Sunday, July 23, 2017

First Taste, Brunch at Tony Mandola



I was recently invited to try the new brunch menu at Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen. Tony Mandolas is a New Orleans style Oyster Bar and Seafood House, with an Italian flair. Known for its fresh Texas Gulf Seafood - shrimp, oysters, fish, and home-made pastas, red beans and rice, Mama's Gumbo, and Mama's Bourbon Bread Pudding. Tony Mandola's quickly grew popularity since its time in River Oaks as "Tony Mandola's Blue Oyster Bar", 30+ years ago. This popularity prompted the closing of the oyster bar and the opening of Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen on Waugh Drive.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jus De Bissap aka Hibiscus Juice Recipe


You might remember my post on Nu Waters Co-Op not too long ago. Well, one of the items that I purchased while there was a bag of dried Hibiscus petals. I'd had them a while, just waiting for some free time to make some juice from them.

When I was in my single digits(age wise), my family and I lived in Cotonou, Benin in West Africa. During our 3 years there, we were introduced to not only a new culture different from our Rwandese one, but we were also introduced to new foods as well. My mom shopped " au marcher" BKA a food market, at these markets you would find all kinds of crops, herbs, meats and other items being sold by different " vendeuse" bka vendors. In addition to these markets, there were also "mobile" vendors who would travel neighborhood-to-neighborhood selling prepared foods, Garri with nuts, the most refreshing water I've ever tasted and Bissap.
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