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.
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.
Tillery Kitchen and Bar quieted and humbled my rambunctious spirit
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.
#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!
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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!
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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.
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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
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and no I’m not talking about Christmas! Season 3 of the HBO hit series “Insecure” is here bitchhhhhh!!
Insecure is hands down my favorite show on HBO! I have been impatiently waiting for 10 whole months, so you best believe that on August 12th your girl will be glued to the screen with my wine and snacks in tow. In the words of Tiffany Hadish “SHE READY” for the shenanigans! Insecure is the epitome of what you call black girl magic! My heart, eyes and soul have longed for the LIFE that Issa Rae and her crew bring to the big screen. It will be a beautifully brown reunion of sun kissed melanated skin!
Last year I took advantage of the last four episodes by doing homage plates. Where I dedicated specialty meals to specific Insecure characters, themes and episodes. This year I want to kick it up by adding a YouTube channel called “Tha Yum.” Following each episode me and some dope local guests a.k.a “the homies” will shoot the shit about the episodes live on Instagram!
My first edition of “Tha Yum” is happening the Sunday before the official launch! Be on the lookout for it on my Instagram page! My main goal for all of this is to meet Issa Rae and share my specialty homage plate with her on the show. Issa tasting my food would be the ultimate “Ultralight Beam.”
Any who Yum Crumbs.. hope you guys tune into my IG, live on August 12th… Issabout to go down!
Hey Young crumbs!! I am super excited to announce my first ever pop-up brunch series “Brunch on the Block.” Celebrate Father’s Day in the Tre Sunday, June 17th at The Compound Houston (2305 Wheeler Ave.)
Enjoy a chef curated brunch, a bike and bite tour powered by Let’s Do This Houston and the first ever “Spades in the Tre” Tournament.
Read on for more details and ticket information.
Chef Curated Southern Fried Chicken and Watermelon Brunch with sponsored beverages from Austin Ciders.
“Bike & Bite” experience powered by Let’s Do This Houston and Tour De Hood.
Bikes will do a mini tour of Third Ward while stopping to get a taste of delicious Third Ward Jewels E-dub-a-licious Treats and the French Fry House. Slot Sign up will be available day of event!
Click herefor more details and to purchase your tickets TODAY. This event is set to celebrate brunch, blackness and community. Let’s celebrate and enjoy this #SaluteToSummer!
CHARITY OF CHOICE
A percentage of proceeds go to Supporting Our Sicklers (S.O.S.), an organization committed to advocating for, serving, and providing Sickle Cell Disease education to parents and guardians of children with all types of Sickle Cell while supporting research for a cure and improving awareness in the Greater Houston and surrounding areas.
As Black History Month has now come and gone, I find myself longing for the celebration of all things black! Clearly I can, do and will celebrate the beauty in my blackness every day. But must admit that there’s something about watching HBO’s Insecure while savoring the sour/sweet mix of pickles and peppermints that just feels better in February! Due to March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter flooding my senses, I decided to do myself a solid and visit Houston’s Blue Nile.
Blue Nile’s Authentic Ethiopian Cuisine was just the trip to the motherland that my soul needed. I would describe my first visit to Blue Nile as an immersion of culture… my culture.
Having no clue as to what to expect during my visit, the first thing that caught me off guard was that traditional Ethiopian food is eaten with your hands! I quickly realized this cultural shift when I went to unroll my napkin, on the hunt for silverware. When I asked my Aunty where the silverware was she pointed to my hands. I’m real enough to that I don’t really get down with eating with my hands. I am also real enough to blame America for this. But I was excited for this new experience…hell I’ve seasoned enough chickens to not really trip on that too hard.
Ethiopian food is spice heavy. It’s more of a savory spice that radiates through your senses. Very different from Louisiana Hot Sauce. For some reason I just thought that the food would be flavorful but mild. I was definitely wrong about that. Lingering notes of cardamom and cinnamon from the Masala Curry danced on my tongue throughout my meal.
Now let’s talk about InJera, the traditional Ethiopian sourdough-risen flatbread. It’s slightly spongy texture was quite unique. I especially enjoyed learning about the traditionally use of teff flour. As a food blogger I am well versed in vast varieties of cultural breads (I.e. Naan, French bread and Southern Corn Bread) but never have I had something as dope as this! Injera was one of the coolest things I’ve ever eaten. It was moist and pliable, making the perfect bowl for the samplings of our chicken and beef meat trio.
All the dishes at Blue Nile and hearty and leave you totally satisfied. Our trio came with a citrus spiced tomato and onion salad, my favorite greens and a samosa filled with an assortment of delicious ground meats. My journey to Ethiopia was nothing less than spectacular, and would do it again in a heartbeat. I highly recommend that you stretch outside yourself and explore the diverse food scene that Houston has to offer. Start with Blue Nile!
Being a native Houstonian I am all to aware of how Houston trends come late and die hard! So when I heard that a new restaurant named “Kulture” had popped up on the downtown scene my spirit grew weary. Would this new trendy “southern” komfort kitchen be a hashtag today and a memory tomorrow? After an in depth tasting of some “fiya” menu items, I’m going to go with “nah son.” Kulture is here to stay.
First, let me start by saying that when I found out restaurateur Marcus Davis of The Breakfast Klub (a very popular breakfast/brunch destination known for its long lines, crispy waffles and fried fish) was behind this restaurant, “I know’d there was a God”. Furthermore, the fact that the cuisine at Kulture is prepared by the loving hands that batter dem’ wings and cuts of catfish over at The Breakfast Blub made the hair on the back of my back stand up! I knew my experience at Kulture was about to be THE bomb!
Side note of truth: Though I have not visited TBK (save your side eye, it’s my mom’s fault), I have attended events catered by TBK. As the dedicated food blogger that am, I have made note to stand my a** in that line, but it won’t be during the summer months. Mainly because I prefer to season my food with salt and pepper, not forehead and upper lip sweat.
Walking up to the front door of Kulture is where the immersion of experience begins. The open concept bar adorned with that beautiful neon “KULTURE” sign caught my eye off the rip. As a woman of color, Kulture made me feel at home, like I belonged, like this spot was made just for me. Guests will fall in love with the upscale appeal, the soulful r&b boogie coming through the speakers and the welcoming presence of the waitstaff.
Of course I arrived at the restaurant the exact same time as Owner Marcus Davis. He is the most personable restaurant owner I’ve ever met. Marcus has this “kool ass Uncle Willie” vibe. You know that uncle who will whoop yo’ tale in spades, while dropping jewels of wisdom that inevitably enhance your game. That’s how I feel about Marcus! He da best!
Kulture’s yum factor deserves more m’s. Its cuisine and ambiance took yum to a whole new level! Every single course was hands down ridiculous. We started with the Mahogany 75’ a.k.a my new favorite sip in Houston. Not only was it solid and strong, the brown sugar simple syrup will have you reaching over the counter to slap the bartender. How dare you serve me something that good?! I was truly amazed and a little tipsy!
My tantalizing tasting journey started with the Black-Eyed Pea Hummus. A great vegan and gluten free starter, perfect for sharing (or not!). The show stopper was Chef Burrell’s Calas & Collards Dip. It was not only rich in flavor but also in Kulture (you see how I did that?). No, but seriously it was savory mix of creamy collards and cheese paired with four delicious bite sized fried “calas” nuggets. This dish tops my list of items you MUST TRY when you visit. Simply scrumptious!
Our final course is where Chef Burrell really showed out! There was a true blessing in the benediction here ya’ll! A whole fried branzino fish came from the kitchen and I devoured the boney bad boy it like a champ. My table mates and I may or may not have caught a taste of the holy ghost while eating this tender, crispy and perfectly fried dish.
No doubt that I’d submerse myself in This kind of KULTURE again.
Favorite Yum Bite: Calas & Collards
Location: Kulture Houston – 01 Avenida De Las Americas A, Houston, TX 77010
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays & Fridays
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.