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Posts from February 2018

  • Kolache Credit: Photo: Rebecca Wright
    February 28, 2018
    Houston's culinary community once again proves to be a hub of diversity and innovation in bringing the first-ever Houston Kolache Day to the region! Mayor Sylvester Turner signed a proclamation requested by kolache shop, Koala Kolache, to declare Houston Kolache Day on March 1. Your celebrations can be made complete by visiting one of these following Houston-area kolache shops which are participating in the first iteration of the holiday: Koala Kolache 14502 Spring Cypress Road, 300,...
  • Crawfish season in Port Arthur Credit: Crawfish in Port Arthur
    February 26, 2018
    It's one of our favorite seasons here in Houston - crawfish season! We're not alone, either. For many locals crawfish is the meal of choice from March to June. Before the crawfish officially invade, we're putting together a list of all the local hot spots to catch the flavor in these mudbugs. Help us build our list with some of your own recommendations! If you have a favorite patio spot, bar stool or table in town, let us know using the survey below. This survey is now closed....
  • February 22, 2018
    You can enjoy one on the rocks or frozen with salt or without and in just about every flavor under the sun including strawberry, mango, blood orange and even spicy hot! Yep, we are talking margaritas. National Margarita Day is Thursday, February 22nd and you know Houston is the headquarters for finding the best margaritas around. It was not easy to narrow down a list, but we hope to help you enjoy some of the tasty and unique margarita options we found! Ambriza Social Kitchen Margaritas for a
  • Photo by Robert J. Lerma Credit: Robert J. Lerma
    February 21, 2018
    Houston’s barbecue scene has been booming in recent years, with barbecue joints of all stripes – mom-and-pop shops, chef-driven restaurants, and trucks – serving up tasty smoked meats to the delight of barbecue fans. Houston barbecue is further enriched by its deep cultural influences. From Cajun to Korean and Mexican, Houston’s diversity can be seen in its ‘cue. Pay a visit to Ray’s BBQ Shack in the Third Ward, where pitmaster Ray S. Busch dishes out...
  • James Beard Foundation Credit: James Beard Foundation
    February 15, 2018
    The James Beard Foundation today announced the semifinalists for its 2018 Restaurant and Chef Awards, and Houston showed up big with twelve nominees across several categories. The prestigious awards, considered the Oscars of the culinary world, recognize honor the top chefs, restaurants, wine professionals, journalists, cookbook authors, restaurant designers, and other food professionals in the United States. In recent years, the Houston chefs have snagged three of the last four Best Chef:
  • February 13, 2018
    Surprise your sweetie one day early on February 13th for National Eat Italian Food Day! It’s a day set aside to celebrate the Italian culture in our area, namely the uniquely inspired food. While you may think Houston is best known for its Mexican cuisine there are plenty of amazing options when it comes to enjoying fare the other side of the pond - Italy. Grotto Downtown Start your afternoon exploring Discovery Green park and walk over to Grotto Downtown. The warehouse style interior has
  • February 7, 2018
    You know it’s Mardi Gras time in Houston when you start seeing King Cakes pop up in bakeries and stores around town. King Cake is a traditional pastry meant to honor the three kings who delivered gifts to the baby Jesus. An authentic king cake includes cinnamon swirls with the colors of Mardi Gras sprinkled top, and would you believe it’s not all that hard to make one for yourself! “Purple signifies ‘justice,’ green signifies ‘faith’ and gold...
  • cacao & cardamom Credit: cacao & cardamom
    February 1, 2018
    It only makes sense that National Chocolate Lovers Month is February. After a month of devotion to clean eating and healthy living, we firmly believe in February as the month to treat yourself. From artisanal chocolatiers to European-style chocolate shops, we’ve rounded up Houston’s best bets for chocoholics. The Chocolate Bar Uncle Darryl’s chocolate cake is a favorite at this Montrose institution with fans claiming it has a perfect frosting to cake ratio. The toffee bits...
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