This is not Galleria Shopping...or Dining!
Harwin is a crazy road filled with bargain, warehouse shopping. Indian silk shops, "name brand" perfumes and purses.
Shoppers come from distant Houston suburbs to find good deals... so wouldn't they at least have some curious restaurants?
No food, but they have rugs and blankets!
The guys might prefer Al or Marilyn. The girls will surely want Hello Kitty or Justin Beiber!
Luring the customers!
This is an actual statue, not a costume. It sure made me want to stop and shop!
I think all the costumes in use. It was hard driving down Harwin because the intersections were crawling with costumed characters. We always see a lot of faded Statue of Liberty costumes this time of year...eager to help you with your taxes. But the majority of costumes on this day were bright gold stars and gowns. "We Buy Your Gold!" (so you have money for more shopping on Harwin!)
Flags, statues, fountains, anyone?
These statues make me want to buy "exotic dancewear" from Body Language Fashions!
Where's the food?
Bicycle carts! I had no idea what they were selling, but I parked to find out.
Juan, Pedro and Jose were lounging near the umbrella when I surprised them with my presence. I don't think they knew what to make of my enthusiasm as I asked about the different fruits in the clear plastic containers.
Wonder where the fruit came from?
I didn't ask, but I bought some for $3.00. Papaya, water melon, pineapple and even cucumber. It came with a festive tooth pick and I could sprinkle on generous amounts of kosher-like salt from an old catsup bottle!
I'm pretty cautious about food when I'm out of the country. But I'm more daring about what I eat on my dining blog adventures. (no vacation to ruin) Haven't gotten sick yet.
Posing on the bike seat
The 3 young men laughed and said no, when I offered to take their picture. First "turn down" for a photo in all my dining adventures...but I wasn't too surprised.
Jose offered his seat on the bike and Juan took my picture. Too bad you can't see the whole bike-n-cart in the photo, but my shirt matches the umbrella nicely, I think!
Part II of Harwin Adventure
I learned there are no restaurants on Harwin. But a block away, I found numerous cafes on Richmond Avenue! Ethiopian, Cuban, Columbian and this??? I couldn't tell what it was, so I parked and went in.
A friendly greeting!
Jeyad, himself welcomed me upon entering. He was very delighted to show me all the breads and cookies they make daily. He tried to explain their complicated ovens and he gave me samples of pita bread with olive oil and anise flavored cookies and figs wrapped in pastry.
Jeyad was most excited about a special bread they make in Jerusalem, where he is from. It looks like a giant sesame bagel and it's best eaten with a hardboiled egg. What a delightful shop owner!
There are boxes and bags of breads and sweets, but Jeyad made sure my purchases came right from the oven. In the shop, they also have products like oils and seasonings that are shipped from Palestine. I nibbled on all my free samples and bought a bagful of goodies.
More smiles at Jeyad's
This nice guy got my pita bread right from the big oven. He spoke less English than Jeyad, so I couldn't understand what he was telling me about clay pots above the ovens. Rising dough, maybe?
It was a nice way to end my afternoon of exploring the foods near the Harwin shopping area. I have no new countries to add to my list, but I did enjoy my day of wandering and sampling!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.