Barbarians, lots of skin and a hot chocolate at the Renaissance Festival, Houston, USA

Today we discovered the most incredible thing. Deep in the forest, miles away from the city of Houston, is a world that magically appears for one month a year. This world is called the Renaissance Festival, and apparently they have them all around the world but, not surprisingly, this one in Texas is the biggest in the US. Despite being surrounded by many individuals in costumes, or perhaps in their normal clothes, we ventured in to take a look. An extremely full bosomed fairy gave Rich a big fat kiss on the cheek as we entered this fully formed village [...]

May 3rd, 2016|Houston, NORTH AMERICA, Texas, USA|

A Walk around Rice Village and a Hot Chocolate at Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe, Houston, USA

I have learnt never to expect to have a good hot chocolate when I go out in Houston. There are few surprises, as they are on the whole really not that great. But if there is anywhere where I would expect to find a good hot chocolate it would be Rice Village. There are quite a few options in this area. Mercantile has a decent hot chocolate, a new Italian café called Fellini does a thick hot chocolate (review coming soon). Then of course there is the ever popular Chocolate Bar that makes a hot chocolate for serious sweet tooth chocolate lovers. I’m still testing [...]

November 23rd, 2015|Houston, NORTH AMERICA, Texas, USA|

Hot Chocolate at Patika, Austin, USA

We almost drove past Patika as it’s incredibly easy to miss. But others haven’t missed it, and today the parking lot and inside were both packed (they also have an outside terrace but its 40degrees Celsius outside…empty). The front part seems to be not just where the coffee is ordered and made, but where people who come with friends and family stay and chat. This is a pretty small space but it is gorgeous. Very minimalistic, clean lines, interesting accents and lots of fantastic light makes it the kind of place I'd love to spend the day…maybe even live in. [...]

September 25th, 2015|Houston, Texas, USA|

Houston We Have a Problem – Hot Chocolate at the NASA Space Centre, Houston, USA

Houston we have a problem…the hot chocolate at the Space Centre is not out of this world, in fact it is really terrible. But to be completely honest I only tried the hot chocolate so I had an excuse to bring you all with me to the Space Centre. I’m not really a Space Centre kind of girl. But today an opportunity came up to visit and I thought I should at least see it once to see what all the fuss is about. As soon as we entered we took the tram tour (highly recommended) which drove around part [...]

January 2nd, 2015|Houston, NORTH AMERICA, Texas, USA|

Hot Chocolate at Common Bond, Houston, USA

  Houston has been in need of a beautiful bakery for quite some time now, at least in my opinion. So when Common Bond finally opened a few weeks ago, we didn’t wait for an invite! On this corner in Houston there used to be an old historic house which housed an antique store. When the store burnt down over a year ago we wondered what would take its place and not surprisingly a very modern looking building popped up. Common Bond set up in the corner, and they’ve created a stunning space. It has incredibly high ceilings and windows [...]

September 1st, 2014|Houston, NORTH AMERICA, Texas, USA|

Hot Chocolate at the Rodeo, Houston, USA

When March comes around, all everyone seems to be talking about in Houston is Rodeo. This makes sense of course because the rodeo in Houston is big, big like Texas, seriously big. When I first arrived in Houston I was disappointed that there weren’t any cowboy hats and cowboy boots to be seen on the streets, it just isn’t that kind of place despite its location. But one month a year everyone dusts off those boots and hats, puts them on and heads over to the Rodeo. In fact this year 2.48 million people attended the rodeo! Yup, they don’t [...]

May 12th, 2014|Houston, NORTH AMERICA, Texas, USA|

Hot Chocolate at Southside Espresso, Houston, USA

Houston has fallen in love for coffee and fallen hard. Not for watery, non descript coffee, for real coffee. I am indifferent, completely, but this has made my other half, who will (strangely) choose coffee over hot chocolate any day, very very happy. There have been several new and very good coffee shops open in Houston which we have been trying out one by one. The latest on our list has been Southside Espresso. Southside is like a secret, but not a very well kept one…the steady stream of foot traffic going in and out of this tiny little coffee [...]

March 25th, 2014|Houston, NORTH AMERICA, Texas, USA|
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