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From the monthly archives: September 2016
Erin Rose NOLA: Brancamenta Frappe
Erin Rose is legendary among bartenders in NOLA and beyond for their classic frozen Irish coffee. Here, Rhiannon Enil gives us a rich frozen concoction that blends Fernet Branca Menta with mocha gelato, milk and coffee (or chocolate — your choice). Brancamenta Frappe 1 1/2 ounce Fernet Branca Menta2 scoops (about 6 ounces) mocha gelato3/4 ounce whole milk Blend until smooth, serve in a 12 ounce cup and top with coffee or chocolate. Information provided by Tales of the Cocktail.
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In Honor of Daiquiri Season: The Hornswoggler Daiquiri
The daiquiri is easily one of the most beloved and quintessential drinks in cocktail history. From the original Cuban recipe to the neon-hued frozen concoctions slurped up by Bourbon Street revelers, the daiquiri has been a fixture for over a century, and has bred countless variations along the way. The recipe’s simplicity — rum, lime, syrup — belies the complex nature of the drink: it’s incredibly easy to mess up. When done right, though, it’s one of the most balanced (not to mention refreshing) drinks in the cocktail canon. As September comes to a close and daiquiri season ends, we…
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Peachy Pistachio Ice Cream

On September 30, 2016 By


Summer may be over but never wrong season for some homemade ice cream.

They said that the first day of Fall was September 22. Not here in Texas. It’s still pretty hot outside and when it’s hot, I want to make some ice cream.

I ran across some good peaches at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and just had to make a couple of jars of peach preserves and with the peaches that didn’t get go into the preserves I made this peachy pistachio ice cream and it did its job and cooled us down on a hot […]

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Peru Cafe Express

On September 29, 2016 By

3833 Southwest FreewayThe owners of this place and Argentina Cafe on Sage have recently opened a new Peruvian-Argentinian place, Che Inka, on Memorial, in a former Los Cucos.  My friend Lambowner checked it out and reported on it on Hungry Onion.&…

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Sugarface had a work thing in Toronto and I couldn’t resist tagging along even if just for a weekend. I spent less than 48 hours in Toronto which was enough to know a couple of things for certain. First, Toronto is such a hot food destination. And an obvious second, two days isn’t enough to […]

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U.S. Does...Sidebar The Woodlands
As the saying goes, “No great story ever started with a salad!”; now if you told that same story while cocktailing, the results would be altogether different. So what do you think you would have if you visited a bar where a majority of the cocktails created had a story? Well, that’s what bar manager/cocktail creator Patrick Abalos and his team are doing at Sidebar in The Woodlands. They are creating cocktails that have a story. This little gem, which is located on the second floor of The Westin Hotel, is not what you would expect from a hotel bar. …
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Today is the day, Dear Readers. I’ve been in prep mode the past couple of weeks–having to get my subs materials for when I am out for medical leave at Lone Star College, as well as other last minute surgery prep requirements. I’m in great hands–thi…

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On September 26, 2016 By

The small but passionate craft beer community in Mexico has always had an uphill battle. But despite the many barriers to entry confronting them, the market has grown steadily over the years. It used to be nigh impossible to find…

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Shrimp Taco Wraps

On September 25, 2016 By

You don’t need any tortillas for this taco.

I’m always looking for something new to try on friends. Wednesday night is my “girl’s night out” night. Sometimes we do “movie night” (my favorite), sometimes we go out to eat at a local restaurant or occasionally we do dinner and one of our houses.

I love fish tacos and I know I’ve been doing a lot of shrimp recipes lately but I couldn’t resist trying out a recipe for shrimp tacos using lettuce leaves in place of the tortillas; so is it a taco or lettuce wrap or a little […]

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Degustabox: September Box & Review
Many of you know and enjoy the fact that we at Urban Swank love subscription boxes of all kinds! It gives us the opportunity to not only bring you all something new, but it exposes us to all types of new and different products from many industries. Back in July, we started receiving the Degustabox food box which had just launched in the United States. Degustabox is a surprise food subscription box company based in Barcelona. They work with many popular and top tier companies to bring the best in food right into your homes. So each box retails for…
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