Monday, November 28, 2016

Saturday Brunch at Gloria's

Following Thanksgiving, my side of the family all went for Saturday brunch at Gloria's in Midtown. Gloria's features Latin cuisine focusing on Salvadoran and Tex-Mex favorites. My brother is their architect and has designed most of their restaurants; we always share a meal here whenever he is in town.

This was my first time to order from the brunch menu which is available on both Saturday and Sunday. I had the Huevos a Caballo, two eggs over easy on a skirt steak with black beans and guacamole salad. 

Simple and delicious with a Bloody Mary, recommended!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Brandani's in Missouri City

Brandani's Restaurant and Wine Bar in Missouri City opened over a year and a half ago but I just recently discovered it. I live in Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston, and it is easier for me to go into town rather than head deeper into the suburbs on most evenings.

My husband and I have now eaten at this location four times in a short time period, most recently last night. Chef Ron Brandani and his wife Claire have created one of the best dining experiences in the area. Though the appearance of the restaurant has not been updated since the prior tenant, the American classics and Italian-inspired menu is a change.

The dishes we have tried have all been fresh and flavorful. We have thoroughly enjoyed everything we have tasted. A few favorites include the crabmeat stuffed zucchini blossom appetizer special when it is available and the Shrimp Marco when it is not. All of the pasta is delicious and freshly-made; we have tried all four options now and have not been disappointed. Fried chicken with mashed potatoes is already a southern favorite of mine, the added bonus of their jalapeño cream gravy served with it, makes it an irresistible choice. We have also enjoyed the filet mignon and some fish specials.

If the delicious food wasn't enough to bring us back, the wine list which is overseen by Claire Brandani encourages us as well. The stereotypical suburban restaurant list of big box names doesn't exist here. True to the wine bar concept, the list evolves and there are fun offerings to be found at reasonable prices. We've enjoyed bottles of Premier Cru Chablis, Rosso di Montalcino and Falanghina along with some good by-the-glass options as well.

I'm sorry that I was late to this party, if you haven't tried it yet, I am recommending that you do. Brandani's Restaurant and Wine Bar is something to seek out on the southwest side of town.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Broiled Lobster Tails at Home

I saw these newly arrived lobster tails on sale at Whole Foods and I had to bring them home. The store prepped them for me so all I had to do was put them under the broiler and melt some butter.

Voila, dinner is served.

I served them with a bottle of Contadi Castaldi Rosé Franciacorta which is made from Pinot Noir which is known as Pinot Nero in Lombardy, a small wine-producing area in northern Italy from which this wine comes. The region is famous for its high-quality sparkling wines made in the same way as Champagne. The bottle of sparkling rosé was already in my house and was delicious with the meal.