Two Girls Try Asian Shaved Ice at Melting Blocks in NW Houston

When you think of shaved ice you probably think of the Hawaiian multi-colored shaved ice or even something similar to the carnival shaved ice with sugary flavored syrup drizzled all over it. What if I tell you there is something even better and it has the texture of shaved ice […]

Rainy Day Antique Shopping

2015-04-05 13.33.24Central Texas is known for their antique shops and fairs filled with one of a kind pieces, fried foods, and new ideas for how I want to set up my new place. Texas Antique Week in Round Top, Texas (the location of America’s favorite junkers the Junk Gypsies) on the last day was full of packing up booths and drizzle, but plenty of picks nonetheless. Though I wasn’t able to shop the Junk Gypsies’ tent, I was able to pick up a few things which I am going to use to decorate my future home.

2015-04-05 15.22.21Most booths and tents will not allow you to take pictures or video any where near their merchandise due to them having one of kind pieces, wood working techniques, and countless other things. I was able to pick up some lucky horseshoes and cast-iron mermaid from a large cast-iron whole seller at one location and a new jersey shirt and hanging chalkboard (to post my favorite cocktail concoctions and wine list) from Amber Marie and Co. out of Oklahoma.

2015-04-05 14.35.52Since we (my mom and I) hadn’t eaten all day we went by a local place called The Oaks Restaurant in Warrenton, Texas. They had several specials on Sunday, but I decided to try their pork loin with loaded mash potatoes and vinegar based cole slaw while my mother had the cheeseburger with their waffle fries and cole slaw. My mother is a big fan of mayo based cole slaw instead of the vinegar based type, but she might have been converted because of the light vinegar taste which usually over powers those types of slaws. The pork loin was moist and not over cooked and the mash potatoes had the skins still on (which is my favorite way to have them) and loaded with great flavor. The hamburger was moist and made by hand and held up well in the bun with a great bite down that didn’t make you stretch out our jaw too much. The waffle fries were the best thing with the crispy outside and fluffy inside with the right amount of salt added to them.

Check out the Tastemade below:

Oaks Restaurant

Texas Antique Week happens twice a year, you can get more information at The Oaks Restaurant is located 5507 S. State Hwy 237, Warrenton, Texas and has special antique show hours.

We Love to Shop and Eat

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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.

2015-04-03 14.06.02When 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.

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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.

2015-04-03 20.11.51After 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).

2015-04-03 17.46.44After 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

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.

Levure Comes to The Woodlands

<a href=”” title=”View Menu, Reviews, Photos & Information about Levure, Tomball and other Restaurants in Houston” target=”_blank”><img alt=”Levure Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info – Zomato” src=”” style=”border:none;width:200px;height:146px;padding:0px;” /></a> Nestled in Creekside Village in The Woodlands, Texas is a new French style bakery called Levure Bakery; levure is french for […]

Two Girls Do BRC Gastropub

DSC_0142It seems like every time I’m in downtown Houston, I always want to leave when rush hour traffic hits. I have visited BRC Gastropub once before for drinks after thrifting with a friend; this time it was after a food extravaganza with Regina and a day of vinyl shopping. Every time I have spent time there, the staff was warm, friendly, and knowledgeable about their entrees.

DSC_0135Executive Chef Lance Fegen and partner in culinary crime Lee Ellis bring the old school idea on London-based gastropubs; providing a local neighborhood setting with great food, ales, and beer. Having been to many a gastropub while in my travels to London (both in downtown and suburban London), the warm atmosphere and great food make it worth the stop in for a pint and a plate.


DSC_0130During my recent trips (I went two times within a three-day span) to the BRC, I started with the steak tartare and their infamous cheddar biscuits with bacon jam. The steak tartare melted in your mouth and was beautifully topped with caper berry which gave it an even more mouth watering taste. Of course with any tartare it was served with salt and vinegar potato chips; which really rounded out all the flavors for me on the plate. The cheddar biscuits and bacon jam were just to die for; you’re served two healthy sized biscuits as an appetizer. I couldn’t even finish one biscuit because they were so filling. Since I was by myself I decided the dip method for the bacon jam would be the best way to enjoy it and I wasn’t wrong; again I was so glad when I got home and was able to have them later in the day.


DSC_0132For my first recent trip to BRC, I ordered their lamb burger (which the lamb is sourced out of Comstock, Texas). I had it served medium and without cheese (being lactose intolerant and all); this really brought out the flavors of the meat and made the whole burger experience really great. My second trip was during the day and I got their chef’s dog of the week which was topped with sauerkraut and sweet mustard. I probably looked weird eating a hotdog with a fork and knife, but I couldn’t exactly eat it with my hands.

I am a huge fan of key lime pie mostly because I have been to the Florida Keys numerous times in my life, so when I heard they had it I had to taste it for myself. It has a very mellow tangy taste to it which doesn’t overwhelm the palate. I was told by my waiter/bartender they make most of their pies and cakes at Petite Sweets (a sister company to BRC) daily.


DSC_0149I cannot wait to go back (with Regina) and try other items on their menu. I was told both times, Sunday brunch was well worth the wait; they always have a long line to wait for a table. I most looking forward to their Sunday special, Frito Pie Insanity (I’ll make sure to brace myself with all the dairy), their brunch, and their deviled eggs (which are topped with their bacon jam and fried oysters). They are located at 519 Shepard Street; you can’t miss it there is a big, red rooster in front of their establishment.

Check out the Tastemade video I created from my first trip there (pardon the lighting, I was at the bar during happy hour).

BRC Gastropub

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These Two Girls Love Their Desserts

DSC_0112Every time Regina and I meet up, we spend hours and hours in one place and only leave when it gets dark. When we dropped by Red Dessert Dive it was no different. Red is located in the historic Houston Heights at 1045 Studewood Street surrounded by local favorites and just down the street from White Oak Boulevard.

This neat little sweet shop is fondly named after the owner Jessica Lusk’s grandmother; only Lusk’s grandfather was allowed to call her Red while others called her Stella. This little dive is very eco-friendly; they recycle every wine bottle and beer can used, use rubber stamps instead of stickers, and the shop’s own design is made of recycled products.

What first attracted me to Red was an Instagram photo of their sticky toffee pudding topped with Southern Star buried hatchet stout ice cream and paired with Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale. If this doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what is wrong with you. I happen to be a fan of both breweries and wished I had gotten my hands on a plate of this. The photos they post on their social media accounts make you want to taste every savory item, pastry, pie, and cake!


The day Regina and I decided to stop into the shop was a very magical day. We started out on their salted honey pie, their red velvet cupcake, and two cups of coffee which were from their friends over at Boomtown Coffee (located on 19th Street in the Heights). The honey pie had the consistency of a pecan pie, but the baked top of a pumpkin pie; very flavorful and the hint of salt really enhanced how the honey hit our tongues. The red velvet cupcake was moist in the middle and the cream cheese frosting was deliciously sweet.

Dsf1yZ8ioGCFgM_d2AWEgxfqLZr8r1NzVezp8jnyd_ESince we decided to stay a total of five hours (yes you read correctly), we had another round of tasting. This time we tried their orange cheesecake and two cups of their rise n’ shine tea (freshly brewed in front of us). The pairing really made the flavors of the cheesecake stand out; we both concluded it tastes astonishingly like the “Creamsicles” of our childhood.  The staff was super friendly and the owner even let us take pictures of their infamous lemon berry cake; which we both regret not grabbing a slice to go.

DSC_0117So if you are looking for a great place to sit and drink a coffee or even enjoy some dessert with wine or beer during their happy hour, you should definitely stop by Red Dessert Dive and Coffee Shop. They are open Tuesday through Sunday; check out their website for the specific hours of each day. They are currently raising money for the Texas Children’s Hospital through Heights’ based organization Battle Buddy 57. The fundraiser runs until Sunday February 1, 2015.

Check out our Tastemade video (which was featured on the Tastemade Houston Facebook Page) featuring Red Dessert Dive and Coffee Shop.

RED Dessert Dive and Coffee Shop


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