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Bell's Poultry Seasoning (little yellow box) - where to find this in Houston?

Does anyone buy this and if so, where have you found it?

Nov 12, 2013
superluckycat in Houston

Romantic Anniversary Weekend Advice Needed

I would vote for Hotel Granduca. I was just there for the first time for a work retreat meeting and the hotel feels very secluded even with its location. It is small and elegant, and Ristorante Cavour is there.

Sep 25, 2013
superluckycat in Houston
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Logan Airport Suggestion Needed

I have changed my mind and will go to the Festa in the North End. How can I not go check that out?

Anyone want to barter a trade with some Hatch chiles or tortillas made with Hatch chiles? It's the season and they are all over the stores here in Houston and since I have a direct flight on Saturday AM, I can bring a bag...it would require a little flexibility on where to meet but people freak over these peppers.

Aug 15, 2013
superluckycat in Greater Boston Area

Lunch near medical center

Local Foods on Dunstan Rd (next to Benjys) is very good option for excellent sandwiches and incredible sides. It is not far to get to Indika (modern Indian) for lunch on Westheimer from you. You are too far from my fav thai (Thai Gourmet way out on Richmond), but NIdda Thai on Westheimer/Montrose is very good, fast and has parking.
On Montrose near Alabama (not far) is Eatsie Boys which is very good for interesting sandwiches.

Aug 15, 2013
superluckycat in Houston

Veggie near Montrose

Go to Hugo's and ask for the vegetarian menu, they have a separate one. My vegan friend from CA had a great meal there.

El Real's mushroom enchiladas are delicious too and menu is well-marked for veg options.

Roost has the famous cauliflower dish too.

The closest best option might be Canopy.

Aug 14, 2013
superluckycat in Houston

Logan Airport Suggestion Needed

Thank you to everyone for a very thorough list of options - so appreciated! If it is nice weather I am going to take Silver Line to Seaport and maybe do a small crawl around there. If the weather is bad I will go to Santarpios for part of the time. I will check in bag at Hyatt bag check. I will of course report back.

There is a newish restaurant in Houston called Maine-ly Sandwiches opened by a guy from Maine and since it was so far out of town (up by IAH) I refused to go there before calling them and quizzing them on what their lobster roll was like (nothing crazy in the lobster salad, potential to run out, what kind of roll) and they thought I was insane but assured me it would be worth the drive, It was and now there is a mini-lobster roll craze at a couple of places in Houston. I even saw one at Café Express which is not just in TX I think. They called the hotdog roll "New England Roll."

Aug 13, 2013
superluckycat in Greater Boston Area

Logan Airport Suggestion Needed

Next Saturday I have 4.5 hours to kill while I wait for my husband to arrive at 6 PM (I get in at 1:30 PM) then we leave together to go to Western MA. I will have a small bag with me so I don't mind walking a bit and buses. Is there anything close to the Revere Beach T stop where I could go and hang out for a while and have something tasty for lunch? I was also thinking of Pizzeria Regina in North End but I don't remember that being close to a T stop (I have spent a lot of time in Boston but from Western MA). I looked at the conversations on this board about Logan area. I am perfectly happy to sit and read a book but didn't know if there was something fairly accessible and delicious.

Any suggestions and I am happy to reciprocate if anyone needs a Houston airport area suggestion or Houston in general!

Aug 12, 2013
superluckycat in Greater Boston Area

breakfast in Houston?

2nd the Breakfast Klub,if it on the weekend, you need to get there early or be happy to wait in line (which is not bad when its not hot out)

Jan 09, 2013
superluckycat in Houston

Tin of biscotti I need to use

Any recipes using ground up biscotti? Good quality in an unopened main bag, I just don't eat them.

Jan 07, 2013
superluckycat in Home Cooking

Alba Truffle Fair - October 2012

Hi,

I am picking through the posts looking for restaurant recommendations for the Alba area but would love some help with either a good resource or specific restaurants. We like to have big lavish lunches and then wing it the rest of the day. We will be staying in Gavone but will have a car. Need a lunch recommendation for a Friday and a Saturday.

The Truffle Fair that is in Alba on Saturday and Sundays, do you need tickets or any recommendations around that?

Thanks in advance!

Aug 19, 2012
superluckycat in Italy

The Best Thing You Ever Ate: Houston

Dolce Vita - Tallegio Pizza
Max's - Fried Egg Sandwich with truffle aioli
Hugo - crabmeat nachos
Cup of coffee at La Guadalupana

May 14, 2012
superluckycat in Houston

Restaurant Recommendations in San Miniato during the Truffle Festival

Hi Ingramcol, I am in the midst of planning a truffle-centric trip the 2nd week of Oct and I am starting research. I have never been to Italy, but we're not interested in multiple cities and traveling around the country, just staying in Piemonte region for this festival(s). I am corresponding with one travel company that supposedly specializes in custom trips, I don't need help with flight, just getting accomodations and any other festival insight. It looks like the official schedule is not confirmed. Can you share any resources to help plan this trip?
Thanks!
Superluckycat
Here is a link that shows the schedule is not confirmed, is this a reliable source?
http://joobili.com/alba_white_truffle...

Jan 02, 2012
superluckycat in Italy

Need Recipe for Mac and Cheese with truffle/truffle oil

I searched chow.com and epicurious and didn't find anything. I need a recipe to make a pan of this as a surprise for my husband. I am not looking for a complex pasta recipe, just a macaroni and cheese that has truffle in it or truffle oil drizzled, either black or white.

Apr 01, 2011
superluckycat in Home Cooking

Hounds' Take on Montrose

eat falafel sandwich at Al's Quick Stop, Berryhill fish tacos, 3-6-9 is ok chinese, Liltle Bigs for sliders and fries, BBs Cajun for a poboy

Oct 11, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

French Boulangerie / Charcuterie / Boucherie in Houston

Chez Nous in Humble, which is right near IAH, so sort of not convenient to downtown but the food is worth it. Their charcuterie plate has delicious pate, duck rillette, some other cured meats, etc. And their french bread rolls and butter are delicious. That plate was the only thing I ever painfully craved when I was pregnant and would be one of the top reasons I could never be 100% vegetarian. That whole restaurant is a gem but the location keeps it off the radar. Monday nights the wine list is half off.

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Chez Nous
217 S Avenue G, Humble, TX 77338

Oct 11, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Forgetful Baker

I think getting an oatmeal raisin cookie when faced with "assorted cookies" or a box lunch is one of the few times I have teared up in the office place. It is an incredible disappointment. My mom makes a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie which is good but, man, when you think it's a chocolate chip and it's a raisin!!! that is like being handed a tuna salad sandwich that is chock full of onions. So unexpected and so gross.

Oct 11, 2010
superluckycat in Features

7 hour stopover in Houston. What to do . . . suggestions?

If you want to stay close to airport (downtown is about 30 mins/$30-cab ride) take cab to Jimmy G's on Beltway 8 frontage road, it's close and you can sit at the raw bar and eat shrimp/crawfish and beer.

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Jimmy G's Restaurant
307 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060

Jun 07, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Best Butter-Based Yellow Cake in Houston

The Chocolate Bar.

May 11, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

2 Meals in Houston - Staying at Hotel Za Za

Do not go to the Grove, maybe for a drink but food is really hit or miss. SS is a good pick. If you don't mind spending $$, go to Brennans for lunch, it won't be that much more than The Grove. Or Hugos. Mondays are tough.

May 11, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Houston First Timer - need recs..

Reef and Stella Sola are by the same chef/group but are pretty different and both great. Brennans ($$$) is close to downtown, if you want to have some upscale Gulf/creole cooking in a gorgeous setting, go there.
You will be staying very close to a newish development City Centre or something that has a tapas place (Andalucia), House of Blues, Guadalajara, Yao. If I had to go to any of those I would go to III Forks (steakhouse) but I have only been to the one in Dallas, but it would probably be the best option there. Otherwise have the hotel drive you somewhere or take a cab. The Grove is in Discovery Green which is next to the hotel, the food there is not that great but if you want to walk there and have a delicious chili margarita and sit outside and see the view, that is worth it.
If you are around downtown and want something local and casual for lunch have someone point you to Hubcap for burger and Treebeards for cajun (red beans/rice, etoufee, etc)

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Yao Restaurant and Bar
9755 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042

Stella Sola
1001 Studewood, Houston, TX 77008

Apr 16, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Visiting Houston for 3 days on business - need must-try recommendations

if you are from NY there is no reason to put a steak place on the lineup you already have. I would make every effort to put Brennans on the list since that is so regional-specific and impressive, Sorrento would be disappointing to a NY person who regularly got Italian food. Houston has really nice people and if you had an especially important meal, when making the reservation make sure you communicate that it is for people from out of town and a very important meal and more likely than not they will bend over backwards.

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Sorrento
415 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

Apr 16, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Visiting Rice Univ - where to eat?

Congrats to your family. In Rice Village cAfe Jadeite (good french but no reservations so it will be a wait) or Prego. Go to breakfast at Buffalo Grille and have migas or anything. RIght now is the start of crawfish season so if you want a seasonal and casual fun scene go somewhere like Ragin Cajun on Richmond and have boiled crawfish. People have varying opinions, but I take East Coast and CA friends to Hugos for sort of interior/upscale Mexican and Reef for Gulf Coast style seafood (chef has won a lot of awards) and there is a newer place on the scene called Stella Sola (actually same chef as Reef and was recently written up in nYT, so make reservtions) that refers to itself as Texas Tuscan and I think is very good. RDG Bar Annie is the new opening of Robert del Grande who is a famous Texas chef with some Latin influence, that is great, too. That is the most Texas-specific ideas. If you want BBQ or Mexican specific places, check on the thread. There is great Asian here, but being from NYC, probably nothing different from what you can find there.

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Buffalo Grille
1301 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX 77057

Prego's
2520 Amherst St, Houston, TX 77005

Stella Sola
1001 Studewood, Houston, TX 77008

Mar 30, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Looking for a good lunch spot for tomorrow....

Little Bigs, Montrose, for sliders and fries sitting outside, they may have pulled pork sliders. Across the street is BB's Cajun that has great po boys.

Mar 25, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Two lunches in Houston--advice?

stella sola, bar annie

Mar 02, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Brunch spot?

Trulucks has brunch? I was looking on their website and it didn't see it. What is it like? Menu, not buffet, right?

Feb 26, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Casual Eating in New Braunfels

Where would you recommend for a casual place with good food that has more of an ice house environment or bar with food? It will be a larger group of family visiting from Back East and some newly transplanted hosting Texans? If we were in Houston, for example, I would have us go to Ragin Cajun, Kenneallys, La Mexicana, Christian Totem (original), Berryhill (on Revere), Breakfast Klub and Lankfords. We need both family-OK and adult options. I need some recs that would make my Yankee family feel like they were truly in Texas and marvel at our cold, affordable beers and margaritas and be impressed by awesome burgers, enchiladas, and/or bbq. Live music would make it nirvana.

Also, once the kids are in bed and the adults venture out, where would you recommend we have drinks and hear music where we could sit (we're late 30s/early 40s so starting to get cranky about standing and being pushed around by college-age students but we can hold our own and can get wild when provoked by the right buzz and music)?

Thanks!

Feb 21, 2010
superluckycat in Texas

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner for 200 in Houston

August might be a bit toasty, but i had my rehearsal dinner at Ragin Cajun, it was the location that is not on Richmond, a bit out of town (pretty fast out on I-10). We hired the Zydeco Dots (which I think was <$500 for the night!) and had a buffett and people sat outside and inside. We had closer to 100 people but it could have been more. The location is sad (in a strip mall and next to a Hooters) but the experience made up for it. Our drink bill was $$$$ bcause it was unusually hot for October and they really pushed the hurricanes and margaritas but all my yankee family and friends had a great time.

Feb 11, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Houston - Help with Dining Recommendations!

I would do dinner at Mockingbird and then go to Marks for dessert and sit at the bar for that. Marks dessert options are really good and creative.
If you liked Reef, you will like Stella Sola too and you can check out the Heights part of Houston

Feb 11, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Best Source for Live Lobsters?

I know Fiesta has them and I think Rice Epicurean, but where else can I get live lobsters now that some places have stopped selling live ones? I need at least 1.5 pounders. Thanks.

Feb 08, 2010
superluckycat in Houston

Substitute for bittersweet chocolate for cookie recipe?

Thanks everyone! Can you imagine a better snowstorm snack than a bottle of red wine and chocolate cookies right out of the oven?????

Dec 04, 2009
superluckycat in Home Cooking