Monday, August 17, 2015

Alamo Draft House / Houston Restaurant Week

David and I had a movie date night earlier this weekend to see the new Vacation. We loved it, despite the so-so reviews! Ed Helms was the perfect Rusty, but it made me sad to see that cool guy Russ had grown up to be a little dorky. Because it made me realize I had grown up to be less cool than I thought I'd be...

We celebrated Houston Restaurant Week at Alamo Draft House. You should see if your city has a Restaurant week, most do and the proceeds benefit local charities. In Houston, dinners are $35 or $45 (depending on the restaurant) and $5/$7 of that goes directly to the Houston food bank. I love helping out the Food Bank and I also love getting to try special menus and new places.

First, can I just say what a great concept the Draft House has going on? I'd heard a lot about it, but thought it was just a movie theater with more food than the usual popcorn, nachos and candy. Nope! You go in, sit down, get a menu and a waiter, and get to pig out on good food while you watch a movie - just like at home! If you want a refill on your drink or popcorn, or want to order something else, you just write it on the little notecard and stand it up on your table and your waiter will pop right over.

I really loved the ambience of the Katy location. It was like a small hometown theater, and reminded me a lot of the Sci-Fi Drive-In Diner at Hollywood Studios. Except we got to watch an entire real movie. You can also arrive early and enjoy a drink or two at the bar in the lobby.

The Alamo Draft House's Restaurant Week Menu includes admission to the movie of your choice, three courses and a second ticket so you can return to see another movie whenever you'd like!

Between the two of us, we sampled quite a few different things, and of course I tried a drink off the cocktail menu (the Blue Hawaii, it was pretty good, but the Clooney was voted Houston's best margarita so try that one if you like margaritas). Here's what we had:

  • Bottomless Herb Parmesan Popcorn - Because you must have popcorn during a movie! I would ask for melted butter and quite a bit extra herb cheese. It comes in a little container for you to sprinkle on, and the bucket is huge!
  • Roasted Tomato and Bacon Chutney - I loved this! It had a kind of tangy-smoky taste. And I dipped some popcorn in it after all the crostini was gone.
  • Torch Burger - I had the veggie version since I don't eat beef and it was so, so, so good! I love spice, but I ended up taking about half the jalapeƱos off after a few bites. The burger was huge and I totally recommend it as your second course.
  • The Thing Calzone - David had this and ate it all. I tried it, but it really wasn't my style. Or maybe I was just so enamored with my burger that it just didn't measure up.
  • Maker's Mark Milk Punch - We both had this shake, but there were several adult shakes to choose from. I made fun of David when his first drink was followed by "Whoa." Then I took a drink of mine. Yep, whoa. But in a really good way!
If you haven't yet celebrated Houston Restaurant Week, or if you want to go again, I highly suggest a fun date at the Alamo Draft House! I really loved the experience and the food was great. Georgia and I are taking her friend Cooper to a kid movie today. I'll report back on how the bottomless lemonade works out for us.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Janie & Jack Fall 2015 Boy and Layette Items

Some of you fellow shoppers begged for the boy and layette SKUs. I planned to post Thursday night, but I got a serious case of food poisoning and I'm just now getting back to life.

Here are some of the items. There are a lot more, just posting those that I think will be favorites!

Halloween SKUs - I'm really not crazy about any of these, but the Halloween lines are usually pretty popular. I have an orange sweater dress from a year or two ago that I bought ahead for pumpkin patch pictures.

Janie & Jack Fall SKUs - Boy - What do you boy moms think of these? I'm just not loving it, but then again I don't have to dress a boy. I liked so much of the summer stuff that this feels like a bit of a letdown.

Janie & Jack Fall SKUs - Layette - I like baby clothes that look really babyish, and I'm not totally sure how I feel about these. But like the boy items, I don't have any reason to shop this section except for gifts. Maybe I'm just feeling really pessimistic today?

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Preview Janie & Jack's Fall Equestrian Collection

Wow! It's pretty safe to say that I'm in Fall Shopping Heaven right now. The only things I love more than anchors and stripes in the summer are horses and jodhpurs in the fall.

For the past few seasons, Janie & Jack has put together cute derby and equestrian lines. I've always thought they were a tad too mature for Georgia when they came out, but I was planning on scouring eBay for some outfits this fall. 

Now I don't have to, because I love this collection more than any of the others I've seen! It is supposed to be online August 17 but may take a couple more days to hit some stores. I'll have the links up to everything as soon as I can - I really think some of this will sell out! 

The purse is already in stores as part of a collection carryover. Georgia has the black and white version (on sale right now!) and carries it everywhere. With nothing in it, ha!

The non-quilted riding boots are from Gymboree, on sale for $28 right now which is about 75-80% off of what the Janie & Jack version will retail! The ankle boots are also Gymboree; not online, but I saw them in-store today.

This isn't the entire collection, I just saved photos of my favorites. I'm hoping the scarf will be big enough for me to use as something - maybe tied on my purse?

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