New York Times: The NYT sat down with Lisa Fain, blogger of Homesick Texan, and who is originally from the great city of Houston, but currently lives in New York. Fain recently released her new cookbook, "The Homesick Texan's Family Table," and during her book tour, she made several food stops throughout Texas. She told the New York Times that she always makes a pit-stop at Molina's and Ninfa's on Navigation in Houston, and has come to love new spots like Blacksmith and Pondicheri, where she likes to eat breakfast.
The Pancake Princess: It's too hot outside to turn on the oven and warm up your kitchen. But, like a majority of sweets and treats, the oven is necessary. Or is it? Erika wanted to make a chocolate cake last week, but instead of baking it in the oven, she steamed it, like a chiffon-style Asian cake. She combined mashed banana, almond milk and vanilla extract, then stirred in oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt to create the cake. Next, she poured half the batter into ramekins, then sprinkled chocolate chips and covered them with the remaining cake batter. After steaming the cakes for 15 to 20 minutes, the result was a gooey, comforting dessert.
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Gastronaut: This past week Katharine Shilcutt checked out Grub Burger Bar in CityCentre. The College Station-based burger spot opened in Houston one year ago and is still drawing crowds. Shilcutt ordered the Lockhart Legend complete with a brisket and ground chuck patty, Dr Pepper barbecue sauce, Cheddar cheese, bacon, dill pickles and two onion rings, which were crispy and much preferred to the French fries. She did wish she had ordered a bourbon and caramel milkshake instead of beer.
Eat-More-Burgers: Russell Weil visited the Medicinal Purposes Bar & Grill in Galveston and ordered the Half Pounder, a half-pound ground chuck burger patty on a toasted egg bun topped with lettuce, onion, mayo and Cheddar cheese melted over crispy bacon slices. Sweet potatoes on the side were an excellent addition, and to Weil, it was "just what the doctor ordered."
Houston Food Truck Reviews: In more burger news, David Sarkozi stopped by Mr. Sizzles Curbside food truck to fill up on the $11 Mario Burger featuring a bacon and Cheddar cheese-stuffed patty topped with queso, guacamole, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, onion and buttermilk Ranch dressing on a brioche bun. The spiciness from the jalapenos was balanced with the cool Ranch dressing and guacamole. He added the $8 double bacon cheesy fries with caramelized onions ($2 extra); the fries were smothered in Monterrey Jack and Cheddar cheese, and were great for sharing.
Eater Houston: Kevin Naderi opened Lillo & Ella a few months ago, and in this interview, Eater Houston asks Naderi a few questions about his latest venture. Naderi explains how he wanted to open an Asian restaurant in Shady Acres because the area is surrounded by Tex-Mex spots and fast-casual joints. One of the biggest differences between Lillo & Ella and Roost (Naderi's other restaurant) is the presence of a bar program.