Sunday, February 5, 2017

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

It is Super Bowl weekend here in Houston.  Yep, we are hosting it for the first time in more than a decade and we must say, Houston has done an OUTSTANDING job...


We have had so much fun going to events here in downtown (we are practically at ground zero for the bulk of the events and celebration).  We've been a few times since we can just walk to it.

Super Bowl LI NFL Experience 
The George R. Brown convention center is host to the NFL Experience, a ticketed event featuring Football in all it's glory, celebrities, interactive events, autographs, merchandise, etc.  It's really neat to see in person, even if you aren't a huge football fan.

Enchanted Promenade 
Discovery Green is an incredible downtown park which sits along the front of the Convention Center, and it hosts all the free Super Bowl events.  There is a lot to see.  For example, at night there are these incredible giant flowers (an art installation) that light up in a rainbow of colors.  I have a video of them coming soon, they are awesome (we want some at the farm, LOL!).   There are also free concerts, sports events, and even a nightly fireworks show.

Wokker TX Ranger Brisket Curly Fries
There are also food trucks galore, and this is just one example of the wonderful (albeit decadent) food we've had.  This one comes courtesy of a food truck called "Wokker TX Ranger" (love the name).  It's food cooked in a wok with a Texas flair of course.  

The above dish is called "Brisket Curly Fries", loaded curly fries topped with chopped slow smoked brisket, cheddar and jack cheese, spicy sesame mayo, green onions and tamarind sauce.  A-MA-ZING!


Not sure who you are rooting for, the Patriots or the Falcons, but the city of Houston is the real winner.  When it's over tonight, they say that a million people will have attended.


We've had a blast being in the middle of such a celebration...


...but we'll admit, this is a really nice view too...

(I'll catch up on comments tonight)


24 comments:

  1. oh how cool! the only thing missing is US!!!!! the steelers should be there!

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    1. Steelers are a great team for sure. It was fun, we're so happy to have been a small part of the fun.

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  2. You are so lucky to have that there. We lived in a city that hosted and it was SO much fun. Enjoy!!!

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    1. Houston truly has done an incredible job. There are definitely fun perks to being in the host city for sure.

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  3. I'll never root for Patriots, so Falcons it is. Minneapolis hosts next year, so perhaps we'll get in on some pregame week fun.

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    1. We were rooting for Falcons too. Oh well. Yes, if you are in the host city there should be SO much fun stuff. A lot of the Minneapolis people were here to see what was done and today they handed off the ball for Super Bowl LII in your city! Yay for you!!!

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  4. You are lucky to have the best of both worlds right at your feet. Enjoy. By the way, my mouth literally watered at the sight and description of those curly fries.

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    1. It is kind of nice having both places. LOL the fries were the best thing I had. I'd go back tomorrow and have more, if I could find the food truck parked nearby, ha.

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  5. Those fries look amazing.
    This house is rooting for the Falcons, we don't care for the Patriots.

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    1. They were SO good. We were rooting for the Falcons too, and it looked good for the first half. Sigh.

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  6. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing. I don't like large crowds so I'll take your Farm picture for my relaxation.
    Let's see, Green Bay beat out the Cowboys and the Falcons beat Green Bay :} So I'm going for the Falcons to Win.
    Hope you had an enjoyable and fun day.
    That basket of curly fries looks like a person needs a fork and maybe a few napkins to go with.

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    1. I'm not big on crowds either but this was so spread out it wasn't TOO bad plus I was having fun looking around and that helped, ha. Funny you said that about the fork. I told 2nd Man that they give you this little flimsy plastic forks, I wished for a "real" fork from home, ha. And yes, napkins AND wet wipes, ha.

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  7. I know it was fun to be in the middle of things! What a win for Houston and all the surrounding business. It will be interesting to hear the final tally of the economic impact of this game.
    Go Falcons (Only because of Julio!)

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    1. Houston really did SUCH a great job. It was fun being in the middle of it. Traffic was not so much fun but they really accommodated us with special passes and tickets to get through traffic so that was nice. Julio Jones? He is a great player for sure. Sorry to see them lose they were doing so well.

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  8. Watching the game right now. Falcons are really trouncing the Pats. Loving some of the ads. Did you see the 84 lumber one? Watched the part Fox would not air on my iPad.

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    1. Things turned around fast, ha. Yep, we watched the ad online too. Very interesting. A lot of somewhat somber ads, but I understand why. Even though it wasn't a 'new' ad, loved the Coke ad too. And AirBnB. And Audi. ;-)

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  9. I don't know who is playing and don't care. However, I would enjoy the festivities if I lived at ground zero! Having the best of both worlds is a dream!

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    1. Not huge fans here but being in the middle of it all made us excited, ha.

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  10. I haven't been in Houston since the Astrodome (been to many a game there) so I was super impressed with the new stadium. Wasn't impressed with the outcome of the game, LOL.

    Speaking of Houston, is the Atchafalaya River Cafe still around? That was one of my favorite restaurants and thinking of Houston always gets my mouth watering for some of their chocolate cheesecake (if they still make it!)

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    1. Ah, the Astrodome. The 8th Wonder of the World! It's funny, you'd probably remember the dome as the biggest thing you've ever seen, but seeing it next to NRG stadium it looks so small, ha. There is ongoing controversy here to figure out what to do with the dome, tear it down or turn it into something else.

      Atchafalaya!!!!!! Ahhh, how I remember that restaurant. Sadly it's gone. Boo. The food was SO good, not sure why they couldn't hang in there but I think the economy back in 2008 was when they closed. I remember the chocolate cheesecake well. They also had a banana bread pudding to die for.

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  11. My husband flew into Houston from New Orleans on his way home. Lots of SB travelers. I am having coffee and forgot my glasses and saw that first flower and thought, now what in the world are they growing at the farm. Even the fries look good this morning. I'm the worst sports fan on the planet - zero. I missed Gaga who I really wanted to see. :(

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    1. LOL about the flower!! Too funny! Not a big football fan here either but we do enjoy the pomp and circumstance around it. Gaga was amazing, as always, but we're biased, cause we already love her, ha.

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  12. 1st Man,

    Good to hear you and 2nd Man were able to get out and enjoy the celebrations in town. What a hoot!!!! That game was something else.

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    1. They are calling it the greatest (or certainly one of the greatest) Super Bowl games of all time. I'm glad Houston is connected to that this time around, ha.

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