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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Brenda's is Serving 24 Hours a Day

What a relief it was to find out that another eating establishment which featured tacos, nachos, soups, and tortas has opened its doors less than a mile from where I shop, work, and live. Since July of 2018, Brenda's Taqueria opened a location at 12550 Southwest Freeway in Stafford, Texas. In fact, this is the fourth location in the Greater Houston Area.

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Riel Hosts an Unusual and Classified Dinner

Riel Restaurant located at 1927 Fairview Street in Houston is open for business serving American Style cuisine with local flavors. Co-owner and Executive Chef Ryan Lachaine, who is originally from Canada, Manitoba Canada, run the kitchen.

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Ayesha Curry Brings the Smoke to Houston

November 14, 2018, International Smoke located at 800 Sorella Court in Houston officially opened its doors to celebrate the collaboration between Chefs Ayesha Curry and Michael Medina. The concept is noted as being inspired “from their discovery that the word “Barbecue” has different culinary interpretations internationally, which influenced the concept and menu.”

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Shell Shack Brings the Whole Kitchen Sink to Houston

Since July of this year, Houston's Heights has been home to a seafood place that captures all of the flavors that our hometown natives crave - spicy crabs, crawfish, shrimp, tasty fried catfish, mixed cocktails, and craft beers. Seven days a week, from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. hungry patrons can indulge their taste buds with boiled infused flavors with varying degrees of heat.

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A Fistful of Bourbon Launches First in Texas

Since 2007, the month of September has been considered National Bourbon Month, and we are happy to commemorate this event with the launch of “A Fistful of Bourbon.” The Friedman Agency and Bosscat Cafe joined forces to bring together Houston's foodies with the debut of William Grant and Son's latest libation.

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The Wines of Dan Duckhorn Take Center Stage at The Capital Grille

The Generous Pour is the event of Summer 2018. This year's collection featured some of the tastiest and palate pleasing Whites, Rose's, and Reds that we've tried thus far. This eclectic collection of wines paired perfectly with the steak, clams, calamari, and desserts that we enjoyed immensely at this year's sampling.

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Kitchen DNA Brings the Flavors of NOLA to Cinco Ranch

Inside The Public House of Villagio Town Center, located at 22758 Westheimer Parkway, are former co-workers turned business partners cooking up some of the tastiest food on the west side of our Metroplex.

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The Smollett's Take their Family Table on The Road

Many of us have fond recollections of our family meals, which usually took place at the big table with our parents, grandparents, and siblings. The Smollett's: Jazz, Jurnee, Jake, and Jussie share some of their memories, moments, recipes that are compiled beautifully in a cookbook called “The Family Table”.

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Enjoy the Sparkling Sounds of Summer at Eddie V’s

Summer is officially here in Houston, and we have the best climate for fizzy drinks, sparkling cocktails, and cold brews. In our city, we have so many choices for dining that we don’t even have to leave our neighborhoods. However, if your area does not have an Eddie V’s, this writer recommends an Uber ride to City Centre or Kirby Drive to experience the classy but relaxed ambiance, the live music, and of course, the food.

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Lucy Brings the Flavors of Ethiopia to Houston

Nestled at 6800 Southwest Freeway in Houston, Texas facing the main road is a jewel straight out of Africa. The pretty red building with plentiful parking and easy access to the entrance is home to Lucy, Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge. According to their website www.LucyHouston.com “Our restaurant and lounge celebrates the roots of humanity in Ethiopia - which you will find in our food, art-gallery, and festivities. We are family owned and operated with friendly staff, delicious food and drink, and a great atmosphere. Please stop in to eat, drink, relax, and have fun. “

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