Houston Have To-Dos | Dash of Jazz

Houston Have To-Dos with Macy’s

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Houston Have To-Dos | Dash of Jazz

Local Love

If you live in Houston or just have a shopping problem, you’ve likely heard of The Galleria. It’s a destination for both locals and visitors and the venue for an exciting FREE event coming up next weekend I want to share with y’all. Macy’s Culinary Council is hosting Chef Bryan Caswell at the Galleria Macy’s location to showcase tips and recipes for football game day dishes. I’ll be there and wanted to alert my local readers to this event because out-of-towners seem to be getting all the love in advance of the Big Game. For those of you throwing watch parties, you’ll definitely want to come out and meet Chef Caswell. He’s a native Houstonian and award-winning chef at his restaurant Reef. As I mentioned in a prior post, some of us are more concerned with what to serve and wear than the actual game itself! That’s why I love the fact that this event will help me gear up for the game in my own way. I am excited to learn from him and maybe add some dishes to my game day lineup. When you RSVP via the link below, you’ll automatically get a $10 Macy’s gift card at the event! Plus there’s a special gift with purchase and photo opportunity with the chef. Here are the details:

  • Saturday, January 28th at 3 pm
  • Macy’s Houston Galleria, Pop Up Kitchen on Level 2
  • RSVP here
  • For more information on the event, click here.

This event has passed and below are a few photos I snapped while there. Just below are my Houston Have To-Dos!

Southern Hospitality

Being a native Houstonian is becoming rarer and rarer these days. When I tell people I was born and raised here (with short detours for college and grad school), they are often surprised. I did a brief stint in Dallas but that’s neither here nor there. I love my city and will gladly elaborate to anyone who will listen! There is just so much to see and do here. Since the Big Game Weekend is around the corner, I thought I would share all of my favorites for any recent transplants or those of y’all planning to visit soon. In Houston, like many other big cities in the South, you get the best of both worlds. There is no shortage of urban amenities and the simple life is just a stone’s throw away. Folks raised in places like Houston, Dallas, and New Orleans, are somewhere smack-dab in the middle of country bumpkin and city slickers. We were raised to say “Yes, ma’am/sir.” We had Go-Western days in grade school. We probably have cowboy boots in our closets. But right next to those boots might be a cute pair of designer pumps. We would just as soon go to a spoken word night as a hoe-down. And we’re probably saying “Yes, ma’am.” to another round of Rosé! It’s a good mix that feels like home to me, which is why I never want to leave! Additionally, we’ve got all the Southern hospitality you could want, the best Tex-Mex, and pockets of culture all throughout the city and surrounding areas. If all that wasn’t enough, I just have one word for you: Beyoncé. *drops mic* If you’re going to be in town, some of these things should definitely be on your list. For all the local spots I’ve written about, check out the Foodie File.

Eat: Lucille’s | Peli Peli | PPK | Petite Sweets | Scrappy Brown’sShipley Do-NutsSuya Hut |MKT Bar

Original Max’s Wine Dive

Drink: Harold’s | Peli Peli | Scrappy Brown’s | The Tuck Room | UnWine on Almeda | Hungry’s

Hello Josephine Smoothies

Stay: Za Za | Hotel Derek

Play: Hermann Park/Miller Outdoor Theater | The Tuck Room | Discovery Green | We Love Houston Sign | CityCentre

Shop: The Galleria | River Oaks District | Hong Kong City Mall

If you have questions about anything not mentioned here, don’t hesitate to ask me! Thanks for reading!

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Featured Image: Red Stripe Photography


  1. I always LOVE traveling with good food recommendations. Great list, thanks for sharing.

  2. I love all these ideas! I especially love that you mentioned Shipley’s – it’s a Houston staple!

    1. Jazz

      Yes! Have to have Shipley! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  3. I miss Houston so much! I love all these places!! I think Ouisie’s and Dolce Vita are high on my restaurant list, too!! So many good places.

    1. Jazz

      Ouisie’s is a great one! There is no shortage of great eateries around here. Thanks for reading, Jasmine!

  4. This is perfect! I come to Houston pretty often and love trying new places, im going to add these spots to my list of places to hit! Great post!

    1. Jazz

      Thank you and thanks for reading!

  5. This great !! I am from Houston too and this will be such a great year for the city with Super Bowl. Will love to connect with a Houstob blogger if you have time 🙂

    1. Jazz

      Hi and thanks for reading! It’s always nice to meet another Houston blogger. You can definitely shoot me an email at dashofjazzblog(at)gmail.com so we can connect!

  6. bitesofflavor

    Great list!! I’m from a suburb outside of Houston so I love reading any list of the best place of Houston to see. Wish I could be there for the Superbowl!

  7. Funz

    Keep hearing so many great things about several of these places on your lists…I should actually check them out

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