Relaxation, Sunshine and Texas BBQ

Our Houston trip was wonderful!  Remember how worried I was about going through security with my new hip?  The darn metal detector did not even go off as I walked through it.   On the way back home though, in the Houston airport, I did get up close and personal with the body scanner but that was also no big deal.  Another case of worrying for no reason, the story of my life.

 Kindra and DL live in the Montrose area of Houston which I would describe as having homes similar to Brookside with shops like Westport.  One difference to Brookside though is that many of the older homes are being torn down to build new, very pricy townhomes.  With no zoning in the city, it is quite common to see a 100 year old remodeled home sitting next door to a half million dollar townhome. The result is an interesting and diverse mix of neighbors and properties.

 Kindra and DL’s house is one of the newly remodeled older homes.  They have done a great job in updating and refinishing.  I am very jealous of their kitchen with all the custom cabinets, drawers and brand new appliances.  Here is a peek…..

I was loving the sunshine and temperatures in the high 80’s ….seems KC is never going to break out of this rainy and 50’s mode. 

On Saturday we had brunch at Baby Barnaby’s which is in walking distance of Kindra and DL’s house.  The food was excellent and the freshly squeezed orange juice was incredible.  They had a machine on the counter in which they kept feeding in oranges and the juice was flowing directly into the pitcher they were using to fill up our glasses.  I can not tell you how long it has been since I have had a glass of freshly squeezed OJ… was SOOOO good.

Dave really wanted to try some Texas BBQ while we were there so we ordered several items from the Goode Co including ribs, brisket, sausage, jalapeño cheese bread and jalapeño pinto beans.  I think everything we ate in Houston had jalapeños in it.  Interestingly enough there was no pork on the menu.  I do not think I have ever seen a BBQ restaurant in KC that did not have pulled pork.  I did not try the meat, but Dave said it was good.  I did try the sauce and beans though…..the sauce is very thin with a vinegar base and the beans had chunks of apples in them.  Definitely different from KC style but every last bite was eaten.

 We spent most of the weekend just relaxing, visiting and playing with Percy. 

It was a great way to savor my last few weeks of mobility before I am housebound for another 6 weeks or so.  (20 days until surgery number 2!)  Thanks Kindra and DL for a great weekend!