So I took the other suggestion that Ashley recommended: Shanghai Restaurant. And drove to that strip mall.
There it is. And it is open!
I walk in and everyone is Chinese. The lady seating me doesn't speak English so I definitely know I came to the right place.
I have to wait a while for the one server who does speak English and I order the mixed vegetable with fish sauce. My server warns me that it is going to smell bad but taste good. I smile and tell her "I'm ready. Bring it on!" I definitely came to the right place.
It was very smelly and very good - as she warned.
After leaving the Chinese restaurant I drove over towards Kingwood, Texas. Along the way there I had time to spare so I decided to go watch a movie Fury at an AMC Theater. I then headed over to my dear friend and die-hard Sigma Nu volunteer Chris' home.
Chris has been talking my ear off over the past 6 months (maybe more) about how good his wife's cannelloni is and after talking to a few consultants who have visited him, they all concur that is it beyond good. So I have been dying to try it for about 6 months (or longer) now.
So I get to his house and give him a warm hug. Very excited to see him and spend time with him and his family.
And then later she whips out the cannelloni. My mouth is watering just looking at it now.
I get my serving portion and yes my salad.
We all sit down.
After dinner, Chris, Amy and I lounge in the living room, eating cookies and catch up on our lives, my travels and everything Sigma Nu.
Going to the Chinese restaurant was an excellent idea. I wish the Crawfish & Noodle place was open, but the experience I had at Shanghai Chinese was really good too. Good and smelly. :-)
Seeing Chris was awesome. I always have a great time hanging out with him and his passion for Sigma Nu is quite infectious. Seeing Amy again was great. She is wonderful and very loyal and support of everything Sigma Nu. And did I mention the cannelloni she made was out of this world. I caught myself taking pictures and texting it to past Sigma Nu Leadership Consultants I knew asking them to guess where I was. They knew instantaneously.
Such a good time at Chris house. Such a good time. Thank you guys for the amazing hospitality. And the cookie bag for the road. I cannot wait to dig in... although secretly I wish I could take the cannelloni with me - but I know it would spoil on the next days drive.
Thank you Ashley and Brendan for generously hosting me while I was in Houston. Thank you Ashley for all the recommendations and showing me around various places and giving me many options of places to visit and restaurants to eat at. I completely concur with your assessment... Houston is an amazing to get authentic ethnic food.
Lunch: $15.00 (Shanghai)
Movies: $8.50 (AMC)
Gas: $28.33 (Exxon)