I am sorry
this is not a quilty blogpost (yet) as promised but I just have to tell you
We are both foodies,
just love good food, so with hubs birthday coming up and never knowing what to
give him, I was happy to find the answer here a few weeks ago: on Francesca’swonderful foodblog!
So I booked
a table for the champagne brunch for yesterday at the beautiful ConservatoriumHotel in Amsterdam:
The lobby is
beautiful with lots of glass and plants, so light and spacious:
was built around the old outer walls of the Amsterdam Conservatory:
was booked in the Tunes restaurant,
Let the food
for me (I always chose this when I see it on a menu), eggs Benedict (with some
caviar this time, mmmm):
course, my favourite of the day:
live music in the restaurant (some light jazz)
left the restaurant Onno was given a small gift, because it was his birthday,
And as a
quilter I could not resist taking this picture of the floor near the entrance
before we left:
We had the
most wonderful afternoon, the hotel and restaurant are beautiful, the
atmosphere chique but still cozy, the food excellent and the service
impeccable, friendly without being intrusive, I fully recommend this and we
will definitely be back!
But then the
foodie fun wasn’t over yet, because when I got home and opened my email I found
an email from Francesca herself informing me that I had won one of thegive-aways she organised because of her 2 year blog anniversary (is it called a
And it is no
small prize, a Cuisinart Juicer!The
first give-away I ever won, but it was worth ‘waiting for’!
will look beautiful on my kitchentop and will keep us happy with many tasty and
healthy juices this summer, am looking up recipies already!
It was a
great day for a foodie and a lot of it thanks to Francesca! Thank you again!
And that is
that each time we are there we find it more difficult to say leave and
first time in years Eline had a two week Easter break from school so we decided
to have our yearly holiday now rather than in the busier and more expensive
summer months and because our trip would be shorter than usual we stayed in
Houston itself the whole time and made daytrips out of town.
We knew the
weather would be nicer too and oh boy, it really was. A wonderful 25 – 30 C
instead of the usual 35 – 43 C in the summer time. It made our stay in Houston
even better than usual because we were able to spend so much more time outside:
we went for
a walk in Brazos Bend State Park where you are sure of close encounters with
the resident alligators
must be a girl alligator , she looked like she had just been to the hair salon
alligator was sunning him/herself on our path, the mothers are never far away
(we could hear an alligator really close by, never know they made these
rumbling noises) so we decided not to go further and turned around.
Which is on
the enormous campus of Texas A&MUniversity. We had lunch at one of the restaurants on campus, great thing about
visiting this time of year, lots of students everywhere, so it gives you a real
good sense of the atmosphere there, we would not have experienced this in the
cease to be amazed by the size of things, look at this store which has
everything for camping, fishing, etc. etc.
is booming, even more so than before, businesses are looking for personnel
everywhere, you see this in so many places:
Of all those
signs in shops and restaurants, this one was my favourite, at the BreakfastKlub:
huge Exxon Campus which is being built between Houston and The Woodlands will
bring thousands and thousands of jobs and new residents, so house prices are
rising in double digits in some area’s:
And it means
expansion of the already impressive Houston freeway system and here it doesn’t
take years to make a decision, they do it before the Campus is finished (this
is near The Woodlands, but everywhere you see improvements on the road system
Of course we
enjoyed the wonderful food in Houston as usual, but this time – because it was
not so hot – more of it was enjoyed on the many terraces:
We went on a
few boat trips
The above in
The Woodlands, the boat trip below was a dolphin tour out of Galveston, we did
see dolphins but unfortunately they were too quick for my camera!
Of course I
did visit a few quiltshops, they always have somewhere to wait for those who
are not interested
time I guess I took a bit too long with my shopping, because they both fell asleep
in the comfy chairs!
something completely different, we went to church!
We are not religious people, but during past visits we were impressed by the
sermons given by pastor Joel Osteen, which we saw on tv. He is the leader of
Lakewood Church, apparently the largest church in the US and their services are
broadcast on TV nationwide every Sunday morning (and in many more countries).
Lakewood Church is only a 5 minutes drive from our hotel so we thought we’d go.
And we were impressed, by the atmosphere, the nice and friendly people and the
man himself. We will definitely return on future visits!
also a trip where we made new friends and of course met up with ‘old’ ones:
Ranelle, Bruce, Barb, Clay, Tanja, Walter, Celine, Tammy, thanks for your
company, it was fun, it was great and we can’t wait to be back!!
some quilt news on this blog again, promise!)