Restaurant Week 2019

Restaurant Week


Looking for something enjoyable to do on the Island that also helps out a good cause? Why not be part of Galveston’s eighth annual restaurant week?

WHEN

You get a chance to taste some of the vibrant food the island has to offer for two weeks (Saturday, January 26th-February 10th, 2019).

LOCAL

What makes this even better is that there are no passes or tickets required. Most of the restaurants are “local”.  You will notice there are very few national chains….not that we don’t like chain restaurants, but everyone loves true local cuisine.

PRICES

You can dine in at any of the participating restaurants that I listed out for your below. You can get a two or three course dinner ranging from $20-$35. Two course dinners, brunches and breakfasts will cost $10-$20.

RESERVATIONS

Reservations are recommended  in order for you to ensure that you get to try whatever entrée you want and in a timely fashion.

Here are the participating restaurants:

  • Blvd. Seafood
  • Yaga’s Café
  • Sky Bar Steak and Sushi
  • Little Daddy’s gumbo bar
  • The Gumbo Diner
  • Taquilo’s Tex-Mex Cantina
  • Saltwater Grill
  • Blake’s Bistro
  • Brick House Tavern + Tap
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Grill
  • Fish Tales
  • Gaido’s
  • Grotto Ristorante
  • Hearsay on The Strand
  • Joe’s Crab Shack
  • Landry’s Seafood
  • Nick’s Kitchen & Beach Bar
  • Number 13 Prime Steak & Seafood
  • The Original Mexican Café
  • Prohibition Red’s
  • Rainforest Café
  • Riondo’s Ristorante
  • Saltgrass Steak House
  • Trattoria La Vigna
  • Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks
  • Shark Shack Beach Bar & Grill
  • Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks
  • Shrimp ‘N Stuff Downtown
  • The Spot

The menu and prices for all these restaurants will be are available now. To get active updates on pricing and food for these specific restaurants, please visit the link below:

Access Care of Coastal Texas

Proceeds from Galveston Restaurant Week will be donated to the Access Care of Coastal Texas (ACCT). This organization provides access to care for people diagnosed with HIV. The also provide HIV prevention education, free HIV testing, and financial assistance to HIV patients.

Top FUN Activities for Kids Under 10

Kids having fun

Visiting Galveston soon? Not sure what to do since your kids are young? It may feel impossible to find an activity that is fun for you  and keeps your children entertained, but Galveston happens to be a very kid and family-friendly city. Today we will discuss some activities on the island that your whole family will enjoy!

Pleasure Pier

With games, restaurants, and amusement rides for kids of all ages, Pleasure Pier is the place to be! Purchasing the All-Day Ride Pass gives you unlimited access to every ride all day. A ride that is a must try would have to be the Iron Shark Roller Coaster. It’s an extreme adrenaline rush that goes up to speeds of 52 miles per hour. Another extreme ride would have to be Revolution. It’s a coaster that sways you back and forth right over the ocean! Also Pleasure Pier is right off the water, so there are excellent views of the ocean!

Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens is one place that will send you kids on an adventure. While you’re here, you should check out the Aquarium Pyramid, which gives you a real-life glimpse of marine life. Also, the Rainforest Pyramid offers you a glimpse of rainforests in continents such as:

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • The Americas

There are also other activities such as:

  • Theaters
  • Golf course
  • Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
  • Water park
  • Restaurants
  • Ziplines
  • Ropes course

You may choose to purchase an individual or one/two-day pass.

Galveston Island State Park

Galveston Island State Park is another great place for your kids to enjoy with endless amounts of outdoor activities such as:

  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Camping

Entry is $5 a person, but kids 12 and under get in for free. You can hang out at the park, go to the beach, or spend the night at one of their 66 campsites!

Schlitterbahn

Do not fear! Schlitterbahn has water activities for kids of all ages such a:

  • kids’ areas
  • beaches
  • lazy river
  • heated pools

If there is one ride you must go on, it would have to be the MASSIV.  It just so happens to be the world’s tallest water coaster. It’s an exhilarating experience that you don’t want to miss out on! Cabana rentals are also available for you and your family to recharge and relax. There is an endless amount of food in the park, so your child getting hungry will never be an issue. You are also allowed to bring your own food into the park!

In Conclusion

These are just a few of my favorite activities as a kid and now as a teenager. There is so much more to do in Galveston. So one thing is for sure, you will never get bored exploring!   😉

Valentine’s Get-Away Ideas

Valentines on the Island

February 14 is right around the corner? Have you figured out your Valentines plan yet?  If not, I have some great ideas for you. Why not visit Galveston Island with your loved one?  In this article I points how some romantic and fun Valentines things you plan for while visiting the Island with your sweetheart and/or family.

Go on Tours

Galveston has a plethora of tours for people to go on, which includes things like dolphins sighting, and helicopter tours and more. Some tours include:

Helicopter Tours-

Helicopter tours would be a great way to experience the sea life and the area of Galveston itself. It can be very romantic especially the Sunset Tour, which is a 25-minute tour of the whole island of Galveston and the tour ends with the sun setting. The pilots and workers are very kind and reasonable. The prices for the tours can range from $50- 175 per person The price is worth it.  You can book your helicopter tour here. tours at https://galvestonhelicopters.com/

Baywatch Dolphin Tours

Here you can enjoy a nice boat ride and enjoy a close up view of the dolphins in their natural habitat. The boat has a heated interior and no propellers, so no marine life is ever harmed. The prices are very reasonable as well. For adults the cost is $10, for children  who are 12 and under, the price it is $5 and infants and pets can ride for free! Get more information here.  

Visit the Historic District

What is the Historic District?

Also known as the Strand District, it is a national landmark district of mainly Victorian era buildings which are now restaurant antique stores, and curio shops. It was built in 1850 and is 45 acres long.

What can you do there?

In the Historic District, you can eat food at numerous restaurants. They have a plethora of options from American, Greek, Mexican, Italian to seafood. There are also a number of entertainment options such as the Pier 21 Theatre, Texas Seaport Museum, Tall Ship Elissa, Museums, such as Ocean Star Offshore Energy Center and much more.

The strand is also the center of festive activities such as Mardi Gras, Dickens on The Strand (a Christmas festival in Galveston that occurs during the first week of December), and much more.

Rent a Romantic Beach House-

Having a good valentine’s day in Galveston is all about having a great beach home with a private beach. You need a place that is private, comfortable, has a beautiful view of the beach and more. A beach home is also worth it, because you don’t have to go out to eat all the time, and maybe you could cook a romantic meal for your special one! And end the evening with a moonlight walk on the beach. If you haven’t found one yet, click here to check out my family’s beach house rental.

In Conclusion

Galveston is filled with great Valentines Day ideas for fun, and romance or a family Valentines weekend!   Good Luck with your planning!

Historic Places

Moody Mansion

Looking for something fun to do because the beach weather is currently not always available?  Well why not visit some of Galveston’s historical buildings and places? Many people don’t think history when coming to Galveston, but the whole island was built off of history.

The beautiful beaches and local restaurants seem to sometimes overshadow the history upon which this beautiful island was built on, but it’s always important to acknowledge and appreciate the rich history in.

Today we will discuss some historical places that will give you a deeper perspective into Galveston’s history.

Bishop’s Palace

Quite often referred to as Galveston’s finest and most well-known building, Bishop’s Palace is an extravagant architectural masterpiece containing:

  • Colored stone
  • Intricately carved ornaments
  • Rare woods
  • Stained-glass windows
  • Bronze dragons
  • Sculptures
  • Fireplaces lined with silver

This Victorian Castle, designed and built by Nicholas Clayton and Colonel Walter Gresham, was acknowledged by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America.

This architectural treasure took six years to build, as the creators wanted everything in the palace to be spot on with Victorian values.

Admission for adults is $12. Prices for children 6 to 18 get in for $9 and children under 6 get in for free.

Address: 1402 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550

1895 Moody Mansion

This four-story structure, which is 28,000 square feet and has over 20 rooms, was completed in 1895. W.L Moody Jr, who established one of the great American Financial Empires, bought the home in 1900 after it was severely damages by the great hurricane of 1900.

Today, the rooms are furnished with personal items of the once living members of the Moody Family. The Legacy of the Moody family lives on today through their charitable foundations which focus on health care, education, preservation of history, and the fine arts.

Adult Admission is $12. Admission for kids 6 to 18 get in for $6 and children 5 and under get in for free.

Boat Tours

Sunset Boat Charter

Looking for something fun and exciting to do that will give you an up-close experience with marine life? Well you’ve come to the right place!

Galveston is the perfect place to create a deeper connection with marine life as well as to have a good time on a boat tour. There are many companies that offer boat tours that are extremely enjoyable and unforgettable.

Today we will go over one of my favorite boat tours that Galveston has to offer that you and your whole family will never forget.

 Charters and Boat Tours

Get Hooked Charters and Boat Tours has been in business in Galveston for many years and offers boat tours 365 days out of the year! One of my favorite tours that they offer is the Dolphin and Sightseeing tour. You get to see some of Galveston’s historical sites such as:

  • The cruise ship terminal
  • Oil rig museum
  • SELMA, the sunken concrete ship

Along with that, you get to see hundreds of the oceans most beloved creatures swim around the boat. It is a true once in a lifetime experience! The trip is 2 hours and you are allowed to bring a small cooler for snacks and beverages. You can bring up to six people for the total price of $175.

If you’re maybe looking for something more romantic to do, why not try the Sunset Cruise.

Galveston is notorious for having beautiful sunsets and what’s more romantic than watching a magnificent sunset with your significant other? You will be taken out through the channel and onto the beachfront where you can relax and watch the sunset. You will need to provide your own drinks, but a cheese and fruit tray will be provided for you. This cruise ranges from 2.5 to about 3 hours, so enjoy every moment of it! You can bring up to 6 people for the price of $400.

If you’re looking to turn up with your friends, I would recommend a Party Cruise.

It gives you and your friends a chance to dance to loud music and have a good time. Snacks will be provided, but you will need to bring your own cooler with beverages in it. This trip ranges from 3-4 hours. You can bring up to 6 people for the price of $550.

Reservations

To make a reservation and to get a better understanding of prices, please visit their website linked here

Address: 715 N Holiday Dr, Galveston, TX 77550

Top Beaches in Galveston

Galveston Beach Water

Crystal Beach
Crystal Beach is just a ferry ride away to 7 miles of beautiful beach located on the Bolivar Peninsula. The beach is known for its amazing fishing opportunities, and crabbing. There are also an abundant number of restaurants nearby that serve fresh seafood.

Crystal Beach rarely ever gets crowded, so it’s an ideal place to bring your family for a fun day at the beach. Also, after a long day at the beach, you can check into the beautiful Hotel Galvez to recharge and repeat the next day!

Stewart Beach
This beach was voted top “10 Best Beaches for Families” by Family Vacation Critic. Crystal Beach provides you and your family with endless amenities such as:
• Pavilion
• Chair and umbrella rentals
• Volleyball courts
• Concessions
• Showers
• Children Playground
• Giftshop

Stewart Beach also has highly trained lifeguards on duty at all time, so you know your kids will be safe while out on the water. Alcohol is also prohibited on this beach. The parking fee from Monday through Friday is $10 and $12 on Saturdays and Sundays.

East Beach
East Beach is more for partygoers rather than for a whole family. There is usually loud music playing and many parties are thrown here. A few amenities include:
• Boardwalk
• Entertainment Stage
• Restrooms
• Showers
• Lifeguards
• Bird Sanctuary

East Beach is famously known for its live concerts and festivals thrown throughout the summer. Also, Alcohol is allowed, unlike most beaches in Galveston.

San Luis Beach
San Luis Pass is known for its miles and miles of never-ending beaches. This is a popular tourist destination for people either looking to fishing or bird-watching. While most beaches don’t allow vehicles, San Luis Beach makes an exception. Just remember to not park on the soft sand when driving onto the beach.

A few habitats you will see when you’re here are:
• Dunes
• Sandy tidal flats
• Marshes
• Cane grass

Bird species you may see when here are:
• Sparrows
• Pelicans
• Egrets
• Sandpipers

West End Privacy

But of course if you are looking for your own private beach where there are very few people and a luxury beach house to relax in, then check out our home here: https://galvestonbeachfrontvacationrental.com

Why and How has the Galveston Ocean been Clear and Blue?

Galveston Clear Blue Water

Imagine living in Galveston your whole life. You wake up and see the same things you see every day: dozens of restaurants, attractions, and the brown but still beautiful water.

Now imagine waking up and seeing all of that brown water gone and replaced with blue Caribbean water? It would send chills down your spine. How could something so seemingly impossible unfold right in front of your eyes?

As you can imagine, Galveston’s new-found water was the number one trending on Twitter for days and lured thousands of tourists onto the island who had to see it for themselves.

But as you know now. The water is back to being brown and it has left many with their heady shaking with questions such as: how did this happen or why didn’t the water stay longer or permanently?

Clearing up the Facts

Today, we will clear up confusions as to why Galveston’s water was blue for such a short period of time.

As you may or may not know, the Mississippi River feeds right into the bay of Galveston. This is why the water is brown and not squeaky blue clean. You can read up on the details as to why this happens here. Subtropical Storm Alberto caused the Mississippi River current to flow east and out of Galveston Bay. This also took along the dirty sediment water that the Mississippi River brings to Galveston’s beaches.

With the flow of the Mississippi River cut off from Galveston Bay, water from other places began to flow in the direction of Galveston causing it to turn blue. But once the storm passed, the Mississippi River was allowed to function normally again, causing the brown water to come back to Galveston.

That is why the clear blue water only lasted a few days and not for eternity.

I hope this cleared up confusion as to why Galveston’s water was blue for only such a short period of time and not longer.

Will the Galveston Ocean Turn Blue Again?

With the storm gone, there was nothing stopping the Mississippi from pouring back into Galveston Bay. Now the question that many ask is will this happen again? As long as a storm or some other barrier throws off the flow f the Mississippi River, then this event is very likely to happen again!

The photo I attached is from my beach house rental on the west end of Galveston. Doesn’t the water looking AMAZING!

Activities in Galveston During the Winter

Winter Beach Activities

Coming down to Galveston this winter? Unsure of what to do? With the beach sometimes off limits due to the cold weather, it can make Galveston seem useless or boring.

That, however, is not true. Besides the beach, there are many other things that will keep you and your family occupied as well as entertained. Today, we will discuss all of the fun and exciting activities you can enjoy while it is too cold to go to the beach.

Music and Movie Night on the Strand

Head on over to Saengerfest Park with your blankets and chairs and come to enjoy a movie under the shining stars! Movies and are held on every Saturday of each month at sunset. Concerts take place every second and fourth Saturday of each month from 6-9 pm. So, come on down! You don’t want to miss the exciting movies and thrilling concerts.

Dolphin Watch and Ferry Ride

Why not take a ferry ride to Port Bolivar and Galveston? You will get a chance to see some of Galveston’s historical districts, beaches, and best of all: the dolphins! Did I mention that this mini- tour is also free? A free tour and dolphin excursion is just what your family needs to enjoy their winter in Galveston.

Explore the Strand

Galveston’s downtown area offers many sights and activities such as restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries. You can also take a stroll on the historic Strand District.

There are endless amounts of shops and restaurants. I would recommend trying the Hubcap grill. Their burgers are to die for. If burgers aren’t your thing, I would take a look at the Black Pearl Oyster Bar. Their oysters on the half shell are the best on the whole island.

Birdwatching

Galveston just so happens to be home to over 300 bird species. Moody Gardens and the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council offer free bird101 classes meant to teach people about the birds and how they heavily rely on the island.

You will also be provided with a free brochure that shows you all of the bird hotspots on the island!

I hope this article helped you see that Galveston is more than an endless beach. There is a lot more to the island that gets shadowed out by its gorgeous beach.

Now that you have an endless amount of activities to go check out, what are you waiting for. Come on down as soon as possible and explore a different side of the island!

To find out about more activities on the island, please visit this website.

 

How to Put Out a Fire in the Kitchen

Kitchen fire

Ahhh you are in your kitchen. A place where unforgettable recipes, memories and…. fires are made. Yes, I said it: fires.

While your kitchen may be a wonderful place, it can also be a hazardous one if you’re not paying attention. In fact, 33% of kitchen fires are caused by unattended cooks. It’s time to get off your phone and focus on what you’re doing in the kitchen.

It is heavily taken for granted how dangerous a kitchen can really be. With the holiday around the corner which means lots of cooking, today we will discuss what to do if the inevitable ever happens to your kitchen or maybe one in the vacation home you rented.  🙂

Broiler or Oven Fire

If there is ever a fire in your oven or broiler, never open the door. A fire thrives when met by oxygen! Also, you can possibly suffer severe burns to your face and hair. Turn the oven off and the fire should calm down. Once everything has cooled, you can begin to clean up the mess.

Stovetop Fire

Now, stovetop fires can be a bit more dangerous; but as long as the oxygen supply to the fire is cut off, the fire can’t grow. It is good practice to keep a lid next to the oven in the event that a fire occurs. If the lid doesn’t succeed in calming the fire, pour baking soda on it. It will cause stifling in the fire. If all else fails, you have two more liable options: take the fire out with your fire extinguisher or call the fire department.

Fire Extinguisher Tips

It’s always smart to keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen at all times. There are three types of fires you want to look into:

  • A- combustibles
  • B- oil and gas
  • C- electrical fires

The extinguisher that would probably suit your needs the best is B, due to most kitchen fires involve grease. Try to avoid the smaller extinguishers (they look like bottles of hairspray) as they require you to get way too close to the fire in order to put it out. When you use your extinguisher, stand about eight feet away from the fire and try to aim above the actual flames. Remember that after you use the extinguisher, everything that you sprayed will need to be totally cleaned and wiped down.

Conclusion

To conclude, kitchen fires can be very dangerous if not taken care of properly. With proper etiquette in the kitchen, they should be avoided. Now get off your phone and attend to what you’re cooking!

Christmas Events in Galveston

Beach Christmas

Unsure what to do now that it isn’t beach weather anymore? Well I’m here to tell you that Galveston is much more than just beaches and suntans. There are events and traditions that have taken place for dozens of years and they are unforgettable. Today, we will discuss all of the wonderful activities that you and you family can take part of during your stay on the beautiful island of Galveston this holiday season.

Iceland: Pole to Pole Moody Gardens

Why visit the north pole when the experience has been brought to you at Moody Gardens? A group of skilled ice carvers have brought to  more than 2 million pounds of ice to help recreate your own adventure to Santa’s wonderland: The North Pole. You will get to see animals such as:

  • polar bears
  • penguins
  • humpback whales
  • snowy owls
  • walrus
  • reindeer

Also, while you’re here, remember to check out the Shivers Ice Bar to enjoy a festive holiday cocktail. This event takes place from November 17th to January 6th.  You can purchase your tickets here.

The Grand Opera House Holiday Season

If you’re more into musical arts, why not come check out Galveston’s own The Grand 1894 Opera House. They put on shows every year and never seem to disappoint. You will get to see acts such as:

  • Asleep at the Wheel
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
  • Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
  • The Priests

You may think that the opera really isn’t your thing, but once you see one of these shows, you will be left speechless and will want to come back over and over again! The opera house will be performing from November 24th to January 12th.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is and event you will not want to miss. You get to walk down a mile-long trail that has over a million different lights and lighted scenes. The trail circles around Moody Gardens. While you’re here, make sure you check out the beautiful views of Galveston Bay that Moody Gardens has to offer. This event takes place from November 17th to January 6th, so don’t miss out! Purchase your tickets here.

Bike Riding on the Seawall

What’s better than taking a bike ride with your family along the seawall? You get to ride across from the beautiful shore will getting to spend quality time with your loved ones. Also, with the weather being cold, the seawall won’t be very crowded. This makes the bike ride much safer and enjoyable. While you’re riding make sure you check out some local restaurants and attractions such as:

To rent bikes, visit Island Bicycle Company located right on the seawall.

Address: 1808 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550

Galveston Railroad Museum

Come welcome Santa Clause as he boards the Harborside Express Train at the Galveston Railroad Museum. Children under 12 will get to board for free while there is a $12 admission fee for anyone 13 and over. Enjoy a nice train ride while your kids get to take pictures with Santa and tell them what they want for Christmas. This event takes place on December 15th, so for your kids’ sake, DON’T MISS IT!  Get all the details here.

In Conclusion,

I hope you can make it out to at least one of these events!!  They really are a lot of fun and different from the traditional holiday things to do.