La Madeline’s Bonne Rewards App makes ordering dinner for my family easy

When you’re a busy mom, making dinner is usually harder than it looks. I try to cook regularly during the week, but some nights I have to be realistic and order out. La Madeline recently introduced its new mobile ordering and “pay first” feature to its Bonne Rewards app. La Madeline gave me an opportunity to try out the new “pay first” app.

The new app works easy and doesn’t require many complicated steps.

First, you need to download the Bonne Rewards app. You can do this through your app store on your cellular phone.

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Once downloaded, you can follow these simple steps to order:

  1. Open the app and click on Start a New Order
  2. Click on the location for your pick up
  3. Browse the menu and select your items, then click Add to Order
  4. Once you’ve selected all your orders click on Review Order
  5. If your items are correct, click on Place Order

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Your order goes directly to the store selected, and will give you a time for pick up.

What I ordered

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Cranberry and Pecan Wild Field Salad

Turkey Bistro Salad

Pesto Pasta

Dessert Trio (Lemon Tarts, Chocolate Almond Tart, Fruit Tart, Caramel Crème Brûlée, and Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait)

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This made my evening so easy. My family was happy, fed and full. Until next time, love, peace and food.

 

 

Lucille’s introduces new family style menu

Since Owner and Executive Chef Chris Williams opened Lucille’s back in 2011, it’s been a foodie favorite in the Houston Museum District offering southern cuisine for local patrons and tourists. Lucille’s offers an array of southern food and recently debuted a new family style menu that promises to get the attention of more Houstonians looking for tasty and unique food.

I visited Lucille’s and tried the new menu, which still kept its southern inspired dishes, but added a few interesting twists.

The seating in the restaurant is intimate and gives you a nice relaxed atmosphere.

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Seating inside the restaurant

 

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More seating inside the restaurant

What I ate:

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Saigon Shrimp: Char-grilled Head-On Gulf Shrimp, Citrus Slaw and Lime

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Gulf Shrimp, Andoullie, Sherry Tomato Broth,  and Stone Mill Grits

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Texas Farms Quail, Collard Greens Kimchi, Serrano Cheddar Grits, and Sorghum Miso Drizzle

The Quail ranked #2 of my favorite dishes. But, I was amazed at how much I enjoyed the Collard Greens Kimchi.

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Oxtails and Bone Marrow with Oxtail Marmalade and Candied Orange Peel Gremolat

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Southern Hummus & Roots, Black Eyed Peas Hummus, Shaved Roots, and Cumin Vinaigrette

The Hummus scored #1 of my favorite dishes. I never loved black-eyed peas, but the way it was infused to make the Hummus, it made me love black-eyed peas all over again.

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Hanger Steak, Fresh Gulf Oyster, broccoli, Smashed Fingerlings, and Oyster Aioli

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Smothered Rabbit, Sauteed Turnip Greens, Parsnip Puree, and Duck Fat Gravy

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Fresh Fish, Roasted Portabella, Dandelion, Pistachio, and Basil Oil

Drinks I tried:

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The bartender making a special cocktail

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The Garden: Bombay Sapphire, Basil-cucumber syrup, dry vermouth, lime, lavender bitters, Herbsaint rinse

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The El Tigre and the Aftershift

The cocktail menu impressed me with its variety.

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can stop by or go online and make a reservation through the restaurant’s website. There’s free parking directly across the street from the restaurant.

Because of this new menu, I plan to visit Lucille’s again soon. Some of dishes I’ll try when I go back include the Chili Biscuits and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Until next time, love, peace and food.

Christmas on MainStreet offers family fun

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Photo courtesy of MainStreet America

This holiday season families come together to bond, congregate over cooking and baking sugar cookies and gingerbread houses, exchanging gifts and more. If you are looking for more holiday fun, this holiday season MainStreet America brings back the 2nd Annual Lights of Hope celebration each Saturday evening through December 17th from 6 to 9 p.m.

The 2nd Annual Lights of Hope showcases an outdoor light display on 12 MainStreet America designer showcase homes created by nine Houston-area charitable organizations. One of the charities will receive $10,000 for the best outdoor display.

You can contribute to the contest by making a $1 donation, touring each model home,  and casting your vote on your favorite home decorated by one of the nine charities such as My Person Foundation, The Beast Center, New Danville, Brigewood Farms, IDRF, Interfaith of the Woodlands, HOPE, American Heart Association, and Texas Children’s Hospital.

Fun for the whole family

Christmas at MainStreet focuses on fun for the whole family. The model home park glistens this time of year. You can experience the white snow while you ride the MainStreet Express train for a tour of the light shows, a Santa Selfie Station to help create holiday memories, the Magic on MainStreet Movie Theatre featuring holiday classics, and the kids can send their letters to the North Pole at the Sugar Plum Post Office, and everyone can enjoy prizes and many other activities during Reindeer Games.

Head over to MainStreet America this evening or next Saturday, December 17th. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for kids 15 and under. To learn more about visit, www.mainstreetamerica.com/christmas.

Until next time, love, peace and food.

MainStreet America opens MC Barbeque & Southern Kitchen Restaurant

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MainStreet America (photo courtesy of MainStreet America)

I’m sure you’ve passed by Main Street America and asked yourself a million questions. What is it? Who shops there? What’s inside? Well, I visited MainStreet America recently, and I have answers to all your questions. MainStreet America, located at 18750 I-45 Spring, TX 77373, offers everything you need to build, remodel or furnish your home. MainStreet America’s CEO, Mike Feigin hosted a private launch for the company’s new restaurant, MC Barbeque & Southern Kitchen. Chef Lawrence Fogarty runs the kitchen, and he is the man behind all the carefully thought out items on the menu. The tasting included a few items from the menu. Many of the recipes on the menu include flavorful BBQ dishes, but what would BBQ be without the sauce? The highlight of the restaurant is the Texas Sweet Heat Barbeque Sauce. According to Chef Lawrence, the BBQ sauce can stand on its own, but  he thinks it’s best paired with BBQ.

Chef Lawrence Fogarty

Chef Lawrence (photo courtesy of MainStreet America)

What I ate:

Fried Black Eye Peas

Fried Black-Eyed Peas, a great alternative to peanuts

 

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Shrimp & Grits

Dueling ribs

Dueling Ribs (photo courtesty of MainStreet America)

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Southern Cubano

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Smoked pulled pork, shaved ham, swiss cheese, spicy pickle, yellow mustard, and               cuban bread

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Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese

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Apple-Bacon Pie

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Classic Banana Pudding

Out of all the dishes we tried, the Southern Cubano Sandwich was my favorite. I’ll definitely recreate this at home. The food was delicious. Chef Lawrence also mentioned that he works closely with local farmers markets tin the area to help him find the freshest ingredients..

After I left the restaurant, I took a quick tour of the property. Walking through the property of MainStreet America compares to reading an issue of Architectural Digest. The property includes 12 model homes, a furniture store, a cooking school, food truck, catering company, and a private conference center that holds up to 125 people.

The cooking school is available for individual classes or you can reserve it for larger groups.

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Main Course Cooking School

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Main Course Cooking School

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Mode Home (photo courtesy of MainStreet America)

I plan to visit again primarily to try more items on the menu, tour all the homes, and take a cooking class with friends. I encourage you to visit MainStreet America soon. Let me know your thoughts. You can learn more about the furniture store at mainstreetfurnitureathome.com, the cooking school at MCCooking.com, and the restaurant at mcbarbeque.com. Until next time, love, peace and food.

Upcoming Events at MainStreet America

Free Lunch for Uniformed Law Enforcement Officers September 5th – September 7th

Uniformed law enforcement offers can eat lunch free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant will have a drive through set up on these days.

MainStreet America opens Food Trailer

If you don’t have time to dine in, MainStreet America offers drive-up service through its Food Trailer. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can pick up your favorite BBQ such as brisket, pulled pork, turkey breast, pork spare ribs, jalapeno cheddar sausage, pork and beef sausage, and sides for dinner along with deserts.

MainStreet turns Pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month October 8th

MainStreet America partners with Houston Methodist Breast Cancer Center at the Woodlands to host PinkStreet. The event, focused on women, will offer free makeovers, cooking demonstrations with a guest appearance by celebrity Chef Tiffani Faison, from Bravo’s, “Top Chef” season 8, a fashion show and more. The event starts at noon, and is free for everyone who wears pink.

New Cypress Eatery: Breakfast Brunch Cafe

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I’ve heard many reviews about the Breakfast Brunch Cafe. They were so divided; I decided to try the Cypress, TX eatery out for myself. My son and I went for breakfast. It’s a small eatery, and a few patrons were dining enjoying their morning cup of coffee. The hostess who also served as the waiter was friendly. He gave us recommendations off the menu.

What I ate:

Crème Brûlée French Toast

The bacon was crisp. The french toast was delicious.

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Beignets

I love a good Beignet. I’m a Louisiana/Texas girl, so I was hesitant to try these. They got it right.

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Overall, the experience was good, but the prices were  a bit too high for me. For my meal and my son’s pancakes and bacon I paid over $40. Call me cheap, but that was a bit high compared to some other local spots in the area.  The service was good. My food came out hot. The building was a little cold, but the staff adjusted by request. The Breakfast Brunch Cafe just started a new social hour (happy hour) with $5 drink specials and light bites.

This is a place I would recommend if you are in the area. The Breakfast Bunch Cafe is located on 12904 Fry Road, Cypress, Texas 77433. If you visit, let me know your thoughts.

Until next time, love, peace and food.

 

 

 

 

Houston Food Fetish Excursion: Gloria’s Latin Cuisine in Arlington, TX

I visited Gloria’s Latin Cuisine for the second time recently. I had a friend visit with me, and I spent the whole day excited to get a nice, cold glass of their Sangria. I can’t really say what’s so special about the Sangria, but I have literally thought about it for months since my last visit. I do know that the all day happy hour Monday through Thursday draws a big crowd. I love all day happy hours. You don’t have to rush from work to make it before the normal 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. cut off most restaurants enforce. The drink prices range from $5 to $8 during happy hour.

What I ate:

For some reason, I always want a little bit of every item when I try Tex Mex food. It presented a great opportunity for me to order the Combination 1 Platter. It comes with a beef fajita taco, a chicken enchilada, a beef crispy taco, chile con queso, Spanish rice and pinto beans. I love the chicken enchilada because the chicken is seasoned with salt not herbs and moist, not dry like some other restaurants. I ate everything on my plate…no leftovers!

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What I drank:

Sangria of course!

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The patio sits on the side of the restaurant. If you visit outside of the middle of the summer, it’s a great place to sit and enjoy your meal. Gloria’s Latin Cuisine has a few locations around Texas. Next time you are in the mood for some good Tex Mex, stop and share your experience.

Until next time, love, peace, and food.

 

 

Hopdoddy Burger Bar opens in River Oaks

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Burger List

Hopdoddy Burger Bar opened a new location in River Oaks. The burger bar specializes in craft, specialty made burgers. I stopped by the new location; I visited once on the opening day and then later in the week. During both visits, the line was wrapped around the building. I decided to go back during the week for lunch. I was greeted at the entrance by a friendly staff member. It was hot like always in Houston during the summer. They asked us to wait outside for a moment and provided me and my friends with a menu. At first glance, they had a set up outside for water while guests waited. They even had doggie bowls for patrons visiting with their pets. The wait wasn’t long. I would say about 3 to 4 minutes, which was a surprise compared to what I heard through social media comments.

I was impressed with the menu. Hopdoddy not only has an extensive list of burgers, but they also offers salads and gluten-free bread for the healthy eater. But, for those who want to go all in, you can also try their Green Chili Fries or one of the six specialty shakes they serve. The staff offered us a sample of the Nutella and Chocolate Pretzel Shake….OMG. I didn’t order it for this visit because I didn’t want to go back to work full, but I highly recommend it. It was sweet from the combination of hazelnut and chocolate with a nice crunch.

What I ate:

Hopdoddy burger

The Goodnight/Good Cause Burger comes with beef, Tillamook cheddar, hickory BBQ sauce, caramalized onions, sliced jalapeno, lettuce and tomatoes. According to Hopdoddy, $1 is donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Texas every time this burger is ordered.

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Chili Con Queso and Fries

The burger was moist cooked medium well. The burger wasn’t greasy like some chains I’ve tried. The queso was spicy and the peppers drizzled over the fries added a salty flavor.

What I drank:

I wanted a light, refreshing drink, so I tried the Ginger Lemonade. I don’t typically think about Ginger being spicy, but when the waiter brought my drink  he wanted me to try it while he watched me take my first sip. It hit my throat and suddenly the spice made me grab my water and take a big gulp, but once I took another sip, I was delighted. I recommend you try it, and share your feedback in the comment section and let me know what you think.

You can glance at the rest of the drink menu below. I will visit Hopdoddy again. The food was great. The service was great. Overall, it was a great experience.

Hopdoddy Drink Menu

Drink Menu

If you get a chance to go by, let me know your thoughts. Hopdoddy is located at 4444 Westheimer Rd, Suite H100 Houston, TX 77027. Until next time, love, peace and food.