Getting Fatter

I’ve been M.I.A. and I’m not sorry. Family came and I’d rather spend it with them since I never see them. You’ll be able to see what we did down below which is mostly eating. Bah …

TUESDAY:

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Lunch with contractor company at the Omni Hotel. YUM!

Happy hour after work with Mallory, Stephen, Samantha and a nice reunion with Judith. It’s been forever but it was nice seeing her.

WEDNESDAY:

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OOIAJ for breakfast can never go wrong.

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At work. Our playground. Taking a break from working on our presentation that will be on this upcoming Wednesday. Eeks.

THURSDAY:

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Mary Kay party with Mallory, Judith, Maggie, Mallory’s sister and mum, and her friend from soccer. I bought a few things that ended up being in the 80s. Whoops. Hopefully it’s worth it. Never thought I’d feel like a grownup until I bought expensive crap.

The question asked what kind of eyes I have … and Asian was a choice. Too funny. And might be a little racist …

FRIDAY:

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Anvil Bar & Refuge
1424 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-1622
www.anvilhouston.com

Went with brother and Tammy, and met up with Jenny and her new beau.

Boilermaker [1/2 pint of beer & paired spirit] | $8

It wasn’t bad. But I wouldn’t get this again.

Campari Popcorn | $5

It’s popped to order and Jenny and I were very excited for this … but when we ate a bite we wanted to throw up. Campari is apparently a type of liquor and once you it it you feel your taste buds turn bitter. Bleugh! Brother threw some limes on there and it helped.

Pork Belly Taco, Pickles, Ranch Dressing Cole Slaw | $8

Holy yum … get this whenever you land in anvil. So good. I wish there was more than 3 mini tacos on the plate though.

This place is unique with the way they make their drinks. So many different kinds. I really liked the Montebello (?) Tammy got … I would definitely get that instead next time!

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88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood
1910 Wilcrest Dr.
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 789-8288

Boudin, fries, crabs, crawfish, oysters … and so much more. It’s like Boiling Crab but better. Next time I’m getting two pounds of crawfish and boudin. Oh my boudin. They have happy hour in where their crawfish is a dollar off a pound. So amazing. I hope not many people find out about it because I love that it wasn’t packed!

After this we watched The Internship. Such a good funny movie. Go watch it if you haven’t.

SATURDAY:

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Went shopping at the outlet for forever and spent over $80 … whoops.

Came home and had Korean BBQ as celebration for Father’s Day. Mmm …           

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Oreo Cake … too good.

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Played The Game of Things with brother, Tammy, and Jenny and her beau came over. Too much laughter. Love this game. We stayed up til 2am playing. We are ridiculous.

SUNDAY:

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Kublai Khan
20940 Katy Freeway
Katy, TX 77449
(281) 398-3658
www.kublaikhankaty.com

This place is better than Genghis Grill … in they give you more noodles/rice than GG. Won my heart. I want to go back already.

Brother, Tammy, and Jenny went back to Dallas along with Pluto and Krypto. Now I’m all alone.

Sad life. But love the time I had with them. We ate so much but now that everyone’s gone I’m able to stop eating out as much.

Whoo … long post. Good night.

Full House Thursday

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Every day starts fairly the same. A cup of Yogi tea for a daily inspirational quote. Ran out of Kombucha … who wants to restock my stash?

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Working hard … obviously. But seriously … work was crazy today. Our main water pipe burst so we had to walk to a different building to pee. Also ate lunch with BossMan and another coworker. Was kind of weird at first but it got a little better.

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Happy Hour with Mallory at:

G Bar
15455 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
(281) 497-2725

They gave out free ravioli! I got a Guinness (of course) and she got margarita on ice. And the bartender was SUPER nice!

Loved the way the place is set up! Like a living room with a bar! With a fireplace and everything!

The only thing weird was the customers. This one girl seem to look like she was working the place … if you know what I mean.

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We moved our Happy Hour to:

Cafe Benedicte
15455 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
(281) 558-6607
www.cafebenedicte.com

and Samantha met up with us.

Bread & Butter | free

Not too sure what was in the butter but my gosh … too good. Garlic perhaps? Must try. Just don’t overdose on it.
The bread itself was hard on the outside and super soft on the inside. YUM.

Hurricanes

Not a fan. Too fruity for me so Samantha took the rest.

Colorado Bulldog

Ordered this instead which is like a White Russian mixed with root beer? Too strong.
Was not a big fan of it either. But liked it better than the Hurricanes.

Lobster Bisque | cup $4.75

Yum. Didn’t care for the lobster pieces inside but the soup. MY GOSH.
Mallory ordered two soups but they were no match for this delicious one.

Gyro [with romaine, tomatoes, and Tzatziki Sauce in Greek pita bread, slow roasted lamb, house fries] | Half $7.95

I didn’t really like the pita bread. So I ate the inside only.
The fries were yummmmmmmm! They’re potatoes. Come on! Of course they’re yum.

I know I’m making it sound like I didn’t like this place but it really wasn’t at all bad. Very expensive if you look at the menu and get the whole meal but I would come here again and try something.

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Came home to a full house of dogs and people. Brother and Tammy are home for about a week and brought Krypto along. It’s nice to have them here but it would of been better if it wasn’t due to these circumstances. My cousins’ grandma passed away last week and we have a funeral to go to this Saturday.

This picture is of all the dogs waiting patiently for my brother to drop any of the food he’s eating. Too cute.

Watching the Spurs vs Heat game. Go Spurs Go!

And then watching the Redbox movies we rented! Yay!!

Hope y’all had a great Thursday!

Nit Noi Thai Restaurant & Cafe

Friday, two of my coworkers, Endrina & Edie, (they call me “daughter”, I call them “mama”) took me out for lunch as a super early birthday celebration. Any May babies out there?!

Nit Noi Thai Restaurant & Cafe
1005 Dairy Ashford Rd
Houston, TX 77057
(281) 496-9200
www.nitnoithai.com

Ordered our array of curry and it came with free salad! Score. Too saucy though but still good. No picture … just picture a salad.

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Crispy Spring Rolls [2 per order] | $2.95 each

Endrina ordered two orders of this, It tasted more like coleslaw without the mayonnaise in that little wrapped roll. Not a fan. If I was to go by myself with someone else, I would not recommend this.

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Red Curry Hurry [with beef] | $9.95

I got it with Medium spice. This was the only curry out of all the others she asked what level of spiciness I wanted it. And it was the perfect level. I loved this one a lot. It had potatoes, pineapples, beef, basil, and green beans.

The only thing I could do without is the pineapples but it didn’t bother me. Mmm … most recommended.

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Panaeng is Curry So Hurry [with chicken] | $9.95

Filled with chicken and green beans. The flavor from this one tasted like Mum’s curry so I automatically liked this a lot. They said it tasted a little bitter … which I don’t agree but all our palettes are different. I would recommend this to people for sure!

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Musamun is Curry Too [with chicken and tofu] | $9.95

Filled with carrots, potatoes, tofu, chicken, and potatoes. My least favorite. Not sure why but it was sweeter and had a more peanut taste to it. I would only recommend this if they stopped serving the other two.

The good: As much rice as you’d like. I don’t think they charged us extra for that.

The bad: lack of ingredients in the curry. It was super saucy which is great for rice but if they made the price go up just a little and added more ingredients, it would be well worth it.

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Edie bought me a present. Yay pens. I’m excited. I wish I had super important documents to sign … like a real business woman.

Internet is almost here. I am too excited to be able to connect with y’all whenever the heck I want!

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

Cloud Cafe

Happy Friday y’all! I’ve been on a hunt for a local coffee shop since forever ago. Starbucks was killing me with all those cardboard cups. I needed a real cup.

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Like the ones characters of F.R.I.E.N.D.S hold in Central Perk. Dork status. I know. Leave me be. Still can’t get over how that show could ever be cancelled …

Cloud Cafe pretty much fell in my lap. I pass this place a lot (in the 6 months or so they’ve been opened) but I never had the courage to walk in. It’s always scary going to a new place for me. I saw a deal on Groupon (where I get everything) where I paid $5 for 5 cups of coffee, tea, or bubble tea. What? Score. K. I’m down.

Cloud Cafe
1131 S Mason Rd
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 829-8474
www.cloudkaty.com

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I’m currently sitting down drinking a big cup of Caramel Latte. With a pretty design.

It was empty walking in. Two employees were working just chilling because there’s not much people no one here. I’m sure they get tons of business in the morning or after work time.

It’s a very hidden shop which I love because that means it’s very chill and I can find a seat. The servers are super nice. They go above and beyond to help you out.

Miss Amazing explained the menu to me and helped me out. Hallelujah. I would of just stood there like a dumbass. Then she told me to sit anywhere and she would bring the cup of joe to me. I don’t have to move? Score. I love this place already.

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I sat down to use the Wi-Fi but it failed. Instead of writing me off as my laptop being a stinker (which lazy people usually do in these situations), she looked up a way to fix it for me. A simple router restart x2. Thank you, Miss Amazing. Life would be bummer without internet at a cafe where I cannot blog.

There’s an Art Gallery where you can pretty much buy off the walls. And the art is pretty impressive. Paintings to drawings to straight up stitching? Yep.

They also have open mic nights. A piano sits in the corner. Miss Amazing, who I just found out is actually Miss Co-Owner, even busted out with some notes. She says she’s only learning but dang … another amazing thing to add to the list of stuff she can do.

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Couldn’t help it. Just ordered a Hazelnut Latte. Sadly I cannot use one of my 4 remaining vouchers BUT shiet is so good, I don’t mind it. Blogging on the right and blog reading on the left. That would be Lauren’s blog on the left. She’s amazing. Go check her out.

It’s been a good 30 minutes or so and 3 customers already came in. This place is definitely a place to check out. Love it. I will be coming back with or without this Groupon. Hello Fridays off. You and I have a place to go now. 🙂

Too Much Food

Two days of no posts. Whoops. I’ve been … lazy.

Thursday:

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Went out to Lenny’s with some coworker’s.

Lenny’s Sub Shop
14625 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX 77079
(281) 293-8700
www.lennys.com

The coworker’s claim it’s better than Subway or Quizno’s. I do not agree. Although Lenny’s do not skimp out on the meat, I feel the other places had more toppings. I need a lot of vegetables …

Later that day we had Happy Hour at Watson’s.

Watson’s House of Ales
14656 Grisby Rd
Houston, TX 77079
(281) 920-2929
www.watsons.com

WORST service ever. Plus they don’t have happy hour prices. At least we didn’t get them. I know it’s Thursday after work but um … wtf! We waited for a good hour for service sitting at our table. Then when we put our order in we had to wait another 30 minutes. And not everyone got their drinks! Maybe we went on the wrong day but for seriously? All of us agreed not to go there ever again. Once was enough.

The only good thing was a dude buying a beer for me. Score.

Friday:

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Had brunch with Amanda and her friend at Black Walnut Cafe. I got the French Dip this time around. I didn’t dip my sandwich. As for the meat, it wasn’t that amazing. It had a smell to it. Next time I’m going to try the Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad. Mmmm …

I also got a Chocolate Cannoli and a Pistachio Canolli. That stuff is delicious. I’ve asked Sissy to make cannoli’s happen at her wedding …

Sissy and Brett came to visit later that afternoon so we played Marvel Ultimate Alliance II. We beat it!

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Bruno chilling on me as I gamed on.

While I was at the vet with Rocky, Sissy and Brett went and got Rudy’s takeout! YUM! Moist brisket!

Saturday:

I’ve done absolutely nothing. And it feels AMAZING. Thank goodness for the days we can just relax. I did get my crawfish fix though. Not a lot but enough to be happy.

Tomorrow I am going to see Samantha! It’s been a good two weeks! We are hoping to get some green beer. 😉

Whoo … that is a lot of stuff in one post.

Good night!

[2013] 007/365: A Lazy Day in Lufkin

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My favorite of any days is being lazy. I watch episodes of Doctor Who and even watching multiple Harry Potter movies.

Dexter the cat has been good company. He mostly just wants to be touched. This is the first time I’ve “lived” with a cat. Other than the kitty litter smell, I think they’re pretty cool.

You can see the Valentine’s Day Run from For The Love of The Kids. They gave free things along with it because they are amazing. I did my run yesterday morning before heading to Lufkin but they were having problems with their system. It was in the 50s this time around. Eep … seriously need to start training again.

I’ve been watching THON live online a few hours here and a few minutes there. So wishing I was there but I wouldn’t trade hanging out with Michelle either. Our schedules (mostly her’s now) is so busy that whatever time we can get, I’ll take.

You can stop reading if you don’t want to hear about food.

In any case, hope you all had a great Saturday! I know am. More Harry Potter movies. Relaxation at it’s finest.

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Another Broken Egg Cafe
4003 S Medford Dr #500
Lufkin, TX 75901
(936) 634-3447
www.anotherbrokenegg.com

I love this place. Whenever I see one I want to go and I was so happy when Michelle said we could stop there for a super late breakfast/late lunch.

I ordered The Supreme Omelet [sausage, bacon, sautéed onions & mushrooms with Cheddar Jack served with an English muffin and seasoned country potatoes] | $9.99

I died … I just love their country potatoes SO freaking much. I can’t even explain it. Their food is so good. Oh and we ate for a while and the inside of my omelet was still hot. That’s how it should be.

If you ever see one of these somewhere, stop by and try it out. If it’s not good, let me know … I won’t stop there.

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Chen’s Chinese Restaurant
302 S Timberland Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75901
(936) 632-1635
www.lufkinchens.com

Ah … you’ve guessed it. Chinese food for dinner.

We got Chicken and Brocolli with Rice & Eggroll, Beef and Brocolli with Fried Rice & Eggroll, and Vegetables and Lo Mein.

Food was good.

I told Michelle that we don’t get to eat this fake stuff at home so it’s fun to do so once in a while. She now has a ton of leftovers. teehee

[2013] 006/365: Safe Haven

Currently in Lufkin where one of my best friend resides, Michelle.

I’ve realized how much harder it is to post a daily picture post … but I’m trying.

I got to check out the city she lives in and hang out with one of her friends here. We’ll call her Blondie because I seriously do not know how to spell her name.

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Anyway, Michelle, Blondie, and I went to a Mexican restaurant.

Posados Cafe
3102 S John Redditt Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75904
(936) 634-4920

It’s pretty decent. The service isn’t all that great. My tacos were on the side of greasy. My stomach doesn’t feel that great right now. But overall, not a bad experience. Free sopapillas and ice cream. Who can complain right? Yep, had my first sopapilla and all I can say is … fried dough.

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We then headed over to the theater and watched Safe Haven. Seriously one of the best movies ever. I loved every second of it. I will definitely buy this movie and watch it a bazillion times. I want Josh … but who doesn’t?

Time for bed time.

Sleep well lovelies.

Shopping, Wine, & Movies

Sissy is such a bad influence. She sent me another link to a shopping site. Eeps. Money is just draining out of me. I want to buy EVERYTHING!

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Speaking of buying things, I bought these cute booties for the wedding that’s this Sunday at DSW. You like? I figure i can wear them out AND to the office. Win-Win. I want them in grey now. Or any color they have. Bows, Bows, Bows. Love, Love, Love.

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Mallory, Lauren, Samantha, and I bought a Groupon for Wine Tasting at The Cellar Door in Katy.

Sorry for my huge face … I was really close to the camera. Or maybe this is a wake up call to loose weight!

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We tasted 13 wines. Red and White. I only had a few I liked. If you know me, I’m a beer person. But now I know which wines I like. So I guess I learned something.

If you ask my friends, they’ll tell you that I thought some wines smelled like fish … or moldy squid. How? I don’t know.

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Later that night, Samantha and I went and ate Rudy’s then watched Silver Lining Playbook and Pitch Perfect. It was a pretty chill night.

Sunday, I even got to see Tammy, Jenny, their friends Mary and Jennifer (her boyfriend too) at lunch. It’s been a long, eventful weekend.

Can’t wait for this weekend. Friends and weddings. Exciting!!

P.S. I got on it and did my workout today! Holla!

New Orleans Eateries

How do I get 100+ unread blogs each day?! I can’t keep up! Eeps.

Since I mostly ate in New Orleans, I’m just going to do pictures of the places with food/descriptions. Enjoy. 🙂

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 588-2123
www.cochonrestaurant.com

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Fried Boudin [with picked peppers] | $8

I believe it has a Dijon mustard kind of dip. Mmm … it had a weird taste at first but after a few more bites it was actually quite good.

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Oyster & Meat Pie | $8

I’m not too sure what the dip is but it was spicy. And I really did love this. It was filled with many bite-fulls of oysters!

I didn’t know that both of these dishes were fried, else I would of got something else but OHHHH shiet! So good. I wish I actually got to go there again before I left.

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Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4544
www.cafedumonde.com

I didn’t get beignets! I know! It’s a crime!

But I didn’t want sweets since I was so full from Cochon … so I only got a Large Iced Coffee | $5. It was too water downed and tasted like poop. What happened?! I guess they were just busy but meh …

Eat the beignets … they’re much more worth it.

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Mother’s Restaurant
401 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-9656
www.mothersrestaurant.net

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Jerry’s Jambalaya [with cabbage & french fries]

I forgot how much it costs but mmm … they served TOO much jambalaya but it was pretty dang tasty. I really loved the cabbage and wished I had more of that. As for the fries … you all know I love potatoes and these were perfectly done!

It was pretty good … just don’t come here for breakfast. Definitely overpriced for that kinda food.

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Pho NOLA
3320 Transcontiental Dr.
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 941-7690
www.pho-nola.com

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I’m not sure what I ordered … but that it’s obviously Pho. And that it obviously does not taste as good as Houston. Obviously. But if you’re in the mood for Pho in New Orleans, this would do.

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Lüke Restaurant
333 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 378-2840
www.lukeneworleans.com

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Canard Roti [Chappapeela Farms’ duck breast, confit leg, satsuma glaze, squash tian] | $28

If you had to get ONE thing in New Orleans … get this. I about died eating this. It was that delicious. It wasn’t dry like most ducks I’ve eaten at restaurants. My coworkers were actually jealous at how wonderful it came out.

Best –ish ever!

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Southern Breakfast [2 sunny side up eggs, 2 sausages, grits, & biscuit with orange juice]

How do they eat such heavy breakfasts?! The sausages were super oily. No me gusta. The eggs were done up just right and though the biscuit looks burnt, it was actually quite the right amount of cripsness/softness factor.

I’ve never had grits before … or I’ve had but didn’t like it. Gave it another try and it wasn’t bad at all.

Breakfast at Lüke’s isn’t as great as dinner. That’s all I have to say about that.

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Singha Thai Cafe
413 Carondelet St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-2205

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Pad Thai

Um … it was actually, surprisingly good. They give you so much shrimp and chicken unlike many other places I’ve been too. This plate would be enough to feed 2 people … possibly 3.

Go here if you crave Thai food in New Orleans!

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American Sector
945 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 528-1940
www.american-sector.com

This is located in the World War II museum … we got to watch the movie that’s in 4-d. It’s VERY educational. I want you all to go!

The chef is the same one from Lüke Restaurant … if y’all were wondering.

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Abita Purple Haze

I was a little skeptical to not get Guinness … my go to beer every time I have no idea what to get.

I was not disappointed.

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Meat Pies & Shrimp Pies

I’m not going to lie. I forgot which tin is what but they’re pretty much the same. The only thing is the inside. I liked the meat pies more. It was juicy and spicy! The shrimp pies on the other hand … it was just weird. But nonetheless good.

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Shrimp & Crab Dip [local spinach and grilled ciabatta]

Mmm … I’ve had better. The bread wasn’t good to me at all. It was too hard to eat.

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Mini Cheeseburgers [bacon-onion marmalade]

Oh man … they cut up that meat real nicely. It was kinda like sloppy joes … but without the slops. Must try!

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Grilled Black Drum [farra and Covey Rise vegetables] | $16.50

Mmm … this was a “heart healthy” meal. And it sure was. One of my coworkers got the same exact meal as me … but she said hers was dry and cold … lucky for me, mine was the exact opposite. It was too dang good.

Only thing that confused me was that I had flowers and stuff in there … which I don’t think belonged.

They seemed pretty messy here. Hopefully it’s because they are still new. Else, they need some work.

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My first King Cake. It’s a must since it’s so close to Mardi Gras time. And I got the baby! Yay!! It’s like a Cinnamon Roll … but with Mardi Gras sprinkles. I really do think sprinkles make everything taste better!

That’s it! I’m full just looking at it all.

Hope you all have a great Friday!!

Pecan Creek Grille

Lunch happened yesterday with some coworkers at:

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Pecan Creek Grille
1510 Eldridge Parkway
Houston, TX 77077
(281) 759-3663
www.pecancreekgrille.com

They have an all day breakfast menu! Which some of my coworkers opted for.

As for me, I stuck with the lunch menu that happens after 11am.

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Turkey Burger Basket [on an egg bun with grilled onions and mushrooms, fries & and drink] | around $11

You get to snazz up your burger however you like with a few bucks.

My fries are humongous because they actually forgot to put it on my plate. Else, it would be right next to my burger and rest assured, way less. To die for. I’ve never tried thin fries that I adore, and these were just perfect. Just the right amount of crispy on the outside and seasoned to perfection.

As for the burger … juicy. Yum. The onions and mushrooms I got added in there definitely made it that much better. I can’t say much for the lettuce. It tasted old and … disgusting so I kind of left it where it laid.

I got my drink of sweet tea [not pictured]. It didn’t taste good at all. Maybe I went on a bad day but the tea was no where near … sweet. It felt very watered down.

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Homemade Chili [cup] | $3.59

I don’t know why I always feel the need to order chili if I can but I did!

I should of said no to the cheese and not to be greedy with the onions. They sure aren’t greedy with the meat though. You will find chunks of ground meat in there. It was really good and I just loved dunking my fries in there.

I really did love this place and I would definitely come back. I’m thinking of bringing the family here one day.

Hey sissy, if you read this … you can come here! They have veggie burgers!

Has anyone checked out PV.Body 30 Day Challenge for today?

Day 3 and it’s a recipe for Protein Pancakes. I didn’t make them but if you did, let me know how they turned out!

It’s finally the weekend! Hope you all have a great one!