Brewmasters 5th Annual Craft Beer Festival – August 29-31st

August 19, 2014 by  
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3rd Annual Wine and Food Festival Presented By Dionisio Winery

August 19, 2014 by  
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Wine Festival

 Date: August 30, 2014
Times: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location:  Billy’s Hall  4070 Wells Drive, Pearland TX 77584

In a Nutshell:
Local businesses join 5 local wineries for an outdoor festival full of music, award-winning fruit wine, and delicious food

Dionisio Winery – Downtown Houston,TX
Haak Vineyards & Winery- Santa Fe,TX
Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards – Pittsburg, TX
Red 55 Winery – Lindale, TX
Maydelle Country Wines – Rusk, TX

Limited Time Offer Get Tickets Here:]


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Number 13 Restaurant

August 4, 2014 by  
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Galveston Island has a new steak and seafood restaurant that is sure to wow any food enthusiast.

New Galveston hotspot

Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood is sure to satisfy your taste buds as well as your eyes. The food alone is fantastic and bursting with flavor. The view from the restaurant amplifies the experience. Number 13 sits on the Pelican Rest Marina that overlooks the bay and Galveston Island. Guests can enjoy great cocktails, extensive wine lists, great steak and seafood, and even more amazing desserts. Executive Chef Jason Hanin uses his talents to showcase all of the different flavors in the meat and seafood.

When ordering an appetizer I highly recommend the Chef’s Charcuterie Board. This specialty come presented on a handcrafted board served with artisan cheeses and specialty meats chosen by the chef. This appetizer is sure to please your taste buds and prepare you for an amazing main course. As a main course I would recommend The Local Grouper or any of their steak options. On the menu, guests have choice between seafood, dry aged meat or wet aged meat. The servings are large and well worth every penny spent. When you finish with your main course I would recommend ending your experience with one of their fantastic dessert options. If you are looking for a twist on a traditional family favorite, I would order the S’mores. This dessert is prepared with homemade Moist Honey Graham Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Ganache, Salted Caramel Gelato and a Torched Handmade Marshmallow that the server torches right in front of you!

photo 4Number 13 also has a terrace restaurant on top of the roof where you can enjoy a drink, and appetizer while relaxing and watching the views! This spot is perfect for Summer nights in Galveston. On the weekends, you can sit back and relax while watching the fireworks displayed by Moody Gardens.

If you are looking for a wedding reception venue, this place fits the bill! This establishment makes for a romantic reception with a sunset view of the marina and off in the distance you can see Moody Gardens as well. Recently the Restaurant opened a reception hall that is part of the Restaurant that fits up to 200 people.

General Manager John Kuit and his team do a fantastic job at customer service and guest satisfaction. When you leave, you will leave with a smile on your face and a full stomach! – Jennifer RutledgeNumber 13

Wine 101

July 24, 2014 by  
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Wine 101

Wine 101

Houston’s Food Truck Park

July 7, 2014 by  
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Lunch:  Everyday 11am – 2pm    Dinner: Wednesday – Sunday 5pm – 9pm   Saturdays: 11am – 10pm
Where: 1543 St. Emauneul St.  Houston TX 77003
Phone: (832) 434-7040
Specialties: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Services: Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Outdoor Seating
Parking: Street, Parking Lot
Payment Options: Visa, American Express, Mastercard, Discover, Cash

Houston’s first food truck park is still going strong. The turnout was like nothing they could have imagined and people just keep coming back!  The park sits in the shadows of what was the Meridian Club building at Chartres and Leeland and sports well known and loved food trucks such as Bernie’s Burger Bus.  The food trucks gather in a group of about 8 each day for lunch and rotate out during the week.  Trust us when we say there is something for everyone here and some are just short of gourmet!

For more information about food trucks and their schedules (or to schedule your own food truck) go to:

Find Treasures at Discovery Green

flea(photo courtesy of Discovery Green)

Dates and Times: Third Saturday of every month Spring through Summer. The event is held in the day during Winter months.
Location: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Admission: Free!!!

Are you ready for some unique flea marketing,people-watching,  food-trucking fun? Every third Saturday of the month, browse, shop and explore the Discovery Green Flea Market by Night.

Discovery Green, in the southeast corner of the park is where it all takes place. It’s not simply a flea market (though it’s that too). It also features a spread of goods including new art, kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles. Bring a date, the kids, and the dogs!

If you love Houston’s food trucks as much as we do, you can grab a bite from among some of Houston’s most popular food trucks.

If you missed the this month’s Discovery Green Flea Market by Night, there will be more. During cooler months, the Discovery Green Flea happens in the afternoon.

Whiskey Fest at Local Pour’s in River Oaks

June 27, 2014 by  
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local pourDate: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Time: 4pm to 7pm
Location: Local Pour, 1952 West Gray, Houston, TX 77019 Admission: $25 in advance purchased at Local Pour; $30 at the door

Whiskey aficionados rejoice! Local Pour, located in River Oaks, is offering a whiskey spread for you to sample and savor from some of their favorite distilleries and brands.  Word is, they’ll even have Orphan Barrel Barterhouse.  Attendees will also receive a punch card that is good for a sample tasting of each of the 12 offered whiskeys. 

Representatives from each of the participating distilleries like Yellow Rose, Rebecca Creek, Herman Marshall, Red River, Jameson, and Whitmeyer’s will be on hand and some will even compete for a slot at Local Pour’s cocktail menu.


2014 Houston Restaurants Weeks

June 25, 2014 by  
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From: August 01, 2014 – September 01, 2014

For thousands of Houstonians and visitors to the bayou city, Houston Restaurant Weeks provides a month-long passport to the city’s top restaurants and award-winning chefs. Recently Food & Wine magazine tapped Houston as “America’s newest capital of great food,” coming as no surprise to locals who crowd some of the most popular dining rooms in the city.

Houston Restaurants Weeks is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the proceeds raised from area restaurants go directly to the Food Bank. For 33 days, diners get to taste prix-fixe menus specially priced at $20 for lunch and $35 and $45 for dinner. A $20 two or three-course lunch generates a $3 donation from the participating restaurants to the Houston Food Bank. A $35 three or four-course dinner generates a $5 donation, while a $45 three or four-course dinner generates a $7 donation.

In addition to the ever-expanding contribution made to the Houston Food Bank, Houston Restaurant Weeks has grown to include not only the trendiest eateries in Uptown Galleria, bustling downtown and vibrant Midtown, but also popular eateries in outlying communities such as The Woodlands, Sugar Land and Galveston, Texas, among others.


A complete listing of participating restaurants and their respective Houston Restaurant Weeks menus is posted at Reservations are required for diners seeking to take advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks, however participating restaurants may take walk-ins at their discretion.

Founded in 2003 by Cleverley Stone, Houston Restaurant Weeks raised over $4.3 million for the Houston Food Bank from the over 253,000 meals served at the 169 participating restaurants. The result: The 13 million meals provided for those who are food insecure, makes Houston Restaurant Weeks the largest single fundraising event for the Food Bank and the largest restaurant weeks of its kind in the United States.


Humble Margarita Festival

June 25, 2014 by  
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The inaugural Humble Margarita Festival at the Humble Civic Center is the perfect get away for those who enjoy margaritas, live music, dancing and great food! The festival will showcase an assortment of nearly 20 flavors of 100 percent agave tequila margaritas, a diverse lineup of live music, headlined by award-winning country music star, Curtis Grimes, and an array of Mexican, barbecue, seafood and Creole cuisine. Tickets are on sale now at and are available at all H-E-B grocery stores in Humble, Atascocita and Kingwood.

June 28, 2014 Margarita glass against the background of bar shelves
Venue: Humble Civic Center
Address: 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, TX 77338
Times: 2 to 10 p.m.
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Free Admission: No

Historic Downtown Pub Tour

June 25, 2014 by  
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Houston Urban Adventures’ Historic Downtown Pub Tour, available Monday-Saturday from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., features tales of murder, gambling, brothels, and ghosts as you visit four unique neighborhood bars around Market Square Park in the old Town of Houston.

Starting: March 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)Beer in glasses isolated on white background

Location: Georgia’s Market Downtown
Venue: Georgia’s Market Downtown
Address: 420 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Times: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
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Area of Town: Downtown
Free Admission: No
Adult Admission: $30.00

Haak Vinyards Summer Concert Series

June 25, 2014 by  
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 From: June 15, 2014 – June 29, 2014 (Every Sunday)

You do NOT  want to miss this!
Summer Concert Series: Cost: $5.00 Our kitchen will have concessions. $5.00 Cover charge for everyone over 21 and over (under 21 is free). No outside food or beverages allowed on the property. Bring your own lawn chair incase ours fill up. If you like drinking out of a wine glass, please bring your own glass, we use plastic cups on concert days. Don’t forget your insect spray incase the bugs are visiting.

Red Wine Pouring



Location: Haak Vineyards & Winery

Venue: Haak Vineyards & Winery
Address: 6310 Ave T, Santa Fe, TX 77510
Times: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Area of Town: Galveston
Free Admission: No
Child Admission: Free
Adult Admission: 5.00

Cypress Creek Band June 15, 2014 @ 6:00 – 8:30 PM Come and enjoy live music from the Cypress Creek Band Mambo Jazz Kings June 22, 2014 @ 6:00 – 8:30 PM Come and enjoy live music from the Mambo Jazz Kings The Prime Time Band June 29, 2014 @ 6:00 – 8:30 PM Come and enjoy live music from the Prime Time Band Haak  Vineyards & Winery 6310 Ave T, Santa Fe, TX 77510 click on events tab (409) 925-1401

Montrose Dine Around

June 25, 2014 by  
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Montrose was one of the city’s first grand neighborhoods. But it’s also long been accessible to nearly everyone, a place where mansions stand on tree-lined streets next to modest dwellings and multi-unit townhomes.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Montrose became a center for the burgeoning counterculture movement, featuring street musicians, artists studios, and second-hand shops, helping shape the neighborhood’s culture today.

Throughout the years, the main commercial corridor of the neighborhood, Westheimer Road, has been the central street for residents to shop, dine, and drink. Today, world class restaurants can be found next to tattoo shops and art galleries, a unique mix not found anywhere else in the city.

Our Montrose Dine Around combines a cultural, historical, and architectural tour with a progressive meal, held at four critically acclaimed local restaurants. The neighborhood has been a mecca for culinary diversity where indigenous cuisine mixes with more progressive fare, while authentic ethnic enclaves continue to grow in number. Restaurants and menus are subject to change.

On the Montrose Dine Around, you may enjoy the following cuisine:

Regional MexicanPhoto of diet and healthy mediterranean salad
Modern American


WHEN: Monthly between 5:00 and 7:45 pm (please see the event calendar for current availability) July 16, 2014 , July 30, 2014, & August 6, 2014.

WHERE: Westheimer Road and Mandell Street (The exact meeting location will be provided upon ticket purchase)

HOW LONG: The food tour will last approximately 2.5-3 hours

WHO: All age groups and fitness levels are encouraged to take the tour

HOW MUCH: $89 per adult ticket (plus a $3 ticketing fee). We will be sitting for all dishes.

WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable clothing and shoes

WHAT IS INCLUDED: All food and drinks are included in the tour. Guide gratuities are not included but always appreciated

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Food tours will take place rain or shine- tours may be rescheduled based on severe conditions.

Downtown Food Tour – June 26th & 28th

June 25, 2014 by  
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Historic, and hip, downtown Houston honors the city’s rich past while simultaneously embracing the future. Houston’s largest business district offers modern skyscrapers, historic facades, world-class athletics, cosmopolitan activities, and a variety of critically acclaimed bars, restaurants and shops. From historic Main Street and Market Square to Green Street, downtown Houston has something for everyone.

These three-hour walking food tours will discuss the evolution of the area’s history architecture and culture, while stopping at a number of establishments to enjoy a variety of food and drink.

The Food tour may include the following:

Tex-MexDifferent types of cheese with empty board on table close-up
Spanish Tapas
Regional American
Craft beers
Locally grown organic produce

June 26th & June 28th, 2014

Location: Downtown
Venue: Houston Culinary Tours
Times: 4:00-6:45 p.m.
Admission: $59 per adult ticket (plus a $3 ticketing fee)
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Free Admission: No

Click Here to see a sample menu.

Corner Table Restaurant Review

July 29, 2013 by  
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Hidden gem in River Oaks satisfies – even if you’re on a diet

By Laurette M. Veres

There is lots of hype around the latest diet de jour: The Paleo Diet. Many claim eating like our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors is the best and healthiest way to lose weight. But can you eat like a caveman at a restaurant?  Usually not.

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Neanderthals are now gathering at the Corner Table where long time Houston chef Bruce Molzan diligently works in the kitchen.  He is cooking up the dishes he’s known for (Ruggles 1980’s-2012) plus new options geared at the Paleo dieters. Corner Table is nestled off of Westheimer in the old Brownstone location.

IMG_0772The staff here is well trained and knows the in’s and out’s of the menu.  With pastas, burgers, filets and chicken offerings, I was surprised to hear diet dishes recommended.  After trying some of the diet dishes I understood. The Turkey Bolognese bursts with flavor. Organic tomato sauce, ground turkey and fresh herbs served over spaghetti squash instead of pasta. The chicken enchiladas surprisingly satisfy Mexican Food cravings with coconut flour tortillas2013-04-03 13.27.39 and vegan cheese.

The Paleo diet has high protein, carbs from fruits and vegetables, high fiber and fat intake dominated by monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Low sodium is also important, plus high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Chef Molzan’s diet dishes meet these standards and are fit for a caveman.

For those not on a diet, the ham and cheese Panini is melted perfection.  Wood-fired pizzas are popular as entrIMG_0773ées or shared with friends. You’ll recognize the veggie plate from Ruggles.



2013-04-03 13.27.042013-04-03 12.47.08An outdoor patio greets guests just past the valet.  This is a great place to meet for drinks if you can take the heat. The inside dining area is open and airy with a great view of the kitchen.  The best vantage point is from the counter bar; perfect for singletons. After your meal, 1919 Wine and Mixology bar (attached) is a great place for after dinner drinks.


Chef Jimmy Mitchell Joins Adair Kitchen

November 20, 2012 by  
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November 15, 2012. Houston. Siblings Katie Barnhart and Nick Adair, owners of Adair Kitchen, 5161 San Felipe at Sage, has enticed Houstonian Jimmy Mitchell out of his garden and into their kitchen. “He is the perfect fit for our concept,” stated Barnhart. “He understands what we are trying to do. After all, he was green before it was cool.” Mitchell has created a fresh, seasonal dinner menu that compliments the breakfast and lunch menus created by Barnhart and Adair. “The menu was fun to create,” stated Mitchell, “and it’s a little different too.” For more information, please visit, or call 713-623-6100. Photos of the dinner menu items are posted at



During his entire career as a chef, at most of the restaurants where he worked, Mitchell built gardens where he composted all of his food waste, and grew heirloom varieties of herbs and vegetables for the restaurant. “I love fresh herbs and vegetables. When I could step outside my kitchen and pick the most perfectly ripe tomato, or fennel, it was the most amazing thing,” stated Mitchell. “My customers were always so appreciative of the extra efforts I went through in order to serve them the very best. I want to help all my chef colleagues do the same thing.”


Mitchell is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and holds a certification in Master Gardening from Texas A&M University through the Harris County Agriculture Extension Agency.


Chef Mitchell fulfilled his culinary externship at The Valley Oaks Food and Wine Center at Fetzer Winery under the direction of John Ash in Hopland, California. The hands-on training included a 5-acre organic garden with more than 1,000 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. His time there inspired his focus on sustainability.


Throughout his culinary career Mitchell has received several awards for his culinary creations, and was named one of “The Great Chefs in Houston” by Media Inc. Mitchell has been the Executive Chef at such prestigious restaurants as The Rainbow Lodge, Vallone’s Steak House in Houston, Gaido’s in Galveston and Riversong Lodge in Alaska.


In 1997, while executive chef at The Rainbow Lodge in Houston, Mitchell was presented an Award from the Houston Corporate Recycling Council for Environmental Excellence to recognize his “Efforts to protect and enhance the Texas Environment by promoting the Development of Recycling Industries in the State.”


In 1999, the State of Texas and its Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission saluted Mitchell for “Taking care of Texas through outstanding efforts in Environmental Protection and Pollution Prevention.”


Mitchell has served as a member of the Urban Harvest Board of Directors in Houston, Texas from 1998 to 2000. As a member of the Chef’s Collaborative 2000, Mitchell served on the national committee to address the recycling and waste issues for its members and along with Tim Keating and Monica Pope, they helped found farmer’s markets in the city.


In 2009, Mitchell started Restaurant Recyclers to help restaurants in Austin, Houston and San Antonio go Green. Mitchell’s dream to start Restaurant Recyclers came many years ago when he noticed just how much waste one restaurant generated, and realized that it all ended up in landfills. Not only was his goal to help restaurants recycle their cardboard, tin, glass and food waste, he helped turn that food waste into compost from which he grew heirloom varieties of herbs and vegetables on his five-acre farm to sell back to the restaurant. “From the Earth to the Table and back to the Earth,” stated Mitchell. “It’s just the cycle of life.”


Mitchell received the “Green Business” award from the Austin Business Journal in recognition for his pioneering efforts.     


The Adair Kitchen is owned by The Adair Family, which also owns Los Tios Mexican Restaurants and Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill.


Adair Kitchen is located at 5161 San Felipe, Suite 390, (at Sage) Houston, Texas 77056. Hours: Monday through Friday: 7 am – 10 pm; Saturday: 8 am – 10 pm; Sunday: 8 am – 9 pm. For more information, please visit our website at, or call 713-623-6100.


November 28, 2011 by  
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BODY, Santa Fe

An emphasis on healing and wellness has always attracted people to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Trend-setting BODY is a destination for well-being and health, offering massage, classes and an organic café and boutique. Massages are customized to individual needs by the healers who deliver them.

What’s Hot Now?

Eat Raw If you have been afraid to jump on the raw food train, BODY’s organic café is the perfect place to tempt your palate. The menu pushes the envelope with tantalizing vegan, raw and organic options. Don’t miss the raw enchilada; it is surprisingly enchilada-like. A tortilla is created from a dehydrated puree of veggies. Amazingly spicy, the red chile sauce will trick your taste buds into thinking they are in the Mexican Riviera.

Nia Short for “neuro-muscular integrative action,” is a mixture of martial arts, yoga and dance. Sessions begin with deep-breathing exercises set to soft music. Movements are slow and steady. As the music gradually speeds up, so do the ballroom dance-type steps (heel-toe-slide-dip). “Sometimes you vocalize,” says Spa Services Manager Lynse Rubin. During a Tae kwondo-style kick, you might be asked to emit a “huh!” or shout “yes” while throwing your arms skyward. “It’s touchy-feely and playful,” comments Rubin, who adds that this is their most popular new class.

BODY;  505-986-0362


Giacomo’s cibo e vino to serve Fall Harvest Pumpkin Risotto

October 25, 2011 by  
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Giacomo’s cibo e vino to serve Fall Harvest Pumpkin Risotto

Lynette Hawkins, owner and executive chef of Giacomo’s cibo e vino, 3215 Westheimer (at Bammel Lane), will be serving a Fall Harvest Pumpkin Risotto as a seasonal special. The Fall Harvest Pumpkin Risotto is made with pureed roasted butternut squash and pumpkin, cremini and shiitake mushrooms, and fresh cranberries. “The cool weather definitely inspires me to create autumn comfort food,” stated Hawkins. “Roasting the squash and the pumpkin until carmelized, creates a richer and sweeter flavor, that contrasts well with the tart cranberries. The meaty mushrooms define the flavor of autumn, and add an earthy, savory component to the risotto.” Price $15. Add pan-seared diver scallops: $20.  For more information about Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino, please visit, or call 713-522-1934.

Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino is a casual neighborhood Italian café and wine bar decorated with retro furnishing and bright colors from the 1950’s. The menu offers authentic regional Italian as well as other Mediterranean inspired dishes and showcases “cichetti” – small plates of hot and cold antipasti. Giacomo’s has an extensive selection of boutique Italian wines, many of which are offered by the glass, in 3 ounce or 6 ounce pours, or by the “quartino” – ¼ litre carafe.

Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino is located at 3215 Westheimer (at Bammel Lane), Houston, Texas, 77098.  Giacomo’s is open from 11 am until 10 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and from 11 am until 9 pm on Sunday. Closed Monday. For more information on Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino, please visit or call 713-522-1934.

Convivio tapas + bar + lounge

September 14, 2011 by  
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Convivio opens this week.

The atmosphere at this Durham located establishment is festive.  The evening we visited, tables were singing and clapping.  There is a communal dining vibe, this is the perfect place to party with a big group.  One long room with concrete floors makes for a loud evening, be prepared. There is a bar area, small patio and balcony.

The kitchen was bustling as they served up the tasting menu.


It  started with a flavorful bang! 


Albondigas: the Meat/Pork meatballs and spicy tomato concasse is the best item on the menu. We’d swim in this sauce if we could.





The next item was the Pizzetas de Queso de Cabra y Vegetales.  A long name basically meaning a flat bread pizza with fresh vegetables. Yes!  The veggies on this item were very fresh!






Other items included:

Fideua: Seafood noodle paella. This came in a small bowl; more like a tiny shrimp spaghetti.

Croquetas de Chorizo: Chorizo Revilla, Bechamel Sauce.  Special note about the Bechamel sauce. This should be offered with as many dishes as possible.  It’s super great! Pinchose de Ensaladilla Rusa: Spanish Baby Potato salad. This was light and refreshing.  We’ve never had potato salad on bread, but it worked.

Pinchos de Chorizo: Revilla Chorizo

700 S. Durham


Trattoria Il Mulino Opens in Houston

March 22, 2011 by  
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Now Open: Trattoria Il Mulino

Amuse Bouche

On Thursday, March 24th, Houston welcomes a touch of New York’s West Village with an exciting, new restaurant: Trattoria Il Mulino.


An off-shoot of the famed Il Mulino New York, Trattoria Il Mulino offers a casual, family-friendly dining experience in a lively atmosphere with a menu emphasizing classic Italian cuisine from the Abruzzi region of Italy.


The amuse bouche was the most flavorful eggplant with garlic, basil and sun-dried tomatoes.The interior design of Trattoria IL Mulino, as its’ name implies, creates a fun, come as you are atmosphere for guests. The open concept and large exhibition kitchen make dining here fun for all. Our group decided to share our dishes family style so we could taste the most options.




The prices here will not break the bank. Most entrees were under $30.   We split a margarita pizza, and enjoyed the veal parmesan – it is huge – it takes an entire plate.  We also had veal piccata and cantelloni.








One of the specialties of the house at Trattoria Il Mulino is the house-made Grappa which has been a tradition in Northern Italy for centuries.  At the bar, you can chose from  a variety of house-made, infused grappas such as Pear, Blueberry, Strawberry, Fig, Raspberry, Apricot, and Raisin. The process consists of taking the distilled spirit and fermenting it with the fruit of your choice. We allow time, Mother Nature, and a little love to create these delectable digestifs. As a finale to your meal, we serve a complimentary pour of house-made Limoncello.

Trattoria Il Mulino is in the new Westin Houston Memorial City and open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 945 Gessner at I-10. For reservations, please call (832) 358-0600.

Ray’s Gourmet Grill

January 28, 2011 by  
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Ray’s Gourmet Country, brought to Fulshear by Fort Bend businessman and resident, Raed “Ray” Salti, opened its doors two years ago. Ray’s idea was to create a unique atmosphere with a neighborhood ambience that serves the freshest ingredients available throughout the year. Since then, he has grown a following of true “foodies” with his concept of “field to table” menu items.

To bring his concept to life, Ray teamed up with Executive Chef Soren Pedersen who finds inspiration in all ingredients that are natural and organic. The ever-changing menu items are directly dictated by seasonal availability of both organic and natural fruits and vegetables, as well as certified natural cuts of meats and seafood. The kitchen features an open dining experience, emphasizing a direct connection with Chef Soren and his staff.

To complement the perfect meal, Ray’s has an extensive wine list, including several organic wines. Complimentary wine tasting events are held every Thursday evening from 6-8 pm. For our meal, Chef Soren suggested we start with an Appetizer Sampler. The sampler included the Crab Cake with Watercress and Lemon Butter Sauce, the Iron Skillet Seared Fois Gras and, my personal favorite, the Antipasto plate with Serrano ham, marinated vegetables and a wonderful, homemade sausage.

For my main course, I chose the Wild Boar Osso Buco with a parsnip puree kumquat chutney and natural jus. It was by far the finest plating I have seen presented at a restaurant in quite some time. For my wife, the 25 year-old red balsalmic sauce on the Green Peppercorn Crusted Lamb Rib Chop was rich without being overbearing. It was served with a wonderful squash puree. We also tried the South Texas Antelope Mignon & Elk Sausage (purchased from local ranchers) that was cooked to perfection and complimented with a savory appletart and cinnamon spiked pinot noir. Our favorite side was the White Truffle Macaroni and Cheese; a must have at Ray’s.

Chef Soren also provides complete Vegan dishes. The Seasonal Vegetable Lasagna is amazing and is baked with tofu. The Fresh Vegetable Curry sautéed with quinoa pasta and leeks is also delicious.

If it is seafood you crave, you’ll have to ask your wait staff. Chef Soren provides only the freshest fish available to our area, so the seafood menu changes daily.

To finish the perfect meal, Chef Soren prepared for our table an array of desserts. Our favorite was the Warm Anjou Pear Tart with Crème Fraiche.

Along with amazing fare, Ray’s Gourmet Country also presents a number of activities–“Jazz Night” every Thursday, with the complimentary wine tasting from 6-8 pm, a “Brunch Buffet” every Sunday from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm (only $20 per person) and a cooking class, “Ray’s Grill and Royal Prestige,” with Chef Soren Pedersen, held on the last Wednesday of every month (only $35 per person). Reservations are strongly recommended for all activities, for although it started as a small town concept, Ray’s has quickly become a favorite among not only Fort Bend County residents, but greater Houston area dwellers as well.

“We do have plans underway for a brand new concept at West Alabama and Greenbriar, as well,” confides owner Ray Salti. “The restaurant will be named Sorrel after the slender plant, with juicy stems and edible, oblong leaves.
I will leave the rest up to your imagination, but it is sure to please the palate.”

Visit for the menu, directions to the location, or to learn more about the specials, wine dinners, tasting events, private rooms and more! To Ray Salti, Chef Soren Pedersen and the entire staff at Ray’s Gourmet Country…thank you! To H Texas readers, this eatery is well worth the short drive to Fulshear.

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