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Posts from March 2018

  • March 28, 2018
    The Catholic Italians reading may recognize this recipe as St. Joseph's altar cookies, or Sicilian fig cookies. They are also a tradition in Paul Petronella's family. We love Paul for his authentic Italian flavor at his restaurant, Paulie's, so we asked him to share a dessert recipe as an Easter treat. Touted in his cookbook, Paulie's , as a great starter recipe for kids learning basic baking skills, these cookies may be simple to make, but delicious to eat. This recipe will...
  • March 23, 2018
    Sitting down to talk with chef Kiran Verma over a cup of chai is like being embraced in a warm hug. Known as the godmother of Indian fine dining, she exudes warmth and passion for her craft, which she fell into without any formal training some 21 years ago when she bought an Indian restaurant from another family. In 2005, after owning another restaurant, she opened Kiran’s on Westheimer, and in January of last year, she moved it to Upper Kirby. There, she continues to work to offer diners
  • March 19, 2018
    The official start of spring is around the corner. What better time to pack up a picnic and head to one of Houston’s many green spaces? Grab a blanket, fill up your picnic basket and enjoy a meal al fresco with your family or better half. You don’t even have to prepare the food yourself. Here we share some great places to pick up provisions and ready-to-go meals that will make picnicking a breeze. Picnic in the Museum District specializes in sandwiches served on house baked bread....
  • March 15, 2018
    The nominees are out for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards, and a Montrose-area watering hole is in the running. Bobby Heugel's Anvil Bar and Refuge was nominated for “Outstanding Bar Program” and is the last of 12 Houston concepts left standing after the semifinals round. It will compete with five other bars across the country for the award. The competition: Bar Agricole - San Francisco, CA Clyde Common - Portland, OR Cure - New Orleans, LA Kimball House -...
  • March 14, 2018
    Pi? Pie? Why not both? You may have heard, March 14th is a day to celebrate the mathematical constant, pi, or 3.14. Thankfully for us, someone made it fun by including a celebration with actual pies. From traditional apple and cinnamon to Oreo and peanut butter - there is a pie for just about any craving you are having. We tracked down some of Houston's tasty selections at various bakeries and restaurants around town. Pie Options at Bakeries Flying Saucer Pie Company The Flying Saucer Pie
  • March 12, 2018
    Indian food can be daunting to try in your own kitchen, but can bring a spice and flair to break up the dinner monotony in your life. Our friends at Pondicheri shared with us a hard to screw up delicious and easy recipe so you can try your hand at Indian cuisine in your own home. There are umpteen ways to stuff peppers - this recipe features baby peppers, but will work for 4 large peppers as well. Orange and red are recommended, but the poblano is also delicious when roasted and stuffed.
  • March 8, 2018
    Indian cuisine has a way of standing out in a world of restaurant options in the Houston area. With the exotic ingredients, array of spices and unique dishes, Indian food allows you to be adventurous! Before you get started on your quest for your new favorite Indian dish in Houston, there are a few popular menu staples you should be familiar with. Biryani : a South Asian mixed rice dish also known as spicy rice. Dhokla : made with fermented batter from rice and chickpeas. Can be eaten for
  • March 5, 2018
    From short and twisted to long and narrow - noodles come in all different shapes and sizes. March is National Noodle Month and there are plenty of options in the Houston area of places to go an enjoy noodles of all shapes and sizes. From River Oaks to the Heights and over on the East Side - we tracked down some tasty and unique noodles dishes you’ve got to try! Grotto Downtown Have you ever tried Trofie noodles? The noodles are short, thin and twisted and from Liguria in Northern Italy....
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