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!

 

 

 

National Ice Cream Day aka Creamy fun day!

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Hey! It seems like every week there is a new national “food” holiday.  A quick Google search shows the number to be over 150 food holidays. And this past Sunday’s holiday was a great day.  We went to our usual go-to area for finding something to eat.(Rice Village). They have several spots for desserts and at least three places that serve some sort of cold treat.  Swirll, Baskin Robbins, and Cloud10 are the few we think of so far. We settled on Cloud10 creamery.

Cloud10 is sort of a place that experiments with different types of flavors of ice cream. We are talking flavors like Peach and Black olive or Bay Leaf with marmalade ice cream. These are considered seasonal ice creams and you may like a certain flavor and never see it again. Don’t worry, they still have traditional flavors just in case you want to keep it to something that’s normal.

Now for the good part!.

She wanted something simple and settle on the vanilla bean ice cream, topped with candied pecans..I wanted the monthly sundae special. It was fudge sundae with vanilla bean ice cream topped with brownies, raspberry marshmallows, fudge, and whipped cream.

Sundae funday good

Look how good those two go together. We each got three scoops and it took me a very long time to get to the bottom of my cup. I soon found out that what was on the top of the sundae was also at the bottom of the sundae.  Every spoonful was loaded with gooey, chewy, creamy bits of sweet deliciousness. The employees take very good care to make sure that you get the right amount of everything in the cup or waffle cone..

Even though it’s not National Ice Cream day every day, you can give this place a try no matter the date. Bring your friends and family. Once you all grab your favorite flavor of ice cream, go ahead and take a walk around Rice Village to burn it off.

Overall this place seems to always to be always pushing the envelope in term making eccentric ice cream flavors. If you love trying something new, then add this to your list, just like we did.

Have fun!

Their website: 

Cloud10 Creamery

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Location

Delicious pizza and donuts = An incredible brunch combo!

pizza

Pizza! We all love pizza. So in search of brunch on a Sunday ,we chose one area in Houston we love to visit during the weekends , the Galleria area. Due to the traffic around Houston, its actually preferable since its close to home.  Traffic in Houston can make anyone either really frustrated or really hungry. Luckily on the weekends this isn’t an issue except the hunger part. We chose North Italia for it’s Sunday brunch food variety. It’s located off Post Oak in the BLVD place development around the corner from the Verizon store.

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