We bought a dog cam.
Pictured above you'll see Newton (left) sitting on the only chair he's allowed on, staring down at Baxter (bottom right), who's laying on his blanket. Jon and I watched this scene in total fascination while we were out the other night. Newton stared at Baxter for about 10 minutes straight.
My dog is such a creep.
And you see all of those bags on the couch? We place them there when we're gone in an effort to stop the dogs from getting up on it (I swear we aren't hoarders?).
^ Now look at the top right corner.
I suppose there are worse things than creepy demon dogs. Also, I have to give that guy credit for scaling the mountain of bags to get to the top edge of the couch. Baxter, I'm not even mad, that's impressive! <~~(name that movie)
And that's that! As I have no eloquent segue from dog cams, let's just dive right into food!
Before seeing Billy Joel in concert (!!!!!!!!!!!!) at Houston's Toyota Center, my mom, dad, sister, and I had dinner at Mia Bella Trattoria, an Italian restaurant located within walking distance. I'd been there for brunch recently during a Texas Winos tour, and I was excited to see what their dinner scene was all about!
We started off with wine, OF COURSE.
I split of bottle of Placido Chianti with my parents, and I adored the full, spicy red.
For an appetizer we shared the insalata caprese - always a fan favorite with my family when it comes to eating Italian food.
At first glance, the tomatoes didn't look very ripe, but once I bit into them, they were juicy, yet still subtle in taste. The herbs were spot on, the mozzarella was fresh, and the salad didn't require any extra seasoning. All in all, it was your standard caprese, and I definitely enjoyed it!
For my main course of food I ordered the linguine al funghi with gluten free noodles.
This dish was outstanding. A creamy, yet not too heavy, garlicky pesto sauce swirled through smooth and textured shiitake, button, and portobello mushrooms. Perfectly acidic roasted red peppers cut through the earthiness of the sauce and mushrooms. Topped off with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, this pasta hit it out of the park. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite!
Then the four of us split some sort of Italian cake, which was pretty and fluffy and not very sweet (a good thing in my eyes).
I am happy to report that downtown Houston's Mia Bella Trattoria is not merely a generic Italian restaurant. The great service (our server was attentive and incredibly sweet) and outstanding, hearty Italian food made our overall experience there fun and memorable. So make a reservation - Mia Bella Trattoria is the PERFECT restaurant to go to before catching a show or a game in downtown Houston!
Carb it to me.