Monday, October 9, 2017

Pho Tai with Soda Chanh

Rice Noodle soup (large bowl) with eye of round steak,

Condiments for the soup plus hand-squeezed limeade with soda

at Pho Danh, 11209 Bellaire Blvd. in Hong Kong City Mall

Friday, September 29, 2017

Pho Tai, Bo Vien with Pork Dumplings and Thai Milk Tea

Pork Dumplings

Pho Tai, Bo Vien - Vietnamese rice noodle soup (medium bowl) with rare steak and meatballs,

Herb and vegetable accoutrement for the pho plus Thai Milk Tea

at Pho Binh 59 South

Trader Joe's Spicy Lentil Wrap with Spicy Tahini Sauce

Lavash, red lentils, bulgar (sic) wheat, onion, green onion, parsley, cumin, red pepper, and cabbage, with spicy tahini sauce

from Trader Joe's

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Chow Fun

Chow Fun with stir fried rice noodles, bean sprouts, egg and green onion with added shrimp and Chinese sausage, plus a vegetable egg roll, condiments and Ginger Lemongrass tea

from The Rice Box, 300 W. 20th,

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Gui Cuon Thit Nuong and Hu Tieu Mi Dai

Gui Cuon Thit Nuong - Grilled Pork Rolls with grilled pork, rice vermicelli and vegetables rolled in rice paper with peanut dipping sauce

Hu Tieu Mi Dai - Clear Rice and Egg Noodle Soup with Chicken, Pork and Shrimp,

from Tau Bay, 8150 Southwest Freeway

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Empanada de Carne, Chicha Morada and Parihuela


Empanada de Carne with chimichurri sauce

Chicha Morada - traditional Peruvian purple corn drink with apple and cloves

Parihuela - traditional Peruvian fish soup - fish (tilapia), shrimp, crab, mussels, calamari, and octopus in a tomato broth

@ Che Inka

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bo Luc Lac

"Shaking Beef" - flame-broiled filet mignon and onion, kale vinaigrette salad (kale, red onion, tomato, feta cheese, dried cranberries, cucumber, slivered almonds, walnuts), vinaigrette, rice

@ Hughie's, (18th Street)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lagman (Uyghur Noodles)


Uyghur style stir-fried meat and vegetables - lamb, peppers, onions

@ Afandim Uyghur Restaurant, 9126 Bellaire

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Piggy Po-Boy, Chow Chow and Chips

Minced ham and salami, jalapeno cheese, mayonnaise, chow chow, pickapeppa sauce, dill pickles, with Zapp's Original and a jar of Antone's chow chow.

from The Original Antone's Import Co., 3823 Bellaire

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Beef Noodle Soup and Samsas

Samsas (2 piece) - beef kabob meat pies

Beef Noodle Soup with bok choy, fresh noodles, cilantro and chives

at Uyghur Bistro

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Chicken Tortilla Soup and Quesadilla

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quesadilla - cremini mushrooms, butter, shallots, garlic, flour tortilla, chili powder, spices, goat cheese, chili peppers, cheddar jack cheese and parmesan cheese,

from Central Market, Chef Prepared Foods Department

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ayam Goreng Kuning

Indonesian style fried chicken fried in a yellow (turmeric) curry batter.

@ Rice Bowl II

Thursday, July 6, 2017

1/2 Peri-Peri Chicken with Collard Greens

1/2 chicken - Peri-Peri and flavor-infused rotisserie chicken

Collard greens,

House hot sauce - includes Peri-Peri peppers, cayenne, red peppers, habanero, jalapeno, garlic, vinegar, sugar and spices,

@ Peli Peli Kitchen

Friday, June 30, 2017

Falafel Wrap

Falafel, tomatoes, pickles, onions, tahini, and hot sauce wrapped in a pita and grilled,

from Abu Ashour, mobile unit on Almeda @ Hepburn in a Texaco station

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Grilled Pork Banh Mi

Grilled Pork Banh Mi with jalapenos, pickled carrots, cucumber, garlic aioli, soy sauce, and cilantro,

Thai Chicken Soup - small complementary sample

at Roostar Vietnamese Grill

Chargrilled Pork Banh Mi

Simply Pork Banh Mi sandwich - pork, cucumber, pickled carrot and daikon, cilantro, jalapeno, in-house mayonnaise, soy sauce

from Simply Viet, 10830 W. Bellfort

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lunch Special - Salad and a Slice

Mini-sized Chopped salad - romaine and iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, sopressata, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, provolone, grape tomatoes, red onions, carrots and cucumbers in the house vinaigrette,

Mushroom pizza slice (!) - baby portobello, shitake, oyster and button mushrooms, spinach and rosemary with whipped ricotta,


At Luna Pizzeria, original Kirby location

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Catfish and Shrimp Snack Basket plus Gumbo

Two hand-battered catfish pieces and two jumbo shrimp served over fries with one hushpuppy,

Chicken and sausage gumbo with okra and tomatoes in a spicy brown roux, cup.

From Catfish Station, 7903 Beechnut

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Platillo - Barbacoa, Desebrada

Barbacoa on the left, Desebrada (shredded beef) on the right, with frijoles, arroz con vegetales, salsas and limon,

Quatro tortillas de maiz (hecho a mano), cilantro y cibolla

from Amigo's Supermarket, W. Bellfort @ Roark Rd., Houston

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mantoo and Bouranee Baunjan

Bouranee Baunjan - eggplant, tomato, onion, yogurt,

Mantoo - Afghan dumplings with ground meat and onion filling, topped with yogurt, chickpeas, a hot sauce and mint,


at Afghan Village 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Crunchy Chicken Sandwich, Soba Noodles, Tabouli

Baked chicken, nut 'crumble,' crushed chips, pickles, provolone, and buttermilk ranch on a pretzel bun

Foreground - Tabouli with cauliflower, chickpeas and fresh herbs.  Background - Soba Noodles with cucumbers, snow peas and cilantro

at Local Foods (Village location)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Samosas, Kachoris, Katta Dhokla and Khandvi

Top row:  Vegetable samosas and a coriander/chile chutney
Middle row:  Kachoris and tamarind chutney
Bottom row: Katta Dhokla and Khandvi

from Masala Munchies

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pulled Pork Taco and Czech Sausage

House-made tortilla made with smoked beef fat, pulled pork, pickled red onions, salsa verde, cilantro, cotija

House-made Czech style sausage - beef plus mustard seeds

at The Pit Room

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Magic Idlis

Magic Idlis - rice, split black lentil, salt, butter, onion, gunpowder, coriander, plus two chutneys including peanut (top), served on a section of banana leaf.


at Flying Idlis