Monday, May 12, 2014

greetings from houston

Some weekends aren't worth documenting, so I don't bother, but this was a fun one so here we are.

Friday was night two of the NFL Draft, and after horrendous traffic getting home in our 'burb, I did a bunch of chores and called it a night pretty early. Riveting stuff. Put this sentence in the "keeping it real" column.

Saturday I ran around trying to finish my mom's Mother's Day gift. I had a $10 off $25 coupon so I spent at hour trying to spend the difference so I would feel like I was getting stuff for free. Ridiculous but please tell me I'm not the only one. After this post, Bre said that she would take pictures of me in the Heights at the cool Greetings from Houston mural I posted about. It's on the side of an almost-opened gelato shop. I'm Instagram friends with her cousin Gabby because Gabby posts good food pictures, so the three of us met up.

Hi, Awkward. Clearly I didn't take this seriously... All photos by Bre.

After pics, Gabby suggested checking out Stanton's City Bites. It's one of those places I had heard of because it's on a lot of food lists, but I had never been. It's kind of out of the way and not in an area you would typically visit. Apparently it used to be a grocery store and, according to the guy behind the counter, "just became a restaurant one day." They had tons of bottled beer and soda and are known for their hamburgers, so of course, that's what we each got.

I chose the Chipotle Burger because it had chipotle mayo and chipotle butter as well as pepper jack cheese, bacon, and a jalapeƱo bun. The bread was very fresh, there was a great amount of spice, and the burger was juicy but not overpowering. Plus, it was only $6 which when compared to some fast food places, isn't bad at all. Oh, and it was huge. I ordered curly fries, which were good but not great. Gabby got the Italian fries that had dried basil and parmesan cheese on them, and they were really good - crisp fries, which Gabby and I both realized we shared a love for. Bre ordered the Waffle Bites which were basically waffle fries topped with nacho toppings - nacho cheese, jalapeƱos, and sour cream. And possibly bacon. There was a lot of bacon happening at that meal. I think we all agreed it was really good and worth another visit if we were ever close again. It was a very entertaining meal and I was super excited to be invited into their cousins club and be an honorary delHam.

Gabby's burger with Italian fries | Bre's waffle bites | My burger and curly fries | They both asked if I needed pics before they ate... it's awesome to be friends with bloggers.

On Sunday, I was woken up by the sound of kitty claws in fabric coming from under the bed. I shove under bed bins in that space because Bauer likes to wreak havoc. I saw the fabric that closes in the box spring bulging - turns out he had ripped it open and was climbing around inside. Cool. I didn't even know that was a thing I should be worried about! I got up and then later, we got together with my extended family at my aunt's house for Mother's Day. Not content to just bring a side as requested, overachieving Andrew had to smoke a brisket, which meant that he went to bed at 8:30 on Saturday night and got up at 12:30 a.m. to get the fire going. Hard partying in our house, clearly. I used the time to finally finish my Eat page up top (for now) and I finally got to watch 24 from last week and loved it. Pretty low-key day.

23 comments:

  1. Silly or not the pics in front of the mural came out great! Those burgers and fries just scream summer, especially in a red basket! Sounds like a great weekend to me!

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  2. I really love the pics - I much prefer candid and moving to over-posed. I like to see people having fun and being themselves. They look great!

    Your burger sounds phenomenal.

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  3. Haha- Friday night is my kind of weekend, except for the housework part!

    I love your top in those pictures! :) You have the cutest "I don't take myself seriously" facial expressions!

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  4. I love the pictures! Sounds like an awesome afternoon! The burger sounds good and the nacho fries would have been something I would have ordered!I 100% will search for "extra" items to get the discount or free shipping ;)

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  5. Love the pics!

    Sign me up for those nacho waffle fries ;)

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  6. Well aren't you just adorable in your picture!!! I love all the colors and it looks like you had fun during the shoot...which I would much rather see that then boring overly posed pictures with no smiles.

    That food sounds delicious. If there are potatoes with cheese on them...I am ordering them. No shame in my game!

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  7. That burger looks amazing! Where exactly is that restaurant located? I'll be headed up to Houston on Friday & I'm always looking for a great place to grab a bite!

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  8. That food looks yummy!

    I have family in Houston, and I totally enjoy that city! Glad you had fun.

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  9. hello perfect blog photo that goes perfectly with your blog design!

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  10. Those burgers look so good! I think I'll have to grab some of those when I'm in Houston next month. :D

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  11. I love the mural pictures and now that it's lunch time I want ALL that food!

    Glad you had a good Sunday get together with family. I don't know why you didn't link up today, you're a mom of Bauer and you have some great you pictures!!! :)

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  12. Those pictures look fantastic! So much color, I love it. :)

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  13. How fun are those pictures?! And that burger looks and sounds DELISH!

    Thanks for linking up for MMG :)

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  14. Those pictures make me want to come to Houston- I think they are awesome, not silly!

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  15. So many things to comment on!

    1. Those pictures turned out amazing! Bre is so good! And I love your new tank, the print is super cute. Great choice :)

    2. I need those Italian fries, like, yesterday. I've never been there either but have heard of it and now I definitely want to go.

    3. BAD BAUER VERY BAD! I mean, it's kind of hilarious because cats will be cats, but damn.

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  16. With all of the color and goofiness, I just love these pictures of you!

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  17. Those pictures are so cute! That food looks A-MA-ZING!

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  18. Those pictures are adorable... I love me some goofiness! :)

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  19. Very cute pictures. My old cat, Webster, did the same thing to my bed at my parents house. It got to the point that he would hide in there and we'd call it his hammock! Looks like you had a really fun weekend!

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  20. Love the mural photo shoot! How fun!

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  21. Those are such cute pictures! My favorite is the one of you laughing. It's like Bre told you to laugh and then you tried it and it didn't turn out right and then you just laughed naturally. :) Looks like a lot of fun!

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  22. Great photo shoot! I love that mural and your top is so cute! I'm so starving now, looking at your burger. I can't believe it was only $6!

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  23. Glad this weekend was worth documenting ;) Love the Houston sign, so colorful!

    Thanks for linking up with MMG :)

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