Trevor Travels: Houston

Austin → Houston

Last time on Trevor Tracker I was living off street tacos and trying to join a rock band in Austin. I picked up a couple extra pounds and didn’t make it to stage, so all things considered I’d say it was a successful visit! I also did just a teeny-tiny amount of work getting 360 tours. Now it’s time to jump on I-10 and cruise on over to Houston!

Stadium Tour Continues

For months I’ve been making a point to visit a baseball stadium in every city I visit. I was able to see the Cubs, White Sox, Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Red Sox, Twins, Rangers, and Indians all play at home. Unfortunately the MLB season has come to an end so it’s time to shift my focus to basketball and the NBA. First stop is of course the Toyota Center in Houston to watch the Rockets take on the Utah Jazz. My streak of cheering on the home team to victory is still in tact, I really should start charging for all this good luck I bring!

Peli Peli

Texas only has one South African Fusion restaurant, Peli Peli, and it happens to be in Houston. Since I’m all about unique venues, I couldn’t complete my trip without a stop by to say hello. They take great pride in creating authentic dishes packed with flavor. Peli Peli, or Bird’s-Eye Chilli, has become very popular over time and a signature of Chef Paul Friedman’s style. You can checkout the space and book your next event with them here.

Esperson Gallery

No trip of mine can be completed without some influence with the arts, so I had to visit my friends over at Esperson Gallery to check out their latest exhibits. The gallery features tons of great work from not just local Houston, but also national artists of all different styles. It’s location in the heart of downtown makes it a great spot to get everyone together for a night out. You can walk through the space and book your next event here.

Houston, I have a problem

I’ve seen so many space-themed movies in the last 5 years that I’ve decided when I grow up (if I grow up) I want to be an astronaut. What’s not to love about living in a zero gravity environment and getting to eat all my meals out of a ziplock bag? Plus, we haven’t had a man on the moon in over 44 years, it’s about time someone makes another trip. What could possibly be better than a Trevor Tracker from the surface of the moon?

Moonshiners

The Salt n Pepper Group has a big stake in the bar & restaurant game in Houston, so visiting with them while in town was a must. Moonshiner Southern Table + Bar is the perfect mix of comfort food and southern hospitality that you’d expect from the state of Texas. And of course, no southern cooking is complete without moonshine and whisky served up in a mason jar. You can check out the venue and book your next corporate outing here.

Next Stop: Washington D.C.

Up next I’m heading to the nation’s capital, Washington DC to see if I can convince Obama to pass me the presidency instead of Trump. If I don’t have any luck, I’ll just pay a couple bucks for a tour of the White House, which is basically the same thing, right? Stay tuned to see what DC has in store for me and of course for all your client entertainment and corporate event needs be sure to visit Kapow.com.

Trevor Travels: Dallas

Texas State Fair

Minneapolis → Dallas

Going from Minneapolis to Dallas can feel like going to another planet due to the change in temperature, but believe it or not, they’re in the same time zone. Fortunately for me this meant little to no jet lag, and plenty of energy to explore the fine city of Dallas, Texas. Everyone that I met for the first time in Dallas treated me as if I were a lifelong friend and was so kind in welcoming me to the lone star state.

The Big D

Thanks to great suggestions from the locals, I was able to enjoy some of the city’s gems like roaming around Klyde Warren Park and watching a Texas Rangers MLB game. The cuisine in Dallas is fantastic and nothing beats an outdoor patio with live music when the hot Texas sun goes down.

Nickel & Rye

One of my favorite spots for enjoying outdoor music, Nickel & Rye, drew me with a solo artist jamming 90s acoustic songs. The nostalgia of 90s music was enough to make it a great night, but the ribs and mac n cheese made it even better. You can checkout the 360 tour I did of the space and book your next uptown beer dinner here.

Blues Jean Bar

Fashion trends are constantly changing so in an attempt to fit in with the styles down south, I had to stop by and visit my friends at Blues Jean Bar for a personal shopping experience. In return I set them up with a personal 360 tour for their space, which you can view here.

State Fair of Texas

In between 360 scans I took some time to visit the Texas State Fair. Of all the fantastic dishes I ate in Dallas, I can confirm that a deep fried peanut butter & jelly sandwich at the fair takes the crown. I also couldn’t help but take a stroll through the Taylor Swift experience that was setup to show off some of her memorabilia. Then, watching the sunset over Dallas from inside a cable car gliding above the Texas State Fair was the perfect way to wrap up a wonderful trip.

Princi Italia

As a Chicagoan that loves a nice sloppy slice of deep dish pizza, I had to stop at Princi Italia to try out some Texas pie. To pay them back for the pizza tossing class, I decided to hook them up with a virtual 360 tour of the space. You can check it out the space and book your own pizza making class here.

Next Stop: Orlando

Even though father time is forcing me to grow up, I’ll always be a little kid at heart, which is why I’m heading to Orlando, FL. Stay tuned to find out which Disney characters I get to hangout with. Also be sure to check out Kapow.com for all of your client event and corrporate event needs.

Trevor Travels: Minneapolis

BOSTON → MINNEAPOLIS

After flying back to Chicago from another exciting east coast trip out in Boston, it was time to keep things on the ground with a little road trip. I made the six-hour trip up to the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota, and stopped in Minneapolis. I made it just in time to avoid the frigid cold temperatures that would’ve certainly frozen Matt, my Matterport 360 camera, and was able to capture more virtual tours!

FUN WITH THE LOCALS

With one-fifth of the population being German, Minneapolis has no shortage of breweries with good eats. So, of course, I spent most of my trip chatting with locals at the pub. Despite the city’s negative outlook for the Minnesota Twins this season, I had to keep the stadium tour alive by heading to a game. A perfect night for an end of summer baseball game, which also just happened to be dollar hot dog night. Score.

COUP D’ETAT

After the game I decided to swing by Coup d’etat to visit my friends over at Jester Concepts. This hot spot (new as of 2014) is a prime location for big group with two floors—each with their own outdoor patio. For welcoming me into their lovely space, I set them up with a 360 tour. Explore the space and book their 4-course dinner online with Kapow.

SHOPPING SPREE

I really love mini golfing, the adrenaline rush of a roller coaster and I’m a big fan of aquariums. No, this isn’t my dating profile, but I mention it because in Minneapolis you can do all three things in the same place—at the Mall of America. That’s right, this 4.87 million square foot complex holds a full 18-hole mini golf course, a 27-ride amusement park and a 1.2 million-gallon aquarium. Oh yeah, and 520 retail stores. Needless to say, I did a little bit of everything, and racked up quite the bill.

ROJO MEXICAN GRILL

After a long day of riding rides and spending money, I needed a good meal. So I drove a few miles down the road and stopped at Rojo Mexican Grill for some fine cuisine. To say thanks for serving me up with a multi-course Mexican dinner, I returned the favor by setting them up with a 360 tour of their space. I think I definitely came out ahead in that deal.

SIBLING CITY

Minneapolis is only one half of the Twin Cities and I couldn’t travel all that way and neglect the long lost brother, Saint Paul, MN. After taking some time to roam around the city, I made my way over to Xcel Energy Center to watch a childhood favorite band, Blink 182 perform live. I, of course, had to channel my inner high school rebel and do a little crowd surfing.

BOTTLE & BOTTEGA

After the show I made my way back to Minneapolis just in time to visit my friends over at Bottle & Bottega. A painting class that allows you to sip on wine while creating a beautiful piece of art. After failing to become a modern day Picasso, I resorted to my old skills of making 360 tours, which you can view while checking out the cool painting experience for corporate groups.

NEXT STOP: DALLAS

Up next I’ll be making a trip down to the great state of Texas to continue Operation: 360 in Dallas. Stay tuned to find out if everything really is bigger in Texas.