When I was in kindergarten, I asked my parents for someone for me to play with. I’m sure this is a typical request for those of us who are born as the first children in our family. My younger sister Christian was born a year later, and five-year-old me thought this was a sharp contrast to the pal I’d requested. For a long time my little sister was just a kid who copied me, required me to take chaperone her to the bathroom per our mother’s request, and embarrassed me more than any one in the world (save for maybe our younger brother). Somewhere around the time I was in high school, I realized my little sister might be actually kinda cool. She was finding her own groups of friends instead of asking to tag along with mine, and developing her own interests.
Fast forward to today. ⏩ My sister is super cool. She’s kinda quirky, my foodie partner for our cultural dish mis-adventures, and a great aunt to my two little guys. I enjoy hanging out with her. So when she moved away to San Francisco to a year to participate in a ministry program targeting one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods <check out her blog, Christian Journeys, for more>, I was happy for her to be expanding her horizons BUT also a bit sad that she would be so far away. When she moved back recently after completing her program we decided much catching up was in order.
This past weekend, we initiated “Sisters Weekend” and had a blast! Friday night we’d planned to catch some live music at the House of Blues Foundation Room. However, since my boys wore me out that day I was tired and took way too long getting ready. We missed the show, but decided to make the most of being downtown. Enter Conservatory. This hidden-in-plain-sight treasure bills itself as an Underground Beer Garden & Food Hall. It reminds me of the times we’d visit my Aunt in D.C. when I was growing up. The food court in the train station seemed like an underground oasis of interesting food options.
Conservatory is quickly become my adult version of a fun time eating underground. My favorites to date are El Burro, which showcases barbecue and taco offerings and Melange Creperie. We had cake from the creperie for dessert and I was pleasantly blown away. The strawberry creamcheese cake was delicious!
Saturday, the sistership continued in true Houston style with some mural hopping in EaDo, a trip to FatBao and Oui Desserts on Kirby, and shopping for dresses to wear to the Black Girl Blogging Brunch the next day.
Here are some of my favorite photos from are time looking at the murals.
It was a great weekend spent laughing, eating, shopping and having fun with my sister!