Thursday, August 25, 2016

Creamistry

For an afternoon treat, a fellow mom friend suggested Creamistry.
It is all the rage in Houston, catching the tail end of summer fun.  Basically you pick your milk base, your flavor and toppings and then you see them make it in front of your eyes.  
It is alot of fan fare.  You see all the nitrogen and next thing you know you get this awesome ice cream in front of you.
I would agree that it is creamier than normal ice cream.  And it's made to order, so there's as many variation as you want it to be.  This is just one scoop, you can double up for 2 scoops, or get a shake.  For your bowl, you can get a waffle bowl or brownie bowl, and the shake has all sorts of variation you can do as well.  It's nifty, but the price and wait seems to be a tad out of line.  Maybe, as their staff get more adjusted the speed will improve, but on the weekend, it gets super busy and the wait for your ice cream is long.  So, bring patience. 

Creamistry
5000 Westheimer Rd
Ste 608
Houston, TX 77056
https://creamistry.com/

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Daily Grill

Went for a quick business lunch at Daily Grill.  
I got the Seared Ahi Tuna Salad.  Obviously greens, artichoke heart, tuna (super yummy and fresh), almonds, and this lovely vinaigrette that is not oily but flavorful enough for the fish.  I highly recommend this dish.  I don't feel like I was being a pig for finishing the entire thing.

Since I don't work inside the Galleria mall anymore, I had less of an opportunity to come by here for lunch.  They've since changed their lunch menu quite a bit.  Previously, I enjoyed the 600 calories section, that way I can feel like I was making healthy choices while getting juicy burger or yummy salad with tons of dressing.  But they mixed all of them together, so you have to look for the little markings.

Daily Grill Houston
5085 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
713-960-5997
http://www.dailygrill.com/locations/daily-grill-houston-texas/

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

HRW: Grotto

I know I was just here recently, but HRW brought us back to Grotto by the Cool Moms consensus.
Since it's HRW, the choices featured are pretty diverse.  I like that because when you look at a menu that everything looks good, it makes it overwhelming.  This way, they feature some of each, and you pick what looks good to you, and next time you can come back for something else.  
First course I picked Caesar Salad.  I needed some veggie, plus I liked their Caesar with the parmesan cheese.  Yum!
Main course I picked the Seafood Ravioli.  As we were saying, alot of times you choose ravioli at restaurant, they give you a few squares and you're immediately hungry again.   You see 6 squares here, but let me tell you, I was full after having this dish.  Every bite is seafood with the white wine sauce.
Since the previous course was a tad heavy, I opted for gelato instead.  As your server for the flavors of the day.  I got pistachio, and they really put the pistachio nuts on top.  It was nice and crunchy, no stale nuts here

Again, we made a reservation especially when we had a large group.  One thing we were talking about is that because it was a party of 6, they included 18% gratuity, and while they do give you an option to give more, we all agreed that for a classy place like Grotto, 20% is norm.  By doing 18% it seems to discourage us to add a few more dollars and definitely undercut the server's tip.  But oh well, we get why they did it that way, but just thought it's totally ok to do 20%, even though it's truly matter of a couple dollars.

Grotto Houston
4715 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77027
713-622-3663
http://www.grottorestaurants.com/locations/houston.asp

Monday, August 22, 2016

HRW: B&B Butchers

It's the annual Houston Restaurant Week.
This round we chose B&B Butchers.   So glad we had an early reservation, it was packed to the gills.
For start, I got the bellini.  Wish it was a tad cold, and they are super generous with the alcohol for sure.
First course: Wedge Salad.  It's one of the better ones I've had.  Their version of the blue cheese is super delicious and I know the lettuce is mostly all water, but it's great to soak up the dressing.  YUM!
For my main course, I did 10oz Filet.  They also had a 18oz and a 22oz that was super enticing, but let's face it, I can barely handle 10oz.  No need to challenge my own limits here.   Plus, even with 10 oz, I didn't even finish.  I got medium, the top is slightly more cooked than the medium rare that my friend had.  Was thinking that it should be less pink.  That said, the meat is good, texture is smooth and you're not having jerky as you chew, so that's good.
Just having the filet seemed like it's missing something, so I ordered a side of mushroom.  I liked their versions, every bite you can taste the flavors.
For dessert, I got their chocolate cake.  Amazingly, the cake and the cream are very harmonious, not too sweet and not dry at all.  It was so good that it tipped me over.

I love Restaurant Week, it gives me an excuse to check out the restaurants I've been eyeing but not motivated to go.  This way, I'm doing good (because they donate portion of the proceeds to the Houston Food Bank), and I get a good meal out of it.  But if they offer a link for you to make a reservation, do it, otherwise, you'll be waiting for a long time.  

B&B Butchers
1814 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
713-862-1814
http://bbbutchers.com/

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tsum Tsum Character Macaron - Sully

So, the last week I posted the Failed Experiment.
I'd like to think that this is a good outcome...
I used the blue batter for Sully, and the black and left over batter for the black and beige ones.
As you can see, these turns out much better.  The beige one, I think because it's piped out of a smaller hole, that it won't raise.
It is very cute...
Finally a batch that worked out!
The bottom side, I used just normal round as a base.  As you can see, not all the little feet for Sully stuck.  I should've but it a little closer so when they baked it would tie together.  

So, what have we learned.  Just need to leave a small batch for various colors.  I would also mix the colors once they're separated.  It might not be as tasty as the normal ones, I will work on that next round.  Another goal to work towards.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jerry Built

Went for a quick bite at Jerry Built.
Wasn't too hungry just needed something to tie my over.  I got the kid's meal for hot dog.  Amazingly, there's more fries than the dog.  So much so that I had to get a box back.  The dog is plain and you can add whatever you want.  For a kid's dog, it's a good size for $6.  Perfect for a growing kid.

Jerry Built
3501 W. Holcomb Blvd
Houston, TX 77025
714-664-2874
https://www.jerrybuiltburgers.com/

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Oiishi - Desktop Diner

Had no time to grab lunch, and ended up using Favors.
I got the Rosi Roll (L), to be honest, Rosi is really a friend of mine.  Back in the day when we all used to go there all the time.  Of course, they were not nearly as busy and popular as they are now.  So they named a roll after her, and it is salmon, cucumber, eel and salmon on top.  It was good!  

The other is the David Roll (R), it's basically a Spicy Tuna Roll with salmon, tuna & yellowtail on top.  It was actually really fresh.  No frills, just fresh fish and yummy sushi.

Favors is a cool app that will pick up food from wherever you ordered it.  The first use, they give you a free delivery, you just pay the tip for the driver who does this for a living.  After that, however, you get charge for the service charge and the delivery charge.  That can almost equal up to the meal.

Oishii
3764 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77046
713-621-8628
http://www.oishiihouston.com/