Friday, November 18, 2016


Looking out my window this morning,
it is cloudy and the wind is blowing.
A cold front is on the way.
At least, what qualifies as a cold front for us! 
We might even get some much needed rain.


This week I took a dear friend to lunch to celebrate her birthday.
We went to one of Houston's top restaurants,

It gives an upscale name to "hole in the wall".
Walking down the street, if you blink at the wrong time,
you will miss it! 

Helen Greek Restaurant

A warm, intimate setting with it's narrow brick clad rooms.

Helen Greek Restaurant

An award winning all Greek Wine selection.

Wine Wall

Lets get to the food!
 We shared the citrus and fennel salad (their winter salad).
Fennel, orange, grapefruit, blood orange, red onions, calamata olives, feta.

Citrus Fennel Salad

And, the Green 'n Cheese pie.
Phyllo, four different greens and three different Greek cheeses.

Green and Cheese Pie

Helen Greek Food and Wine is an easy walk from my house.
I'll be going back ... soon!
There is nothing else like it in town. 

Helen Greek Restaurant

Helen Greek Restaurant

For me, the holiday season begins when the Houston Zoo 
has the members opening for Zoo Lights.

The weather was perfect.
The kettle korn and gingerbread cookies were pretty wonderful, too!  

Zoo Lights

A brief look at the magic forest.

Zoo Lights

Wishing You well and much joy!

Willy Nilly Friday

Mosaic Monday



Busy Bee Suz said...

That restaurant looks absolutely lovely; it's my kind of place! We visited Houston last April (for the Final Four) and we enjoyed the city so much. I didn't have high expectations because I'm not really a 'city' girl; but we were so impressed with the friendly people and the cleanliness of the city! Have a great weekend. Suz

Mascha said...

It looks so yummy and I like Greek food to (we have a restaurant here in town) and a beautiful room with the mirrors and wonderful illumination, you're right, that's the beginning of holidays.
Enjoy them :-)

Christine said...

Heavenly looking food! I'd be back very soon to enjoy it all over again and the setting looks lovely too!
Best wishes!

Latane Barton said...

I want one of those salads! How delicious it sounds and looks. A delightful lunch for sure.

Adam said...

Such pretty lights

Alexa T said...

Such lovely, cosy aspects for a day to celebrate; a very lovely selection! A great weekend!

krishna said...

The food are looking so enticing..

Please visit:

Maggie said...

We love to travel to Greece mainly for the food! How lucky you are to have such a wonderful restaurant close to you where you can taste such amazing dishes.
The evening at the Zoo looked like great fun...
Happy Mosaic Monday.

riitta k said...

Helen's is an elegant restaurant, yet so cosy. The dood looks delicious!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great way to start the Holiday Season with the beautifully decorated and lighted zoo. And .OH My how I would love that restaurant! Beautifully presented food....and I love those flavors. The restaurant looks so cozy and comfortable too! Our kind of place. I love living in the City and being able to walk to good restaurants...but I haven't found a wonderful Greek one like this yet!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They really make the food look beautiful! And I love your Fall banner! Enjoy your week! Hugs, Diane

Small City Scenes said...

Ah the Greek restaurant looks lovely and I bet all the food was yummy. We have an excellent Greek Restaurant in Marysville, Wa---not too too far from here . My Grandaughter used to go there---when she was much younger--22 now--all grown up and working no time anymore.
Froso's it is called
Grand pics of the Holiday Zoo lighta

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love Greek food and this restaurant looks like it make delicious fare!
I worked with a doctor who was from Greece and he gave me many delicious authentic recipes his mother made. My favorite was Greek lemon soup-- Avgolemeno.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, Snap!

Anonymous said...

I'd be going back to this restaurant, too. I like the atmosphere and the food looks delicious.

Lorrie said...

Here I am reading this delectable post while waiting for my husband to come for dinner - I'm drooling! What a beautiful looking salad, and the phyllo with cheese and greens sounds delicious, too. How great to have such a place nearby.
Enjoy the start of the holiday season.

handmade by amalia said...

The perfect lunch. Yum.

Tanya Breese said...

oh my gosh that restaurant! it's gorgeous and that food looks and sounds amazing! i think you need to try the whole menu! love the lights in the zoo...isn't it fun to have a tradition to look forward to! thank you for linking to willy nilly! i hope you had a fantastic thanksgiving!