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?

Beef
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.

 

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!

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 

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Location

Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen

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Location

Hubbell and Hudson kitchen

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Location

1252 Tapas Bar

Menu/Location

Stay full my friends!

 

Houston’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry

Houston food

Join Me at Houston’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. But it doesn’t have to
be that way. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by making sure all kids get the healthy
food they need, every day. And you can help, all while enjoying some of the best food and drink in Texas at
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 –
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5 Delicious Tacos you will love!

Velvet taco

Hello, fellow Foodies!  We recently found out about a new place to eat in the Heights area of Houston and that means a quick visit by us! This new place serves tacos with ingredients that are supposed to be served on someones’s dinner plate. That new place is called Velvet Taco. It’s situated right off Washington Ave right next to the Jack in the Box. We headed right into the place and the first thing we noticed was that the parking lot was small, but the place was loaded with people. UH OH! Luckily, on our first go around in the parking lot we found a spot.

We quickly walked in and noticed that the place was very spacious and clean. GOOD! The line was long, but it moved at a steady pace. The wait gives you plenty of time to go look over the menu and also spot out where you are going to sit to eat.
Inside

As you can see from the menu, your first question to yourself, “Is how will they pull all of this off? “. It didn’t seem like the kitchen could handle the massive list of tacos on the menu. Once we buckled down on what we wanted to eat, we pseudo-memorized the numbers on the menu, instead of just reading off the titles of the food from the menu. We each got 3 tacos, not knowing if they were going to be huge or small tacos. We also debated if we were going to get any side items. But we ended up just settling on just the tacos to be safe.

velvet menu

Now for the run down! 

She ordered a  #10 Texas Burger, #15 Shrimp and Grits and a #12 Slow Roasted brisket.

I ordered a  #15 Shrimp and Grits, #11 Grilled Flank Steak and a #2 Rotisserie chicken.

The titles of the tacos don’t do justice in describing what’s in the tacos, so let me help you out!

Rotisserie Chicken
It came with white queso, roasted corn pico, cilantro, and smoked poblano salsa in a corn tortilla. It had great flavor and was really simple.
I really didn’t taste the rotisserie flavor, but it was still a good taco!

Rotisserie taco

Texas Burger
It came with a real burger pattie, peppered bacon, American cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, and velvet sauce in a flour tortilla.
She like this one because it tasted like a real bacon cheeseburger without the bun. I enjoyed it for the same exact reason.

cheeseburger taco

Grilled Flank Steak
It came with grilled flank steak portobello mushrooms, white queso, grilled red onion, and mex – oregano in a corn tortilla.

Steak flank taco

Shrimp and grits
It came with creole mayo, blackened shrimp, deep fried crispy pepper jack cheese grits, charred tomato poblano creole, and micro cilantro in a corn tortilla.

Shrimp and grits

The Texas Burger and the Flank Steak tacos were our favorites.  We would have preferred all the tacos on flour tortillas versus the corn. We’ll make sure to ask next time we visit.

All the tacos

The drink selection is pretty nice too! You won’t find any Coca-Cola or Pepsi here. It’s simple, but the flavors were tasty!

Soda options

I had the black cherry soda that tasted like carbonated Kool- Aid (that’s a good thing) and she had the real lemon – lemonade.
They also have beers on tap, fresh margaritas and old school sodas.(not pictured).

Great sodas

If you love Torchy’s Tacos, you will definitely love this place! So you should definitely check it out if you have an urge for some good ole tacos.

Come back and tell us how you like it!

Their location:
Velvet Taco Map 

Their Menu
Velvet Taco Menu

 

Stay full my fellow Foodies!