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Weekly Favorites 04/05/2018 to 04/21/2018

Time for another batch of favorite food and restaurant articles. This week, I decided to branch out and include some of my fellow bloggers!

30 + Grilled Meat Recipes- via

It may not feel like it for most of the country, but summer is coming! Backyard barbecues and nights on the patio are around the corner. Take some inspiration for your next barecue!

German Chocolate Cookies- via For the Love of Cooking

Something about chocolate cookies just brings me back to childhood! These German Chocolate Cookies look amazing!

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs- via The Girl Who Ate Everything

I love a variation on chicken and tomato sauce! This one had all of the key variations in it. Fried chicken, tomato sauce, cheese, and the possibility of pasta added in. I can't wait to try it out!

The Best Cookie Recipes to Bake this Weekend- via

It was a good week for cookies. Looks like I'll be trying out cookie recipes until further notice. I don't know if I'll start with the …

Weekly Favorites 04/08/18 to 04/15/18

Wow, another week has gone by! It's been busy around here, but it's been slow in the favorite food and restaurant article department! Again this week, I only found one article to put up!

Trawling for Shrimp and Grits- via Garden and Gun

I never met a grit I didn't like, much less a shrimp I didn't like! Here, Garden & Gun walks through five great southern restaurants, and their takes on a classic dish. One of them is even from Houston!

Weekly Favorites 4/1/2018 through 4/7/2018

Well the week's almost over, and there's only one, but here is my favorite food and restaurant article for the week! Better late than never I suppose!

Navigating the New Orleans Po'Boy- via Garden & Gun

One of my favorite things, is a classic Po'Boy! Whether it's some fried oysters, stewed meat, or an Italian variation with some meatballs, you can't beat a good Po'Boy! And don't forget the Zapp's!

Weekly Favorites 03/25/18 through 03/31/18

This week's batch of favorite food and restaurant articles is a journey from Harlem to Nashville to Puerto Rico!

Bebop Chicken Chili - via Garden & Gun

I'm not sure exactly what drew me to this article at first, but then I saw it was inspired by none other than Charlie Parker! Looking over the ingredients list, this chili is sure to pack a flavor punch! I'm going to have to try this one out!

What's New in Nashville- via Garden & Gun

I've always wanted to go to Nashville! The Ryman Auditorium, the music, and now these seven new places to check out for food, Nashville is definitely a place I need to check out!

The Ultimate Puerto Rican Food Guide- via Explore Parts Unknown

If you've been following along for long, you've maybe noticed that I'm a bit of an Anthony Bourdain fan! And as it turns out, he makes a great travel guide. So for your next trip through Puerto Rico, which understandably may not be soon, consider this Puerto Rican food guide to hel…

Weekly Favorites 03/18/2018 to 03/24/2018

Every week, I see all kinds of food and restaurant related articles. These are my favorites that made the cut!

Well-done Meat May be Bad for Your Blood Pressure- via

I've never liked well done meat, for any reason. I've always thought anything over medium is over done. For me, the meat gets dried out and all of the flavor cooks out after that. Now there it looks like there is some science to back that up!

Alton Brown's Atlanta- via Garden & Gun

I've been to Atlanta once. Just passing through for work, I liked what I saw. Unfortunately back then, I didn't have much time to stop and explore. Now if I ever get a chance to go back, I can use Alton Brown as my guide! I'm not sure that I would follow his exact schedule, but everything from the apple fritter, to the burger, to the
coffee shop sound like they're just what I would need to go see! And that steak at Marcel's, makes me want to pack up and head over right now!

How to Make Perfectly Fried Ca…

Weekly Favorites 03/11/18 to 03/17/18

Another week gone by, and another list of my favorite food and restaurant articles!

Performance Plate- via Outside Magazine
I don't get out as much as I used to, but I still consider myself a pretty active, outdoorsy guy. If you're like me, a good snack bar or granola bar goes a long way when hunger strikes. Here, Outside Magazine's editors bring you the top list of snack bars! 

Shrimp and Carolina Gold Rice "Grits"- via Garden & Gun
We don't make shrimp and grits often, but when we do, watch out, there's a shrimp or grit that stands a chance! So when I saw this Chinese influence shrimp and rice dish, I had to click on it! And you better believe I'll be making this sometime soon!

Southern Soul's Brunswick Stew Recipe- via Garden & Gun
I don't know exactly what it was that drew me in to this recipe, maybe it was the smoked meat, or the spice, or the  fact that serves 15 to 18 people, but I do know, that I am going to have to try it! 

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Kind Coffee

The fall of 2004 found me driving across Texas and in to the mountains north of Denver to take a gap year from school. The allure of the hiking and camping in the mountains was strong and I had to go.
While I was there, I would be attending be attending a Bible School called Ravencrest Chalet, nestled high in the valley just outside Estes Park, CO.

One of the first orders of business when I arrived was to find a suitable coffee shop. Sure there was a Starbucks in town, but there's a Starbucks in every town. I took a tip from one of the instructors at school and headed to Kind Coffee. I was not disappointed.

Kind Coffee was perfect. They had WiFi, comfy chairs, a creek out back, and of course, coffee. My go to back then was a shot of espresso in a cup of coffee, aptly named A Shot in the Dark, it would fuel my long reading sessions out back with the creek in the background. Spots by that creek became my favorite for reading on a nice day.

The staff at Kind Coffee was always welco…

Weekly Favorites 03/04/2018 to 03/10/2018

This week's batch of my favorite food and restaurant articles from around the web!

5 keys to Homemade Pizza- via Outside Magazine

We make our fair share of pizza around here and I have to say these are our some very good tips to making better pizza at home. I especially agree with using the ingredients sparingly. One of our favorites to make lately doesn't use cheese, but has spinach pesto and roasted chicken instead!

The Myth of Authenticity is Killing Tex Mex- via

I think when most people think about Texas cuisine, the first thing that comes to mind is Texas barbecue. While that is an important part of Texas food culture, an often overlooked cuisine is Tex Mex. I've found that a lot outsiders maybe don't get it at first. "Why would I want to eat something smothered in melted cheese?" Well, first of all,
that melted cheese is called queso and it is awesome! Once you get passed the basics of the queso and the chips and salsa, there are many diverse f…

Farewell, Dorothy

Back in college when I was a creative writing student, I took a creative non-fiction workshop. I can't remember the prompt or the assignment, but  wrote one of my favorite pieces in that class. I've picked it up a few times over the years to reread and reedit. It's about saying goodbye to grandmother. It was me saying goodbye twenty years later and I wrote it I realized I was too young to understand when she passed. I am fortunate to have known her for a short time. And I am fortunate to have the biscuit cutter.

We all came from different places, but one common thread tied us together. The Olivers came from Houston, the Joneses and the Goodes came all the way from New Orleans, and we came from the suburbs of Northeast Houston for the annual Thanksgiving gathering. The only person missing was Aunt Margaret from Shreveport, who was unable to make the trip, as she wanted to stay with her family for the holiday. It was all timed so that everyone would arrive in the late aftern…

Beef Stew, Slow Cooker Style

Over the weekend we had a free day. We decided to take the kids to the beach before Spring Break hit and things get extra crazy! We had everything we needed to make a Beef Stew, so my wife got out the Crock Pot and got everything ready and had dinner ready for us when we got back!

I wanted to call this Beef Bourguignon, Slow Cooker Style, but I think Julia Child would have rolled over!

The Recipe: 

1 Pound of Stew Meat, Cut in to 1 inch Cubes1 Onion, Diced3 Garlic Cloves, Minced1 Small Bag of Baby Red Potatoes, Cut in Half1 Box of Mushrooms, Sliced1/2 Cup of Red Wine (Optional)1 Box of Beef BrothSalt and PepperOreganoBay Leaf
Once everything is prepped, put it all in the Crock Pot and let it do all the work! Let it cook 6 to 8 hours on low while you enjoy the day!
Happy eating!!

Weekly Favorites 02/25 to 03/03

It's been another exciting week for finding food and restaurant articles! Don't worry though, I've got a few new posts in the works too!

The Best Queso in Houston- via Houston Press

I honestly believe that best way to measure to caliber of a Mexican restaurant is by the quality of their queso! Luckily I live in Houston, where we have no shortage of  good Mexican restaurants to choose from! The Houston Press did the hard work for us here and diligently sampled 20 of the great city's quesos to bring us this Top 20 List. Spoiler, Torchy's Tacos came in at number one.

Shrimp on the Rocks- via Garden & Gun

One of my favorite fish preparations is a whole redfish with the scales removed, crusted in Kosher salt, with some olive oil and fresh lemon. The fish comes out of the oven and just falls apart! When i came across this Shrimp on the Rocks recipe, it struck me as similar to the fish recipe. This will be a must try for me!

Magnolia Table Opens in Waco- via

Weekly Favorites 02/18 to 02/24

It's been a slow week around here in regards to food discoveries. That's happens with a 9 to 5 though! I still found some time to bring you my favorite food and restaurant articles!

Two Austin Restaurants Land on Texas Monthly's Best New List of 2018 - via 

I've always loved Austin, especially back when it was just a college town without the crowds. So I was excited to see these two new restaurants land on Texas Monthly's Best New List of 2018!

27 Bacon Recipes That Prove It's the Best Food on Earth- via Brit + Co

It's a little known fact that I used to be a vegetarian. It was a phase and I've happily moved past it. I mean, how could I go on living without bacon?

What's So Great About Topo Chico?- via Garden & Gun

Well I have to admit, I am one of the masses that loves Topo Chico. Remember that I love Austin, TX.  There's just something about the flavor that stands out over every big box store name brand.

Weekly Favorites 02/11 to 02/17

My favorite food and restaurant articles I came across this week! I've been finding myself drawn to unconventional places to read about food this week, most notably, Outside Magazine.

The Simple Meal That's Powering Team USA  - via Outside Magazine

With the Olympics in full swing, this article stood out and seemed appropriate to include. I don't want to give too much away, but I'll say three words: Oats, eggs, and coffee.

HEB Buys a Delivery Service - via

Food delivery services are in full swing, and for good reason. Why take time to go the store if you don't have too. So much productivity comes out of these services. Texas based HEB has now acquired it's very own on-demand food
service, a startup called F

Four Go-to Camper Meals - via Outside Magazine

I used to do a lot of camping and backpacking. The challenge was to find good food to make that was edible and nutritious as well as being portable enough to take camping. These four meals will defin…

Chimichurri Steak

I've been thinking about making this one for a while, and finally got around to finding a night to try it out! The chimichurri sauce is full of big flavors that compliment steak perfectly! This chimichurri is based off of Anthony Bourdain's version, with a few modifications.

The Recipe:

1 1/2 Cups Olive Oil1/4 Red Wine Vinegar1 Cup Finely-Chopped Fresh Parsley1 Cup Finely-Chopped Fresh Cilantro1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper1/2 Teaspoon Paprika1/2 Teaspoon Oregano1/4 Teaspoon Pepper4 Cloves Garlic, MincedJuice of Half a LimeJuice of Half a LemonSalt to taste1 Top Sirloin, About 2 Pounds
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. Marinate the top sirloin in a plastic storage bag for at least 1 hour. Then, it's time for the grill. I grilled this top sirloin using the reverse sear method.

While the top sirloin was on the grill, I put the remaining marinade on the stove. Once it came to a simmer, I turned down the heat. Now, I had a sauce for my steak! I served this…

Weekly Favorites 02/04/18 to 02/10/18

It's been a slow week around here. I only found a couple articles that peaked my interest!

Mountain-top Dining  via

I've always loved the mountains and everything associated with it. I even took a year off in school and moved to Estes Park, CO. So mountain-top dining is right up my alley. There's just something about warming up inside over a meal while the snow falls outside that is just about perfect.

Bourbon Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Pralines - via Garden & Gun

This one includes just a few of my favorite things, especially cheesecake! With everything else in thi
s recipe, I just had to stop and take a look!

Weekly Favorites 01/2818 to 02/03/18

My favorite food and restaurant articles I came across this week. I little late this week, but better late than never!

13 Ways to Use Ground Lamb - via Delish

This one caught my eye especially because of a Lamb Ragu recipe I have been contemplating in my
head! Lamb is one of my favorite meats to cook with, though I seldom use it.

Martha Hall Foose's Bacon Crackers - via Garden and Gun

I've never had bacon crackers, but in all honesty, how could you go wrong with bacon?

Indulge in Deer Valley - via Deer Valley Resort

I used to be a huge skier. I still would be if I lived closer to the mountains and it wasn't so outrageously expensive these days. So when I saw this article about the best places to eat near Deer Valley, I just had to share!

Skillet Wings - via Garden and Gun

I love wings! I was introduced to them in high school and I have been hooked ever since! This skillet version sounds amazing!

Weekly Favorites 01/21/18 to 01/27/18

My favorite food and restaurant articles I came across this week!

Uber Eats Aquires Ando - via Tech Crunch

The food delivery revolution is upon us and the competition is getting fierce!

Best Restaurants in Disney World - via Popsugar

The best roasted chicken I ever had was at a French restaurant at Epcot. If you're a Disney fan and a foodie like me, this list is a must read.

Shake Shack vs Chick-Fil-A - via Business Insider

This one seems like a no-brainer. I love Shake Shack, but Chikc-Fil-A has the chicken sandwich in the bag!

Anthony Bourdain's Best Places to Eat in America- via Food and Wine

For my fellow Bourdain fans out there, here are your best places to eat while traveling across the US!

10 Eating Rules from Around the World - via Healthyway

If you plan on doing some globe trotting, here is some etiquette keep in mind when you dine.

Texas-Sized Breakfast - via Garden and Gun

Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the breakfasts! This one comes from one of my favorite mag…