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!