I Went To Texas and It Was Awesome

As someone who has a goal of visiting all 50 states before I shuffle off this mortal coil, taking a pre-birthday trip to Houston was pretty much a no-brainer. I had no compelling reason of choosing Houston over another city other than great weather and a cheap plane ticket. I had the luck of finding a dirt cheap ticket on Frontier Airlines and booked it as soon as I could.

I did research places that I wanted to visit based on recommendations from websites like Thrillist and the AFAR app, and found an amazing AirBnb that was in a central location. I flew into IAH on a Thursday night and arrived at the AirBnb. Across the street from my temporary abode was a restaurant dedicated to my favorite food — mac ’n’ cheese. I walked over to Jus’ Mac to order the Quattro, a special 4 cheese blend topped with mozzarella and parm, and a fried chicken sandwich. This meal was a great introduction to Houston cuisine and set the tone for the rest of the trip.

The next day I started on my Houston adventures with my travel companion (my mom).

Friday

Inside Rothko Chapel

We took an Uber to Rothko Chapel, which is a nondenominational chapel founded by John and Dominique de Menil and inspired by painter Mark Rothko. I’m not sure if I was expecting more, or didn’t research enough, but the chapel is literally just that — a chapel. It was beautifully silent and I could see myself utilizing it as a space for prayer or meditation if I lived in the area. However, despite the stillness my mom and I walked in, sat down awkwardly in the silence, looked at each other for about five minutes, then left.

Witnesses to a Surrealist Vision

Within walking distance of Rothko Chapel is the Menil Collection, the private art collection of John and Dominique de Menil. The free museum housed everything from contemporary to surrealist art and artifacts from the Byzantine Empire. Although there was no photography allowed in the galleries, I will say that the most memorable piece for me was Pestle in the Form of a Phallus (LOL) from the Witnesses to a Surrealist Vision installation.

Lowbrow menu

After leaving the Menil Collection it was the middle of the afternoon and we were famished. Before we left I looked for places near the museum to eat and came across Lowbrow. It was within walking distance so I dragged my mom along to this low-key spot and we were both pleasantly surprised.

I ordered the Brie & Bacon burger and BOY, was it good. That was actually my only meal of the day because it was so filling. I would have added the picture I took, but it was taken halfway through the meal and was not appetizing at all. One thing I did notice about Texas was that they didn’t believe in sweet tea. I was sad when I ordered sweet tea and the server brought out passion tea with simple syrup added in…pardon me?

That was the gist of my first day in Houston, Texas. After the meal, we returned to the AirBnb and stayed there for the rest of the evening. For the sake of not piling everything in one post, I will be posting day 2 and 3 in separate Medium posts