One bonus point right off the bat for a balmy February evening wandering one of my favorite parts of Houston!
Christy in the Blog!
This is not a very flattering picture of me, but it does show just how excited I am to get Christy in the blog! We've toasted in Sugar Land, Austin, Fort Worth, Sunrise Beach, and even Seaside, FL.
3 bonus points for Christy. Look at her expression and how nicely she puts up with me!
I've eaten tapas in Spain, but my first Flamenco experience is in Houston! 5 points for adding a little authenticity. (Our waiter said at least some of these performers are Spanish.) I loved the Spanish guitar and the sound of the stomping and castanets! There was a singer (blocked in photo) and you can see the percussionist on the beat box. Not sure how Spanish that is, but I loved it. Unfortunately, we were on the patio and didn't take full advantage of this entertainment...but I will come back and enjoy again!
It was a weeknight, so lots of open tables by 8:30. I love the cozy booths as well as the long bar set up with plates and napkins for tapas! As I recall in Spain, the best Tapas Bars had floors covered in paper napkins. That was a sign of lots of good eating. However, I am a big fan of cloth napkins. 1 bonus point for cloth napkins at a bar!
What is Tapas?
You can google Tapas and find out all the conflicting stories about how this festive finger food came about. I mainly like the idea that these small bites of food were supposed to encourage mingling and conversation, because big meals require much concentration. This may be a dining blog, but I only focus on the food briefly. I will give 5 points for our tapas!
The Alcachofas Estofadas (left) was a refreshing mix of artichoke, sweet pea, serrano ham, manchego cheese...not exactly fingerish...but we shared. The crab cakes were yummy and the "Croquetas de patatus" (look like mozzarella sticks) were yummy fried potato snacks with alioli and sour cream. All good!!
For the Ladies...and the Men!
Some might enjoy staring at posters of bullfighters! (They had a few in the Women's Room) And some might like the nude, painted on the door of the Women's Room. I guess I wasn't that drawn to it, because I almost walked in the men's room. Really. The waiter had to steer me away. When I was a child and rated restaurant bathrooms (for the amusement of my family) I would have given this restroom experience bonus points for the excitement of accidently entering the wrong one. But I'm no longer a child. I will give the bathroom 1 bonus point for having some Picassos, though!
It felt like a sidewalk cafe in Spain! Our outside table gave us the best of both worlds. Not only could we hear the inside music, but Christy, Lorrie, Shari and I could view the Flamenco performance through the glass....while we conversed in the balmy night air... over our rustic cafe tables.. in our cozy corner... beside a vine covered wall. 3 bonus points for outdoor dining. There aren't enough good places in Houston!
A Surprise People Encounter... Well Sort Of
I was feeling a little disappointed in myself that I had not had a decent "people encounter" to add to the blog. Getting some inside scoop from a waiter or the owner, always adds to my dining adventure experience. I was selfishly enjoying my friends too much to bother, when I happened to glance through the glass and noticed a table of nice looking young people...most with normal heads and 2 with horse heads.
I excused myself from the table and went inside to inquire. "So I'm just curious. What's with the horse heads?" I'm sure Charles and Matt were not revealing the whole story when they answered something about "Just having fun." But they were happy to pose and wanted me to email them the blog. So Matt or Charles, if you end up reading this, please fill us in some more! You made my day and I'm giving you 5 bonus points! I've never had a horse encounter!
A Big 24 Points for the Mi Luna Dining Experience!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.