Review of Sunborn luxury yacht hotel in London Docklands

    Here’s an unusual idea for accommodation in London – a cruise that doesn’t move! This was too good an opportunity to pass up for me when I saw this option. Thankfully my husband played along and joined me on our mini ‘cruise’ in the London Docklands. All joking aside, this is a fantastic location for exploring this part of town. Close to the O2 it would be a fun location when attending one of the many events the arena puts on throughout the year. Take a peek at my review of Sunborn luxury yacht hotel in the heart of the London Docklands neighborhood.

     

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      Amorino Gelato, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

      Amorino Gelato, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

        When we visited our new favorite iPic theater in the River Oaks District of Houston the other day we noticed an ice-cream shop next door. Our daughter Rebecca was familiar with the Amorino Gelato store in Chicago.  She assured us that we would enjoy trying their signature gelato cone. It sounded interesting, and even though the long line was a little off putting, we decide to give it a try

         

        Background

         

        Amorino Gelato was created by two childhood friends Cristiano and Paolo in 2002. Using organic and natural products the highly-trained chefs at Amorino Gelato churn fresh gelato and sorbets daily to achieve a consistency in their products. A fundamental principle of Amorino is that no coloring agents or artificial flavors are allowed in the gelato.

         

        “greatest satisfaction is allowing people to discover, through Amorino, the magic of authentic traditional Italian gelato… it’s part of my home, my native culture – Co-Founder Cristiano Sereni

        Their stores, called boutiques, can be found around the globe, and now in 10 US states.

        Amorino Gelato

        Our Selection

         

        The main crowd pleaser is the Amorino Rose. Combining as many flavors of the gelato as you like, the cone comes in three sizes. The cones are fairly labor intensive to assemble. It seems to take customers quite a time to decide what flavors they want (after tasting quite a few options). Therefore, the tiny shop gets very overcrowded and somewhat disorganized. For the uninitiated, it’s also a little confusing.  You must pay for your item then proceed along the line to wait for the next available server to assemble your selection.

         

        On the positive side, the gelato is truly delicious. There are so many flavors on offer it’s a little daunting trying to decide what to go with first. The cones look beautiful when freshly made.  I can understand why they do so well on Instagram. However, in the Houston heat, the cones melt pretty quickly so I suggest you snap your photos as soon as you can.

         

        I opted to try the crepes with caramel that come with whipped cream but no option of gelato? Confusing and when a store is that busy and seemingly disorganized I was not about to question what I had done wrong.

        Amorino Gelato

        What else is on offer

         

        There are quite a few other options to tempt visitors including waffles, macarons, dolci, and various espresso drinks.

         

        The tiny store has a few seats inside and a couple of high tables with bar stools outside but nowhere near enough to accommodate the large crowd during our visit.

         

        The Verdict

         

        The gelato is delicious and with so many flavors I can understand why you might want to go back for many visits. I’m not sure if the store is always that busy as our timing might have been off due to the cinema just emptying. I would visit again if I had more time to enjoy the experience rather than feel rushed and jostled.

         

         

        Amorino GelatoThe Fact Sheet

         

         

        Address: 4444 Westheimer Road, Unit C150, Houston Tx 77027 (Next door to the iPic theater in the River Oaks District.

         

         

        Hours: Sunday to Thursday 12pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm-11pm

         
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          True Food Kitchen, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

          True Food Kitchen, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

            Houston’s restaurant scene is truly diverse with every kind of cuisine on offer. But one trend that I really appreciate is the move towards ‘healthy’. True Food Kitchen caught my eye when I visited this part of town recently to try out another restaurant, Rise No 2. The outdoor seating area proved the ideal location for a light weekday lunch with my husband.

            Background

             

            True Food Kitchen originated in Arizona and now has restaurants in 11 states and counting. The menus are designed around the ethos that food should make you feel better, not worse, and that you shouldn’t need to forgo taste to live healthily. Now who doesn’t love that idea?

             

            “… a health-driven, seasonal restaurant merging nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavor-forward menu that rotates regularly to let guests experience great-tasting ingredients at the peak of their freshness. (website)

            True Food Kitchen

            The Setting

             

            The décor has an Asian-inspired feel but with pops of yellows and greens. We headed straight to the outside patio area as the weather was glorious and I feel that I need to make the most of eating alfresco before it gets super-hot and humid.

             

            The Menu

             

            The menu options are a little different from many other restaurants in Houston. The one-page lunch menu included sections for Vegetables and Bowels, alongside the more traditional options such as Pizzas and Salads. Additionally, there are sections for Juices, Teas and Refreshers, and Cocktails. The reverse side of the menu offered Beer & Cider, and Wines (sparkling, red, and white). Drinks had markings – Sustainable, Bi-dynamic, Organic and Gluten Free. The menu caters to many different food preferences with markings showing what options are gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian.

            True Food Kitchen

            Our Lunch

             

            We began our lunch with a glass of the Italian Prosecco (USD 9 a glass) and the Californian Pinot Grigio (USD 7 a glass) while we studied our food options.

             

            The bowls section caught our eye with four tasty sounding selections. All the bowls had the options to add tofu, chicken, shrimp, grass-fed steak and steelhead salmon for an additional charge. I went with the Spicy Penang Curry (USD 15). A bowl of bright orange coconut shrimp broth with organic potatoes, long bean, bok choy, carrot and Thai basil arrived alongside a side of quinoa to mix into the curry. Initially I was surprised at the liquidity of the curry. The dish certainly packed a spicy punch and with large chunks of vegetables and the quinoa the consistency proved perfect.

             

            David also went with a Bowl selection, choosing the Red Chili Noodles and adding chicken to up his protein count (USD 15 + 4). The spicy noodles came with gai lan, zucchini, shitake mushroom, snow peas and cashew.

             

            Portions were not huge (as usually everything is bigger in Texas) but ideal for one for lunch without the need for a to go box or the risk of overindulging.

            True Food Kitchen

            For Dessert

             

            We decided to indulge our sweet tooth and ordered the Flourless Chocolate Cake that came with caramel, vanilla ice cream and cocoa nibs (USD 7). A large cup of latte and cappuccino rounded off our delicious, and hopefully healthy, lunch.

             

            The Verdict on True Food Kitchen

             

            I know my restaurant choice is a success when hubby says he likes it and would come back. There were many items on the menu that sounding tempting and so we would gladly return to sample more dishes.

             

             

            True Food KitchenThe Fact Sheet

             

            Address: Blvd Place, 1700 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056

            Phone: 281 605 2505

            Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm, Brunch Sat & Sun 10am-4pm

            Restaurants also in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia

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              iPic Houston, Tx – The Ultimate Theatre Experience

              iPic Houston, Tx – The Ultimate Theatre Experience

                So I must admit it, I’m a little smitten with iPic Houston. I had stopped going to the movies as the experience had simply ceased to be fun. I was a fan of Studio Movie Grill when it first opened in Houston. But then the uncomfortable ‘office’ chairs developed the loudest squeaks possible. Add to that the pain of parking at Citycentre and the constant coming and going of other patrons inside the theater, and it was just too annoying to bother.

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                  Book Review – My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

                  Book Review – My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

                    I’m on quite a roll with one of my new year’s resolutions to read more. Keeping up with at least two books a month, I thought I’d share another recent read. Over the years, I have enjoyed quite a few of Sophie Kinsella’s books. So, when I saw her latest hardback book at Costco for around $15, I thought I’d make this an additional read to my Book of the Month Club for March.

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                      Magnum Ice Cream Pop Up Shop in New York

                        We all scream for Ice Cream

                         

                        As the weather is beginning to warm up in all three of my home locations I start to reminisce about a pop-up shop I discovered last year in New York. I believe that this company had a few pop-ups dotted around the globe so I would recommend you keep your eyes open when traveling. The ice cream bar of course was delicious, but the whole store experience was worth the wait in line. And if you have an Instagram account, then you would love this store even more.

                         

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                          The Capital Grille @ Citycentre, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

                          The Capital Grille @ Citycentre, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

                            An impromptu meetup to celebrate a girlfriends wedding anniversary presented another opportunity for me to visit The Capital Grille located at Citycentre. This fine dining restaurant, known for its dry-aged hand-carved steaks is the perfect setting for any kind of celebration.

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                              Singapore Street Food from Kerb in Canary Wharf

                                Tempting Street Food from Kerb

                                 

                                Sitting in my London home as the food trucks set up shop right by my building makes it just too tempting to resist as their delicious aromas fill my apartment. This week I thought I’d sample the Singaporean Street Food Stall and was not disappointed. Of course, I needed something sweet to finish off my lunch and found the perfect option from Fatties Bakery. I hope my vlog doesn’t make you drool too much 🙂

                                 

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                                  Rise No 2, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

                                  Rise No 2, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

                                    “The only thing that will make a soufflé fall is if it knows you’re afraid of it” James Beard

                                    Well the folks over at Rise No 2 are clearly not at all intimidated by the thought of producing consistently perfect soufflés. During my visit, I witnessed a constant stream of picture-perfect soufflés making their way to eager diners.

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                                      Westin Hotel, Chicago – Review of Executive Club Room and Lounge

                                        I visit Chicago quite often and like to try out different hotels. On a recent trip I had a two night stop at the Westin located on Michigan Avenue right by the Water Tower. I felt the large hotel had a somewhat corporate feel, meaning they were aiming for the business visitor rather than the casual traveler.  The common areas were always a little busy for my liking. Getting caught up in a couple of large wedding parties when you are trying to navigate entry and exit is not my idea of fun.  Take a look at my video to see the Executive Club Room and the Executive Lounge. On a positive note, the Westin hotel Chicago has the most comfortable beds so you should get an excellent nights sleep.

                                         

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