I just informed my husband of where I would like to have dinner in December to celebrate our thirty-first wedding anniversary – Cafe Rabelais! It is located in Rice Village at 2442 Times Blvd in Houston. I even know exactly what I will order – Steak & Frites made with Black Truffle and Cognac Cream. And, for dessert, Profiteroles which are Puff Pastries served with Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Warm Chocolate Sauce and Nuts. Their portions were very generous! And, how do I know this? I just enjoyed this wonderful meal there with my daughter, Nina! Cafe Rabelais offers an extensive menu of French cuisine as well as wines including Escargots, Lemon Sole Meunière and Margret de Canard.
What is equally interesting is the name of this establishment, “Cafe Rabelais.” Francois Rabelais (c. 1483 – 1553), was a French writer, priest and medical doctor. He went by the pseudonym, Alcofribas Nasier, and published “Gargantua,” a series of satirical books. The first of these books was entitled, “Pantagruel,” in which he coined the expression, “parce que rire est le propre de l’homme” translated “because laughter is the characteristic of man.” This has also been interpreted to mean, “eat, drink and be merry.” In addition, in his book he wrote this inscription on the gate of Rabelais’ “Abbey of Theleme,” “Fay ce que vouldras” which means “Do what thou wilt.” Cafe Rabelais is the perfect setting to do just that!
2442 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
This past Saturday, we attended The Real Craftwives of Katy EXPO at the Firethorne Clubhouse. We met many amazing business owners and found lots of treasures along the way!
Carina enjoyed getting her face painted and trying her first snow cone.
Blizzard Blaster Shaved Ice | Colorful Creations by Lori Rizzo
This picture does not do my new necklace justice. It is so sparkly, and I know that it will become a favorite go-to piece. Linda Davis
I absolutely love this mosaic bowl handmade by Joan VerSteeg. It is unique and adds an eclectic touch to my home.
Carina has been interested in adding some decorations to her room. When we saw Sarah Coin’s colorful display, we knew that we had to have this Rainbow Tassel Banner!
I had never heard of Chloe+Isabel before Saturday, but I am glad to have met Kristin Luttrell and look forward to receiving our purchase in the mail!
Carina was attracted to this bright display and has already worn her new pink-purple-red creation. Almost Famous Tyedye
On Sunday, we took it easy at home and enjoyed a walk near the lake.
The ducks are always so fun to see and play with!
I hope that you all have a great week!
“At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life” by Jennifer L. Scott is set to debut on October 7, 2014. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to review the galley copy of this book.
Jennifer L. Scott is one of my favorite authors and bloggers. She wrote “Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris,” and has a weekly blog and video entitled, “The Daily Connoisseur.” Her mission is to teach each of us how to live a more beautiful and productive life by adopting the manners and lifestyle she experienced years ago, when she was a college student living with a “chic” family in Paris, France.
I randomly discovered Ms. Scott’s blog over a year ago, enjoyed it, and subsequently purchased and read her first book. I initially thought, “Jennifer would be a perfect friend for my daughter, Laura! They have so much in common!” She is a young, married mom with a career… all of which she strives to balance with a positive attitude and class. I quickly realized, however, that even though I am much older than Ms. Scott, many of her lifestyle ideas resonate with me as well, and I have introduced some of them into my life. As a result of reading her book I have:
– tried to grow an orchid (with success!);
– took a trip to Paris;
– organized my closet by season and created a daily wear section;
– watched several French movies; and,
– listened to assorted classical music.
Her new book, “At Home With Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life” is no less inspirational. It also emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive attitude even when faced with seemingly mundane tasks, and offers many specific suggestions to enhance one’s daily life, some of which are:
– growing African Violets and ferns;
– de-cluttering your home; and,
– daily rituals to avoid frumpiness.
The book is divided into two major sections each of which are subdivided into smaller sections, offering daily doable practical tips. She even incorporates some of her favorite recipes, musical selections, and candles, all of which I am eager to try. Jennifer assists us with putting in place systems that allow us to focus on enjoying the here and now so that we may live life more fully! I highly recommend both of her books!
We attended this event in April, and Carina had a great time. We are excited to check out the new vendors and see some favorites, like Gym Station, Caroline Iris Photography, and more!
This event is designed to promote small at-home businesses in the Katy area. There will be over 65 booths set up inside and outside the Firethorne Community Clubhouse. From refurbished furniture, jewelry, and clothing…to photography, local art, and cake decorating, there will be something for everyone at this fun event!
See you there!
THIS Saturday, October 4th
Firethorne Community Clubhouse
28800 South Firethorne Road, Katy, TX
Visit https://www.facebook.com/TheRealCraftwivesofKaty for more information.
The Cinco Ranch area in Katy continues to impress. It was just ranked highly by the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey with sixty-nine percent of the population over twenty-five having earned an undergraduate degree or higher. Meanwhile, the average for Texas overall is only twenty-five percent.
Katy Mom EXPO
September 19-20, 2014
Friday 10am-3pm & Saturday 10am-4pm
Leonard E. Merrell Center
6301 S. Stadium Lane
Katy, TX 77494
The EXPO will be featuring a fascinating display of sponsors and vendors, both local and national, representing “mom-needs” products and services.