Regina and I have been quite busy with our lives; Regina having her kids out during Spring Break and I am dealing with school assignments. So when we meet up we stay out for hours and try lots of different places. This past Friday was no exception. We decided to start our day of food and fun by heading towards Midtown to try out Sparrow Bar + Cookshop for some tasty treats. Tucked in between The Breakfast Klub and Natachee’s Supper ’n Punch, Sparrow offers an intimate setting for a business lunch, brunch, or a dinner date. We were lucky enough to partake of their brunch menu, on a Friday. I know right? I was happy too, especially since I like to sleep in on Sundays. Of course when it comes to brunch you have to have a cocktail or champagne to go with it. While Regina stuck with the mimosa (their blood orange version is very tasty), I decided to try their garden gin and tonic with rosemary, cucumber with a smooth taste.
When it came to ordering food though we were stuck on what we really wanted to eat, so we decided to do it home style and ordered several plates. I wanted to try small plates and went with the market quiche and the special tacos; both change each week. The quiche was the red bell pepper with goat’s cheese and the tacos were a pair pulled chicken tacos on corn tortillas dressed with ranchero sauce and avocado. Both were perfect sizes and great to share since they could easily be cut in half or split. The quiche had a smooth taste of goat’s cheese with a small bit of a bite from the bell pepper. The tacos had a small heat but was cooled with the ripe avocado.
Regina couldn’t decide between the chilaquiles and the brioche french toast; two big plates which were also easy to divide amongst ourselves. The chilaquiles had all the taste of the best tex-mex breakfast; the corn tortillas and ranchero sauce blended nicely with the scrambled eggs and vegetables. The french toast was buttery and sweet and thickly cut; you can eat it by itself, with the grass fed butter running over the top, or with the butter and dipped in the syrup. The sticky sweet texture was just the right feeling in your mouth. We finished off with their sweets plate which had different varieties of tasty nibbles; ranging from truffles to a brittle concoction which tasted like a chocolate covered pecan pie without the crust.
After brunch we needed to shop for a side project we are developing, which took us to the Montrose area to the many thrift stores. We looked through the racks of Buffalo Exchange, Leopard Lounge, and a few others. Between searching we popped into the Poison Girl Bar where we drew inspiration for our shoot while sipping on some whiskey sours made with Yellow Rose Whiskey (located in Houston, Texas no less).
After drinks we shopped some more and after a few hours decided to end our day with coffee and small bites. We stopped into the Brasil Cafe where we grabbed some tamales; the squash and pepper was our favorite by far, while the pork tamale was a little on the greasy side, a Mexican iced chocolate, a iced coffee, and a Honey Apricot mead. Everything tasted great and the atmosphere was nice and relaxing.
It was great to sit down, hash out some things for the blog and our projects, and just enjoy each others company. This is why we are such great friends and I am glad I have her as a partner in crime for blogging. Check out our Tastemade video we did for Sparrow Bar + Cookshop down below!
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop is located at 3701 Travis St, Houston, Texas 77002. Poison Girl is located at 1641 B Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas 77006. Brasil Cafe is located at 2604 Dunlavy St, Houston, Texas 77006.