Houston's Worst Blogger Award....

Who is Houston's worst blogger? Read on to find out...

It's no secret that TheSizzle has... fizzled. 2016 kicked us real hard in the nether regions. I lost my fire, my spark and my motivation and hustle. Is it just me, or did almost everyone have a pretty shoddy 2016? 

I am awarding myself the award for Houston's worst blogger for 2016. But guess what? 2016 is O-V-E-R. As I was leaving Soul Cycle last night, I was chatting with one of the front desk gentlemen and we bonded over the fact that we need/crave someone to kind of get in our faces during a workout. We want the person next to us to be crushing it, thereby motivating us to out-crush the competition. Yes, I'm a wildly competitive animal, and with that wildly competitive motivation comes a crippling fear of not being the best. It gets discouraging, you feel downtrodden and you freeze up. 2016 was my year in the cryo-chamber. I was frozen and unable to see how I could move forward. 

2017 is here. I'm not promising magical, hilarious, witty and regular posts, but I always promise to keep it real. I love Houston, I love this city a lot. It's truly worth writing about. Even Anthony Bourdain showed us some love. But I also love myself. A lot, and embracing that was hard for me. 2017 is the year I will thaw out, un-freeze and move forward. I will crush it, slowly. More of an anaconda-like, slow but deadly crushing... I took that way too far, didn't I?

This year, I encourage all of you who feel frozen, scared, self-conscious and generally "meh" to join me and move forward, even if it's a teeny baby step. Baby steps count, it's how you start walking and eventually running. 

So here's to you, to me, to our big, bad-ass city and to making 2017 the year where we all out-crush the competition. 

Yours with lots of love, 

THESIZZLEHOUSTON

crushing it in 2017.

 

#TheSizzleSeries : SLEEP

#TheSizzleSeries : SLEEP

Welcome, my dears to part 1 of #TheSizzleSeries. During each segment, I’ll attempt to give you tips, tricks and lovely tidbits regarding each subject. In our first segment, I’ll be covering something that you can’t live without, you can never have too much of (IMO) and something that I think I’m safe in saying we’re all short of after the post-holiday hustle and bustle. That, my amigos, is SLEEP.

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The Sizzle Series: INTRO

The Sizzle Series: INTRO

Good day Sizzlers, and welcome to 2016. Hopefully this year brings you plenty of everything you wish and work for! 2016 is going to be big here at the Sizzle both professionally and personally. I can't wait to share with you all that we have in store!

First of all, I spent some of my Holiday time re-thinking and re-"crafting" TheSizzle. I realized that by limiting my content to only certain subjects, I was limiting myself, and that's no good! 2016 will be all about taking risks, not being scared and pushing yourself. Either way, I hope this year serves you well. 

First up on the agenda for 2016 is a "Sizzle Series" where I will dish and spill my recs and ideas regarding various life areas. Obviously there will be plenty of food, but there will also be some new fun areas I haven't really covered in the past. 

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The Best Bachelorette...EVER

The Best Bachelorette...EVER

For those who know me personally, you'll find that the older I get, the more I hate loud clubs, untz untz music, and people wearing Ed Hardy, rhinestones and too much hair gel. 

When it came time for my Bachelorette party, I knew I wanted it to be amazing, fun, somewhat boozy, obviously filled with delicious nomz and a gathering of my closest friends and family. 

And that's exactly what I got. It was perfect. 17 gorgeous intelligent women drove/flew/walked/ran/teleported to Austin, Texas and we had a blast. 

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The Sizzle Wedding Rundown

The Sizzle Wedding Rundown

Hello and good tidings amigos! I cannot. cannot. believe it's already Christmas-time! I feel like I just got used to using "2015" on all my dated notes.... sigh. Like they say, time flies when you're having fun, and also when you realize you haven't written a post in eons!

Being that I'm in the giving spirit, I wanted to give everyone a taste of the best day ever. Our wedding! June 20 was so so amazing, and I can't wait for you to see it all. Without further ado, I give you #herecomethehooks

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National Taco Day + Discounted Tickets to TACOLANDIA!

National Taco Day + Discounted Tickets to TACOLANDIA!

HOUSTON PRESS TACOLANDIA DISOUNTED TICKETS!

IT'S NATIONAL TACO DAY! Did you even know? Well, now you have a perfect way to celebrate (especially if you're on the couch reading this and don't feel like moving). 

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THE ESSENTIALS: What to eat when you can't decide and you have zero energy

THE ESSENTIALS: What to eat when you can't decide and you have zero energy

Don't even act like you've never been here. Maybe you had too much fun last night, maybe you're addicted to something on Netflix and you don't wanna take off your comfy clothes, or maybe you just don't feel too good and you don't really feel like moving. Either way, when hunger strikes and you find yourself in this quandary; TheSizzle wants to ease your sorrows and hunger. 

I'd like to divulge that as I write this, I'm currently in this sitch. I don't feel good, I'm not sick but I just plain 'ole don't feel good and I for once don't feel like cooking. 

Here are my go to places: 

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Sparkling Sounds of Summer meets TheSizzle

Sparkling Sounds of Summer meets TheSizzle

Aloha Amigos!

Last week I was lucky enough to get to try the summer special Happy Hour at Eddie V's in West Ave. I had gone to Eddie V's at that location once before for a late night steak and wine snack with ones of my BFF's, but to be honest I had totally forgotten how delicious it was!

This summer, Eddie V's is featuring some awesome Happy Hour specials, starting with $5 light bites and some deliciously decadent and fizzy cocktails. I grabbed some gal pals and we made our way over for Friday's Happy Hour, featuring the music of one of my favorite crooners Michael Bublé. Hurry up and go now, the event ends August 29th! Link to menu and schedule. 

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B&B Butchers HFBC Dinner

B&B Butchers HFBC Dinner

Aloha Amigos!

Last week I was lucky enough to get to try the summer special Happy Hour at Eddie V's in West Ave. I had gone to Eddie V's at that location once before for a late night steak and wine snack with ones of my BFF's, but to be honest I had totally forgotten how delicious it was!

This summer, Eddie V's is featuring some awesome Happy Hour specials, starting with $5 light bites and some deliciously decadent and fizzy cocktails. I grabbed some gal pals and we made our way over for Friday's Happy Hour, featuring the music of one of my favorite crooners Michael Bublé. Hurry up and go now, the event ends August 29th! Link to menu and schedule. 

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Reviews, news and recipes

Reviews, news and recipes

Bonjuor Sizzlers!

I am officially back in action! We are back from the Honeymoon feeling refreshed and revitalized! I can't wait to share honeymoon photos, wedding photos and all the amazing eats we've had along the way. I will also reveal my final thoughts on the Squeezed Juice Cleanse, and share my favorite new recipes. 

Tomorrow I am headed to B&B Butcher and Restaurant for a dinner to check out the new spot! I will definitely let y'all know how it goes! 

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The non-foodie foodie post, aka #brokentummies

Howdy amigos!

In the daze that is wedding planning, working at a grown up job and maintaining some semblance of sanity....me and MainSqueeze have developed #brokentummies. MainSqueeze spent the last weekend in Memphis at a BBQ competition/bachelor party, so his blood and internal organs are literally 99% smoked meats and beer. 

Then there's me. When TheSizzle is stressed, my stomach basically forgets how to be a stomach and decides that it hates anything and everything I put into it. It's not awesome. At all. 

So....Sunday evening as MainSqueeze and I sat clutching our #brokentummies, we decided something needed to happen, and fast. So the girl who loves food, and her food loving fiancee are doing a juice cleanse. Starting tomorrow. For three days. THREE days. The amount of HANGRY-ness will be off the charts. We might not survive. But maybe our mission to #healbrokentummies will be a success? I'll let you know. 

The Skinny on the "cleanse":

-I am not doing this to lose weight. Nor is MS. We both just need a few days of nothing but green thangs and fruit and water. 

-We decided to go with Squeezed Houston, and will be picking up our juice tomorrow morning.  We are doing the 3 day cleanse with almond milk. 

-I am scared. I get very very HANGRY and I have to interact with humans at work....recipe for disaster? Yes. But if it's a recipe to #healbrokentummies then I'll take it. 

Have you ever done this craziness? Let me know your thoughts.... I'll keep y'all posted since typing will hopefully distract me from eating my fingers in desperate attempts for food. 

Updates, happenings, the dirt.

Aloha Amigos!

I've been gone gone gone for a while and now I'm back with a vengeance! I don't really have a good excuse, other than a couple things have happened around these here waters...

* MainSqueeze was in Hawaii, so the only real reason I ever turned my computer on at home was to Skype. Sad but true. Ok I guess there was some Netflix in there too. The winter cold and holidays had me all upside down! 

*MainSqueeze came back to the Mainland and made me the happiest girl in the world.  We're going to be Mr. & Mrs. Sizzle as of June 2015!

So life has been a bit crazy with wedding plans, jobs, moves and excitement. TheSizzle is on the upswing folks!

Just because I've been blog silent doesn't mean we haven't been doing fun stuff! I'll upload some photos here soon and take you on my culinary delight tour! Hawaii, Houston, Austin, Hill Country and my very own kitchen in our very own adorable Montrose home. 

For now, keep following me on instagram and stay tuned for new resto recs and recipes!



The Cookie Monster.

Hey there amigos, I hope the end of the week is treating you well! I'm certainly ready for the weekend! 

A few weeks ago I was feeling extra Martha Stewart and decided to make some fall-ish cookies. I studied a couple of recipes and decided I was feeling reckless and combined a few to make some delicious confections. They were quite a hit. 

And now I give you: 

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies. 

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The Marinara of Your Dreams...

Buongiorno Sizzlers! What a spike in the weather we've had! I was NOT expecting the Arctic freeze to hit us so soon, but I'm not gonna lie.... I like it. 

Bundling up and wearing one of my many.many.many.many pair of boots makes me happy. So does the promise of Holidays soon to come! Anywho, I was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday; so I decided to head to the new Whole Foods on San Felipe and Post Oak. WHAT a lovely new space. I almost spent my entire life savings in there!

I decided to whip up a couple things, and one of those was homemade Marinara sauce. I was inspired by a recent post in Bon Apetit and decided to try it out. I never used to care for red sauce until I went to Italy, but I've now become a red sauce snob. I can't help it. You try going to Italy and eating things so fresh and so utterly delightful and then try and come back and open a jar of Prego...not happening. 

And so it was born: Rigatoni in Homemade Marinara with Shaved Parmesano Reggiano

homemade marinara sauce

What you Need:

1 box Rigatoni pasta (I was going to use fresh made pasta but got lazy and couldn't find it in the vast aisle)

1 large can whole peeled tomatoes

1 dash of oregano

1 generous whoosh of good salt. Please don't use table salt. 

1 medium onion

1 piece of hard aged Parm/Reggiano for shaving

Fresh basil (not pictured)

What you DO:

In your pan/pot, use either Olive Oil or butter to sweat out your onion. let it sizzle and sautee until fragrant and clear, add your dash of Oregano to let the flavors come out and blend with the onion

Once the onion/oregano is fragrant and cooked well, add your can of tomatoes. I mashed them a bit with a fork to break the larger pieces down. 

Let this simmer and stir occasionally to let thicken. Meanwhile, heat your well salted pasta water. 

Once your water is at a rolling boil, add the Rigatoni, and cook until al dente. Set aside about 4 generous TB of pasta water to add to the sauce. 

Here's where you can decide what to do. I transferred my Marinara into a food processor and pulsed until it was semi-smooth, and the large chunks were gone. I returned the Marinara to the pot, gave it a taste and added salt/cracked black pepper to taste. 

Add your al dente Rigatoni to the Marinara pot and let them mingle and get to know one another. The pasta will continue to cook and the pasta will be infused by the sauce. 

One the co-mingling has gone until you are satisfied, serve pasta with a few sprigs of fresh basil, and shave your parm on top. Voila. Perfect to take the sting out of the cold and warm your bones. 

I'd really enjoy knowing who has tried one of my recipes! If you have, leave a comment and let me know! Have a lovely warm day, and I will be back with a cookie recipe to knock your woolly socks off! 

 

Bone Chilling Fun. #MusicMonday

Aloha Sizzlers! I hope your weekend was great, and I hope you're feeling rested, bright eyed and bushy tailed. I was basically a vegetable all day yesterday, but I haven't had a day to do "nothing" in a WHILE, so I think I'm fully re-fueled. 

MainSqueeze and I had a very busy couple of weeks. Lots of dinner, dancing, laughing, catching up with amigos and general pre-holiday hustling. 

So I wanted to tell you about this band that we saw Friday night. 

Every once in a while I'll catch a show that I was expecting to be good, but then I'm totally blown away. MainSqueeze and I were exhausted Friday night, but we were dressed for Halloween and I really didn't want to miss this band. 

We drove to the show bleary eyed from sleep deprivation and hustled into Fitzgerald's to catch the last 30 minutes of the show. We clambered up the stairs to the second floor and were greeted by zombies, slutty princesses and a couple Grinches who were too cool to dress up. 

We meandered into the crowd and found the perfect space. And then I was struck by the sound. Shovels & Rope is a husband/wife duo from South Carolina who have some of the most incredible sound I've seen live. Carey Ann Hearst has a voice that stays in your bones, and her talent goes beyond singing. The two together create a full, beautiful sound that tricks you into thinking there's a full band on stage. I laughed, I clapped, I even got teary eyed. It was such a pleasure to see these two rock it out. I HIGHLY recommend seeing them live. Such a treat. 

shovels & rope
shovels & rope

And just to start your Monday off right. Here's a pic of my Halloween costume complete with two baby pugs. My good friend and her husband had us over pre-concert to see their precious new babies "Mac & Cheese."

pugs

I had the perfect Halloween night, puppies, good friends, and an amazing show. These are the days of our lives, amigos. Stay tuned again for more recipes, #nomcity reviews and a couple Holiday treats!


May the Pax Be With You. Seriously.

Greetings Sizzlings! Happy Monday... I know right? Those 2 words just don't mesh. 

I spent a lovely weekend in the country with MainSqueeze and ate some delightful treats. 

Speaking of delightful treats, you need to know about a new treat in Houston. Pax Americana

We had a reservation for Thursday night, and my entire week was spent in anticipation. We were a party of 7, so they offered to serve us family style; which is one of my favorite ways to eat. 

Here's the rundown of the #nomz. Photos will be below as well. Highly recommend, the staff was super knowledgeable and accommodating, and I love the general vibe of the place. I'll definitely be back. 

(Dishes in BOLD are TheSizzles faves from the meal): 

Beverage of choice: Evening Land Blue Label Pinot Noir by the glass and the Smoked Old Fashioned. REALLY tasty cocktail with a delightful drunken cherry as a garnish. 

FAMILY STYLE DISHES:

Farm Fresh Eggs, scallion kimchi aioli, chilies, herb salad, purple barley

Grilled Honeydew Melon, hazelnut vinaigrette, thyme honey, feta

(not featured on the online menu) Baby carrots cooked in general amazing fashion with some hints of curry and candied nuts. PHENOMENAL. I could eat these with every meal. Call me Bugs Bunny. 

(Also not on the online menu) Pan seared tile fish with a magical beurre blanc sauce and root veggies. Honestly, some of the best fish I've had in Houston to date. 

(not online either) Enormously humongous ribeye, cooked medium rare. I love steak, and I love slicing my steak instead of hacking into it like a rabid wolf. The spices on the steak were on point, but I think it could use a little work on the sear. STILL  a great cut of meat. 

Brisket, nine spice, potatoes, soured cream, black garlic, sweet onions

Sanguinaccio Fritters, horchata ice cream, lemon curd, candied pecans

Chocolate Custard, bittersweet chocolate hazelnut cookie, lemon mint sherbert

***Please excuse the quality of the photos, it was super dark and I was too hungry to get technical!***

carrots. dreamy dreamy carrots.

carrots. dreamy dreamy carrots.

grilled honeydew

grilled honeydew

amazing amazing tile fish

amazing amazing tile fish

Please excuse our friend "guau's" obscene hand gesture photo bomb,...

Please excuse our friend "guau's" obscene hand gesture photo bomb,...

chocolate filled thangs

chocolate filled thangs

And there you have it, a new "must go" in Houston. We're so lucky to have this burgeoning food scene, And now I'll be getting back to the treadmill...

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