Thursday, October 16, 2014

(Some) of The Best Brunch in Houston

One of Tout Suite's great seating areas with coffee and pastries. Photo from @TOUTSUITEHTX on Instagram

Let me start by saying that I have not been to every single place in the city of Houston that serves brunch. I can only tell you what I know!

I pick my restaurants before I go based on:
#1 Reviews on Yelp
#2 The menu
#3 Pictures of the restaurant

That being said - I primarily stick to American or French-American restaurants when it comes to brunch. Have you ever had Curry Pancakes? Me neither.

Indeed, most of the restaurants I like for brunch will be in my recent post Recommendations for Date Night in Houston.

Tout Suite's Vietnamese Steak & Eggs. Photo by @CRIRGCITO on Instagram

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

David Peck USA show at JW Marriott Downtown Recap

For those of you who missed the David Peck USA show at JW Marriott Downtown, let me fill you in. David Peck, a local designer, was commissioned by JW Marriott Downtown to create the new uniforms for their staff. First of all, that is huge. Congrats, David Peck, on that alone!

Here's a little bit about that:

The show had 2 parts - the uniform show, followed by his Fall/Winter 2014 line. I was blown away by both.

The evening started off with a 1 hour cocktail/social hour. Guests were waited on hand-and-foot by waitstaff who passed out champagne and appetizers. It was certainly a "Who's Who" of Houston Fashion event - a great place for people watching.

I'm not going to give you a play-by-play. Here are the only decent photos/videos I snapped (moving objects are surprisingly hard to capture with an iPhone that keeps trying to focus every half second...). There are much better photos all over the web. Look at the #DavidPeck4JWM on Instagram or Twitter!

Be sure to get tickets to see David Peck in Fashion Houston here. His show is November 21, 2014. I can't wait to see you there!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Recommendations for a Date Night in Houston

About once a week I get a message from someone asking the same question:
It's my husband's birthday! Where should we go for his birthday dinner?

It's almost getting weird now... how many times I've had this question.
In order to avoid typing everything out over and over, I've put together this small list of places I like.



Tiny Boxwood's (River Oaks)  pictured above
Expect to pay at least $10 for a drink, $10-$15 for an appetizer, $20-$30 for your meal and $10 for dessert. Some people complain about the prices/food quality. I've never had a bad meal here - and now that you know how much it will cost, you can't complain if you go. :) This place is more casual in the day, but certainly accepts well-dressed patrons by night. See my Yelp review here.

Just Dinner (Montrose)
In a remodeled Montrose bungalow, this place is cozy and romantic.
Expect similar prices to Tiny's.

They have incredible food. Keep in mind that you have to park on the street or use valet. Their menu is a little bit different, selling every item on the plate separately. So yes, it will cost you more than the typical restaurant. 

Sambuca Jazz Cafe (Downtown)
I haven't been here in a long time, but I really liked it when I went. The only reason I went here was because of the live music, though. The food is good, but the music and dancing makes it worth it. It's also within walking distance of many really cool bars downtown. 

Everyone raves about this place! Brennan's has an elegant atmosphere, fantastic food & a great crowd. Again, street parking or valet. Dress well and expect to pay at least $40-$50/person. 

Downtown in one of the oldest buildings in the city, Hearsay boasts great food, cocktails & a perfect location. Park on the street or valet, then walk to one of the many great bars on Main St. after dinner.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Embarrassment at Pure Barre

Pure Barre is a workout class I attend in River Oaks Shopping Center. It's - somehow - one of the hardest things you'll ever do. I think this is in part because you have to sit or stand in impossible positions and then lift or "tuck" a certain muscle 1,000 times. In the midst of the battle, I sometimes just burst out laughing because of how stupid I look.

This is my first week at Pure Barre. The first class was glorious! It was on a Monday, the sun was out, the weather was fantastic, everyone at Pure Barre was SO nice. The instructor set me up with weights and a ball, so I just waited for the rest of the class to arrive. The staff all remembered my name and helped me through the workout. The class wasn't packed out, so there was plenty of space & I worked my butt off!

However, my second class was a little bit different. Because of my schedule, I had to go to the 7 PM class that day. I don't like working out at night. Coming out of a workout class in the dark is a little depressing to me, I don't know why! But I had to get my workout in, so I arrived for class as the sun set. I was 5 minutes early, but the room was packed. I saw a few open spots with weights, so I quickly sat down at an open spot in the back.

Once I sat down, a girl (let's call her pink shirt) walked up to the girl sitting next to me (blue shirt) and looked a little bit awkward. I quickly realized they were friends, so I said, "Do you want to sit here?" to pink shirt. She looked at blue shirt and said, "!". Blue shirt said, "I set it out for her." I didn't really understand, so I said again to pink shirt, "Oh, so you wanna sit here?" Pink shirt didn't say anything and blue shirt said, "Well, I set it out for her." Not willing do go through this exchange again, I just got up and looked for another open spot. There was one way in the front (I hate to be in the front... who doesn't?).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Juice Cleanse & Detox

A year ago, I found out through a food intolerance blood test that I should not eat fruit or gluten. This came as a shock, but I dove into my new diet & maintained it without gluten or fruit for 9 months. During the 9 months on my strict diet, I didn't really see much improvement on the outside. In all the years I had been consuming gluten & fruit, I hadn't felt bad or had any allergic reactions.

However, in the last 3 months, I have been deviating from my diet on a regular basis. I would have pizza here and there, beer here and there, cake here and there. Here and there didn't seem to bother me so much - except that I did notice something with gluten consumption. Whenever I had too much of something containing gluten, I would get horrible heartburn for 24 hours! It's the worst!

On top of that, I have been recklessly & unapologetically eating everything for the past 2 weeks. We've gone on a few trips & eating healthy is hard to do at restaurants. Also, I have no will power.

Ya know when you wake up in the morning & you look so thin? Your stomach is flat & you feel like a super model? That used to be the case for me everyday, but this week I have woken up fat as ever. My belly is literally misshapen. It's not even fat. I pinch my belly and there's no more fat than usual. It's actually totally full - solid as a rock! I can hardly button my pants & I look like I've entered my 2nd trimester in all my outfits.

Beside being a small planet, I feel awful! I never knew being fat felt so heavy & disgusting. I also feel groggy, slow and achy. I hate this! It's time to get back to the basics. Back to fruit & gluten-free eating. Back to calorie counting. Possibly exercising... (this is unlikely)