So I attempted to be unplugged from the time I left work on Friday through the weekend. My rules to myself were pretty loose: I just wanted to get away from having my phone in my hand every free second. In the first ten minutes of the experiment, I noticed a building near my office had been painted and wondered where to look after giving the homeless guy on the corner a polite half smile while waiting at a red light. Also my friend texted me a pic of her and Zachary Levi in NYC and I wanted to check his twitter to see what he was doing there but I didn't let myself (I asked her and apparently he is starring in a play there that is great. Any other Chuck fans?). So I was missing social media already.
There's a pastry chef working in Houston who sells all of his interestingly-flavored ice creams to upscale restaurants in the area. His business is called Cloud 10 Creamery. Well, he opened a shop last week so naturally we had to be among the first to try it after work on Friday. It was fantastic. I took pictures but could not tweet them. I got a cup with cafe sua da, toasted rice, and nutella with marshmallows (my favorite was the cafe sua da); Andrew got a banana split that had nutella powder. It was a magical powder that tasted like nutella. There was also jam and magic shell in it and honestly, I just need to get it into my life again. Luckily for Bre we were texting Friday and I told her about it so she experienced it this weekend, too. I know because I still checked Instagram. I am looking for any excuse to go back and try the maple butter flavor, so Houston friends, who needs an ice cream fix? The shop was small but really cute, the soundtrack was louder top 40 songs, the staff was generous with samples, and the prices were definitely reasonable for ice cream shop ice cream.
Can you see all that awesome Nutella powder? No words...
On Saturday, I needed to get myself back on track, fitness-wise. I got to the gym just as BodyPump was about to begin. I had always been too nervous to try it but I felt like I should and have heard it was a great workout. I walked in and two really nice women helped me get out everything I would need and set up a bar for me with 5 lbs on each side since I told them I didn't lift weights regularly. It was the first day of this class (each class is done for three months before they switch it up), so songs and some of the moves were new to everyone. I made it through the class pretty well and wished I had pushed myself farther with heavier weights. Then four hours later my arms felt heavy and on Sunday, it hurt to sit down. So I would say it was an awesome workout. I will definitely try it again!
We had plans to go to dinner Saturday night at Oxheart. If you have been reading for any amount of time, then you're probably thinking "Again??" and honestly, I was too, but it isn't the #1 restaurant in Houston for nothing (read about previous trips here and here). I got the four course garden (vegetarian) menu with wine pairings and Andrew got the seven course tasting menu without wine. Our waitress is the same one who has been with us the past two times and recognizes us by now. She let Andrew try two of the wines that came with his meal at no charge. I like to think it's because we are good customers but really, I think it's because Oxheart is that great of a place. My Thai-spiced potato dish and Andrew's
New potatoes under those leaves with Thai spices and yogurt sauce | Roasted and fried okra with pimento sauce | oyster mushroom "stew" with sauerkraut (also on tasting menu) | sourdough muffins (shared) | chocolate layer cake with pear gelee
Muscadine grapes with jelly and bay leaf | Eggplant with smoked avocado and crunchy quinoa | all you need to know is that there is three egg sauce and I would like to bathe in it | best bite: described above | pancake with beef fat served with roasted butternut squash | peach tart with frozen peach mousse
Now, how about that Breaking Bad finale? I thought it was fantastic - I like my finales all neatly tied up in the end, personally!
Linking up with Sami and Leeann!