My daughter and I both love gardening and being outside in nature. Despite the heat here in Katy, Texas, we decided to finally make a butterfly garden in our backyard.
This was a labor-intensive project, but the workout was definitely worth the result. I love looking out the window and seeing all the color instead of just dried up grass. Also, several of the plants that we have chosen are specifically meant to attract butterflies!
We bought the limestone, soil, mulch, cone flowers, black eyed susans, and a few other plants that looked nice – all at the Lowe’s on Katy Freeway. Everyone there was very helpful, and they even loaded all those stones into the truck for us. Jonathan was awarded the job of bringing it all to the backyard. (Thanks Hubby!)
We also visited Beyond Paradise Nursery for our lovely purple butterfly bushes and bright multicolor butterfly weed (milk weed). The kids enjoyed some popsicles and saying hello to the resident cats there, while we looked around.
A lovely decorated venue, delicious food, local Texas ingredients, and Kosher all describe the several wonderful meals that we have enjoyed at the Genesis Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. We have eaten dinner, brunch and even ordered take-out. All were fantastic. Our group has tried a variety of dishes including the tabouli, matbucha, babaganoush, hummus platter with homemade pita bread, the Asian salad, blackened salmon, Long Island Duckling, free range organic chicken kebab, potato hash with pastrami, breakfast tacos, and the lox Benedict. The most unique food item that we tried were the challah tacos! They were fantastic, as was everything else!
The table service and the the saxophonist playing at dinner were superb! Genesis Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is a perfect spot for a date night, as well as for entertaining friends and family for brunch. The take-out was packaged in neat sturdy taped containers. We are looking forward to returning for Russian night on August 22nd!
Genesis Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
5420 Bissonnet, Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77081
This riveting movie stars Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. It is a true story about the Nazi invasion of Austria, and the Government of Austria’s confiscation of the 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, a Jewishwoman married to wealthy sugar magnate, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. It was painted by world renowned Austrian artist Gustav Klimt.
In 1998 the Austrian government passed a new law, promoted by its Green Party, which called for the return of art stolen during World War II. The niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, Maria Altmann, learned upon the death of her sister, that there was a will designating the disposition of this portrait. From that vantage point, Mrs. Altmann embarks on a quest to reclaim it. This story focuses on the Austrian government’s subsequent resistance to enforcing its own law. The movie includes many flashbacks of the main character’s life in Austria as a Jew under the Nazi regime. It is, at times, difficult to watch, however it’s raw accuracy is compelling and necessary. Thankfully, Maria Altmann and her devoted attorney won the case against the Austrian government and recovered the portrait, which now is on exhibit in the Neue Galerie New York.
This movie is a must see in terms of its historic significance and its assertion that through perseverance righteousness can prevail.
I recently attended story hour with my grandchildren at the Beaumont Public Library Miller Branch and discovered one of the sweetest stories of all time, “Mole’s in Love.” A young mole named Morris set out in spring to find love in all the wrong places, mainly due to bad eyesight! But, after much heartbreak, love found him! Similar to Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” this story will be loved and passed down by young and old. Bravo to the children’s librarian at the Beaumont Public Library Miller Branch for selecting and sharing this book with the children during story hour.
Delicious… Elegant… Welcoming… Cozy…
All of these adjectives accurately describe the wonderful dining experience that we had at Rudy & Paco Restaurant and Bar located at 2028 Post Office street in Galveston. As we consider ourselves experts of South and Central American cuisine, a visit to this restaurant has been on our list of “must try”for quite some time. And it was great! My husband and I had the Ropa Vieja, which is served with black beans, white rice and sweet plantains. This is a traditional Cuban shredded beef dish prepared in an outstanding homemade sauce. The flavor as well as the presentation could rival any restaurant in Miami! My daughter tried the Pollo Empanizado, which is plantain encrusted chicken breast. This dish is served with yucca, sweet plantains and queso blanco. She said that it was perfect! While you are enjoying your meal, the owner, Paco, introduces himself to his patrons and ascertains that everything is as expected… and more. We are already planning our next trip to Galveston so that we have an excuse to return to Rudy & Paco!
Drum roll, please! Trader Joe’s has arrived in Katy, Texas! Their products include hard to find fresh fruit, prepared frozen and refrigerated entrees, Kosher meat, Mochi ice cream, and Chocolate Brooklyn babka. The fresh flowers and plants are beautiful and reasonably priced. It is located at the rear of the shopping center with plenty of parking. I have been there twice and have been twice impressed by the selection of items, friendliness of the employees and reasonable prices.
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