Friday, March 14, 2014

five pieces of awesome

I am ready for the weekend and ready for some rest! But first, I needed to come up with five awesome things to share today. Does anyone feel like the whole five on Friday thing is like show and tell and you have to think of five worthy things to bring to class each week? No? Just me? Okay then. 

1) Last week, we went to Happy Hour at a fairly new restaurant called Caracol for dinner. In Houston, we have lots of sprawl and outside of downtown, you rarely pay to park. You may get stuck tipping a free valet, but parking is usually free. Not here (for the locals, it's right by the Galleria). Parking was $5 for the first hour and $8 after an hour, so you better believe I made sure we were done in 58 minutes!

Onto the food, which was great - we got raw and baked oysters. I normally won't eat oysters but these had chipotle butter on them and they were amazing. None of the rubbery texture oysters are often hated for. Just warm, meaty, and covered with butter with a little breadcrumb crunch. So good. We also shared a tuna crudo tostada. Raw tuna is also on my rarely-eaten list; I prefer my meat cooked. But, I wanted to try it and I'm glad I did. It was different, texturally, but no fishy taste and it was accompanied by a little sour cream and a hot sauce. We also shared some pork taquitos, which were fine but honestly nothing special. I would have preferred another half dozen baked oysters! The restaurant was really sleek and modern, service was good, and sangrias were strong. I would love to go back for dinner!

When I try to take sneaky pics, the angles get weird. Baked oysters, raw oysters, tuna crudo tostadas, and pork tamales.


2) I had a pretty fantastic Saturday. The Heights is an area of Houston with lots of great restaurants and shopping. If you live there, you're cool, and when you are less cool like me, you get excited about spending an afternoon there. We went to 19th Street to check out all of the antique stores which I have driven past but never had a reason to go in. They were a bust but probably only because Andrew was encouraging me to hurry since we had a lot to do that day. I want to go back with a girlfriend and sort through vintage menus and milkglass vases and old barware to my heart's content.


This sign at Revival Market made me smile.


3) Houston has an Art Car Parade every year, which is pretty awesome. I haven't been since I was a kid but I often see the cars driving around the city, or parked in the more eclectic areas. While we were walking through the Heights, we saw an old hearse with a cigarette butt wrap and a message that smoking kills. It was really cool - I wish I could have gotten the whole thing in the pic. I also wish I could have captured the man standing less than ten feet away smoking a cigar. Not a cigarette but close enough - guess the message didn't hit him.




4) I have talked about the coffee and biscuit at Blacksmith a million times but I finally tried their BLT and it is holy cow amazing. It has smoked gouda and green tomatoes sliced thin that are peppery and fantastic. The bacon was a little overdone for my taste but I would go back again and again for the tomato goodness. If you follow me on Instagram then you got to see the pretty lattes and if not, what are you waiting for?

5) Fun fact: I was kind of weird in high school and got really into kiddie things. Like I thought I was really funny and ironic. So my thing of choice was Blue's Clues and I got really acquainted with the songs, characters, format of the show, etc. I mean I think I only watched like one full episode, it wasn't that creepy. Anyway, there's a song they sing about the mail and I have gotten it in my head every afternoon when I drive toward my house because of all the online shopping I've done. Check out those boxes. And most were heavy. I owe my UPS man a beer or something...


When it comes I want to  yell Maillllllll!


This post ended up being really food-y and Houston-y but I guess that has been life lately! I am super excited for my couch to be delivered on Saturday so I can put my house back together. I am still working on wall art but I think I am going to use a lot of what I have. I am really excited to see how it all turns out. Hope spring is heading your way and you have a great weekend doing what you do!

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28 comments:

  1. I used to get anxiety about a Friday Five since I share all of my rando crap on Thursday in Thursday Thoughts. I started trying to think of themes to do instead. hahaha

    That brussels sign is awesome. I would totally go to an art car parade. I love a parade.

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  2. i've only had oysters once. i don't care for them but i at least wanted to try them just to see what everyone was raving about. it actually wasn't bad; not as weird as i thought it would be and it tasted good with all that stuff my friend told me to put on it.

    i love my mail guy; he always hides my packages behind my topiaries so no one can see the boxes :)

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  3. Look at all of that maiiiiilllll! I get anxious when I have packages arriving, like I have to be home no more than 2 hours after they're dropped otherwise they'll be stolen and gone forever.

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  4. It's mail time!!! Little K use to love Blue's Clue's.

    I've been ordering a ton of stuff lately too and I don't think I'm done yet. Once you've been bit by the decorating bug it's hard to stop.

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  5. We just got a letter. We just got a LETTER. We just got a letter, wonder who it's from?! Now that song will be in my head ALL freaking day. Damn nannying. But holy crap--fun mail days huh? And yay for your couch being delivered this weekend! I'm sure you're so ready to settle back in hah

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  6. Friday (when I actually post) is usually just 5 random stupid thoughts. I can't get it together for Fridays.

    My nephews used to love Blue's Clues, so I know exactly what song you are talking about, and not it is stuck in my head. I think our FedEx man hates us after delivering a 35lb kettlebell at Christmas and our almost 100lb crib in January. Sorry buddy.

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  7. Ok, first of all....I ALWAYS sing the mail song!!! My sister is younger than me and watched Blues Clues all the time. My mom even bought me a few Blue's Clues ornaments when I was in high school...he was a smart little dog...how could I resist?! I may or may not sing the notebook song in my head every time I open my notebook at work in the mornings...

    The food. Yum! I can always count on you for food porn. I love the brussels sprout sign. It would almost make me buy them. Almost....

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  8. Aren't most of your posts food-y and Houston-y?? Haha! Also, I hate oysters but George loves him so maybe I will be nice and take him there, I'm sure he would enjoy it!

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  9. Ohhh I am going to an oyster bar tonight and now I am even more excited!!

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  10. Oysters are amazing! I literally beg Josh every time we walk past the case at Kroger if we can get some. I am like a 5 year old! I hope you'll be sharing what all those large boxes are! I am super interested now!

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  11. The brussels sprouts sign is too cute, I love it. And I love brussels sprouts, they're delicious. I definitely watched Blue's Clues far past the acceptable age, but I can't remember the mail song, it escapes me!

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  12. Love the Brussels Sprouts sign!! So cute! That is a lot of packages you owe him two beers! Can't wait to see how you decorated!

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  13. LOVE that brussel sprout sign! So hilarious!

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  14. Okay that sign in front of the Brussels sprouts....definitely started rapping that....hilarious!

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  15. if you put chipotle anything on it, i will probably try it. why does the chipotle pepper just make everything so much better?!

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  16. sounds like u had a really great time!= and i LOVE coming home to boxes on my doorstep!!!

    PS _ i have a GIVEAWAY going on - if your interested love for you to stop by .. pass on the good karma :o)

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  17. I legit want to come visit, jussssst so you can take me to all these delish places!

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  18. Wow, it sure looks like you have been getting exciting mail! And I'm very intrigued by the Art Car parade, I'd like to see that. I love seeing a car with an unusual paint job or details anyway...

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  19. You are so adventurous with your food!! I will live vicariously through you! :)

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  20. Bahahahaha... that Brussels sprouts sign is AWESOME!

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  21. Everyday I'm Brusseling! Loved it!

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  22. I like to think of the Friday Five and 5 random things that I want to share, but don't deserve their own post. Sometimes I am lucky to think of 5 things...but it's ok.

    The Brussel sprouts sign kills me! Regarding mail - I have the opposite problem! Since I ship from my house the poor mail people have to come get a lot of packages every day. Rain or shine. During the summer I offer the nice ones ice cold water bottles. The mean ones get ignored.

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  23. OMG, shopping spree. Good for you. The oysters look amazing and the brussel spout sign is too cute. There's this funky little coffee shop I go into sometimes before work. They have a chalkboard and there's always something cool written on it that makes me smile. It's the little things.

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  24. I definitely laughed out loud over the Blue's Clues thing! I'm pretty sure I did similar things in High School...I had a few t-shirts from old cartoons that I had never seen that made me feel pretty cool (Strawberry Shortcake, etc.) And that sign is so cute!!

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  25. I'm catching up on your blog after our spring break trip, and I'm finding myself saying, me too! me too! I was weirdly into Blue's Clues in high school..... I even had Steve's milk ad in my locker. (Too much to share? Probably.)

    Anyway, my friends are moving to Houston in the next month or so- I will have to tell them about The Heights!

    I love getting packages. I have a lawn gnome that I always think is a package and I get disappointed when he isn't one. I should move him. Anyway, dang, friend, you got some PACKAGES!

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  26. mmm We must both have been in oyster moods lately. :)
    I have never been to the art car parade and that's sad because of how long I lived in Houston. Next year!
    And yes, I feel like five on Friday is like show and tell and I can never think of 5 things anymore...
    I love that your posts are foodie and Houston-y!

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  27. Hahaha...I love the pile of packages! I think I prefer online shopping lately. Stores are too chaotic!
    P.S. I'm hoping I've resolved the noreply issue again!! *crossing fingers*

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