Don’t leave here without trying… Episode 1: Houston, Texas

Hello good people! It looks like winter finally got the memo that she TOTALLY over stayed her doggone welcome so it’s definitely time to start planning those spring trips. As you probably all know, one of the best things about traveling is…FOOD! Whenever I go on vacation, one of the highlights for me is finding great restaurants to try. Now I tend to be a bit of a picky eater (understatement of the year), but that’s neither here nor there. I still enjoy great food. Recently, someone suggested a great idea to me. Periodically, I am going to pick a city in our great United States, poll my friends who have lived or traveled there, and compile my finds into a list of places that you shouldn’t leave said city without trying. It’s all very scientific. As always, because Preferred Motor Coach is so great, they can take you and your friends to any city!

 

First up… Houston, Texas!

 

The Breakfast Klub

http://thebreakfastklub.com/

Average price: $10-$30

This place is truly DE. LISH. I would recommend getting here early or going on a week day. On weekends and holidays, you will likely have to stand in line to get in, but the earlier you get there, the less time you spend waiting. They open at 7am on weekdays, 8am on weekends and they close at 2pm everyday. I am partial to their chicken and waffles (SO. GOOD.) but just about everything else on their menu comes highly recommended. The atmosphere is very laid back and friendly. Don’t forget to check out the awesome artwork that is hanging up, too!

Recommended: Chicken wings and waffle, catfish and grits, pork chops, French toast.

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Backstreet Café

http://www.backstreetcafe.net/

Average price: $20-$30

My friend Kyndal is a food connoisseur. She even has a food blog (one post happens to feature my mom’s taco soup). Long story short: when she speaks (especially about food), I listen. According to Kyndal, brunch is a must try. They have flavored mimosas that feature a different flavor daily and also a gluten-free menu for all the gluten-free peeps out there! The atmosphere is more upscale, so dress like you have some sense.

Recommended: Crab cake & eggs, lamb meatballs, gingerbread waffle, pecan-crusted chicken.

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Gatlin’s Barbecue

http://gatlinsbbq.com/

Average price: $10-$15

Of course barbecue was going to be included here. Because TEXAS. I asked Kyndal what was good here and she said, “basically everything…” but the ribs are “especially good.” From what I can see, she’s probably right! Gatlin’s is laid back and very small, but they do offer patio seating, which is always nice! Be mindful that it can get crowded here, usually with a line outside. But stick it out…it is worth the wait!

Recommended: Ribs, brisket, dirty rice, baked beans, potato salad.

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There you have it. So get your voyage to Houston planned, and put these places on your ‘must eat’ list! Also, I’m hungry now.

 

Signed,

Preferred Motorcoach Transportation

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Travel Hacks!

I love to travel. I’m one of those people who would be content to just live out the rest of my days traveling all over the US and the world. There’s only one thing that I dread when I’m about to go somewhere: THE PACKING. I hate packing. That moment when I pull out my bag or suitcase and stare into the empty abyss that I must fill with all of my random things, my heart stops a little. Where will everything go? How will I get all this junk that I MUST take with me in this bag?! Really. It’s terrible. The only thing I might hate more is unpacking. Well, I know I’m not the only person who experiences this feeling of dread before packing. So I scoured the interwebs and found these things that may make your next trip a little easier.

 

1. First things first: make a list. I mean, really. Lists are great. It assures you don’t over pack… Maybe. Possibly.

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2. Binder clip to cover razors. Protect those fingers, guys.

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3. Place a dryer sheet in your bag. It’ll smell like heaven and keep things fresh.

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4. Use a pot holder to store your flatiron or curling iron. (How did I never think of this!?)

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5. Use buttons to keep your earrings together. (Again… How did I not think of this?)

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6. Those hanging jewelry cases are great for storing all those cords you have for all that miscellaneous technology you can’t travel without.

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7. Old glasses cases too…

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8. Roll your clothes instead of folding them. Leaves you more free space. My mom hipped me to this years ago. It works! Because moms know everything!

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9. One of the 278,983 old contact lens cases you have laying around is great for storing things in your suitcase and saving space.

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10. Old medicine bottles are also perfect for storing stuff. I’ve used one for q-tips but you can use them for lots of things, like shampoo or lotion, or first aid kits!

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11. Use plastic wrap on your bottles to prevent spills. GENUIS.

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So, do you guys have other ideas or things you do to tame that packing beast? Let me know in the comments!

 

Signed,

Preferred Motorcoach Transportation