April 9th, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Plan 4.9.10

Another week has come and gone and once again I put off The Procrastinator’s Plan until the last minute. Force of habit, I guess. There’s a lot going on this weekend, so make sure you get out there and experience this great city of ours and the great weather. I know that’s what I plan to do, if I ever get around to it.

Downtown
I don’t hang out in downtown often, but my girlfriend and I decided we needed a change of pace this past week and decided to head downtown for dinner at Hearsay Lounge. The Loop Scoop’s been there before, but it was the first time for the Procrastinator. Does that surprise you? It shouldn’t. Color me impressed. The place has a cool vibe around it, the cocktails are done right and the food is pretty good. The service was great, except for the bartender who was sure he recognized me from a few weeks ago. I had to assure Mrs. Procrastinator that I really had been out of town for work and not gallivanting around Houston without her. All was well once he bought us St. Arnolds Battered Asparagus as a peace offering. Food makes everything better. Hearsay is located around the corner from La Carafe, so it makes for a great date night. Head to Hearsay for dinner – and a few handcrafted cocktails – and then make your way over to La Carafe, for a drink at one of the coolest bar’s in Houston. If you don’t get lucky after a night like that, you’re doing something wrong!

Kids Say the Darndest Things
Like Whitney Houston, I believe that children are our future. Unless you have children with Bobby Brown, then we have no hope. If you want to share some special family time with the kiddos, bring them to the Houston Children’s Festival. Located around the city hall area, Tranquility Park and Sam Houston Park, it’s another great reason to explore downtown Houston this weekend. With eight big family adventure areas, there’s something for everyone. From the McDonalds Family Fitness Zone (isn’t that an oxymoron?) to the Sabic Monster Math Zone, there will be something for your child’s mind, body and soul. Put on for a great cause, the Festival benefits the Child Advocates, Inc. and has raised four million dollars to date. You can purchase and print your tickets here. The downtown Doubletree is offering a special Festival rate, so if you don’t have kids or you just want another one, check in and make some more.

TV Dinner
In celebration of the fact that Houston’s own Monica Pope is being featured on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, swing by T’afia for dinner this weekend. Using local ingredients, Pope allows her food and drinks to tell the story of this city and state. And I can vouch that it is one hell of a story. Whether it’s for dinner or happy hour, T’afia is one of my favorite restaurants in the Bayou City. It’s also great to see that some of the talented chefs in the city are getting some well deserved recognition. As a city, it’s time to get out and support the excellent chefs and restaurants that are carrying the culinary banner for Houston. I will dismount my soap box now.

Funny Pants
I’ve got to admit, I’ve been avoiding my friends because, well, my golf game is still in hibernation. Not that I’m any good to begin with, but I haven’t even swung my clubs in months. This weekend, I’m officially out of hibernation and attacking the links with the ferocity of… well… a tiger. Keep in mind, I said the links, not the girls at the Men’s Club. I’ll leave that to Tiger’s wood. To get your game back in shape, take advantage of the great weather this weekend and head to your neighborhood course or driving range. With the beautiful weather, make sure you bring some sunblock and drink lots of beer. That way you stay hydrated.

The Loop Scoop SAVES YOU MONEY!!
Remember to check out yesterday’s NEWScoop. The Loop Scoop has a special promo code for Masquerade Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Don’t miss it! Ten bucks off the ticket price. Don’t say we never did nothing for ya.

— Marc

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