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High-Roller Happy Hour – RDG in Houston, TX

August 4th, 2010 No Comments


High-Roller Happy Hour – Houston, TX

Well, well, well.  What do we have here?!  The famed RDG finally breaks down and offers a happy hour.

Not going to lie, I’m excited about it.  I love that bar; the scene is fabulously ridiculous and the cocktails deliciously overpriced.

Although Flemming’s 5-for$6-til 7 offer with THE friendliest bartenders who know how to make the “Mary martini” (grey goose with a squeeze of fresh lemon, splash of water, shaken very cold with a mint leaf and a cucumber floater) is tough to beat in my book.

RDG + Bar Annie1800 Post Oak Boulevard @ Ambassador Way. 713-840-1111

Flemming’s: 2405 West Alabama Street @ Kirby. 713-520-5959

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May 4th, 2010 No Comments

Done deal. I’m officially living in Houston for a year.

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May 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Catching up with Kallah, the MoreThanMary stylist, while the site is down.  I’m so jealous of her farmer’s market shopping.  The closest thing we have in Houston is Whole Foods.

Kallah: We love going to our local Farmers Market in Hollywood.  They have some of the best fresh pasta – tonight we’ll be cooking it up with broccoli, garlic and olive oil, mmmm.

Fresh pasta sounds amazing right now, and I can’t think of anywhere in Houston that even serves a good noodle.  But there must be a place to buy it….something to research for dinners in my new kitchen!

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Please Take Me Out Back! — Backstreet Cafe (Houston, TX)

December 17th, 2009 No Comments

Please Take Me Out Back!Backstreet Cafe (Houston, TX)

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of Backstreet Cafe until Jarrod took me for lunch on my last visit to Houston.  The food, the service, the wine list, the patio…it’s all divine.

Above on the right, you’ll see the amazing halibut piled on top of veggies (half portion I split with Trey) I devoured two nights ago.  Amongst a table of friends, we all sampled each other’s entrees and were impressed with every bite.  From the duck confit to the pecan roasted chicken to the fillet, and don’t forget the vegan autumn soup (my lunch pictured on the left), holy moly make my mouth water.  Every bite was divine.

Top it off with a glass of port and make a resi for your next visit.  This is one place you won’t want to miss in Houston.

Other Houston Musts:

  • Goode Company BBQ
  • Carrabba’s (Italian)
  • Flemming’s (Steak)
  • Barry’s Pizza
  • Da Marco’s (Italian)
  • Tony Mandola’s (Seafood)

There are so many more actually, those are just the favorites off the top of my head.

Bon Appetit. Eat up!

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December 16th, 2009 No Comments

Strike! Our day in Houston ends at Lucky Strike downtown.

Mom says, “Adrien does not like bowling.” She’s right, but he did pick up a spare in his first game in a decade. Mom is a pro and has even put Mr. Strike Mike to shame. Pictured above Jarrod is holding his own. Leslie Sanchez is entertaining the crew with her colorful commentary, and I’m…I’m loving the whole evening. I have the best friends in the world, all over the world.

Ok, I’m up to bowl!!

It’s snowing in Houston????!

December 4th, 2009 No Comments

According to my Mom, it “looks like Aspen.”

“Snow baby, snow,” she says.

Holy sh!t!

It hasn’t snowed since I was 11.


“Right now it’s 35 degrees.”

I guess Houston is really getting into the holiday spirit this year.

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November 8th, 2009 No Comments

This morning’s breakfast at La Madeleine was a complete disappointment.  If you recall a couple of weeks ago, Mom and I sought out the reliable French fare after the let-down at Lola’s.  On that visit, La Mad delivered a decent meal.

Today was another story.  Look at that! Do those over-cooked eggs loaded with onions look appetizing to you? I’ll answer on your behalf, “oh hell no.”

So, I’m asking for your help.  We know where the best brunch spots are in town, but mom and I are looking for a low-key and casual spot (that isn’t a greasy spoon) in the Heights or River Oaks area.

Any suggestions?

July 12th, 2009 No Comments


My mom used to make us wash the car when I was I little, so I never really considered it a “fun” thing to do.  Until the other day…

I wanted to be outside doing something (anything but sitting still in the heat) so I decided, “hey, I’ll wash the car.”  I turned up some tunes, soaked down a sponge and got to work.  Thirty minutes later, the car was looking spiffy, I was pretty sweaty, and my urge to enjoy the beautiful day was satisfied.