eggplant appetizer

Went on a POT date today for lunch.

It was in this trendy/posh area called City Center in Houston. It is far for me, but I don’t mind. I am bored of my area anyways. I had to park a little ways from the restaurant because all of the free spaces were taken close by and there was only 10 minute parking or there was a parking meter. I parallel parked for the first time since my Driver’s License test when I was 16, and I am 26 now! LOL I still got it! I did well! HAHA! But I honestly didn’t mind walking because I got a lot of glances from some attractive older men. I LOVE the attention. 

We went to Brio’s Tuscan Grille because he was craving something off of the dinner menu. I had a Peach Bellini,we shared the Shrimp and Eggplant appetizer and I had Steak Salad. The POT is on a diet so he replaced mashed potatoes with a lot of roasted veggies, and I feel so bloated because I think Aunt Flo is coming, so I went with the salad. So,we both ate kinda healthy.  Normally I would have NOT gone with salad and picked something I don’t normally eat at home, but I also wasn’t feeling that hungry.  I didn’t take pics because I didn’t want him to think I was weird and he didn’t get up once to go to the restroom so I couldn’t take any then….

Then after that we walked to SWEET Macarons and I got some for myself and some to share with my boyfriend. 

IKD what I’ll call him???

He had a lot of interests….One of his hobbies is to play around with stocks. He was showing me how to do it on his phone while we were waiting for our food! I was intrigued. I am thinking if things work out that I will ask him to show me and maybe I could do stocks,too! Hmm,so,maybe,”Stocks Daddy.”

His allowance figure wasn’t as high as I like, at $1,200, but at least it is in the thousands. He said $1,200 to START OFF WITH. Which makes me think that he is open to giving more if I stay with him while I achieve my goals.My EX SD of 4 years Audi started me off at $1,200, and by then end I was getting 3k/month. Hopefully it is the same type of deal??? 

The Bao, NYC

Is it possible to get great xiao long bao outside of Chinatown?

Why yes, it is!

The Bao is a new Chinese spot that just opened up a few months back on St. Mark’s Place…

Specializing in… of course… soup dumplings!

You start ordering…

…and they keep stacking them up!

We went with three of their main varieties of xiao long bao last weekend, starting with the traditional “Kung Fu” pork dumplings…

Moving on to crab…

And finishing with the “super spicy”…

And I highly recommend that if you do visit The Bao, DO NOT MISS their Squashed Pepper & Eggplant appetizer…

Dumplings are having their moment, and The Bao puts them solidly in the spotlight!

THE BAO

13 St Marks Place

New York, NY 10003

212-388-9238