I was born and raised in Colombia, South America and moved to the States when I was 18. When I first arrived in Houston two things surprised me more than anything else. First was its enormous size. With a current population of about 6.2 million people in the metro area, Houston is the fourth largest city and fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States. The metro area is larger than the entire state of New Jersey and nearly as big as Massachusetts; the cities of New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis and Miami could all fit within Houston’s city limits.

More surprising than its size is its incredible diversity. As with many people who visit the Bayou City for the first time, I didn’t know much about it. All I had as a reference point for Texas were the Old Western movies and 80’s TV shows (think John Wayne and Dallas). Yes, there are a few cowboys (some real, many pretend), but there are millions of people from diverse cultures around the world: more than 90 languages are spoken throughout the city, and Houston is home to 83 foreign consulate offices.

With this type of diversity, you can imagine how much wonderful and exciting food there is to sample around town. Houston is a food lovers dream, and I want to explore it all!