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Meet Chef Marcus Samuelsson: The Food and The Hustle Comes to Houston

Meet Chef Marcus Samuelsson:  The Food and The Hustle Comes to Houston

Hi all, Thank you for tuning in, the article below is originally published in Houston Style Magazine,  in the digital and print versions and is beautifully edited by our Managing Editor.  In this reading, I clipped parts of the original article with some photos of the actual food we were able to enjoy during this seating.

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.

His eclectic background allows his entrees to have the international flair of Ethiopian mixed with the American hodgepodge of New York and bits of other places here and there. Allowing his culinary skills to be much more than just a showcase of food but one that highlights art, beauty, and fashion.

With just one meeting with Chef Samuelsson and his zeal for food is highly apparent. It is almost like he is about to explode because he loves the culinary industry so much. So imagine my excitement when I found out I would be speaking with the genius himself. Yes, I felt like I was about to explode.

I met Chef Samuelsson at the brunch he was hosting for two of his protégés turned restaurant owners – Terrence Gallivan and Seth Gardner of Pass and Provisions located at 807 Taft Street in Houston. Always having his hand in everything, Chef Samuelsson was wearing two hats that day – one of an accomplished chef and the other as a warrior of words as an author. In between tales of his love for people, his work in the food industry, gratitude for those involved in his journey, Chef Samuelsson focused on food and the hustle, the inspiration behind his new book “The Red Rooster Cookbook, The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem.”

Red Rooster Inspired Brunch


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The Rooster Donut

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To read the rest of the scoop on Chef Marcus click on this link: More on The Food and Hustle or visit his website:  Marcus Samuelsson.

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See you in Houston Let’s get a bite to eat!

 

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Dinner In a Pinch

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Living in a big city and being single, I always have the choice to eat out or at home.  Since I don’t like to waste food, I only buy what I plan on consuming in a few days or so.  I like to cook, but sometimes I have articles that need to be written and I don’t have time to go out; therefore, I created a “go to meal”, that is quick, easy, and delicious to me.

This is a soup that was inspired by the Vietnamese soup called Phở, pronounced (fuh). However, I believe my version is much simpler, and quite tasty.  The ingredients for this soup are:  Shin Ramyun  spicy, (noodle soup), Dynasty Shitake dried black mushrooms, and fresh chopped mustard greens. After about 30 minutes or less, you get this colorful, well seasoned bowl of soup.

Pho Inspired soup, with dried mushrooms and fresh mustard greens.

Pho Inspired soup, with dried mushrooms and fresh mustard greens.

This is a very satisfying meal, and since the noodle soup mix is well seasoned and spicy, I did not have to any additional spices to my soup.  Preparing it was easy, I started with a quart of water, added the soup base, when the liquid began to boil, I added the chopped mustard greens, mushrooms, and let them boil for about 15 minutes, then I added the noodles.  Once the noodles were cooked, I served and ate every bite.   Send me your photos and recipes of your favorite “go to meal”, so I can share with everyone.

Here’s a closer view of the soup, Enjoy the view, and Thanks for reading!

noodle soup with mustard greens and mushrooms

noodle soup with mustard greens and mushrooms

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Sipping, Uncategorized

 

Brewing In The Fountains

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Happy Friday Everyone, Today I am finally getting to share the photos from a recent food tasting.  This place is in my neighborhood, and it’s among a large group of restaurants in this area.  In fact, it stands side by side with a sea of steakhouses and family dining establishments.  However, this place is holding strong with some of the most unique meals, that are considered “classics”, but the owner, put his own spin on the standard.  This place is called The Barrel and Brew, they serve over 50 hand-crafted beers that are brewed locally.  Also, they have a menu of the best burgers, fish, tacos, and desserts. To read my full article, please click on the following link http://stylemagazine.com/news/2013/may/08/somethings-brewing-fountains/.   So lets get to the food.

Grilled Pork Tacos, with grilled pineapples and avocado slices.

Grilled Pork Tacos, with grilled pineapples and avocado slices.

The sampling began with the  “Pastor Pork Tacos, with grilled pineapples, cilantro and avocado slices, there is also a red pepper salsa on the side.   The meat was very tender and seasoned well, the pineapple was grilled, sliced, and added balance to the savory dish. The sauce was bursting with flavor, but not raging with heat.      We also tasted  The “Beef Truck Stop Taco”, that is made with grilled fajita beef, pico, crema and monterrey jack cheese. Next, is a a photo of my entree’ which is called “The Red Chile Grilled Snapper”, made with fresh Red Snapper,” New Mexico Honey, Tomato, Spanish Onion and Cilantro Chile Sauce”.  I also had garlic and butter flavored broccoli with garlic mashed potatoes.

Grilled red snapper, red chile, broccoli, and garlic mashed potatoes.

Grilled red snapper, red chile, broccoli, and garlic mashed potatoes.

This dish was incredible, I couldn’t believe how good the food was compared to what they charged for this meal, I think this meal is around $12-14. Go see for yourself, seriously. Now for “Headliner”, in my opinion, “The Green Chile Cheeseburger.” This burger stole the show!

Green Chile Cheeseburger

Green Chile Cheeseburger

“All Aboard!” This burger is heaven on a plate, meat, monterrey jack, parmesean cheese sauce, hatch chile, red pickled onions, and a side of french fries.  I’ll stop here, because I know some of you are crying now, but you don’t have to.  The Barrel and Brew is located at: 12720 Southwest Freeway, Stafford, TX 77477. They are open 7 days a week.  Go, and let me know what you think.

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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Food Tasting, Uncategorized

 

From Sea To Shining Sea

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Hello all,
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, no worries, I have been busy tasting delicious food to share with you. I recently joined a few other food writers to meet and sample  some travel inspired dishes by Chef Alberto Alfonzo of Pesca World Seafood Restaurant, which Is located at 2015 West Gray, Houston, Texas.

During our visit, Chef Alberto cooked up a medley of tasty mouth watering appetizers, entrees, and desserts.  To read my full article in Houston Style Magazine, please click on the following link,  http://stylemagazine.com/news/2013/apr/25/travel-world-few-dishes/.    Meanwhile, enjoy the ” pictorial teaser”.  First up are the “Beef Empanadas”, which are made with beef, potatoes, served with a side of avocado chimichurri sauce.  This was my favorite, the crust was light and crispy, the beef and potatoes were well seasoned,  the avocado chimichurri sauce was incredible. The sauce was light, creamy, and bursting with the right amount of  acidity, which was a perfect flavor compliment to  the empanadas.

Beef Empanadas

My second favorite was the “Pretzel Crab Cakes“, made with lump crab meat, pretzel dust, mustard cream and roasted pepper coulis.  The crab cakes were meaty, the crab meat was sweat, and this dish melted in my mouth with every bite.

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Finally, the dessert which is a Venezuelan inspired cake, called “The Thousand Layer Cake“, since your mouth is already watering, just lead with your eyes, breathe in, then out and imagine enjoying this decadent treat with a nice hot cup of coffee.   Enjoy!

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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Incredible & Edible

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Hello again,

I just had to share another treasure that I stumbled upon yesterday while driving in Bellaire, Texas during  the lunch hour.  I thought I had mad a wrong turn, but as it turned out, this was  the right turn. On the corner of Bellaire Boulevard and South Rice Street, there is a small shopping center, which contains about four or five shops and a couple of restaurants.

My plan was to dash into the “pasta place” and grab a Greek Salad to go, but when I got out of my car, the aroma of sesame seed oil, lemon grass, and other spices grabbed my nostrils and directed me to a quaint restaurant called Lemongrass Cafe. My timing was perfect, when I approached the entrance, the majority of the “lunch crowd” were leaving.  I was greeted by a well-dressed server, who handed me a menu, and offered a few suggestions,  all contained shrimp, which I had to turn down due to my allergy.  While I quickly gazed over the menu, the aroma of the restaurant had my stomach growling, and when I saw “pad thai”, my mind was made up and the decision was final.

While the picture below is not of my actual order; however,  the one I devoured looked exactly like this one.  The sautéed rice noodles, seasoned chicken breast, and  green onions were wrapped in a beautiful egg crepe, topped with bean sprouts, lemon grass and peanuts. It looked almost too pretty to eat, but I did; the sriracha sauce was served on the side.  The first bite was amazing, and so was the last, the entire meal was tasty, light, and I was quite full, but not stuffed, and I felt energized afterwards.   

Lemon Grass Pad Thai

Lemon Grass Pad Thai

The Lemongrass Cafe is located at: 5109 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, Texas; their website is:    http://lemongrass-cafe.com

Thanks for reading and happy eating!

Yolanda

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Hot, Spicy, & Delicious!

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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

 
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