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.

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.

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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

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The Menu

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Harold’s – HRW2015 – Burger love!

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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! 🙂

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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

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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!

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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…..

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…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.

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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.

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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? 😀

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Their salad bar!

Nice bottles

Steak omelette

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

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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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Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen

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Hubbell and Hudson kitchen

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1252 Tapas Bar

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Stay full my friends!