“Life is short; Eat well.” | Brennan’s of Houston

“Life is short; Eat well.” | Brennan’s of Houston

Brennan’s of Houston has always been so special to me. Long before I was a blogger I was a cute overactive little girl, and for my 5th birthday birthday my grandfather hosted my fifth birthday party at Brennan’s of Houston. Back in the day my grandfather was hired by Brennan’s to lay carpet. He must have built up quite the rapport with the owner because he offered to lend my grandfather the entire restaurant to host a private gathering, with as many people as he wanted. My loving grandfather said he thought of nothing more special than hosting my birthday party there.

Fast forward to now and I’m being invited to attend Brennan’s Fall brunch tasting hosted by EaterPass. It was extraordinary to say the least!

 

 

Believe it or not, I haven’t been back to Brennan’s since my fifth birthday. And boy has a lot changed, lol. Not only was the food outstanding but I also got the chance to learn more about EaterPass! Eater Pass is like Class Pass (subscription service that allows you discounted access to all of Houston’s fitness gyms) but for restaurants. It’s an app developed by Courtney Steinfield. A self-proclaimed foodie and lady boss. Eater Pass connects young, fun-loving folks with insider pricing at the hippest spots in town. All while helping more people create fulfilling local experiences. Whether you prefer testing out the newest spots that crop up on your local food scene, brunching with your gal-pals or relaxing with a cocktail in hand on a patio with twinkle lights above; she’s got you covered! That’s what it’s all about – the experience!

 

 

I love learning about and experiencing the new things and watching Houston’s Culinary scene thrive.in Houston’s culinary. Especially when I get to pair those experiences with creamy, deconstructed Non Parfaits, crispy quail beignets, and savory eggs hussarde. Let’s not forget about Brennan’s dessert trio stacked with mini bread pudding souffles, pumpkin tres leche and bananas foster! On second thought, who could forget about that? LOL.

 

In addition to Brennan’s beautiful fall brunch menu here are a few other ways to get in on the fun:

  • Daily 7-7-7 Happy Hour at our Courtyard Bar from 2-7 PM, featuring especially selected wines, cocktails, and dishes for $7.
  • Sunday Jazz Brunch featuring live Jazz band & Second Line with the option of a la carte or a mix and match, three course brunch.

Shout out to our friends at EaterPass! We’re so excited to be working with them, and hope to see your food-loving followers in soon. Remember, VIP20 gets your followers a free month membership, which means a free Trouble Tree (Specialty Fall milk punch) for the table and 20% off their meal. 

Special thank you to Natalie (IG: natalie.j.photography) for the amazing photos.

PHOTO GALLERY

 

 

Dallas Eats Guide | Chewing & Reviewing my way through Dallas

Dallas Eats Guide | Chewing & Reviewing my way through Dallas

Throughout this journey called life, I’ve realized how important it is to set goals. This is the first year I genuinely placed energy into setting personal goals and making them a reality. One of my main goals was to become a paid food stylist. Full transparency, I never thought it would happen. I mean, I believe in myself, but I never thought it would happen so quickly. Putting effort towards achieving my goals has allowed me to travel to over 6+ cities and style over 2,000 plates. My most recent paid gig landed my in Dallas, Texas. Possibly not the most glamorous place to travel, but it was really fun and I enjoyed some really great food. If you’re traveling to Dallas anytime soon make sure you keep this Dallas Eats Guide handy.

Texas is such a massive state that often times I forget how cool the other cities outside of Houston are.  Ironically, although only four hours away, Dallas is a bit foreign to me.  Not being familiar with the city  and it’s food culture, I was interested (maybe even excited!) to see what it had to offer. Although I enjoyed some delicious food while in Dallas, I did experience some trash goods for sure! But pound for pound I have to admit that the culinary culture was similar to Houston. Please believe as I type this It sounds weird, but I have to give credit where credit is due.

In addition to great food I also made some really kool kids while I was there! Special shout out to fellow bloggers @BrandisFoodDiary, @Cuzzoab, @FlavasbyDameDash, @_Londonskit and my family @sashamfpn and @v_petty.

 

 

Now let’s get down to the Dallas Eats Guide. I figured the easiest way to share my suggestions were groupings based on the area of town. Below are my top recommendations on where you should eat the next time you’re in the “Dirty D.”

 

Downtown Dallas

Sauce Pizza & Wine (Walnut Hill Ln)

Prosciutto and Fig Pizza

Braindead Brewing(Main St)

Thick and Morty Burger**

Pickle Rick Jar

Sift + Pour (Victory Park Ln)

salted caramel & banana crepe

Hattie’s Restaurant (N Bishop Ave)

Roasted Baby Carrots and Brussels Sprouts **(best vegan bite)

4 Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

The Island Spot (W Jefferson Blvd)

Fried Dumplings

 

North Dallas

Cafe de France (Preston Rd

Nelson’s (Preston Rd)

Paradise Bakery & Cafe (Dallas Parkway)

Lekka (Preston Rd)

Deli News (Preston Rd)

Malarkey’s Tavern (Trinity Mills Rd)

The Irishman (Preston Rd)***

Frisco

Jimmy’s Burgers (Independence Pkwy)

Burning Rice (Preston Rd)

Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant (Preston Rd)

Terra Mediterranean (Dallas Pkwy)

Lita’s La Mexicana (Independence Pkwy)

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!