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Go home with some of the most unique and adventurous flavor combinations with locally made decadent chocolate treats. Cacao & Cardamom was launched last year by artisan chocolatier Annie Rupani, who combines some seriously wild flavor combinations. Some of my favorite surprise flavors are Cardamom Rose, white chocolate ganache infused with cardamom with a touch of rose water, and their Lychee Basil made with tropical fruit and sweet basil in a white chocolate ganache. The most fun by far is the Strawberry Bubblegum, and my favorite is the irresistible Nutella Banana. Oh and I need I even mention how gorgeous they look?
It may seem cliche, but the best souvenirs to bring home from Houston are cowboy hats, cowboy boots, and a nice big belt buckle. During rodeo season, plan to visit the rodeo's great market to shop for these wares.
During off season, locals like to head to the Texas Junk Company for an excellent selection of vintage, lightly worn boots for a great deal. For a fantastic selection of western wear and boots, Pinto Ranch on Post Oak Boulevard is like a candy land of western wear; Cavender's, with more than one location in the city, is another solid option. For cowboy hats, though, the go-to destination is Shudde Brother's Hatters, a Houston institution since 1907.