Wooster’s Garden. The Premier bar of Houston.

Wooster's Handcrafted

I was introduced to Wooster’s by a surprised birthday party for a friend. And I have been once a week, every week for two consecutive months! Wooster’s is the type of place that when you walk in, you’re glad you didn’t go straight home type of place. This place makes a plethora of drinks that are handcrafted to the delight of the customer and their specific flavors and palette. The ambience is something straight out of store front. But one of the biggest draw I have to this place is the daily happy hour specials. Two hours of drinking bliss is all you will have while sitting in this place. I usually leave the spirit blogging to my buddies at The Libation Guild. But I was so impressed by Wooster’s, that I had to let the masses know about this place.

Let’s Drink!

Wooster's Island Hopper
Wooster’s Island Hopper

First drink on this list is the Island Hopper. This drink is vibrant combination of Rum, Clement Coconut, “Rabbits” blood and bitters. As you can see from the pictures, the drink is the perfect hue for picture taking. It’s almost too perfect to drink. From the fuschia color (I had help with this) to the flaming lime as a garnish!

 

Sex in the boiler Room
Sex in the boiler Room

The next drink I tried was the Sex in the Boiler Room. With subtle hints of mellow creme type of dessert, this drink will make you order two at a time. It has Bourbon, St. Arnold Boiler room beer, lemon, peach cordial and vanilla benedictine tincture. (If some of the ingredients seem foreign, dont worry, the bartenders love to explain their craft in detail). One my favorite things about their drinks, is how nothing is sitting in a big pre-made jug, awaiting to be poured in your glass. Their cocktails are hand made 100 percent of time.

 

Wooster's - Muscle Relaxer
Wooster’s – Muscle Relaxer

The next drink and possibly my favorite drink, is the Muscle relaxer. This drink is served in a highball glass with Cachaca, Jamaican rum, muddled kiwi, lime and Jamaican bitters. This is the type of drink that you order just once and then sit back and relax for a while. Most of Wooster’s drinks will get you “there” in very pleasant way.

 

Wooster's - Five o'clock shadow
Wooster’s – Five o’clock shadow

The Five O’clock shadow was the first drink I have ever tried at Wooster’s. The first drink that made me say “wow”. The first drink that made me think, ” this is the smoothest drink I have had in awhile”.

Do you see that ice cube? And I mean it’s really cubed! It has Bourbon, Rye, Cynar,Cocchi tornino, orange bitters, angostura and finished with a flamed orange zest.

Food + Wooster’s = No need to leave.

Like most establishments that have good things about them, there’s always a weak spot. Well, I can’t say that for Wooster’s! Their food selection pairs perfectly with every single solitary type of drink they serve to the public. I am burger aficionado, no matter where I am at, I will look for a burger first on the menu. Since I wasn’t planning on having such a broad range of drinks over a 6 week span, I needed to have something to soak up my alcohol intake. I went ahead and ordered their cheeseburger as good burger lover would do.

Woosters - Cheeseburger
Wooster’s – Cheeseburger

The Wooster’s cheeseburger is a grilled burger, served with redneck cheddar, Texas dressing, tomatoes and lettuce. And for two dollars more, you can get their herbed and battered french fries. The burger was served hot, perfectly cooked to a  “medium well” and is very plentiful for satisfying two huge appetites. Their fries have a subtle but flavorful buttery taste to them.

Beers + friends = Leisure time at its best

I didn’t want to leave this part out of my review. But Wooster’s has a great beer selection that I have been meaning to try every week I have came to visit. Once again, this is where the bartender shines. They know their liquors and their beers as well. When I try a new place, I tend to try the menu strategically. Right now, I am only concentrating on the their great cocktails. Then I am going to flip the menu over and go for their beers. I can’t wait! I will keep you guys updated.

Overall, the love of food and spirits will always draw me to places like Wooster’s. One of the best parts  about Wooster’s, is how comfortable the atmosphere is to everyone. The bartenders at Wooster’s are friendly and never slack up or cut corners to make a complete drink for their customers. The drinks have precision and accuracy across the board in terms of flavors and presentation. If you want to bring friends and have a happy hour or have a birthday party, or just don’t want to go home, this is definitely the place to consider sitting in traffic.

By the way… Happy Hour is 7 days a week. It’s 4-6p except on Sundays where it begins a little early. 2-4p.

Here is their incredible menu. Oh… Their cocktail menu changes seasonally as well. The bartenders make their own respective cocktail and have it added to the menu.

Their incredible Menu

Need directions right now?

Directions to relaxation

Happy Holidays!!

Lobster with a touch nostalgia from home…

Lobster Lobster More Lobster

Any one who has moved from their respective hometown will always has a few places of they will miss visited from home. It can be their actual home they grew up in or philly cheesesteak place across street from their old high school.  In this type scenario I would like to introduction Buddy, an entrepreneur who moved from Maine to Louisiana to pursue his career in education. His also met his future wife and business partner. The nostalgia of missing food from several places from home inspired him to move to Houston and start a sandwich business. Specifically with the simple flavors of North eastern America. This is where we introduce Mainly Sandwiches. A local eatery who specializes in Lobster rolls. The keywords for this type of food establishment is; fresh, prepared perfectly and consistent. Consistency has always been my main pet peeve from local restaurants. And you know what? I didn’t have that problem at all!

Let’s get into the food.

Lobster
Great spread!

Walking into the place, you will notice the theme of a northeastern pier and the fishermen bringing in the fresh lobster catch of the day.  It took me a while to decide on what type of sandwich I wanted try. My usual plan is to get multiple items on the menu for blogging and my own personal enjoyment. :). But I settled or should I say I was focus on getting something that was full of lobster. So I ordered the regular lobster roll with a side of fries. The service? Quick! The lobster roll? Tasty. Wanting more Lobster later? Yes!!!. The lobster was perfectly cooked and was never frozen, so you know its super fresh.

Lobster Euphoria Completed!

Soda
Moxie Cola

After finishing the whole roll and needing a nap, I was jokingly speaking to my fellow blogger Mark of The Flight Tasting about a drink I notice that was everywhere throughout the restaurant called Moxie. I am very aware of the word “moxie” but not the drink itself. During this discussion, a gentlemen behind counter shouted ” would like to try it?” . We both agreed to try it, because… well… it’s something new to try! Moxie can be described as a mixture of coke, root beer and a touch of cough syrup. The carbonation level is on par with Coca Cola , which was super helpful in breaking down that whole Lobster roll. Back to the gentlemen behind the counter.  Well I found out he is the owner and operator of the Mainly Sandwiches who goes by the name “Buddy” .

Buddy was very friendly and very knowledgeable about his food and how he wanted to open a place that was representative himself and his hometown food. He wanted to bring the taste of home to share with Houston because he couldn’t find a place around town to get it just right.. There’s something about someone who knows their food and loves to share that pleasure with other people as well.

Friendly Atmosphere

BLT and Italian
The bread!

He was very adamant about trying his other sandwiches on the menu. Of course this wouldn’t be a problem, if I just didn’t down an entire loaf of bread and large sweet and tender lobster chunks. Luckily, he offered a nice sample of his Italian and BLT sandwiches.  Both of the sandwiches were the right mixture of flavors and textures when it comes to eating a sandwich. Again, the bread shines again, but the levels of flavor made you want to grab a few sandwiches to take home for later.

If you ever wanted a sandwich and want a nice quiet place to sit and eat and have friendly people discuss food from their hometown, then I recommend coming to Mainly Sandwiches.  I also recommend trying a trio of sandwiches, which means bringing multiple friends and stealing off their plates! Everyone wins!

Location : Mainly Locations

Menu : Mainly Sandwich Menu

Eatfitters Houston – Healthy and Tasty

Healthy

Healthy and tasty usually don’t go hand to hand when it comes to eating delicious food. I had the opportunity to try some new food without sacrificing the taste.  Usually my appetite and healthy don’t go well together. I’ve tried a couple of “healthy” prepared food before and came to conclusion it wasn’t for me at the time. One of the biggest gripes of anyone trying to eat healthy is the aspect of food not tasting good. Usually the salt content is super low. Over the years this has slowly change for the better as salt alternatives come into play in cooking the food.. Its been several years since I had those type of meals, so it was only right that I had a fresh new outlook!

Eatfitters of Houston have several locations around Houston, so it should be pretty easy to find one near your area. They recommend several meal plans that are catered to your taste , eating habits and goals. My weekly plan encompassed a breakfast, snack, lunch and another snack and dinner.

At first glance, the food looks great.  And that’s a positive thing!

Breakfast in the morning

I started with the Breakfast Turkey Hash . This was really good and definitely filling. I seriously thought that it wouldn’t be enough food, but it definitely hit the spot once I finished the meal.

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It was a hard choice and picking which snack that I wanted to eat first. since it was still morning time I decided on the Yogurt Parfait. It was filled with greek yogurt, blueberries, strawberries and topped with granola. The flavor was like having a light dessert. If you gave this to any kid to have for dessert, I am sure they wouldn’t be able to tell if it was something “healthy”. I would have never really consider this a mid morning snack, but if something taste like a dessert and I can eat it in the morning, then its has my blessing!

Now for lunch.

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For lunch I chose to eat the Turkey Bolognese. This is the first I had something healthy and didn’t need any type of seasoning. You can tell it was low sodium, but overall the flavor profile was very balanced. It came with ground turkey meat with carrots over whole wheat noodles. It also came with steamed broccoli.

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The next snack for the day was the cheesecake. Yes. The cheesecake was a snack and not a dessert. Now if there’s any excuse to eat sweets, this would be the best time to make that very case. The cheesecake was very good. It came with sliced strawberries on top with a graham cracker crust.

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Once I left work, I was definitely awaiting dinner for the night. SInce this was my last portion I chose to leave one my favorite dishes of all time for last. Lasagna!!! In this case it was Turkey Spinach lasagna with a side of steamed squashed. I made a great choice! A real good choice which led to me to wish I had a second portion. But we all know that  portion control is very important in beginning a healthy eating lifestyle.

Overall, the food was very acceptable. Very tasty and surprisingly fulfilling. After a long day at work, everyone dreams of having their food already cooked for the day and this food is basically that for people with a busy lifestyle.

Eatfitters can definitely lead you to a good path of eating healthy and catering to you diet goals as well.

Here is their website. They have online ordering or you can go to the store and talk to a nutritionist to get the best diet plan for you.

Eatfitters – Be fit for life (website)
Find a location near you.

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!

Houston’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry

Houston food

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be that way. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by making sure all kids get the healthy
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Houston’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry!

Every year, the country’s best chefs, sommeliers and mixologists join together with one goal in mind: end
childhood hunger in America by supporting Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry presented by Citi® and
Sysco®. In more than 30 cities across the nation – including Houston – guests of Taste of the Nation can sip
and sample gourmet creations from each city’s premier culinary talent and participate in unique food, travel and
lifestyle auctions – all while raising funds for No Kid Hungry.

Houston’s Taste of the Nation is coming up on September 29. Some of the best culinary talent in the state –
including Chef Chris Shepherd, Chef Randy Evans, BBQ Master Ronnie Killen, and Beverage Chair Alba Huerta
– will be serving bite-sized versions their signature fare, as well as amazing wines and craft cocktails. All event
proceeds support No Kid Hungry; just $1 can help feed a child in need 10 healthy meals, so your participation
can have a huge impact. Last year Houston’s Taste of the Nation raised enough to connect kids to 1.4 million
healthy meals.

Join me at Houston’s Taste of the Nation this year and help make No Kid Hungry a reality for more kids in Texas
and across the country. As a bonus for The Hungry Rells readers, through September 25 you can use my
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For tickets and more information, visit NoKidHungry.org/Houston.

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A classic Brunch on a Sunday

breakfast brunch food

As you all will start figuring out, we both enjoy eating brunch on a Sunday. It’s the last day before the work week starts for us. Everyone loves working, right?

This past Sunday we choose a popular brunch spot located in the Rice Village area in Houston called Benjy’s. Its great spot in terms of location and going on a nice mid-day date. I can describe this place to be “different” in their presentation and food ingredients.  Their meals consist of a combination of taste that stimulate each taste bud. This means you will get salty, sweet, bitter and sour in most of their meals. Some are stronger than others, but it’s usually a great balance.

Now for the good part! THE FOOD!IMG_20150705_115704-2

I felt like shrimp this food trip. So the easiest choice was to order their Shrimp and Grits. We are talking about so many flavors, it was like I was having two meals at once.  The meal consisted of grilled shrimp, with smoked jalapeno and cheese grits, roasted tomatoes, bacon, scallions and topped with a fried egg. The shrimp was fresh and was cooked perfectly. The grits were creamy and flavorful. The bacon was crispy and perfectly moist. All of this for a price of just 15 dollars. Most places charge between 17 to 28 dollars for the same meal.   A good Mimosa would definitely compliment this meal. (we didn’t buy any alcohol this trip) .This is something that would be great to cook at home.

Chicken fried sandwich
Good!

Her meal was Benjy’s daily special. She selected Crunchy chicken on a Pretzel bun. Drizzled with soy sauce, layered with bacon and a fried egg. She’s not a big fan of runny eggs, so she had it scrambled instead.  It came with a side of jalapeno – cheddar grits as well..  The sandwich was packed with meat. It also came with a side of couscous salad. Benjy’s definitely has their  influences in their meals from it’s restaurant next door neighbor- Local Foods.

Benjy’s has a huge list of options for brunch, so its great for everyone, including the little ones. We recommend visiting at least by 12 noon, so you can avoid waiting for a table.

Their Menu 

Menu

Their location’s

Locations and hours

 

Happy travels fellow foodies!

“Bluto” the Omelette . You may need spinach to finish this meal!

breakfast

I would like to introduce “The Bluto”. Yes, everyone’s favorite cartoon bully of Popeye the Sailor.  But this isn’t a bully, this a great meal after a good night with hanging with friends.  Let’s get to the good part!  The Bluto can be order as an omelette or a crepe filled with eggs, cheese, BACON, chorizo sausage, and onions. Then it’s topped off with a small melody of tomatoes, purple onions, lettuce and jalapenos.  It also comes with huge fried potatoes with a side of jelly. You would definitely need a big napkin to make sure you don’t get anything on your clothes.

Luckily for us, we didn’t have any issues. We both got the same meal and we both ate it like the building was on fire. Meaning… IT WAS THAT GOOD!

If you’re ever in Dallas area on a trip like we were, you definitely need to order this first and prepare for a good nights rest.

Here’s their website for further food analysis and happiness! Buzzbrews Restaurant

The burgers with endless options and deliciousness.

burgers

Our inaugural blog post!  And yes, it has to be about burgers.

If there is one item at any restaurant that I look for, it’s a hamburger. No matter day, mood or location I can always go for a damn good burger.  These delicious  burgers above were purchased from the popular Twisted Root Burger Co located in Dallas and Austin areas. They have practically hundreds of combinations of burgers to choose from because they have so many options for you to select. From avocados to peanut butter. And it’s not limited to just condiments or extras , it also includes the meat as well like Elk or Rabbit meat.. Yes I said that, a Rabbit burger ! These guys know how to make a great burger! And if you love pickles, they have spicy pickles as well!

This place will take several visits before we can run through the menu!

The food info : Her burger – The Ranch Hand (right)  My burger : The Southern Comfort (left) 

If you’re ever in Dallas or Austin you have to give them a quick visit.  http://twistedrootburgerco.com/

And to make it easier for the people who dont want to click through a billion menus… Here you go!

http://twistedrootburgerco.com/menu/

 

Hello world!

Delicious burger

We wanted to welcome the world to the start of our blog were we chronicle our food/drinks adventures. Bookmark this page for inspiration to try new things in new places! This is going to be epic! Just wait!