Put It On Your Bucket List: The Houston Rodeo reached a record high attendance this year at approximately 2,611,676 people! The show features rodeo action (bull riding), livestock competitions, concerts, a huge carnival, pig racing, barbecue, International Wine Competition, shopping, sales and livestock auctions.
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If you’re following along on Snapchat (UN: MissBassmaster) or Instagram, you’ll have noticed I spent the weekend in Houston. Wafiq & I had tickets to the Houston Rodeo – When in Texas, right?
As long as I’ve lived in Austin you’d think I would know more about Houston & Dallas but I definitely don’t – other than the reputation that Houston is hot & humid, which is enough to keep me away most of the year.
I brought my princess child so we did our best to do & go places that were pet friendly. We ate A LOT but every single thing we had & place we went was delicious! I’m pretty picky when it comes to eating out. Like, really picky. Because I make most of my meals at home & love cooking, I don’t like eating out – it’s never as good as my own kitchen! And I imagine where the food came from, who touched it, how long it’s been in the freezer, what ingredients were added (I worked in a kitchen while in High School, I know too much).
Food I Loved:
Tiny Boxwoods // I think this restaurant was created for me. Tiny Boxwoods is a café/restaurant in the middle of a flower nursery. I mean, it doesn’t get better than that for me. Take a stroll through the nursery while sipping Rose. Even before the food I was hooked, but once I took a bite of the pizza I was SOLD. From the instagramable moments, the relaxed setting, the incredibly fresh & flavorful food, the superior service – Tiny Boxwoods was by far my favorite. We finished the meal with a cookie… and 4 to-go. (They’re opening one in Austin soon.)
Brasil Café // After our morning workout happened shockingly well, we hit up Brasil Café & as we were sipping coffee, working our way through the Brasil Benedict & Eggs, we were proud of this decision. Exactly the place we were looking for, an easy Saturday morning breakfast with bae (Bernice).
Boheme // This place was cute. We went at night & the lighting was a little romance. There’s plenty of seating & a generally good atmosphere. We tried their popular Vietnamese Fries << Spicy!
Axelrad // I wish there was somewhere close to my house similar to Axelrad. Luigi’s Pizza is next door so you can order your pizza & eat it at Axlerad while you drink wine/beer & listen to music. They have tons of seating, a huge projector, and hammocks as seating. Very chill place, great spot to end a busy day.
Barnaby’s Café // The only problem here was portion control. I felt like their burgers & salads were HUGE. Needless to say, the general atmosphere of this place hit the spot for a Sunday morning meal. Burgers, salads, and Strawberry mimosa’s… Perfect!
Besides the food, we spent most of Saturday at the Rodeo. Wafiq & I have never seen actual bull riding & horse bucking before so this was a new experience.
I would say anyone who keeps a bucket list needs to add the Houston Rodeo to it.
I’m SO happy we experienced this now, while we’re in Texas & have the opportunity. We felt like we were in an old Western movie. I’m desperately searching for Western belt buckles & cowboy hats for both Wafiq & I. There truly is nothing sexier than a Cowboy. Take a trip to the Houston Rodeo & you’ll get it.
Both of us were ecstatic no one died. I was very confident, at minimum, 1 person dies per rodeo.
OMG I almost forgot to mention, we watched the dog herding competition prior to the rodeo. The dogs herd sheep through an obstacle & into their cage under a certain time limit. I cried twice. I couldn’t bare seeing the doggies lose! They were working so hard! Each dog looked like my little Bernice so I imagined how disappointed she would feel if she failed me.
So, I cried.
Wafiq made us leave. I seriously question how I could ever have a child, I’ll cry at the freaking spelling bee!!! I can’t. My emotions can’t handle it. Hats off to parents.
Besides the Rodeo we spent Sunday at Hermann Park. They had a little kite festival, perfect weather, and a huge ass blooming conservancy – of course that’s where you could find us. We loved it. Bernice loved it. Parks are our jam.
Houston was fun! So much bigger than Austin & diverse, I miss big cities 🙁
I hope you’re off having a great week & enjoying the blooming… As always, be thoughtful