Category Archives: H-town

Yee Haw!

On Sunday, we took Baby J to the Houston Zoo! Oh, he had a great time (when he wasn’t sleeping).  Good think Boom is such a good wild boar rider!

I was amazed at how crowded it was – but I guess most everything on the weekends will be crowded in a big city like H-town.  All the people from the ‘burbs come into town 🙂  and the weather was beautiful (hot, but not too too hot, and not really humid at all), so I am sure that encouraged people to get out and about, while they can.

So many adventures to be had… I love it now and look forward to all the fun times in the future!

Rockin’ Rhino

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This past weekend Yarbs and a few friends threw me a shower. It was great – everything was so cute! and it was an intimate crowd – as it seemed to be an out of town weekend for lots of folks – I really enjoyed myself and everyone seemed to have a good time.

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So this past spring, when we had just found out we were preggers, we went to the Urban Market and picked up an old playground rhino, that didn’t have a base – Boom was highly suspect, as the paint was peeling and the whole thing seemed a mess, to him. He was all, what are we going to do with this thing? He liked the idea of it, but he is still coming around to liking old things…

Anyway, I figured S, our friend and designer, would be able to have someone do something with it.  So finally, a few months ago, she took little rhino off with her.  And since he left, I had been emailing her and asking about rhino… all requests that she kept ignoring… finally I realized she might be doing something with him for my shower – and I was right!  Rockin’ Rhino is the BEST GIFT EVER!  especially since it was a joint effort – and he came out so adorable!

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I love love love him!  I guess we need to come up with a name for Rockin’ Rhino…  Boom will be able to come up with something good.

And Ruby seems to like him alright:

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I am sure CM will love Rockin’ Rhino – how could you not?!

Pig Tails and Aioli?!

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On Friday, we went to dinner with 2 of our newish couple friends – and tried out Feast.  I had always been a bit wary of it – as I had heard they cooked up every part of each pig (or whatever animal).  But Boom had read a good review and it was ranked very high in Bon Apetite Magazine, so we all decided to be adversome and give it a whirl.

The food was quite good, heavy, but good.  I was not very adventurous, and had a salad (which was good and different) and roasted chicken (again, not exactly what I expected, but tasty).  Some of the guys had black (blood) pudding for an app and then the fried pigs stomach for the entree.  They claimed it was all very tasty.  I wanted someone (not me!) to get the pig tails and aioli (mainly to see how the pig tails look), but I had no takers.  Boom had a seafood night – both app and main course were kinda like pot pies full of seafood.  His main course had mashed potatoes all heaped on top of it with cheese on top of that!  Very yummy.

And dessert was good – Boom and I shared the poached pears with clotted cream.  One of the other couples had the molton chocolate cake – both were very yummy!  The last couple had the apple crisp thing, but I didn’t get a bit of that, so cannot comment on how it tasted.  It looked good.

Whenever Boom’s parents come back into town, we’ll take then to Feast.  He thinks his dad will really get a kick out of it.  Although the food was good, aside from taking Boom’s parents, we probably won’t be going back any time soon.  Just too many other restaurants to try…  Must be hard to keep a restaurant running in this city.

One last Restaurant Week visit

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A young patron at the Opera told me Brasserie Max and Julie’s was her favorite restaurant in H-town (with so many eateries in this city, I always like to ask where people like to go).  And I was intrigued, as I had never heard of it.

It was on the Restaurant Week list, so R and I decided to give it a try (it was 2nd on the list – the first place did not have any availability).  Good company – celebrating R’s belate bday – and good food, you can’t ask too much else of a Thursday night.

It is kind of a sleeper restaurant – you don’t hear too much about it, but it was really good.  I would definitely go back!

Restaurant Week

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(A slight misnomer since it is not just a week long, but I digress…)

We’ve been taking advantage of Restaurant Week this year (since we actually knew it was going on this year, as opposed to our clueless selves last year). We’ve been to Indika – my 2nd time and Boom’s first. It is a yummy place. and we went with a couple we had never been out with before and don’t know very well. We had a really lovely time! Hopefully we’ll be able to do it again.

And this past weekend, we went to The Glass Wall with S & J. They are so cute! We really love hanging out with them.

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So we loved the company, but didn’t really love the place. My crab cake appetizer was quite good, but my tandoori chicken was way over-cooked and dry. My dessert was strawberry shortcake, which was good, but again the shortcake part was a little dry. So many people have said they love the place, so maybe it was just a restaurant week Saturday night mishap. I might try them again, but then again, there are so many restaurants I haven’t been to, I probably won’t be rushing to go back there.

One track mind

After seeing this post that uses vintage linens to make shoe bags, I have been really obsessed with finding some cool vintage linens.  But much easier said than done.

I did hit a few thrift stores, but most of them were too “nice” to even have old sheets.  Here are some of the treasures I found:

Fenton milkglass hobnail footed covered compote dish:

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Milkglass hobnail vase:

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A really great old drawer that we will hang on the wall with some curios on the little shelves:

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All three were discovered at the Guild Shop of St. John the Divine – it really is a nice thrift shop.  And it is always hopping! I got there a few minutes after 10am (when it opened) and there were already a lot of folks there, with more arriving every second!

I got some really cool vintage napkins at my next stop, the Blue Bird Circle Resale Shop:

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They remind me of vintage Vera prints.  I don’t think they are official Vera, but still very cute.

And I did find a couple vintage sheets:

IMG_2896The top green linen tablecloth is a vintage find that I carted down here from Richmond.  The other two were found at the Salvation Army here in H-town.  The little blue flowers is just a hemmed piece of fabric.  The lattice print is an actual vintage sheet!  Yay, finally!

I am wondering if Mumsie and Dad still have some of the old sheets they used to have when I was growing up.  I will investigate when we go up next month.

Flocking to the Zoo

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This past Thursday, RAH and I flocked on over to the Houston Zoo – I had not yet been to the zoo and was curious about their new young professional group. I was worried it was going to be hot – and it was a bit warm, but there was a breeze and it cooled down quite a bit by the end. It was a really good time! We met up with K, a new friend of mine that I think is hilarious. She had a posse with her, so we just hang out with them all.

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Here’s K – wearing a strapless romper! Very cute and stylish, but using the restroom would be annoying to me.

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RAH had a really good time – and she was right – it was a nice mix of folks and ages. Not the usual suspects like when I go to any performing arts young professional event. We were with the elephants!

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Here’s the baby – I think he is just 3 or 4 years old. But still weighs tons! I did feel bad, as the zoo was small and the elephant area was very small, with 4 elephants in it. I was glad to hear that they do brain stimulating exercises with the elephants, so that is a good thing.

After my trip to Africa many moons ago, I am torn about zoos. They are a good way to continue the species and have people experience animals that they likely would never be lucky to see in their natural habitat, but the spaces are so small. On the way to the elephants, we passed the leopards – their cage was quite small as well! I really felt bad for them, as they are used to being able to run and stretch their legs. [sigh] I guess zoos are necessary. But still made me sad for the animals…

So cultural!

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Last week, Boom and I went to the Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant for the first WAC event we were able to attend – learning about Indego Africa – a non-profit that helps Rwandan women earn money from their handicrafts while training them so that they can someday be more self-sufficient.

It was really interesting – learning about the non-profit as well as checking out the Blue Nile.  I really want to go back and try the restaurant not during an event.  It was quite well attended, which is good.

We also went to Grooves Restaurant and Bar – for an opera event.  It is in the Third Ward, so I don’t think we would have ever just happened upon it.  I like being brought to places that I likely would never go to – ’tis a good thing.  And the HGOco opera / blues project was really quite interesting.

Scenes from a Birthday Cookout…

IMG_2737Here are the hosts – J&J, with us bday girls!  S&J’s backyard was perfect for the cookout!  We really love them – they are such a great couple!

IMG_2731Yarbs and I  – Yarbs is like my show pony.  I can take her anywhere and people always love her!  She is so cute and fashionable, and nice and laid back.  She can easily talk to most anyone and is very likable.  All my friends who have met her really like her!  What’s not to like?!  (And we are the Darling Mermaid Darlings – a sister synchro swimming team!)

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New friends (LB and A) and old (R and Yarbs) all together!  Fun times – it was a little warm when the party first started, but then it cooled off and the breeze picked up, which was nice.

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The HAWC ladies together again – show how the JLH brings people together!  I am (kinda) sad that I am not in a community placement where I’ll see the same people week after week – it is a good way to get to know new friends.

The birthday cookout was a really good time.  It was super casual and laid back, which everyone enjoyed.  And we hired a guy to help with the party – so he grilled and kept food stocked and did all of the cleaning up afterwards – it totally rocked!  Nothing better than for Sunday to be a Funday!

Lazy, lazy, long weekend

This past long Memorial weekend, we didn’t do much!  And it was GREAT!  We got lots of sleep and spent lots of time together – it was just fabulash!

Friday night we did have plans – we went to Will’s Peru party with RH.  I knew it was going to be a random, fun party, but not everyone could appreciate it.  and I knew RH would love it – I was right!

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We got adorable little pins with a photo of Machu Picchu that looked all old school.  And a favorite part for me – the characaturist!

IMG_2698I think he did a really good job with Boom – looks just like him!  I kinda look like an African-American / Asian version of myself.  But I like it – I look like I have a major ‘tude!

It was good a great mix of folks – old, young, very international – which I really love as well.  I wanted to get a photo will the Host with the Most (Wilber), but he was a busy, busy host.  I did get to see KD – she cracks me up so much!

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The rest of the weekend was very low key.  Sunday night, Boom cooked us a very nutritious dinner, after going to the grocery store in the morning.  What a guy – he is definitely a keeper!  Yum – shrimps on the barbee – can’t beat that!

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