Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Yale Art Market-First Saturday in the Heights




I sat up last night thinking "what are some places that I really feel are not being put out there enough for all us Houstonians". A few different ideas came to mind, and then one REALLY stood out. Duh. The Heights "First Saturday Art Market". How could I not post about this? My friend, Mitch Cohen, is the one who started this awesome festivity and he still runs it to this day. Not familiar with "First Saturday"? Well, let me enlighten you.

By the name I would think it is obvious that the focus is on art. However, there is so much more. Food, music, performances, crafts, plants-you name it, the Art Market has it. It is a step up from a traditional farmer's market and the artwork is top notch. This is your opportunity to purchase individual artwork from artists before they have their 15 minutes. What a deal!! In addition, some of the artists that are featured are well known around the city and have a reach across the United States. So, you could be missing out on an opportunity to buy a wonderful piece of work that in all likelihood might be worth much more in the future.

The food that is showcased is always amazing, the crowd is fun, laid back and social and the musicians are always entertaining. There is something for everyone. I've bought olive oil, canned goods, art, jewelry, lunch, an odd piece of furniture and flowers from the Art Market in my past. It's a virtual cornucopia of excitement!! If you see Mitch, tell him I said "Hi"!! He is the best!!

Here are some pics of all the fun:




The First Saturday Arts Market is the 1st Saturday of every month all year round and open from 11am-6pm. Located at 548 W. 19th Street in the Heights, you can also have easy access to some of the Heights most popular restaurants and shops. You are just steps away from Bliss, Eclectic Home, Shade (restaurant) and many others.

Here is a link to the Market's site: http://www.yalestreetmarket.com/Main/HomePage

You can always contact me if you are interested in being a vendor and I'll put you in touch with Mitch. Hope to see you there this coming Saturday!!

***Pic and link courtesy of First Saturday Arts Market***

Monday, March 30, 2009

Oh no!! I'm a blogger!!



Well, I took the inevitable step and am now an official blogger. Why not? I post on the internet constantly, I mights as well have my own space. Ha!

So, I decided that all the sites out there giving opinions and ratings on places around Houston just weren't doing it for me. Most of the time I don't agree with the ratings and/or reviews, plus I prefer to see and experience things myself. I realized who better to discuss what is going on in and around Houston than me? I've lived here my entire life *won't discuss age* and I've seen this city go through so many changes. Both for better and for worst. As time goes on and I get more and more involved with "blogging", I am hoping to make this a great "go-to" resource for everyone. Also, you can always feel free to check out my listings or contact me to buy a house. ;) I am a great Realtor!!

I suppose that I will just HAVE to make my first post dedicated to the review of one of my favorite places in the whole wide world: Chuy's. I mean, seriously, if you live in Houston or Austin and have not experienced Chuy's, you have NO IDEA what you are missing.

Chuy's is Tex-Mex at it's finest. As soon as you pass the thatched roof outdoor seating area and head through the front door, you begin to understand why this place is so amazing. Besides the cheesy velvet elvis pics everywhere and hubcaps hanging precariously all over the walls, your nose is greeted with an inviting array of fantastic, fattening, cholesterol raising scents. The menu is bombarded with a bajizillion options ranging from nachos to combo plates (enchiladas, yum!) to their noteworthy green chile specialties. Let us not forget the margaritas whilst we gather 'round the table for a big pile of chips and the ever popular creamy jalapeno dressing. I have yet to experience a meal at Chuy's that wasn't totally satisfying, completely filling and absolutely Tex-Mex! 5 stars from me, for sure.

Locations and hours in the Houston area:

Chuy’s River Oaks
2706 Westheimer at Kirby
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 524-1700

Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm
Featuring: Fully Loaded Nacho Car, $3.50 House Margaritas, $6.75 House Texas Martinis & $2.50 Domestic Beers

Chuy’s Shenandoah
18035 IH-45 S at the Research Forest exit
Shenandoah, TX 77385
(936) 321-4440

Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm
Featuring: Fully Loaded Nacho Car, $3.50 House Margaritas, $6.75 House Texas Martinis & $2.50 Domestic Beers


Chuy’s Hwy 290
19827 Northwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77065
(281) 970-0341

NOW OFFERING CURBSIDE TAKEOUT

Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11:00pm
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm
Featuring: Fully Loaded Nacho Car, $3.50 House Margaritas, $6.75 House Texas Martinis & $2.50 Domestic Beers

Chuy’s Humble
20502 Highway 59 North
Humble, TX 77338
(281) 540-7778

NOW OFFERING CURBSIDE TAKEOUT

Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11:00pm
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm
Featuring: Fully Loaded Nacho Car, $3.50 House Margaritas, $6.75 House Texas Martinis & $2.50 Domestic Beers


Link: http://www.chuys.com/index.html

***Photo, links, location and hours courtesy of chuys.com***