Molly Dunn

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    August 19, 2014

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: Backstreet Cafe

    What they're up to for Houston Restaurant Weeks: This year, Backstreet Cafe offers one lunch menu for $20 and five prix fixe dinner menus paired with white and red wine, cocktails or beer for $35 each. For lunch, guests have the option of four first course dishes, followed by dessert; dinner include ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    Summer Dessert Recipe: Mandarin Orange & Pineapple Cake

    When someone thinks of a "summer dessert," most likely cake does not come to their mind. Usually, sweet treats in the scorching hot summer months include ice cream, Popsicles, sno cones and the occasional milkshake. Cakes are covered in frosting, be it chocolate, strawberry, vanilla or cream cheese, ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    First Look: The El Cantina Superior Is Not So Super

    Screaming children, smoky fajitas and weak margaritas basically sums up The El Cantina Superior. This new Tex-Mex spot opened just a few weeks ago in the Heights at the corner of White Oak and Studewood. Based on the hype, it seemed to be the new place to be. Unfortunately, it has got some serious w ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Glazed the Doughnut Cafe Opens in the Med Center: Hot Stuff 24-7

    Get ready for Glazed -- a 24-hour doughnut shop that will present a more than welcome alternative in food and drink, located right in the heart of Houston's Medical Center. Scheduled to hold its soft opening on Saturday, July 26, at 6 a.m., Glazed will stay open around the clock, right from the sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Snap Kitchen Opens Downtown Location & Offers Light, Tasty Meals

    Snap Kitchen opened its newest location downtown Monday at 1200 McKinney in The Shops at Houston Center and the surprise was with all that emphasis on health, its food tastes really good. The Houston Press received a sampling of the various menu items available and just about every meal resonated ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Petite Sweets Introduces Frozen Custard Waffle Cone Sundaes

    Petite Sweets is known for its creamy, sweet custards. And this summer, rather than filling up a tall cup with the signature treat, the West Alabama bakery has crafted a variety of frozen custard waffle cone sundaes using the three standard flavors: Chocolate, vanilla and swirled. Custard is simila ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Eat Your Dessert First at Kraftsmen Cafe

    Sometimes it's not a wise decision to eat at such a hopping place like Kraftsmen Cafe on a Sunday afternoon. But sometimes you forget that places like these fill up quickly with large parties, BYOB brunch groups and hungry patrons coming from church. The longer you stand in line, the hungrier you ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Summer Date Night in Old Town Spring: Pizza and Wine

    Old Town Spring is known for its antique stores, funky yard decorations and charm. But there is a lot more to this quaint neighborhood off of I-45 than just adorable vintage furniture and decorations. Old Town Spring is an excellent spot for a date night involving shopping, pizza and wine. After wa ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    Sundown at The Grove Returns With Craft Beer Flights & Delightful Bites

    How does drinking a flight of beer with specially paired food while watching the sun set at Discovery Green sound? Pretty nice, right? Well, every Wednesday night until September 17, you can spend your evening sipping on beer from a featured brewery while munching on bites of food crafted by the che ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Get the Buttermilk Biscuits at Bosta Coffee & Wine

    Bosta Coffee & Wine opened its doors a couple of weeks ago in the quiet Museum District. By day, it's a coffee shop, but by night it serves up wine, beer and sophisticated bar snacks. The coffee beans are provided by Greenway Coffee & Tea (so you know what's being served is top notch); the food offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Behemoth Burgers & Boozy Shakes at Bowlero Bowling Alley

    I grew up in The Woodlands, so many birthday parties, Saturday father-daughter dates, and outings with friends were spent at AMF Woodlands Lanes on I-45 across from The Woodlands Mall. A lot of memories were made in this bowling alley, but all of the good ones never involved food. In fact, the only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    First Look at Red Dessert Dive & Coffee Shop

    Adding to the Houston bakery boom is Red Dessert Dive & Coffee Shop, located at the corner of Studemont and East 11th Street in the Heights. Owner Jessica Lusk decided to expand her at-home cupcake business, Stella Bakes, (Stella was Lusk's grandmother's name), and create Red Dessert Dive (her red-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Make S'mores With the Marshmallows From Petite Sweets

    Petite Sweets is known for bite-size cupcakes, creamy custards, beautiful macarons and other delightful treats. But, you probably didn't know this West Alabama dessert shop sells a variety of marshmallows. Arrayed in glass jars on the counter, there was a green one decorated in crushed pistachios, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Blacksmith's New Summer Menu Features More Than Just Coffee

    It's no secret that Blacksmith Coffee offers excellent food options to go along with its beverages. While the Vietnamese steak and eggs, or a biscuit with crème fraiche and apricot marmalade are awesome staple menu items, this summer, Blacksmith offers an additional lineup of bites and treats creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Taste-Testing Summer Beer Cocktails at Yard House

    Yard House is known for having more than 125 beers on tap, but this summer you should consider ordering one of the new beer cocktails. Each location features six new alcoholic drinks made from a beer on tap plus a slew of liqueurs and bitters. The new beer cocktails include the Dreamsicle, an alcoh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Coffee & Mini Desserts at Happy Fatz

    Just around the corner from Revival Market on White Oak, you will find an adorable house serving hot dogs, sweets and coffee concoctions. Yes, I am talking about Happy Fatz. Heights residents and many Houstonians are familiar with this cafe's interesting hot dog creations -- it received the No. 10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    10 Best Things to Christen Your Grill With on Memorial Day (or Whenever)

    Memorial Day is just around the corner, and you know what that means -- it's grilling time. You might have used your grill here and there throughout the spring season, but as the summer months approach, get ready for back-to-back weekends (and even weeknights) of grilling your food. Of course, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Cookbook Review: Open Up Your Pantry With The Chopped Cookbook

    You don't necessarily need crazy ingredients to make a delicious meal. Although the hit Food Network reality competition, "Chopped," uses a multitude of out-of-the-box foods like goat brains, hibiscus flowers in syrup and preserved duck eggs, The Chopped Cookbook helps you put a restaurant-quality m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    First Look at Luna Pizzeria

    If you drive past the Barnaby's Cafe on West Gray, you've probably noticed a sign telling you to eat at Luna Pizzeria on Kirby. After reading this sign practically every day, I have developed an undying craving for pizza. So, this past weekend I finally visited Luna, a new concept from the owners of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    10 Best Things to Buy at Mercantile in Houston

    Take one step inside Mercantile in Rice Village, or in the new location in Montrose, and you realize it's more than just a coffee shop. Mercantile, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is an adjective describing something that is "of or relating to the business of buying and selling products to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Argentinian Treats at Manena's Pastry Shop & Deli

    Sometimes the best food can be found in a tiny, unassuming establishment. Granted, sometimes those locations are abandoned because the food is absolutely dreadful, but this is not the case at Manena's Pastry Shop and Deli on Westheimer outside Beltway 8. After hearing that the cookies at Manena's w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Top 5 Cheese Plates in Houston

    When a menu offers a cheese plate, there's a 99 percent chance I am going to order it. Especially if it comes with a variety of breads, crackers, fruits, meats, and preserves or jams. Each of these enhance the cheese -- and you can make a meal out of an appetizer. Whether you want to munch on some ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Top 5 Cappuccinos in Houston

    When I go to a coffee shop, nine times out of ten I order a cappuccino. To me, it reflects the true talent of a barista -- getting the foam-to-espresso ratio just right; making sure the java is strong enough to ensure a caffeine boost; and guaranteeing every sip is warm, smooth and comforting. It's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Five Easy Prep-Ahead Valentine's Day Dinners & Desserts

    If you haven't made reservations for Valentine's Day (which is this Friday, FYI), then have no fear, because you can easily prepare a romantic dinner for you and your Valentine at home. But, we know that not everyone has the time to cook a fancy, four-course dinner the second they come home from wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Here's A Secret: Gluten-Free Doesn't Mean Calorie-Free

    I'll never forget watching the Heisman Trophy announcement the year Robert Griffin III (RGIII) won. While my Baylor friends and I watched our quarterback on TV, hoping he would be awarded with the trophy, we were enjoying a spread of snacks, including two types of cookies. One was the peanut butter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    First Look at The Nook Cafe, UH's New Coffee Shop

    Every college campus needs its own special coffee shop -- something other than Starbucks, at least. For me, it was Common Grounds at Baylor University. Just on the outskirts of the campus you could find a crowd of students sipping on the signature Cowboy Coffee made with the Daily Joe, half-and-half ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    First Look At Espresso Rescue: The Coffee Truck

    With the influx of food trucks to the Houston mobile dining scene, we seem to be missing one type of truck. The city is blessed with numerous trucks that will satisfy the late-night munchies, the sugar cravings in the afternoon and everything else in between, but we don't have enough trucks to jump- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Want a Pint While Shopping for Groceries on Kirby? Welcome to Kirbside Bar

    A new bar has opened in the Kirby neighborhood, and it's inside a grocery store. On Friday, January 3, Whole Foods on Kirby celebrated the grand opening of the Kirbside Bar, and now you have a place to sit down and grab a drink while out shopping for groceries. Kirbside Bar is similar to the one in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Eat The Grasshoppers at Hugo's: Soft Chapulines Tacos

    I believe the last time I willingly ate bugs was when I was five and didn't know any better. So, how did I find myself in my twenties ordering grasshoppers to share as an appetizer with my fiancé while dining at Hugo's? In certain countries, bugs and insects are delicacies, such as fried centipede ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Five Easy Christmas Desserts

    Planning a Christmas Eve and/or Day dinner can be stressful. But it doesn't have to be. Or at least the dessert part doesn't have to be. After you have prepared and cooked a delicious meal for your family, the last thing you want to do is stress over the dessert. Here are five easy last-minute Chri ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    It's Time To Make Your Very Own Panettone

    Each country has its own traditional dishes and desserts for Christmas and the holidays. The French make Thirteen Desserts of Provence, Germans make Christstollen, Brits make Christmas pudding and Italians make panettone. This sweet bread originated in Milan (or so the story is told) and has become ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Family Coming Into Town For the Holidays? Here Are 10 Super-Sized Breakfast Recipes

    Seriously, y'all. Christmas will be here before you know it, and family members will be knocking on your door as you welcome them over for the holidays. Soon your home will be filled with aunts, uncles, children, grandparents and everyone else in between. Yes, having a bunch of family members in on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Adair Kitchen's Fall Menu Is A Taste of Home During the Holidays

    If you're missing your mother's cooking during the fall/winter season, then head to Adair Kitchen during the next several weeks and order the fall seasonal menu. Adair Kitchen's regular menu is filled with items inspired by the mother of the owners, Nick Adair and Katie Adair Barnhart, and the seas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    How To: Make Cookie Butter at Home

    Looking for the perfect foodie gift for friends and family this year? Spread holiday cheer with cookie butter. (No, I'm not talking about buying the Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joe's -- don't bank on the store having a full stock; there could be a shortage, or employees could limit the amoun ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    10 Ways to Make Your House Smell Great With Food

    The holidays are here and floods of family and friends will be showing up at your door -- announced or unannounced. While you could purchase a variety of air fresheners and sprays to make the house smell wonderful, nothing beats the odors that come from the kitchen. Before your guests arrive, use on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Inversion Coffee House: Your One-Stop Shop for Inventive Caffeinated Holiday Drinks

    Recently, I wrote about the pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks and McDonald's, and a few of you wanted to know about seasonal beverages available at local coffee shops. While some places are serving their versions of pumpkin spice lattes, such as Dirk's Coffee and Bite Macarons, others have seasonal ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    A First Look at Allô French Rotisserie: Casual and Comforting French Food in Vintage Park

    Wherever you go in Paris, you will find a multitude of cafes and bistros showcasing whole rotisserie chickens in their windows. Thankfully, you don't have to spend much time scouring the streets in search of a hot, juicy chicken -- your nose will lead you in the right direction. In Houston, you ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Hubbell & Hudson Wants to Cater Your Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

    It's not too early to start planning your Thanksgiving dinner, and if you are not going to cook everything yourself this year, restaurants and grocery stores around Houston and the surrounding neighborhoods can help you serve a traditional, comforting meal -- you don't have to cook in your home to h ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    How To: Make Your Own Almond Milk, And You'll Never Buy it in a Store Again

    Making almond milk at home is a lot easier than it sounds. I always use almond milk instead of regular milk for my cereal and in my coffee, because I think it adds more flavor and tastes better than ordinary milk. However, buying a gallon of almond milk from the store is quite pricey. I decided to ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Here Are Five Pumpkin Recipes Pinterest Told Me To Make (Not All of Them Are Good)

    During the holidays, Pinterest is my go-to recipe index. You can always find a plethora of dishes to cook for any meal or party, or to give as gifts to friends, family and neighbors. One simple search on the Food & Drink section of Pinterest will turn up an overwhelming number of pumpkin recipes, a ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    A First Look at Fielding's Wood Grill in The Woodlands

    The area where The Woodlands and Shenandoah meet on Research Forest Dr. has transformed from small strip centers and rows and rows of trees to a completely new area for residents and those passing through on I-45 to stop and grab a bite to eat. While many of the restaurants in this area are chains, ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    How To: Make a Pumpkin Cake That Looks Like the Real Thing

    No, this is not a cake that tastes like pumpkin. It's a cake that looks like a pumpkin. Anyone who knows me knows I love to make cakes and sweets, so when I saw that it was possible to make a pumpkin-shaped cake with a Bundt pan, I immediately decided to give it a whirl. For those of you who don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Baker Spotlight: Chef Francis Reznick, Rustika Cafe & Bakery

    It's a family affair at Rustika Cafe & Bakery. Francis Reznick, along with her husband, Leonardo, has been running and operating Rustika for 20 years. While he manages the cafe side of the business, Chef Francis is the mastermind behind the beautifully designed cakes, cookies and pastries created i ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    10 Back-To-School Lunchbox Recipes

    Last week we gave you ten back-to-school snack ideas to serve your hungry kids when they get home from school. This week, we are helping you pack a healthy and filling school lunch with ten recipe ideas. School lunches typically are boring, mundane and not as nutritious as they can be. However, you ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013
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    August 9, 2013

    Top 5 Ways To Improve Cauliflower: Say Goodbye To Bland Flavor

    It can be hard to always eat your vegetables, especially ones that are pretty bland on their own. When I was seven years old, cauliflower was one of those vegetables I just never liked. It's not sweet like carrots (my favorite veggies), it's a little mushy and let's face it, it really doesn't have t ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    Five Easy Homemade Wedding Favors & Rehearsal Dinner Treats

    One of the best ways to save money when planning a wedding is to do things yourself. Wedding magazines, Pinterest boards and crafting/cooking websites all offer various DIY projects to help you stay within your budget and have the things you really want for your wedding. Here are five easy homemad ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    What's Cooking on Pinterest? Baked Pumpkin French Toast

    What's better than a seasonal breakfast? A seasonal breakfast that's super-easy to make. Pinterest always has a wonderful selection of recipes you can prepare ahead of time to ease the stress of getting things cooked on time. I came across this recipe last week and just loved the ingredients the bl ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Substitute Avocado for Butter: Chocolate Chip Cookies

    People have tried to re-create sweets with a multitude of ingredients to make them healthier. Prunes, applesauce, egg beaters, whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, etc., have all been used in baked items to replace the ingredients high in sugar and fat. But would it have ever crossed your mind that an avoca ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Peter Frampton and Boone's Farm: What Was Your First Drink?

    Last week, our intern Molly Dunn wrote about her experience ordering her first adult beverage upon turning 21. In honor of National Dry Martini Day (yes, that's a thing; they're all things now), Dunn bravely ordered a serious drinker's drink. And, as you'd expect, promptly spit the foul thing out. ... More >>

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