If you already are a fan of grape leaves and spinach and feta pie, then you probably don’t need the upsell, but just in case you haven’t eaten Mediterranean lately, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. According to a 2015 study from the National Restaurant Association, the strongest growth in ethnic cuisines over the last 15 years has been among non-traditional cuisines. “While the ‘big three’ – Italian, Mexican and Chinese – have retained their popularity over time, some lesser known cuisines have gained significant ground with consumers over the past decade and a half,” said Annika Stensson, director of research communications for the National Restaurant Association. “Mediterranean food is the big winner both when it comes to one-time trial and for eating frequently.” And not … [Read more...] about The Mediterranean diet is good in more ways than one
Ashley Griffith and her dad Bill are like most daughters with their fathers. There’s the good-natured banter that you’d expect, along with the verbal shorthand that marks many long term relationships. It’s good that they get along because as Ashley says – “You love your parents, but you don’t spend this much time with them as adults.” This is due to the fact that Bill Griffith is the general manager of AshleyCakes bakery, 2032 E. TC Jester, which sells custom, specialty and readymade cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Oak Forest resident Ashley Griffith, who was an actuary before she went to Le Cordon Bleu, has been making custom cakes for the past eight years out of a small commercial kitchen, but decided to open up her own storefront about a year and a half ago. AshleyCakes has been open … [Read more...] about A sweet father daughter team
Like thousands of others, Oak Forest’s Iain Kinloch and his daughter Ainsley watched the curling competition at the Winter Olympics. But unlike most viewers, after the Olympics were over, the father and daughter decided to try it out for themselves. Fourteen year old Ainsley who will be a freshman at Lutheran High North said that she and a friend were talking about curling during a school basketball game and as a lark found the Curling Club of Houston online. They signed up for the two hour Learn-to-Curl class, and then Ainsley brought her dad back for another class. Then she and her dad signed up for an eight week league which they finished up this spring. Iain said that while the Learn-to-Curl class entailed a few attempts to curl the stone on the ice and education about the … [Read more...] about Are you curious about Curling?
Every spring the non-profit organization Children at Risk releases their Texas School Guide for HISD and surrounding school districts – giving each school a letter grade – and each year I’m ambivalent about covering it. That’s because over the past seven years freelancing at The Leader I’ve visited with a lot of dynamic principals and been inside a lot of schools with tireless teachers and enthusiastic students. Some of these schools have worked hard to prove their worth to the surrounding communities. Increasing numbers of them have active groups of parent volunteers who chose to send their kids to their neighborhood school and are spending hundreds of unpaid hours to build something special, not just for their child but for all of them. Then the rankings come out and these same … [Read more...] about School rankings rankle parents
It might seem to be an unusual move for one of North America’s largest heavy equipment dealers to buy a consumer car dealership on the North Freeway. But William Doggett, general counsel of Doggett Industries, said that the purchase of Lone Star Ford on May 1 is all part of the goal of diversifying their company, which already employs 1,300 people and earned $1.14 billion in gross revenue last year. “It’s because Ford is a great brand,” said Doggett, pointing out that Ford has the best-selling car on the market with the Ford F-150. And Doggett noted that Chief Financial Officer Brian McLemore came from Group 1 Automotive and already has a firm grasp of the automotive business. “Market share wise, Ford is very strong. We were interested in doing something different.” There were … [Read more...] about Doggett enters car business