Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Birthday Lunch at Coppa Osteria

I'm happy to say I was not celebrating a "big" birthday this year but my extended family still showed me a very good time at Coppa Osteria, one of my favorite places in Houston for pizza, pasta and rosé wine. We went for an early Sunday dinner and enjoyed risotto balls, prosciutto, pizza and more.

This casual Italian eatery in Rice Village makes everything from scratch and has great prices on their wine list. It is highly recommended as one of my top Houston restaurants.
Casual, fun and delicious!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Ritz-Carlton in St Thomas

We decided to take an impromptu vacation after our college kids' finals this year. They wanted to relax on a beach and we were lucky to find space awaiting for us at the Ritz-Carlton on St Thomas in the U.S Virgin Islands for a few days escape. This hotel reminded me of a smaller version of The Ritz-Carlton in Maui. 

After checking in, we walked out back to survey the beautifully landscaped grounds. An infinity pool led the eye out to sea. The beach was wide with comfortable lounge chairs with optional shade tops. It was well attended with offers to bring food, drinks, towels, etc. 

We spent the majority of our time on the property. The food options at the Ritz-Carlton in St Thomas were varied enough to keep our small group happy for our short stay. I enjoyed the Carribean lobster dinner at Bleuwater and the fresh fried fish wrap at Sails, in particular. We snacked on chips and guacamole by the pool. Enjoying the array of adult beverages kept our college kids happy as well. They liked being introduced to the various tropical options with the "drink of the day" at Sails, we also checked out some local beers and enjoyed a few different wines while there. My son really enjoyed the Italian restaurant's offerings at the hotel. The roads in the area seem a bit treacherous but we did leave once for an off-campus dinner at a long time island favorite, Mim's Seaside Bistro, which is known for their lobster dinner. The food is good at Mim's and the ocean view is lovely. Don't be surprised to find it situated by an older hotel.

There is a boat rental on site at the Ritz with captains for island hopping. My son did not have a passport so we stayed in the American Virgin Islands though some of the British islands are easily accessible from St Thomas as well. We enjoyed time on private beaches and at public beach bars like Dinghy's, we snorkeled, we swam, we ate, we drank, we visited Pizza Pi, a pizza boat (like a food truck but a boat) and we island hopped as far as we could while taking in the beautiful scenery. I highly recommend Captain Brendon and a day out on the Nauti Nymph for your small group.

As expected, the Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas provided an ideal family get away for us and our older children. We all enjoyed unwinding and reconnecting at this beautiful beach get-away where the service was as perfect as the view. The Ritz-Carlton in St Thomas is another one of my recommended hotels.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Brunch Buffet at La Table's Chateau

My husband and I decided to upgrade our typical Sunday brunch ensembles and go check out the brunch buffet at La Table's Chateau yesterday. I'm so glad we did because they plan on discontinuing it through the summer. Here's a small glimpse of some of the many things that we enjoyed and what you can expect to see when it resumes.

Sunday brunch in La Table's elegant Chateau dining room combines impeccable white tablecloth service, a kitchen to table menu and a stunning buffet array. Look for it's return next fall, it is highly recommended as one of Houston's best brunch buffets.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Book Review- United Tastes of Texas

I reviewed the United Tastes of Texas cookbook by Jessica Dupuy in the May/June 2016 issue of Edible Houston. This book would make a great gift for not only "the Texas cook but foodies everywhere" for Mother's Day and beyond.

Read the full review at Edible Houston.