Weekly Gems

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Local Flavors Shake Up TONS 2014!

It’s Fiesta time! No doubt about it. Brighton Center’s A Taste of the Northside always has something special in-store for party goers, and this year is no exception. I’ve never seen anything quite like this…

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H-Town Star Chefs at Sugar Land Event

Truly one of the best culinary events of the year is right around the corner…The 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair on April 23-27, which attracts wonderful chefs from across the United States and Mexico. H-E-B is the presenting sponsor of this weeklong event that is a must-do on just about every foodie’s list…

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A Sweet (or Spicy) Veggie Salad from Cooking Connection

Watch these incredible ingredients come together in fifteen minutes to make the most fabulous dish. I’m especially enthused about this quick-fried veggie salad from Chef Belinda at H-E-B Cooking Connection, as it calls for Houston’s own, Mama Tang’s Vinaigrette Marinade, for that finishing flash of flavor.

umai-mi

Local Flavors Shake Up TONS 2014!

It’s Fiesta time! No doubt about it. Brighton Center’s A Taste of the Northside always has something special in-store for party goers, and this year is no exception. I’ve never seen anything quite like this…

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olivette-scallops

H-Town Star Chefs at Sugar Land Event

Truly one of the best culinary events of the year is right around the corner…The 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair on April 23-27, which attracts wonderful chefs from across the United States and Mexico. H-E-B is the presenting sponsor of this weeklong event that is a must-do on just about every foodie’s list…

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HEB-CC-Fried-Veggie-Salad

A Sweet (or Spicy) Veggie Salad from Cooking Connection

Watch these incredible ingredients come together in fifteen minutes to make the most fabulous dish. I’m especially enthused about this quick-fried veggie salad from Chef Belinda at H-E-B Cooking Connection, as it calls for Houston’s own, Mama Tang’s Vinaigrette Marinade, for that finishing flash of flavor.

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A User’s Guide to the Ultimate Fiesta Nachos!

“Ultimate nachos” that take nachismo to an entirely new level! Fiesta season is on in San Antonio…easily up there with my favorite times of year! In honor of this flavor-packed nosh fest, these aren’t predictable nachos you’ll find just anywhere. We kicked them up a notch, Goodtaste style.

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A Delish Fish in Uptown at Masraff’s

Whether you’re observing Lent or simply wanting to eat an incredibly healthy meal, the daily imports of fresh Hawaiian fish at Masraff’s in Uptown never disappoint! We popped in tonight intending to eat a couple of appetizers and be done but were intrigued by…

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Wine & Dine with the Many Layers to Lavender

While bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes dot the Hill Country now, it won’t be long before Lavender bushes start producing their fragrant buds. If you’ve never cooked with lavender, put it on your spring to-do list. Lavender’s soft, relaxing fragrance enhances a variety of foods…

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Satisfy Your Crawfish Cravings!

Step outside right now and the temperature is near perfect, but inside…it’s boiling! Crawfish make whatever meal they’re apart of really POP! Chili, gumbo, zesty pastas…even some very creative cornbread as you’ll no doubt come to find in this collection of southern recipes I’ve acquired over the years.

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‘Good Taste’ is Trending at Trenza

Another trendy dining spot is now among the cluster of eateries at West Ave. Trenza. Hip, outgoing, vivacious and oozing with all kinds of talent– just a few of the adjectives that aptly describe chef/owner Susie Jimenez. The food is a modern fusion of Latin and Asian with the emphasis on Latin…

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High Praise for Tantalizing Thai Dee!

There’s a tiny little restaurant tucked into a well-worn strip center on the near north side that’s known for its zesty, tasty Thai food and its very reasonable prices. I first ate at Thai Dee some years back. It was a fave getaway after a busy show on WOAI TV. The little spot still shines.

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One Way to Get Real Organic Eggs

The sounds of chickens clucking are becoming more familiar in neighborhoods, maybe even yours! Chicken coops are popping up in backyards everywhere, and it’s all about healthier eating…

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Fresh, Quality Ranch Fare Flourishes at Contigo

This unassuming farm-to-table chow spot is modeled after its namesake, Contigo Ranch in South Texas, and a definite must for reasonably priced ‘bar food’ (their words, not mine!) utilizing the freshest of seasonal ingredients, often unique to the Lone Star State.

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Goodtaste.tv’s Netflix Foodie Fix

Now is definitely the time for Netflix. The great thing about our harmless habit? No commercials or intermission! I do, however, encourage you to take 5 to whip up any one of these scrumptious snacks to avoid those “hunger games.”

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Remedy Your Culinary Cravings at Cured!

No denying that the dining epicenter of San Antonio is at Pearl – many of the city’s top, trendy and acclaimed chefs have spots there. The newest addition to this culinary mecca is Cured, a hip spot that features house-made charcuterie, salumi and some delish farm-to-table choices, all under the skillful guidance of Chef-Owner Steve McHugh…

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One of My Top 5 Meals of All Time

Ahh…Paris! Is there a more beautiful city on the planet? The grandeur of the architecture and the city’s spectacular views never cease to amaze. It’s easy to have a good meal in Paris…easy to have a fabulous meal when foie gras and perfectly roasted meats abound.

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6 Breakfast Meals for Dinner!

There’s a reason breakfast foods seem to taste great any time of day. No need to overthink this – they just do! Add these early morning munchies into your regular rotation tonight. All 6 plates are real winners and a pure joy to devour from AM to PM…

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