Before moving to Houston, I grew up in Galveston, Texas, and graduated from the University of Alabama. One of my favorite parts about going to school out of state was getting to give a tour of Texas to out-of-town friends when they visited. The newest member of the T&C team, I am now an account coordinator in our Houston office. With much of the T&C staff based in our New York City and Anchorage offices, I can’t wait to once again fill the role of Texas tour guide. Showing off the cities I know and love when my new colleagues visit us in Texas.
As a growing foodie city with warm weather year-round, Houstonians’ favorite activities include eating, spending time outside and, of course, combining the two! Note to my new colleagues: Be sure to pack your tennis shoes and a Texas-sized (or Alaska-sized!) appetite when you finally head south for a tour of my favorite Houston-area hotspots. Once you’re properly equipped, here’s what I have in store for you:
First stop: brunch. Beginning the day at one of my favorites, the Onion Creek patio on White Oak, we’ll enjoy Southern cooking with a Tex-Mex flare before walking to the “Greetings from Houston” mural on the east side of Gelazzi. As social media pros, we will surely share the Instagram-worthy group shot we take (so don’t forget to check us out at @ThompsonPR!).
Next on the agenda will be a scenic stroll through Buffalo Bayou Park before driving to the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation. Known for tasty margaritas and as the birthplace of fajitas, Ninfa’s also offers free shuttle rides to our next destination, an Astro’s game at Minute Maid Park.
After rooting for the home team, T&Cers from the East Coast and West Coast will make their way down to the Gulf Coast. We’ll spend the next day lounging on Galveston’s newly renovated Babe’s Beach under umbrellas from Bennett Beach Service. Then we will indulge in hearty burgers and ocean views from The Spot, a seaside café with live music and the best fried pickles around.
From there, we will venture to the Historic Downtown Strand District, featuring shopping, dining and nightlife along picturesque cobblestone streets with Victorian architecture. Before we leave, we will keep our Insta-greeting trend going by snapping a photo from the “Greetings from Galveston” mural in Saengerfest Park.
With so much to see and do in both Houston and nearby Galveston, I’m proud to be representing the Lone Star state at T&C. I am ready for my colleagues to experience true Southern hospitality and see all that Texas has to offer!
-Megan O’Malley, Houston office