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About bookluvingbabe

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  • Birthday 01/23/1970

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  1. I love solo dining. at a table, not the bar. My opportunities are limited and the dining landscape has changed in the 12 years since BL-7th grader arrived and my time became less my own. A few weeks ago I tried at Duck Duck Goose but they won’t take reservations for solo diners and refused to seat me without a reservation in an empty dining room. An hour plus later I had eaten mediocre Ethiopian, cried and their dining room was still 75 percent empty. I have another window this Wednesday. I will be in DC, with car. Looking to dine around 6 pm. If you miss Palena and Frank Ruta’s cooking and hospitality, where would you go?
  2. I don’t know how new it is but BL-7th grader (I feel old...) has been really enjoying the sushi from the 2nd level. I will have to try the Rocklands pop up next time. We’ve been going to more games this season and I haven’t found anything I really like.
  3. They have a csa. Haven’t tried it yet but want to.
  4. I'm lazy. I always check opentable first. I will remember to go to Resy for something in the Great American Restaurant Group but beyond that, if it isn't on OpenTable, I'm not likely to pursue it. Mr. BLB booked Fiola Mare for our anniversary dinner tomorrow night. We haven't been and I'm quite looking forward to it, especially since BL-6th grader will be away so I don't have to spend a fortune to feed him too. --- Resy.com (FranklinDubya)
  5. I have an unreasonable fondness for Fabio, if only because his ipad app (now defunct) had cooking videos that kept BL-6th grader amused for hours when he was 4 years old. We went to one of his restaurants in Chicago and when I told the whiny kid why we were there, he perked up immediately, even though he hadn't watched those videos in years.
  6. Weirdly picky 11 year old. Will eat horse tartar but not pb and j. Dinner was out for Mr. BLB’s birthday. 11 year old had deviled eggs, cedar planked salmon and apple pie. Breakfast this morning was Icelandic yogurt and leftover Peruvian chicken and rice and beans.
  7. Another fuck cancer night. To my colleague who took a diagnosis of pancreatic and bile duct cancer that had spread to his lymph nodes 4 plus years ago and got more time than anyone imagined or expected until the chemo stopped working over the summer. Cancer sucks. (Hearing about a colleague's death while out of town at a work conference sucks too. Especially when it is all you can do not to burst into tears until you can get safely to your hotel room...)
  8. WIll post more but wanted to say a quick thanks. Ended up at Xochi, Pappas Steakhouse and Phoenicia.
  9. Super helpful and put the geography, which I had not had a chance to figure out, in perspective.
  10. My family decided not to come to Houston with me so I'm on my own for dining. 2 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts. I will be at the Hilton-Americas, across from Toyota Center, and I don't want to stray too far--willing to cab for one or two meals but otherwise I'd rather walk. I'm moderately adventurous but can not do hot peppers. Tell me where I should eat. Please. Thanks!
  11. Mr. BLB and I met in our fantasy baseball league. We've been taking BL-6th grader to the auction since he was 8 and he's had a team since he was 9. We're total baseball nerds.
  12. We also went to Joe Forte's. We had planned to get the seafood platter but Mr. BLB wasn't up for it. He didn't like his snapper. I discovered (and confirmed while in Alaska) that I don't really like halibut. BL-6th grader loved his salmon and was mad we didn't get one of the seafood platters. So we left vaguely disappointed but I think that was more about us than the restaurant....
  13. We were back for 2 days last week while I had a work conference. Mr. BLB and BL-6th grader explored Revival Food Hall. BL-6th grader tried the Poke and loved it. I went the next morning and got breakfast from the Hot Chocolate Bakery. We did not try 55Forum. It just didn't look as appealing. I still really like Little Goat Diner. The Grill Room was less successful this time but the leftovers made an excellent breakfast one morning.
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