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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


The Rooster Donut


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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Beat The Heat with Latin Flavors

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Hello all, this is a short and sweet blast, to let you know that today you are invited to “Beat The Heat”, which is a celebration of Latin flavors offered by Pollo Campero.  Today only June 21, 2013, you can taste any Latin flavored drink, without making a purchase. If you live in Houston and the surrounding areas, visit your nearest Pollo Campero and you will be given a complimentary Latin flavored beverage of your choice.  Their website is, the flavor offerings vary by location, so keeping that in mind, here’s a sample of what I tasted when I visited the Missouri City location. In the picture below, there is mango, guava, and horchata  drinks, I also tasted the hibiscus tea which was my absolute favorite beverage.


Next week I’ll have a full article in Houston Style Magazine, and will update this blog entry with more pictures.  Thanks for reading and Happy Friday!


Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Food Tasting, Latin Flavors, Sipping


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Just Phở You

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Welcome back to my blog, today I am sharing a couple of tasty dishes I had a couple of weeks ago at a place called “Pho Tan Loc” or Vietnamese Noodle House.  This was my first visit to this establishment, therefore, I simply stuck to the dishes that I was familiar with when I visited other Vietnamese restaurants.  I started my meal with the “Pho bo”, which is beef noodle soup.  The soup consists of lean beef, hot beef broth, thin rice noodles, cilantro, basil, jalapenos, bean spouts, green and white onions, and lime wedges.  The broth of the soup is normally made from beef or chicken  and the veggies and noodles are usually served on the side as a garnish.  This is a great soup to start the day according to several of my Vietnamese associates, as it sustains one throughout the day.

Therefore, I tried this soup around 10:00 am, and I had a small bowl, which was a very generous portion.  The soup was bursting with flavor, and I like to add the garnishes little by little when I enjoy my pho, that way I can have my soup taste exactly how I want it.


The next  dish I tried was the Grilled Chicken and Rice with a fried egg on top.  The chicken is grilled, seasoned, and is served with cilantro, tomato and cucumber salad, fish sauce, and an egg sunny side up, if requested.  My egg was cooked a little longer than I normally like it, but I enjoyed my meal.


The Vietnamese Noodle House (Pho Tan Loc)  is located at: 11603 Texas Hwy 6, in Sugar Land Texas, they are open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm and they are closed on Monday.  Check it out!
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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Food Tasting, Vietnamese


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