Tuesday, March 25, 2014

visitors + the houston rodeo

A few weeks ago my brother Cameron and his wife Kumi came to visit us. I was so thrilled and we planned ahead of time to go to the Houston Rodeo. It was our first time and it was awesome! We'll definitely be back next year.

But I digress, before we headed to the rodeo we went downtown and did one of the touristy things I hadn't even done yet. We went to the Chase Tower - on the 60th floor they have a big lookout where you can see almost the whole city. It was a really cool view. Houston really is huge. 


Cam & Kumi

Cameron and I were raised to love food, a lot, and it's in our family culture that when we go on vacation, we plan everything around what we need to eat. Trying great restaurants is a must. So I wanted to take him and Kumi to some of my favorite places around town. The first stop was Flip N Patties - a filipino food truck. Cam served his LDS mission in the Philippines so he was really pumped to try that and speak Tagalog to someone. It turned out that the guys were born here so they understood his Tagolog but couldn't speak back, haha, oh well. We spread out a blanket and ate it on the lawn of a museum, and it was tasty. 

At the Rodeo, we all ate delicious garbage. On the left, Kumi has a baked potato covered in Mac & Cheese and bacon bits. On the right, I have a tater dog. A tater dog is a hot dog, wrapped in potato chips. They fried the whole thing. Omg it tasted good but I don't think we're meant to eat like that. Because that wasn't enough, I insisted on trying the deep fried pecan pie, and it was amazing. I was hoping everyone else would help me eat it but honestly I ate most of it myself. #noshame


One of our favorite stands there. They pulled out all the stops with the food.



The actual rodeo was way awesome too. My favorite parts were the mutton bustin' and the calf scramble! Hilarious. We made sure to cheer loud for the Utah boys. There were four or five that were from Spanish Fork and Payson.

After the rodeo came the real show. Usher!!! He was amazing. The dancing was incredible and he did all the classics. I honestly don't love his new stuff. Anything before 2007 is my jam, though, and he delivered most of those hits so I wasn't complaining! At one point his earpiece stopped working completely and he couldn't hear himself but he still sang like an angel. 


It was a great first day with those two. The rest of the weekend we had cajun food, big juicy burgers and BBQ, to name a few, and toured NASA space center, explored Galveston a little and went to the outlet mall. Totally awesome weekend, if you ask me.

9 comments :

  1. That tater dog looks out of control! It's a good thing I didn't know they had them! haha The Usher concert was so good!!! It was awesome how he took all the technical difficulties in stride. What a fun trip for your family, I bet they fell in love with Houston!

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    1. It was really good. They did, they loved it! They are talking about coming back already. I hope it's sooner than later.

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  2. Glad you loved the Rodeo! And I can walk to the Chase Tower from my office but I have never gone. What is wrong with me? The baked potato sounds heavenly....

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    1. It's pretty neat. You should stop in, it's really like a 5 minute excursion. Once you see it you can head back down!

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  3. looks like so much fun!
    i have been to dallas, austin, san antonio, el paso, and like, one hundred other texan cities, but never houston! i want to go so badly!

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    1. I am almost opposite! haha I have only been to Dallas and Houston so far, but I have a goal to see Austin & San Antonio by the end of the year :) Houston is fun. There is a lot to see and do! I've lived here for almost a year and still have not made a dent in it.

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  4. YUM! I love fairs like this! So fun!

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    1. I know they're the best right! It's probably a good thing for my health that they only come around once a year!

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  5. I've never even been to Chase Tower! I tried to go one day a while back on a weekend and they were closed and I was mad so I never went back again. What kind of touristy place is only open during the times that I'm at work!? Super lame. But I'm glad ya'll enjoyed it :)

    It sounds like you guys had an epic weekend!

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