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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

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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

 

The Best Spaghetti My Mom Didn’t Make

It ‘s a bright sunny day in Houston and the surrounding areas.  All this sunshine today reminded me of a meal I had a few months ago in Bellaire, Texas.  I was in the office  when my boss  asked if I have ever tried the food at The Roadster Grill?  I said “no”,she handed me a menu and I said” wow”; the menu contained so many dishes. For example, there were burgers, sandwiches, salads, desserts, but my mind was already made up.  Thus, the dish below was my lunch for the day and I was so happy that I ordered it.; ” Greek Spaghetti” with the side salad, which was simple fresh and delicious.

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The spaghetti  tasted  just as it looks; a  burst of tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil and oregano, over a bed of pasta which was absolutely satisfying.  The Roadster Grill is located at 5210 Bissonnet Street, in Bellaire Texas.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Go check it out and let me know what you think.

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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Food Tasting

 

The Screaming Steaming “O”

Happy 2013 One and All!

I am so excited to share with you a dish that literally had me smiling and exclaiming “Oh my goodness, this is awesome!” Furthermore, it’s a vegetarian dish, which features one of my favorite vegetables, okra. The dish is an appetizer called “Okra and Basil Salad”, which contains, okra, tofu, red bell pepper, onions,basil, and a side of steamed rice. It is on the menu at a restaurant called Thai Siam, which is located at 11581 Texas Hwy6 Sugar Land, Texas.  The photo below is my actual meal that was served on a hot cast-iron platter, and subsequently enjoyed by me.Okranbasil

Furthermore, I had my dish prepared spicy (level 3), which seemed to surprise the waiter who stated that a lot of people only insist on mild or level 2, unless they’re from Thailand.  Most Thailand natives request and  can endure the highest level of  spice which is level 4, at this eatery.

I apologize if your mouth is watering, and if you are thinking about taking a trip to Thai Siam, they are open 7 days a week.  Finally, check out  the photos of the “pad thai” and the “tum yum” soup.
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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Food Tasting

 

A Few Good Things: That Taste Great Together

Veev's Organic Cosmopoliitan with lemon.

Veev’s Organic Cosmopolitan with lemon.

A few weeks ago I had the honor and privilege of interviewing one of the co-founders and CEO of Veev, Courtney Reum; he expressed the passion he and his brother have for this product. Their sole purpose was to get the most out of their drinking experience, while improving the quality of what they drank.

“The name VeeV is intended to connote the word for “life” in many romance languages: like “vivre” (pronounced veev) in French or vita (Latin) or viva (Spanish). The name is also supposed to evoke “natural” and “upl…

ifting” feelings.”  VeeV  was created by two brothers  who were bored with the “same ol, same ol”, when it came to drinks that were available in the clubs and bars in their home town of New York City. At the end of the interview we both concluded that I had to try Veev for myself. So far, I’ve only tried the “Organic Cosmopolitan”, which is a light, fruity, but smooth beverage.  It paired well with my dinner: poached fresh red fish, asparagus,   lemon juice and red pepper flakes; the remainder of my fresh cut lemon was cut into small wedges and ended up in my drink.
asparagus,red fish with red pepper flakes and lemon.

asparagus,red fish with red pepper flakes and lemon.

The picture above, was prepared by me, the red fish was from Jackson’s Fresh Seafood Market in Stafford, Texas.  The fish was poached in a little water, olive oil, and lemon juice, when the fish was almost done, I just shook on a few red pepper flakes, added the asparagus to the same skillet, covered it for about ten minutes, plated, and enjoyed with my beverage.

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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Sipping

 

Eating With Style

Thanks for visiting my blog, as many of you already know, my name is Yolanda Pope and I am a Culinary Writer with Houston Style Magazine. Last week I had a front-row seat and watched Chef Cat Cora cook one of her favorite holiday meals. Slow Roasted Bourbon Pork With Alma’s Sweet-Hot Mustard, Sautéed Greens With Meyer Lemon and Garlic, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Pork, Potatoes and Kale Greens

This meal, and its’ recipe is one of many recipes that is featured in The Macy’s Culinary Council’s Thanksgiving and Holiday Cookbook.  The photos are the actual plates that were served and subsequently eaten by me.  So, are you ready for dessert?  After the main course, we were handed a piece of VaLee’s White Chocolate Pecan Pie.

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White Chocolate Pecan Pie

If you haven’t read the full article, here is the link:  http://www.stylemagazine.com/season%e2%80%99s-eatings/.

Cooking & Baking Tips from Chef Cora

  1. Always preheat your oven, before baking.
  2. When slow roasting, you want to roast your meat 1 hour for every 1lb. (5lbs. roast, slow roast for 5 hrs.)
  3. Prepare your greens in batches, blanche them, cool them in an ice bath until you are ready to cook them.
  4. Cook only the amount of greens that you are wanting to serve.
  5. For Desserts that call for syrup and sugar, you can always use a lighter syrup and modify the amount of sugar.

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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Food Tasting

 

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