Monday, September 11, 2017

Zatar Lebanese Tapas and Bar

You know that moment you find yourself eating while cooking your dinner? If you say you don't know that feeling, I'm positive you're lying. Zatar is the place that you can do that with half the effort.

Zatar itself is a dip of oil and spices to enjoy with fresh pita. Often times, families make this dip while they are cooking their meals - thus the moment you may over eat before your dinner makes it to your table.

Date Night

Frozen Limonada
 Pick a beautiful evening to sit on their porch and enjoy this refreshing cocktail. Perfect balance of sweet and sour, the Frozen Limonada reminded me of an alcoholic italian ice.

Hummus Duo
I have not stopped talking about the hummus duo. Obsessed. That beautiful pink dish is their roasted beat hummus. Wow y'all. You need to get in on this. After my first taste, I hogged this dish on my side of the table.

Kibbet Karaz
These open face meatballs were super filling. With a cherry sauce, they are a great savory start to your meal. Stuffed inside is a blend of meat and walnuts, topped with scallions.

Taco Trio
Taco Trio is a great choice for the indecisive eater.
Falafel, chicken, and beef, you get tons of amazing flavor combos all on one plate.
Get them to share or make it your entree, this is an easy way to try a Lebanese inspired taco.

Cheese Cigars & Fattoush
A blend of Lebanese cheeses hugged by a golden fried pastry is the fried cheese stick you've been waiting for your entire life. I'm not sure what else I need to say to the many cheese lovers other than that. I personally did not get to try it, but my dinner buddy talked about them for the rest of the week. To balance the carb overload, we were brought Fattoush, aka a garden salad. I may have focused more on eating the pita chips on top, but definitely enjoyed the fresh produce hidden underneath. Paired with a light and zesty dressing, this is a great little salad.

Upside Down Lamb Pilaf
This dish is exactly how I imagined a traditional Lebanese dish would smell and taste. The Upside Down Lamb Pilaf is a family recipe that is so aromatic that you can nearly taste it before your fork has even touched it. If you're ready to be a bit adventurous and experience new food, this is the dish to choose. There's a reason this family recipe has been passed down.

Chocolate Halawa Cake
This cake is made especially for Zatar. 
The Chocolate Halawa Cake is layers of chocolate, nougat, and butter cream that is just waiting to be ordered. Leave room for a delectable piece of chocolatey goodness.

Check out their menu here!
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Absolute Zero Cryo

Cryotherapy has been a hot topic for a few years now and I finally got the chance to check it out for myself. Absolute Zero Cryo, off of Preston Road, invited me in and I could not have been more excited!

But let's be honest y'all, I was a little skeptical about how I would feel and what I would notice after my session. But heck, if just feeling energized and amazing was the only benefit,
I would freeze for it any day.

After my 2 minutes and 20 seconds in the chamber I felt like a brand new woman.
I was so energized and ready to go, I may have startled the gentleman in the lobby when I came bounding out of my room. First off, not sure why I thought they would make you freeze for a prolonged amount of time, but 2 minutes just did not sound like it would be long enough. However the feeling was obvious, I was invigorated and ready to take on the rest of my day.

The sweet Dorothy kept me company while I was in the chamber (since I was a novice)
and shared with me the many benefits of Cryotherapy...

- Pain/Inflammation Reduction
- Quicker Recovery Time
- Muscle Damage Recovery
- Endorphin Release to Enhance Performance 
- Burns Additional 500-800 Calories
- Boosts Immune System
- Improves Blood Circulation
- Removes Toxins from Body
- Increase Collagen Production
- Reduce Cellulite & Blemishes
- Accelerated Metabolism & Weight Loss
- Alleviates Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia

Also available is a Cryo Facial that can not only help with the appearance of wrinkles and saggy skin, but can also be a relief to those with chronic migraines.

Next on my list is to try their Infrared Sauna.
Their Full Spectrum IR Sauna offers many benefits including its ability to target deeper within your cells where our bodies store waste and harmful toxins and remove these impurities.
Dorothy warned me that when I come to try the sauna, I should be ready to sweat for a few hours after my visit.

Benefits include...
- Weight Loss
- Improves Skin Appearance
- Heals Damaged Skin
- Detox & Purify Your Body
- Stimulates Endorphins
- Pain Relief
- Relieves Eczema, Psoriasis, Arthritis
- Stress Relief & Improves Sleep
- Reduces Blood Pressure
- Strengthens Immune System

Check out their website here!
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Staycation at Lorenzo Hotel

Here's the scoop y'all - Lorenzo Hotel may have the best view of downtown I've seen in a long time. If that isn't enough to get you packing your bags, I guess I'll do a little more convincing.

I love a good staycation, especially when you don't have to leave the hotel to have a good time.

Greeted with chocolate covered strawberries and chilled champagne, our staycation was off to a fantastic start! 
After claiming a bed, we headed down for some drinks with Einstein at the pool. This is such a neat area to lounge and hang out! The entire location is littered with amazing artwork and the pool is no exception. With a giant chandelier, spending time in the cabana had me feeling like royalty. I sipped on a spicy mango margarita all afternoon and could not have been any happier. Be sure to claim your spot before it's too cold to enjoy!

Next it was time for dinner and man can this kitchen cook! They are fabulous and super accommodating for my dietary restrictions. I even had dreams about the food that night. I chowed down on the burger while my co-staycationers were obsessing over the chicken fried steak!

Lorenzo Burger
Chicken Fried Steak
Grilled Pimento Cheese
The next morning we were all a bit slow moving and missed out on visiting Kolache Korner. This area is just outside the main doors but hard to miss in giant colorful shipping containers. It's the perfect stop if you are an out-of-towner who hasn't learned the magic of a good kolache! They also have tons of other pastries and breakfast burritos to enjoy on this colorful patio.

After the delicious dinner the night before, we knew we had a lot to look forward to for brunch! If I could put a smell online, I would torture you with how fragrant it all was. I highly suggest ordering as much bacon as you can handle because WOW it was cooked just perfect with such a great smoked taste. Not pictured is the Huevos Rancheros because I had no self control and ate it before I got a good photo of it. Oh! And the fresh orange juice is to die for, so don't forget to order it (with or without champagne).

Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal

Vanilla Yogurt Parfait

Belgian Waffle

Country Biscuit Bowl
To learn a little more about the property click here.

If you're ready to plan your staycation, BOOK NOW!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

National Hot & Spicy Food Day at Razzoo's Cajun Cafe

I am always happy to learn something new, and I recently learned A TON about Razzoo's Cajun Cafe. Apart from how expansive their menu is, I found out some really neat stuff about the kitchen. I'm a huge supporter of fresh and house-made items, and Razzoo's delivers. With nearly every item being created in-house, they are able to accommodate any meal for any kind of allergy or intolerance.
This was a huge plus for me because I had no worry in my mind that I would be leaving with a stomach ache. Of course, my +1 for the night got to try all the dairy products so y'all still get to hear about those!
Now they didn't just invite us in for nothing.
Tomorrow, August 19th, is National Hot & Spicy Food Day
and we
got to preview how to celebrate at Razzoo's Cajun Cafe!

With a tasting of tons of sauces featured on the menu, my mouth was on fire by the end of the night. In order from least spicy to most, here's our thoughts on the tastings for the night.

Reminiscent of chicken gravy, this sauce is best paired with blackening spices

Crawfish Lemon Butter
Obviously buttery and creamy, but the hint of citrus made us think of ranch

Cajun Etouffee

This seafood gravy is when a bit of spice started to kick in!

Creole Cream
This slightly spicy, garlic cream sauce is great when you want a lighter, less rich sauce

Fais Deaux Deaux
This was like a cajun teriyaki sauce, I dipped everything in this the rest of the night

Jalapeno Cheese
This is exactly what you would imagine and it's as great as you think

Shrimp Creole

This zesty tomato sauce had us thinking of a spicy salsa gumbo 

BBQ Ouch
If you can handle the spice of this sauce we give it 10/10!

This sauce is hot enough to make you sweat, but man almighty is it flavorful and delicious!

For a sweet sauce (say, to dip your shrimp cocktail)
get a heaping bowl of their Cherry Mustard sauce - you can thank me later.

Cajun Fried Steak
This Texas sized steak stayed crisp even after that thick layer of gravy had been layered over it for a while... I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty incredible.

Creamy Cajun Fondue Dip
Y'all. If you like queso, you will like the Creamy Cajun Fondue Dip. Just order it.

Check out their menu here, but don't be shy to ask for something creative. I suggest asking for their fresh salmon slathered in the Fais Deaux Deaux sauce.
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Monday, July 31, 2017

The Blind Butcher

With Beats & Eats just around the corner, Chef Oliver was kind enough to invite us in to get a preview of his talents. We asked what we should expect on August 10th and he shared the dinner will be an experience unique to his restaurant featuring some delicious pork options.

Texas Bruschetta

Say hello to my favorite thing I ate all night - Texas Bruschetta. I am basically obsessed with goat cheese (since I can actually eat it) and Chef Oliver was even so kind as to make sure the bread itself was dairy free. The goat cheese is sourced from the local Lost Ruby Ranch, and the tomatoes are local as well. So fresh, y'all.
Pastrami Egg Rolls

Paired with house-made creamy mustard, these pastrami egg rolls were excellent - they were flaky on the outside and filled to the brim.

Pig Ears

Let's be honest y'all, pig ears do not sound like the most appetizing things on the menu ... and when I saw Chef Oliver bringing them out, I was a bit worried.
Covered in a blend of BBQ spices, these pig ears were sweet with a little spice and the perfect amount of crisp.

Sangria and Butcher Smash

We sampled quite a few of their different cocktails and I'm simply not sure I could choose a favorite. But I would highly suggest ordering their fresh made sangria, the Zephyr Pepino or the Butcher Smash.

From the sauerkraut to the sausage, Chef Oliver and his team put a lot of time and effort into creating spectacular house-made creations. You can't go wrong with any of the many meat options available, so choose as you please!

Don't forget to catch Chef Oliver at Beats & Eats on August 10th.
For more details and tickets, click here.

To see the full dinner menu, click here.

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