Monday, October 23, 2017

Ohn Korean Eatery

Finally got a chance to go over to Ohn.
Been seeing pics on their food and decor, and been jealous ever since.
This is the Melona Makgeolli Smoothie.  This is a sweet alcoholic smoothie that has about 6-8% alcohol content.
Some side dishes that Koreans are known for, kimchi, scallion with sesame and soy, and pickle with spicy sauce.
When you watch enough Kdrama, you tend to crave some deokboki (rice cake).  You see the characters eating them at a street food stall and enjoy them so much that makes you want to too.  They're stir fried and this is done with sweet soy sauce which is totally up my ally.  It also has scallion and mushroom in the dish.
Chicken Wings, per our server's recommendation, we got the garlic soy wings.  The other options are spicier, which is not really my cup of tea.  That said, these wings are pretty damn good.
This is the reason for coming here - Army Soup... it does makes me wonder if the mandatory service for all the Korean men, if they really eat this. 
Here's the other view, so let me tell you what's in this gigantic mess.  It has ramen noodles, beans, lettuce at the bottom (not seen), tofu, sausage, kimchi, baked beans, and spam.  I know what you're thinking.  I thought it too, but since I was curious, I had to know what it taste like.

So, the kimchi is pretty strong, and after soaking it while it cooks, it's pretty strong and empowering.  I would say, the soup starts out as not spicy, but by the time you stir up everything else, it's pretty darn hot.

Over all, it's a lot of food, even for 2 people.  the environment is really cool, makes you feel like you're at a food stall.  They are also smart that the walls in the middle booths are moveable to accommodate bigger parties but yet still feel separated from other guests.  They play lots of Kpop, and I actually recognized a few songs too.  Mind you, I've only been watching Kdrama for less than a year.   Definitely want to try to soju next time.  

Ohn Korean Eatery
9630 Clarewood Dr
A-16
Houston, TX 77036
832-831-1862




Thursday, October 19, 2017

Asahi Sushi

On weekend, you get Happy Hour all day long at Asahi.
To start, vegetable tempura, it has mushroom, onion, squash, sweet potato.  Appetizers are $3 all happy hour.
Agadashi Tofu
Yellowtail, Toro Tuna, Salmon sashimi.  The Tuna was a bit more fishy that I'd cared for, but take a look at the size of the cut.  It's $6, it comes in 3 pieces but you can cut in two.  Bottom line, they're huge!
I just got some unagi because it's just my favorite.

I love their Happy Hour, you can eat and eat and the bill is not huge, but plenty of full belly(s) to go around.  Happy Hour is weekday 4-9pm, weekend is 11-9pm.  After 9pm, everything is 15% off.  Go check that out.  Parking might be a challenge during lunch time, but it's worth it.

Asahi Sushi
8236 Kirby Dr
#200
Houston, TX 77054

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bernie's Burger Bus

We went to Bernie's Burger Bus on a Wednesday.
Apparently, Wednesdays are $3 Sliders and all day Happy Hour.
Of course we start out with Chocolate Shake, yummy!
Left is mini Kindergartner, has blue cheese with burger and onion and bacon.  Oooo, so good.  The middle is the pork belly burger.  Double Ooooo, so good.  The far right is the cheeseburger.  I should've started that one first.  Or rather I didn't need that one, so next time, I probably should've done 2 mini sliders and be done.  That was a lot of food.  I picked up a few fries from my friend's plate and on top of that, it's a lot of food.  Wednesday is the day!

Bernie's Burger Bus
5407 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77401
713-349-9400
http://berniesburgerbus.com

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tango & Melbec

Went to a business lunch at Tango & Malbec.  I've never been there, but knew that they have Milonga   for Tango dancers.
They have a business lunch menu.
To start, for the table, and highly addictive is the homemade potato chips with chimichurri sauce.  So good...
To start, first course, mushroom soup, which is really like vegetable soup but with mushroom.
Main course was Lomito Salted, which is beef tenderloin tips sautéed with red and green pepper, onions, jalapeño on a bed of rice.  If I didn't tell you the dish's South American name, you would've thought I was eating at a Chinese place.  As a matter of fact, it taste a lot like Mongolian Beef or Pepper Steak.  
For dessert, we got Panacota de Chocolate Blanco, which is white chocolate creamy panna cotta with chocolate sauce.  I would say that they weren't lying when they say creamy.  You can tell there's a lot white chocolate and cream.  

Overall, the service is good.  The place is small and you can tell that the wood floor is really for practica.  The food is ok, is it great?  Not really, is it bad?  Not really.  It's neither here nor there, but the atmosphere is good and the service is good.

Tango & Malbec
2800 Sage A-100
Houston, TX 77056
713-629-8646
http://tangomalbec.com/

Monday, October 16, 2017

Melange Creperie

It's definitely been a long time since I've had me some Melange Crepe.
 They just got a brand spankin' new place in the Heights Merc (that's what the hip kids are calling it).
 So good to see Shawn at this awesome space doing his thing!  We were here at the soft opening
 They even showcase some of the new menu items, which features few different types of salad.
Check out that new space, so spiffy and classy.
We have (L to R): unsweetened tea, cucumber mint fresca, hibiscus fresca, I hope they make it on to the menu, they're very refreshing.
 Classic Ham and Cheese crepe.
 Thai Chicken, totally a MUST TRY!  So good and not to be underestimated.
 This is a vegetarian option, which is veggie and gouda, which was very good-a.
 They even offer us to try out the coffee.  This is the Nutella Coffee.  I think I'd like to try it when it's warm, but happy that they're offering that as an option.  And they have an espresso machine, can imagine they offer the typical array of coffee beverages.
 Last but not least, Chocolate Nutella crepe.  It is one of their most popular ones for the sweet tooth that I am.  Now, this is a mini crepe size and totally do-able after trying all the other crepes.

The space is totally hip and spiffy.  It is at 11th and Heights, where the new Heights Mercantile is located.  They are facing the inside, but not hard to get to, and there are plenty of parking between the buildings.  If not, the parking on Heights Blvd is friendly enough, just need to pay attention to kids since they are across from a playground and a lot of kids at the nearby Cloud10 ice cream.  It is also where a bike trail cuts thru, so pay attention to pedestrian traffic.

I have literally been supporting Buffalo Shawn since the first day he set up at Mango (the Montrose location).  I am ever so proud that I'll be running late for work to wait for him to set up his stall in front of a bus stop so that I get my Patty Special (which I confirmed with him that it'll survive as long as the ingredients are fresh).  I supported him at the City Hall farmers market to Eastside Farmers Market to the stint at HEB to the Conservatory. I look forward to going there for a beautiful day to enjoy a cup of coffee and crepe.

Melange Creperie
711 Heights Blvd
Building B
Houston, TX 77007
http://www.houstoncrepes.com

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hong Kong's Cafe

Haven't been to Hong Kong's Cafe for a while. 
Got my 'usual' breakfast... Eggs, sunny side up, spam, and toast.  I have to say, egg whites and spam goes very well with each other.  Then you put the yolk on the toast that's lightly buttered.  So fattening but so yummy.
As a side you have noodles and a drink. For noodles, I got the thick noodles with steamed pork and mustard greens.  It is definitely filling.  Basically, if you had the meal, which comes with a drink, you're all set for majority of the day.  Don't forget they only take cash.

Hong Kong's Cafe
9108A Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
713-772-9633


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Flo Paris - Village

I love Flo in the Village.
I did to go but if you have the time, do have a seat and enjoy the European setting.
For a quick to-go, they have the Salmon Salad.  Right proportion of greens and salmon.  Though it looks thin, it's actually a lot of meat to greens ratio.
Of course I have to get dessert.  Don't worry, I didn't eat both of these, but they look awesome.  The left is tiramisu and right is eclair.  Basically, there's nothing bad in terms of dessert from there, but the salad was good.  

If I have time I'd totally get a cup of coffee, something warm and savory and just sit by the window and watch the day go by.  The place is just that nice and peaceful for a fun afternoon.

Flo Paris Bakery
5407 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005
346-980-6800
http://www.floparisbakery.com

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Morton's

Went to a work Happy Hour at Morton's.
Got my usual - Midori Sour.
Yummy Truffle Matchstick Fries
Spinach Crab Artichoke Dip with garlic toast.  Pretty darn good.  Highly recommend it.
Here's the Tuna Taco, which has every bit of a normal taco except with poke tuna.  The shell is crunchy, definitely not a regular taco shell, but whatever that fried yummy goodness was, it was good.
Oyster on the half shell, pretty fresh, horseradish was a tad dry.  
Fried chicken with Ranch Dressing.  The chicken was more over fried than anything, but the mix with the Ranch was pretty good.

For a fancy place like Morton, our service at the bar was pretty bad.  The bar area had all the tables filled but there were 3 servers, so we don't understand why it took over 25mins for our drinks.  Basically our food was faster than our drinks.  We asked for a dozen of oysters but only half came to the table.  For Morton's, I expected better.

Morton's the Steakhouse
1001 McKinney St
Houston, TX 77010
713-659-3700
http://www.mortons.com/index.php

Monday, October 9, 2017

Newk's

Went to meet up with a friend at Newk's.  
I've tried their mac and cheese at the Rodeo Best Bits and been wanting to give them a try.
How it works, you walk it, order and grab a seat.  They have a counter for condiments and another counter for drinks.  They also have a fridge for to-go. 
Got the half mac & cheese and half salad.  It's perfect portion, actually the mac and cheese, thought in small portion still a lot.  I just love the mac and cheese with the The salad matched perfectly, great for a quick and casual lunch.

The price is right, the place is nice, great for catching up with friends and enjoy a meal on a weekend.

Newk's
9448 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77055
832-917-0500
https://newks.com/

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Popfancy

For a hot day at the park, best thing to do is to get a popsicle!
Last time I went to Popfancy was inside the mall.
Even when they're mobile, they still carry 10 flavors.
I got the Chocolate Brownie.  See!  They actually have chunks of brownie in the pop.  

Of course, the lovely thing about popsicle is that you get a refreshing treat in a hot day.  But the bad thing about it is that it's hot out and melts your pop super quick.  So I made a mess basically.  It's lovely either way.  It is a gourmet pop, so you're paying $3.50 for a pop, but they do come in very sophisticated flavors, which makes it worthwhile.  Give them a shot!

Popfancy Popmobile
follow Twitter: https://twitter.com/popfancypops
http://www.popfancypops.com

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ivy & James

Been driving down Holcomb and knew of the new place in Everlyn Park.
Finally have a chance to go to take a look.  
Cute little space inside, but plenty of seating outside which will be great once the weather cools off a bit.
I got the lox and gluten free bread for sandwich with housemade chips.  It has greens, cheese, tomato, and a citrus mayo spread.  They were pretty quick with the food.  When it's hot out, you can enjoy the a/c, I can imagine once it cools down, dining outside would be fun.

You do need to keep an eye on the kiddos because the entire park has no fence, and the major street is right there on Holcomb.  There is a covered area, which is inside facing away from the street, which is safer, but keep an eye out for the kiddos either way.

Ivy & James
4480 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire, TX 77401
832-831-6944
https://www.theivyandjames.com

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tiny's Boxwoods

Mom wanted to get breakfast at Tiny Boxwood, and in truth, we haven't been there for a while too.
I enjoy going there during the week, just simply easier to get breakfast and not crowded.
First thing first, I must get a Orange Julia. I just happen toile my orange juice frothy, it's all.
Finally, got my midges.  Been trying to get midges around town for a while, finally.   Scramble eggs, sausage, cheese, potato, pepper, onions, tortilla strips, and definitely a MUST, salsa!

Like I said, lovely to be there during the weekday morning.  It's just more casual, less people, and the pace is slower.  Occasionally, you'll see businessmen talk business, but mostly everyone is there to get some jolt on the go.  Service is always great, you just have to get your own cup of coffee, if you're not getting anything fancy.  Otherwise, there's a barista that helps out at the bar will get you what you need.  It's beautiful outside now, go grab a coffee and a book and go out there.

Tiny Boxwoods
3614 W. Alabama
Houston, TX 77027
713-622-4224
https://www.tinyboxwoods.com/tiny-boxwoods/