Out in California where I grew up, no one's ever heard of a kolache. However gastronomically inclined and aware, I didn't know what a kolache was until I moved to Texas three years ago. Since that time, the savory, flaky, crumbly, often gooey, and always deliciously homey sensorial experience ... More >>
Last year, former EOW blogger Ruthie Johnson wrote a piece highlighting the Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli Express. Fast-forward to a year later. This family-run establishment, once located in an Exxon station on the side of Highway 290 in tiny Chappell Hill, is all grown up.
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Kevin Shalin went to Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli and made us hungry for kolaches, one of the many items on offer at this spot off 290 in Chappell Hill. If you make the trip, just be careful around the meat case, as commenter Ali discovered:
I was there this weekend. I have a fridge full of ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttStella Sola's version of "toad in a hole"My poached egg split open at the touch of a fork, drenching the brioche beneath it with a thick, bright splash of yolk. It instantly brightened my dark Sunday morning.
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Chef Ryan Pera tends the garden at the Grove.If food is fashionable, local food is the flashiest piece on the Paris runways. These past few years have seen the locavore movement skyrocket like mad in Houston. The city now boasts dozens of farmers' markets, and people are beginning to explore ... More >>
Yesterday, we sat down with Chef Jalal Esmailkhanloo of Epicure Café, a quaint European café on West Gray.
Eating Our Words: What would you recommend on the menu?
Chef Esmailkhanloo: My favorite is the lamb shank with saffron basmati rice. It happens to also be our best seller.
Epicure Café has been in the same quaint spot on West Gray for 21 years. It's a little piece of Europe nestled between stylish boutiques and the River Oaks Theater, with a decadent pastry case and a unique wine list. You'll want to slow down and hang out here for awhile. That's exactly what ... More >>
Best known for its twice-a-year Antiques Fairs -- the largest of which takes place this weekend -- Round Top is a tiny pinhead on the Texas map, a laid-back country town with a picturesque square and sweet-as-pie people. There's even a sign posted (at Royer's Round Top Café) that says "If you're ... More >>
BLT with avocado from Must Be Heaven.This week and weekend is the annual Round Top Antiques Fair, a gigantormous event that draws tens of thousands of people from all over the country, all looking to score the very coolest in antique furniture, knick-knacks and jewelry.
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Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
Chorizo and egg taco from Brother's Taco HouseThere are those of us who are naturally early risers. And to those people go such wonderful things as brilliant sunrises, early morning calm, blessedly empty streets and the smell of freshly brewed coffee. And ... More >>
Photo by Brittanie SheyIf you decide to head up to Lavenderfest, you might be wondering what else you can do to make your drive worthwhile.
It turns out that Chappell Hill, home of Lavenderfest, is one of the most interesting almost-ghost towns in the Houston area. Once, it was one of the la ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyRows of lavenderLong after the bluebonnets have shed their petals, another lilac flower blooms in the Hill Country of Texas. Lavenderfest, August 8 in Chappell Hill, is devoted to the 2,500-year-old herb that is used in everything from cooking to aromatherapy to fragra ... More >>
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Canapes with house-made chevre and garden herbsAs the fourth course of the meal was set in front of me, I marveled at its elegant construction but was more struck by a far subtler thing: Every ingredient in the dish had been plucked fresh from the organic garden o ... More >>