1) Monday was one of them dayyyyyys that a girl goes through (come on, sing Monica with me, fellow '90s girls!). We got home from work and Andrew took his time getting into the kitchen to make dinner. When he did, the $23 worth of fish he had bought smelled awful and felt rubbery. I flipped out because we just bought it the day before and called the grocery store. They said we could get our money back as late as this weekend, but I didn't trust that, so we went out to do it that night. I grabbed a rotisserie chicken while I was at the store. We got home, cut the chicken, heated up some frozen creamed spinach, and had the worst dinner ever. I do not like to waste food but a lot of that got doused in barbecue sauce or tossed in the trash. Then the cat threw up on the (just-changed) sheets, the dog kicked over a full bowl of food, and the husband smashed his finger. I had cadbury eggs and hard cider for dinner and went to bed. It wasn't anything really bad, just a lot of annoyances piled on top of one another and I was done.
2) I went to another restaurant on Houston's Top 100 List - Local Foods. I had the smoked salmon sandwich on a poppy seed bagel with cream cheese, dill, and capers with kale and barley as sides. It was all really good! I would definitely go back for more smoked salmon.
My plate and then a salmon close-up. There was definitely a good amount.
3) I got snapchat at the convincing of my coworkers, tweeted about it, and immediately got followed on twitter by some guy who had nakey pictures of his junk in his twitpics that I could see at the bottom of his profile. He should not follow me, but you should. Eatdrinklauren. Lots of pics of Bauer and food. I'm still learning though, so be patient. I think I like it so far.
4) I also went to a newer restaurant, Andes Cafe, this week for lunch. I wanted to go because I have heard of the chef and his story is fascinating (he had a stroke while getting a brain tumor removed that made him lose most of his sense of taste... oh and he probably isn't 30 yet). It's basically in EaDo, for all you Houston people, and it's a large South American menu. Now, I went here wanting a cheap lunch and deciding I was just going to get a sandwich. This was a huge mistake. I got a chicken sandwich but it was super messy which impacted how much I enjoyed it. My dining companions, though, ordered all kinds of things from South American mozzarella sticks (HEAVEN) to tamals (similar to tamales, but not) to a fried rice dish that was apparently amazing but it had shrimp in it. One thing I have learned from my frequent trips to Pollo Bravo is that there is a fruit called lucuma that's common in South America. I have only had it as an ice cream flavor, but it is caramel-y and unlike any other fruit; there is really no comparison. Well, one of my friends got a latte with some lucuma in it and wow.... it was amazing. I want to go back for coffee and the cheese alone!
Salchipapas (french fries with fried hot dogs... I don't get it, but it's a Peruvian thing) | My sandwich looked pretty | The tamals, which are larger than Tex-Mex tamales.
5) As you read this, I'm running around my school welcoming students from eleven other schools across the US to Houston. We are hosting a competition, which has kept me busy the past few weeks. The thing that I hate is that today is Go Texan Day in Houston; the one day a year where dressing like a cowboy is encouraged and expected city-wide. Trail riders ride horses down busy streets and the whole city gets out their boots and tight jeans, my coworkers included. So, I will have a really hard time convincing students that Texas isn't the way it's sometimes portrayed to be - this is the one day a year where it looks like a total stereotype!
See More Good: I haven't forgotten it; I've had this link stored to share for over a month. I love all of these, but especially the shoe-shiner!
No plans for this weekend and I'm totally cool with that. After all, I'm going to have two days worth of blog reading to do...