January 15th, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Plan 1.15.10

It’s a holiday weekend, so there’s more time to enjoy the great city of Houston. This can mean only one thing, this week’s Procrastinator’s Plan is packed with ideas. There are a bunch of great things going on outdoors, so get out and enjoy the warmer weather this weekend. With all the fun your destined to have, don’t forget why we have an extra day at our disposal and take a moment to reflect what this holiday is all about. Be sure to take some time to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. by heading out to any one of the many celebrations and honoring the great civil rights leader.

100% Satisfaction
Houston is a TexMex town, hands down. But there’s a whole different world out there. For a taste of Mexico City, check out 100% Taquito. It doesn’t get anymore authentic than this little restaurant in a strip mall off of the 59 Southwest Freeway. Strip malls aren’t known for their character, but entering 100% Taquito transports you across the border to a bustling Mexico City complete with murals on the wall and a VW Bug cab sitting in the dining room.

Tree-Huggers Unite
Not everyone is a nature lover, but everybody should love trees. They provide shade, shelter and most importantly, oxygen through photosynthesis. That’s a third grade science lesson AND a triple word score! Plan to go hug a tree this Arbor Day, which is Saturday, January 16th. You can find a bunch of tree-centered activities for the family at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, a 155 acre nature conservancy in the heart of Memorial Park. The Arboretum is open from 10 to 4 and will feature live music, face painting and a nature play area for the kids.

Live Life on the Wild Side
Has your better half been complaining that you never take her anywhere but you refuse to spend your night at another ballet? Why not have some adult fun? With more strip clubs per capita than any other city in the US, Houston definitely has you covered. Now don’t get me wrong, cabaret’s aren’t for everyone, but you can always treat your sweetheart to a nice dinner at the classy Strip House. Celebrating old school pinup girls with artful black and white photographs through the striking red restaurant, the Strip House serves top notch steaks and sides. It’s a great way to show her you still care without giving up your man card. Throughout January and February (excluding Valentine’s Day), they are celebrating their fifth anniversary by offering five courses for $55. Get more information or make your reservation online at striphouse.com.

She Was Never the Girl Next Door
What better way to follow up dinner at the Strip House than by celebrating an original pinup girl and one of the original Playmates of the month. Make a trip out to the Alamo Draft House for a Bettie Page Tribute at 7:30PM on Saturday. Originally brought to you in this week’s regular scoop, the Tribute includes live burlesque performers – The Jigglewatts – which will be paired with scenes from Bettie Page’s “Teaserama.” Advanced tickets are only $12 and can be purchased here. Just remember, it’s not dirty, it’s burlesque.

The Morning After
After a night of debauchery “adult fun,” the best way to feel clean is to head to the Farmer’s Market at Discovery Green. Open from 12-4 on Sundays, the Farmers Market features local farmers, prepared food vendors and artisans, all of whom use “green” or sustainable practices. The market is Put on by the Central City Co-Op. No Cash? No worries, because they offer “Market Bucks,” where they process your credit cards for “cash” to spend in the market. Get your grocery on and stock up on fresh vegetables for the week.

Watch Someone Else Score
If the Farmer’s Market isn’t your speed and you’re looking for a place to watch the NFL playoffs, head over to Christian’s Tailgate (7340 Washington Avenue) for one of Houston’s best burgers. Christian’s is no frills, so order at the counter when you walk in and grab your own soda or tea. Christian’s also offers a good selection of beers and wines, so you can get your drink on while you get your cheer on, whether they’re playing or sitting on the bench, just like you.

MLK Celebration at the Children’s Museum of Houston
With events starting Thursday, January 14th and running through Wednesday, January 20th, there’s no reason not to make it down to the MLK Celebration at the Children’s Museum of Houston. They’ll have ongoing events like the FUNDRED Project and the Volunteer Promise, but on Monday, January 18th, they’ll have a special Peace Rally with Texas State Rep. Garnett Coleman. The Museum opens at 10AM and the rally kicks off at noon. Bring the whole family down and introduce the kids to one of history’s greatest men. During the week long celebration, the museum will also be hosting a dream wall, where kids can write down their dreams and add it to the wall. The Loop Scoop thinks that’s a great idea, so we’re going to invite our readers to leave their dreams in the comments for the procrastinator’s plan. Let’s see what Houston’s dreaming of…

— Marc

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