Saturday, January 23, 2010

Yelapa, Black Sheep and catch up on my life because I know you're interested.


My sister is pregnant with another boy! I'm so excited. As you all know, the first one came pretty darned good and couldn't be more perfect.

Trevor:


So, we are all waiting with bated breath for the arrival of perfection, part two. However, let us not forget about the stunning and gorgeous Miss Taylor whom the world revolves around.

Taylor:


Needless to say, things have been major hectic. But, in a good way. I sold a house in January for 1/2 million, and am in the process of selling number two, which should close in February. This is very exciting for me as I have very specific goals I have set for myself this year.

One such goal is to get out and meet new people and not be such a damn hermit all the time! So, I went to a social gathering at Yelapa Playa Mexicana on Wednesday and had a blast. First, the people I met were amazing, second the atmosphere was festive and lastly, the food was to die for. Wow that really was some darn good food! I'd driven by this place a million times and never thought to go there. Well guess what, dear reader? Yelapa Playa Mexicana on Richmond, between Shepherd and Kirby, is now my "holy grail" for Mexican food. They specialize in Pacific Coast Inspired Mexican Fare. And, it is gooooood!


Their raw plates are my faves. As you know, I love me some sushi. So, the raw plate selection was especially enticing to me. The Cebiche and Campechana de Serrano were absolutely the best I've ever had. And, try the Cucumber Gazpacho. You can get it in a shot, cup or bowl. If you like Mussels, you will have a coronary over these.

The drinks are crazy good and ask for the best waiter, Israel. He is so sweet and attentive and a great waiter. Go to Yelapa Playa Mexicana today. You'll thank me for it later.

Yelapa Playa Mexicana
2303 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098
(281) 501-0391

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Tuesday 11am-10p,
Wednesday-11am-11pm
Sundays-closed

**small hint-it's located across from Blue Fish in the same parking lot as The Hobbit Cafe.**

***all pics (and logo) courtesy of Yelapa Playa Mexicana official website***

Braised Lamb Shoulder:



Cebiche/Ceviche:



Dining Room:


Now, for my introduction to this most awesome place, I have Aimee Woodall to thank. What? You don't know Aimee Woodall? Are you living under a rock? She just happens to be one of the major players over at the "Black Sheep" marketing firm.


**logo courtesy of official website**

Are you in a marketing rut with your office? Do you need to actually get business instead of just trying to "retain" what little you've kept? Then I highly suggest that you give this girl a call. She's been making headlines all over the place with some of her innovative ideas. Email Aimee for help today. Trust me, you need it.

So, that is all for now folks. I hope to write again soon! ♥ ♥ ♥

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Beer Can House and Romeo and Juliet


Have you been to the Beer Can House on Malone St? It is a must see. John Milkovisch, started this project in 1968 and 50,000 beer cans later, his Beer Can House was born. The siding, garlands, and decoration are all out of beer cans, tabs, etc. I learned about this place from my friend, Connie, who always has the coolest purses in the world. Needless to say, if you take a tour of the Beer Can House, you must visit the gift shop! The tours are on Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm and if you get a chance, please take a moment to go see this cool little piece of Houston history. It's also been a restoration project that was finished in 2008. If you love neat little knick knacks and off-beat funky fun, then visiting the Beer Can House should be on your agenda!

Beer Can House
Picture courtesy of official website:


For all those in love out there, how about doing something a little different and perhaps actually ROMANTIC for Valentine's Day this year? Why not take your lady to see an incredibly beautiful modern dance version of the classic, Romeo and Juliet, performed by the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater? Praised for their ability to bring modern dance to the same level as the Houston's Symphony, Operas and Ballet, Dominic Walsh and his Dance Company are definitely the next generation of art through movement. Go take your sweetie to see this performance and you won't regret it! Shows are Feb. 11, 13 & 14th at the Wortham Theater Center.

You can go to the official website to purchase tickets, or click here.

Pic courtesy of the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater official website:


Ok kids, that's all for now. But, I'll make a conserted effort to post more often. I know how much you all miss me.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Vince Vaughn broke my heart on Saturday and Beaver's rocks.

I don't even know what to say anymore. While I was busy watching Four Christmases, Vince went and got hitched. Doesn't he know that I was watching his movie? How dare he? He is now officially removed from my Hollywood crush list of men.

Here he is with his skank lovely new wife:



***Pic courtesy of Fame/Barcroft Media***


Then, I read today that a big tuna sold for $177,000 in Japan? Are you kidding me? To make that worth my while, I better be getting 17,700 meals from that one fish. Jeez.

Big Tuna:



***Pic courtesy of Yahoo***

So, Texas Monthly indicated via twitter that they want to know who their dear readers would like to see on the cover of their next issue. They have been bombarded with tweets from tons of fans of Beaver's on Washington. If you aren't following @PapaBeav, you are missing all the action on twitter.



**Logo courtesy of Beaver's website**

That being said, if you haven't been to Beaver's, then I feel very sorry for you. The food is outstanding. Ask any Houston Foodie and they will tell you that brunch, lunch or dinner at Beaver's is the place to be. Beaver's is an icehouse, but oh so much better. The focus at this eatery is on Traditional Texas Cuisine. That is a rarity here amongst the vast array of restaurants in Houston. For example, the Nacho Mamma's Oysters will make you re-think your current religious beliefs and possibly start to worship the beav. Keep in mind, eating here daily will result in the enlargement of your legs, thighs and behind, however, it just might be worth it. If you live nearby, you could just walk it off. Seriously. Or, you could buy a house from me nearby and then you would be good to go.

The bbq at this holy haven starts at 5pm. I'd make sure to stop by at least once to cash in on that. In all honesty, I'd make every effort to stop by at least once for dinner, once for lunch and once for brunch, so you can get a good sampling of what amazing food is all about. We aren't talking your typical brisket and mashed potatoes here. This man is a genius.

If you happen to be on twitter, drop a tweet to @TexasMonthly and let them know you'd like to see @PapaBeav on the cover!

Here's the schedule for Beaver's. Read a little bit about the history behind the restaurant and you'll be even more intrigued!

Tuesday & Wednesday
Lunch Menu 11 am - 3pm
Dinner Menu 3pm - 10 pm
Bar Stays Open until 11pm

Thursday & Friday
Lunch Menu 11 am - 3pm
Dinner Menu 3pm - 11pm
Bar Stays Open until Midnight

Saturday
Lunch Menu 12 noon - 3pm
Dinner Menu 3pm - 11pm
Bar Stays Open until Midnight


Sunday We are OPEN for Sunday Brunch!
Brunch menu 11am - 3pm
Dinner Menu 3pm - 10 pm


Closed Mondays

Hope to see you there!! Have a great day.