Weekly Gems


All Aboard the Bourbon Heritage Month Bandwagon!

A handful of the trendiest drinkeries around South Texas are getting in on Bourbon Heritage Month. Wet your whistle at any one of these watering holes, or take two minutes to create your own concoction, in honor of our country’s Native Spirit…



Cheers to the Best Little Bed & Brew in Fredericksburg

ANY excuse to visit the beautiful Texas Hill Country, as well as the charming town of Fredericksburg is good enough for me. There’s some great beer being made along Main Street from the friendly folks at Fredericksburg Brewing Company. In fact, we caught them on the date of their 20th anniversary!



Up and At ‘Em with Apple Inspired Recipes!

Autumn is a ripe time for apples. After all, Iit’s when these juicy, crisp offerings really come into their own! Here this most agreeable fruit finds itself at the center of an amazing Apple & Ham Breakfast Bread Pudding [above] from a quaint B&B I treasure in Sonoma called Camellia Inn.



Meet the Master Class of Kolaches from Little Gretel

Some are calling it the “next generation donut” or “the new bagel.” Forget everything you think you know about kolaches…THESE are the real deal. Open wide for authentic Czech kolaches from Chef Denise Mazal of the spectacular Little Gretel Restaurant in beautiful Boerne.



Eataly’s All-New NYC Nutella Bar

No trip to NYC is complete in my book without a visit to Eataly — a world-famous Italian market now a brand new Nutella Bar. This latest addition at Eataly NYC allows guests to discover and experience Nutella in creative ways they have never tried before…



Real Texas Brews from the Real Ale Brewing Co.

There are several seasonal releases to take stock of from the Real Ale Brewing Company. Looking ahead towards the remainder of the year, these craft standouts take centerfold: the Shade Grown Coffee Porter, Real Ale’s version of the Oktoberfest and their ‘double extra special bitter’ Phoenixx…



Kickoff Football Season with Spirited Texan Sugar Cookies!

Sugary, iced perfection! Scrumptious shortbread cookies for those fighting Houston Texans this brand new football season. Many thanks to Pastry Chef Vanessa O’Donnell of Ooh La La dessert boutique. I hear even if you’re a Cowboys fan, chances are she’ll have you covered. Show your team spirit when the NFL officially kicks off the 2014-2015 season on Thursday, September 4th. Prepare accordingly!



Jazz Up Back-to-School Lunch with a Bento Box

Sack lunches should be inviting, colorful and fun. They’re not just for kids either…you have to eat too after all! Goodtaste dropped by H-E-B Cooking Connection for quick tips on creating some dynamic (and healthy) lunches inside your very own bento box. Sometimes it’s okay to play with your food!



It’s the Star Chef from Brennan’s for SARA’s Showcase Dinner!

Brennan’s of Houston is an institution, and the guy who’s responsible for many of the beautiful memories you’ll make here is the Executive Chef, Danny Trace. You can catch him putting on a SHOW at the San Antonio Restaurant Association’s (SARA) annual Showcase Dinner on Thursday, October 2 at Pearl Stable…



Make the Houstonian Your Staycation Spot!

There are still several weeks left in summer and it’s time you started planning a staycation with the family. A great getaway is awaiting you at the Houstonian Hotel & Spa. You won’t ever need to leave the hotel! Everything you need for a great time is all inside…



Delicious Destinations Across America

Summer is a great time to explore the open road and travel across our great country. Aside from the sights, the best part about any trip, in our opinion, is the food. So, we’ve compiled some key cities and restaurants we stopped into along the way. May your travels be DELICIOUS!



15 Dining Etiquette Tips (You Can’t Afford to Overlook)

Before you plan that next summer dinner party, or attend the season’s big dinner bash, there are some basics you can’t afford to overlook. Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert, shares these tips from her blog that are her dining etiquette essentials…



Frozen Fruit-Based Desserts from Your Kitchen!

Simple summer treats never looked so fancy! Goodtaste’s registered dietitian, Rosie Benner, has some delicious desserts served ice-cold for summer. Make these after a dinner party and your guests may never leave!



The Ultimate CHILL Zone with Seafood for the Grill!

We grill year-round in Texas, but come summertime, my backyard grill lightens up with fresh seafood and veggies. Grilling those beautiful lobsters and sweet Gulf shrimp can be a little intimidating, so I asked the pros at Groomer’s Seafood for some tips of the trade — and recipes!



A Prime Time for Peaches!

The sweet and juicy peaches of the Texas Hill Country are legendary. Peach stands are just starting to pop up along roadsides. To get you in the ‘ripe’ state-of-mind, we’ve gathered together some of our favorite recipes for early on in this desirable season! All the right weather conditions have made for a bountiful harvest…


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