Weekly Gems

Roasted Beet & Walnut Dip

Nothing Beats These Beans & Beets!

Hello Autumn, our old friend! We’ve been waiting! Although it may not quite feel like fall just yet, it’s coming sooner than you think. In honor of the change in season, we’ve gathered up a little harvest of our own…


Apples are Absolutely in Harvest!

Apple lovers are sure to find this festival appletizing! Central Market is hosting its inaugural “Great Apple Harvest” Sept 21 – Oct 4. The shelves will be stocked with more varieties than Texas has ever seen!


Famille Perrin Wine Dinner – 9/27!

Make plans for Masraff’s on Tuesday, September 27. The evening will see yet another incredible wine dinner, this time with Famille Perrin, a fabulous, family-owned winery in the South of France…


Winning Meals for the Workweek

Got a crazy busy schedule that leaves little time for making dinner – no worries! Try one of the following recipes ready in minutes. They look and taste like they took hours to prepare…

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“Sommelier Smack Down” Wine Dinner

The folks at Jackson Family Wines are sending TWO prominent Master Sommeliers and a Master of Wine to The Houstonian this fall for a Sommelier Smack Down! Only 50 tickets will be sold!


Worthy Wines of Ciao Italia!

There’s a treasure trove of awesome Italian wines right now at your local H-E-B! Ciao Italia runs September 28 – October 11. For now, stock up on superb selections from Wine Manager Will Bliss…

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Texas Creole Game Day Fixin’s

It’s football season–FINALLY! Also known as a time for foodies to get their roster of game day snacks in order. Brennan’s of Houston’s Executive Chef Danny Trace shared a few of his go-to recipes…


Outstanding Oysters & Why We Need Them!

Aw SHUCKS…my love affair with oysters began out west on a California vacation over a decade ago! These days, raw oysters from almost anywhere are one of my favorite foods…


Sparklings that Shine This September

BREAKING NEWS! Bubbles make everything better! More and more we’re seeing champagne for everyday use and not just on holidays or special occasions. Count us in on that measure!


Which Wine(s) Your Dessert Desires

Hey gang! A quick note on pairing wine with your favorite sweets. It can be a challenge, but not so much if you remember a few simple rules. Generally speaking, your dessert wine should be…

Mad Men Martini

Mad Men Martini Dinners All Month Long!

Turn back time for a decadent throw-back at Olivette! The Houstonian is set to host a series of “Mad Men” Martini Dinners each Friday and Saturday in September. A fashionable martini is included…


What’s in Chef’s Lunchbox?

Goodtaste reached out to six respected chefs from around Texas with a curious question: what’s in YOUR lunchbox? Or better yet- your children’s? The answers are as diverse as they are delicious!


ALL KINDS of Aguas Frescas!

Light, bright and thirst-quenching, these aguas frescas (“fresh waters”) are an awesome way to keep cool this summer–at least what’s left of it! Get down on this diverse bunch of budget-friendly drinks…


‘Black Tie’ Tailgating with Texas Quail!

Tired of the same old same old when it comes to tailgating? Our Texas farm-raised quail legs are a quick fix on the grill, paired with crispy waffle fries! This fancy finger food is actually super easy…


New Back to School Wine Finds!

Wine fans, we have something for every palate as we gear up for yet another school year! The return to routine brings new additions to H-E-B shelves, as selected by Ralph my ‘Wine Guy’!

Zinc Grilled Chicken

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers…Score!

We’re back inside the courtyard at Zinc to get the grill goin’ for Spicy Chicken Skewers with Greek Yogurt Sauce from Executive Chef Robbie Nowlin! Find your grill’s “hot spot,” lock in the juices and let it sizzle!

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Pickling Your Summer Harvest

Expand the lifespan of your produce through pickling, and preserve that seasonal goodness all year long! The process is a simple one and can be done to nearly any summer fruit or veggie…


Craft Ice Creams Make Cool Treats!

Ice cream during a South Texas summer is almost as essential as air conditioning…almost. Introducing fun flavors the whole fam can get behind! Five recipes in all to fight this heat…


We’re in Hatch Chile Heaven!

Experience the culinary craze that comes arounds like clockwork each August. ‘Tis the season for those seeking authentic Hatch chiles! This popular New Mexico pepper gives practically any dish that extra punch!


Make Tracks to the 1856 Tavern!

How’s this for a place to hang your hat. After a long day on the ranch, herds of hungry locals head to the 1856 Tavern – a treasure trove of tasty homestyle eats in Bandera, TX…aka the Cowboy Capital of the World!


Cocktails for Those Beach Bound

Soak up the sand, surf and fresh fruit flavors in these seasonal cocktails that taste best after some fun in the Sun. Four fabulous recipes for you to ‘find your beach’ and CHILL…


Summer Seafood Surprise!

Mix up the menu by the pool this summer with a variety of atypical seafood recipes, pleasing for any palate! From an awesome Ahi Tuna Salad to char-grilled Spanish Octopus or this gorgeous Grilled Halibut…


Quinoa Works Wonders!

You’ve heard the hype, but did you know this superfood is SO important, it’s believed to be sacred! A gluten-free grain that’s been around for thousands of years. Eat clean with quinoa!

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Rich & Creamy Grilled Brie

Say cheese, San Antonio! We’re in the courtyard at Zinc Bistro for grilled Brie from Executive Chef Robbie Nowlin- topped with a blackberry compote alongside grilled ciabatta bread. As fresh as summer gets!


Lobster Lovers – It’s That Time!

There’s lots to love about lobster season – and a variety of ways to enjoy them in the kitchen! We have some new ideas for luscious summertime eats. Take a dive with our must-do lobster recipes!


Garden FRESH Summer Salads!

We’ve seen your immediate future and it’s bright! Fresh, flavorful garden greens for the days when temperatures hit triple digits! These sun kissed salads put nature first…


Craft Burgers from a ‘Chopped’ Champion!

It’s about time, Houston! We recently linked up with the FIRST EVER Houston-area chef to win Chopped – Chef Shannen Tune! See more on his latest in-demand food truck, plus the recipe to his most popular menu item!


Serious Eats from St. Anthony Hotel

We’re rounding out Week 3 of our three-week tour de taste around Texas this summer at the St. Anthony Hotel – the first luxury hotel in San Antonio, built in 1909 and newly restored. A Texas jewel reborn!


Colombian Ceviche with Color & Crunch!

Keep things light, fresh and outdoor-friendly with Colombian Ceviche from Cooking Connection – an altogether different kind of ‘heat’ to hit South Texas this summer!

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