Piggy’s

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Finally!   I’ve been wanting to try this place for sometime and I like it! The restaurant is cute and I love the banquette seating and the food was actually pretty good and they say brunch is really popular so to come before noon so I can’t wait to try it again! 

New Garage Apt in Upper Kirby only $1300!

This cozy and charming garage apartment located in the Upper Kirby area is a 2 story building, detached from the main house and located in the rear of the property. Living is on the first floor, bedroom/loft with bathroom on second floor and balcony, also includes refrigerator and stackable washer/dryer, on-street parking. This one goes quickly so schedule your appointment today!

Flowers

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For Mother’s Day my husband bought me this huge bouquet of flowers which I’m sure cost a pretty penny and weren’t even that pretty, to be all honest.  Look at these beautiful arrangements at Central Market and they only cost $13!  I’d pick one of these over any huge prearrangements from Kroger any day!

Poo the Rescue

While on the topic of my backyard...now that we have kids, for lack of time, I do let the dogs out back for convenience.  Sometimes, you just can't get out whenever you want and since I've redone my backyard, I have not cleaned up pet waste.  Now that the little man is wanting to go out back, I knew I had to and man I was not looking forward to cleaning up back there...so I did some research and called Poo the Rescue and man this guy is great!  The owner's name is Brian and he's so helpful and when his technician missed a few poops, he personally came out and combed through the backyard himself.  Super nice, super great service and I definitely recommend them!

pootherescue.com

New Construction in Heights/Shady Acres!

A new construction development of 5 stylishly modern homes by REH. These homes feature two-toned island kitchen with modern fixtures and finishes, including hardware and lighting, subway tile backsplash, Quartz countertops, soft-close cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, hardwoods, built-in shelving and a balcony off the living floor! Great convenient location with quick access to 610, 45 and downtown! No HOA.  Photos coming soon...

www.har.com/10138886

SOO KIM
BROKER ASSOCIATE
The Reyna Realty Group
soo@sookim.com

New Rental in Heights/Cottage Grove, $3,000!

Modern 3/3.5 patio home with rooftop terrace, located in a quiet community in Cottage Grove! This home features a spacious open living floor, abundant sunlight, gleaming hardwoods, large island kitchen, granite countertops, dark cabinetry, storage for days, separate breakfast area, a wet bar with wine chiller, and generous sized rooms. Quick access to Memorial Park, Hike & Bike Trail, I-10, 610 and Downtown! All appliances stay.

www.har.com/47136874


Soo Kim
Broker Associate
The Reyna Group
soo@sookim.com

Green Thumb

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Not me, but a client of mine who I stopped by her house to tour before we put it on the market and was surprised at how green her thumb was!  From her rooftop terrace she has an awesome thriving garden!  She generously gave me a Thai Basil plant and Sweet Basil plant!  And she has a handful of beautiful and full orchids!  Even from her 4 story townhome you can have a great garden, I have no excuse!  Currently this is my backyard...I’ve been working on the last year.

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It still needs string lights and a fire pit, some more plants in the beds and a few other little functional things for the kiddos. 

Noon Mediterranean

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Not bad, for fast food.  Convenient location for me since I live and work nearby.  However, I thought it was a little pricey, $10 for this Falafel Bowl.  I was recently thinking there’s no quick in and out kind of place for a falafel meal, and I guess this place is better than nothing but it’s not really priced well for me to choose it over another Lebanese restaurant, anyway my search for a fast food falafel meal continues!  And yes I’ve tried the halal guys, wasn’t that keen...

Postino on Yale

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Try 2 at Postino’s in Heights Mercantile off of Yale near the hike and bike trail and this time we wait the 1.5hr wait and I have to tell you, I don’t think it’s worth the wait.  The atmosphere is nice, casual and festive but the food is disappointing.  And it wasn’t the taste but more the selection.  All they have is finger foods, salads and paninis. It’s more like a lunch menu than dinner.  But, the food really didn’t taste all that great either.  The Tomato soup was actually pretty good.  I forgot to take a photo of the Butcher’s Block that had Ana assortment of items, olives, 2 small things of cheese, meats, a not so tasty hunk of hummus, nuts, a couple of asparagus, dried fruits, and some toasted bread, sounds tasty, but it wasn’t that great.  Anyway, over all a ho hum m kind of experience.

Fig & Olive

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I’ve been to the Las Vegas location and liked it, so naturally when I saw it was opened here, I knew I totally wanted to visit.  It made the perfect sense to make it the spot for our next date night.  But at the same time Postino just opened and that looked a lot like my speed, so the plan was to go there first, since they don’t take reservations...and if it were crowded, we would still be able to make our reservations at Fig & Olive.  Well, just as I suspected, Postino was jam packed!  It was an hour and a half wait...Fig & Olive it is!  However, after seeing the vibe and crowd there I was really disappointed about having to leave and go to Fig & Olive.  Anyway, once we arrived in the Sak’s 5th parking lot, we did feel even more sad...it was a fancy place...not totally what we were in the mood for tonight.  It’s a pretty place though, older, stuffier crowd.  I breeze through the food because it wasn’t really that memorable of a meal...we had the Quinoa salad, Filet Mignon, side of Sauted Spinach and the Apple Tart for dessert...all was decent to ok, we both rated it a 3.  In their defense, we skipped their Crostini’s which seem like a signature piece, since I’m still taking care of a baby, and he might be lactose intolerant, I had to be mindful of my dairy intake, so that meant no cheese, so no Bruschetta and no Burrata, booo.  Anyway, the food and atmosphere were a disappointment for what we were in the mood for...but ultimately we were crazy about the food either.  However, I can’t wait to actually try Postino’s!

Les Noodle

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It’s official, no longer Les Ba’get but now Les Noo’dle...and they are now open, as a noodles only restaurant.  No longer housing their old menu but only 3 main dishes, Beef, Chicken and Vegetable Pho.  They also have some side dishes but that’s really it.  I hadn’t had it in awhile so I had the Beef Pho, still so good!  I’ll try the Pho Ga (chicken) next time.  I liked how it was pretty much empty inside and you don’t have to try to beat the rush crowd.  The truth is, it’s not that big of a change for me since I always got the Beef Pho anyways.  Their other menu items will be at their new location near 34th and Ella as Les Ba’get, opening hopefully around early Summer.  Anyway, that’s it for now...I’m very happy to report they are back open!

New 2-story, 3/2.5 Listing in Rice Military, $385,000

Wonderful 2-story 3 bedroom 2.5 bath free standing home in Rice Military! This home features an open living floor plan with vaulted ceilings, fireplace, hardwoods, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, Jacuzzi tub, master located on second floor along with outdoor deck off the living with a nice-sized, fully fenced backyard, and a private driveway! Conveniently located near Memorial Park, I-10, local restaurants & bars and quick access to downtown and all major freeways!

www.har.com/91456898

Soo Kim
The Reyna Realty Group
soo@sookim.com
 

Sammy’s Wild Game Grill

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You know, the name sounds off putting, at least to me, since I’m not a big gamey food kind of person.  But I see they get really high ratings so it’s been loosely on my list of to-dos, emphasize loosely...and on take-out day, it’s where I chose to order tonight’s meal.  I wanted to be surprised by it, but honestly, I wasn’t.  It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think it’s worth $11.  The bread was a little stale and the meat didn’t seem so juicy, kind of flat tasting.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a 4.5 Star kind of meal.  I wondered if taking it out had a factor, anyway, I may try it again, this time order in.

Local Pho (Sawyer Heights)

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I was skeptical, but since our favorite place, Les Baget, is out of commission at the moment, we thought it would be a food time to try Local Pho.  The location is cool, the building is cool, the space is nice.  

The tofu spring rolls we ordered came wrapped in Saran Wrap and on a styrofoam plate.  The peanut sauce looked unappealing but tasted ok.  The rice paper on the spring rolls were ripped and they themselves weren’t horrible, but overall weren’t that great.  Matt ordered the Pho Ga and said it was good.  I got the Pho Tai and thought mine was not very flavorful and really greasy.  And after we were done, sitting there for maybe 5-10 minutes our soups had congealed and looked really gross.  Anyway, not the best experience and probably safe to say I will not be returning.

Hopdoddy (River Oaks District)

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Is this old news?  Not sure if this is a frequented place by many, but I definitely feel like this visit was long due.  Quite honestly, I don’t hear that much about it but since Sasha was craving a burger, Ms. Healthy, I couldn’t deny her this craving.  So she got the Mushroom burger on wheat bun, which I did not know was a choice.  The girl at the cashier seemed like she didn’t really speak very good English.  I told her I was considering the Classic Burger but was there anything else on the menu she thought I must consider and I don’t think she understood what I was asking because she said she didn’t understand...anyway, I told her nevermind I’ll take the Classic and I guess it hit her later because she then recommended the Kobe Burger...which I then ordered...but did not love.  It was just super messy and there were runny things coming out of it and the meat patty was an odd shape so it was hanging out of the burger on 2 sides...it just wasn’t that great of an experience but I didn’t think the burger was bad, but it wasn’t great either.  I might have to try it again becaue I was pregnant and had to order it well done.  The fries were good and I was glad they had Topochico my new love, so for those 2 things I give it a 3.5.