Monday, August 25, 2014

foodstuffs lately

I said this blog would focus on food but I haven't taken many pictures lately so my food posts have been few and far between. That, and a lot of the people who read here aren't in Houston so you probably don't care what and where I've eaten. But, since I do what I want, here are some things I've had recently.

Ciao Bello - Andrew and I went here with friends for Houston Restaurant Weeks, which amounted to a four course meal for $35 each - a great deal as this place would normally fall into the "special occasion" price range for us. The service was intentionally slow which was lovely and gave us lots of time to chat with our friends, the owner (who owns lots of big name Houston restaurants) was running food out to the table and offered to switch our friend's plate when he lamented aloud that another dish looked better than what he ordered, and I'm still dreaming of the corn pansotti that I enjoyed and grudgingly shared with everyone else. It was also my 49th restaurant on the Top 100 list, hurray!

Andrew's appetizer, which was great, but not as great as my corn pansotti.

Caribou Coffee - I've seen this place when travelling, but it's new to Houston. Bri instagrammed a pic of it while she was away, and when I learned there was a location in a grocery store near my house (the Fiesta in Katy for local friends), I wanted to try it. It's fine, but pretty expensive. Like, more than Starbucks expensive. It's a nice change on the weekends, I guess, but I would rather spend a few cents more for latte art and locally roasted beans. Ugh, that was so pretentious I can't stand myself, but it's true. Did I order wrong? Send me a recommendation and I'll try it again!

Costco Dinner - You see me and my sometimes food snobbery, but you need to know that isn't always the case. One night a few weeks ago, Andrew didn't want to cook and I didn't want to clean, so we went to the Costco food counter for dinner. A foot long hot dog and a drink for $1.50? Pizza for $2? YES. I also ordered a giant cup of chocolate frozen yogurt for $1.50 and our whole dinner was less than $6. I do not want to think of the quality of food that I ate; can we just focus on how cheap it was instead?

Costco Lunch - A little over a week later, we had Costco for lunch. This time I tried the chicken Caesar salad and for $4 it was pretty impressive. I'll definitely order it again.

Tita's Taco House - We went to our probable new house for inspection over the weekend and ate on the way there. This is a small house with no menu - you walk in to chaos and point through the sneeze guard to show the employees what you want. Tacos are served on a foil sheet in a plastic basket and you pay as you leave - totally on the honor system. All tacos are the same price as they ask for quantity and nothing more. The tortillas were being griddled right behind the counter and the no-frills fillings had tons of flavor. It was delicious and unlike any other restaurant in our current rotation. We had four tacos and a drink for ten bucks and change. We will definitely return!

So tell me, what have you been eating lately? Do you have dinner at big box stores?

19 comments:

  1. I didn't know Caribou Coffee was a chain. I have had their Keurig coffee though and it was pretty good.

    We do not have any big box stores near by that serve food. D likes eating at the Whole Foods in Savannah, if that counts.

    That Taco House sounds right up my ally.

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  2. I love the fact that you guys intentionally went to the costco food counter for dinner! J and I used to go to the mall food court ALL THE TIME when we lived in Charlotte since it was right across the street and we could rarely agree on what to have!

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  3. I'm so not above Costco for dinner. :P

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  4. We had Caribou in Atlanta. I didn't think it was anything special so I don't really have a recommendation, just a justification of your thoughts! Haha!

    That app that Andrew got looks delicious and now I am starving!

    I love that you went to Costco for food! I love their food! Sometimes we go to Sonic or Farmer's Basket at the food court intentionally because it just sounds good!

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  5. In college we lived right by a costco and lunch or dinner there was a weekly staple for us! There is no better meal for $1.50! Haha. I really want to try that taco place now... it sounds amazing!

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  6. Costo has awesome food! Even my food snob of a husband agrees. It's not healthy but its tasty, quick and cheap. Sometimes that's just what you want. He got Pizza from there last week. It cracks me up that costco is a place to eat!!

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  7. It's probably a good thing that the only Caribou is in Katy & I'm in Spring because I'm trying to save money. It is expensive I'll give you that. What did you order? I usually go there when I want something sweet so I get one of the frozen drinks.

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  8. That's awesome that the owner was out there doing work! It is so rare to see that!

    My dad loves taking me to Costco for lunch- but we eat all the samples haha!

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  9. If I'm ever in Houston, you're going to need to take me to get latte with art. No one does that here. Sad face.

    No great eats here recently. I'm excited to go to Chicago this weekend, specifically to The Girl and the Goat. I took a freaking 11:30 p.m. reservation just to get to eat there. hahaha

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  10. Liking local roasted coffee does not make you pretentious at all. It does make me jealous though because I can't find a good local coffee shop in my neighborhood.

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  11. Your Cotsco lunches are way different than other's I've heard of. A group of girls at my old office use to go for lunch and just eat free samples. :)

    The Taco place sounds totally awesome, I'd eat there and I don't like Mexican food.

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  12. I've never ate at Costco before... done the Sam's thing before though and it was decent!

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  13. Again I have to say that I am so jealous of your Mexican food. Brian was in Texas last weekend and every time he's down there he raves about it!!

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  14. I have never had coffee with art on it. I really need to do that when I visit! ;) Tacos everyday!!

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  15. Dinner at Costco? so not judging!! I wanted to go yesterday but too busy on a sunday

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  16. David and I have been known to eat at Costco! You can't beat a hot dog and a drink for $1.50 (that's usually what I get every time!). Speaking of eating in big stores, our IKEA is set to open Sept. 10th and I hear their meatballs are good. Have you heard anything about IKEA food?
    We have a Caribou coffee here in town. I never go simply because it's out of the way.
    That taco place sounds awesome! I want fun taco places here -- send some our way! ;)
    As far as what we've been eating lately... it's not thrilling. We are currently in the state of "we leave for vacation Saturday morning, I don't want to buy anymore groceries before we leave." So yeah, dismal options around our household.

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  17. The dinner and the tacos sound great!! I've never tried the food at Costco.

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  18. Since when do we have Caribou Coffee?? I really like their K-cups so when I spotted a store in Chicago I had to go there! It was very exciting because it was something we don't have at home, and I remember liking it. That was also like 2 years ago. ALSO on another note, I finally went to Mercantile ('trose location) and I LOVED IT.

    And now I'm hungry!

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