little unsure at first, but after dipping those thicker chips into it, I couldn't stop!
I fell in love with the ambiance of the restaurant. It was fairly dark but the chandeliers and table candles were lit. Perfect place for date night if you're in Houston! And after filling up on more chips and salsa than I needed, I headed over the the Museum of Fine Art, Houston.
As I've mentioned before, I'm a museum junkie. History was my favorite subject when I was in school (no lie!), so roaming museums full of artifacts and memorabilia is my kind of thing. I've spent up to three hours in a museum before! So I lucked up when I landed in Houston on a Thursday afternoon and was able to get free admittance into the Museum of Fine Art, Houston that evening.
European art really isn't my thing, but Native American, African, and Central & South American art is! I just love seeing the different types of mediums used for each piece. And the Mayan are practically always my favorite because of their use of gold! So much gold! They also have this cool motion exhibit where you stand in front of a projector and dinosaur & creature figures along with sound are added to your shadow! Check my Instagram photos (in the sidebar on the home page) to watch a clip!
After a full afternoon and evening in the Downtown area, I headed back to the Airbnb to rest and prep for Friday morning's tour of Minute Maid park. It's sort of become my "thing" now to tour baseball stadiums. I'm not even a baseball fan, but I love a good baseball hat so I guess that's why I go. Plus, it's just fun! But before heading out, I stopped by Toaster's in the downtown area for a quick breakfast to hold me over for most of the day.
Standard pancakes, bacon, and eggs. The service was great and the atmosphere was easy going.
Here's somewhat of a bird's eye view from the top of Minute Maid Park. *This stadium actually has a retractable roof so that's what the white area is at the top.
So this grass is some crazy hybrid grown south of the equator. They fly it in and cut it at least once a week. It's quite high maintenance if you ask me. The tour guide was VERY adamant about NOT TOUCHING IT. A little too adamant if you ask me, but that's another story for a different day!
We ended up walking the entire field and this place is HUGE!
The various scores around the league are changed by hand during the game! You have to be very precise and know exactly what you're doing when you've got this job.
After spending a day and a half in Houston, I took a two hour drive up to College Station to check out Texas A&M for a Diversity Leadership Forum! I'd never been to College Station before and was excited to see the campus and learn more about some of the graduate programs in the business school they offer.
This 2-day event gave me and the other attendees a unique look into the Mays School of Business and its MBA program. The events the school put together were so cool and interactive! Plus, the faculty, staff, and current students were so nice & helpful!!
I'm still on the hunt for that perfect graduate school opportunity and Texas A&M is definitely on the list!
My Texas experience was so much fun until the end! I had to hit the road at 4am to head back to Houston to catch an 8am flight back home... in the rain bands of Hurricane Patricia! Driving in the pouring rain at 4am wasn't the smartest idea, but by the grace of God I managed to make it!
Even though it was pouring rain, I couldn't even be upset. I had a nice comfort seat so I had extra leg room to stretch out on my way back home.
Be sure to check back later this week for more travel, style, and recipe posts! I'll be recapping my trips to Pittsburgh and St. Louis as well as some yummy recipes I've shown on snapchat! Follow along on snapchat: margggg58
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