Harold’s – HRW2015 – Burger love!

Burger

Welcome back fellow foodies!

Harolds

This is one of the three places that was visited by us during HRW2015. It’s located in Heights area right next to the Torchy Tacos of West 19th street.

The restaurant it’s connected to Alli Pizza. You either have to walk up the stairs or take the elevator to get to the top floor where the restaurant is located.

As you walk into the place, the first thing you will notice are the windows that overlook the street. It’s pretty dang nice!! It lets in a lot of light into the whole restaurant from the outside.

This is the last week for Houston Restaurant Week and you must try this place or wait until next year! So…

Let’s start with the FOOD!

Beignets

First on the list was the New Orleans style beignets with café au lait Anglais sauce.

Cheese burger

The Harolds Double cheeseburger with 10.oz freshly ground beef from Finck cattle company, cheddar cheese, bacon jam, with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. It tasted very fresh! Very well cooked as well. If you plan on getting this burger, you definitely should wear dark clothing. And don’t forget to bring a bath towel to wipe your hands with after eating this thing. It’s that juicy!

Cake

And Grandmas cake with coconut cream and topped with whipped cream.

My food

I ordered the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with Holy trinity, chicken, andouille sausage in a dark roux.

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And you know I also had to have the burger. Look at this thing! 🙂

Burger

I also had the Grandmas cake for dessert as well.  It honestly reminded me of Tres Leches cake vs. a regular coconut cake.

Overall, the food was huge, filling and came out very quickly. Nothing was undercooked or overseasoned. Just one great food experience. Our waitress may have had a little trouble hearing us in the restaurant. Not saying that the noise levels was too high, just maybe too high for her to hear our orders. So some of our drink orders were mixed up a bit on the first go around.
We really had no real complaints about anything related to food that we order and service, despite that one hiccup.

Parking

Parking is complimentary valet so definitely bring some cash for a tip.

Houston Restaurant Weeks is coming to a close this very week. Even if you don’t make it to this place before the end of the week, it’s still a great place to have some good food and chat with friends. Our next stop will be trusty and always delicious Torchy Tacos next door!

Their Menu for HRW

Harold’s HRW

Their regular menu

Harold’s Menu 

Stay full my fellow foodies!

Food travels : Woodlands,Texas

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Hello there!

Today’s round of food travels has led us North of Houston in the Woodlands area. We decided to do a staycation and also celebrate her birthday for the weekend. So we chose a nice hotel in the area, that would be only a couple miles of away from the all the planned action. This was a great decision since less driving equals more food and fun everyone!

The Woodlands has everything for all sorts of entertainment, for all sorts of people and families.  Luckily for us this made the decision making on what we wanted to do for the day very simple. We planned ahead and already had the restaurants we wanted to visit on a list before we arrived to the hotel.

The Republic Grille was only 2 miles away, which made for a short trip  and was first on the list of places to visit.

First day!

republic grille

We arrived at the restaurant completely starving! So we couldn’t wait to get to the place and destroy the menu. 🙂

drinks

We needed a good quick drink after the long drive and quickly looked over their drink menu. lol

They were so good.The one of the left was the Texas Tea with Deep Eddy sweet tea Vodka and Lemonade. The one of the right was the Panther Creekrita with Espolon Tequila, Blood orange juice and Ginger ale.

chicken fried chicken

She ordered the Chicken fried chicken. It came in two sizes; small and large. Large is what she ordered and as you can see this thing was a monster of a meal.  She couldn’t decide if she wanted to get the Jalapeno Mac and cheese or Creamed corn or Green beans. She ended up getting the Jalapeno Mac and cheese and Green beans. Buuuuttttttttt…..

creamed corn

…the waitress was so nice(incredibly nice), she decided to bring us the corn for FREE anyways. And it was worth it. It was some of the best Creamed corn I have tasted in a while.

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I ended up getting the Blackened Flounder with Grilled shrimp and Crawfish sauce with Green beans and Jalapeno Mac and cheese.

After the meal, we went to Market Street to check out the area . We found a couple of bars that we wanted to try. But it was too late and the “itis” was setting in,  so we decided to go to just one place called 1252 Tapas Bar.

moscow mule

Moscow Mule

Good drink

Bartenders choice!

The Next Day! 

We went to the mall to get a little exercise in, to prepare ourselves for the rest of the large amounts of food we were going to have for the day.

We then proceeded to go to Market street to pay a visit their shops and catch a movie during the day. By the time the movie was over with, we were pretty hungry and we found a nice New Orleans restaurant in walking distance called Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen.

The first thing we ordered was the Fried calamari and Fried sausage with remoulade sauce.

calamari

When then moved onto the entrees. I ordered the Blackened Tilapia with Jambalaya and Creole sauce. The sauce was packed with Crawfish and Sauteed peppers, Mushrooms, and Onions. SO GOOD!

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She ordered the Pan Seared Tilapia with jambalaya and creole sauce.(not pictured)

So later that same night we arrived back to the Republic Grille. It was that good the first time and again the second, and its right up the street! (convenience wins)

chicken fried steak dinner

This time around I chose the (large) Chicken fried chicken with Creamed corn and Sweet potato medallions.

shrimp and grits

And she chose the Shrimp and Grits (Carolina style). It comes with Stone ground grits, Gulf shrimp, Andouille sausage, Pecan smoked bacon, Chives, and Onions.

chicken fried steak

While eating our meal, the waiter noticed that my large Chicken fried chicken wasn’t “full” size and proceeded to give me a whole new large chicken to make up for the missing space. The wait staff was amazing every single visit to this place. We couldn’t be more satisfied with their customer service.

Final and last day. 🙁

Now it’s Sunday and it’s our last day. Early check-out from the hotel led us to the Hubbell and Hudson kitchen. It was my first time at this restaurant and seem to be a mix of Whole foods and Local foods. It was pack full of different areas to have a meal and/or relax such as a salad bar, coffee bar, and a general grocery store.  But we were there for their breakfast/brunch options. Everyone loves options, right? 😀

salad bar

Their salad bar!

Nice bottles

Steak omelette

She ordered the Steak Omelette with aged Cheddar Cheese, House-Made Pico de Gallo.

hubbell breakfast

I ordered the Texas Breakfast with two free-range Local Eggs, Breakfast sausage, Mini pancakes, Bacon, fire Roasted Salsa and Toast

Lemonade

This meal was complimented with some really good lemonade from their grocery section!

All the places we visited were great. Like seriously, some of the best food I have had in a while. The Woodlands area is full of places to shop, eat and generally enjoy yourself. This is a good place to do any type of “getaway” for yourself or with your significant other or friends or family.

Book a good hotel, find a good movie to watch, make a list of good restaurants, make a list of good places to relax and enjoy the scenery of the Woodlands area.

Check out the menus and locations below!

The Republic Grille 

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Location

Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen

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Location

Hubbell and Hudson kitchen

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Location

1252 Tapas Bar

Menu/Location

Stay full my friends!

 

Seasons 52 – Healthy,tasty and low calories!

oyster

Hello, everyone!

During the summer, Houston Restaurant weeks (really a month) gives us a chance to look at what Houston has to offer. Seasons 52 caught the eye of our friends and we were ready to head up and taste what they had to offer.One thing to note is that Seasons 52 food focuses on taste without being heavy on calories, basically healthy and delicious food. This is definitely a plus for people who want to experience Houston restaurant week , but doesn’t want to ruin their diet for the month.Their menu also includes calories on each food item .This should be a big plus for the calorie watchers!

Seasons 52 is situated in the City Centre area off Interstate 10 and the Beltway and off Westheimer Rd. in the Galleria area of Houston. We chose to go the City Centre area since it is one of our top “We have no idea on what to eat, do or go” type of place. It has everything you could possibly think of to do. Movies? Check! Happy Hour spots? Check! Date spots? Check!

The first thing we ordered was the Lump crab, shrimp, spinach stuff mushrooms, topped with a parmesan panko crust. They were INCREDIBLE. Full of flavor and contained elements on some of our favorite ingredients in a meal. We definitely recommend this appetizer even if you weren’t planning on eating that much!.

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We then noticed their wide variety of flatbread pizzas. We had the Grilled Garlic Pesto Chicken pizza with fresh mozzarella cheese, balsamic onions,
roasted red peppers, arugula. The second pizza was the Salumi Piccante pizza with dry-cured artisan, sausage, roasted Roma tomatoes, fresh
mozzarella and basil pesto. And the third pizza was the Blackened Steak & Blue Cheese pizza with cremini mushrooms, spinach and caramelized
onions .The chicken pesto was the most popular. And yes, we shared the pizza!

Pizza

Salads

I’m not a big fan of salads, but it was part of the meal and they ended up pretty good.

The first salad was a spinach salad with feta cheese, raspberries and pine nuts. ( Mine)
salad

The second salad was a classic grilled chicken caesar with mixed greens and fresh shaved parmesan cheese. (Hers)
caesar salad

Entrees!

First up is the Oak Grilled Beef Filet over sugar snap peas, mushrooms, Yukon mash, red wine sauce. The meal was very light but really tasty. The beef was tender and flavorful.
beef and green beans

She had the Honey Herb Half Roasted Chicken with seasonal vegetable, Yukon gold mash, herb lemon sauce. The chicken was moist and flavorful. And again, it was very light but still filling.
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Desserts

It was about 12 of us, so it was recommended by our server that we get a the mini indulgences tower. It was full of small desserts of strawberry shortcake, peanut butter and chocolate cake, pecan pie, key lime pie, carrot cake and s’mores cake. Every single one of those little desserts were full of flavor that made you want to have 5 of each one.
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dessert

This restaurant is gear towards fine dining while also including multiple diet types like Gluten – Free, Lactose-free, low sodium, vegetarian and vegan. Check out their menus below to get a good overview of what they have to offer.

Everything tasted great. Service wasn’t up to par due to the waitress being fairly new and having a huge table for her the first time. But the food made up for it. This place is a definitely recommended for anyone who loves to eat and also for people who are watching what they eat.

Their Menus :

Seasons 52 Menus

Their location :

Seasons 52 – City Centre

Seasons 52 – Westheimer

Stay full my fellow foodies!

 

Houston’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry

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The Chicken and Waffles You Must Try Soon!

Jupiter

When the combination of Chicken and Waffles first came onto the scene, it was considered sort of taboo in the food world. People would say,“Those things definitely don’t go together” or ” Are you crazy!? The grease from fried chicken will make the waffle soggy”. Fast forward to today and it’s a completely different tune! There are several places in the Houston or Texas or in the U.S. that serve some version of Chicken and Waffles. Some places use chicken breasts, some use chicken wings, and some use chicken strips. Depending on your preferences, none of that will matter unless the waffle is tasty and cooked perfectly !  We’ve had waffles from a lot of places around Houston. But the Breakfast Klub is Houston’s go-to spot for Chicken and Waffles. Usually, the wait is little long and you may be outside in the elements for a while waiting on your table. So once our friends decided to meet up at a new place that serves Chicken and Waffles, we couldn’t turn down the offer.

Jupiter Pizza and Waffles is located in Sugarland, Texas, in the Sugarland Town Center. It’s great for brunch or just to eat with friends or family. We arrived on time as usual and had to wait about 30 mins to get a table. Which was understandable due to the large group that was coming to eat and they were also pretty busy that day. We finally sat down and did our usual look over the entire menu and proceeded to pick at least three new things to try to eat/drink.

Chicken and Waffle brunch

We first started with the Mimosas carafe. The orange juice to champagne ratio was perfect, the carafe runs about 32 dollars or 6 dollars per glass. They have other types of Mimosas on the menu as well ranging from 6 to 8 dollars per glass or 24 to 40 dollars per carafe. We were able to get 6 glasses out of one carafe, so it was worth the money. We then decided to try one of their pizzas.

One of the good things with eating with friends is that you can try everybody’s food as well. 🙂  We wanted a really good pizza so we ordered the Angry Rooster, but we also wanted 6 other pizzas from the menu as well lol . The Angry Rooster comes with mozzarella cheese, house-made pulled pork, caramelized onions, fresh jalapenos and yard egg topped with BBQ sauce and cilantro.

Pizza brunch

Our friends order the Meat Hugger, so we “grabbed” a couple of slices from their pan. The Meat Hugger comes with tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and pecan smoked bacon. (problem solved from earlier ). It was really good!

more pizza love

We then moved on to the reason why we came to this place. THE CHICKEN and WAFFLES!

I ordered Morning Belle which came with an all-natural crispy fried chicken breast topped with 2 cage-free poached eggs, applewood smoked bacon, and country gravy served over a crisp and fluffy Belgian waffle. The eggs and bacon were perfectly cooked and the waffle was sweet and flavorful.

Chicken is great!

She ordered Southern Belle which came with a crispy fried all natural chicken breast served over a Belgian waffle topped with our homemade maple cream and added a scrambled egg. She also chose the crispy sweet potato fries to compliment her food. The sauce that came with the fries was really good. She ordered another side of the sauce because it went so fast.

waffles!

Overall everything was great! The food and service was exactly what you expect from a good restaurant.

There are so many places to try Chicken and Waffles and this is one of many of them. But all of them are not the same. But you can rest assure that these waffles will hit the spot and you will want to come back. We can also add that it’s also a great area to go shopping or to just walk to burn off those calories you just loaded up on!

If you plan on going anytime soon or later, Sunday’s is the best time to go. Parking should be fine, but take note that you may have to park a little far in the parking garage.

Their Location:

Jupiter and Waffles

Their Menu:

Jupiter Pizza and Waffles

Stay full my fellow foodies!