This Is Houston: Buzzles Shaved Ice

It's 95 degrees in the shade, I've just gotten a fresh haircut and this Louisiana boy needs a snowball. They're a summertime staple in my hometown of New Orleans, but are they a thing here in Houston? If so, where can I find one? I looked no further than Buzzles Shaved Ice in Spring. I … Continue reading This Is Houston: Buzzles Shaved Ice

This Is Houston: Imperial Garden Chinese Cuisine

I love Chinese food, specifically Shrimp Fried Rice. It’s even been my election night tradition for the past fourteen years, usually with fried chicken wings and/or boneless spare ribs. Before moving to Houston, I was a regular at Gold Bowl, sort of a hole-in-the-wall in Baton Rouge on the corner of Airline Hwy. and Lobdell … Continue reading This Is Houston: Imperial Garden Chinese Cuisine

‘GRAVITY’ — All in The Day’s Work

Right on time with my seventh Shuttle launch, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity opened in theaters. Any true spaceflight and astronomy aficionado like me would normally have a huge beef with Hollywood-tainted space flicks—the launch sequence in Armageddon would have one of us ready to take a Louisville Slugger to the screen. But just as projected, Gravity … Continue reading ‘GRAVITY’ — All in The Day’s Work

Javan Does Baton Rouge — Quarters

I finally went to Quawtaz! That’s how us NOLA natives say “Quarters.” This is the third installment of my “Javan Does Baton Rouge” series, and in this one, I’m taking you to Baton Rouge’s very own, Quarters. Many cities in America have similar entertainment complexes like this, including the national chain Dave & Buster's. I’ve … Continue reading Javan Does Baton Rouge — Quarters

Javan Does Baton Rouge — Highland Road Park Observatory/International Astronomy Day

April 20th was scheduled to be a big day for me. It was to mark the third launch of my Space Shuttle series (full website here), and it was also to mark the beginning of my Summer tour of Baton Rouge. I can now say that it held true. While I was out, I thought … Continue reading Javan Does Baton Rouge — Highland Road Park Observatory/International Astronomy Day