Foodie Friday

lobsterIt’s Friday!!! Friday is the start of the weekend! Yay!!!

One of my favorite dishes is lobster, which is why it’s the current Foodie Friday logo, so to speak.

I can’t afford to have it very often, but when I do, oh, I am in heaven.

Lobster with drawn butter is all I need. But those lobster rolls are fabulous!

With that said, I’m just going to post some pictures.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Foodie Friday

cincodemayoIt’s Foodie Friday! Happy, Happy! Joy, Joy!

Today is May 1, which means that in four days, it will be a day of celebration for many – Cinco de Mayo!

Per the History Channel, “Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.”

margarita1In the U.S. – right or wrong – with this celebration comes the desire to drink margaritas – more than usual.

I subscribe to the magazine, Texas Monthly, and this month’s issue had a promotion in it that is titled, “Elevate Your Margarita”. They published 18 recipes which you can make at home and then vote for your favorite online. The name and recipe of each margarita is creative and different, but I think my personal favorite (the name) is “Hell Freezes Over”. (Might be a Southern thing.)

TXMthly_MayAs for the creation of the margarita itself, the magazine and its web page state, “Acapulco, 1948. A lovely villa with a pool overlooking the Pacific. Challenged by her friends (who included John Wayne and hotelier Nick Hilton) to come up with a new cocktail, Dallas socialite Margarita Sames concocted a refreshing quaff using limes, local tequila and Cointreau. Hilton began serving the cocktail, now called Margarita, at the Acapulco Hilton. The rest is history.”

Take a gander and let me know what your favorite is, or if you have a completely different version you like to enjoy.

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Sources: History.com and Texas Monthly.

Foodie Friday

lobsterIt’s Friday, which means we get to talk about food!!!

This week I have several goodies to share with you.

First up, food porn! Last week I had lunch with some new foodie friends at Atsumi Asian Kitchen & Sushi Bar. It was sooooo good. Atsumi is an Asian Fusion restaurant that blends traditional Chinese cuisine with a constantly changing sushi menu, centered around the freshest fish. Not only is the chef cooking Asian fusion, there is also a “secret menu” from which you can order traditional dishes that you would find in China. If you’ve been to China and have a favorite dish, just ask your server for it. 

A couple of attendees had sushi and the rolls on their plates looked fabulous! (Unfortunately I didn’t take note of what they ordered.)

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Next up, a recipe titled, “Texas Caviar”. Just in case you don’t know, there are no fish eggs in this recipe. The “roe” is black-eyed peas.

This is a yummy dip that can be made and eaten year-round. The recipe I’m sharing came from my mom, so that is to whom I attribute it. I have no idea where she got it.

The recipe is as follows:

  • 1 can white hominy, drained
  • 2 cans tomatoes with jalapenos, diced (I use Ro*tel)
  • 1 can black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup salsa

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve with whatever corn or tortilla scoops you most enjoy.

Let me know what you think if you try it.

And finally, an interview with Alton Brown by Spoon University. (Disclaimer: I love him and Chef Gordon Ramsay. That is all.) “Alton Brown Dishes on Food Philosophy and Why Millennials Suck – An interview with Alton Brown while on his Edible Inevitable Tour”. (And when Mr. Brown shared this on FB, he made sure we knew that he did not say millennials suck.)

And remember, share your favorite thoughts, recipes, chefs, food television shows, etc., with me and I will happily feature them here!

Sushi photos courtesy of Albert Nurick

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Monday Madness

workOn Friday, I introduced what will be a weekly post, “Foodie Friday“. (Please send me an email to contribute!)

Since Mondays always get a bad rap, I thought I would do something different. Every Monday, I’ll post something fun in an attempt to put a smile on your face! (And yes, I will accept submissions for consideration!)

That leaves Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for my business posts.

So without further ado, I hope you enjoy watching this lip sync battle between Jason Krasinski and Anna Kendrick – both of whom pull out all the stops and one big surprise!!!

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Foodie Friday!

lobsterIt’s Friday! It’s Friday! It’s Friday!

As I have finished my first week with the new website, I want to introduce you to Foodie Friday. My goal is to have this be a weekly post and it will include restaurant reviews, recipes, chefs, cooking shows, and all associated goodies. My promise to you is that I won’t share anything I haven’t tried myself. AND, I want you to submit your foodie favorites as well!

To kick this off, I’m going to share my thoughts on one my favorite restaurants, The Republic Grille. Located in The Woodlands, TX, this place wows me on a regular basis. My favorite dish is the chicken fried steak (CFS), voted as one of the top five best in Houston. (And, as you know, Houston is a BIG city.)

chs_RGBut don’t think that it’s only known for its CFS. They have a great menu that has something for everyone. Some of their other signature dishes include:

  • Shrimp and grits
  • Blackened flounder with a crawfish sauce
  • Double cut pork chops
  • Certified angus burgers
  • The TRG salad – grilled chicken, cranberries, mild goat cheese, red grapes, sweet-n-spicy pecans and strawberries
  • Salmon (grilled or its own salad)
  • Fish or shrimp tacos
  • Oh gosh – see the whole menu here!

One of my favorite things about TRG is that they have a patio. Right now, TX is enjoying its spring, and there is nothing like sitting outside with great food, friends and family, and a beverage.

If you leave nearby and haven’t tried it out, go soon! If you have the chance to travel here, make sure you try it out!

Don’t forget – submit your favorite recipes, restaurants, etc., for Foodie Friday!

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