Houston Eats: The Chocolate Bar and Houston Sights

When are visitors were here two weekends ago we had some fun and a tad obscure outings on the weekend. By far our best stop of the weekend was The Chocolate Bar. We may have actually done twice while our visitors were here! 🙂

We started our Saturday morning at the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market in the parking lot behind 3000 Richmond downtown Houston. Although it was down pouring on us, it was a great market! I picked up some grass-fed beef and large gulf shrimp. The fruits and vegetables looked yummy along with many of the other things that were being sold. Since it was raining, I didn’t snap any photos, but I hope to go back.

Our next amazing stop was The Chocolate Bar. This is a must stop destination if you are ever in the Houston area. They have two locations and we did visit them both on two separate days. They make their own chocolates, cakes and ice creams. I can’t even put into words how amazing everything looked, smelled and tasted. We were in chocolate heaven.

The Amazing CakesIMG_0547 A Hot Chocolate ShotIMG_0551Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake
IMG_0552 A BerryChocolate CheesecakeIMG_0553 Addy wanted in on the tasting action.  IMG_0555 IMG_0556 IMG_0557

We loved this place so much. Everything we had was great. We took chocolates home and I’m surprised they even lasted the car trip back. We went back on Monday and enjoyed their homemade ice cream before we took our visitors to the airport.

After our chocolate coma on Saturday we head to a store called Biscuit. It is a small home boutique store and they have a pretty cool mural on the outside. IMG_0558 IMG_0559

Next on our agenda was the Beer Can House. Yes, it is a house with the exterior made of beer cans. I think Dave would have loved to have this as his house!IMG_0563 IMG_0564 IMG_0565 IMG_0566 IMG_0567 IMG_0568 IMG_0569 IMG_0571 IMG_0572

Our last quick stop with our visitors was to the “We Love Houston” sign before we headed back home for the afternoon. IMG_0575IMG_0574 IMG_0576We can’t wait to explore more of our new city!

 

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St. Arnold Brewery

Last Thursday my Mom, Uncle Dave and Addy went on an adventure to explore more of our new city. We started with a lunch stop for some BBQ and then we headed over to a local Houston Brewery for a few hours until we needed to pick up our next guest Jeanne Ann from the airport in the late afternoon.

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We headed  St. Arnold Brewery located just north of Downtown Houston. This outting exceeded our expectations. It was fitting that Addy had her first brewery outing with her Great Uncle Dave, as he is a fan of beer tastings.IMG_0527

We walked into the brewery and paid $10 a person for 4 tastings and a tour each. We got our first tastings and sat down in their giant brew hall. It was a popular place, but there was plenty of room for everyone to sit and it was very child friendly. We ended up not going on the tour and just sat and tasted our beer and people watched.

Our Beer TokensIMG_0521 Yummy TastingsIMG_0520Baby Girl Enjoying her BottleIMG_0524IMG_0522IMG_0539This Bike was 200 Years Old.IMG_0540St. Arnold-Patron Saint of BrewingIMG_0519IMG_0529 IMG_0531The Brew HallIMG_0532

My favorite tastes were the Weekwacker and Fancy Lawnmower.

Tasting MenuIMG_0534 IMG_0535This is a place that we can’t wait to take more guests back to and visit!

Houston Eats: Molina’s and a Farmer’s Market

We had our first food adventure in Houston this week with some Tex-Mex and a fun trip to a farmer’s market with Nana.

Our first Texas Tex-Mex experience was at Molina’s Cantina at the Washington Avenue location. We chose this resturant because it popped up on numerous top resturant lists for the Houston area. It was known for the Jose Dip(queso), enchiladas, and Mexico City combo platter so we thought we’d give it a try!

Someone’s ready for some Tex-Mex!
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We enjoyed our meal and had good service. Baby girl loved it too! We started with the famous Jose Dip and chips and salsa, I had the CW Special which included an enchilada and a taco al carbon and rice and beans. Nana went with with the Mexico City Platter, which was actually 2 plates of food. She had a taco, enchilada, tostada, a tamale and rice and beans. She thought she’d need a to-go bag, but some how everything on her plates disappeared.

Chips and SalsaIMG_0496Jose DipIMG_0498IMG_0499Someone stole a chip!IMG_0500Mom’s Mexico City- Platter #1
IMG_0501Mexico City-Platter #2IMG_0504CW Special-I didn’t eat the beans. IMG_0505Playing in the fountain before we left. IMG_0506

After lunch we headed to a local farmer’s market at City Hall. We were catching the tail end of the market as things were wrapping up, but there were a handful of vendors. We purchased some fresh blueberries, a large cinnamon roll, and some cookies. This market had many food vendors and food trucks and would have been a great lunch stop if we hadn’t eaten already.

A stroll at the MarketIMG_0511IMG_0510 IMG_0509All and all a great day out!

Addy: 8 Months

It’s hard to believe that Addy is 8 months old already. Time is flying!

Addy continues to amaze us each day as she is exploring the world around her and developing her personality. She is definitely a people person, observer and examiner. She continues to love being out and about and watching people. I think grocery shopping might be one of her favorite activities because she can watch and smile at so many people.

She continues to crawl about the house and is picking up speed. She also has a knack for getting into things she shouldn’t or finding the tiniest specs of things to put into her mouth. Baby gates are on their way!

Crawling Army StyleAddy 8 Months-12

Recently, Addy enjoys practicing her walking skills. She loves to hold our hands and walk around the house. She could do it all day if our backs wouldn’t be killing us! She also likes to stand along the ottoman and play with anything we may leave on it. Addy 8 Months-19

This past month she has gained another tooth. She has her bottom two teeth and now a top one. We think her top teeth are coming in out of order or her teeth are going to need to move a bit because this one is way off to the side. We are not that concerned about it and are just waiting and watching what happens. She’s not consindered and actually has started to understand what her teeth or suppose to be used for when eating. She loves tearing food with her teeth and hands now.

Speaking of eating, it’s still one of Addy’s favortie parts of the day. This past week we started serving her dinner. She eats way more then I would have imagined an 8 month old eating! She now demonstrates her ability to use the pincher grasp(thumb and pointer finger) to pick things up and put them in her mouth.

Displaying her love for blueberries and blackberries!Addy 8 Months-14

Addy is starting to make some friends! I’ve started to go to a local crossfit box(woohoo!) and I’m lucky that they offer child care. Addy loves spending time playing with a 3 year old that is also there and a little 2 month old. She is all smiles when we arrive and quickly falls asleep for a long nap when we get home. Win, win for both of us!IMG_0461 IMG_0463 IMG_0464 IMG_0465

My Laundry Helper

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We love going to our neighborhood park. While our pool hasn’t been open during the week yet the playground and splash pad are a hit with the little one. She LOVES playing in the water. Nana arrived Tuesday and got to play with us at the park and splash pad. We had a blast!
Addy 8 Months-31 Addy 8 Months-34 Addy 8 Months-35 Addy 8 Months-38 Addy 8 Months-47 Addy 8 Months-53That’s about it for this month! We go back to the doctor next month so I can’t wait to check her weight and length.