Monday, August 29, 2016

Ladies Who Lunch!

I have a good friend I like to lunch with.
We try to pick places for lunch that we normally don't visit
and we try to make it an adventure.

This time we took advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks.
Houston Restaurant Weeks runs the month of August 
and benefits the Houston Food Bank.
Restaurants have special menus to pick from 
and a donation from each meal is made to the food bank.
It's a win win.
Good food, a chance to go to a "new" restaurant and try out the food.
We went to Bistro Menil.

Bistro Menil

I had the roasted tomato and artichoke quiche 
with the Menil salad followed by a lemon tart.

Then we went across the street to the Menil museum to see the 
Outsider Art (self-taught artists) exhibit
as Essential as Dreams.
I'm only sharing three objects from three different artists.
 Twelve artists were featured in the exhibit.

Menil Collage

On the left is Thornton Dial's Tiger On The Run
and on the right is one of Oscar Hardwiger's architectural structures --
this one of the Miraculous Staircase of the Loretto Chapel made when he was 80.

Spirit Codex

This is Spirit Codex by Solange Knopf.

The Menil has a wonderful bookstore that we did not visit.
There is a catalog for the exhibition and in my younger days
I would have loved a copy.
But I am now getting rid of all my old art catalogs.
It's hard, but better I do the work than leaving it to someone else.

I now wonder if there were postcards for the exhibit.
After all, postcards take up less space!

Outsider Art

After lunch and the exhibit we made one more stop at Michaels.
We both wanted to check out the yarn.
Believe it or not, I didn't buy any.
I did look and I did touch but I kept telling myself I had enough yarn at home
and enough projects to finish.
I did make a wish list! 

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Mosaic Monday


Maggie said...

Lunch with a friend followed by a visit to a gallery and then Michaels, I think you just described my perfect day!
Thanks for being my guide and sharing with us for Mosaic Monday today.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, your lunch sounds delicious. Baltimore has the similiar Restaurant week too. It is a good benefit to all.
I like the art exhibit especially the Spirit Codex.

Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Sounds like a perfect day! And postcards are a great way to save the art you've enjoyed or share it with others. Enjoy your day! hugs!

riitta k said...

Interesting art and I love the red color! It gives some boost to my grey weather!

Barb said...

Your lunch sounds yummy. No catalogues and no yarn! Your resolve is admirable!

Latane Barton said...

What a fun outing. That food sounded so yummy. Wish I had some right this minute. It is getting about eating time. Guess I will just have to settle for some chicken noodle soup I decided to make. Be sure to tell us about more outings you have like that.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I like "Spirit Codex" VERY much! And I like that big "jacks" sculpture too -- I was a great jacks player when I was a girl, LOL!

Vee said...

Sounds like fun. You're giving me ideas. =D

Pondside said...

That sounds like a grand afternoon, Snap. I'd like to have such a lunch and then wander to look at the art - and I'd have HAD to visit the bookstore. Michael s - well, I am waiting for a particular sort of yarn to be offered at half price. I made a blanket with it last year and really liked working with it.

Sandra Lee said...

I haven't had lunch with my gal pals for the longest and we are long overdue. Too bad we can't lunch in Houston!!

Michelle said...

Sounds like a perfect day to me!

Daniela said...

Thanks most sincerely for the lovely comment you left on ~ My little old world ~, your post is wonderful too !

May the remainder of your week be filled with joy

Xx Daniela

ann said...

Thanks for your kind comments. Lunch with friends is not just a special treat, but a gift that we give each other. I didn't realize the that you live in Houston. I have relatives in the Woodlands and dear friend, La Grange, and Dallas. Love Texas.

iris said...

ce que j'aime c'est les beaux bâtiments en bois gris
c'est une belle journée que vous avez passé
rien de tel pour rentrer dans sa maison de bonne humeur
edith (iris) France

podso said...

Yes the postcards are a good idea. And even a visit to view and feel the yarn can be refreshing. There are such gorgeous colors. You and your friend have a fun idea there and I'm sure you run into all kinds of interesting experiences as well as some good lunches!

Lorrie said...

Good food, interesting art, and a feeling that you didn't need to purchase anything add up to a good day, one that fills one with contentment. Interesting art pieces - there is much creative talent in the world.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Sounds like a wonderful day - what could be better? Interesting art, too :) Karen

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great afternoon - such an interesting day - thanks for sharing with us.

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

What a lovely way to spend the day. Going to a new restaurant and then seeing the art exhibit. I think you should have definitely gotten a postcard or two, the dragon was looking mighty fine.