Ruggles is the new black

Over the weekend, I gave a shot to Ruggles Black – the new hype in H-town. Aside from an happening ambiance, great company and impeccable dinner service provided to us by Marco, the flavors, no doubt, were amazing and enough to warrant a return. Bread was fresh (the Flatbread was my top pick!), Asian Fusion themed-food offered spices and aroma quite authentic to its origin, the meat yelled fat and at times gamey but overall the variety and uniqueness of the food is worth exploring further. And please, don’t hesitate to ask the server to mix you a non-alcoholic fruity cocktail, you won’t be disappointed.

Plenty of choices on the menu for the meat eater, veggie eater and anything else eater!

Half Lamb/Half Samosa Flatbread

Half Lamb/Half Samosa Flatbread (Samosa was the better option!)

Short Rib Biryani

Short Rib Biryani (the gravy mix with squash – I think – was taste-eeeee but the meat, I pass!)

The Dessert Tray

The Dessert Tray (apologize for the unclear, unpleasing picture but promise, you will spend most of your night devouring and deciding over these desserts!)

Chai infused tres leches

Chai infused Tres Leches (slightly different taste from the Tres Leches offered at Ruggles cafe in the Village – the chocolate ice cream combo makes it a superstar)

Local ambiance

Local ambiance (not a fan of the location, could have done a better job, you have the view of Twin Peaks – ugh – with a famous Houston haunted location to your left…nevertheless, if the weather is pleasant, the outdoor seating offers a cool breeze but be aware, the waits on Friday & Saturday nights are at least 30 minutes)

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Oh my…

I am not a huge Ice Cream fan. I can devour a cake down my esophagus in milliseconds. But Ice Cream? I give it 4 thoughts at least. But Cloud 10 Creamery in Upper Kirby could change my perspective on Ice Cream altogether. Their eccentric yet distinctively unique flavors leave a lasting impression on the tongue and everything following the organ. And if you plan on paying the Ice Cream heaven a visit anytime soon, do try their Lavender Milk Chocolate ice cream and Rose Tea Cake with Lychee and Raspberry Mousse, a mouthful indeed!!!

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Here are some of the flavors to expect this month:

  • smoked corn
  • sour cream w/banana jam
  • cardamom cream cheese
  • passion fruit w/white chocolate
  • tomato rooibos
  • hazelnut-miso
  • pink peppercorn w/strawberries
  • lavender milk chocolate
  • watermelon star anise sorbet
  • cucumber pandan sorbet

Local Foods – Hit or Miss?

So…the Houston Magazine is my newest passion, thanks to Saf, I spent nearly one hour reading about local food joints. First & foremost, for those of you who are not privileged to be a Houstonian 😉 (don’t worry, no one’s perfect!), we are sincerely and quite candidly one of the BEST foodie towns in this country, hands down!!! And luckily, there is no near-term shortage of up & coming tasty treats to indulge in at your pleasure. So yesterday evening, we made our way to Local Foods in Upper Kirby, offering locally-sourced, healthy ingredient- abundant choices on the menu. It had been on my radar for a while plus the weather was Houston-perfect as in cool, breezy, you know, in the 80s…

Honest opinion, it’s a GREAT joint for healthy eating if that’s what you’re game for. In fact, if you’re like me who prefers to eat healthy throughout the week & then binge during weekends as if my body is somehow programmed to ignore it, this is the perfect weeknight getaway. It does lack a certain “kick” or as I like to refer to it as the good “fat”…but nevertheless, don’t miss out on it while the weather is still perky!

Outdoor seating

Outdoor seating

CABBAGE SLAW edamame, bean sprouts, seaweed

CABBAGE SLAW edamame, bean sprouts, seaweed

TUSCAN KALE golden raisins, pine nuts, parmesan

TUSCAN KALE golden raisins, pine nuts, parmesan

LENTILS tomato, cucumber, cauliflower, basil-mint pesto

LENTILS tomato, cucumber, cauliflower, basil-mint pesto

BEETS pistachio, wheatberry, mint (may I add that I LOVE Beets!!)

BEETS pistachio, wheatberry, mint (may I add that (a) these are not worms, and (b) I LOVE Beets!!)

CRUNCHY CHICKEN  nut “crumble”, provolone, buttermilk ranch, pickles, tomato,  pretzel bun

CRUNCHY CHICKEN
nut “crumble”, provolone, buttermilk ranch, pickles, tomato,
pretzel bun

Voila!!!

Voila!!!