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.

Golden Bagel (Heights/White Oak)

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David thought I wouldn't like it, I think because I'm not a fan of 2nd Cup which sort of has a similar cold vibe with its concrete floors and open layout, but I actually didn't mind Gold Bagel's atmosphere, maybe because it's smaller.  I would come back.  I ordered an Everything Bagel toasted with Cream Cheese, I wished they had lite cream cheese, but they didn't.  The coffee was a bit bitter.  I tried some of David's Cinnamon Roll and not bad.  Overall I liked it, I would come back if I was in the mood for a bagel and sit down conversation. My favorite bagel run is Hot Bagel on Shepherd near Fairview, which is more of a in and out kind of place.  Not the kind of place you want to sit around with friends.  Anyway, that's my 2 cents.

Ruggles Black

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I forget about what a great salad spot this is!  I had the Ahi Tuna Salad, it was sooo good, the bad thing is it was $25!  Ouch!  But it sure was tasty!  Molten Chocolate cake was good too.  Happy Birthday David!

Glaze Donuts (Katy)

Is this a joke?  I’m looking for Glaze Donuts and I miss it because surely it’s not in the same parking lot as this gas station???  It is...and I am second guessing my decision to buy Ethan Birthday doughnuts from this place but I already preorderd it, they require a 24 hour advance order...ugh!  I’m going to regret this...

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And walking in the shop doesn’t help...very ho hum interior too.  I let her know I’m here for the order and decide to order a doughnut, no, doughnut holes to sample the quality.  Of course I pay for the order, and she throws in the doughnut holes and an extra doughnut on the house...this is not helping my perception!  She’s trying to give these things away!  I taste it in the car on the drive back, it’s actually not bad.  It’s not as good as what I’m used to but really not bad at all.

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So this is what the Happy Birthday doughnuts look like, cute.  It’s $34 for this box set of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, their default set up.  It might have been excessive, maybe more doughnuts than we can eat, but it looks cool.  I leave it at home and Ethan gets home and texts me if he can eat the doughnuts.  I say yes, I come home later and I see he’s eaten his entire name.  I ask how it was, he said it was good but the strawberry ones were not his favorite, too fruity.  The next day I see dad has eaten the “Y” in BIRTHDAY, I try each flavor...half of 3 letters.  I agree with Ethan’s assessment, the chocolate and vanilla are good, the strawberry is eh.  Actually the chocolate is the best!  The next morning I look in the box, all gone except the strawberry ones, only 3 left from the entire box (the strawberry ones), not bad.  Ethan ate the rest of them FYI...I guess it wasn't a bad buy after all.  

Costco (Greenway)

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No I didn’t!  Yes, I did...I joined Costco!  Look at my amazing finds! 

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This box of quality string lights for $19! 

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Veuve Clicquot Champagne for $44/bottle!

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A 34oz container for $35!  That’s 11oz more than what you can find at your local grocery store or Target, which is $29 for 23oz.   Thanks to the Cooleys’ for that tip!

New Listing in Woodland Heights!

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Handsomely remodeled bungalow located on a tree-lined street in Woodland Heights! This home offers a formal living and dining in the front most park of the home and the kitchen is located central to the home, and opens up to the spacious family room with high ceilings! This wonderful home is located on a corner and conveniently located across fro Travis Elementary! *Did not flood during Harvey, per owner.

www.har.com/25365514

Soo Kim

The Reyna Realty Group

Soo@sookim.com

Roostar

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Mentioned by a friend of mine, I happened to  be in the area so made a quick stop and it’s a fast food type of place, which happens to be perfect for the moment as I’m on the way to a photo shoot.  I’m looking at their menu and it’s kond of cool how they allow a lot of customization, but I go with the #1 Grilled Pork, their best selling.  Ethan goes custom and gets the Ribeye with and egg, which turns out he didn’t like so much and only ate half, and didn’t want to take it home, which really doesn’t mean much as a 16 year old, he’s not really into leftovers and saving money.  Anyway, I liked my Grilled Pork Banh Mi and I liked how spicy the jalapeno was...the only complaint was the bread was falling apart as I got through it, however it was soft.  The egg rolls were good, Ethan ate 3 of the 8 (2 orders) and I had 2, and i did take the rest home for daddy, but Ethan ate those too.  So the egg rolls are 16 year old and Soo approved!  And baby Liam liked the kid’s fried rice!  The iced coffee was pretty good too.

Rice Box

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I wasn't sure what to expect but I was hoping for the best...to my dismay it's close to a Panda Express than a real Chinese restaurant.  Basically no dine in unless you want to sit outside.  You could sit at the bar.  But more importantly the food quality was pretty mediocre and flavors were very...chainy.  I didn't really enjoy my food or eat that much of it.  Maybe we just ordered the wrong thing...

Very disappointing.  I was hoping for a go-to Chinese spot, but this was definitely not it.  The food tastes cheap and the seating was not adequate.  You either sit inside at a small bar or outside with 3 industrial fans blowing in your face.   We were disappointed by the whole experience so decided to pack up our food and go home, where we ate the food and was even more disappointed.  Kung Pao Chicken and Mongolian Beef.  It's not horrible, but it's not good either. 

Nam Eatery on 20th

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Surprisingly better than I thought it was going to be.  When I was looking at reviews I made sure to only read reviews from Asians, sorry, we just know better when it comes to Asian food.   Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised that the food was actually pretty good, but the atmosphere was so so.

Melissa & Doug Toys

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This is the mama in me posting...it’s hard to find Melissa & Doug items, mostly you have to find them online but I found a whole aisle of Melissa & Doug items at Arne’s Party Store, of all places!  Perfect for Christmas shopping for the little ones!

Songkran Thai Kitchen

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It’s a fancy pants restaurant, at least for Thai food.    and though it was a notch up, I still thought it was a little pricey for Thai food.   I like the atmosphere, it was nice and cozy and the food was tasty, it was all really good.  I got the lunch Kee Mao Noodle Chicken ($12) spicy level 2, which I think I could have gone up a level.   Level 2 seemed a little mild.   But the dish was really good, that was very tasty and probably the best Kee Mao Noodle I’ve had in a little while.  The salad was a little small, but it was tasty!   Love that dressing with the wontons, great combination!   I definitely recommend!!

Cloud Creamery on Heights Blvd

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Love his whole new shopping area between Heights and Yale!  I was drawn in by a pregnancy craving!  I tried a few and wasn’t really feeling most of the flavors i tried so I settled on the pb&j on a waffle cone (which I never get, usually a cup kind of person).  I have to tell you, the waffle cone is where it’s at!  Delicious!  Totally hit the spot!

Acai Bowl at Juiceland

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@juiceland Acai Bowl “Wunderland” was pretty great, I would have to say even a leg over Beet Box’s!Didn’t love the little red things on top, I think hemp, but I ate it all anyway!Gotta lean how to make these babies, thanks @larryjsimmons04 for putting them on my radar! 

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Juiceland’s Acai Bowl “Wunderland” was pretty great, I would have to say even a leg over Beet Box’s!Didn’t love the little red things on top, I think hemp, but I ate it all anyway!Gotta lean how to make these babies, thanks Larry for putting them on my radar! 

Beet Box Blend Bar

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 Thought of this place when I was getting over a stomach bug… And it was  just the perfect thing for my sensitive stomach! 

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And this is the #Kaleshake.  You can taste the bits of dates and ginger, it’s creamy and good.  It’s ginger strong, but I guess that’s what makes it healthy.  They say it’s one of their popular ones.  

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And this one is the Signature Greens, fresh and lemony.  Matt tried it too and liked it but said when it tastes really good it probably has a lot of fruit, which it does. Sorry no make up, still getting over my stomach bug!

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And since I’ve never had one before, had to try the Açaí Bowl, this one is with blueberries, bananas and granola...it was pretty tasty and Liam liked it too!  Great substitute for a sweet treat too.

Mint Thai Kitchen on Waugh

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Looks good huh?  It wasn't.  Really mediocre Thai food, really.  The complimentary egg rolls are bland, the Pad Kee Mao Chicken is ho hum, not the tastiest.  The Pad See Ewe was spicy and even less flavorful.  I don't have much else to report back.  Spend your money at Asia Market, much better than this joint.