After travelling from Dallas to Houston, T, D, & I ended up crashing at R’s unique and wonderful warehouse-turned-home. A carpenter by trade, he has the most unique living spaces that I’ve encountered – completely customized to his liking. Posters, statues, lighting – everything about it has character and a story. Thanks so much for letting us crash with you!
After imparting some Canadian flavour (a la Canadian Club and stubbornly spelling everything with a a u), we headed to Flying Saucer for some local Texan brews and hang outs. Throughout the night, we did a ‘Metro Rail Pub Crawl’, hitting Tacos A Go-Go in between drinks at Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge. I was lucky enough to meet up with K, who I met in Sydney! What are the chances?
How many visits to the US will it take for my obsession with tacos to subside? I had the pork guisada and al pastro (GASP! No fish taco this time…Texas called for more of a meaty option!) while T enjoyed her tamale.
The next morning after a hearty taco breakfast at Brother’s Taco House in R’s giant van (yes, obsession), I headed to a shooting range. Yum, these tacos were even better! It felt pretty random, in the middle of an area full of warehouses with a huge line-up, crawling out of the door. R knew exactly where to swing his van and the tacos were cheap, tasty, and spicy! Regardless, it moved quick and it was worth it!
I shot a glock once in South Korea – but rifles are a whole other story! R had a slew of guns to try… thanks so much for taking us out! Houston was very hospitable and folks were happy to show me how to load ‘n’ shoot ;). We went to Academy Sports, and I even managed to hit a bullseye (well, I was bound to hit one at some point…).
After an afternoon of pew-pewing, we headed to Taste of Texas for some classic steak. Perhaps I was playing to all of the Texan stereotypes – guns, good Mexican, and steak all in one day – but hey…when in Texas!
The locals were amused when the waitress came out and gave K and I red bandanas to welcome the international visitors…
Half outdoors and half indoors – it’s perfect for nights out, complete with fire pit...Houston, I'm a fan! It was a fun night of cowboy hats, toppling wooden blocks, meeting new people, and getting a taste of Texas!