10 Things to Do Before Labor Day: My Summer To-Taste List

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First stop: Margaritaville.
Summer's back, and although it feels like it's here to stay, Labor Day has its way of creeping up on you. Every year, I give myself a list of things I'd like to accomplish before the end of summer (this usually involves a promise of nightly laps in the pool that I never ever do). This year, I thought it'd be fun to give my taste buds a list of their own.

From restaurants I've been dying to try to a leisurely breakfast in bed, here's my Summer To-Do List:

1. Learn to make the perfect margarita (and show off my skills at a pool party).

2. Finally make homemade jam (this one's been on my radar for a good year). With blackberries, blueberries and raspberries in season, summer is the perfect time.

3. Dine at at least three restaurants I've yet to try. I've been eyeing Oxheart, Coppa and The Petrol Station (in addition to plenty of others).

4. Try at least three five new food trucks (a food truck crawl may be in order).

5. Spend a weekend in Wine Country, nosh on cheese and discover my new favorite blend of red.

6. Buy rustic wooden trays and serve breakfast in bed. I'm thinking ham, asparagus and Swiss crepes, a bowl of fresh berries, fresh-squeezed orange juice and piping-hot coffee.

7. Add a farmers' market trip to my weekly repertoire and dine al fresco with my finds.

8. Make my first paella and host a moonlit Paella, Tapas & Sangria party.

9. Buy a meat grinder and make my own sausage for the grill

10. Spend a day at the shore and discover a romantic, hole-in-the-wall restaurant.

What are some of your summer to-dos? Which food trucks do you think are a must-try? Will I be able to find a romantic spot at the beach or am I more likely to go home with sunburn and heartburn? Do tell!

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Location Info


1302 Nance St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Petrol Station

985 Wakefield, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Coppa Ristorante Italiano - CLOSED

5555 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

Nice list. I counter yours with a guys version:

1. Buy another six pack – Cannonball!2. Go to Whataburger - stock up on jelly packets.3. Drink at at least three bars I've yet to try.4. OK maybe five new bars.5. Spend a weekend visiting Saint Arnold’s, Karbach, No Label and Southern Star breweries.6. Buy new sheets. Morning sex.7. Visit a local Farmer’s Market. Check out all the hot country chicks.8. Make a pot of chili. Host chili, beer and porn party.9. Buy a new grill. Sausage!10. Spend a day at the beach. Bikinis!


Bruce R
Bruce R

In keeping with the do-before-u-die trend, shouldn't the title be "10 Things to Do Before Labor Day or Before You Die--Whichever Comes First: My Summer To-Taste List"?


As for food trucks -- STICK IT!!!

Local Yokel
Local Yokel

Re: Petrol Station -- wait a few weeks.  They are renovating their kitchen. 


And be sure to ask for avocado on your lamb burger.

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