I guess I underestimated just how much fun the state of Texas would be. Before I visited for the first time, I simply thought of it as a sweltering hot area with one of the coolest sayings around – “don’t mess with Texas.” I was first blown away by the music scene in Austin, and then I traveled east to the even bigger city of Houston.
The Woodlands sit in the heart of the Houston/Sugar Land metro area. This small town, which stretches less than thirty miles total, is absolutely gorgeous. You will find the state’s most elite and wealthiest people residing in this area. Celebrities that currently live in the Woodlands include Adrian Peterson, Chris Paul, and Chamillionaire. But there is plenty to do for “normal” citizens like myself. My favorite part of the city was the Woodlands mall, and the surrounding area. The mall has every retailer and dinning option imaginable, while the remaining surrounding area can be accessed by foot.
Houston Rockets Game
Being such a big basketball fan, I couldn’t visit the Houston area without going to a Rockets game. The tickets were a little pricey – close to $100 each, but it was my decision to sit as close to the court as possible. The game did not disappoint at all. James Harden dropped 40-plus points and the team proved victorious in overtime. It’s safe to say the Toyota Center was rocking!
There are so many good barbeque and Mexican restaurants throughout Houston, but one stood out to me: Papasito’s Cantina. While this was the last Mexican restaurant I visited, it was by far the best in every way. I started by ordering table-side guacamole, and to this day I can still taste it in my mouth! I then ordered the filet mignon fajitas. And while I almost always have leftovers from these type of restaurants, I couldn’t resist finishing my two filling courses in one sitting. It was one of the best meals I’ve had in my life.