Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Watch Eclipse…check!

twilight showing...went at 9ish and there was already this long line...

I loved Twilight, saw it nearly 10 times in the theater.  I hated New Moon with a passion.  Thought it was horribly made.  I was expecting the same for Eclipse...I was pleasantly surprised.  It was good!  I just learned who the directors are, Twilight: Catherine Hardwicke (Awesome!), New Moon: Chris Weitz (horrible), Eclipse: David Slade (Awesome!)

Team Edward all the way!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sprinkles a last…

It seems all of Houston has been patiently waiting for Sprinkles to arrive.  At first I couldn't find it, finally, found it.  It's in Highland Village where the old Gap used to be.  See at the top of this building you can see the words "Sprinkles" in light pink.  I just noticed this just now.  They need to make that MUCH bigger.  Lots of construction going on at the moment, but it's in a great location. 

It's the van in the parking lot I saw in locating the shop.  Apparently this van delivers and it opens up on the side like an ice cream truck.

Like so.

All is still and quiet...then you go inside...

Holy cupcake, it's super crowded inside!  First, it's a very small space and second, there's a lot of people!  When we get inside the line doubles around, when we leave, people are standing outside!

Didn't take a very good photo of the cupcake casing because of the crowdedness.

They have cute wooden ware...cute but not fun to lick cupcake off of.

They sell everything!  They even charge for the individual boxes to house your cupcake for take away.  Otherwise, you get a bag.

But for larger orders, you get a box.  Ok, ready to see the cupcakes?  Drumroll please...

They're smaller than Crave cupcakes, similar style, and not as maincured.  They had flavors I like, Lemon and Key Lime Pie.  I got those and the Red Velvet.  In my opinion, it taste similar to Crave.  I wasn't wowed, I was expecting a lot.  It was good though.  I'd probably go back again out of convenience.  Hopefully it won't be as crowded once the hype settles.  I still like Celebrity Cupcakes better...the cupcakes are not only cuter, but they tastes better too.

Phil’s BBQ (Washington/Heights Blvd)

Finally, open.  Apparently, it's the daughter of Otto's BBQ.  Tried it with my bbq eating buddy.  It's a nice building, very new and spacious, lots of empty space.  They should get an interior designer in there to have a cozier vibe.  It feels empty and cold.

You walk in and there is a line, standard bbq cafeteria style. 

There's a menu, but you can pick it as you go as well.

Other side, has a bar set up with tables and tv.

The ribs...are ribs.  The sauce was good, better than Hickory Hollow or Pizzitola's Spareribs.  I got the garlic chesse grits, which were fine.  The coleslaw I liked, it wasn't mayonaisey. Potato salad was a bit bland.  I had my hopes up for Phil's Texas BBQ, but all in all, it was just decent. 

Monday, June 7, 2010

Crapitto’s on Mid Lane

My lunch partner had a groupon for Crapitto's so today, we went.  I've always been curious about this place.  It's obviously a bit more upscale then your average Italian restaurant, based on location and the style of the restaurant.  It just looks like an old school Italian restaurant, not pretentious or trendy.  I'm not even going say anything aobut the name...Crapitto's???  Obviously, they don't care about impressions.  Only valet parking available with some off the street parking.

Often times, I'll go to an Italian resturant and there's not a light marinara dish I like, with no option but for me to make my own dish.  Here, I got the POLLO PAMELA  (grilled chicken, goat cheese & roma tomatoes with angel hair pasta & marinara $17).   Sounded like something right down my alley.  Took a bite, yum.  I liked it.  It had all the ingredients I liked, well put together, and very tasty.

My lunch buddy got the CHICKEN PAVOROTTI  (sauteed chicken breast, artichoke hearts, mushrooms & alfredo sauce with rosemary potatoes & sauteed spinach $15).  The chicken was excellent, the spinach and potatoes kind of bland.  We finished off with cappucinos, which was a bit too much liquid and not enough foam, but strong and good nevertheless.  Overall experience, pretty good.  They have a very cute outside patio, which we didn't take advantage of because the weather is so humid and yuck right now.  Prices are a bit high, but it's a nice place for business folk and something different.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Five Guys Burger and Fries gets much praise, so obviously, I had to try it.  It's mostly located in suburbs, but this one is located off of I-1o near Bunker Hill.  Things I commonly hear about it is "it's the best burger" and "greasy". 

I finally make it there, interior decor looks like In and Out Burgers.  Simple red and white tiles, long lines, but it goes fast. 

Staff is very helpful and suggested me and my girlfriend share the fries, it's enough for two she said.  The little burgers have one patty, while the big burgers have two patties. 

I got a regular little burger with onions, tomatoes, pickles and lettuce with mustard and ketchup.  While you sit and wait for your food, you can grab a paper basket, scoops some peanuts and munch while you wait.  It's not a long wait.  I found my burger tasted like a standard burger.  Something I could make at home, nothing special.  Maybe if I added all the fixings, I'd be wowed.  My lunch mate had the little burger with cooked mushrooms, she loved it.  What I concluded was, if you take advantage of the fixings, it's great.  Since I like my burgers simple, it wasn't a great experience for me.  I judge my burgers based on how the actual beef patty taste.  In that respect, it was ok.