Sunday, April 29, 2012

Road Trip: Houston, TX

or otherwise titled as "Houston We DON'T Have a Problem"...every three months I've been traveling to MD Anderson to have an MRI of my head and neck and then a chest x-ray to see if my ACC has returned.  This trip, I was feeling better than ever...a year post radiation.  So, I was fairly confident that we would get good news yet again.  But, I have to tell you, it's bad enough finding out once that you have cancer...going every three months with the possibility of hearing that again is some kind of cruel and unusual punishment.  Fortunately, this time it was good news as every visit past.  In fact, I've been moved to 4 months for check ups...whew.

[caption id="attachment_737" align="alignnone" width="251" caption="The obligatory stop at the Babe Zaharias Museum in Beaumont, TX off I-10"][/caption]

We love Houston tho, it became a second home to me the six weeks I went through radiation and now we can almost drive around effortlessly like its our own town.  This trip we tried a couple new restaurants.  We decided we wanted some real Texas BBQ (something I haven't been able to enjoy on past trips because it was too spicy in my post radiation mouth)...but now...its ON!  We tried Rudy's  and ordered the lean beef brisket and creamed corn...totally sinfully and yummy.  Everyone else was full but I polished it off with a piece of buttermilk pie.  I also, found in the gift shop canned cinnamon honey butter; which I passed on and now I dream of.  I'm currently researching how to make my own as if it's my life's mission...I will let you know how it goes.

The next day we found ourselves at Kubo's while we waited for my results.  C got a noodle bowl and didn't seem impressed (maybe she was still full of BBQ) but I ordered a crunchy eel roll and tiger eye roll...amazing!

This definitely was a foodie dream trip as we also popped into Pensey's spice store too.  I found Pensey's originally in the last two weeks of my radiation.  When you receive radiation to the head, particularly to the mouth you lose your sense of taste (sometimes forever).   I had lost mine for a few weeks already and it was strange and sad...but I could smell which is like 80% of taste!  I walked into Pensey's and felt like I could experience flavor again.  I bought a few things that have become my favorites now that I can indeed taste them...

  • Chicago Steak Seasoning

  • Northwoods Fire

  • Bouquet Garni

  • Florida Seasoning (we picked this one on this last's great!)

And here is a parting shot...can anyone tell me what this building is?  It's actually a series of three or four - this was the best shot I could get from I-45N.  I've passed it a ton of times and always admired the lattice work made to look like tatted linens.  This one is my favorite; the others were pretty too.  Anyway, maybe when we are not so hurried to make it to an appointment or a MEAL...I'll stop and get a closer look.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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