8.02.2013

Houston vs. Chicago




Back-to-back trips to my former city of Chicago have sparked many comparisons in my head. While I'll never declare a formal winner, I'll say this - I think Chicago is a better "city" but I think Houston might provide a better quality of life. Allow me to explain.

HOUSTON
Cost of Housing - I love our house and I don't know that we'd be able to afford anything comparable in Chicago unless we moved to the boonies.
Donuts - Shipley's Donuts. Need I say more? (Though DD still beats them on their coffee!)
Sun! - The sun is always out in Houston, not to mention I don't miss the lonnngggggggggggg, gray, bitter cold winters.

CHICAGO
Public Transportation - Chicago is a dense city that is easy to navigate with the help of cabs, the el, Metra, & Amtrack. Houston is not an easy city to get around, especially when you want to drink and therefore can't drive.
Pizza - While there are two good pizza places in Houston (here & here), they don't deliver and even if they did, we don't live super close to them. In terms of delivery, Dominos & Papa Johns are seriously our best options. Yikes.
Cockroaches - So sick. Extermination is a cost you have to figure into your living expenses and even then you still encounter the little bastards in the summer.



Who has thoughts? Any takers?

8 comments:

  1. I would take sun over cold, pizza over donuts, cockroaches over nothing, and anything over where I live right now. So, basically, I am no help. Let's all move to Southern California!

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  2. I don't know what area you live in, but both Star pizza and Pinks deliver :)

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  3. I'm from Mke but live in Houston - so I'm feelin' your comparisons. I HATE cockroaches - I've seen so many - big, baby, medium. Can you handle this much sun? I'm starting to miss snow cuz it's so hot here.

    Also - you have to check out River Oaks Donuts - they're new and AMAZING. Coffee is from Houston too - yum!!

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  4. I was born in Chicago but moved to Houston when I was 8 or 9. By now I'm more Texan than anything but I totally feel ya! Houston SERIOUSLY lacks in the public transportation area! But I'll take hot summers and AC over those bitter winters any day.

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  5. I absolutely can't stand the cockroaches down here! ESPECIALLY the flying variety. yuckkk.

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  6. There is nothing that is better than Shipley's, though River Oaks filled donut holes are also amazing. Ugh and why can't this dumb city figure out public transportation?

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  7. I'm so sad I didn't get to meet you during TXSC! I'm totes ordering your book, I love your vibe and blog! Will you be doing any events in Austin to promote the book later on? Xx
    -Lauren M
    http://makeitadoubleplease.com

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  8. I've been an avid Shipley's fan since birth but Monday I came across some devastating news that's making me rethink my life choices: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/food/08-05-13-yuck-houston-man-discovers-cockroach-in-his-doughnut-and-tweets-photo/ :(

    As for pizza, Palazzo's has been a favorite of mine for years.

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