Spectator Sports

nrg-stadiumThis is Texas, and football is a big deal! From little league to the NFL, Houston takes its football seriously. The Houston Texans play at NRG stadium for home games. It’s a quick trip down I45 and around the loop to catch a live game. Check out their web site for more information or tickets: www.houstontexans.com

MinutemaidparkIn addition to the Houston Texans, Houston boasts their MLB team, the Astros. Their home is Minute Maid Park downtown. They’ve had a few good runs, but as of late, have been shut out of the playoffs.  Reaching the 2005 World Series and getting shut out by the White Sox, we’re due for a title soon!

BBVA_Compass_Stadium,_North_FacadeFor the soccer fans, The Dynamos play at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamos have won two titles, 2006 and 2007. Additionally, the Houston Dash, the female equivalent, play in the same location. The games draw enthusiastic fans and are great fun!


109_Houston_Rockets_at_Toyota_CenterFor the basketball fans, the Houston Rockets round out the major sports teams. As the season approaches, you will notice t-shirts emblazoned with “Fear The Beard.” This refers to James Hardin, #13 at the shooting guard position. The Rockets play at the Toyota Center and also boast two titles, 1994 and 1995 with many playoff appearances as well. They face-off against the Dallas Mavericks their first game of the pre-season on October 7th.


1402348338-Sugar_Land_Skeeters_920Houston also offers quite a few minor league and semi-pro sports. The Houston Energy, H-Town Texas Cyclones and Houston Power are all women’s football teams. The Sugar Land Skeeters and The Woodlands Strykers are minor league baseball teams in the area, and the Houston Ducks are a minor league football team. You can take a look at the Sugar Land Skeeters venue in our OnLocation video, woodlandsrelogroup.com/on_location/view/24.


GrbccbldThere are also a number of annual sporting events that may be of interest to you. For the runners, the Houston Marathon is held each January. This event begins at the George R. Brown Convention Center and winds through the streets of Houston. More information can be found at: www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com


urlThe US Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championship has been held in Houston since 2001. It’s the only ATP world event held on clay courts.  You can catch this action in July each year.


B_cLIILUcAAZXuW.0.0Baseball fans will want to put The Houston College Classic on their calendar. This is a college baseball event that is held in February at Minute Maid Park: www.theadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/baseball/2015/03/09/cajuns-play-houston-college-classic/24669069


nrg-stadium-2-1200xx3760-2115-0-196The Rodeo is something that you will want to put on your list of things to do as well. This event is held during February and March at NRG Stadium. Save this website as it gets closer – www.rodeohouston.com. This an amazing event that hosts some wonderful concerts, but make sure you go early to see the actual rodeo too! The lineup will be announced and tickets will go on sale in January.


35697Lastly, for the golfers, the Shell Houston Open is held each year in March/April (March 28-April 3, this coming year) at the Golf Club of Houston. It’s the warm up round for the Masters each year as that is held the following week at the famed Augusta National. www.shellhoustonopen.com. If spectator golf is your thing, you can also catch the seniors play a major tour stop in The Woodlands – The Insperity Invitational, May 2-8, 2016.


Please let us know how we can be of service to you and your family as you settle in your new home.  Have a great week, and enjoy the fall weather!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Tex Mex in The Woodlands

One of the important life lessons I have learned in relocating multiple times is to really embrace the new area that we call home. It is easier to do when there are things around that get you excited. For me, moving to Texas meant that I was going to get to eat good Mexican food whenever I wanted. I love Mexican food and anytime the area has fresh-made tortillas in the grocery store, you know there are going to be some winners!  I have taken it as a personal challenge to try as much of the local fare as I can stand. Most of the restaurants have an option for outdoor seating, which is lovely this time of year. Below are some of my favorites, as well as few new restaurants to open:


They may have the best chips and salsa around. Their chips are super thin, very salty and their creamy jalapeno sauce will have you coming back for more.  They have a fun & eclectic atmosphere. My kids love that they can watch as the tortillas are made by hand. They feature Mexican cuisine done slightly different than normal, but it is really delicious.

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I am a big fan of their fajitas and the taco salad. I have lots of friends that swear by their menu. This place is a favorite for lunch or while running errands on the weekend. They feature seasonal margaritas that you can’t get anywhere else, like the Blood Orange Margarita. This has quickly risen to the top of our family’s list of staple restaurants to enjoy.

e3721aeb-2c66-4458-8437-33ef9c286076Rico’s Mexican Grill

There are multiple locations in the area. I have been to the one in Alden Bridge Village Center and they serve a wonderful margaritas. On Fridays, the Alden Bridge restaurant has live music. The last artist we saw did covers of Elton John, Billy Joel and the like. I have also been when they have Mariachi/Tejano music, too.  Some visits have been great, others less than fantastic.

6adcc22b-3339-4c5f-8a7e-9ab2b7d5720bEl Chaparro Mexican Bar & Grill

Located in Magnolia, I think it is one of the best kept secrets around. Except on Friday nights! The place is packed. Kids eat free on Sunday too. I order the enchiladas every time I am there, with charro beans. We have always had fantastic service, no matter how large our party.

302d0937-0c51-431c-891b-2ad6d2988bf5Caffe de Fiore

The Mexican restaurant with the Italian name. The owner shared their story the last time we were there.  They took over the space from an Italian restaurant, but before they could change the name, they had already had 2 newspaper write-ups and a spot on the local news. So the name stuck, as well as a few of the items from the original restaurant, such as pizza and gelato! Their mole sauce is fabulous and you must save room for the
Tres Leches Cake.

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This restaurant recently opened on the Waterway where La Lupita Mexican Cuisine & Bar was previously. This is a great restaurant for date night or weekend people watching. They have a very nice patio that hugs the open concert space at the Waterway. The chain was recently awarded OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Award for 2015 and they even serve brunch!

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This family owned & operated business opened in March 2014 and has taken off with The Woodlands crowd. Recently, there was a feature article in The Woodlands Community Impact Newspaper highlighting the owners’ journey from Southern California to Texas.  They feature handmade tortillas and homemade sauces. This is on my short-list in the near future!


This restaurant is a Houston-based chain that features fine Tex-Mex and tequila. They feature family recipes that are made fresh daily, which includes desserts.  Additionally, they serve Sunday Brunch from 11am to 3pm. The Woodlands local branch of this Houston favorite has recently opened
in Hughes Landing.


Torchy Tacos

And coming soon, the Austin based chain, Torchy Tacos, will be opening a restaurant in The Woodlands in the Cochran Crossing Shopping Center.


Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor