The Perfect Date Night : Foodie Edition

A good foodie typically has a multitude of food places they would love to visit in their area. Mostly, places that have good prices, customer service, ambience, location and most importantly good food to match. In this case, this is MY version of a perfect date night for foodies. Most people go for reasonably priced food, but I wanted to show the the broad range of places from $$$$ to $. Of course all of these things can be mix-matched and utilized for a lot more than just a date night. A perfect date also means you need the perfect significant other to join you. Hopefully they’re not a picky eater, but if they are, make sure you choose a place with plenty options. Options is the keyword in defining the “perfect” date night.

Now lets get into the best parts!

Movietime!

Going to the movies is the best way to snuggle up with a love one and enjoy a temporary care free life away from the real world for a couple hours. The average movie theater are set up as large theaters made for large crowds, basic food options with people who can be typically in an awkward place sitting next to a complete stranger. As of late, movies theaters have moved towards being the jack-of-all trades of date nights. They’ve are added better food and drink options, better sitting arrangements that are more personal and comfortable and they’ve also have added waiters to serve you directly in your seat, so that you don’t have to walk a single step to get get any of your food and drink items.

Here are a couple of my choices for movie theaters.

Show off!

Comfortable seats!

Ipic theater ($$$$) has some the best qualities for the best movie experience possible. You will have your own two seats that is walled off from other the movie goers. You have blankets if its too cold in the theatre, a small pillow to get extra comfortable and an electronically controlled reclining chair. Their (menu) is full of “Luxury” food options such as a Wagyu Beast burgers, lobster rolls or loaded tater tots. They have a full restaurant and bars outside the theatre to relax and socialize before and/or after the movie. Of course all of these amenities come with a price. But it worth it in my opinion when you just want to have a great time!

But you just want to spend time together… Here’s a cheaper option.

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Comfortable but not so private

If you not into that kind of stuff just yet. Then I definitely recommend going to Studio Movie grill ($$). It’s the same concept but the seating is not as personal and as comfortable. But you can surely get the same customer service experience throughout your movie going experience.

My Favorite part : Food

For the perfect date night, you need to have the perfect steak dinner. Steak is a staple of deliciousness that I like to experience once a week if I could. But my responsibility alarm will go off and will make sure it keeps me in line with what I want to buy. Steaks should barely touched other than the heat of the grill and mild seasoning, a minimum amount of sauces, cooked no further than medium well. After medium-well, it loses its flavor and texture. once you find the sweet spot, the flavor will surprise you!

Keeping showing off!

My pick for food is Capital Grille ($$$$)

But first you have to start off with a great appetizer that compliments the perfect date, that also prepares your palette for the rest of the nights food offerings.

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Nice Appetizer!

I recommend the fried calamari or the lobster and crab cakes!

Next up.The main courses.

Steak is so good!
Yes!!

This is Capital Grille’s encrusted coffee NY strip with shallot butter sauce with sauteed spinach and lobster mac and cheese. $$$$

Going for a little cheaper…

Try Taste of Texas ($$$)

NY Strip steak with garlic butter. 🙂

Just want to spend time with your date?

Try a regular steak night in Houston . I regularly use this (site) to find what I need for steak nights around Houston.  But you have to remember to time your meals with your movietime. I would suggest eating after the movies, because who wants to watch a movie after a huge meal? This also means going a littler early to the movies because most steak nights end early depending on the day.  Pricing, seating and location are all up to you in terms of what you and special need to have a good time.

With all these steaks,you have to have the perfect sides  to enjoy them.

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Lobster Mac and cheese is must. Sauteed spinach with garlic helps with digestion and the perception of eating”healthy”. lol

Not really a meat eater or just don’t feel like eating beef? Go to Pappadeaux’s.

Blackened Catfish

Try Pappadeaux’s ($$) Mississippi Catfish Opelousas (good luck pronouncing that word)  which is blackened catfish with oysters,shrimp, and crabmeat in a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce. This is all served over a delicious dirty rice.

Closing out the perfect date : The Dessert

At this point, you’ve seen a movie, ate really well and probably had a few adult beverages in-between. But you and your date have a sweet tooth.

You’ve may have already visited one steakhouse, but Pappas Bros Steakhouse offers great steaks and also great desserts.

 

This dessert is a milk chocolate mousse with a toasted marshmallow with dark chocolate ganache, toffee pieces & vanilla-malt sauce.

Ice cream is good too!

If you want something different and customizable then I would chose Creamistry ($$). Creamistry uses liquid nitrogen to create your custom mix of ice cream flavors and choices in a matter of seconds. It’s really cool in terms of presentation and flavor choices.

The perfect date is relative to the people who are enjoying the night out. These are just my recommendations of course. You can use as many permutations of this list as possible that will result in your own “perfect” night.  This can also be a great idea when you may want to pop ” the question” one day !  When you have the right one, you probably have a perfect date on every date anyways!

Until next time my friends!. Don’t forget to visit my Instagram and Facebook page for more food porn!

Stay hungry!

 

 

 

Sunday Brunch : Bradley’s Fine Dining

French toast

Hello Foodies!

Brunch on a Sunday is starting to become a weekly routine. It’s also the best and cheapest way to try some really good food. Besides, this is the last day to enjoy yourself before the work week starts!

So today we settled on Bradley’s Fine Diner or BFD.

Store front

The atmosphere was very comfortable, big windows and soft seats that make for a comfortable and relaxed food outing.

Reviewing the menu we saw a lot to choose from but only a couple menu items that stood out to us. This wasn’t a bad thing, but we usually reserve these types of outings for trying something brand new or different.

Well let’s get to the reason why you’re here!

The Brunch Food

Steak and eggs

She ordered the Steak and Eggs. It comes with a grilled ribeye steak, three scrambled eggs, home fries ( Hash Browns). I am sure you can get your eggs anyway you want them.

When it comes to brunch I usually want something good, different or I will end up settling for just getting the simpler items like french toast or maybe an omelette or maybe steak and eggs myself. NOPE! I went for…

The good old burger.

burger

The Wood fired Chuck burger comes with white cheddar cheese, fancy sauce (Secret) ,bacon, pickles, tomatoes and hand cut house fries.

At this point we were very full from both of our meals. We asked for our check anticipating the two hour nap ahead of us. We paid the bill and proceeded to “wobble” out the booth just to see another server come by and dropped this beauty off at our table :

French toast from brunch

The French toast sticks with apple pie dipping sauce was compliments of the chef. And the best thing about this particular item, it was something different. So we fulfilled our goal of trying something different thanks to the chef.

Again, we were so full, but couldn’t let this free dessert go to waste! This was definitely the cherry on top for our brunch outing.

We can’t wait to go back and try their regular dinner menu and hopefully get another surprise from the chef! So definitely add this place on your list and take a quick visit and enjoy!

The Location

Direction/Location

The Menu

Menu

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 

Menu

Location

Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen

Menu

Location

Hubbell and Hudson kitchen

Menu

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.
(sorry for the blurry pic)
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!

 

Steak… Steak… Steak and more Steak

steak and salad

Good day ladies and gentlemen! We occasionally enjoy a good steak. Houston Restaurant week does a great job at showcasing some of the best steaks in the city. One thing for sure, that having a good steak isn’t just limited to a restaurant. A great steak as everyone should know doesn’t need any sauce, EVER. This means no A-1 sauce, no steak sauce, no ketchup and definitely no gravy.

One of our favorite streaks to eat is a nice homemade ribeye streak. Pan seared and no added sauces. This steak was one the best steak I had ever had. The salad made it even better. I usually have some nice garlic mashed potatoes or mac and cheese to compliment the meal. This particular day was a salad day! A great mix green salad with dried cranberries, feta cheese, and a light vinaigrette dressing. Home cook meals will always be the best meals to have over going out to a restaurant. One of the benefits is the food is YOURS in how it’s prepared and how it’s seasoned. And it’s not overpriced whatsoever. Good food should be a delicious and affordable too. This meal cost a total of $14 dollars and some change.

steak and salad

The picture below is from one of the best nights to have a steak in the America. STEAK NIGHT TUESDAYS! If you never heard of Steak Night Tuesdays, then I suggest you check this website site out http://houstonsteaknight.com/.There are two reasons you should love steak nights’. The first reason is the steaks should be eaten at least once a week. The second reason is that steaks on the steak night are considerably cheaper versus the regular menu prices. We are talking about a 14oz. Rib Eye with two sides for $16 dollars type of cheap.This particular steak is from the Community Bar in Midtown Houston. A 16oz. Rib Eye with chimichurri, mashed potatoes and some sort of corn, potatoes and mushroom mix. IT WAS SO GOOD!  Go ahead and just stare at the picture while you get into your car to drive to this place! If it’s too far, find a place on the website that’s closer to your area. And if you are out of town, then book a quick flight! 😀

Steak night!

Saving the best for last!  I would like to talk about the steak from the Capital Grille restaurant. This 16oz. T-bone steak of greatness on a plate will set you back $60 dollars and it’s worth at least $75 dollars in my opinion. It was cooked perfectly. It was seasoned perfectly. The food service was perfect. The sides were perfect. One of our favorite sides that accompanies a good steak is Lobster mac and cheese (Not picture)

Great steak

Now that your mouth is watering go ahead and choose your best option for getting a good steak and go for it. If its home cooked or a nice restaurant we’re sure you will make a great choice.

For a good home cooked steak, we recommend these items for the best steak:

Cast Iron Skillet

StarPack Premium Silicone Tongs 2 Pack (9-Inch & 12-Inch), Bonus 101 Cooking Tips (Cherry Red)

For steak night recommendations:

Houston Steak Nights!

For a great steak on a date night :

Location and Menu

Stay full my Foodies!