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Jay Francis

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    September 20, 2013

    NACE Golden Noodle Crowns Mac 'n' Cheese Champs

    Last night, the Houston chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events held its third annual NACE Golden Noodle Competition, which crowns the "Big Cheese" of hotels or catering companies. The new conference center at the Houston Food Bank was packed with chefs and diners as 15 groups ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Big House on the Hill

    Casa Grande, the Tex-Mex restaurant on a cliff above I-45 is a truly offbeat spot to eat nachos and dance salsa.

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    October 14, 2009
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    October 1, 2009

    Breakfast in BissBeechistan

    Photos by Robb Walsh​My friend Jay Francis refers to the neighborhood west of Beltway 8 between Bissonnet and Beechnut as BissBeechistan because of the excellent Pakistani restaurants found in the area. La Sani is the most famous of the bunch. But Francis is extremely fond of King's Chicken on ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Loaves and Fishes

    The best taquerías, like Taquería Jesus Maria, serve great Tex-Mex along with the regional Mexican fare.

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    May 22, 2009

    Mongolian Hot Pot

    Photos by Jay FrancisIt's so refreshing to find a place that isn't afraid to keep the heat in their Mongolian hot pot, spicy version. Here are two excellent places where you can test your tolerance. I had Mongolian hot pot with a group of Houston Chowhounds at the wonderful Sichuan Cuisine (9114 B ... More >>

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    May 22, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Photo by Jay FrancisJapanese peppers: God's own napalmWelcome back to our weekly food blog round-up. This has been an unusually delicious week for all of you, because, like the universe, it begins and ends with me. Yes, Monday kicked off with my in-depth investigation into the roll-slowing prowess o ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Treacle sponge and custard at the suspiciously low-priced Feast Well, I never. Last week, a couple of truants snuck in a pair of articles after This Week In Deliciousness went to press, so even though they were tardy, go read about Spec's cheese-less Wine & Cheese festival, and make sure you send t ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Las Delicias Mexicanas

    Photos by Jay Francis Las Delicias, a new wholesale/retail store on Airline Boulevard just up from Teotihuacan, is selling traditional Mexican candies. There's the variety made by cooking fresh fruits and vegetables (pumpkin, for example) in sugar syrup, and also ate, a fresh-fruit puree in bar for ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Greek 101

    Robb Walsh wrote about Ekko's this week in the Press. A couple of days ago, someone asked me whether "gyros" was singular or plural and I thought I'd share this with you so that you can dazzle the Greek guy behind the counter the next time you're out and about. Like many words that come from forei ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Five Reasons You Must Visit The Path of Tea

    I love exploring this city and discovering new food-related things to talk about. Why, oh why then hadn't I discovered The Path of Tea, this treasure of a place, when it first opened three years ago? I'm going to dispense with the usual verbage and just list a few of the reasons why you should ru ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Your Northern Chinese Breakfast

    When you're in the mood to break away from the breakfast as usual, make your way over to the Classic Kitchen (9888 Bellaire #108) for something different. The crispy cruller shows up on the menu as deep fried long bread. I noticed that most of the diners ordered this with a bowl of sweet soy milk ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Your Holiday Season Tamale Making: Recipe for Masa

    When I was helping test recipes for The Tex-Mex Cookbook we tried to come up with a manageable recipe for two dozen tamales at a time. With Christmas just around the corner, here is a recipe for the masa you'll need. For this recipe you will need 1 ½ tsp of salt, 4 cups Maseca, 1 tsp of baking po ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Fried Tamales for the Holidays

    I guess if one waits long enough, everything ends up in the deep fryer. Fried ice cream, fried Twinkies, fried Oreos, you name it. I was in Mexico recently and came across a street vendor offering tamales dorados. Deep-fried tamales. I noticed that she had to use a protective cover when she put t ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    Wine Time at Nundini Imported Food Store

    One of my favorite fun things to do on a Friday night is pop over to Nundini on Shepherd for one of the food store's wine nights. There are (mostly Italian) wines in all price ranges and you'll meet some fun people. I always pick up prosciutto and bleu cheese, as Nundini has some of the best prices ... More >>

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    December 1, 2008

    Where Is It? (Inflated Bandito)

    Anyone out there know where this photo was taken? Leave your best guess in the comments. -- Jay Francis

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    October 30, 2008

    Hanging Out at Houston Firefest

    Where there's smoke, there's firemen barbecuing up a mess of briskets, sausage and chicken. The Houston Firefest event was this past Saturday, October 25. Thanks to a friend of mine, I got to go hang out the night before as the different crews fired up their smokers to prepare for the Saturday com ... More >>

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    October 18, 2008

    Your Curry Home Companions

    Here are some ideas if you're thinking about taking a break from America's favorite condiment, ketchup. First up is....ketchup. But with a difference. I came across All Gold at Leibman's. It's from South Africa, uses cane sugar as the sweetener instead of high fructose corn syrup, doesn’t have a ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008
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    August 27, 2008

    Drowned Sandwich at Paparruchos on Sage

    I only learned about the torta ahogada recently. It came up in a conversation about a special type of Guadalajaran bread called birote or bolillo salado that has a higher salt content and a thick crunchy crust. The sandwich gets its name because it’s dipped in a spicy sauce made with chile de ar ... More >>

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    August 20, 2008

    Happy Gringo at Perico’s Mexican Restaurant

    Sunday was a good day for food exploring. Gasoline was down to $3.45 a gallon and I decided to venture down 290 between 610 and Beltway 8. I passed the Crazy Cajun restaurant but didn’t stop (maybe some other time) and that got me to thinking about how comfortable these descendants of Acadia are ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008

    Black Pepper Laden Onion Rings at Somerville's Country Inn

    Speaking of onion rings, some of the best I have come across are served up by the Country Inn in Somerville. The place isn't afraid to spice 'em up with black pepper the way I like 'em. -- Jay Francis

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    July 29, 2008

    Midway Meat Market, Katy

    Midway Meat Market and Barbecue (281-391-3101) is located at 5901 Hwy. 90 in Katy. The first time that I visited the Midway Meat Market and caught a glimpse of the business office there, my jaw dropped. There's a cape buffalo head, walrus tusks and a set of fossilized mammoth tusks that a gold m ... More >>

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    July 28, 2008

    Staying Sharp at the Bayou City Farmers' Market

    Bob Nagode reckons that there have been weeks where he has sharpened upwards of 1,000 knives on the hotel and restaurant circuit. You can find him on Saturdays at the Bayou City Farmers' Market. His services are a bargain at $0.85 an inch, and he sells knives, too. Knives really only need to be s ... More >>

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    July 15, 2008

    Where Is It? (Patriotic Pigs)

    Here piggy piggy. Here piggy piggy. -- Jay Francis

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    July 9, 2008

    Where Is It? (The Loneliest Barbecue Pit in the World)

    Yesterday's guessing game turned out to be easier than we imagined. This one should be a bit more difficult. -- Jay Francis

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    July 8, 2008

    Where Is It?

    As a way to round out our week of Tex-Mex, we offer up this photo for your guessing pleasure. -- Jay Francis

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    July 2, 2008

    The Healthiest Soup in the World

    My homemade version... Ash-e Reshteh gets my vote for being the healthiest soup in the world. Chickpeas, navy beans, red kidney beans, green lentils, beets, spinach, parsley and dill make up the vegetables and greens in this soup, to which are added the Persian noodles called reshteh and a thick a ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008

    A Family Affair: Fresh Tortillas at El Bolillo

    Next time you're in a grocery store, check out the list of ingredients on the corn tortilla package. There will be corn masa, of course, but also preservatives such as calcium propionate, methyl paraben, propionic acid and potassium sorbate. Which is why they have such a long shelf life and why the ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008

    Sausage Fest: Vincek's Smokehouse

    The East Bernard Kolache-Klobase Festival is only once a year, but Vincek’s Smokehouse (Texas 60 at U.S. 90A, 979-335-7921) offers up kolaches, homemade bread, fresh meats and smoked jerky and sausages all the time, except for Mondays, when the joint is closed. I picked up a pound of thick-slice ... More >>

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    June 24, 2008

    Notes from the 2008 Southwest Foodservice Expo: Viva Mexico!

    Lamb barbacoa. Vacuum packed. No refrigeration needed. By far the most interesting food presentations were at the Mexico Pavilion with samples of coffee flavored with cinnamon, grasshoppers sauteed in butter and garlic, powdered avocado, mole from the state of Veracruz and heat-and-serve lamb barba ... More >>

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    June 24, 2008

    Notes from the 2008 Southwest Foodservice Expo: Dripping Springs Vodka

    Texas is getting a bit of respect for its micro-distilleries in the Hill Country. Dripping Springs Vodka just won Best in Class and the Purity Vodka Trophy at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.

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    June 23, 2008

    Fantastic Naan at Kaiser Lashkari's Himalaya Restaurant

    I just came across a slideshow called "Foods You Shouldn't Eat" and – bam! – the first one listed was naan, which can clock in at 500 calories, so we're talking two to three hours on the elliptical. What to do? What to do? Well, I guess one could limit oneself to naan as a meal in itself. Bu ... More >>

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    June 16, 2008

    Rolling Pin Mojitos, Revisited

    All right. Okay. So not everyone has a 20-inch French rolling pin just lying around the kitchen. Or a baseball bat. (Thanks, Robb!) Well, here's a combination lime masher/bottle opener from Reyes Produce (2426 Airline).

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    June 15, 2008

    Kolaches! The Field Trip

    Sausage, barbecued chicken, buttered potatoes, sauerkraut, sweet tea, polka music and kolaches! The East Bernard Kolache-Klobase Festival was already kicked into high gear when we got there at noon. The Shiner Hobo Band was playing at the outdoor venue. Inside everyone was gearing up for The Vraz ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008

    Rolling Pin Mojitos

    My Dutch friend, Adrie, got me hooked on mojitos. When we go out, he has one as an aperitif and then switches to red wine for the meal. The way to make a mojito great, instead of just squeezing lime juice, is to mash the complete cut lime and release the skin's citrus oils. I’ve found the eas ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008

    Where’s the Great Espresso?

    In this week’s review of French Riviera Bakery, I praised a cup of Segafredo espresso I was served there. But two of my espresso-loving friends, Jay Francis and Paul Galvani, were not as impressed as I was. "The flavor was good and strong, but the crema was a little weak,” Galvani said. He als ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008

    Kolaches! (Way Outside The Loop)

    Some homemade kolaches to get you in the mood... Fancy a day trip? Head out to East Bernard next Saturday (June 14) for the all-day Kolache-Klobase Festival. You can get your mitts and mouth on plenty of sausage, barbecue chicken and real kolaches (unlike those silly doughnut things you see at man ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    New Location for El Bolillo Panaderia

    Lovers of Mexican breads rejoice. El Bolillo Panaderia is in its brand spanking new and bigger location across from the Farmer's Market at 2428 Airline. It's one-stop shopping for Mexican breads and pastries in a truly festive atmosphere with lots of neat artwork and graphics all over the place. B ... More >>

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    February 15, 2008

    Jay Francis, Food Explorer: Afghani Nan at Kings Chicken

    When you order the 75-cent Afghani-style nan bread at Kings Chicken on Beechnut near Wilcrest, they bake it for you fresh, Jay Francis enthused. We ordered some and then hung around the front counter and watched the cooks in the kitchen throwing the big piece of dough in the air like a good pizza ... More >>

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    January 24, 2008

    Keep Houston Weird: Dry Creek Café

    It's a great place to hang out

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    November 12, 2007

    Jay Francis, Food Explorer: Ethiopian Chili Tacos at Nazareth Cafe on Chimney Rock

    Jay Francis prepares to wolf an Ethiopian chili taco. Misir wot is an extremely spicy dish that food explorer Jay Francis calls “Ethiopian chili.” It’s a vegetarian stew of split lentils simmered in red chile sauce with ginger and garlic. I watched Francis spread a huge serving of the stuff o ... More >>

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    October 23, 2007
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    November 24, 2006

    Turkey: The Day After

    Your turkey could look like this, thanks to Kapoor. We're certainly not trying to get all Good Housekeeping on you. Hell, we all love the venerable day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich. But if you're looking for something more than white meat on mayo, try a few of these recipes that some local ... More >>

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    June 22, 2006

    Comida sin Fronteras

    In 21st-century Houston, it's getting hard to tell the difference between Mexican and Tex-Mex

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    April 29, 2004

    Blaze of Glory

    Jarro Cafe's salsas are set-your-face-on-fire picante

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    January 16, 2003

    Globalization's McBacklash

    Guatemala’s Pollo Campero has American fast-food franchises running scared

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    April 18, 2002

    Short Courtship

    A whirlwind romance with The Little Havana

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    May 10, 2001

    The Aroma of Authenticity

    El Hidalguense makes its Long Point neighbor seem downright American

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    August 3, 2000

    Ethnic Explorer

    Does the thought of combing through the Chinese restaurants on Bellaire intimidate you? Let Jay Francis help.

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