Federal American Grill, Houston

Federal American Grill, Houston

    A last-minute lunch date gave me the opportunity to visit a neighborhood I don’t get to explore that often. Driving along Durham Drive in the Rice Military area I’m struck by just how many restaurants there are here.

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      The dogs are famous!

      The dogs are famous!

        I’m a proud pet mama this month as my four-legged children are featured in the February edition of the Hedwig Village Living magazine. Get to know my furry friends a little better by reading below.

         

        Precious Pets: Meet Brinkley and Louis!

         

        Written by Elizabeth McCabe

         

        Everyone loves a furry friend and the Oxley family is no exception. David, Sue, Charlotte, Amy, Liz and Rebecca Oxley enjoy the constant companionship of not one, but two dogs, Brinkley and Louis. Brinkley turned 2 in August 2016 and Louis turned 8 in September 2016.

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          Reds Porch in South Austin,Texas

          Reds Porch in South Austin,Texas

            A Dog-Friendly Restaurant in Austin, Texas

             

            I recently spent the day in Austin with my family and come lunchtime we were very ready to enjoy some delicious Texas food. We decided to try The Oasis as it has such a picturesque setting overlooking Lake Travis. It also has an extensive outside dining area. But to our surprise, The Oasis does not have an area where dogs are welcomed.  We had no intention of leaving our puppy in the car while we dined. A quick search for dog-friendly restaurants online and we discovered Reds Porch.

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              A Romantic Packing List

              A Romantic Packing List

                Eight packing ideas to make your getaway extra special

                 

                Romantic Packing List

                Candles – Think of the setting – scented candles around a bubble bath – it’s not just for the movies. Travel candles come in convenient tins making it easy to transport and to clean up after use.  But do remember to pack a lighter or matches or this idea is a non-starter.   Yankee Candles make a great selection of miniature candles that would work well for this use.

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                  Valentines Day – 5 Gift ideas for the Foodie in your life

                  Valentines Day – 5 Gift ideas for the Foodie in your life

                    Valentines Day is fast approaching. Let me help you think outside the box this year when it comes to buying a gift for the foodie in your life.  No need to buy those overpriced roses. Forget attempting to get a reservation at that fancy restaurant. And put down anything fluffy and pink and read on. Here are my top picks to ensure that you put a smile on someone special’s face this year.

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                      Super Bowl L1 in Houston

                      Super Bowl L1 in Houston

                        On Sunday, February 5th my hometown of Houston will be hosting the Super Bowl L1 at the NRG Stadium. This is the largest watched annual sporting event of the year. Some of the figures associated with this event are just astounding:

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                          Bernadine’s in The Heights, Houston – Restaurant Review

                          Bernadine’s in The Heights, Houston – Restaurant Review

                            January is my birthday month. I take the view why confine celebrations to just one day when you can have a month of fun. To celebrate with my husband and daughters we looked for a new restaurant that we had not tried before. That’s not hard in Houston as we are rather spoiled for choice with a huge selection. After much discussion, we decided upon Bernadine’s in the Heights.

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                              5 Tips for Surviving Long Haul Travel

                              5 Tips for Surviving Long Haul Travel

                                In 2016 I averaged 2+ long haul flights each month. That’s over 100,000 miles of air travel. As you can imagine I somewhat perfected the best way to not only survive but to actually enjoy the many hours in a confined space. So I thought I would pass along my top 5 tips for surviving long haul travel. I hope that by the end of this post you will have the tools necessary to better enjoy your next trip.

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                                  Oxleys in the News

                                  Oxleys in the News

                                    When a friend contacted me to tell me that a new magazine was going to be published in 2017 and would I like to be involved, the answer was an easy yes. I had a couple of meetings with Nikki, who is spearheading this project, and decided that this would be a fun new adventure.

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                                      The Breakfast Club (Canary Wharf) Restaurant Review

                                      The Breakfast Club (Canary Wharf) Restaurant Review

                                        When you walk past a restaurant many times and it always has a line of people waiting for a table, you can’t help but wonder why. I think that is a pretty impressive thing, especially considering just how many restaurants are in this neighborhood. I don’t usually like the idea of queuing for a table, but I got lucky one rainy weekend when the line was practically non-existent, so I decided to give it a try.

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