Friday, February 28, 2014

good week, good food, going texan

With one exception, it's been a great week. Here's why:

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...

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28 comments:

  1. yuck to the fish but glad that they allowed a refund! i had no idea that grocery stores would even do that.

    this weekend i'm a single mom - my husband is in vegas and it's just me and K so i have a few things planned together :)

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  2. All of your food posts make me want to visit Houston! We do not have the same level of restaurants that you have!

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  3. Based on your headline, I thought we were going to see a picture of you in Texan wear! haha have you ever seen the trail riders come into the city? our first year here I was caught in a major traffic jam on Kirby, and had the shock of my life seeing cowboys ride down one of the busiest streets in the city on horseback!

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  4. Go Texan day sounds like fun to me but it would be hard to convince others it's not always like that based on what we hear about Texas. Ha!

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  5. That is why I don't eat fish! Eww. Sorry it was such a rough day. You can totally block people on snapchat in the settings. I would so love to see all the horses out in the street. I am sure they will enjoy it.

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  6. So gross about the fish! On the bright side, I had no idea that you could get your money back at the grocery store! Glad I know that now. And the snapchat thing made me laugh. I'm avoiding snapchat as long as I can!

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  7. Go Texan Day sounds like a fun stereotypical time! :)

    That sucks about the fish and the annoying Monday...what better day for that to fall on, right?!

    The South American food you described sounds super yummy...and that coffee??? Mmmmm.

    I haven't jumped on the snapchat wagon as of yet. I cant even keep up with Twitter and Instagram. I always forget about them. I am not sure why, they are much enjoyable than Facebook which I manage to check daily. I guess because my facebook page is filled with people I know IRL and Twitter and Instagram is full of bloggers and people I followed and I am not sure who they are haha. I dunno....

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  8. #3 is HILARIOUS. SNAPCHAT scares me for sure, lol! :) PS. wrote a blogging is bananas post today!!

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  9. The smoked salmon sandwich looks so good! I will actually avoid ordering certain sandwiches (especially with groups) if I think they are going to be too messy. I'm a sloppy eater too...so that just makes it worst. I will have to keep my eye out for lucuma...I don't think I've had/heard of that before.

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  10. Visiting from the link up. Sorry your Monday sounded so terrible! Hope your weekend is better and makes up for it! :)

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  11. but at least you have cadbury eggs to make it a little better?!

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  12. If you have a link to that list of the Top 100 Houston places you should send it to me! I love trying new places around here. I hate days when everything just goes wrong. Glad that the rest of the week was better though! Happy Go Texan Day!

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  13. Note to self: get some Cadbury eggs stat and do not log them...I want to be your food friend and I would like to be in Texas (hoping it is warmer than NC)....first time visiting your blog from the link up. :-)

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  14. Now I wish Houston had been on my list too- I would have loved to have seen a stereotypical Texan festivity.

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  15. Yay! I'm happy you like snapchat so far!!!! <3

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  16. Be my snap friend. I promise not to send pics of my junk. ;)

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  17. I am adding you on snapchat!! yay! And is it a Moot Court Competition?!

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  18. That food looks delish!! I hope you have a great weekend!! (if you make your way anywhere near Pensacola, FL-- bring some of that Poppyseed bread, would ya!?)

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  19. woah you're right! You're Monday evening was not good!!! Eeeeeek! Sorry! I hope this coming up Monday is much much better! Will you get spring break this month?

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  20. I love reading about where you eat! I hadn't heard of Andes Cafe, but now I'll have to go check it out.

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  21. Your Andes Cafe food is making me hungry!
    LOL about Go Texan day!! I love that day...one of my old bosses even rode in the trail ride and we'd try to watch for her out the window at work!

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  22. Uhhh, I would have been upset over the fish, too. Glad the week got better!

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  23. Sorry about the fish! Ugh. I'm glad the week went better! I have 68 blog posts to read. Sigh. It's looking like I'll have to mark a bunch of them as "read." Life just got crazy busy last week and I couldn't catch a lot of time to dedicate to reading posts.

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  24. Eww go away nakey creepy guy!

    Glad things are lookin up - those kind of days suck!

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  25. I really like Local Foods. Well, besides the sides. That shrimp and crab sandwich. Oh man. Their Green Goddess sauce is heaven. HEAVEN! And the seafood is so fresh. And the bread is so fresh. mmmm mouth noises.

    I don't know what SnapChat is.

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  26. Bad fish smell...makes me I'll just reading about it. Ech! And I tried not to laugh at the snap chat experience. Haha people are crazy.

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  27. Yay Local Foods! Also, I'm going to need this magical latte you speak of. Perhaps that shall be our next lady date?

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  28. ewwwww that guy! this is why i dont use twitter, haha! and now i am hungry after going through your archives and seeing this food! yummmmy

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