Chef Luigi Visits Houston!
Jun. 27, 2011 9:59 pm
Updated: Jul. 12, 2011 8:17 am
Good evening, Buzzers/Recipeeps/foodies/AR enthusiasts! I'ma here ina Houston, Texas, where the heat is hotter than blazes, the humidity is non-existent for the first time in history, and almost the whole state is in a record-setting drought! Thanka God
fora air-conditioning, I will tell you! I arrived ina dis place all snuggly-comfy-cozy in my bubble-wrapped, styro-peanut surroundings, and it wasa so hot, I didna wanna come out! I must tell you though, Johanna's most-handsome hubby had been aworkin' on der
floors for my arrival, I think! Dey tear out de carpet, dey rent a sander machine, dey acid-wash de floor, dey spray stain on it, den dey put wax and sealer on it. I was so impressed, I made dem take my photo on dere floor, it was so pretty! I musta say, I
now love da stained concrete! Even da dawg likes it 'cuz it's cooler in dese ridiculous high temperatures. So, once dey got me out da box, dey took me outside to see Johanna's garden. Looka! There I am, under a huge cucumber, it'sa her first so she's a proud
momma! Den I go by her cinnamon basil and de rosemary, reminda me of my home, and I get a little teary-eyed! De next day, we spent de week at Vacation Bible School (VBS)...I must tell you, I couldn't get near enough! Get this: the whole theme for the whole
week was..."Shake it Up!" which revolved around COOKING! Can you believe it? I even got some photos with another chef, Chef Basil! It was a-so comforting to meet a whole 'nother chef! And, one that teaches kids the fine art of cooking! I was truly blessed,
and I hada to get some photos with Chef Basil ona da stage in da sanctuary. Later, Johanna and her kids took me to some Houston landmarks, including Battleship Texas, which was the only battleship to be used during both WW1 and WW2, and it was the first battleship
to launch an aircraft! I didn't get to see the kitchen, or galley, but I felt very proud to be a part of history here. Then, just across the highway, we got to visit the San Jacinto Monument! It's the tallest stone memorial monument in the world! It's 15 feet
taller than the Washington Monument in D.C.! I was so proud to be photographed in front. If you look at the Texas star on the top, the star is 34 feet tall, to give you an idea of how tall it is. If you look up the vertical lines in the monument, you'll see
4 windows at the top. You can ride an elevator to the top, and you can look out all 4 windows and see Galveston, downtown Houston, and more! Later we went to the Johnson Space Center (NASA Houston) and we saw the Saturn 5 rocket, and a real, live, Texas longhorn
steer, eating grass! I could hardly believe it! After, we went to Ellington AFB, a.k.a. Ellington Field. This is where the Houston astronauts take their training in (stop reading if you're sensitive) the "Vomit Comet," where as the plane makes huge arcs and
loops in the sky, future astronauts can experience brief periods of weightlessness. Umm, Chef Luigi graciously gave up his seat for another astronaut! Then we went to downtown Houston, which you see in my avatar. Did you know they offer kayaking trips along
the bayou, but they warn you of alligators, and advise you to take hand sanitizer and not swim, due to the high bacteria rate? Just wondering, and hoping nobody decides to eat any alligator from Buffalo Bayou! At any rate, I really enjoyed meeting Johanna
and her gracious family. I have a weird feeling my travels are about to get a little hotter. . . happy cooking from Houston!
Chef Luigi and a real live Texas longhorn!
Luigi with the Saturn 5 Rocket @ NASA
Chef Luigi at Ellington AFB, Houston
Chefs Luigi and Basil "Shake it Up"
Scout a-loves me!
Chef visits Battleship Texas
Chef Luigi visits NASA (Houston)
Chef near the San Jacinto Monument