Tuesday, January 31, 2012
We've driven by it several times and we always see a line outside of the doors. This time, we made a point of waiting and getting in for sure!
As you can see, the inside is not that big, but definitely have ample seating to accommodate the demand.
I ordered the ham and gruyere frittata, and let me tell you, that thing is huge. You can make 2 meals out of it. It is rich and thick, you think that you can easily finish it, and then realized that's not the case. It is like a deep dish pizza except it's all eggs, ham, and cheese. I chose my side of fruit instead of anything else, Lord knows I don't need more filling side. And what a good choice that was!
Coming here definitely requires your patience. First you have to be patience about finding a parking. They are hard to come by since they also share the same strip center as Waterloo. That is a blessing and a curse because it is such a fun store to go in, even though I don't buy as many CDs as I used to. They have vintage records and funky items that truely makes Austin 'weird'. After you find a parking, we usually ended up a couple of streets over, you have to wait to get a seat. Once you're seated, you have to wait patiently for your server to come and acknowledge, serve, and take your order. Luckily, food came out pretty quickly, but then again your patience is in need when you try to get your check. The only upside on that is your belly is filled and not too hungry to get annoyed. Food is good, but not sure about all the wait you have to go thru in order to get there. While they are open 24 hours, that doesn't mean that you don't have to wait in any hour.
600 N. Lamar,
on 6th and Lamar
Monday, January 30, 2012
This round, we were really here for a quick bite. I got a wedge salad, after being told that the seafood side is really to go on top of the seafood entree' and not really a side.
And of course, the Lobster Bisque. I like how they have the lobster meat on the bowl and they pour the bisque over it. The one thing I forgot is that they have a wee bit of alcohol in it. Now, I'm not adversed to having alcohol in my food, but when my brain was expecting a certain taste and something else shows you, you do take notice.
One of the sides I was picking at, was the red pepper white cheddar mash. You can't really see the white cheddar on there, but you can definitely taste it.
McCormick & Schmick's
1151-01 Uptown Park Blvd
Uptown Park Shopping Center
Houston, TX 77056
Friday, January 27, 2012
So for NYE, I decided to make some macarons for my friend's party. It seemed like a festive thing to do. And I managed to hunt down black color gel, so I was just beyond myself. In my head, I was thinking, it will be black and have glimmer of glitz a la Lady Macaron. So in my head, everything works out perfectly, especially I got me some pearl dust.
These were still a tad close, you can see that they're holding hands...
So, while at SLT, they didn't have the pastry brush I wanted, the sales clerk recommended to use kids painting brush which will do just as good of a job. So I did. I've seen people put some lemon juice and add the pearl dust. So I did.
Let's just say, it didn't turn up. I can show you a picture, but it'll just show up like the gray/black macs you saw up there. Yep, you got it, diddly squat. So the effort to glitz was a bust.
The buttercream is also only so-so for me. Again, NYE, I thought, what would be better than to have a champagne filling. You can't have just champagne, so I did a buttercream instead. Hindsight, I would've liked the white chocolate ganache better, but I didn't have time to sit it overnight.I just did what I called a lazy buttercream, literally butter and sugar. I dropped a few drops of champagne, pink food gel. It's all nice a pink. As far as taste goes, I think it has a bit of sour champagne brought to it. Over the cookies wasn't bad, I think I would've liked it with some thicker agent like the white chocolate to balance it out.
So, here's my NYE mac!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
See, I got a nice protein with 2 veggies, for $6.99. It's about the same you would get a dish like this at a cheaper eatery, but you get it right there and you can see them make it at the grill. It not only look good, it also taste good. Now, don't get me wrong, this is not some 5 star Michelin restaurant quality, but it is very good food on the go.
Whole Food Flagship
525 N Lamar Blvd.,
Austin, TX 78703
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Then we split the seaweed salad, it was not anything special.
Houston, TX 77002
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
For starter, I had the kani salad. This is not the usual kani salad that I'm used to, which was usually imitation crab with gobs of mayo and mixed it topped with sesame seeds. This one has pickled cucumber, but still fresh, with real crab meat on top. Not super sour just a little to taste.
The rest I just ordered sepearately. From top: Salmon skin handroll (which has a nice chunk of salmon with skin on it, usually in other places, just crispy skin with hardly any meat), chopped scallop, unagi at the bottom, and tuna (which was very fresh and not gamey).
As you know ordering sushi by pieces are more expensive than rolls but since it's so fresh I don't really care... you shouldn't either.
Nippon Japanese Restaurant
4464 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
Monday, January 23, 2012
The big deal of her photo was that Shawn put the Patty's Special(tm) on the board. You're know you're official if you're on the board! So I drove my mom down there to see Shawn as soon as I can. Luckily, my special was still up. As a matter of fact, several people were ordering the special while I was there. I'm so thrilled...
In case you want your very own Patty's Special(tm), it is: Strawberry, Banana, Nutella. I know the ingrediants aren't super special, but there's a story behind it. Go see Shawn and ask him about it.
You can catch Melange Creperie in 2 locations:
Westheimer & Taft in front of Mango's
1001 Studewood St in front of Stella Sola.
Best follow him on twitter for time and place!
Friday, January 20, 2012
So instead, I used chocolate and just added marshmallow fluff. I can actually make the marshmallow fluff myself, but then I would want to add more flavors for real marshmallows, so the jar it is.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Basically for gluten free crust, they charge you $13 to start, and you add your toppings as you choose. It only comes in 12inch, so each topping is $1.75.
We started out with a pepperoni and pineapple.
Candelari's West U
2617 W. Holcombe
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The biggest thing they're known for is the table barbeque. So we ordered a beef and a pork to barbeque. Sizzling. And don't wear sweaters to go K-BBQ because it will make your hair and clothes smell... mine already went to the cleaners.
What else I love about the K-BBQ is the side dishes. I would say, that mostly depend on the restaurant. I loved the little fish cakes, kimchi, and little fishes (which are anchioves), but they don't have anchioves here.
One unique thing is that this one restaurant in particular serves purple rice. You don't see that very often. As a matter of fact, the only other time I've seen it was having Korean in Dallas. It doesn't taste any different than normal white rice, but it's just uniquely adding color to your meal.
This is a Seafood Hot Pot, it's literally a sea of seafood in a pot with occasionally veggie.
Here's what's in my bowl. The soup is a little spicy, and yes there are squid, mussel, fish, sprouts, chives, veggie of some kind.
I want to thank the girls that took me there, this is a hole in the wall that is definitely a gem.
Bon Ga (Gargen Restaurant)
9861 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
For starter, we had the Pork Belly Buns. It's very nice, and pork belly is braised and they have some pickled onions for you to add to your pocket. But, the bun itself has enough flavors that we didn't think it needed it. Although, it reminds me of the Eatsie Boy's Pork Snuggie quite a bit.
We then ordered a few rolls to share: this is the Pork belly roll, which has pork belly, avacado, sliced thin egg, and jalapeno. I keep removing the jalapeno, so I can't tell you how spicy or not that it is. But for the rest of the part, the egg was unique, you can barely get the pork flavor out, between the sauce and the egg, but I wouldn't mind re-visiting it again.
Then we had the Sexy Scallop, which has scallop bits and tobiko. I remember the flavor was super fresh, and I just love anything with caviar. Lastly, we ordered the Salmon & Soft shelled Crab. It has a little bit of green on top, so I felt totally healthy for eating that. (haha). It has a little kick to it because they added the Korean BBQ powder.
Of course, I can't just leave without having some mochi. I know, I'm a total pig in front of co-workers. But from left to right, it was green tea, strawberry, and mango. On the left side, it has tempura-ed banana with a dab of whip cream with a pocky stick on top. I have to say, I miss mochi, and this was a perfect size for sharing.
3600 Kirby Suite H
Houston TX 77099
Friday, January 13, 2012
These are 1.5 inches wide macs, I used a template and while I piped they looked fine.
But after I baked, they were holding hands... so I guess I need to revamp the template to have more space in between. Hmm... work in progress.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I remember when they used to be in a dinky shop and they sold bubble tea and the cakes were pretty and definitely looked indulgent. To my surprised, it taste just as it looks. Pretty, delicate, and yummy. You can tell alot of artisan work went into each slice.
Now, they moved to a place that is truely fitting to their products, and make you think what took them so long. Their pretty, yummy, and stylish cakes now have a fancy, stylish cafe to suit. They have display cases of macaron work, sugar work, and just amazing cake work.
Of course, if they have something for kids, I wouldn't want to deprive them, but personally, I wouldn't want to eat them, they're so pretty.
They finally accept credit card purchase, but if you pay with cash, they give you a discount. If you want a cake, while they have extra for purchase, but to make sure to get what you want, you may want to order in advance.
9889 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
For my 'main meal', I had spare ribs with the bbq sauce and cole slaw. I've never been a slaw person, but it wasn't bad. The ribs were quite meaty, definitely recommend that again.
Frank's Chop House
Houston, TX 77027
Friday, January 6, 2012
Bless the guy who picked it up, no idea how long of the line he stood in, but he did picked up the designer box of the season. Meaning, they do rotate out design, and next time you go back, they won't have the box anymore.
I can't help and ate one before the official photo. You got your variety flavors: chocolate, salted carmel, vanilla, blackcurrant, pistachio, rose, and the one I ate... nom nom.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
1415 S. Post Oak Ln
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I grabbed a Spinach Salad, and it came with hot bacon dressing. It's actually not hot or spicy, but you do taste the bacon, not so much the dressing, though you can tell it's in there. They chopped up the spinach into thinner strands. I also added the jumbo lump crabmeat on top to give it proteins. It's not a bad mix, it's quick, it's easy, and yummy! Don't forget to use your Laundry Select card if you are a member.
Oceannaire - Galleria
5061 Westheimer Road Suite 8050
Houston, TX 77056