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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!
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Luigi with the Saturn 5 Rocket @ NASA
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Chef Luigi at Ellington AFB, Houston
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Chefs Luigi and Basil "Shake it Up"
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Scout a-loves me!
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Chef visits Battleship Texas
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Chef Luigi visits NASA (Houston)
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Chef near the San Jacinto Monument
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Comments
Jun. 27, 2011 10:28 pm
Wow Chef, looks like an amazing time! I wish I could visit NASA, good times :)
 
Jun. 28, 2011 12:19 am
Woohoo! Great Job! It was mucho HOT HOT HOT at Nasa in Titusville,FL this week too! I do hope to attend the VERY LAST Shuttle Launch....July 8th!
 
Jun. 28, 2011 12:20 am
And Thank-you for your Support, Houston!
 
Jun. 28, 2011 5:00 am
Welcome to Houston! Sounds like you had a great time. Just a suggestion next time visit Houston in Spring or Fall but not in summer! God bless whoever invented a/c.
 
Jun. 28, 2011 7:33 am
Looks like a rocking visit!!
 
Jun. 28, 2011 11:40 am
Luigi - I would talk your travel agent about the different seasons....hmmm....you've been up to your eye balls in snow and now Houston in the summer? Although I must say you look to me having a grand time. :)
 
Jun. 28, 2011 12:42 pm
@Celeste--it was ahot, but the weirdest thing was the longhorn cow was a right outside-a da Saturn 5 rocket!
 
Jun. 28, 2011 12:44 pm
@CindyLepp--I'ma so envious; we only got to see one launch in 2008, anda it was at 1:35 inna da morning! De earth, she shook, but the cloud ceiling wasa too low to see da rocket for very long. Enjoy da launch and take some photos!
 
Jun. 28, 2011 12:45 pm
@Occasional Cooker--I'll be a leaving da Houston area tomorrow; what da part of da city are you in?
 
Jun. 28, 2011 12:46 pm
@LMP--you are right, dis visit was a real fun! I love my traveling life, getting to meet all da cooks!
 
Jun. 28, 2011 12:48 pm
@Ba'Nana--sorry, my travel agent, she no look at da weather, but she knows I bring joy to those who host me!
 
Staci 
Jun. 28, 2011 1:09 pm
At least you got to do a lot of "cool" things while you were so Hot! Looks like a great visit in Houston! I'll certainly ask the weatherman to try to cool things down before your visit to Mississippi in a few weeks. Safe travels to NM!!
 
Jun. 28, 2011 3:29 pm
Looks like your travels are going well and you had a lovely visit. Too bad about the heat but your hosts seemed pretty cool!
 
Jun. 29, 2011 7:18 am
Looks great, Luigi! Just keep us up to date on all your Houston sightings.
 
Jun. 29, 2011 7:24 am
Hi Chef Luigi, Sorry I didn't check back sooner. I live in the northwest suburbs of Houston.
 
Jun. 29, 2011 2:17 pm
Hey OC, I was in the southern side ofa da beautiful city. Wowza, is it always dis hot?? I tell you, I'ma thankful for da air conditioning!
 
Jun. 29, 2011 2:19 pm
@Staci, Cat Hill, and Marianne, I'm about to go back ina da box to be sent to my next familia, but I learned how to say "Y'all." Y'awl take gooda care now, and await my next report from my next stop around dis wonderful country! Life is good! :)
 
Jun. 29, 2011 4:06 pm
Chef Luigi, now you can give a big Texas "Howdy, Y'all" when you meet your next family! Have a safe trip Chef Luigi! I hope you enjoyed your Houston visit.
 
Jun. 29, 2011 9:46 pm
Luigi - all my kids" read your blog - they miss you so much and are envious of your travels...stay well Chef.
 
Jun. 29, 2011 9:56 pm
Looks like fun sightseeing Chef!
 
Jun. 30, 2011 5:05 am
Such cool stuff to see and do! Texas is a great state, dh would love all the rockets and NASA too! Enjoy the last day before your next trip!
 
Jul. 2, 2011 5:33 pm
What fun! Great blog, Luigi ; )
 
Jul. 10, 2011 4:25 am
Chef Luigi, it looks like you are having fun in Houston! Good job with the blog!
 
mis7up 
Jul. 12, 2011 8:17 am
Love your sightseeing in Houston!! It's such a great place to visit!
 
 
 
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About Me
Hello everyone! I'm Chef Luigi, Chef Tony's little brother. My brother Tony got a new job, so I am now the new Allrecipes traveling Chef. I'll be traveling from home to home; cooking and having fun. I can't wait to visit everyone!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook EVERYTHING!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well, I have to admit cooking with my brother Tony is my favorite tradition. We've been cooking together since we were kids. Sitting on counters watching and learning.
My cooking triumphs
When my brother Tony said I'm a better cook than he is! Ha :)
My cooking tragedies
There are too many to list, but that's how you learn, right?
 
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