Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Houston Culinary Awards

Time for the "foodie Oscars" of Houston last night at the Houston Culinary Awards. MyTable Magazine does a great job with this, recognizing the best Houston has to offer and I was thrilled to attend! With more than 7,000 (fully vetted!) votes cast, there was a lot to celebrate. Highlights for me included Bernie's Burger Bus for best burger (if you haven't experienced their burger, you need to!); and Randy Evans for Chef of the Year ... couldn't happen to a nicer or more talented person who has done so much for the Houston culinary community and beyond. Love. Chris Shepherd won for Restauranteur of the Year and Underbelly won a number of other categories - awesome. Uchi won for Best New Restaurant in an especially tough category that included Roost, Oxheart and Pizaro's Pizzeria among others (speaking of something you need to eat if you haven't already). For the entire list of winners, click here.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Independence Day Cookies

I love Michael's Cookie Jar for so many reasons. Not only are his cookies beautifully detailed, these "all butter" cookies are
incredibly delicious. Few things in life look so pretty and actually taste good!
I especially love that for Independence Day, they're doing so many fun designs for the holiday, including the military service flag. Bravo, Michael!
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Good Food and Good Music ... My Favorite Combo





Last week I had the pleasure of attending the launch of "Behind the Strings" Wednesdays at Fox Hollow. Not only did I love the singer/songwriter showcase of local talent, but I was surprised by the yummy bar food. I don't hang out on Washington - it's not my scene. Fox Hollow is just off Washington but it has a completely vibe. I would never have known if I hadn't gone to this event.

I do frequently attend live music events, everything from the Mucky Duck to The Woodlands (if I really love somebody enough to go there) and everything in between. I'm particularly fond of singer/songwriter type shows. I love the stories that accompany the music and I just love listening to good singers in general. I'm always amazed by the amount of talent out there in terms of both singers and songwriters.

Fox Hollow is doing something unique each Wednesday with these events. The vibe is chill - many different seating options are available - at the bar, at tables, at banquettes against the wall. It's comfortable, the sound is great, the talent is tremendous ... and did I mention there was yummy food? Made in house beef sliders that were among the best I've had - perfectly medium rare and clearly made with quality beef on a divine pretzel bun. I was super happy! An excellent pulled pork version was available as well.

This is the kind of event Houston needs to support. It's special. They'll be showcasing new talent each Wednesday and I know I can't think of a better way to celebrate getting over hump day. Photos by BarStoolMag.com

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kicking Up My Heels at Katsuya

See my latest article for MyTable's Sidedish. I really enjoyed Katsuya.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Whole Foods Bans "Unsustainable" Fish/Meet Your Local Fish Monger on 5/1

Whole Foods has banned fish deemed "unsustainable" such as skate and Atlantic cod. Read the entire article here. As part of the PR campaign to promote their efforts, all Houston and Sugar Land stores are holding "Meet Your Fish Monger" event on May 1st from 6 until 7:30 p.m. See your local fishmonger fillet, de-scale and de-bone as well as learn great sustainable seafood options, recipes, and expert cooking tips. Also learn how through shopping for seafood you can make a difference in seafood sustainability.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Brunch Three Ways







Beware - this one will make you hungry. See my recent article for MyTable's SideDish here.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Beyond Pink Slime

Pink Slime & Beyond. With all the fuss about pink slime, people who like to eat well (and the people who like to feed them) are realizing the importance of common-sense policies for healthy and productive food supply. The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance is a non-profit organization headquartered in Texas is promoting their mission including a campaign for the FDA to label GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and fair markets for the small producers. Chefs like Randy Rucker are excited to learn more about the organization. [Twitter]
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