Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Happy Half Birthday!

Last night we celebrated Haley's half birthday. I know, you may be asking, "whats a half birthday?" or "really? you did what?" Well, Haley has always wanted to celebrate her real birthday (in April) by taking a limo to dinner with some friends, but, because April is prom season, that idea always ends up extremely expensive. So when she saw a groupon for a limo ride, the plans came together, and we decided to invite some friends and family out for her "half-birthday"... the 6-month celebration of her birthday. Haha.

Our limo arrived early enough for us to take the typical "high school homecoming" picture. We did feel like big kids, heading out for a night on the town. And we loved every minute of it!

Haley wanted to eat someplace special, so we chose Straits, an Asian Bistro in Houston's City Centre district. The menu is a combination of Asian/Singaporean fusion.  (think Indian or Indonesian - curry, spices, sauces). Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed most of the food. I say that because I am one of the most simple, mild-manner diners ever. If I can get meat and potatoes, that is what Im getting!

Callie & Haley @ Straits

The atmosphere in the restaurant was great, and the service was too. Our waitress kept the drink flowing, and the food kept coming. The chef recommended we eat family style, which worked out perfect for our group. We each chose something that sounded good to us, and then when it was brought out, everyone got to sample and try a little bit of each others items. Dining at a new place, this was the perfect way to go, as we all got to see what a wide range of items existed. We had everything from Butter Chicken, Shrimp Pad Thai, Beef & Chicken Satay, Indian Crab Cakes with Pineapple Chutney, and even a Chicken Curry Pot Pie. I am excited to say of all 10 dishes ordered, only 1 was a "maybe not again" item. Everything else was perfect! Lots of "yummmm" and "ohhh!" comments were made.

Chicken Lollipops @ Straits

So, if you're looking for somewhere a little different for you next special night out, be sure to check out Straits.

(Oh, and dont forget to grab some dessert next door at Sweet, they have amazing macaroons!

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