This summer I’ve been eating very healthy and following what I call a lazy keto diet; low carb, no sugar etc., but sometimes it leaves one craving.
Let’s take a culinary journey then, and truly test my resolve.
I’ve not put much emphasis in the way of promotions on food exhibitors at my Market at Sawyer Yards, but it is there and worth mentioning. Food and markets go well together, and this market has a strong presence on our gustatory perception. (Tastes.)
Food trucks are always present and rotate each month. This Saturday evening for out last summer night show, Spicy Dog, serving an array of creatively made hot dogs will be on site, as well as Hangreek, which prides itself in serving authentic Greek street food. I was pleasantly surprised to find my French fries tucked into my gyros when I tried Hangreek. Delicious and efficient!
Still on the savory end, Dumpling Haus joins the food lineup for the first time. Dumpling Haus is the first hot food vendor to serve under a tent. Chef Elaine will have you trying all of her dumplings, noodles, and rice. She has vegan options, too.
The two weaknesses that I can get away with mostly guilt-free is Mandarinos Coffee and Straylight Bar’s cocktails.
I love coffee and the whole ritual of grinding and using an espresso maker or French press. Mandarinos Coffee has been a family business for four generations selling wholesale to exporters until 2015 when they decided to bypass the middlemen. The result is a better product and I am hooked.
Straylight Bar is a treat. Ask for whatever special they have that day, you will not be disappointed.
Trishnna Tea, is a small tea company owned by a couple that loves tea, and couldn’t find what they wanted here, thus Trishnna Tea was born. They decided to bring the finest quality of tea leaves all the way from North East India, blended with natural dried fruits, flowers and spices.
Houston Winery has been in business making Texas wines made from grapes harvested in state for several years now. The company is in the process of building a new winery and tasting room here in the Heights and will open soon. Meanwhile, if I may, I recommend the 2016 Blanc du Bois.
La Petite Patisserie is a locally owned bakery that specializes in pastry of all kinds, scones, quick & artisan breads, cookies, cinnamon rolls, cakes, tarts, brownies, Danish, turnovers and confections. This former accountant turned chef and baker is on a mission to bake this world a happier pace.
Another baker is James Ephraim, aka The Baker’s Man, specializing in mini bundt cakes. They look innocent enough, and not one has made it home to their respective gift recipients. Ephraim is a former banker following his passion.
Makai Walker started her cookie business with her Dad when she was just 6 years old. Now eight, I expect Kai’s Kookies to fly out of the market Saturday night. If a child’s charm doesn’t convince you, the cookie names might – like Nothing But Joy.
We’ve got our staples and favorites too, KICpops gourmet ice pops with wicked flavor infusions has been at the market since day one. Nando’s Honey Bee Farm, harvested in the Houston area, Chilaquiles essential chilaquiles sauce and Ma & Pa “Kettle Korn.”
Finally, Cultured Heat, a critically acclaimed, locally sourced, small batch hot sauce, handmade in The Heights via wild fermentation. It is free of vinegar and sugar and full of healthy probiotics and flavor. I used up 3 bottles in just the last month. Guilt-free for me.
All of the artists, exhibitors, and musicians are listed each month on the market website TheFolkMarket.com. The event is Saturday evening 6 -10 p.m. 1507 Sawyer St.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com