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From the monthly archives: January 2017

Hot Spinach Dip with Tomatoes

On January 31, 2017 By

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Not your ordinary spinach dip. No Artichokes in this one and one of my favorites.

How many dips can you name from your years of cooking. Onion dip was on top of my list and way back when I used Lipton Onion Soup mix to make it. I can only imagine what a homemade version would taste like; will have to give that a try. Mexican Cheese Dip was always a favorite also. Adventurous wasn’t in my vocabulary back then. I knew onion and cheese dip, that’s about it.

Then one day someone tried putting spinach and artichokes together; […]

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State Fare 947 Gessner b190, Houston, TX 77024 http://statefarehouston.com I had a two hour lunch/brunch media tasting at State Fare and barely made a dent in their 65+ item menu! Their brunch will be available every Saturday and Sunday starting this weekend from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. New brunch items include Avocado Street Corn […]

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Brunch is the best of all meals, according to me as well as Ted Mosby of How I Met Your Mother.  A slow paced, long late morning meal that can have breakfast food and/or lunch food with booze if you so desire.  A number of Houston restaurants are simply outstanding for Sunday or Weekend Brunches.  One that had been totally off my radar for no good reason that my family alerted me to was the well-established Barnaby’s Café, which has 8 locations mostly in the Inner Loop area.  Some of those locations, such as the one on Shepherd I visited, are in converted houses and at times, you may drive too fast, blink and not see them.  However, as evidenced by the crowds that were there that fine Sunday Morning, they have a huge following, especially from pet lovers who want a dog friendly patio to enjoy their meal.  We were in the mood for breakfast food at a late time, leisurely pace and Barnaby’s delivered for us.

Normally at this point I’d be quoting an about section or company info section from the website.  However, this is not entirely available.  As such I will share a few things I have learned from digging around the web.  Barnaby was a big sheep dog that was the owner’s best friend who passed away back when the owner was 12 years old.  When the owner later opened their first restaurant, he named it after his childhood pal. Clearly the owner has has put his heart into these local neighborhood joints. Barnaby’s, known for its consistently fresh and healthy dishes and dog (and human) friendly patios, is located in a more than a few Houston neighborhoods.  They are known in the general public for being family friendly, pet friendly with respect to their patios (especially dogs!), and to be welcoming for people of all types across any demographic you can break down.  We came out on a Sunday for brunch and found a great plethora of items on their breakfast menu.  While their menus are one pagers, they have a good variety of options that would please any palate.

As our family has a mixture of palates, we went with four somewhat divergent items and everybody shared a bit of each.  I ordered a Annie’s low-fat high protein breakfast burrito–Sis egg whites, grilled chicken and jack cheese (you can get black beans but I nixed them and added the cheese) wrapped in a tortilla.  it comes with sliced tomatoes, salsa and spent a little extra for some guacamole.  We also tried some green eggs (two scramble eggs with spinach, artichoke hearts & jack cheese, served with chicken apple sausage and fried potatoes.  Helena went for the red velvet pancakes with cream cheese icing, maple syrup and bacon.  And jason went with a short stack of buttermilk pancakes and bacon a la carte.  As you can see from the photos, this stuff is nicely plated and looks really good.  Looks are not deceiving.  We also enjoyed fresh coffee and OJ with our meal as well.  Though the Shepherd Location was really busy this sunny Sunday morning, our food was delivered hot and fresh.  Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and…

The burrito was substantial–plenty of egg whites, and chicken, nicely grilled, hot on the inside and the cheese I had added was properly melted.  The tomatoes were fresh sliced, juicy, but didn’t have water running everywhere onto the plate.  The guacamole was creamy and a little spicy, but they didn’t go crazy with the onions in it either.  The green eggs are a great scrambler of a dish–great for those who love a spinach artichoke casserole I’d say. The fried potatoes are hot, crispy, fresh, soft inside and are even better with a little of their house salsa on top.  Jason was very happy with his pancakes, describing them as fluffy, good at soaking up the real maple syrup taht was included therein.  I was quite fond of the chicken apple sausage that was served with the Green Eggs–savoury, a little sweet too, juicy, meaty.  Of no suprise the star of the order was the Red Velvet Pancakes with cream cheese icing and a sprig of mint on top.  Though maple syrup was included, it wasn’t needed.  This gives you a pancake, breakfast permissible version of a small piece of red velvet cake.  Overall a delicious breakfast that we all enjoyed.

Report Card for Barnnaby’s Café on Shepherd:
Food:  
     Red Velvet Pancakes: A+
     Short Stack of Pancakes: A
     Green Eggs: A
     Annie’s Hi-Pro Lo-Fat Burrito: A
Service:
     Speed: A-
     Friendliness: A
Cleanliness:
     Dining Room: A
     Washroom: A-
Atmosphere:
     Family friendly, Pet Friendly Local Café: A

Overall Grade: A

Barnaby’s Café has 8 Houston locations.
We went to the one at:
1701 S. SHERHERD DR.
Houston, TX
713-520-5131

Lunch/Dinner Hours: 7 days a week 11AM-10PM
Breakfast Hours:
Tue-Fri:  7:30AM-10:30AM
Sat-Sun:  8AM-11AM


Eat Happy, Y’all!!!
吃得开心!!!
Hank

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Almond Slaw with Edamame

On January 26, 2017 By

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Crunchy vegetables and nuts, how easy is that.

Have you made any New Years resolutions yet? or I guess the question is DID you make any New Year’s resolutions and have you broken them yet?

Guess I could resolve not to go to so many movies a week, but why would I do that, I’m over 60 so why not go as often as I want (at least twice a week) until I run out of movies to watch. I could resolve to exercise more but I have to start doing that anyway because my sciatica problem is into […]

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One of the things I am often amazed at is how Houston area businesses and entrepreneurs, especially in the Food Service Industry, help out and give back to the communities that make up this Great Area where we live.  Whether it’s the many great works from the crew at Peli Peli that are all over the place, to the very specific target actions of Saint Arnold Brewing, the Houston area has a friendly culture of caring that transcends ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual orientation and politics.  Some businesses are speifically set up to help those in need in a broad sense–i.e. Second Blessing from WHAM, or in a more focused sense, like the topic of this article Sweet Angels Café & Bakery in Pearland.  First, let’s hear their story straight from them:

Sweet Angels Cafe-Bakery was born out of a dream from the Forgotten Angels Foundation to provide meaningful vocational activities for individuals living with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities. Job coaches work with residents of Forgotten Angels to develop vocational opportunities that promote success. Our vision is for Pearland and the world beyond to embrace the active and meaningful participation of people with special needs. The Forgotten Angels Foundation transforms the lives of people living with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities – at home, at work and in the community. Forgotten Angels was founded in 2001 by Renee McGuire, a Pearland business owner, to help friends who were struggling to find appropriate services for their adult children with disabilities. In 2011, Forgotten Angels Foundation partnered with Unified Care Group to provide foster care and Home and Community-based services. Today, Forgotten Angels Foundation provides specially designed homes and facilities, as well as recreational, educational, and vocational opportunities for more than 100 individuals with special needs. 

This is something I can wholeheartedly get behind on several levels.  I have worked with adults with different kinds of disabilities in my job ever since I got hired at McDonald’s back in high school.  I have a daughter who is in the Autism Spectrum but is very high functioning and most folks don’t even realize it.  While Forgotten Angels is working with those who are more severely learning disabled, what I found out from sitting and chatting with their head baker and the Café’s executive director Tim Pylate is that they get folks out in the community and in the workplace.

As you can see from the short video from Rashi Vats of Fox 26, the Angels as the employees are known, are trained thoroughly in different jobs as baking assistants, servers, dishwashers, bussers and so forth on down the line.  This includes vocal coaching, safety and hygiene training as well as customer service skills.  Of course, as good as all of these are, and in and of themselves makes Sweet Angels Bakery and Café worthy of support, the fact that the baked goods they serve are so delicious, well that is just icing on the proverbial cake!  And as you can see from the display case over here, they have plenty of awesome baked goods to choose from!

On this particular visit, I started off (clockwise from right!) with a nice French Press of locally roasted coffee.  Very smooth, very rich and was very pleased with it.  The coffee was there to offset some of the sweeter items I tried this day.  These items included a four layer lemon cream cake–very luscious, not too sweet, nice tart lemon flavour throughout (think there was lemon curd in there!) along with sweet cream vanilla icing in betwen the layers.  Magnificent!  Next was a chocolate cream tart–rich, luscious chocolate pudding with house made whipped cream topping (the kind that is not as sweet as Reddi-Whip!).  This was luscious and woudl scratch a chocolate lover’s itch!  And for the lovers of cheesecake, there was a chocolate pecan caramel turtle cheesecake that was heavy with cream cheese or was it ricotta… a thick, crunchy graham cracker crust and nice chunks of pecans.  
I managed to restrain myself from gobbling them all up, brought the leftovers home, which were promptly gobbled up by my kids Helena and Jason.  From their feedback, they thought I’d brought the desserts from any number of our great bakeries like Three Brothers, Rao’s or Drew’s Pastry Place.  When I informed them about Sweet Angels, my son Jason said “Whomever is training the baking assistants is doing a good job because these desserts rock!” As you can see from this other picture, they have many great multi-layer cakes, as well as pies, smaller pastries and the like.  During my visit, they had temporarily suspended lunch service.  However, Lunch Service is now back per their website!   
As this was a first visit, I’m not going to do a formal report card.  However, each dessert I tried was an A+ in my book and the work they are doing to help a plethora of folks in the Pearland area is immeasurable.  
Sweet Angels Café & Bakery is located at:

1330 Broadway Street #104
​Pearland, Texas 77581
​Phone: 281-612-2924

Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 8am-6pm
Closed​​​ ​Sunday & Monday

I want to thank Tim Pylate for hosting me and informing me of the great work the Bakery & Café, as well as the Forgotten Angels Charity is doing in the Pearland area.  I want to also apologize that this story is coming out a bit later than intended.  I highly recommend the next time you go out to Pearland, make this a stop to help out those in need as well as feed your sweet tooth!

Eat Happy, Y’all!!!
吃得开心!!!
Hank

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Honey Art Cafe 3516 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77098 http://www.honeyartcafe.com/ I was scrolling through instagram and a friend in Houston posted a beautiful photo of the newly opened Honey Art Cafe. It was so pretty I made it my first priority when I came into Houston last weekend. I tried to beat the sunset […]

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Welcome to The French Corridor
In a small area nestled between Briar Forest and Memorial Drive is a row of three “dining” destinations. A wine bar sits to the left, a fine dining restaurant to the right, and a French bakery is sandwiched between the…
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Lobster and Shrimp Bisque

On January 20, 2017 By

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Creamy and delicious with lobster and shrimp.

Don’t you just love creamy soups? I do and until I really started cooking my favorite soup was “canned” Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup. Believe it or not I still eat that soup; and one day I’m going to make some homemade cream of mushroom soup and may never eat it from a can again.

I don’t know why some recipes refer to a creamy soup as a bisque instead of just a cream soup because the definition of a bisque is that it’s a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French […]

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Top 8 Matcha Desserts in Austin

On January 17, 2017 By

I’m obsessed with green tea desserts and was determined to hunt them down in Austin. The biggest challenge I faced curating a green tea and matcha dessert list was that matcha desserts hasn’t fully caught on yet in Austin. When I go to Houston, green tea desserts are a dime a dozen! While Austin lacks […]

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Berkshire Pork Tenderloin from Third Coast
The Old Crawfish & Noodles – Now we know that this Vietnamese Cajun spot has amazing crawfish, which season after season (and even in the off season) have crawfish lovers from all over the city flocking to Chinatown to indulge!…
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