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Yolanda Pope

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A Buddhist Temple and a Fine Tea House

Since 2001, The Chung Mei Buddhist Temple has sat quietly on a little road off West Airport in Stafford, Texas. According to their website, they are a part of The Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Society and their purpose is to “promote Buddhism through cultural exchange and to serve the community of greater Houston.”

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Home Chef Offers Weekly Meal Service

Its' been about two years since I received an email invitation to try a home meal service that offered me $30 off my first meal and an additional discount for each referral I sent their way. My co-workers and I studied the website intensely at the menu offerings for the weeks that we would receive our orders.

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Alaskan King Crab Delivers

Summer is in full swing, crawfish season is at its full peak, and just about every weekend there is a barbecue to attend. Now with Father’s Day upon us, how about some crab legs, some big ones to be exact?

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Cooking at Home with Imperfect Produce

One of the major advantages of living in a large Metropolitan area is that we have so many dining choices whether we stay in or eat out. Also, over the past couple of years, there has been an influx of companies that offer subscriptions to their “meal in a box” services.

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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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Goofy Girl Gumbo Company Brings The Flavor

We are in the last sprint of a short but colder than usual winter, an epic flu season, and all major holidays are behind us now. In order to combat the chill in the air, along with whatever may ail us many of us resort to making our favorite stews, soups, and comfort food.

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Food Network Star Hosts the Christmas Cookie Challenge

Since winning Season 11 of Food Network Star Chef Eddie Jackson has been busy with all things food. His latest endeavor comes with the premiere of Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge.

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Heights Bier Garten Hosts Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher

In celebration of World Cucumber Day Hendrick’s Gin debuted its Grand Cucumber Garnisher by launching a city-to-city tour throughout the United States. The tour began in New York City and made it to Houston before the end of the year. The motorized cucumber slicing machine is 38 feet long, has a hybrid powertrain, can travel up to 25 miles per hour, and slice up to 18 cucumbers in 60 minutes.

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The Wine and Wagyu Returns to Capital Grille

Beginning now until November 19, 2017, The Capital Grille is offering its Wine and Wagyu menu for only $25 dollars in The Lounge. The Wagyu Burger selections are The Grille’s Wagyu Cheeseburger, Caramelized Onion Wagyu, and a Waguy Bacon Cheeseburger. The wine selections are Caymus, which is a Cabernet Sauvignon Emmolo, a Merlot, and Belle Glos Las Alturas, a Pinot Noir.

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Chef Carla Hall Brings the Hootie Hoo to Cooking With a Twist

Houston Style Magazine along with 24 Houstonians had a front row seat as Chef Carla Hall of ABC’s The Chew electrified the main room at “Cooking With a Twist “as she gave culinary instructions to each class participant. Chef Dee Dee Coleman and her staff were on hand as well to facilitate the activities while Chef Carla had the room full of guests bursting into laughter, posing for photos, and attending to their cooking tasks.

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Fat Bao Puts the Flavor in Asian Fusion

We've all had those days’ lunch or dinner when we are ready to eat, but we craved something that is out of our comfort zone when it comes to food. At Fat Bao's, where one can choose from something called Bulgogi Bao, a Pork Belly Bao, Crab, or Chicken Bao, in addition to Fat Cauli, Fat Fries, or Curry Fat Fries, then you have probably embarked on one of the most unique tasting experiences in the Greater Houston area.

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RC’s Tex Mex Kitchen Opens in Sugar Land Neighborhood

There is no place like home especially when it comes to the people we know, the places we go, and the food we enjoy. After 23 years of working for one of the largest restaurant chains in the state of Texas, Ronnie Curnan decided to embark on his own restaurant journey. However, he’s keeping it close to his home in Sugar Land.

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Capital Grille Celebrates Its Ninth Annual Generous Pour Event

Capital Grille is featuring its Generous Pour Menu highlighting a collection of seven benchmark offerings from the Critics’ Darlings: 90+ Point Finds – wines that have been rated 90 points or higher by respected wine critics. Seven of the best wines are offered on this menu that were individually chosen by Capital Grille’s Advanced Sommelier Brian Phillips.

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Two Texan Breweries Take Garland Tap-by-Tap

If you’re a lover of all things craft beer, you were raised on good Texas Barbecue, and you enjoy lively crowds, daily, then you are probably running one of the most successful breweries in North Texas. Intrinsic Brewing, located at 509 West State Street in Garland, Texas, is wowing the crowds with their distinct flavors of beer and their smokehouse barbecue.

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Smith & Wollensky Standing Tall in Highland Village

Smith & Wollensky located at 4007 Westheimer exemplifies what a writer from the New York Times wrote “The steakhouse to end all arguments.” Their service is impeccable, the restaurant is elegant, but not stuffy, the staff is friendly and attentive to the needs of all customers. Moreover, the food, especially the dry-aged steak, exceeded my expectations in every way.

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Texas City Resident Could Be The Next Food Network Star

The Season premiere of Season 13 of Next Food Network Star is set to air Sunday, June 4, 2017, and Chef Nancy Manlove has set her sights on winning the top prize. This competitive cook is not afraid to challenge herself. In fact, this dynamic personality has won several recipe competitions; she beat out several other cooks from around the country and won a trip to Italy by entering around 50 of her own creations in a contest held by Barilla Pasta.

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Houston Private Chef Delivers on Healthy & Delicious Food

When one is challenged to make healthier meal choices, but also lives in a city where comfort food is plentiful, the variety of dining venues are endless, plus you want to eat something that tastes good no matter what; how do you find the happy medium?

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Pappas Brothers Steakhouse Hosts Alto Adige Wines

Recently, we took part in a wine seminar from Italian Winemakers Alto Adige, which was hosted by Pappas Brothers Steakhouse in the Galleria area of Houston. A group of selected guests were privileged to hear the stories about the grapes, the topography, and passion that is poured into every bottle of the final product.

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The Crowds Gathered for Sugar Land Wine & Food 2017

This year marked the fourteenth year in a row that the City of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County hosted the annual wine and food event that attracts crowds of foodies, media bloggers, wine aficionados, and faithful attendees flocking to the fair grounds of The Imperial Sugar Complex.

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Cocktail Plates to Share & Devour at Capital Grille

When it’s cocktail time in Houston, there are many choices to consider; we live in a city that has a plethora of dining establishments that offer everything from steak tartare to dessert and coffee. At Capital Grille, their bar menu offers a range of signature cocktails and appetizers to please the pickiest of palates.

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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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Chef Rhonda Russell is the Real Deal on Food and Wine

A crowd of foodies and wine lovers gathered at 9411 Richmond Avenue in Houston to watch Food Network’s Cooks Vs. Cons which featured Wine Maker and Executive Chef, Rhonda Russell.

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Capital Grille Celebrates Rule Breakers

In Houston, our choices for dining seem endless; our city is filled with eateries that cultivate the diversity of our population. When it comes to fine dining, the choices are fewer, but the experiences are unique and attract customers who expect something far above average.

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Season’s 52 Sunday Brunch is a Winner!

A great start to any day is a good healthy breakfast, but on the weekends when a lot of us can sleep past the wee hours of the morning, having brunch is even better. For those who choose not to sweat over a stove for our first meal of the day, Houston is filled with wonderful choices for dining away from our home kitchens.

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Añejo Tex-Mex Serves Premium Food and Tequila

There is a dining treasure in the Galleria area of Houston, which is a plus to one of the busiest districts in our city. Añejo Tex Mex Restaurant located at 1108-1 Uptown Park has ample parking, an elegant but relaxed atmosphere, and delicious Tex-Mex Cuisine served by award winning Chef Alberto Gutierrez who has over 20 years experience in the culinary arts.

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Eddie V’s Puts Happy Back in Happy Hour

We are in the throes of a long hot Houston summer, and relaxing while cooling off makes the top spot on a lot of our to-do lists, followed by lighter meals and refreshing cocktails. At Eddie V’s located at 2800 Kirby, their Happy Hour menu is creating a lot of buzz with their delectable sliders, mini-tacos, signature drinks, live music and decadent desserts.

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Fajitas A Go Go Serving Premium Tex Mex in West U

Guess what happens when a well renowned chef, restaurateur, and Houston Native partners with a friend who has a thriving restaurant with an amazing concept? Houston wins! That’s what happened when Chef Jeff Black teamed up with Tacos A Go Go owner Sharon Haynes to create a Dine-In, Delivery, Take-out, and Catering eatery that serves premium Tex Mex seven days a week.

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Culinary Father’s Day Gift Giving Guide

Dads are not always easy to shop for when considering that most men already have a large collection of ties, socks, cologne and toolkits. However, for the dad who enjoys fine beverages, food, and everything culinary, this gift guide offers recommendations that may help narrow down one’s options for selecting the perfect Father’s Day present.

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Houston Educators Conquer Catering with Southern Recipes

From the classroom to the kitchen, and on to any dining hall or special event “Got You Covered Catering” is serving their amped up version of classic southern cuisine. When Amberlyn Henderson and Raven Thomas met a few years ago they had more in common than their love for teaching and being with family. These ladies figured out quickly that their combined experience in the kitchen and working at very young ages fueled their passion to create a thriving catering business.

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Chef Maurizio Keeps It Real with Authentic Italian Cuisine

The Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown Houston has a long-standing reputation of excellent service and quality in every aspect of its business. This tradition of supreme quality holds true in the fining dining restaurant Quattro, located inside the hotel.

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Summer Time Treats to Combat Houston’s Heat

The temperatures are warming up fast as we approach a long hot summer in H-Town. Most native Houstonians are accustomed to the blazing sun, humidity, and the struggle to remain cool and comfortable while we brave summer’s consistent above 90 degree weather. Everyone has their preference when it comes to cold beverages or snacks, and we are so blessed to have so many choices of all of the aforementioned.

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Executive Chef Ricky Cruz Plates with Passion

All of us have dreams, and many of us chase our dreams with passion by taking the necessary steps to turn our hopes into reality. We are fortunate to live in a country that has many opportunities which allows an individual to pursue any career of their choosing.

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