Chef CJ Dilan is on a mission to show that Puerto Rican food is not just rice, beans, and plantains. Taking traditional Puerto Rican dishes, Dilan finds inventive ways to create them in grab and go options from inside the Dr Gleem Carwash at Sofrito. “I came here to the car wash to get my haircut for about three years and I saw [the kitchen space] empty the first couple months,” Dilan said, “and every other two weeks, it kind of kept chipping at me and chipping at me. Then finally I was like, let’s get some information.” With information on how to the rent the kitchen space inside of the car wash in hand, Dilan found no reason not to create a new concept for the space. He reached out to Brian Best of La Dee Da Catering to see what he thought of the idea. With a little more research, … [Read more...] about Grab and go Puerto Rican cuisine on Ella Blvd.
Chef and GM leave La Vista 101 After opening two short months ago, La Vista 101 has already lost its Chef, J.D. Woodward and general manager and sommelier, Jeb Stuart. Owner Greg Gordon relocated his Briargrove restaurant in May after twenty years of operation in that location, as reported by Houston Food Finder. Wanting to keep the Italian roots in his new concept, Gordon hired Woodward to give a new approach to the cuisine. Currently the menu utilizes pickling, large meat dishes and local produce. Very little is known about the reasons for the departure of Woodward and Stuart. Papa Murphy’s at 43rd permanently closed On Wednesday, August 1 Judy Atkinson-Brown announced in the Oak Forest Facebook page that Papa Murphy’s was permanently closed. The … [Read more...] about This week in food & drink: new Beer Garden, La Vista 101 staff changes, and The Classics All Day opens
Since July is national ice cream month, two ice cream shops in the Heights spilled the milk on what makes their ice cream special. Fat Cat Creamery, 1901 N. Shepherd Dr., began because the Heights was absent of an Ice cream shop. Owner Sarah Johnston began making ice cream at home and soon it developed into Fat Cat. “The thing that sets our ice cream apart that I don’t think everybody realizes is that we make it completely from scratch,” Johnston said, “we get all the eggs from the farm and hand separate them. Our waffle cones—the batter is made completely from scratch, so everything that we do, we make from scratch; we make it from raw ingredients.” “We pasteurize our own milk; our own base, and that’s the difference between fresh made ice cream and made from scratch,” input … [Read more...] about Pick your flavor and celebrate with ice cream
Sometimes water doesn’t cut it in this Houston heat and you just need something sweet and delicious to slake your thirst. From milk tea and smoothies to cocktails our local hubs have the perfect drinks to make summer a little more bearable. The latest addition to the Avid Coffee Co. truck is milk tea with boba. It’s made in the truck by Avid’s co-owner, Matthew McKenzie who became familiar with the different techniques and styles of making milk tea while in China. “Being in a foreign country, especially one with a vastly different culture than yours for an extended period of time, you experience culture shock...it’s good to have something you can latch onto for comfort. Mine was milk tea,” McKenzie said, “it being my comfort food, I drank a lot of milk tea.” With the sealing … [Read more...] about Quench your thirst this summer
Verdine in the Heights Ripe Cuisine, the food truck that offers a 100% plant-based, vegan menu, has named their first brick and mortar Verdine. Although Ripe Cuisine is keeping the information under lock and key for now, the website for Verdine has been launched. The opening is set for the fall at 449 W 19th St. http://eatverdine.com/ Harold’s taps new chef Harold’s Restaurant & Taproom recently announced their new executive chef is Kathy Elkins. This time the restaurant found their new chef from within, as Kathy, who was Harold’s sous chef, was promoted. She’s already hard at work adding new and delicious items to the menu. Aladdin’s softly opens Aladdin’s Mediterranean has finally opened as of Thursday, July 12. The new location is in the Revive Development in the Oak … [Read more...] about This week in food & Drink: new names and open dates