Yolanda Pope

Culinary Writer


Yolanda Pope is a native Houstonian, with a variety of interests. She is an artist, former ESL Teacher, Business Technology Teacher, and Second Grade Montessori Teacher. She has a BBA from the University of Houston and a Teaching Diploma from North American Montessori Institute. She also enjoys martial arts, gardening, and of course food. She has interviewed several chefs from The Food Network for Houston Style Magazine including Iron Chef Cat Cora, Chopped Grand Champions Madison Cowen and Chef Danielle Saunders, who is P.Diddy’s former personal chef. Mexican Food is at the top of her list in the category of favorite foods, especially the local Taquerias in our area.
Yolanda is a culinary writer for Houston Style Magazine.

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Explore the Southern Hemisphere of Wine and Food at Fleming’s

On March 10, 2017, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar hosted its annual Wine Harvest Dinner. In the private dining area of their luxurious, but down to earth restaurant, a small group of us gathered and indulged our taste buds into a four course meal fit for a king.

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Yard House’s Menu Keeps Customers and the Restaurant Full

City Centre located at 800 Town and Center Boulevard in West Houston has become a hot spot for shopping, movie watching, and dining. The parking is plentiful, whether it’s in an outside lot or the free parking garage, this place seems to have covered all the bases to please the multitude of visitors that arrive Monday through Sunday.

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Houstonian Ann Odogwu Could Be the Worst Cook in America

If you prepare every meal with scissors, cannot boil water, and consistently undercook pasta, because you don’t know when it’s done; in my view, you are the worst cook ever. After growing tired of the afore mentioned kitchen disasters, Ann Odogwu decided to expand her culinary skills by filling out an application for Season 10 of The Food Network’s ® Worst Cooks in America.

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Get Your Taco and Tequila Fix at El Big Bad

It’s just a hop, skip, and jump to downtown Houston and get served at what is known as the “world’s largest Infused Tequila bar with 70 plus infusions, fresh juice margaritas, cocktails and scrumptious food.” El Big Bad, located at 412 Travis Street, is open seven days a week serving lunch, brunch, and dinner to the crowds that waft in, or have made this place their regular spot.

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Autistic Teen Turns Food Aversions to Recipes for Success

When it comes to eating many of us have that one or a few things that we refuse to digest because of the texture, color, taste or all the above. Most of us grow out of our food struggles, but if you're a person that is diagnosed with Autism, having food aversions is common; however, getting older is not a factor to changing one’s eating preferences.

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson Brings the Hustle of Food to Houston

Food has always surrounded the life of Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Since he could put one foot in front of the other he has been engrossed in the art of food from catching it to prepping it to serving it to others for enjoyment. No wonder he is one of the world’s greatest chefs.

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Vegetarian Comfort Food in Houston? Absolutely!

It’s no secret that Texas is known to be a meat eater’s paradise, but for those who have decided to pass on the carnivorous side of dining, there are some restaurants that are embracing the lifestyle choices of the vegetarian and vegan patrons.

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Menu Offerings That Capture the Spirit of Autumn

Houston’s weather is finally beginning to reflect the changing of the temperature, many restaurants have switched their menu selections to reflect such changes. Now is the season for dark leafy greens, roasted pecans, walnuts, and mouth –watering bosc pears.

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Emma’s Mex Grill Celebrates Street Art with Milagro Tequila

Emma’s Mex Grill located at 5010 West Broadway in Pearland, Texas hosted a private party to honor the heritage of restaurant owners the Mendieta family by having Mexican Artist Beo Hake paint a mural on the wall of the establishment during the festivities. The event was a collaboration between Milagro Tequila and the restaurant proprietors whose family lineage is rooted in Mexico.

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Donal Skehan & Tia Mowry Team Up On The Food Network

The Food Network has launched a new show called “Star Kids”, where 10 children between the ages of 8 and 13 are competing for a chance to have their own show on the network. The show airs every Monday night at 7 pm central time. Also, if you have missed the past few episodes, it’s easy to get caught up by going online: www.foodnetwork.com/shows/starkids.

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