On the Run: Houston

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Whenever Beyoncé announces a concert, I always feel like I MUST go... and this past summer was no different. Kristen and I have been to I Am... World Tour (Washington, DC) in 2009, the Mrs. Carter Show (Brooklyn) in 2013, and I was ready to see Bey perform her latest hits off of her self-titled album alongside her hubby, Jay-Z.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was not able to attend the Atlanta concert. However, my job scheduled me to have training in Texas that ended on the Friday of the concert. One of my good friends, Dominique, informed me that her line sister was selling tickets at face value, and I quickly grabbed them up.

So on to HTX...

When my plane touched down, I met up with my friend Kayla and we headed over to our hotel.


We stayed at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston, about a couple of blocks away from the concert venue - Minute Maid Park. The hotel was lovely, the room was spacious, and they offered a complimentary breakfast in the morning. I would definitely recommend it to anyone staying in Houston due to its amenities/location. After we got dressed, we walked over to the Ballpark for the OTR experience. The humidity was some of the worst that I've probably ever experienced, so I was grateful that the event was indoors.

Opening scene of OTR

Opening scene of OTR

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 The Carters put on an excellent live performance and I enjoyed every moment of it. We had floor seats in the middle, but were able to finesse our way to the very front row - hence my pictures being so close!

Food & Shopping

We planned to spend the rest of the weekend in Houston, so on Saturday, we woke up and went to brunch with a group of people, mostly Howard grads! It was nice to speak to people who lived there and understand why they liked their city. We went to a Mexican restaurant called Cadillac Bar - good food, but the service was definitely lacking.

I couldn't go to Houston without hitting up the Galleria, so that was the next mission. We probably spent the better half of the day shopping and exploring the variety of store offerings. This is probably one of the best malls that I've been to in the US just because of the sheer volume of stores, some inexpensive, some mid-range, and of course, some designer.

On Sunday, the plan was to check out of our hotel and find something to get into until our flight left that evening. We ran into some friendly guys outside of our hotel and they gave us suggestions for places to go while we waited for our flight. We ended up meeting up with them at a different Mexican restaurant than the day before, Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen. The margaritas (I am a huge fan of tequila!) were strong and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this place to visit while in Houston. Although it did not have a day party vibe, it was crowded and I met a lot of people there who offered knowledge about things to do in Houston.

Overall, I enjoyed my trip, but I was a little surprised to see just how laid back the city truly is. I will probably make a trip back and reconnect with people I met in order to get the full experience and not just the tourist experience.