True Food Kitchen, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

True Food Kitchen, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

    Houston’s restaurant scene is truly diverse with every kind of cuisine on offer. But one trend that I really appreciate is the move towards ‘healthy’. True Food Kitchen caught my eye when I visited this part of town recently to try out another restaurant, Rise No 2. The outdoor seating area proved the ideal location for a light weekday lunch with my husband.

    Background

     

    True Food Kitchen originated in Arizona and now has restaurants in 11 states and counting. The menus are designed around the ethos that food should make you feel better, not worse, and that you shouldn’t need to forgo taste to live healthily. Now who doesn’t love that idea?

     

    “… a health-driven, seasonal restaurant merging nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavor-forward menu that rotates regularly to let guests experience great-tasting ingredients at the peak of their freshness. (website)

    True Food Kitchen

    The Setting

     

    The décor has an Asian-inspired feel but with pops of yellows and greens. We headed straight to the outside patio area as the weather was glorious and I feel that I need to make the most of eating alfresco before it gets super-hot and humid.

     

    The Menu

     

    The menu options are a little different from many other restaurants in Houston. The one-page lunch menu included sections for Vegetables and Bowels, alongside the more traditional options such as Pizzas and Salads. Additionally, there are sections for Juices, Teas and Refreshers, and Cocktails. The reverse side of the menu offered Beer & Cider, and Wines (sparkling, red, and white). Drinks had markings – Sustainable, Bi-dynamic, Organic and Gluten Free. The menu caters to many different food preferences with markings showing what options are gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian.

    True Food Kitchen

    Our Lunch

     

    We began our lunch with a glass of the Italian Prosecco (USD 9 a glass) and the Californian Pinot Grigio (USD 7 a glass) while we studied our food options.

     

    The bowls section caught our eye with four tasty sounding selections. All the bowls had the options to add tofu, chicken, shrimp, grass-fed steak and steelhead salmon for an additional charge. I went with the Spicy Penang Curry (USD 15). A bowl of bright orange coconut shrimp broth with organic potatoes, long bean, bok choy, carrot and Thai basil arrived alongside a side of quinoa to mix into the curry. Initially I was surprised at the liquidity of the curry. The dish certainly packed a spicy punch and with large chunks of vegetables and the quinoa the consistency proved perfect.

     

    David also went with a Bowl selection, choosing the Red Chili Noodles and adding chicken to up his protein count (USD 15 + 4). The spicy noodles came with gai lan, zucchini, shitake mushroom, snow peas and cashew.

     

    Portions were not huge (as usually everything is bigger in Texas) but ideal for one for lunch without the need for a to go box or the risk of overindulging.

    True Food Kitchen

    For Dessert

     

    We decided to indulge our sweet tooth and ordered the Flourless Chocolate Cake that came with caramel, vanilla ice cream and cocoa nibs (USD 7). A large cup of latte and cappuccino rounded off our delicious, and hopefully healthy, lunch.

     

    The Verdict on True Food Kitchen

     

    I know my restaurant choice is a success when hubby says he likes it and would come back. There were many items on the menu that sounding tempting and so we would gladly return to sample more dishes.

     

     

    True Food KitchenThe Fact Sheet

     

    Address: Blvd Place, 1700 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056

    Phone: 281 605 2505

    Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm, Brunch Sat & Sun 10am-4pm

    Restaurants also in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia

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      iPic Houston, Tx – The Ultimate Theatre Experience

      iPic Houston, Tx – The Ultimate Theatre Experience

        So I must admit it, I’m a little smitten with iPic Houston. I had stopped going to the movies as the experience had simply ceased to be fun. I was a fan of Studio Movie Grill when it first opened in Houston. But then the uncomfortable ‘office’ chairs developed the loudest squeaks possible. Add to that the pain of parking at Citycentre and the constant coming and going of other patrons inside the theater, and it was just too annoying to bother.

         

        But now the whole movie experience has had a major upgrade with the introduction of iPic Houston. Combining the most comfortable and private seating options, and delicious food selections, this is the place to go to truly enjoy the latest movie offerings.

        iPic Houston

        The Cinema Experience

         

        The intimate cinema studios have two types of seating options; Premium and Premium Plus. The Premium Plus seats are iPic’s pod system of seating. Each pair of seats are contained within their own booth. As if the large leather recliners (just like you would have in an upscale media room at home) aren’t sufficient enticement, you even get your own pillow and blanket for additional comfort. With tables to hold your food, cup holders built into the booth so your drinks don’t get in your way, and cubbies for your purse or shoes you simply need to kick back and enjoy the show.

        iPic Houston

        Food and Drinks

         

        Award-winning chef Sherry Yard has developed a selection of dishes that are in-cinema friendly – meaning guests can enjoy their food in the dark. We sampled the artisanal cheese and charcuterie board on our last visit. A tasty and picture-perfect board of sliced and cured meats, cubes of cheese, grilled bread, and crisps plus roasted Marcona almonds, fruits, and a delicious stout mustard. The Meatza pizza and Truffle fries are also favorites of ours.

         

        iPic express selection also offers a variety of cocktails, beers, and wines. The prosecco, carafes of wine, and craft beers are our favorites.

         

        The Tuck Room

         

        For guests who would like a more leisurely dining option then the Tuck Room is for you. Guests can opt to eat at the Tuck Room before or after their movie experience, or indeed just visit to dine.

         

        “A new concept from three-time James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Yard, the Tuck Room is the epitome of the modern speakeasy – website

         

        Soulful social plates are designed to share.  Tempting dishes like Brioche-crusted crab cakes, hot pepper calamari fritti, and buttermilk fried chicken are waiting for you.

         

        Master Mixologist and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger has developed a selection of home-made elixirs, syrups and infusions to elevate the culinary experience. Featured cocktails include the hand shaken tuck margarita, El Corazon, and cocktails to share such as the Illegalito and the lookbetternaked margarita. The drinks are designed to promote cocktail-driven gatherings.

        iPic Houston

        The Verdict

         

        Now luxury does not come cheap. The basic price for the Premium Plus seats starts at $16 plus a $12 VIP fee, per person. For that you get the reclining seat with a bag of popcorn thrown in. Once you add drinks and a few nibbles then a date night for two can easily run to over $100. But as I said, I’m hooked. I think this is a price worth paying for a great night, or afternoon, at the movies.

         

        iPic HoustonThe Fact Sheet

         

        Address: 4444 Westheimer Road, Houston (River Oaks District)

         

        Phone: 832 709 2146

         

        Other Info: Hire for events such as anniversaries, birthdays, corporate events, private parties

         

         

        The Tuck Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
         

         

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          Book Review – My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

          Book Review – My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

             

            I’m on quite a roll with one of my new year’s resolutions to read more. Keeping up with at least two books a month, I thought I’d share another recent read. Over the years, I have enjoyed quite a few of Sophie Kinsella’s books. So, when I saw her latest hardback book at Costco for around $15, I thought I’d make this an additional read to my Book of the Month Club for March.

             

            What I love about Sophie Kinsella’s books

             

            First I should admit that of Kinsella’s 30+ past titles I have probably read at least half. I classify them as ‘easy’ reads and usually ideal summer/beach reads. Not too intellectually challenging i.e. no big words to look up or complicated sentence structures to ponder. Stories that usually have elements of comedy that can often make me chuckle out loud. Plots that don’t stray too much from what could happen in real life (if real life always had happy endings). Settings that are familiar ground for me as quite often London features heavily.

             

            The plot of My Not So Perfect Life

             

            This book follows the trials and tribulations of Katie or Kat or Cat (one person but with a name change depending on who she is trying to be at the time). At first glance, Katie has it all – a life in London she has always dreamed of, the flat, the glamorous job, and all documented on Instagram for the world to witness.

             

            But in reality, the flat is in Catford which means she has to endure the daily commute from hell. (That part gave me flashbacks from my own days of traveling on British Rail to my work in central London). Her glamorous job is not quite her dream job but instead a lowly admin role with a boss from hell. And as for the Instagram feed – well that is all drawn from Katie’s imagination.

             

            As if life could get any worse? Seemingly her ‘perfect’ existence comes to an abrupt halt when her boss fires her forcing her to head home with her tail between her legs. However, life with her dad and stepmom in deepest Somerset turns out to present a different challenge for Katie. As she masterminds the set-up of a glamping business she utilizes all her new-found skills, and many she didn’t realize she possessed, to create a thriving new business. Such is the success of Katie’s marketing material that her old boss books a vacation for her whole family.

             

            What should Katie do? Seek revenge on her boss or try and plead for her old job? The plot takes a few unexpected twists at this point so I won’t spoil the outcome for you the potential reader.

             

            Limitations

             

            A strength and weakness of Kinsella’s books is that they do tend to be a little formulaic. While Katie’s story is very relatable – young girl starting out in the corporate world full of dreams – a few of the twists and turns she takes were too unrealistic for my liking. At one point the book made me think of the Fifty Shades series, not for the sex I should add, but more for the girl meets unattainable boy element. And of course, there is a happy ending (that’s not really a spoiler alert in a Kinsella book).

             

            But even with these few issues, I would still recommend that you pack this book for a fun beach read. There is something about Kinsella’s stories and writing style that always makes me route for her heroines. And as with many of her other books, I found some of the almost slapstick humor in this book made me laugh out loud and who doesn’t like the guarantee of a happy ending?

             

            Let me know what you think of this or any of Kinsella’s other books? Do you know of other authors with a similar style?

             

            About the author

             

            Sophie Kinsella has sold over 36 million copies of her books that have been translated into 40+ languages in 60 countries. She wrote her first novel at the age of 24 while working as a financial journalist. In the year 2000, Kinsella hit the UK bestseller lists with the first in her Shopaholic series. In 2009 the Disney Corporation turned her Confessions of a Shopaholic into a movie that stared Isla Fisher as the heroine Becky Bloomwood.

             

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              Magnum Ice Cream Pop Up Shop in New York

                We all scream for Ice Cream

                 

                As the weather is beginning to warm up in all three of my home locations I start to reminisce about a pop-up shop I discovered last year in New York. I believe that this company had a few pop-ups dotted around the globe so I would recommend you keep your eyes open when traveling. The ice cream bar of course was delicious, but the whole store experience was worth the wait in line. And if you have an Instagram account, then you would love this store even more.

                 

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                  The Capital Grille @ Citycentre, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

                  The Capital Grille @ Citycentre, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

                    An impromptu meetup to celebrate a girlfriends wedding anniversary presented another opportunity for me to visit The Capital Grille located at Citycentre. This fine dining restaurant, known for its dry-aged hand-carved steaks is the perfect setting for any kind of celebration.

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                      Singapore Street Food from Kerb in Canary Wharf

                        Tempting Street Food from Kerb

                         

                        Sitting in my London home as the food trucks set up shop right by my building makes it just too tempting to resist as their delicious aromas fill my apartment. This week I thought I’d sample the Singaporean Street Food Stall and was not disappointed. Of course, I needed something sweet to finish off my lunch and found the perfect option from Fatties Bakery. I hope my vlog doesn’t make you drool too much 🙂

                         

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                          Rise No 2, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

                          Rise No 2, Houston, Tx – Restaurant Review

                            “The only thing that will make a soufflé fall is if it knows you’re afraid of it” James Beard

                            Well the folks over at Rise No 2 are clearly not at all intimidated by the thought of producing consistently perfect soufflés. During my visit, I witnessed a constant stream of picture-perfect soufflés making their way to eager diners.

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                              Westin Hotel, Chicago – Review of Executive Club Room and Lounge

                                I visit Chicago quite often and like to try out different hotels. On a recent trip I had a two night stop at the Westin located on Michigan Avenue right by the Water Tower. I felt the large hotel had a somewhat corporate feel, meaning they were aiming for the business visitor rather than the casual traveler.  The common areas were always a little busy for my liking. Getting caught up in a couple of large wedding parties when you are trying to navigate entry and exit is not my idea of fun.  Take a look at my video to see the Executive Club Room and the Executive Lounge. On a positive note, the Westin hotel Chicago has the most comfortable beds so you should get an excellent nights sleep.

                                 

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                                  Book Review – Behind Her Eyes a novel by Sarah Pinborough

                                  Book Review – Behind Her Eyes a novel by Sarah Pinborough

                                    Another thumbs up for the Book of the Month Club selection. Don’t you just a love a book that you can’t put down? Well this page-turner had me up all hours trying to work out what was going on.

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                                      Grand Mumbai Tours – Lets Explore Mumbai

                                        After living in Mumbai for a few years I discovered Grand Mumbai Tours and want to share my good fortune. Naav, the tour guide, gave an extremely interesting look at Mumbai through his eyes. Naav explained the history and cultural significance of the various sites we visited. He also took me to sights I didn’t know existed and made our day out such fun. Taking a tour from a knowledgeable guide is such a worthwhile experience. But something that comes through from the start is Naav’s enthusiasm for his home city. Take a look at his website for details on how you can book your own tour. But in the meantime, please enjoy the video I shot of my day out with Naav.

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