Weekly Gems


2nd Annual Texas Fried Chicken Throwdown

Who’s up for seconds! Talented chefs from Round Top, Austin, Houston and San Antonio are leaving the brisket behind and putting their best fried chicken forward for the 2nd Annual Fried Chicken Throwdown…


Nature’s Best Tortilla for Chicken Tacos!

Fresh Jicama Tortillas are my new best friend! Low in calories with no sugar or carbs, these tortillas have a mild flavor and crisp texture…and make for some incredible ‘healthy choice’ tacos from H-E-B!


Psyched for Summer Salads!

All eyes on these lush new salad ideas with summer fast approaching! These flavorful combinations will help you shed a few LBs and feel more confident when lounging poolside or by the beach. Five recipes in all…

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Steppin’ Out for Wine & Food Week!

It’s a New York State of Mind theme at Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands. Set for June 6-12, this annual epicurean extravaganza draws culinary masters & wine experts from around the world- one of my faves all year!


Goodtaste with Tanji – Episode 5

Watch EPISODE 5 in full right here! This week- an Uptown institution with top notch eats and a knack for giving back. Plus, a southern eatery with its own microbrewery and wildly delish BBQ from this food truck…

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Pick Kasra for Persian!

Experience the true tastes of Persian cuisine the Pasra family has served for generations. Kasra Persian Grill is home to some phenomenal menu items, including what may be my favorite hummus–EVER!


Goodtaste with Tanji – Episode 4

Inside an awe-inspiring spot for exotic eats–and the chef’s incredible rise to the top! Plus, we make a pitstop for legendary Lone Star BBQ and one of the top culinary schools in the world in Texas. It’s EPISODE 4!


Goodtaste with Tanji – Episode 3

One of the largest tequila lists in Texas, cured meats from a chef with a new lease on life, plus over 100 menu items and counting at this lively oyster bar! The third FULL EPISODE of Goodtaste with Tanji starts now…


5 Sangrias for Sunny Days!

All this rain got you feeling a little blue? An easy remedy could be a glass of homemade sangria. It’s among the easiest drinks to make, and you get to put some of that fruit in the fridge to good use…


Goodtaste with Tanji – Episode 2

World famous guacamole, a brewery where you can stay the night and our new favorite steakhouse doubles as a butcher shop! The second FULL EPISODE of Goodtaste with Tanji is but a click away…


Goodtaste with Tanji – Episode 1

The wait is over! Watch the first FULL EPISODE of Goodtaste with Tanji right here. We’ll take you to all kinds of delicious spots around Texas and share the stories of the amazing folks who make all it all happen…


Revolutionary Tacos from Viva Villa!

The new cousin of Mi Tierra and the next generation of Cortez family is making its mark right next door at the hip taco spot Viva Villa Taqueria!

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Rockin’ Moroccan Chicken Enchiladas!

Easy, layered chicken enchiladas in a cast iron skillet from Jack Allen’s Kitchen–as seen in Episode 1 of our new TV series! Topped with espresso chili and one fabulous fried egg!

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“Homegrown” Italian from Coltivare!

A killer new spring cocktail list is one of many reasons to frequent Coltivare in the Heights – the latest endeavor from the guys behind Revival Market.


A Taste of Barcelona from BCN

With so many wonderful restaurants in Houston, it’s easy to take good food for granted. But, when you happen upon a place that’s truly special, it stands out. Such is the case at BCN…

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‘Happy Meals’ for the Park!

Join Goodtaste on a path to rediscovering our local parks. There’s nothing like the spring sunshine and some extra Vitamin D to stir the spirit within! Lunch outdoors doesn’t have to be a production either…


Landscape with Edibles & Enjoy!

There’s an awesome new trend popping up more and more in urban settings across the country. That is, landscaping your home with edibles…


Mixed Grill Skewers Make a Mouthful!

Stay tuned for picture perfect patio weather at Zinc! A ‘Big Plate’ on the lunch & dinner menus that’s primed for springtime is Zinc’s sizzling churrascos…


Crawfish Fever Pitch!

Mudbug madness is starting to spread. That’s what you and I call crawfish season in the Bayou City. Chances are your favorite spot for down-home Creole cookin’ has already played host to a boil or two. So grab a bib, and pinch and peel to your heart’s content!


Just for My Java Peeps…

Meet the woman who’s not only raising the bar on quality coffee but also improving the lives of the struggling bean farmers behind many of our favorite roasts…


Local Lamb from the Lone Star State

You really can’t lose with lamb! A staple of the Mediterranean diet, locally-sourced lamb products are a lean, heart-healthy option for meals with virtually no carbs…


Modern Twists on Southern Classics at Bramble

If your new year’s resolutions included breaking out of the same old restaurant routine, you’ll want to get a table at one of Houston’s hot new spots, Bramble. This hip location boasts an open kitchen, live fire and a patio that’s home to the chef’s garden…


Add More Flavor to Food with Red Wine!

Cooking with red wine is an alternative method to consuming the wine we love, and contrary to popular belief, doesn’t zero out ALL of the good properties that come with drinking the wine straight from the bottle…


Flush the Fat with Soup…Then Wine?

Think less “diet” and more focus on lifestyle this New Year. Studies have shown that working soup into your meal planning can save you big time when it comes to calorie intake…nearly 500 calories per meal that is!


Paleo May Be the Purist Diet

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of eating Paleo–and they’ve been proven. This “diet of our ancestors” is based on essential foods humans thrive on; those nutrient rich with the right fats, protein and carbohydrates for health living.


Two Heroes in One Day

One of the joys of being a journalist is meeting the incredible people whose stories are an inspiration to tell. I’m on Cloud 9 right now after an unexpected encounter with one of those folks this weekend…


Scrumptious S’mores in the Skillet

Take a spoon to these campfire s’mores…betcha can’t have just one bite! These ooey gooey treats have a playful presentation with a price point you simply can’t beat.

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The Right Fish to Get Fit!

Most of us are starting the New Year off with intention – a will and strong desire to eat healthier and lose weight. I’ve spent years interviewing health experts, and one thing that all agree on is that protein is key. One of my go-to protein choices is fish…

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Slim Down with Soup – It’s True!

The key to looking and feeling your best this New Year may be as simple as a piping hot bowl of soup. And science agrees! Research has shown that a serving of the good stuff often makes for the perfect meal substitute to richer, higher-calorie dense foods.


Relish THIS Part of Your Ribeye…

Start your New Year off with a most tender cut of beef, thanks to my friends at Zinc. Executive Chef Robbie Nowlin served this exact Grilled Ribeye Cap as the main entrée for his special 5-course New Year’s Eve Dinner in Zinc’s legendary Wine Cellar…

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