I have enjoyed several consumer wine tastings at Cru on West Avenue in Houston's upscale River Oaks district. I made sure to attend their Veuve Cliquot tasting with winemaker, Delphine Laborede, this past weekend. As usual, it was a fun mix of interesting people, good food and great wine.
Follow Cru on social media or join their email list to stay informed about their wine events but also check it out anytime you are looking to enjoy a quick glass or share a leisurely bottle.
Incredibly easy to grow in Houston for a large part of the year, basil is also one of the most aromatic herbs to use in cooking. When I get huge amounts in the spring and early summer, I make a lot of pesto. It dresses up any light seasonal vegetable or pasta dish, perfect for the season!
Fresh Pesto- Combine 1-2 garlic cloves with 1/4-1/3 cup of nuts (pine nuts, walnuts or almonds all will work) & add an equal amount of cheese (grated Parmesan or Romano) in a mini food processor. Fill with basil and pour about 1/4-1/3 cup of olive oil on top and then blend. If not using the pesto immediately, top with a thin layer of olive oil in a sealed container to keep fresh in the fridge.
Whether you are visiting the city of Houston or live here full time, if you are a car lover, there is one thing to do this spring that is a must-do. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts Houston to check out the temporary luxury art deco automobile exhibit, Sculpted in Steel. I toured the display recently and was impressed by the array. This collection isa showcase of seventeen cars and motorcycles designed between 1929 -1940. These vehicles are more than art cars or show cars, they are true art deco masterpieces. The museum has great information about the period and designers throughout the exhibit. Go sooner rather than later, they will only be on display until May 30, 2016.