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Day 86 – Galveston, Texas

12 Apr

A friend of ours from the co-op told us about a hotel in Galveston that had an amazing brunch spread for about $40.00.  Brunch?  One of my newest obsessions of the past year!  Yes, please.

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Bernardo’s at Hotel Galvez is known for it’s Sunday Champagne Brunch. Unlimited mimosas or champagne along with lots of delicious food to choose from.  I had pasta salad, eggs benedict, bourbon glazed ham from the carving station, smoked salmon, crab claws, shrimp, and prime rib (not pictured).

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Oh, and a chocolate croissant that reminded me of the french chocolate bread we were served for breakfast in the Ryokan in Kyoto, Japan.  Oh, sweet memories.

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Lots of desserts.  They even had an ice cream bar and candy bar.

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Waiting for more mimosas with full and happy tummies.

After brunch we walked across the street to the beach.

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The construction you see out on the dock is Landry’s second boardwalk project.  The boardwalk will have a theme park, shops, and restaurants.  Just like the Kemah Boardwalk that I posted and could read about here from our first day in Texas.

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I am new to the whole brunch thing.  I am sure there are more extravagant places to have brunch, but this was on the top of my list of all time best places to get my brunch on.  I loved the hotel, service, food selection, and the drinks.  The location wasn’t too bad either.

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Day 49 – Clear Lake, Texas – Indian Cuisine @ NASA Parkway

25 Feb

I haven’t been out much lately as you can tell with my lack of posts.  First, I wasn’t feeling well, and my chest was hurting for about two weeks (cleared healthy by the cardiologist, and was told to get over it).  Then a close aunt of mine found out she has breast cancer.  She was told on Valentine’s Day of all days.  On the day, two years ago my family gathered together and showered me with love, laughter, and gifts before I became Mrs. Nunez.  A day that I have always remembered being filled with lots of joy and love.  I had never felt so much love as I did on that day.  I can only hope my aunt is feeling the love and positive vibes we are sending to her, and will continue to do so everyday.

Due to my lack of motivation to leave the house, and also because we haven’t experienced that many good restaurant’s around the area we live in, we haven’t had the urge to venture out.   Thankfully, one of Luis’ co-workers recommended an Indian restaurant to us, that was said to be excellent, and it snapped us out of our funk.

Food = happiness.  Especially good food.

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I had the Mulligatawny soup.  It is a lentil soup flavored with cumin.

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We had two appetizer’s; vegetable samosas and chaat papdi, which has wheat rounds, potatoes, crunchy noodles tossed with mint and tamarind chutney.  The chaat papdi (pictured below) is very freshing.

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We shared the Lamb Madras with garlic naan.  If you have ever had an Indian dish with Kadai sauce it’s similar, just less sweet.

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Rus Malai for dessert.  Homemade cheese stewed in cardamon flavored milk.  I love it and can’t get enough of it.

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We are planning on exploring some more parks this weekend, even though it is suppose to be in the 40’s.  Maybe we will swing by the BBQ cook-off as well, or possibly a rodeo.

No matter what we do, I need to get outside and enjoy myself.  All I keep thinking is I am next.  I have a mammogram scheduled for the second week in March, and I am making it my yearly goal.

I am thinking I should add it to my new year goals list (that you can read here) that I make every year.  It can help me not forget, AND it will make me feel good to cross off once it has been completed.  Is that odd?

I love you, stay strong!

Day 10 in Houston, Texas

16 Jan

We took a trip to Houston today and walked around Hermann Park and decided to wander through the Houston Zoo, which is on my things to do while in texas list.  The Zoo is part of the Hermann Park area along with the Museum District, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and Japanese Garden.

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A root beer float being sold at a Zoo? Yes, please!

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We thought the Zoo was small, but once we were inside it was a pretty decent size.  They had a huge variety of everything.  My favorite area was the monkeys.  They had so many different types of monkeys and all of  the exhibits were near each other, which was neat to just walk through endless monkey exhibits.  Let’s face it, monkeys are the most entertaining to watch besides the otters.

After the zoo we continued to walk around the Hermann Park and discovered the Japanese Garden.

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We definitely will be going back to the Hermann Park area to explore the Garden Center and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Afterwards we accidently found a really cool, and probably our new favorite area in Houston called Rice Village, also known as The Village.  The area is just two blocks from Rice University and has boatloads of unique shops, bouquets, and restaurants.   We really wanted to have India, but they weren’t open until later so we decided to have Thai at Thai Village, which was right next door to the India restaurant.

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Spicy clear noodle salad with beef.

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I had the tofu claypot with ginger sauce.  I loved every bite.

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Luis had that plate above, which was so spicy he actually couldn’t finish eating it.  Did you read that correctly?  Yes, Luis, who loves spicy, burn your mouth dishes, the guy who usually asks the waiter to make his dish extra spicy could not eat his dish because it was too spicy.  You could tell from the picture that it is spicy just from looking at the color of the sauce.  It’s almost a dark brown color instead of a bright red that chili sauce is supposed to be.  The dish had a good sweet flavor, but I couldn’t even finish what I had on my spoon.  Good thing I really liked my ginger dish.

After dinner we headed to Croissant Brioche, a french bakery that we saw when we first entered the Rice Village area for a dessert.  The bakery was to close at 5:00 p.m., but luckily it was still open at 5:45 so we could run in and grab a piece of cake before they officially closed.  We choose the orange chocolate mousse, which of course was amazing.  I would like to return soon for breakfast.

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Even with the clouds and the 45° temperature, it was another great day.   I am sad that Luis has to go to work tomorrow, but looking forward to his three day weekend coming up.

Day 9 in Texas – Parks, Food, and Stars

15 Jan

With barely any clouds in the sky, Luis and I set out to the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy the day outside.  The refuge is located in Brazoria, Texas and about 45 miles from Kemah, Texas.  Luis found the park by searching the surrounding areas from where we live on Google Maps.

This is what we saw all the way to the refuge.

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Nothing but wide open spaces. Lots of farm land and sporadic industrial parks, like the one you see in the above picture to the right. Kinda looks like Emerald City from afar, minus the yellow brick road and happy sparkle.

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge had a nice discovery center where Luis fell in love with a.. I believe it’s called a shield nose snake, or a pig nosed snake, can’t remember.  After playing with the snakes in the discovery center, we went on the auto tour trial around the refuge.  Thankfully it was trials were for your car (even though they do have about three walking trials) and not walking trials since the mosquitos were fierce, and swarmed my whole body in seconds as soon as I stepped outside.  Luis just laughed at me as I jumped around trying to get away from them.  He said all he saw were clouds of black following me.  Luckily, I managed to hop around enough to only get a few bites on my legs, nothing too bad.

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The photo above was taken by Luis.

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The refuge wasn’t as exciting as we hoped since the drought in Texas has affected the wetlands, ponds, and waterways.  Hopefully, all the rain that we have been getting lately will help.  If we ever go back, we will definitely need bug repellant!

As you can guess, there are lots of cattle in Texas, and yes I make Luis stop on the side of the road whenever I see cattle close to the road.  Why you ask?

So, I can talk to them of course!

It’s hard to tell in the picture below, but she has a calf next to her.  I wanted to get a closer picture, but those mosquitos love me so, I ran back to the car.

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After the refuge, we headed to Downtown Houston for dinner at an Italian restaurant called Birraporetti’s, a great Italian restaurant, one heck on an Irish bar.  Most of the downtown area seemed to be pretty empty, but by the time we left this place was packed with people.  Maybe because of the Performing Arts Center next door?

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To start we had the sampler; jumbo grilled shrimp, crab cakes, and calamari.

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Luis had the chicken and italian sausage with spinach fettuccine alfredo.

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I had the shrimp diablo, which had a really nice kick to it.

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We ended our meal with chocolate chip cheesecake.

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Then it was time to head the Brazos Bend State Park for a night of star gazing at the George Observatory, which is about 30 miles from downtown Houston.  The website warned us to bring flashlights since the area wasn’t lit very well and would be mostly dark.  The path to the observatory did have these dim red lights to guide us, and each one had a different fun fact of a planet.  Along the path Luis and I heard wrestling in the woods, so we used our flashlights to see if we could catch what was making the noise, and we did!  It was an armadillo, my first armadillo!  Of course, Luis tried to catch it, as he has a goal of having one as a pet.  Don’t ask me why.  Even though he didn’t catch it, we did get close to a few more, but he decided not to catch one and instead we just watched them dig around in the ground with their noses.  They are so cute, and wouldn’t mind if Luis did get one as a pet… in the future though.

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The George Observatory houses three doomed telescopes. The 36 inch Gueymard Research Telescope, the largest of the tree was broken, but it didn’t matter since many astronomy hobbyist set out their extremely expensive telescopes for people to look through.  We were able to see all four of Jupiter’s moons on the 14 inch telescope and on the 18 inch telescope we saw Orion’s Nebula.  The most interesting of the night was looking through one of the amateur’s telescope.  He had it zoomed in on M82, where stars are born.  It was pretty neat to see.  Mostly though, it was fun to talk with all the people and hear the excitement in their voices while they talked about rings, cloud belts, and galaxies.

A beautiful day outside followed by a cloudless sky at night, nothing more I could ask for today.

Day 1 in Kemah, Texas

8 Jan

Our place is called Summerbrooke in Kemah, Texas, about 30 miles from Houston and 40 miles from Galveston.

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My first thought of the area while driving in was, “it’s very industrial, and so ugly, will I have trouble breathing here”.

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Thankfully his new employer set us up in an area outside of the industrial and refinery park.

Kemah is a beach town, which kind of reminds me of Naples or Key West.

The best part, our apartment is fully furnished.  We feel like we are living in a hotel!

So, without further ado here is our place for the next four months.

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First look into our place.  I tired to get a picture without the boxes, but Luis was quicker than I was.

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The items that were left for us as welcoming gifts were very thoughtful.  Like a few rolls of paper towels, toilet paper, hotel size shampoo and conditioner, coffee, snacks, dish soap, dishwasher soap, detergent, and even two bottles of water in the refrigerator for us.

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See that little owl pillow sitting on our bed?  Luis got it for me on our last night in Atlanta, just a little gift to make me smile since I was feeling a little overwhelmed.

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There is Luis trying to set up my new office, haha.

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I love how they had the towels on display.  As I mentioned, the welcoming details were adorable.

The bowl with the dove soaps was a Christmas gift from my boss, and they smell delicious.

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My first walk-in closet, ever.

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Luis had the idea to add these little owl ornaments to the orchid on the dining room table.  The ornaments were another Christmas gift from my other boss, who I adore completely, along with a owl salt and pepper shakers, and owl coffee mugs.  I received a lot of bird themed gifts for Christmas, that has too be a good thing, birds are positive, right!?

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We had to bring our Taco octopus pillow that we bought in Osaka, Japan as well.

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Our view from the third floor, outside of our apartment, looking towards the lake.

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Our first sunset in Texas.

After the sun went down, we headed towards the boardwalk for dinner.

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Crab dip.

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Lobster Daddy Feast.

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I was little hesitant eating at Joe’s Crab Shack.  I thought it would be a little too commercial, or not good quality seafood.  I loved it.  I loved the drinks, the dips, the seafood pots, and most of all, I loved the price.  My lobster and crab boil was about $25.00.  You can’t beat that, and it was good!  I even got to keep my drink cup which was a mason jar with a crab on it (yay to cancer signs).  I think Luis is in trouble.  I could see me requesting to eat at this place often.

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Surrounding the Kemah Boardwalk are a bunch of fun carnival games.  Even with all the rides, the boardwalk is very relaxing, and it’s very clean.

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The moon was so bright!

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There are lots of restaurants and shops on the boardwalk, and it’s only a few minutes from our place.  Close enough to bike ride so, I think Luis and I will be going to the boardwalk often.

We both agree, it’s nice to be close to the water again.