I’m Black and I’m Proud | NOSH | Houston Black Restaurant Week

I’m Black and I’m Proud | NOSH | Houston Black Restaurant Week

“Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud” – James Brown

 

The 4th Annual culinary expo for Houston Black Restaurant Week took place recently. Over 30+ premiere Black chefs, caterers and bartenders showed up and showed out! If you missed this spectacular, all black affair then I really need you to get your head in the game and do better next year!  You missed a hell of a treat.

I have been participating in Black Restaurant Weeks since its conception back in 2016. I actually participated the first year. Although my booth was a bit lackluster, I was honored to be in the building among my beautifully melanated peers. In hindsight I realized that back then I was in the middle of a huge transitional period in my life. Teeter-tottering on just what my career in catering would look like. I hated catering, but continued to do so at the request of my community.

Houston Black Restaurant Weeks and I have a long and very loving relationship. I have its founders to thank for assisting me in standing firm in my decision to no longer cater.  Though my previous statement may sound negative, it’s totally not. Houston Black Restaurant Weeks opened my eyes and thrust me into focusing on what truly inspires me. I found my new passion in food blogging.

In 2017 I volunteered as a greeter for NOSH! During my stint as a volunteer I met another pivotal person who propelled me into my next phase of blogging. In 2018 I participated as a guest chef for a cooking competition. I was able to work closely with the founders and got a chance to be on TV which took my brand to the next level. This year I was a guest judge. I was happy to see you that three of the four of my choices won this year!!

I am so proud of the Black Restaurant Weeks founders, participants and everyone who makes this vehicle run. It continues to grow and evolve every year.  I am honored to have been a part of such an amazing event that means so much to my community.

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Tha Know

Every year Black Restaurant Weeks showcases Houston’s black-owned restaurants. NOSH, their culinary showcase, is my favorite event. NOSH highlights Houston’s premiere Black chefs, caterers and bartenders!

Black Restaurant Weeks stimulates growth of African American owned culinary businesses and farms across the United States. To achieve its mission of growth in the culinary industry, Black Restaurant Week aims to create experiences that will cater to a diverse culture of tastemakers, professionals and area foodies looking for exposure to delicious food and exquisite wines.

Events lineup (most have passed):

Aroma: Culinary Panel

Art of Flavor: Pop up dinner highlighting a local chef

Nosh & Power of the Palate: Culinary Expo

Sound Bites: Food Truck Fest Sat April 27th 2019

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Tha Place 

NOSH took place at George R. Brown Convention Center. Which in my opinion was the perfect venue. This annual event has continued to grow each year .The space and event organization was stellar. The level of detail that went in to ensuring that guests had room to move around and breath was outstanding. Given the 30+ vendors in attendance, being able to navigate the space comfortably was priceless. The fact that this event has grow speaks to how tremendous this event is and it’s ever growing potential.

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Tha Feels

As an official Judge this year. The three feelings I left with this year were: HAPPY. STUFFED. PROUD.

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Tha Taste

Here are a few of my favorites from Nosh 2019

 

 

Let me tell you boo loves… their jumbo shrimp and crab legs were Bomb!!! They know BLACK FOLKS love good crab legs!! They played no games this year!

Is a wonderful caterer who I have been following for years. His take on food is amazing as well as his aesthetic eye. He always comes to show out. He featured a bao with smoked chicken and a savory aïoli

My favorite new featured chef for NOSH. His braised beef and risotto dish was delicious. He also offers sensual cooking classes.

Cooking with a twist features cooking classes that are perfect for parties and date nights. They’ve recently added vegan cooking classes hosted by my good friend @theveggieguyj

Craft Burger always constantly pleases my soul. One of my favorite food trucks recently found a new home inside of Finn Hall, Downtown Houston’s Premier Food Hall. Their burgers, fries and shakes are worthy of all the praise.

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Tha Look 

I absolutely love Target Plus for a quick grab and go look. I wore one of their black city chic dresses with gold studs. I paired this LBD with my favorite black leather combat boots for the win.

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Did you attend NOSH? Let me know what you think below in the comments. 

1751 Sea and Bar | Houston’s Newest Premier Gin Bar | Houston Heights

1751 Sea and Bar | Houston’s Newest Premier Gin Bar | Houston Heights

1751 offers seasonally inspired menus featuring the highest quality seafood and meats available from the local Gulf coast and beyond. Their full raw bar features several different varieties of oysters and rare delicacies such as live uni and O-toro fatty tuna when available. There is something for every diner — from a traditional dining experience with simply prepared fish to a multi-course experience of shareable small plates. Gin Act of 1751 is a nod to the restaurants vast assortment of over 100 different gins. 1751 is Houston’s newest premier gin bar.

A new premier Gin bar has opened in the heights and it is a real treat! 1751 Sea and Bar Restaurant offers diners seasonally inspired gulf coast seafood, rare delicacies and over 100 different types of gin!

Tha Know

One thing I know is the cocktails are damn delicious here! They are outstanding and can easily stand alone. I’d suggest you visit just for the drinks honestly.  My favorite was the “Storms End” the liquid nitrogen finish leaves you in awe. Nothing like a little molecular gastronomy to get the juices flowing.

In addition to their amazing cocktails they also have a killer happy hour. Though I didn’t indulge in everything on the menu, I did savor quite a few of their $1 Oysters. Those of you who love Starfish will be happy to know that 1751 offers the same deal!

Tha Place 

1751 is the former home of Starfish. The new layout and aesthetics are breathtaking and photo worthy!

191 Heights Blvd, Houston Tx 77007

Tha Feels and Tha Taste

My taste buds were blown away. The food was on another level! I could have eaten my weight in their crispy fried calamari and cucumber dish. It was by far my favorite bite of the night.

Tha Look 

My hair was living its best life and thriving for the people!! I have to give full credit to coconut oil and my favorite hair product FUBU Pomade! (yes fubu.. for us, by us)

Taste Bar + Kitchen | Houston’s Newest Black Owned Brunch Spot

Taste Bar + Kitchen | Houston’s Newest Black Owned Brunch Spot

April has been a super busy month for me, so when a few of my blogger buddies invited me out for some much needed QT, I jumped at the opportunity. As food bloggers, selecting where to eat is always top priority. A place with a welcoming vibe, delicious food and thirst quenching cocktails is preferred.  Taste Bar + Kitchen has been on everyone’s lips lately, so we naturally gravitated towards it! Being the scattered brain one of the crew, I’d never heard of the place and didn’t necessarily know what to expect. As a the true free spirit I am, I went with the flow. These girls have yet to fail me when it comes to selecting where to chill.

#ThaKnow

As life would have it, time got away from us all. We’d planned on meeting up for brunch but instead convened around 4:30 pm. I was the first to arrive by the grace of God, and as I walked up I noticed a lot of melanated kings and queens parlaying on the restaurants large patio. As I walked in I was even more surprised that it was bejeweled with blackness. Everyone looked amazing and the restaurant was super charming. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that Taste Bar + Kitchen was a black owned establishment.

#ThaPlace 

Taste Bar + Kitchen is located in what used to be Sterling House. I’d never been to Sterling House, so I still cannot confirm or deny if interior is the same. However, what I can say is this place is super cute and perfect for brunch, cocktails and weekday kick backs.  Not to mention that I was delighted to see one of my favorite bartenders from Kitchen 713 here. Who doesn’t love a good bartender/girlfriend?!

#ThaFeels

The space is polished, nicely decorated and just feels good. Even the plates that the runners were delivering food on what  on point. Every bit of details at Taste Bar + Kitchen had been well thought out. I appreciate that.

Due to the fact that we often operate on CPT  time we were of course LATE for our 4:30 pm reservation (pro-tip:make a reservation). By the time we got there they had transitioned from early brunch service to preparing for their evening reservations. The host informed us that the clearly open tables were reserved for later reservations. Given my restaurant background I can totally understand wanting to honor the later reservations, and the importance of ensuring that when those guests arrive their tables are available.  But from a diners standpoint, the abundance of empty tables could be a bit off-putting at first glance.  We decided to change our reservation to 7:30 pm and have drinks in the interim at another establishment.

#ThaTaste

At this point it was dinner time, but I was delighted to learn that Taste Bar + Kitchen serves brunch all day. Total win in my opinion. Brunch restaurants are well received here in Houston, so I think this concept will do well.  I don’t particularity LOVE brunch but I respect it!

In typical fashion It took me and my other girlfriend forever to decide between the General Tso chicken or of the Nashville hot chicken and Waffle. We finally decided upon the Nashville hot chicken and classic waffles. Now let me warn you. The Nashville “hot piece of bird” at Taste Bar + Kitchen is hot! Your tongues may be a bit stronger than mine with it being crawfish season and all.

One of my brunch dates is a mac & cheese connoisseur. So she ordered it but mentioned to us that it was bit lackluster on seasoning and that the pasta was a bit too al dente. The bite I had was tasty and creamy, but I do agree a little more love in the seasoning department would have gone far.

#ThaLook 

I went with the dress I picked up at target in the plus size section. I wanted something cute but free-flowing seeing as though it is spring and I love a good spring breeze. My shoes were from last season, but honestly, a cute jeweled sandal is perfect for all warm season. Taste Bar + Kitchen is the place to be comfy and cute!

Have you visited Taste Bar + Kitchen Yet? Drop me a line and let me know what you thought! 

 

Supporting Black Business in Houston  During Black History Month | #BlackBingo

Supporting Black Business in Houston During Black History Month | #BlackBingo

Happy Black History Month  the Black Blogger Clique has created a fun and interactive black bingo card for Instagram. The bingo card highlights a variety of black-owned restaurants and dishes at these restaurants. For those of you who wish to play along, we will also be hosting giveaways for those who get “black” (bingo) throughout the month of February!

#yumcrumbs

It’s February so you know what that means?! It’s #blackhistorymonth !! ✊🏾

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#ThaKnow📝

I (@thafatgirlfoodchronicles) am apart of local Houston group @blackbloggerclique. Our mission is to give highlight black businesses here in Houston.  As black women and bloggers we love to highlight black businesses and want to share information about our community.

February is the perfect time to do this. If you live in Houston, let’s play!! There are other games like this going on all over! (@juliejulez.jpg has a bomb one that took Houston by storm as well , also @gingermarieblog and @brandisfoodiediary in Dallas @domnthecity in NYC ) as well, so be on the lookout for your cities bingo card.

The Game 🎮

B•L•A•C•K is a form of “BINGO”

The card has a list of black owned restaurants. During the month of February go to the restaurants on the cards to play the game and win prizes! 🏆🥇 Rules on next slide▶️➡️⏭ #ThaPlace 📍

Houston Tx

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#ThaFeels🧘🏾‍♀️

Competitive

I’m going to give y’all a week and a half head start since ya girl only had 4 left to try!

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#ThaTaste🍽

I have 4 places to go💪🏿! Ya girl will have a blackout before the end of the month! @catfishstation2017 @bluenilehouston

Check out the lists of black restaurants in Houston curated by my girls Houston Food Fetish , Gristle & Gossip, and Black Girls Who Brunch 

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#ThaLook 👗

I’ve almost got BLACK BINGO !!

 

Download Your Copy & Play!

Download a clean copy and play along on Instagram Make sure to tag both the Black Blogger Clique and the restaurants your visited. We want them to play along and share as well!

Unwine at Tillery Kitchen and Bar | First Stop in 2019 | Austin, Texas | Travel

Unwine at Tillery Kitchen and Bar | First Stop in 2019 | Austin, Texas | Travel

Tillery Kitchen and Bar is Located just below the Longhorn Dam, where the Colorado River begins its 292 river mile run to the Gulf of Mexico. Tillery rests here, at the top of an embankment overlooking the river. Tillery Kitchen and Bar provides a comfortable outdoor lounge for socializing, or a place to hide out with your laptop, a book, or your dog, while having the comforts of food and drink service. During a recent rejuvenation vacation, I stopped into enjoy some wine and relaxation on the patio of  Tillery Kitchen and Bar, Austin’s tranquil gem.

 

Tha Know

This visit to Tillery was my first travel excursion of the new year.  It turned out to be a random road trip that surprisingly took my breath away, elevating my SUPER soul to the next level. God was whispering in the wind and my spirit was at peace.

Tha Place 📍

An eco-chic, River flanked bar and kitchen. Located at 3201 E Cesar Chavez St. Austin Tx 78702.

Tha Feels

Tillery Kitchen and Bar quieted and humbled my rambunctious spirit

Tha Taste

Tillery Bar and Kitchen prides itself on being a peaceful place to lounge and enjoy the scenery of Austin’s river while enjoying their unique and delicious “lounge-friendly” eats. My favorite menu items were the Brussels with Asian pear with a glass of New Zealand Rose.

If your spirit should lead you towards Austin, make sure to add Tillery Kitchen and Bar to your list of stops. Your soul and tummy will thank you.

 

Living my Best Life | Omni Houston Hotel

Living my Best Life | Omni Houston Hotel

#yumbcrumbs 2019 is here!! Striving to be more intentional with my future is key this year. That being said, I have set a few goals for myself. My main focus in 2019 is to turn my love of food and travel into a lucrative operation! Honestly, this has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember. So, I’m speaking it into existence and making it happen in the new year!

Do you love to travel, but have a hard time affording that relaxing getaway? If you answered yes, please believe you are not alone. This is actually my life story. One thing I love about living in Houston, is that a stay-cation is always just around the corner. If I had to give you a plug for a Houston stay, I would highly recommend the newly renovated Omni Houston Hotel! It’s located in the heart of the Houston Galleria area and is currently topping my list of stay-cation hot spots!

Tha know | What you need to know before you go!

Hurricane Harvey completely devastated the Omni Houston Hotel, taking the life one of their beloved employees. The tragedy and destruction left the hotel no choice but to completely remodel their space. The luxury hotel recently underwent a 30 million dollar renovation, and during a recent tour I was able to see its beauty up close! Their amazing poolside views and Omni Spa have me longing for another stay-cation. The Omni Houston Hotel has it all!

 

Tha Taste | The Food and Beverage Buzz!

In addition to a behind the scenes tour of the space, I also got to try some of their cocktails and culinary creations. Everything that graced my lips was BOMB, do you hear me?!  Le Reserve’s Executive Chef Franklin Thompson puts so much love and creativity into each dish and cocktail. You can taste the passion and intention with every bite and sip. This experience left my mind and taste buds hungry for more. I love little details. Those tiny notes of flare that one might miss if not paying full attention.  The Omni Houston Hotel brought home the wow-factor with their branded cocktail ice.

My favorite cocktail was the Stone Fruit Swizzle made with Monkey Shoulder, lemon and stone fruit. Definitely “treat yo self” with one or two of these bad boys! Their delicious tapas are from the Gods. I recommended their Blackened Yellow-fin and the Lobster wedge!! Both are amazing and freshly prepared. The rich blue cheese foam elevates the lobster wedge leaving each bite more succulent than its predecessor.  It’s over the top with flavor. Your belly will thank you.

 

Tha Place | Tha Look | Tha Feels

The Omni Houston Hotel is located in the heard of the Galleria at 4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056. It’s vibe is lush and luxurious from the plush bedding to the sleek spa retreat. The Omni Houston Hotel will refresh and rejuvenate you. It’s the perfect Houston stay-cation destination for a tranquil pool side Saturday! #needed