Dunking Cabbage Soup

Dunking Cabbage Soup

In today’s current state, it’s essential that I use my platform to support brands that are actively supporting my community. Now that we are all working to stand in solidarity and unite as a country, I expect nothing less than that from larger brands like Aldi, H-E-B, and Kroger. The outpouring of support from the latter two has been cool, but Aldi has some work to do. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Aldi and support them anyway. I just think it would be refreshing to see a bit more diversity on their platform. I know my people love “ALDIS” (that’s how Black folks say it, lol) just as much as do (mini-rant).

Ok, now let’s get back to the situation at hand – my Dunking Cabbage Soup Recipe. It’s delicious Asian Inspired, low carb, and full of veggies. It’s the perfect soup to overindulge on. What makes this soup super irresistible is that I chose to use the super thin cabbage in place of your typical noodles. BE SMART GIRL!!!! Continue reading for the recipe!

INGREDIENTS

Meat

  • 1 lb Chicken Thighs

Other protein options:

  • Shrimp
  • Ground pork
  • Ground turkey
  • Chicken breast
  • Tofu

Vegetables

*Select four of five of your favorite options or unload your entire veggie bin on them boys as I did.  

Add these veggies first:

  • 1 White Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Green Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Poblano Pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup white mushrooms (chopped)

Add the following veggies towards the end:

  • 1 Zucchini (chopped)
  • 1 Yellow Squash (chopped)
  • 1 Radish (chopped)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1 arm of ginger  (finely chopped)
  • 6 cups of Cold Water (enough to cover ingredients)
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of oil to sauté your veggies
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste)

Dipping cabbage

  • 1 head of cold cabbage (thinly sliced lengthwise)

DIRECTIONS

In a large pot, sauté your vegetables in order, as indicated above. I started with my mushrooms, white onions, and a few green onions. Add water and season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic. let simmer for about ten minutes. (*note: you want your broth to be well seasoned. I use water so that I can control the level of sodium. If you opt for a veggie or chicken broth, just be careful of over-salting.)

Add your protein and cook until tender

Add your finishing veggies

Serve with green onion garnish

Keep cold until ready to DUNK !!

Spicy Mango Fried Rice

Spicy Mango Fried Rice

What’s your favorite thing about Sunday? For me, it’s meal prepping for the work-week. Although most of us are working from home, it’s still nice to not have to cook each night. I find that large pasta dishes and rice dishes come in handy on those lazy weekday nights. That’s why my Spicy Mango Rice is so popular. It’s quick, simple, and delicious. The addition of spicy mango pico de gallo takes this recipe to a whole nother level!

As a Houston blogger, I am uber fortunate to have an HEB in my neighborhood. For those of you not in Texas, HEB is literally the most amazing grocery store on the planet. What makes this grocery store unique is their house brand spices, beverages, and fresh-made guacamole and pico de Gallo. They rival any big name brands and are must-have staples in my pantry.

For this recipe, I’ve included a smash-up of thinly sliced serrano peppers and spicy mango pico de gallo. These two ingredients add a little spice and flair to any standard fried rice dish. Feel free to add your favorite protein, like chicken or shrimp to this dish!

– Read on for the full recipe and drop me a comment below. 

Pico Fried Rice Ingredients

  • ¼ cup  oil (grapeseed)
  • 1/2 cup of Mango Pico (Spicy preferably)
  • ½ cup chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 cups COLD  cooked white rice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 thinly sliced Serrano pepper

Directions

  1. Heat a wok or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat; add oil. Cook and stir pico and garlic in the hot oil until soft.
  2. Add cold rice, green onion and sliced Serrano
  3. Sautée for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add soy sauce and stir through the dish.
Serve immediately

 

Red Beans RoadShow | Houston

Red Beans RoadShow | Houston

The Red Beans Roadshow is a pop-up restaurant series that takes a New Orleans’ trademark Monday-night tradition on the road. The roadshow pairs writer/photographer/ne’er do well Pableaux Johnson with a local host chef for a night of good, simple food, camaraderie, and appropriate misbehavior. Modeled on Pableaux’s New Orleans home-based tradition, each event features a hearty Louisiana supper (red beans and rice, skillet cornbread) combined with the whims of our host chef (starter and dessert courses). Less a dinner party than an informal family supper, diners are encouraged to belly up to the table and break cornbread with friends and strangers alike.

Based on Pableaux’s 2009 travel/writing project, the Red Beans Roadshow now regularly holds events in Washington DC, Atlanta, and Nashville. During the summer of 2015, he’ll take to the road once again, teaming up with a fantastic roster of fantastic chefs in cities across the US. It all adds up to a great, informal night of Louisiana culture, with a beautiful slab of crunchy cornbread on the side.

 

#Tha Know
The Red Beans Roadshow started as a simple dinner with friends at the home of creator Pableaux Johnson. Guests would spend the evening enjoying endless bowls of red beans while chatting about life. This dinner quickly became a Monday night tradition at Pableaux’s New Orleans home.  Pableaux has committed to having as many friends around his table as life will give him.

 

#Tha Place
The Red Beans Roadshow, hosted by Brennan’s of Houston, one of my favorites Houston hot spots. They are best known for their classic elegance, elevated New Orleans cuisine, and timeless style. Brennan’s of Houston Hosted Pableaux on his roadshow tour Houston stop. What better environment to house such an event?
“Since our 1967 opening as a sister restaurant to the world-famous Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Brennan’s of Houston has evolved into the city’s premier destination for memorable dining served with true Southern hospitality.” – Brennan’s
#Tha Feels
It felt like southern comfort and good times! You could feel the love in every bean, slice of cornbread, and rice morsel.

 

#ThaTaste
Cameilla’s red beans are packed with intense flavors of heavy black pepper and compliments of smoked sausage. The meat rounded out the full flavors of the dish. The cornbread was perfectly cooked, moist, and golden. It was baked in cast iron pans and buttered to perfection. You know it’s good when you can taste the buttermilk in the batter!

 

#Tha Nightcap
The tour is still making its way around the country. Check out the website and find out the upcoming tour stops.
More Details About Red Beans Roadshow

The Home Table hits the road
It’s pretty simple. Over the years, we’ve adapted Pableaux’s Monday-night red beans and rice tradition to the rigors of the road. It’s a chance to take Louisiana hospitality to far-flung cities, to commune with like-minded chefs, and see (and make) friends along the way.

 

  • In its current incarnation, the Red Beans Roadshow is an ongoing series of medium-format pop-up suppers held in restaurants around the US.
    Pableaux teams up with a local partner chef for an informal family-style feast.
  • He cooks red beans and skillet cornbread. The host chef serves up a simple starter (deviled eggs, hand pies, etc.) and a dessert (bread puddin’, pies pies pies).
  • The Roadshow is informal, affordable, and as unfussy as we can make it. We gravitate toward 8-person tables (to encourage crosstalk) and a “put your phone away” policy (to encourage conversational mystery and creative storytelling).
  • As ringleader and organizer, Pableaux does short explanatory dog-and-pony shows on Louisiana foodways.
  • Roadshows are ticketed events (beer/wine inclusive) and seat between 50-80 folks a show. Tickets can be purchased below.
Lost & Found Eatery and Bar | Houston

Lost & Found Eatery and Bar | Houston

I was so happy to be walking up to a place in Midtown that I could truly call my own. Houston’s newest build-out was not only dope, but delicious! Lost & Found is the perfect place to take your next Instagram photo. Its dark purple accents and pops of color are quite inviting. Making you wish you could lounge there all day!

Side rant: I was invited to attend this soft opening of Lost & Found as media. One thing I will tell about media tasting’s is that you leave feeling spoiled. I often find I have a false sense of inflated ego when it comes to food quality. Believing that I know the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to Houston’s bar food. I thought I knew elevated bar food until I tried every items on her soft opening menu. Lost & Found’s Executive Chef T, forced me to eat a huge piece of humble pie, and sit my ass right on down!!  Baby! Let me tell you, I was lost but now I’m found!

Lost & Found Houston is brought to you by the same owners of Prospect Park. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect, but as a fan of Prospect Park, I knew I was in for a treat.  Prospect Park is Houston’s go-to sports bar and they have one of the best lunch menus in town. Lost & Found Houston is the perfect fusion of sports bar meets lounge.

We started our tasting on the outdoor patio. It’s Possibly one of the best patios in Midtown. The natural wooden booths and TVs are the perfect place to watch game and grab a drink. Speaking of drinks they are DIVINE!! We tried all of their signature cocktails and not a single was anything less than amazing. I highly recommend you start with their Champagne Showers or The “Zebra”. Fun, beautiful and delicious cocktails.

Here are some of my favorites from Lost & Found’s menu:
The Lost & Found Wings (my favorite) come in two flavors – Their LOST (sweet Hennessy) based sauce and their FOUND (spicy Piri piri) sauce are both stellar.
Fried Cauliflower
Crawfish bread
Shrimp & Crawfish Dip

Recent Update to Post:
There was a recent situation that occurred at Lost & Found that I spoke about on my Instagram. I was disappointed and hurt by what transpired, (no need to harp go read up on it if you feel so led) especially because it happened to friends of mine. So how will I proceed you ask? I will proceeded with a spirit of forgiveness. Everyone needs to be given a second chance. Myself included. We have all done things in bad taste that we needed to learn and grow from. I’ve personally been extended grace when I didn’t deserve it. I have been to MANY black owned places and extended grace to them so why wouldn’t I allow that same space for my own?

Have you visited Lost & Found? I would love to hear your feedback below in the comments. 

“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)