Houston Recap – Part 2

Day 2 – Sunday April 15th
Most of Sunday was spent at the Houston Japanese Festival. We were in the Museum District. It was warm, but not too bad. In this case, I believe pictures are say far more about what we did and saw.

After the festival, we went to see the Houston Water Wall.

This is how it is described by Yahoo! Travel
Situated near the Galleria, this city landmark is a cool and refreshing oasis that attracts visitors and locals in droves. Designed by local architects in 1985, the amazing wall of water drops thousands of gallons 64 feet every minute. You can stop and linger and enjoy the moment, or marvel at the stunning creation from afar as you drive through the area. It is a soothing experience for businessmen and women in the area who need a quick break.

We also got a bite to eat at Niko Niko’s Greek Cafe.

This is what I had to eat.
Village Salad Small with Gyro
The true Greek salad made with feta, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions & bell peppers. Served without lettuce.

This is what Cicely ordered
Baby Lamb Shank
Oven roasted with olive oil, oregano, garlic & lemon. Greek salad, pita bread & tzatziki sauce on the side

This is what Gary ordered
Gyros Sandwich
Mixture of chopped lamb & beef, spices in pita with tomato, onion & tzatziki sauce.

The food was really good at Niko Niko’s. The long line was a testament to how good it was. Moments after we placed the orders the line extended out the door.

Day 3 – Monday April 16th
Cicely and I again did what we do best… Shop! We slept in and we hit the stores… It was not quite the same ambitious assault that we had on Saturday, but it was very productive. All of the bargain shopping one can imagine is “Just around the corner”. We drove all of 1 mile to do everything. We had a lunch at a French Bistro and then we immediately went to “work”. We went to two jewelry stores. I love trying on jewelry. We proceeded to paruse DSW who had nothing of interest. We hit the mother lode at Marshalls N’ More. Who knew such a place existed?! Their shoe department was to die for. It took all of my reserve and a hint of responsibility not to run out of the store with pairs upon pairs of shoes. Instead I left with two pairs of shoes, a new shower curtain, and a new pair of sunglasses. For all that, I spent less than $100. Needless to say, I was in a good mood after that.

We then went to Macy’s. I wanted Cicely’s assistance in choosing my China, flatware & stemware. Rob and I had made 3 unsuccessful attempts at choosing the aforementioned items. It was so much fun and I finally decided on some things. I will post photos of them later. We were about to continue our bargain hunting blitzkrieg at Tuesday Morning… and then Gary called. He was hhhhhhhuuuuunnnnngggrryyyy. I had mentioned when I arrived that I wanted to try Texas Barbecue. I should have kept my mouth shut. I would have prefer to continue shopping. I love shopping with Cicely. Instead, we obliged Gary and his starvation and went back to the apartment. We wanted to take me to a place called Goode Company Barbecue.

Once we got there, I am glad we went. The food was really good. The barbecue was tender and juicy and it had good flavor. It was not over-smoked or over-seasoned. We had a good time… Here are the pictures to prove it….



I had to take this photo… I couldn’t resist… Where else other than Texas will I find a sculpture like this? There are more photos, but they didn’t turn out as well. The highlight of the tomfoolery was when Gary stomped off exclaiming “F—ing Tourists!” and went to get the car. Cicely and I laughed and continued on. Poor Gary, we had to get him back for some of the havoc he caused in Virginia…

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