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!

 

 

 

BossCat Libations. The love of food and brunch.

You’re taking your usual stroll through Yelp looking for a new spot to entice your palate. When you’re a foodie, you’ve tried a thousands places before and you need something new. You almost gave up but then you notice a name that makes your eyes light up. It’s Bosscat Kitchen + Libations. From the pictures alone, you just knew you had to try this place out. And that was my story on how I ended up going to them several times in a single month. From brunch to dinner, Bosscat will give you everything that you need to have a great dining experience.

Now lets get into the great food, drinks and the joys of good food.

Fried egg and the rest…

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Bosscat Burger

I have a close relationship with fried eggs. If the option is on the menu, I will pay the up-charge to have it. This is where I introduce the Bosscat burger, that’s made with in-house ground beef, bacon, cheese and black garlic sauce. Juicy, large as hell and flavorful are the first thoughts that come to mind. But no burger is complete without the fries. The Bosscat fries takes two days to prepare and the recipe is a secret, but they are delicious nevertheless.

Bosscat Sticky Bun burger
Bosscat Sticky Bun burger

Another burger they serve is strictly for the brunch crowd. The Sticky Bun Breakfast burger is made with a sticky bun with sliced smoked ham,in- house ground beef, cheese, duck fat fried egg and pecans on top. You’re thinking to yourself, why in the world would I get this burger?  Well, on the top of their menu their brunch motto says “…because calories don’t count on Sundays”. It’s one whole breakfast in a neat package.

Canadians love cheese too…

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Bosscat Poutine

Poutine is a Canadian staple that has been around for the last 60 years. To be considered a poutine, it must have these three delicious ingredients : cheese curds, french fries and gravy. Everything else is just an extra level of enjoyment. Bosscat has  some really good poutine and it’s shareable, it’s fulling, it’s nap inducing and it’s everything.  The Bosscat Poutine is made with their homemade Bosscat fries, pork belly, Ellsworth Creamery cheese curds, and Andouille sausage gravy. Make sure you grab yourself a nice whiskey or cocktail or both. It doesn’t matter at this point, you will be full and sleepy before the drinks comes to the table after eating this meal anyways.  

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Nashville hot frog legs

Have you ever wanted to go to Nashville and have hot frog legs? You’re in luck! Bosscat has what you need! The Nashville Hot Frog Legs are buttermilk battered frog legs, that’s tossed in a Nashville hot sauce and served on a piece of white bread to soak the juices for you. This was a great appetizer that I refused to share with anyone who asked.

Beef and chicken and potatoes… Am I on a farm?

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Braised Beef short rib

I was lucky the first time I visited Bosscat. The owners were very generous with their time in describing their food on the menu. You can tell that they’ve tasted everything on the menu. This wonderful suggestion by J.T. was one of my favorites. The 12 hour Braised Beef Short Rib that is made with Midwest braised beef short rib, in a black pepper sauce, potato gratin and topped with another fried egg! Sorry for the picture. I was too excited to eat!

For the love of Brunch…

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Fruity Pebble French Toast

The Fruity Pebble French Toast. The creativity of this meal gives it a 12 on a scale of 1-10.  The bread that was used was perfect. It soaked up the flavors but didn’t get soggy whatsoever. I literally ate half, shared some later, took it home and ate it for breakfast the next day!  Their french toast is infused with condensed milk glaze, chopped bacon, fruity pebbles and fresh berries. Its only on brunch!  🙁 And its very popular. And you might see me there eating it again.

Another favorite of mine…

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Everything breakfast!

Another candidate for meal of the year goes to the Short Rib Chilaquiles. It’s made with shredded beef short rib, over corn tortillas, cheese, sliced avocado and topped off with a fried egg and sour cream! This was so fulling. You can definitely skip dinner with this combination. It sticks to your bones and doesn’t let go until you wake up again.

Overall, Bosscat has some really good food. The atmosphere is incredible. They have the glass garage doors that open to let sunlight and fresh air in, and you have the vibe of California throughout the restaurant. It makes sense, because there is another Bosscat in Newport, California. The Houston food scene is getting very robust and its getting harder to differentiate yourself from one restaurant to another. But Bosscat had definitely separated themselves from everyone else with their food, atmosphere, drinks and prices. They’ve only been open for a few weeks and they have already made a significant impact to the food scene.

Go check them out!

Bosscat Kitchen+ Libations

Bosscat Yelp Photos

Directions

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.

 

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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!!

Do you love brunches? I know I do!

Brunches can signify the ending of the weekend before the work week begins. One of the hardest things about brunches, is actually finding a place that has good food at a great price.

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Good food that makes good people happy!

 

Thanks to the Houston Press for coming up with a nice inclusive list of places to go eat around Houston.

I never knew Brennan’s of Houston had any type of brunch. Do you have any other favorite brunch spots you would suggest? Now excuse me, it’s time to try out this list.

Try two if you want… It’s ok!

12 Great brunch spots around Houston

As always, remember to try multiple items on the menu. Something familiar and something different. It’s the foodie motto.

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.