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What better city to write about than my own! For this latest entry as a contributor to the Best Western blog You Must Be Trippin’ I decided to write about the place I call home, Houston. It’s my favorite place in the universe, and these are just a few of the reasons why. Please click the link to read the full story.
It’s been my home for the past 18 years. Houston, for me, is the place where I feel most comfortable. It is the city that took in a family of immigrants and opened doors for us, far beyond our wildest imaginations. It is the city where I met my wife, started a family, and eventually a business. For all intents and purposes, I guess you could say, it is my compass in the universe. The place I naturally gravitate towards no matter how far away I venture.
To understand Houston, however, takes serious dedication.
The burgeoning metropolis nestled amid bustling highways, byways and tollways, as well as incorporated and unincorporated annexes from the Gulf Coast to the hill country, is home to some six million residents from all over the world. The city was recently recognized as the most diverse in the United States and is well on its way to surpass Chicago as the third-largest in the country by population.
Yet every time we talk to people outside of Houston about our city, or host them, it is surprising how little they know about what the Space City has to offer. NASA for sure comes to mind. I mean, who hasn’t uttered the words, “Houston, we have a problem.” As do the Texas Medical Center and the phrase energy capital of the world. If you look a little deeper, however, you will discover the true rhythm of life that makes this city one not to be missed.
In terms of culinary prowess few other cities in the country can compare to Houston. Here you can find any variety of authentic meals from Tex-Mex, to Ethiopian, to Colombian, and Vietnamese, just to name a few. As well as more traditional fare like say Texas barbecue, or even delectable hybrid creations that are authentic to the local region. There’s a Japanese-Mexican restaurant we love to visit, that hosts a live band that plays Mexican and Colombian cumbias on the weekends. It’s a lowkey kind of place where couples show up while they’re on dates and sit next to entire families who are there for a night out or to celebrate a birthday or some other occasion, kids in toll and all.
The dress code is come as you are, and people move tables and chairs to make room on the tiny dance floor, which is always full.
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