A Weekend in Houston, Ya’ll

Happy Hump Day friends! I’m so pumped it’s already Wednesday, I hope you’re all having a good week! As I had mentioned, AJ’s been doing a bit of traveling for work so we decided I would visit him in Texas this past weekend to break up his travel, I’ve missed him!

And, since I’ve never been to Houston, I was also looking forward to exploring a new city. I flew out Saturday morning and we decided we wanted a low-key weekend and not over-commit ourselves to plans. Here’s a look at what we were up to.

Saturday

My 4:45am wake up call came bright and early. It was easy enough to pop out of bed though, I was pretty excited for this weekend getaway to begin. By the time I arrived in Houston, it was 2pm and AJ picked me up at the airport. My first order of business was to change out of my heavy wool sweater, the 70 degree temps were calling my name!

We then made our way to NRG Stadium for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for the BBQ Cookoff.

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We spent a couple hours wandering around, eating some pork BBQ and listening live music…and looking at A LOT of cowboy boots and hats. Wow.

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Around 6pm we headed back to the hotel where I promptly took a nap. That early morning wake up was catching up with me and I needed a power nap before our 9:30 dinner reservation at Oxheart! This restaurant came highly recommended and lived up to the hype.

Oxheart
Crystal dumplings filled with winter greens, served with warm kohlrabi broth, jasmine tea, and raw celtuce

We both opted for the Winter Tasting Menu with the 3 wine pairing.

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Golden Tilefish a scapece, with tomatoes, basil-seaweed broth, and preserved fruit

All 6 courses were amazing, but the final course, a sweet potato slowly cooked in honey, with vanilla, oats and thyme was both delicious and surprisingly my favorite!

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I practically rolled on out of the restaurant by the end. Side note, I was so excited to wear my new Express dress to dinner – the flowy style meant I could eat to my heart’s content 🙂

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Sunday

After sleeping in on Sunday, we made our way to the Houston Zoo. (Along with, what seemed like all of Houston, the traffic was crazy, but fortunately the zoo didn’t feel all that crowded by the time we made our way in.)

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Houston zoo

Once again, the weather was perfect and we spent about 3 hours walking around and visiting the various exhibits. Clearly, some of our favorites were the lions, giraffes, and elephants, but we saw so many beautiful animals!

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Houston zoo

After the zoo and a couple errands around town, we were ready to relax again. Thank goodness we didn’t have a strict agenda for the weekend, and we were very content with just ordering room service and watching The Big Bang Theory on TV the rest of the night.

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Monday

Our final day in Houston went super fast. After another leisurely morning of coffee, breakfast, and reading (I finished 2 books this weekend!), we headed out to Cavender’s to get me a pair of authentic cowboy boots!

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The selection was pretty overwhelming and I ended up choosing a kid’s size because well, they were a better fit for my little feet (apparently cowboy boots run on the larger size), and were less expensive than the adult version!

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After boot shopping, we debated visiting a museum before our respective evening flights but we didn’t feel like rushing, so we opted for a leisurely lunch at Chili’s instead. Sounds silly, but it was one of the highlights of the weekend! Us and all the retired couples on a lunch date. 🙂

We then made our way to the airport where I found out I had Priority status! This was hilarious because A) I flew on American Airlines, which I never do, so I don’t know how I lucked out, and B) we used AJ’s points for my flight and he was stuck in Zone 2 for his trip. I had a lot of fun laughing at him while I was in the special “priority” lane to go through security. 😉

And that wraps up my Texas weekend! Now that I got a taste of spring-like temperatures, I am getting even more antsy for the weather up north to catch up. And one more reason I’m looking forward to our New Orleans anniversary trip in 2 weeks!

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