We flew to George Bush International Airport and took the Metro bus to downtown Houston. I slept most of the way on the plane, as well as in the bus, but when we were approaching downtown Houston, John woke me up to see this:
We knew this would be a short, and mostly a business trip, but we were going to have fun talking about coffee and enjoying ourselves in Houston!
We stayed at the Embassy Suites. I like the room, and the hotel was actually closer to the convention center than it appeared on the map. I also love the fact that we found a fairly good deal on the room!
Outside the hotel. Cute.
And the bedding was really, really comfy.
Right before we were able to check in, we went to the George R. Brown Convention Center to get our SCAA badges. Saw a few familiar faces, and started to smell coffee.
Friday night we had dinner at Reef. Some of the best seafood I've had. Please excuse the poor quality of my photos, as the lighting was soft and I was just not skilled enough to get better pictures out of all these delicious food! I'm just going to post a few photos, and the actual food photos can be found in my flickr SCAA Houston 2011 album.
Reef. We were seated by the window.
The rolls that came with dinner were tasty, and the preserve(?) that went with the rolls was sweet with a kick. Yum.
For appetizers we had "Steamed Mussels, Shiner Bock, Toasted Ancho" and "Jumbo Crab Cake, Taqueria Style Pickled Vinaigrette".
For entrees John had "Slow Baked Salmon, Lemon Risotto, Chili Oil". John said, "The fish just melts in your mouth." I had "Seafood Hot Pot, Fingerling Potatoes". I was amazed by how perfectly cooked each kind of seafood was in the soup. Really good.
For dessert (of course!) John had "CRÈME FRAICHE CHEESECAKE, FRESH CHERRIES, HONEY GELATO" and I had "BUTTERMILK PANNA COTTA, MACERATED STRAWBERRIES, STRAWBERRY SORBET". I like them both.
Oh, and the wine was good, too.
That was a lovely evening.