Are you planning to travel to the biggest city of the biggest state in the continental United States for work, studies or just holidays? We can definitely show you how to make the absolute most of your stay in the medical capital of the world and then take you one step beyond… Enjoy!
This is Houston, Texas, and here you will have many options to choose from during your stay.
Visit one of the ten major NASA field centers, the 1,620 acre “Space City,” which is no other than the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in the Clear Lake, to experience a simulation of a zero-gravity environment in the Living in Space exhibit. Take advantage of the Memorial Park jogging trail, or choose to spend a day strolling through the Houston Zoo grounds where you can find over 4,500 animals and 900 species.
If you are more fascinated by water adventures, take a breathtaking train ride through the center of a 200,000-gallon shark tank to admire a great variety of shark species at Downtown Aquarium or get yourselves “Wet’n’Wild” in the Splashtown north of Houston trying one of the several slides. Another good entertainment option is the old-fashioned waterfront Kemah Boardwalk amusement park.
After you satisfy your consumer instinct inside Texas’ largest mall, the so-called Galleria Houston, take some time to relax in one of the two Westin hotels of the area before you continue with the exploration of some of the precious little art gems that are hidden within the 1.5 mile radius of Herman Park in the galleries and museums of the Houston Museum District. If you prefer to focus only in America’s 1900’s history, a walk through the Victorian-style shops, museums and restaurants in Old Town Spring, would be a destination you should not ignore.
Your stay will definitely take a different twist visiting the unconventional antique mall in Montrose, one of the city’s most demographically diverse regions. Bayou Place, the 130,000 square foot entertainment complex, at the heart of Houston’s Downtown Theater District will definitely make the difference among the city’s top hotspots as it hosts some of the best bars, theaters, lounges and restaurants in town. If you have already been in New York City’s “New Year’s Eve,” New Orleans’ “Mardi Gras,” or Dallas’ “Texas State Fair” happenings, it is now time to add one more signature event in your travel book, which is no other than the world’s largest livestock show, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo which is held yearly in March.
When you’ll experience all the above, you may feel that you’ve had enough of the American vibe and you may even notice some symptoms of distress or impairment. Don’t worry at all because we have already gathered for you 5 additional Greek antidote-tips to get rid of your homesickness… Take a look below!
For ‘Greekfast’ Delights
Don’t hesitate to start your busy Houston days with a bracing jolt of Greek coffee accompanied by a tasty pastry. Authentic Greek yogurt, enriched with powerful sour cherry, layers of honey, and walnuts would also be an amazing option during your visit at Niko Niko’s Greek paradise early in the morning.
This place is extremely popular for its warm and fluffy breakfast pita breads, which are usually served with a generous combination of eggs, potatoes, steak, falafel, grilled onions, peppers, Greek link sausage and Kasseri cheese, as well as its Cypriot Breakfast plate, Baklava French Toast and Greek yogurt Smoothie.
Address (1): 2520 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006
Tel.: (713) 528-4976
Address (2): 301 Milam, Houston TX 77002
Tel.: (713) 224-4976
A Greek Menu To Boost Your Senses
Yia Yia Mary’s restaurant hosts the perfect menu of authentic Greek cuisine in town since 2005. Created scrupulously and with great love to honor the Pappas family’s grandmother, it is now open daily for lunch or dinner offering Greek traditional delicacies on the plate.
Pastitsio, traditional Greek casserole and grilled lamb are only some of the specialties that are served in the restaurant. Do not leave the place, though, without tasting the fabulous appetizers that are served, such as Greek meatballs and fried calamari. In Yia Yia Mary’s, seafood, traditional gyro and souvlaki, as well as the famous Greek salad are also offered to satisfy any demanding palate.
Yia Yia Mary’s (Galleria Area)
Address: 4747 San Felipe Houston, TX 77056
Tel.: (713) 840-8665
Do It Like A Greek Dude
If you want to sit and linger over something extremely tasty and caffeinated, take the chance to visit one of Houston’s best coffee spots, according to Houston Press. Head to “Agora” in Montrose area and relax outside on the patio, or choose to sit in a comfy couch downstairs or upstairs overlooking the entire coffee shop whose walls are full with replicas of ancient art pieces. Choose your favorite song from the jukebox while you are sitting back enjoying your cappuccino or latte served with a small cookie. You can also try one of the imported ales and beers, some wine as well as various Greek delicacies, including Greek yogurt.
In this Greek-themed study-like drinkery, you will have the opportunity to borrow from the stand the New York Times or the New Yorker, while you will be enjoying a discriminating palate, in which the popular Greek iced coffee “Frappe” really stands out.
Address: 712 Westheimer Houston, TX 77098
Tel: (713) 526-7212
Greek Pleasure Unspoiled
Head to Phoenicia Specialty Foods and choose whatever you need among the 15,000 different products it hosts. From fresh-baked artisan breads, to European pastries, wines, beers, cheeses, fresh seafood and premier meat, in Phoenicia you will find whatever you really miss from your hometown Greece. However, if you feel ambitious enough to try total exotic ingredients from different cuisines around the world, this place will be your favorite destination.
In Phoenicia Specialty Foods, you can relax while shopping at its beautiful coffee and gelato bar or you can try tasty treats at its comfortable dinning area. Floral and housewares sections are also offered for shopping explorations.
Phoenicia Specialty Foods
– Address (1): 12141 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77077
Tel.: (281) 558-8225
– Address (2): 1001 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77010
Tel.: (832) 360-2222
The Original Greek Fest Experience
The Houston Greek Festival was organized for the first time in 1966 by the enthusiastic members of one of the largest Greek Orthodox communities in the United States initially as a “Greek Night.” Since then, the 3-day ethnic celebration is held annually on the first weekend in October in the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Yoakum Boulevard in the Neartown area of Houston, featuring authentic Greek delights, and Greek folk dances under the music tones of live Greek music.
During the Houston Greek Festival, significant donations are made to various charitable organizations, such as the Children’s Assessment Center, Covenant House, S.E.A.R.C.H., Star of Hope Mission,Texas Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC), and the Women’s Home.
Houston Greek Festival
October 1-4, 2015
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Address: 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006
Tel.: (713) 526-5377