Frolic Castle (Memorial City Mall)

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For this rainy day, this indoor playground was perfect for a play date!  And when the babies are finished playing and it's nap time, the mommies can walk to Tout Suite and eat!  My grilled cheese sandwich and roasted tomato soup probably wasn't the best choice but it was definitely convenient!  The playground opens at 10am so don't go any sooner than that!  The also make you take off your shoes before entering the play area, and have a great little designated infant area...also, a family bathroom with nursing room for mommies right next door!

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Adair Kitchen (Galleria)

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Adair has been on my list of to dos for at least a year, Easter Sunday seemed like the best day to try a new place in the area.  I haven't been able to make it till just now because, to be honest, it didn't look all that...at least not the food.  No one ever takes pictures of the interior, so I really wasn't expecting such a cute atmosphere!  Now that I'm here, I'm excited!  I love the menu, so many good choices!  Today, I will get my favorite...waffles!  And Will share the omelette with grits!  Seating is difficult, so we sat outside.  We get our food and I am very disappointed.  The waffle wasn't crispy, more limp and limp.  It tasted pretty subpar to.  The omelette was overcooked and the only thing that was somewhat tasty was the grits.  So unfortunately, this one is not going to make it on the return list at my own volition...but if someone wants to try it, I'll give it another try, maybe lunch.

Xochi (Downtown)

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Finally, I have arrived!  So far I'm really liking it, nice atmosphere, light and bright.  Same owner as Hugo's and Caracoal...which I like, at least the latter.  I'm a little not sure what to think, I've heard they plate food with insects, I'm not hoping for too much or to be too impressed...but I'm open minded, for now.  Our server recommended a few things which I usually put a lot of stock in, his first the Agua Fresca drink, which I thought was nice, some kind of apple and juices concoction.  The Robalo appetizer is a take on Ceviche, which I do not like because I do not like shrimp, but I did like the Robalo!  I ordered the Enchiladas and Larry got the Atun (tuna), which he said was amazing.  My enchiladas were also really delicious!  Definitely a must try!

Newton Nursery

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I was recently introduced to this nursery, and I really like it.  It's nicely organized and the plants look mostly great.  They recently moved so it's a new building and site.  I'm in the market for a few Easton Holley trees, some Jasmine vines and some boxwoods.  I'll post before and after of the backyard I'm working on, but for now here are some photos of the nursery and our trees!

Levy Park (Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza)

Yes, it's new!  Near Kirby and 59.  We have been twice and love it.  Actually the second time we went, we went early, snatched a spot under these beautiful oak trees and picnicked for 5 hours while the kiddos played and the baby and I just laid around, it was awesome!  Must go while the weather is so nice!

Mellow Mushroom (Heights)

Somehow I lost my photos of the food!  Uh, main point of this post...well, I'll just have to resort to old school techniques and describe it!  I mean the joint looks cool, got my attention, but on walking in it was a bit of a strange design, there was this section in the middle of the restaurant that looked like it was somewhat caged, maybe an open cab of a train, anyway, I didn't understand it, but it was different.

I never really have complaints about staff, staff was good here too.  On the food, the salad was nothing special, looked like something out of a prewashed bag of salad.  We ordered what our server had suggested the Holy Shitake Pie and we picked the Mighty Meaty.  The guys seemed to like the Mighty Meaty, especially the 16 year old.  The Shitake pizza was ok, I didn't love it to be honest...and for those reasons we will probably not be back anytime soon...there are just too many awesome pizza places...

Roundtop Antique Fair Has Arrived!

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It's a long 2hr drive and I spent not even an hour there, as I was starting to feel bad for dragging the baby around, and then another 2hr drive back!   Other than the ridiculous time I spent getting there compared to how much time I actually spent browsing...it's was great!  Going early avoids the crowds and I might consider going back towards the end of the show, March 27-April 1.  It was also warm today, but it should be cooler this weekend, go and shop! 

Ramen Tatsu-Ya (Montrose)

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Well I do like the speed at which we got in but even at that it's not super fast, but considering how long the line was, on a Friday evening at 730pm, maybe 20 mins, not bad.  Parking sucks.

We ordered the Hush Piggies and the Brussel Sprouts which we thought were ok.  I ordered #2 and everyone else seemed to order the #1, which was the way to go...I thought the #1 was better too but even at that...everything was ok, not really good.  That's all I have to share...

Ritual (Heights)

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I like the atmosphere, great place to people watch, the food is decadent!  I think I just wanted a classic waffle, my chicken and waffles was super strong flavors...I'm not going to lie, it's was all just a little too much for me...at least for a regular place.  And Matt got the meat breakfast, can't remember what it was called, but as you can see...he doesn't need to eat for the rest of the day!

Morningstar

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I really do need to get better at uploading my reviews...life just gets so busy!  Speaking of busy mornings, it's tough to get my breakfast in, so breakfast is at Morningstar which is a Vegan cereal, love all the grains and seeds, but I didn't love the Almond milk, so next time I'll request regular milk.  And of course have to try a doughnut, tried the Olive Oil Doughnut cake, yummy!  And my staple vanilla latte!

Arthur Ave (Heights)

Well...I thought was good.  Sure, it wasn't out of his world, but solid Italian food, actually a little fancy.  The dishes were a lot lighter than your ordinary hefty meals, almost tapas sizes.  We ordered the  Caprese Salad, Calamari, Lasagna, Garganelli, Spaghetti & Meatballs (itty bitty little things), Brussel Sprouts, Tiramisu and the Canoli.  Sounds like a lot of food between 4 people but like I said, dishes were small.  Overall, we liked everything we got, the Garganelli was probably our favorite dish.  

The interior was cozy and small.  Our meal came out to about $120 per couple including 2 bottles of wine.  Not bad...

The Del

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It's not bad, cute interior, food is pretty good, I like it!I really wanted to try the French toast, but I think that's a weekend thing?Location is ok, a little far out and off the beaten path and kind of pricey!

Chic Lash Boutique (River Oaks/Montrose)

My last place, I liked my eyelash technician but she was going to be out of town for a month so I couldn't schedule with her and when I tried to schedule for when she was available next they told me I would have to get a full set.  If they saw my eyelashes and felt that was the case I would have been fine with it, but I just didn't like the way they did business so I decided this was the perfect time to look elsewhere if I was going to try.  Found chic boutique and so far I really liked my experience!  Thy didn't tell me I had to get a full set, they saw me, assessed my lashes and charged me appropriately, which was not a full set even though Katie had to basically pull most of them off and replace. I loved the options they had which my previous place did not and I liked how Katie analyzed my lashes and critiqued it!  Awesome!  It's only been a day so I'll have to do an update later on my assessment of the lashes but so far I really like how natural and full they look.  And they also do threading! I hadn't done that in years and it's unlikely I'll continue that as it's a biweekly need and $15 can get pricey every 2 weeks.  Anyway, really liked Chic Lash Boutique and I will be staying here for now!  Oh and one more last thing, it's conveniently located caddy corner to Whole Foods on Waugh, much closer to me!

Trinket (Portland)

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Wow, this place doesn't have a ton of reviews, but is really great!  Love the decor, cozy, masculine, rustic, great interior!  And the food was really good!  I got the sweet waffle and a side of eggs, Matt got the duck bennie, both were really awesome!  I thought the waffle texture was the best, crispy!  And they toppings on it, really tasty.I normally eat with syrup but they put an orange marmalade with whip and candied pecans, yum!  His Bennie was tasty, flavorful!  And his hash browns were crispy and great!  The coffee was good too!  Really great, under the radar spot!