After reading Alison Cook’s review of Garden Oak’s wine bar and bistro Plonk, I was excited to meet friends for dinner last night. Too bad I didn’t better heed Cook’s warnings about the little wine-bar-that-could’s service style. You can read the details on my opinion of why Plonk needs to either change their service model or their menu over at Yelp. However, for the vegetarians and those wanting a little less meat in their diet, I will advise that Plonk is thinking of you. Choose a cheese plate, grilled cheese with tomato soup, one of a handful of yummy pizzas (I recommend the ELF) or a salad or fish dish from the bistro’s contemporary American menu.
I’ll admit it. I’ve never been a big fan of tomato sauce. I think it’s, well, boring.
Yet, sometimes, it definitely has a place in the kitchen. In a lasagna for example. Or, most recently, on pizzas cooked on the grill. But, generally, I end up in the same situation I’m in now: with a jar of tomato sauce in the fridge and no inspiring plans on how to finish it.
This is where just a tiny bit of vision can elevate a blah dinner into something noteworthy. Read More
It’s patio season in Houston. Well, actually, with the muggy weather that has returned to the city this week, it feels a little like patio season may soon be coming to a close. But, for me, that’s inspiration to serve at least one more beautiful dinner on the deck.
I love setting a beautiful outdoor table, gathering my loved ones, and soaking in the sound of birds chirping away in the live oak canopy shading the yard. Pablo and Diego (my silly team of canines) will run wild in the yard, greeting anyone who happens by the fence, while K and I enjoy a seasonal, brightly flavored meal. Read More
Lately, my weekends have been filled with wonderful brunch dates. My dear husband and I recently made the trek to Washington County for a three course extravaganza brunch at the Inn at Dos Brisas. (Great food, even if each course was suspiciously similar to the one before.) Last weekend, a dear friend and I ventured just around the corner to Cafe Bello for a less than stellar brunch before wandering downtown for one of my favorite weekend daytime cocktails – the clear spicy bloody mary served at The Grove. And, after all that dining out, I realized that I was really overdue for a nice brunch at home. Read More