New Recipe Posted – BBQ Lovin’ Cole Slaw

I know it’s still wintertime and that most of you are not thinking about BBQ’ing yet, but you see… I’m Texan. And while it may be the middle of January, our high in Houston today was in the mid-70′s. So, I’m already thinking about when to host the next BBQ for friends and family. That may have been spurred by a VIP invitation to next month’s Houston Rodeo World’s Championship BBQ Cookoff. (It helps to know folks!)

So, to compliment the chili and bbq sauce recipes that I’ve already posted, today I’ve added my Texas-style “BBQ Lovin’ Cole Slaw” recipe for y’all to enjoy. Let me know what you think!

Until we eat again…

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01 2012

New Recipe Posted – Lasagna

I swore I’d never give up my signature recipes, but in the spirit of the holiday season I’ve decided to post my lasagna recipe for y’all to enjoy. I hope you’ll try it out and let me know what you think of it.

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11 2011

Shop Local Today!

The 2nd annual Small Business Saturday® is  a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

On November 26, we’re asking millions of people to Shop Smallsm at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge.

Learn more here or join the Facebook page.

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11 2011

Why so quiet lately

Some have inquired as to why I haven’t been blogging any new spots lately. Well, I’ve decided that there were some lifestyle changes that had to be made if I wanted to go into my 40′s in better health than I am now. So, a few weeks ago I set out on a goal to lose 40lbs through proper diet and exercise. So far, two full weeks into it, I’ve lost 13.5lbs! I’m eating healthy, exercising regularly and sleeping much better at night as a result. But don’t worry, when this is all done I will resume the blogging but only endulging my senses once a week. Until then…

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09 2011

Why it is SO important to support local spots!

Today, I returned home after eating and having a couple drinks at my favorite “local”, Junction Bar & Grill. I immediately checked my phone afterwards to see what calls/txt messages I may have missed. Unfortunately, my Facebook for Blackberry app had alerted me to a status update I wish I had never seen. I copy the following message from Smokin’ Koby’s Hilltop Barbeque herein so that you may see it verbatim.

To all My BBQ friends: As sad as this makes me I must let you know that we have closed our doors for good. The little place just didn’t work out to be able to keep enough volume to make it profitable to stay open. Maybe some day if we get a chance to open the right place we will be back but for now we have no plans to reopen. I want to thank all of you that enjoyed our food for your support.
God Bless you all !
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Now, as a resident Texan, I have to admit that I’m a harsh critic on places that tout having “Texas-style” BBQ. However, my preconceived notions were quickly put aside once I started to consume the heavenly goodness that these folks were slapping on a plate. Yes, I said heavenly and meant it! (Mind you now, it didn’t hurt any that I was in very good company at the time.)

Yet, a year removed, here we find Koby’s announcing to the Facebook planet that they are shuttering their doors. Was it because of bad food? Hell no! Was it because of slow or inconsistent service? I think not. While some will say that they were trying to get a Middle Pennsylvania community to eat something that perhaps only TRUE Texans can appreciate, the fact of the matter is that what I witnessed while I living in the area recently, the chain restaurants had no problems filling seats. Whereas the local restaurants always seems somewhat too open. Too ready to seat you. They were, in fact, struggling just as much as Koby’s.

Folks, I beg you… take a look around your community. Ask yourself a simply question… Am I doing what everyone else is doing because it’s comfortable and the “norm” or am I willing to go the extra measure to ensure that a local resident and business owner can continue to serve our community and our families?

I eat food by necessity. But, I eat local by choice. What do you choose?

If my opinion here upsets you, I want to hear about it. Same thing if it encourages you to eat more local, sustainable and organic foods. We all have a voice. Let yours be heard.

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07 2011

Die Starbucks!

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Those that know me well will not believe I’m about to say this, but I have officially given up my standard Bold Red Eye (a drip coffee with an added shot of espresso) from Starbucks. While this $2.92 expenditure has been a morning routine for years now, I’ve felt somewhat of a phony to be writing for a “local food” blog and still frequenting one of the most “chain” companies in the United States. So, approximately two weeks ago I made the cut-over to a local coffee shop in my neighborhood, CoCo’s Crepes and Coffee. I had been there before, prior to this decision of ethics, but more for their selection of sweet and savory crepes on a weekend morning. Now, however, I’ve become a great fan of their rich coffee (no added shot needed), small lines, and quick service. But, more importantly, each day that I stop in and give over my $2.00 for a large French Roast coffee I know I’m helping to support the local economy of Houston, Texas. And, that is something I can take pride in doing. How are you supporting your local economy? I’d like to hear your stories. Please leave a comment below.

Until we eat again…

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06 2011

Executive Surf Club–Corpus Christi, TX

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After a couple of horrible dining experiences while on holiday in Corpus Christi, TX, I decided to visit a place that a friend of mine had recommend as soon as I mentioned going there. The name of the joint was The Executive Surf Club. Now when I hear “Executive” and “Club” used in the name of a place, I’m thinking two things: what’s the dress code and how much is left on my credit card? However, this place turned out to be pretty light on both. In fact, I now feel pretty silly asking the hotel concierge if my attire (shorts and a cut-off t-shirt) would be appropriate for this establishment. She laughed and said “Oh yeah, it’s a chill place”. I’d have to agree now.

This surf-themed local favorite in the trendy (and perhaps a bit touristy) Water Street Market area has been serving up some IMG-20110620-00298of the city’s best pub food for over two decades. But I’m here for what many locals call

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06 2011

the breakfast klub–Houston, TX

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It’s a hot Saturday morning in Houston, Texas and for some unknown reason my ass is out of bed at 4AM. As I plow through my inbox and prepare myself for the (albeit uneventful) weekend, the thought occurs to me that I’ve not visited the breakfast klub in quite some time. Perhaps today I will brave the never-ending line to enter this establishment in hopes of once again experiencing the exquisite combination of Southern cuisine with a local flare. This is something that the breakfast klub (yes, that is how the name of the establishment is spelled) delivers with consistency.

Since I’m not really a morning person (correction: I’m definitely not a morning person), I’ve never had to give consideration to their hours of operation. Foolishly, I show up at 7:25AM only to be greeted outside by one of the workers asking if I’m going to join them for breakfast this morning, and then politely let me know that they’re not open until 8 o’clock.

Mornings suck.

So, after deciding to go get some much-needed coffee, I return at 8AM on the dot. Yet, now

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06 2011

New Recipe Posted – Texas Style Hot Sauce (Salsa)

This quick and simple recipe has one hell of a kick! But if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen (or just leave out the Ghost chili pepper).

http://www.localfoodblogger.com/recipes/texas-style-hot-sauce-salsa/

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06 2011

Les Givral’s Café–Midtown Houston

Les Givral's Chargrilled BBQ Pork SandwichNestled within the small Vietnamese district in Midtown Houston, Texas you’ll find a sandwich shop that not only allows you to eat cheap, but also to eat damn well!

Les Givral’s Café is a lunchtime favorite amongst the busy Houston professionals and starving students alike – not to mention the Asian community. But cheap eats alone is not the reason. Les Givral’s puts out some of the best Vietnamese sandwiches this side of the Pacific Ocean!

If you’re not accustom to the Vietnamese sandwich, it is typically presented in a warm,

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06 2011