Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Vegetarian Soup and Panini

Goan Lentil Soup - pureed lentils, tomato, roasted red pepper, ginger and cilantro.

Artisan Panini - grilled artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and more, with banana chips.

At Doshi House, 3419 Dowling St., Houston

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Trader Joe's Sai Tung Green Curry and Red Gaba Rice

Morning Glory, Young Coconut Shoots and Banana Flowers in a mild green curry, with Sprouted Rice.  According to the package, Sai Tung means 'take out.'

Trader Joe's

Monday, December 15, 2014


2 Carnitas, 2 Barbacoa, con cilantro y cebolla, salsas, tortillas de maiz

from La Moreliana # 4, 9846 Fondren, Houston

Friday, December 12, 2014

Singapore Laksa La Mian

Wheat noodles in aromatic coconut soup.  Package included a premix (powder) and paste, plus noodles.  Green onions added to the serving.

Purchased at Super H Mart, 1302 Blalock, Houston

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Trader Joe's Cubano Seasoned Wrap

Roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and dill pickles in a flour tortilla with a Cuban inspired mustard dressing (in the cup in the bottom of the carton).

Trader Joe's

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tamales Nortenos

On the left, pork in red chile; on the right, turkey in black mole

From Pico's Tamale Stand, in the parking lot of the restaurant, weekends through the holidays.  (You can purchase them inside the restaurant when the stand isn't open; it's just a convenience being offered by the restaurant for the first time this year).

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Soldier's Pea Soup

Split Yellow Pea soup with extra ham,

A hearty, traditional Swedish meal on Thursdays, dating to before the Protestant Reformation when fasting was required on Fridays. Still served in the Swedish Army, hence the name, and in school lunch rooms and private homes.  Garnished with timjam och mejram (thyme and marjoram) and a dollop of coarse Swedish mustard; served with toasted tunnbröd (flat bread).  As a supper, this would be followed by Pannkakkor, Swedish crepes with whipped cream and preserves.

From Sverige Online and IKEA.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Kimchi Stew

Kimchi, pork, water, onion, pepper, hot pepper powder, garlic, beef, dashi, and salt per the label, 

from Super H Mart, 1302 Blalock, Houston

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Nongshim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup

'Gourmet Spicy' version - noodles, spice packet (very spicy), packet of minced, freeze-dried vegetables.  Some chopped, frozen vegetables added to this serving.

Available at numerous markets including Hong City Mall, Houston

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Buc-cee's Italian Hoagie

Pre-made, wrapped, refrigerated sandwich - ciabatta type bread (soggy), provolone, Genoa salami, Black Forest Ham, lettuce, tomato, onion, olive and pepper relish, olive oil and herbs

from Buc-cee's, 1243 Crabb River Rd., Richmond, TX

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Qabuli Palau

Lamb shank in long grain rice with carrots and raisins, the National Dish of Afghanistan

at Afghan Village, 6413 Hillcroft

Monday, September 29, 2014

Phơ Gà Đặc Biệt

Combination Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup - white and dark meat, liver, gizzards

at Pho Ga Dakao, 11778 Bellaire

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gun Mandu

Korean fried dumplings (vegetable) with cho kanjang (soy sauce, rice vinegar, green onion, sesame seeds)

from Go Hyang Jib, 5860 Ranchester, Houston

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pho Tai Chin

Pho with rare steak and lean brisket

at Pho Binh 59 South, 8336 Southwest Freeway @ Gessner

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wrap, Soup and Dessert

Smoked Turkey Spinach Wrap, Beef Barley Soup and Tiramisu,

from Belden's, North Braeswood @ Chimney Rock, Houston

Friday, September 5, 2014

Catfish Po-Boy

with french fries, at Lotus Seafood Market, 8550 S. Braeswood

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nasi Goreng Jawa

Indonesian (Javanese) style fried rice with beef, chicken and shrimp

at Mama Yu Indonesian Bistro, 10815 Beechnut @ Wilcrest

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Samosa Chat

Vegetable samosa (potatoes, peas), topped with chickpeas, diced tomatoes and onions, yogurt, cilantro and date chutneys, cilantro and sev,

at Krishna Chat House (part of Udipi Cafe, Hillcroft)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spicy Chettinad dosa

Dosa filled with grated cauliflower, green beans, green peas and carrots in a spicy onion gravy, with serve-yourself sambar (finished off) and chutneys, with Indian filter coffee

at dgn Factory (formerly Dosa Factory), 5959 Richmond @ Fountainview

Monday, August 18, 2014

Karachi Bun Kabob

Aloo patty, red onion, fried egg, chutneys and a generous sprinkling of chaat masala both inside and on the bun.

At Dilpasand Mithai, 837 Dulles Ave, Stafford, TX

Monday, August 11, 2014


Under the steam, house-special carnitas with grilled onions, arroz, charros, pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream and salsa plus hand-made corn tortillas, chips and salsa

at Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe, 6579 W. Bellfort

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Mortadella, cappicola, cotto, sopressata, provolone, arugula, tomatoes, and red onions, with whole grain mustard and pesto sauce, served with giardiniera,

at Luna Pizza

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fried Oysters

10 piece dinner, with french fries, onion rings, hush puppies, tartar and cocktail sauces,

from Wild Kitchen, 8806 Stella Link.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Trader Joe's Poutine

French fries, beef  'sauce,' and cheese curds (good and squeaky)

from the freezer section at Trader Joe's.  The manufacturer claims 4 servings per bag; the portion pictured is the equivalent of one and a half servings.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Hot Dogs Too

Two Nathan's natural casing dogs on lightly toasted buns, one with chili, one with deli mustard (Heinz brand) and onions

at Nathan's Famous in the Food Court at Memorial City Mall

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tex-Cajun Virgin

Dubbed Tex-Cajun Poutine - shoestring fries, roast beef debris and gravy with queso

at BB's Cafe