• Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    The 10 Best Places for Desserts in Houston

    Sometimes you just want something sweet and when you get that sugar craving, you have to satisfy it right then and there. Baking cookies or brownies takes too long and that small piece of chocolate you have in your pantry just won't do it for you. But, there are multiple places around town serving u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream & Treats Truck Hits The Houston Streets Friday

    Remember when you were a kid and would hear the jingle of the ice cream truck coming down the street? Nowadays, we tend to get our ice cream and popsicles from either the grocery store or one of the various ice cream shops around town. Yes, these are great, but what happened to the right to your n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Is "the New Cupcake" the Cupcake?

    Macarons are the "new cupcake." Or is it pie? Or how about cake balls? No, it's going to be doughnuts. But, what about popsicles? This has been the non-stop conversation over the cupcake trend since the personal-sized treats topped with a swirl of frosting became popular in the early 2000s. Despite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    The United States of Desserts: Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

    In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections and desserts associated with American states. Sugar. Cream. Pie. What's not to like about a dessert that combines all three elements? Residents of Indiana, aka "Hoosiers," have a particular penchant for this amalgama ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Make A Classic Southern Dessert: Hummingbird Cake

    If you're from the American South, then there's a 99 percent chance you have heard of Hummingbird Cake. To me, Hummingbird Cake is like a cross between Pineapple Upside Down Cake and banana bread. When you add the sliced bananas and pineapple chunks to the batter, its texture is much thicker than an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Cupcake Campaign: California's Sweet Arleen's Takes Aim At Houston

    Fans of the Food Network show Cupcake Wars have probably heard the name Arleen Scavone or been told about her namesake bakery, Sweet Arleen's, a few times. This three-peat Cupcake Wars winner (she won twice and her baking assistant won once) began her baking business in the sunny state of California ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Macarons Are the New Cupcake, But Why?

    Think back to a few years ago, when cupcakes were introduced as glamorous desserts. You probably recall that cupcake shops such as Sprinkles, Magnolia Bakery and Georgetown Cupcake became household names. As the popularity of these personal cakes (sometimes filled) topped with colorful swirls of fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    How To: Package and Ship Christmas Cookies So They Don't Break (Get Baking!)

    There's nothing worse than receiving a box of broken and crushed Christmas cookies. I love getting cookies in the mail during the holidays, but it is such a downer when you open the box only to find legless and armless gingerbread men, or chocolate chip cookie crumbs. Often, the biggest mistakes ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Sweet New Dessert Menu at Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro

    When owner Ron Chen puts something new on the menu at Rattan Bistro, it's usually worth a trip to his restaurant to try it. Currently, Chen is tempting us with a selection of three new desserts: Thai Sticky Rice, Lemongrass Bread Pudding, and Chocolate Pot de Crème. If you've never had the Crème ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    It's National Cupcake Day: Ten Cupcake Bakeries That Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

    I don't care what anyone else says, cupcakes are awesome. I have said it before and I will say it again, why wouldn't you want a cupcake? It's a personal dessert all to yourself, and there is a perfect proportion of frosting to cake; cupcakes will always make me a very happy girl. Today is the day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Crave's Gone Healthy: Gluten-Free, Vegan & Sugar-Free Cupcakes

    If there's any dessert in the world that can bring a smile to someone's face, it is a cupcake. Unfortunately a lot of people can't eat certain sweet treats for various reasons, whether they are watching their sugar intake, are on a vegan diet or are gluten intolerant. Crave has added several cupca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Sweet and Easy Christmas Cookies: Chocolate-Chip Coconut Macaroons

    Every Christmas I always look for new cookie recipes or sweet treats to bake. A few years ago I came across a Martha Stewart recipe for coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate. I decided to scatter miniature chocolate chips throughout each little cookie instead of dipping them because I wanted to add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    How To: Ice Cream Cupcakes

    With the summer heat at its peak, we are all trying to find ways to keep cool. Ice cream is my go-to treat to fight the heat. While making a whole ice cream cake can be a tedious and, many times, unsuccessful task, decorating cupcakes with ice cream is so much easier. Here is a simple guide to asse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Nothing Bundt Cakes Opens in The Woodlands

    It's a bakery dedicated to one type of cake: the classic bundt. This week, Houston welcomes the newest location of Nothing Bundt Cakes to The Woodlands Crossing Shopping Center right next door to the new Trader Joe's. While this location of Nothing Bundt Cakes has already opened up shop, the grand o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Turn Your Favorite Layered Cake Into a Layered Cupcake

    Two of my favorite desserts are cupcakes and mile-high layered cakes. I love how layered cakes have the perfect frosting-to-cake ratio, and I love cupcakes because they are just so darn cute. I wanted to find a way to morph my two favorite sweets, so I decided to create a step-by-step guide to maki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    How to Make Beer Ice Cream

    It's tough to make a case for drinking thick, heavy porters and stouts during the sweltering summer months. So here's a better idea: Make ice cream with them. Beer ice cream is nothing new; restaurants have been serving Guinness ice cream for years. Sweet, creamy beers like porters and stouts actua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    No-Bake Summer Desserts

    ​It's hot. It's so hot I can't even make jokes or try to be witty about it because it's just not funny. And it's only going to get hotter, which kind of makes me want to cry. It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have the world's moodiest air conditioner. It works when it wants to, but once it fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Sweets for the Sweet at Perry's

    ​Perry's has introduced some new dessert items that took over a year to conceptualize, tweak, taste, tweak again and, finally, present to the public just in time for Valentine's Day - although, ironically, these desserts will NOT be available today, because Perry's is only offering a pre-fixe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Caesar Salad Cupcakes and More: The 26th Annual Caesar Salad Competition

    Caesar salad cupcakes: Where is your god now?​"We worked on these for two days straight," laughed Jody Stevens as she proudly displayed a cupcake garnished with a romaine lettuce leaf. Stevens and her partner, fellow pastry chef Rebecca Masson, were in inhospitable waters on Friday night as th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Houston's Classic Desserts: Now In Convenient Book Form

    ​I realize that it's nowhere near Christmas, despite the Second Baptist billboard on I-10 advertising their Christmas church services (which you apparently have to purchase a ticket to attend? WTF?!) that make me want to claw my own eyes out with rage every time I drive past it. It's not even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Sundae Sunday: Marble Slab Creamery

    ​In response to a past Sundae Sunday post, a reader suggested I try Marble Slab Creamery. I had never visited Marble Slab, having incorrectly written it off as a copycat of a similar franchise I visited throughout my youth. (Turns out the marble slab came before the cold stone.)

  • Dining

    September 23, 2010

    Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

    It's a twofer at Phil's Texas Barbecue.

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Cupcakes For a Cause at Sugarbaby's Cupcake Boutique

    ​Not that I ever need an excuse to eat cupcakes, but this week it's nice to know those calories will do more than just fuel a sugar high. As part of Cupcakes for a Cause, Sugarbaby's Cupcake Boutique will donate $1 from every specially decorated CancerCare cupcake sold through this Saturday. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Anita Jaisinghani of Indika

    Chocolate bread pudding.​Anita Jaisinghani of Indika (516 Westheimer) was kind enough to sit down with Eating Our Words for a nice chat and fantastic tasting at her beautiful boutique eatery. At the end of our conversation, we asked about the desserts, remembering the amazing chocolate croiss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Sundae Sundays: Amy's Ice Cream

    ​Sweet success. After a lackluster time at Ben & Jerry's and a pretty good experience at Baskin-Robbins, I finally had a spectacular Sundae Sunday at Amy's Ice Cream.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Crave Cupcakes Debuts New Flavors, New Store

    Photos by Margaret DowningThe new flavors: Dulce de Leche, Italian Cream and German Chocolate.​Crave Cupcakes had three new flavors and a new store to promote (at 5600 Kirby in West University), so they dropped off a six-pack at our office today around lunchtime. A group of employees was scie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Sundae Sundays: Baskin-Robbins

    Baskin-Robbins hot fudge sundae​After my disappointing Ben & Jerry's Sundae Sunday, I was curious if any other national chain ice cream vendor offered a better alternative. Next at bat: Baskin-Robbins. I could create my own fantabulous ice cream sundae at home pretty much ensuring a terrific ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    The Next Evolution of Dessert?

    What's Up Cupcake​Americans love dessert. After all, we all want flat tummies -- but not nearly as much as we want that bread pudding. Here in Houston we've got several exceptional pastry chefs who showcase their skills at various restaurants around town, but what about specialized dessert sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Sundae Sundays: Ben & Jerry's

    ​Ben & Jerry's has held a special place in my heart ever since I visited its factory and one particularly generous scooper let me have, like, 1,000 free samples. I generally find the flavors pleasing and inventive, with great chunk-to-ice cream ratios (no hunting around for peanut butter cups ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Gilbert Arismendez of Phil's Texas Barbecue

    Photo by Tam Vo​We continue our chat with Gilbert Arismendez, the pitmaster of Phil's Texas Barbecue, to see how Phil's is trying to set itself apart from the local competition. The pitmaster will also give some expert smoking advice and discuss his favorite woods for smoking. EOW: Phil's is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Dreyer's Limited-Edition Root Beer Float Ice Cream

    ​I usually mock products self-consciously designed to taste like a completely different food medium, e.g., Blueberry Muffin Pop-Tarts. (Are people so conflicted that they can't decide between blueberry muffin and a regular Pop-Tart?). But once again, the phrase "limited edition" led to me to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #21 Goat Buttermilk and Pecan Pie with San Leon Rum Ice Cream at Haven

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Top Five Calorific Houston Desserts

    kshilcuttBayou Goo at House of Pies.​While calorie bombs laden with lard, salt, sugar and cream are traditionally staples of national chain restaurants that pride themselves on obscene portions (see: The Cheesecake Factory), a fair number of Houston establishments offer some equally cloying co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Why You Should Buy an Ice Cream Maker

    ​Ice cream is delicious. This is simply a fact of life, like--birds sing, dogs bark, people who live in the Heights think they're superior to everyone else, and ice cream is delicious. While there are plenty of places around town to acquire delicious ice cream, if you're really hard core, con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #46 Ice Cream at Hank's

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Chocolate Meringue Pie, Grandma Style

    ​My grandmother never fit the down-home-cookin' stereotypes. She made a few things well like roast and gravy for Sunday dinners, hotcakes on Saturday mornings and spaghetti with meat sauce that was certainly not authentic, but as a kid, I thought it was the bee's knees. There was one homemade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Celebrity Cupcakes

    ​Though Celebrity Cupcakes was included in the Houston Press Cupcake Smackdown, the owners were far from happy afterward. Except for best overall appearance, Celebrity's cupcakes didn't fare too well. The owners blame it on the fact that the cupcakes were purchased a day in advance and that th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Don't Forget About Ruggles

    ​Ruggles Café Bakery (2365 Rice Boulevard) has been a staple of dessert fans for quite a while. We love to hit Ruggles in Rice Village for our traditional white chocolate bread pudding. The melted white chocolate, vanilla bean ice cream and raspberry reduction sauce make this stand out as a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    St. Patty's Day Treat: Guinness Milkshakes

    accidentalhedonist​Guinness is to Ireland what St. Arnold's is to Houston: a diehard local favorite used for drinking, basting, cooking, roasting, marinating and celebrating. But mostly drinking. It's a national treasure, a regional gem, an Irishman's delight. So start your St. Patrick's Day c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    A Texas-Sized Food Fight at the Rodeo's Best Bites Competition

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttMasraff's got into the spirit of the rodeo with Lone Star attire.​With a nearly endless bounty of fine food and wine that stretched over an area larger than a football field, guests at last night's Best Bites Competition at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo were ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Pound Cake From a Box?

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttIt looks good...but how does it taste?​True pound cake is a decadent delicacy. A pound each of butter, eggs, sugar and flour -- with an underlying hint of citrus, vanilla or even almond, depending on the recipe you use -- blended heavily together to create a cake th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Valentine's Day Dining: Good Luck

    Dessert Gallery's heart-shaped cookies​Although we have attempted to convince you otherwise (just like with New Year's Eve), some of you foolhardy souls are going to splash out on Valentine's Day dinners regardless of any advice we give you. We applaud your valor (but not your apparent determi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    A Valentine's Day Sure Thing

    Photo by shalawesome​Let's face it; you want to get lucky this Valentine's Day. Well, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but chocolate isn't going to get you there. Neither are oysters, caviar or champagne. We know all the men out there have their heads in their hands, groaning, "Great, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Mochi Ice Cream Balls

    ​I tried some chocolate mochi ice cream at Mikawaya ice cream shop in L.A.'s Japantown. The frozen dessert balls are wrapped in glutinous sweet rice -- they taste like ice cream wrapped in chewing gum until the wrapper starts to melt in your mouth. It's a curious taste sensation, but the real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Garlic Zeppole and Foie Gras Ice Cream: Challenging the Idea of Traditional Desserts

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​We entered through the back door into the labyrinthine kitchen of Textile. It was our third time at Scott Tycer's restaurant (although the first in its kitchen) and we were glad to be back: The desserts were the best part of our first two visits, and we were eager ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Little Debbie Is Here

    ​We are suckers for free cupcakes. We will even brave Houston streets in the middle of a snow storm for them. Yes, we are putting our lives at risk, but it's all in the name of chocolate. Seven weeks ago, Little Debbie launched a 10-week "Share-a-thon" campaign to promote its new chocolate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Spotlight on Desserts

    ​With winter comes that extra sumpthin'-sumpthin' that keeps us warm at night. It's called the dessert layer. That's right: As the temperature drops, so does our metabolism. (Thud.) And while we fall in and out of love with desserts on a regular basis, the current State of Sweet around town is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Thanksgiving Pies from Goode Co.

    Photos by Bobette Riner​So you made a tradeoff with the Devil this year: In exchange for your invitation to join a Thanksgiving feast, you agreed to bring a dessert. Everyone knows what dessert means this time of year: You're not showing up with tiramisu or German chocolate cake or apple fritt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Thanksgiving Recipe: Cranberry Yogurt Ice Cream

    This isn't cranberry yogurt ice cream. But this is how we imagine it should be served.​Whenever I buy fresh cranberries to make cranberry sauce, I end up with too many of them. They aren't cheap, and they usually go to waste in my refrigerator. If you have ever popped a fresh cranberry in yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Top 5 Sweets of Sugar Land

    Wrong, but right: Oreo Pizookie​Imperial Sugar may not actually produce sugar in Sugar Land anymore, but even as dust collects on the factory smokestacks and the museum leads tours through the old warehouse, there are still a number of bakeries, breweries and cafes making Sugar Land's namesake ... More >>

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