Stop #6 Huston, TX
From back road to back road we traveled to Huston, Texas after Texarkana. The views from the roads are green as we pass through one small town after another.
Around lunchtime we found a nice baseball complex that had a monstrous slide park. Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? Without really evaluating the slide Anthony took a “quick” slide down with Niah. It was like riding a roller-coaster!
Lunches on the road are always and adventure because sometimes you just don’t want the food you packed, and other times you just have no other option. Today was nice though. We found a picnic table with some shade and we all sat down and enjoyed a packed lunch.
The boys ate some SunButter and Jelly sandwiches, Annie’s Fruit snacks, and enjoyed a cold Body Armor Super Drink. I mixed together a bag of Sweet Kale salad which was free of dairy, gluten and nuts so Niah tried to sneak a couple of bites (he’s really such a good eater sometimes)!
Next stop, Spring Texas to stay with some friends. It has been a while almost 2 weeks since we’ve stayed the night in a home. It was so amazing to feel at home and our friends helped us settle in and reset for the 2nd half of our trip.
The first night we hung out around the house and watched the first night of the Olympics Women’s Gymnastics and Swimming. I learned Simone on the Women’s Gymnastics team is from Spring Texas. How cool? Niah practiced his handstands as he watched.
I think it was the best nights sleep I’ve had all trip! The food was amazing; thank you West family!
Next day we started as early as we could get out the door. We tried to find a local coffee shop but everything seems to be closed on Monday in downtown Spring Texas. So off we went to Starbucks…again.
After getting lost a few times (because our car GPS needs some updating) we came to the Huston Zoo!
“Lions, tigers, and bears
oh my! how cool!”
This zoo, I have to say, was really nice. The animals seemed like they were having fun playing in their habitats. Niah loved watching the Elephants swimming and playing with the toy tires.
As we went past the lions and monkeys he was making the noises of the animals, pointing and yelling for “Mama” and “Daddy” to look. He’s too adorable when he gets so excited. You just smile seeing the enjoyment on his face.
A close friend of Anthony’s was able to make it out to the Houston Zoo and spend the day with us. It was our first time meeting and it was a pleasure. Niah sure seemed to have a good tim playing with her.
They had tons to catch up on as Niah and I played in the water park.
Time for lunch…
Thankfully we found a great little spot for lunch called, Pinewood Cafe located right outside the Houston Zoo with great allergy friendly options.
Allergy Friendly Spoon Rating
They really took the time to talk with me about the food they served. We really appreciated that and receives a 4/5 spoon rating.
Although the cashier didn’t know very much about the food’s ingredients there was one lady who was very patient with all my questions. They weren’t completely free of allergens, but they did take extra precautions. Take your time ordering however. We realized that the falafel bites went in the fryer, which contained chickpeas (an allergy of mine). This could of caused an allergic reaction from cross contamination in the fryer with the fries that came with the meal. They were able to remove the fries from my order and everything worked out well.
We ordered a grilled chicken sandwich without cheese. I’m sure if you needed to remove the bun they could of made it on lettuce. They had a few other allergy friendly options for others with gluten, dairy, soy, and nut allergies as well as vegan/vegetarian options. We would choose to go there again if we needed.
The local Cafe
The local cafe we wanted to visit on Monday was open the day we were leaving. Excited to try it out we stopped in for a quick cup of coffee at “The Blue Giraffe.” Unfortunately they were not allergy friendly. Sadly we had to rate them 0/5 spoons.
The barista was very nice and answered all my questions but she strongly suggested we not get anything if our allergies were really bad. Heading her warning we did not stay. While it wasn’t great for us to eat or drink there due to cross contamination they had a lot of cool other items you could buy (like a gift shop coffee bar).
We really loved Houston and are planning in the future to return for another trip. After all we still haven’t found a local coffee shop! We have to keep looking!
My husband and I often discuss on this road trip where we might like to retire to. After each stop we evaluate the vibes the city left and all it had to offer. So far we’ve really like our Asheville adventure and town of Houston, but haven’t found one place that has it all.
Where have you found, in the U.S., that really makes you feel you would want to retire there? Leave your comments below!
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The Allergic Foodie here! Right now you can probably find me in my test kitchen (i.e. my house) or traveling to a local coffee shop where they're serving me awe-inspiring coffee (sorry, I would share but). I'm kind of a coffee junkie. Yes, I'm a food-allergy overcomer, Mompreneur, and military spouse and I love pushing boundaries especially in the kitchen. So hold on to your taste buds and let's get to cooking!