Honeymoon Cafe & Bar

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Not sure why this place gets such high ratings because as my husband and stepson says, this place blows.  We went on a weekday morning and not including the extended wait for our coffee and food, the menu was limited and the food wasn't even tasty at all.  We won't be coming back here anytime soon.  The place is really cute though, too bad.

The Ritual (Heights)

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I thought Ritual would be more fancier than it is, it's actually very casual.  I was also unsure if it was "family-friendly", now with a little one, but not only is it kid-friendly, there were others there with newborns as well!  I like the atmosphere, our server was great, and the food was pretty good!  The hush puppies were yummy!  Sweet and tangy and soft!  The Steak Salad was really great too.  The Breakfast Club was ok to me and I really wanted the fries, but was never asked and the chips just came with it.  Anyway, overall we liked our experience and will probably be back for that Ritual Burger I've been hearing about!

Also, I hear this place turns into a different atmosphere on the weekend with a DJ and all!  Sounds fun!

Garlic Tofu

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The best garlic Tofu (Dau hu luc lac) in town, hands down!   At Cali Sandwich in midtown.  Not my favorite atmosphere, but I don't care where I have to go to get this dish, I'm there...it's that good!

Riel (Montrose)

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Brand new!  In the old Te Bar location on Fairview.  Cozy place, great spot for a romantic dinner for 2!  But I went with my friend Oscar my chef friend, Nik, who put it on my radar.  We liked the staff, restaurant and half of the items we ordered, specifically the Cauliflower and Oysters app, Tonkatsu, yellowtail sashimi...really fresh fish, and the sticky toffee dessert...mm!  Definitely go and try!

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

Central Market (River Oaks)

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I used to get it from Whole Foods but they are always out.  I once saw it at Kuhl Linscomb but the one time I went to get it from there, they were out as well.  Central Market is awesome!  They always have honeycomb for my often made, crowd pleasing, cheese and meats board!

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FixURGadget (Montrose)

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It cost $105 to replace my screen and they put the glass I brought on at no cost.  The only problem is they didn't put the glass on right and now it's pulling away from the screen.  Total bummer.

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Morningstar (Heights)

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Really cute place, but the doughnuts are not good.  They definitely do not have the right dough to sweet ratio down.  I did let them know my feedback while I was there.  I took most of these doughnuts home for he family and when I got home the 15 year old who is a doughnut connoisseur, had 2 doughnut hole and passed on everything.  He said it was, to be kind, not good.  

I personally like Mochi so I got the mochi cake and that I did like.   But, I think you have to like mochi and maybe even be Asian to appreciate it. 

I ran into a client/friend and she said the lunch menu is good.  Same owners of Blacksmith and this place supposed to have an Asian flare.  I like the idea, the place is cool, but the food, so far what I've tried, is not that great.

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!

www.har.com/37936089

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

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.