Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Buddhist Vegetarian Combo Plate and Diem Sum

Noodle main with peppers and mock fish, Chinese broccoli with napa cabbage, green beans, and mock chicken patties, served with vegetarian soup with more broccoli, napa celery and carrots,

Mock pork shu mai, mock har gao, turnip cake and taro puff, with soy sauce and red chili oil,

from San San Tofu; the kitchen observes strict Buddhist vegetarian principles

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Marinated Salmon (Lax Gravad)

Lunch plate with lax gravad, garlic toast, salad greens and senap dill (mustard with dill sauce),

at the Ikea Restaurant.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Dim Sum

Pork Shao Mai (pork dumplings) and Har Gow (shrimp dumplings) with sweet soy sauce and house chili oil.

Lo Mai Gai - Lotus Leaf Rice - glutinous rice wrapped in a lotus leaf with pork and other fillings

Rice Noodle Roll (Coeng Fan) with dried shrimp and scallion

Hong Dao Crispy Cake - sweetened azuki red bean paste baked in a (dense) flaky crust

from Dim Sum To Go

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Siopao and Tamales

The Filipino version of baozi, filled, steamed buns - with a sweet barbecue pork filling.

Mexican style, not Filipino, tamales, pork on the left, chicken on the right

From Arny's Bakery, 9601 S. Gessner @ Bissonnet

Monday, November 30, 2015

Beirut Sharwarma and Fried Cauliflower

Chicken, tomato, lettuce, pickle spears, mayonaisse, on a grilled pita,

Fried cauliflower with sumac

@ Abu Omar Halal, in the parking lot of a Shell station, OST @ Almeda

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fatty Brisket and Jalapeno Sausage

Smoked over oak and pecan, with pinto beans and mustard potato salad, pickles, raw onion and white bread

at The Brisket House

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Donut Sandwich

Nashville Hot style fried chicken breast on a glazed donut with cheese and pickles.

plus two glazed vegan cake donuts

at Hugs And Donuts

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Comida Corrida

A Prixe Fixe three course lunch for those on the run, starting with Sopita de Tortilla, a cup of rich
Tortilla Soup with green, red and yellow tortilla strips, avocado and crema in a broth based on pasilla chiles,

a main of Carnitas Tacos with onion and cilantro, a cup of refritos negroes with queso fresco, and a smoky salsa,

and a dessert of Corn Mousse.  There are at least three choices for each course and each diner gets a liter of agua fresca to accompany the meal, plus a liter of water.  This was Agua Fresca de Melon.  The drinking glasses are made of old bottles.

at Cuchara

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Italian Hot Dog

Quarter pound all-beef frank with home fries, red and green peppers and onions on a baguette, with packets of yellow mustard and ketchup

from Luigi's Pizzeria (Bellaire location)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Lamb over Spicy Rice

Lamb gyro meat over spicy rice with corn, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and white sauce

from Jones Halal Fried Chicken

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pulled Pork Plate

'Pulled' pork, cucumbers and red onions, green beans, pickles and raw onions, Texas-style barbecue sauce,

from Roegel's

Monday, November 2, 2015


Carne Mechada, Queso Duro and avocado on top of thick, mashed, fried plantains

@ El Fogon Criollo, 5877 S. Gessner @ Harwin.  The owners formerly ran the El Punto Criollo cart on the west side.  The restaurant menu is half Venezuelan, half Mexican.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cured Plate 3

Complimentary olive plate - mixed olives, tapenade, toast

Gazpacho Andaluz with cucumber relish

from the left - Jamon Serrano, Pate de Campagne, Spanish Chorizo and Salchichon, with additional toast, warm baguette, pickles and pickled shallots

at Costa Brava Bistro, Bellaire

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Slider Dogs

A Trio of sliders - Nathan's All Beef Hot Dog Slider with Chili and Cheese, Freddy Fender Slider with a Nathan's wiener wrapped in a fried paprika tortilla with caramelized onions, cilantro cream, pico de gallo and crumbled cotija, and a Carolina-style Pulled Pork Slider with slaw,

at Little Big's

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fried Chicken and Donut

Two thighs, Dixie fried all-natural chicken, plus Southern Potato Salad and Cole Slaw

Vanilla cake donut with glaze

@ Lee's Fried Chicken and Donuts

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cured Plate 2

Clockwise, from the 8 o'clock position - n'duja, a spreadable sausage from Calabria made with Fresno peppers, mortadella with pecans instead of pistachios, in the dark upper corner, pork terrine, a stack of prosciutto, salami, and chicken liver pate, accompanied by ricotta, olives, nuts, green grapes marinated in apple cider vinegar and bread.  The pizza was part of another party's order and not tasted.

At Coltivare.  All meats prepared by co-owned Revival Market.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Cured Plate

Counter-clockwise from the lower left:  spiced honey whipped lardo, Coppa, Pepperone, Head Cheese, pecans and peanuts, chicharrone, bread, salami (underneath the chicharrone and bread), sour cucumber, and, in the center, buttermilk ricotta.

@ Revival Market

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pork BBQ Skewer and Vegetable Lumpia

Pork BBQ Skewer

Vegetable fried egg rolls with sweet and sour sauce and vinegar and garlic sauce

at La Fernandino Grill - Pampanga's, formerly Jonathan's, in the Interntional Food Court at the Viet Hoa Center, Beltway 8 @ Beechnut

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cuchara - Comida Corrida

1 Liter aguafresca - cucumber and lime

Consomme de Borrego - lamb soup with potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes, ancho chile and more

Tamal de Cazuela - baked corn tamale with a filling of ground beef, slivered almonds, olives and raisins, dressed with crema, served with a smoky salsa and refritos negros con queso.

A desert course also followed but I neglected to get a picture;  It was a sweet corn cake.

A prix fixe quick lunch at Cuchara

One of the menu options for the day is announced at 11 am on Facebook, but there are always options plus the regular menu.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Pressed Salumi Sandwich

Salamis, ham, cheese and red pepper on a ciabatta roll, pressed, with house-made chips and bread-n-butter pickles,

@ Weights + Measures

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Seafood Glass Noodle Salad

Shrimp, squid, scallops, mussels, glass noodles, red onion, grape tomato and lettuce in a citrus vinaigrette, served warm with a chive roll and herbed oil.  Ordered with sauteed baby bok choy.

@ Lemongrass Cafe, Bellaire

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Satay Kai and Kee Mao Noodle

Chicken satay served with Thai Satay Peanut sauce and cucumber salad

Pan-fried flat rice noodle with onion, basil, tomato and pork (a choice of other meats, vegetables and tofu is available),

at the new Asia Market Restaurant, Fulton @ Cavalcade

Friday, September 25, 2015

Taco Campechano and Frijoles Charros

Beef, pork and chicharron plus queso between two corn tortillas, with salsa verde

and fiery Frijoles Charros

@ Taqueria Mi Oficina, Houston Ave. @ Summer Street

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tuna Nicoise Salad and Lemon Curd Tart

EVOO Poached tuna, haricots verts, micro-greens, Spanish potato salad, watermelon radish and nicoise olives,

Lemon Curd Tart

@ Bistro Menil

Monday, September 21, 2015

Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken

1/4 chicken, dark meat, plus plantanos maduros and avocado salad with cilantro dressing

@ Pollo Bravo, 6015 Hillcroft, Houston

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bratwurst Roll and Chips

Bratwurst on a house-made French roll - the menu description indicates there would be turkey pastrami, presumably a misprint; none was in evidence.  The cheese is mozzarella; the bun seemed like a lightly toasted New England style hot dog bun.  The thin chips are house-made.

@ Tapester's Grill

Friday, September 18, 2015

Coctel de Camarones, Tamal, and Pionono

Shrimp cocktail, Ecuadorian style - fresh poached shrimp marinated in lime juice, sour orange, ketchup and mustard, with pickled red onions, tomatoes, cilantro and olive oil.  Served chilled.

Served with popcorn, chifles (thin-sliced plantain chips), and toasted corn (canchas).

Tamal de mi Abuelita - steamed rice and potato dough tamal stuffed with chicken, egg, raisins and olives, wrapped in banana leaves, served with tomate de arbol (tomarillo aji sauce).

Pionono - Peruvian cake roll filled with home-made dulce de leche and dusted with powdered sugar

at Andes Cafe, South American Kitchen