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.
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).
@ Tiny Boxwoods
Tiny Boxwoods Nursery
Cafe Brasil // Brasil Benedict & Eggs w/Salmon
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!
This animal sold for $345,000 !
Obsessed w/all the dresses (w/pockets) @ Zara right now // Dress: H E R E
Brad Paisley concert after the Rodeo
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.
Little babies herding sheep
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.
Look at those tree vines!
Houston was fun! So much bigger than Austin & diverse, I miss big cities 🙁
Austin, Texas is packed to the rims right now for SXSW. The festival goes from March 10th – March 19th and is loaded with all kinds of events including movie premieres, concerts, networking parties, fashion meet ups, comedy shows, food & brunches, film screenings, speakers, & people snap chatting… among other things.
It’s a time when I’m proud to live in Austin. The weather is nice, people enjoy all parts of the city & they come from everywhere.
Outside Jo’s Coffee on S.Congress // I love youuu so much
I wanted to make a quick list of things to do in Austin if you’re visiting & don’t have a SXSW access badge OR you want a break from all the SXSW activities & want to experience more of what Austin has to offer.
This list is quick & to the point! But I highly recommend anything you can get checked off, whether you’re visiting now or in the future this list will work all year long.
I grew up in Minnesota but I left when I was 18 so I never had the chance to experience Minneapolis in the way I’ve experienced other cities.
Each time I go back to visit family, I try to explore Minnesota more & more.
When I run into someone that’s visited or lived in Minneapolis – they always express how much they loved it, & I’m major jeal. I left before I ever had the chance!
Below is a list of what I’ve cumulated so far to add to your Minneapolis/St. Paul itineraries.
Cute lil gift left right here for us – St. Paul
Lake Harriet & Lake Calhoun
Saint Dinette – St. Paul
Saint Dinette, Dumplings
St. Dinette – St. Paul // Big windows, great atmosphere, not too expensive, and friendly staff. I’m really glad we decided to stop and grab a bite to eat, our favorite on the menu (we tried a lot) were the dumplings, but I believe they’re known for their cheeseburger.
Bachelor Farmer – Minneapolis // Stopped at the cafe for a small bite to eat & coffee before heading out for the day. Healthy, fresh, friendly & convenient. Great little outside patio to sit at when the weather is complimentary.
Izzy’s Ice Cream – Minneapolis // Fucking delicious. I’m not typically an ice cream fan but wanted to try Izzy’s because I’ve read the rav reviews. The waffle cone was exemplary and so was the ice cream. Worth the calories.
Kindee Thai Restaurant– Minneapolis // Completely random. But we were starving & Wafiq is Arab so Thai happened. Super impressed with this place, even though I noticed the Yelp reviews didn’t tend to say the same thing. We went during Happy Hour, scored amazing appetizers, curry & wine. Delicious. Delicious. Delicious.
Rustica Bakery // Wafiq said that was the best chocolate cake he’s ever eaten. I’ll leave it at that.
Bike Lake Harriet & Calhoun // We chose to walk around the lakes this trip, but biking them is a must if you visit. You can rent bikes and follow a trail between the lakes. The adventure will take you some time, but well worth it. Try to make it to Minnehaha Falls & eat at the restaurant Sea Salt.
Stone Arch Bridge // This entire area is so cool! Walking the bridge, Guthrie theater, the nearby park, and condo’s made me want to move to Minneapolis.
Foshay Tower// Totally worth the $8 for the Insta worthy views. The W is located in the Foshay Tower & there’s a little museum at the top before you head out to the observation deck.
Mall Of America// You don’t have to go here, but I always do. There’s so many stores in one location, the variety is a wonderful excuse to buy too many things.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts // Not a huge art person but the area is super pretty. There’s naked men statues. Huge ceilings. Interesting modern pieces. And you can enjoy a relaxing free activity! Right now, the Walker Art Museum is under construction – otherwise that’s probably another good one to check out.
Minneapolis Museum of Art
Stone Arch Bridge
Aww Minnesota – so calming. Have anything to add? What am I missing??
For more pictures, check out my Instagram. I tried to keep up with posting a variety so you can have a front row look.
I can’t wait to go back in the winter w/an entirely new itinerary. That’s what’s awesome about living in a state that has 4 wonderful seasons <– I’m so jealous, I’ll be melting in desert forever.