New Listing - 3/3.5 Patio Home in Rice Military Area, $415,000!

Wonderful 3/3.5 freestanding home in gated community w/cobblestone pavers, immaculate condition, beautiful hardwoods, high ceilings, open flr plan, large living, island kitchen w/bfast area, separate dining, gas cooktop, tankless h20 heater, elevator capable, tons of storage, spacious master bed & bath, 2 closets, extra living/flex space w/bedrm on 1st flr, former model & gently lived in. This home is centrally located w/ quick access to I-10, 45, Washington Corridor, Allen Pkwy & Downtown!

Soo Kim
Broker Associate
The Reyna Realty Group

Great New Price in Houston Heights, $519,900!

Great 2-story 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom Ostlind Thomas Victorian style home! Includes a front and back porch, fully fenced front yard and backyard with alley access! This home has the ideal floorplan of living on first floor, all bedrooms on second. Open floorplan with combination formal living and dining room and separate den/family room with a fireplace! Master suite is spacious with a sitting area. This won't last long, come and see this great home!

Soo Kim
Broker Associate
The Reyna Realty Group

Pho & Crab (Westchase)

On my day off Liam and I run some errands....first stop...lunch with daddy at Pho & Crab.  It's supposed to be an upscale Vietnamese restaurant...I guess.  It's actually not bad, I really like that you can get these combination plates, mine pictured below is the Beef Combination plate.  I love variety, but other than the initial salad, I thought the food was just ok.

Relish (Upper Kirby/River Oaks)

I'm a fairly new fan of Relish.  Relish had been on my to do list since they first opened on San Felipe and I finally had a chance to go maybe less than a year ago.  I loved it!  Other than the not so exciting sitting area, I loved everything else.  When I heard they were moving to Ouisie's Bird and the Bear spot, I was so excited.  I have been checking to see if they had opened yet and finally a week ago, I saw 2 reviews!  I was wondering why the review was so low, then read it and really there was only 1 bad review.  It's not enough to sway me and I guessed I'll just have to make my own opinion before I go...
I enter Relish and love it!  Love the decor!  It's counter service during the day and they say in 3 weeks they will open for dinner, full service.  I just had a baby 6 weeks ago so I'm really trying to eat better when I lunch, so this was going to be my ideal lunch spot!  They have tons of salads and tasty ones too, if I remember correctly.

As of today, I have been 3x and have tried different dishes and observed other meals and received their feedback.  My first lunch was the Kale Salad, which is still my favorite up to today.  My next salad was the Apple Salad and though I liked it, because I'm trying to eat healthy till I get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, it's not the optimal choice as it has goat cheese and candied pecans, but it's tasty.  The third salad I tried was the Fig Salads, all salads I had grilled chicken with.  This was my least favorite, but it could also have been that I just had dental implant surgery and my taste buds might have been hindered.  On observations of my lunch mates meals, I've seen the Crunchy Chicken Sandwich, which I was told was good and the fries delicious, not "lack luster" as the first reviewer reported.  I've also seen the Beet Salad, which is not my favorite vegetable, but my lunch mate said it was good, I'll take her word for it.  Also, I've seen the vegetable sandwich, which was said to be good as well.  I've had the cookie, omg so good!  And the rice Krispy, also tasty.

Overall, I really liked mostly everything about this new Relish, especially the decor and atmosphere, food as well of course, but the 2 complaints I had was that when I left, I always felt a tad hungry.  I don't know if there's enough chicken in the salads or what, but it's not as super filling.  Maybe I just have a big appetite, don't know.  Also, the first time I came, I brought the baby and he decided he was going to have the biggest #2 of his life while I was there and as I rushed to the restroom, I found there was no baby changing table, so I had to change him on the floor, with a changing pad of course.  So on family friendliness I don't rate it very high, but that's not an expectation I guess.  It just would have been nice.  Other than those two things, I loved it and definitely will be back more often for the "healthier" options and the great atmosphere.  Oh, and it's also a little pricey.  Salads are already about $15 and add chicken can make your one meal $20.

Cane Rosso (Heights)

So I happen to read an article about the best pizzas in Houston, Napoletana style and not...and all the pizzas they listed I would have to agree with.  They did list Cane Rosso as well, so of course I had to go try for myself.  It's pretty casual dining.  As I am now with child, we have to consider family friendliness, so on that front, CR checked out fine.  On food, it was hard to pick, so many options!  We decided to get "THE JOAN MARIE" pepperoni, housemade mozzarella, goat cheese, roasted jalapeno pesto $16 and I always have to get a Margherita, $13, to compare.  They were both good, texture, taste, but I really didn't think the Joan Marie was that much more tastier than the Margherita, but I'm not complaining.  We also got the CAPRA salad, field greens, crispy pancetta, dried cherries, toasted pecans, grape tomatoes, goat cheese, balsamic, $7.  I have to say, this salad was really good and we got the small one, which was big enough for the 2 of us, but we're big salad eaters, so I think we could have gotten the $12 portion, which our server says feeds 4 people.  And it was better than what I have had at Pizaro's.  We definitely liked our experience, I think we'll revisit here before we go back to Pizaro's, for that salad!

Snooze Eatery

Staff is really great here, the General Manager basically stays outside to help with parking, wow! Super nice guys. The place gets super packed, Sunday is their busiest day, so we went on Saturday. The little secret to reserving a seat at the time you want is to swing by, put your name down for a time, is what I was told or you can just put your name down and when they text you, head back over.

I ordered half Benny, half French Toast! I love that they allow that, but it's not on the menu, I just asked and he said yes! So I ordered the Late Harvest Benny and the French Toast Neat, but they kept bringing me the Drunken Monkey! I mean they finally got it right and took it off my tab, but I would have fathered just got the right meal. No biggie, I don't mind a free meal.

On the food, I thought the Late Harvest Benny was good, hash browns tasty and French toast also good, but taste and feels kind of chainy, if you know what I mean. It was nice to try but I don't know that it's worth that hour plus long wait, just my two cents.

Urban Eats

I haven't been here in awhile...and now that I'm 4 weeks postpartum, I need to start paying careful attention to my diet and any place that has awesome salad options like Urban Eats gets 2 thumbs up from me! I ordered the Rocket & Couscous Salad, add Grilled Chicken and Matt got the Ahi Tuna Salad, both really yummy! I definitely will put Urban Eats on the rotation!

Best Cupcakes...

In the world! Everywhere I go, I have to try the best cupcakes in town from California to New York, but Celebrity Cupcakes, hands-down, has the best cupcakes I have ever had! Every time I have them… mouth orgasmic experience!

Not pictured here because I devoured it, is their new flavor Apple! I know, it sounds boring but it is sooooo good! I also had, which never disappoints, Key Lime, Red Velvet and German chocolate! I am always impressed at how delicious they are. Maria, the owner, is a genius!

Sam's Cafe (Washington Corridor)

Sam's Cafe used to be my go-to Chinese food spot, until they changed ownership.  I used to always get the Saute Green Beans, but I used to add tofu which they then named The Kim Special, after me.  But, since the ownership has changed, I went once and the food was totally different and never went back again.  Recently, they changed ownership again and their manager asked me if I would kindly remove the last review I gave, which was a 2 stars rating.  Instead of removing it, I wanted to try it first and the food wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.  The Orange Chicken was deep fried, which isn't how the original Sam's used to make it.  I wasn't that impressed with it, the others were ok actually, but might be better than the last owner.  I give it a 2.5 stars.  I may be brave and try it again...we'll see...

iPic (River Oaks District)

I really loved it and would love to come back as a place to social with friends. Sure the tickets cost double what I pay at Sundance but for the fun atmosphere, I think it's worth it. I tried the Studio Movie Grill at city center and hated it! People walking around taking orders while you're trying to watch the move, very distracting. iPic was totally different! You got the special treatment and nobody was ever walking in front of you, blocking the screen. It almost felt like first class seats on an airline. You can also recline the seats if you want. There's a small pillow and blanket. Food isn't bad and there complimentary popcorn. My only complaint was it was too warm in the theater and uncomfortable for me towards the end. It was a great idea for date night! I'd like to do it again with couple friends and maybe hang out a little more on their awesome social rooms!

Arhaus (Galleria)

My first time visiting Arhaus, pronounced "our house".  I think I've always been intimidated by this retailer, but it wasn't till I saw a couple pieces in homes and started receiving their catalogues, I decided I wanted to make a visit.  I happen to be in the area, so why not...I decided to stop in, and there were so many pieces I loved.  If I didn't already have a fabulous piece from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, I probably would look here for a big piece for the living room.  I really liked the outdoor furniture as well...maybe later.  We're doing way too much purchasing at the moment, so for now, I just want to get that one pillow to finish my master bedroom decor, which is the white fluffy pillow in the fourth shot above.  Real Sheep's fur, they said, $104.  

Teahouse (Memorial Park)

I usually get the milk tea with 3/4 sugar, which I love love love! Best bubble tea hands down! This time, I tried the milk tea with 2% milk instead of the default creamer. See the difference in color? I was expecting it to be nasty, but it actually wasn't bad. I'll try whole milk next time and report back.

Steel City Pops (Heights)

With all the hub bub, I had to try! I visited twice since my first visit, once with my girlfriend Jennifer and the second time with the husband and kiddo. The pops are $3 and so far I have tried the Mango, Coconut, Avocado and Strawberry Lemonade. All pretty good, the Coconut is the best of the creamy pops, the Strawberry Lemonade for the fruity pops. Fun place!

Southern Goods (Heights)'s not exactly what we were planning on eating tonight but since our destination spot was closed we decided to make this unexpected visit. The restaurant was pretty small, great outdoor space, just a little hot to be outside right now. We ordered the fried chicken $19, ribs $16, cornbread $8, cucumber tomato salad $10, and braised greens $6, total tab $70! Much of the food was good, great flavors, smokiness was nice but we were a little disappointed with some of the portion sizes for the price. But other than that all was a pretty good experience.