Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Polonia in my eyes is the official Polish restaurant of Houston, Texas. The food offers up all the delicious dishes and tastes of Poland. Growing up my father had a taste for many of these dishes and they were served at home. It was so common that as I grew older, I wondered if my father was part Polish. Someone once asked me if the Polish were vegetarians? I kind of laughed at that notion. The Polish are meat specialists as evidenced by the Polish store next door to the restaurant where you can get many Polish meats or snacks to take home. For more information..visit Polonia’s website http://www.poloniarestaurant.com/

Ritual is a meat lover’s dream restaurant! The freshest dry aged meat hanging on racks for you to select your perfect steak. The finest meats and ingredients all cooked to perfection in what was once a Citgo gas station that was redesigned into an extravagant restaurant in the Houston Heights. Outside on a statue is a pig with wings…..If pigs could fly. Their pulled pork sandwich is flying because it tastes heavenly. The Ritual burger is so messy delicious! 1/2 lb of beef with caramelized onions, blue cheese, and a pile of brisket oozing BBQ sauce. Yum! The chicken fried steak is true to the bone Texan flavorful. The onion rings fat and perfect. The Death By Chocolate cake…..Ummm, oh baby! To learn more visit their website http://www.ritualhouston.com/

With the thousands of awesome restaurants in Houston, Texas it is always not easy to get to them all at once. Jus’ Mac has been on my bucket list a long time. Upon entry I was pleasantly surprised by it’s small size (capacity 55). It gave the place a real homely feel. The service was excellent. Waiting for my dish my family and I shared some Spinach Artichoke dip. It was the best I have personally ever had. I have eaten it a lot too. When my dish came…Chicken and Waffle Mac N Cheese, it made my heart dance and the my olfactory senses happy. This places is no diet haven. This is full on heavy food that keeps a person fueled for a good time. It was everything I hoped for and then some. I’ll definitely make it my Mac N Cheese stop. For more information visit their website http://www.jusmaceatery.com/

I just love Tacos! They are so versatile for those of us who are true foodies and know, love, and understand quality food. The Velvet Taco lives up to their hype 110%.  They offer some of the best tacos I have eaten anywhere and they win the creativity award. A shrimp and grit taco? WTF? Really? That is a home run for us southern folks. Chicken and Waffle tortilla taco? Off the chain! And a cheeseburger taco? Oh, baby! For more information check out their website here https://velvettaco.com/

Snoopy’s Pier is a wonderful seafood restaurant right on North Padre Island and the Intracoastal Waterway since 1980. From what I have read they harvest their own seafood locally from the bays and Gulf waters. I love that Snoopy’s is an independent chain in the school of big fish corporate dominance. The sounds of sea birds, boats, and fresh air blowing my air added to the ambiance of relaxation. Conveniently located next door to Snoopy’s is Scoopy’s which offers Texas’s own Blue Bell ice cream and other sweet treats. For more information visit http://www.snoopyspier.com/

A few photos from my visit.

 

I had heard so much about Andy’s Country Kitchen being a Corpus Christi legend since 1958 that I had to try it for myself. I mean what other restaurant has a waitress that worked her way up to purchase and run it? Well, the verdict is out.  110% excellent! The service, the food, the atmosphere, all exceeded my expectations. The history on the back of the menu is another excellent part of Andy’s. I had the Andy’s breakfast which is pictured and they brought muffins out as a snack. Wow! This will definitely  be a stop for me every time I am in Corpus Christi. For more information visit their website here https://www.andyskitchen.com/

Down southwest of Houston, Texas about and hour and fifteen minutes away lies what I call the original Texas road stop. What I mean is it was around way before Buccee’s. It is Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse and I have been stopping there for years before they even shipped their awesome smoked meats. No road trip to deep southwest Texas is complete without a stop to Prasek’s for Kolaches (Get them early before they run out), or a long time favorite Jalapeno Cheese Sausage bread. Did I mention the Klobase Sausage sandwich with sauerkraut? Oh, so much goodness in one spot. They even ship now for those who are not able to make it I highly recommend the beef jerky. For more information click here https://www.praseks.com/

Here are a few photos to give you and idea of this heavenly road stop.

I celebrated my birthday at Kura Revolving Sushi Bar. It has been awhile since I have posted in my blog. Things have been busy, but I do believe Kura sharing. The food was excellent! I had a blast with the conveyor shooting items to my table and selecting items from the revolving line. If you deposit fifteen plates, a video style screen encourages you, you win a prize. The automated IPad style ordering system is very convenient table side. The selection of sushi is pretty expansive. For more information check out their website https://kurausa.com/

 

I am finally getting around to posting my annual year in food for 2018. These are dishes I made while cooking. Every year I cook at least 325 home meals. With each passing year cooking is a snap. Almost as fast as some people make a T.V. dinner. Well, maybe not that fast! I often wonder why so many chose to eat ready made or fast food when the home kitchen offers so much more quality options at a fraction of the cost. All it takes is a little effort, learning, time, and love. Could it be that is what we are losing these traits among the people? If we are isn’t that sad? Well, enough of being philosophical! Here are some of my favorite dishes for the year. As always there are many ethic dishes as I find many cultures besides American have tastier food. Bland is not an option for me. Bon Appetite!!! Ready to cook up in 2019.

 

My father recently passed and one of the greatest gifts he ever taught me was to eat well. Whether it was a simple pot of beans, or the finest steak, my dad always stressed that good food was one of the many secrets to living a great life. Dad would by a $5 pair of sneakers for a $15 steak. He had his priorities straight. Food before anything else. The Central Market in Houston was one of my dad’s favorite grocery stores. It has just about anything a person could want in the way of food. Rarely do people sit around a table today and enjoy a great meal as a family. It is a dying tradition that in my opinion is causing many of us to die. Family meals and the bonding and sharing that go along with them are vitally important. I decided to shoot a few photos to share of my dad’s favorite grocery store. The purpose is two fold. One to is to promote this great place Central Market and two to stress the importance of great eating and spending time together as a family. If you do not know how to cook, no worries, their are plenty of YouTube videos and cookbooks. Do learn how to cook and make food a part of the great times of life.