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Let’s Talk Gratuity

A recent dining experience got me to thinking, do restaurants change their rules of engagement based on the type of patrons they have?  For example, if the spot is frequented by black folks so are we more likely to see things like automatic gratuity, dress codes and other rules that impact the dining experience? I am not reaching any conclusions with this post, primarily just sharing my experiences and those of my followers.  If anything my hope is that we can start paying attention to varying dining experiences and also be better diners where applicable. The Dining Experience So here [...]

By |2021-01-03T21:48:33-06:00January 3rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|14 Comments

Smoked Turkey Collard Greens

For the first time ever, my mother tasked me with making the collard greens for Thanksgiving.  Typically I make everything else, but she makes the greens.   Similar to mac and cheese, the collard green duty isn’t just bestowed on just anyone.  So I definitely felt the pressure to knock this out of the park.   Chatted with some friends and of course the internet to come up with my very own collard greens.  After I was finishing off a bowl of just collard greens the day after Thanksgiving, I realized that this recipe justttt might be it, so I am sharing [...]

By |2020-12-31T01:19:06-06:00December 27th, 2020|Categories: Recipes|0 Comments

Sun-Dried Tomato Spinach Pasta

*This post (Sun-Dried Tomato Spinach Pasta) is sponsored by Barilla Pasta, but all content and opinions are my own*  By the time Christmas rolls around, my family and I are over regular holiday food.  Some years ago we started a new tradition for Christmas which typically includes a great pasta dish, a beautiful red sauce and something green keeping with the season’s colors.  This year, I’ve teamed up with Barilla to create the perfect pasta dish for our relaxed Christmas affair, creating a Sun-Dried Tomato Spinach Pasta. During the holiday season, HEB has you covered with ingredients for your traditional [...]

By |2020-12-31T01:07:58-06:00December 18th, 2020|Categories: Recipes|0 Comments

Morning Glory San Diego

Last month I shared nothing on this platform.  This was the first time since I created my blog that I let a month go by without putting fingers to my keyboard and sharing a new recipe, restaurant experience or travel.  I spent much of last month consumed with the Presidential election.  Sharing important news updates on my Instagram page, encouraging people to vote and even serving as a poll worker on election day.  After election day I jetted to San Diego with my sister for a much needed getaway.  We did not do much on this short trip that warrants [...]

By |2020-11-16T21:43:30-06:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Brunches, Traveling Foodie|0 Comments

The Original Hot Dog Factory Houston

If you are an avid watcher of Real Housewives of Atlanta like me you are very familiar with the Original Hot Dog Factory!  When Porsha introduced her boo, Dennis McKinley on RHOA some years ago, they also introduced us to his restaurant, the Original Hot Dog Factory.   The brand recently began franchising across the country with a new location arriving right here in Houston.  The franchise owners happen to be two Houstonian sisters.   I stopped by a few weeks back with my own sister to try out the Original Hot Dog Factory Houston.  Check out the details below! The Setup [...]

By |2020-09-26T20:36:07-05:00September 26th, 2020|Categories: Dinner, Happy Hour, Houston Eats|0 Comments

Brennan’s of Houston

As I share my latest restaurant review a few things come to mind.  First, whewww this feels weird?! It's been so long.  Second, I feel the need to justify my outings to those who I know disagree.   While there are a series of new restaurant reviews on my page, my outings still remain few and far between with me mainly dining at home with takeout or home cooked meals.   Of the four-five times I've dined inside, I made a point to pick places where the experience could not be replicated at home.  Brennan's of Houston s the epitome of a [...]

By |2020-09-26T20:37:41-05:00September 19th, 2020|Categories: Brunches, Houston Brunches, Inside the Loop|0 Comments

Graham Cracker Crust Sweet Potato Pie

My love of all things sweet potato is well documented here on Black Girls Who Brunch.  I've stuffed it in cinnamon rolls, put in muffins, added it to ice cream, even made a pudding out of it.  But the one quintessential sweet potato dish was missing, a Sweet Potato Pie.  Some years ago, I had the idea to go with a graham cracker crust rather than the traditional pastry crust.  It took some tries and Thanksgiving experiments to get it right, but I think I have finallllly mastered a Graham Cracker Crust Sweet Potato Pie.  This recipe plays on my [...]

By |2020-11-25T21:47:06-06:00September 13th, 2020|Categories: Recipes|23 Comments

Riesling Pops

 *This post (Riesling Pops) is sponsored by Wines of Germany, but the opinions and recipe are my own! This content is intended for 21 and over.* As the summer comes to a close, may I offer up one more recipe for your summer nights?  For the adults, who doesn't have warm memories of a drippy sugary popsicle during the summer heat?? I know I do! Well let's re-introduce our childhood favorite by taking it up a notch with wine!  These Riesling Pops play on all of our favorite childhood memories while adding in some of the best parts of adulthood, [...]

By |2020-09-11T14:44:25-05:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Recipes|0 Comments

Kamp Houston

Despite the oddities that are 2020, restaurants are still opening albeit with less fanfare than years past.   The folks behind Prospect Park, Lost and Found and countless other bars/clubs frequented by Houston's black crowd have opened yet another bar in Houston.  This time, they have taken over the space vacated by Beaver's late last year to create Houston's newest bar experience, Kamp Houston. The Setup The clientele between Beavers and Kamp likely doesn't have much crossover so I am probably one of the few people who had the privilege of visiting both spots.  Both locations played up the outdoor theme [...]

By |2020-09-08T23:34:34-05:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Dinner, Happy Hour, Houston Eats|2 Comments

Sweet Potato Trifle

If you have been around Black Girls Who Brunch for awhile you know I LOVE all things Sweet Potato! This love honestly grew out of watching my pinterest feed fill up with pumpkin spice recipes every fall.  As I scroll all of the pumpkin recipes I imagine upgrading them with sweet potato instead.  Since no one was doing god's work and converting all of these recipes to sweet potato, I decided to take on the challenge myself.   Hence my latest creation a Sweet Potato Trifle!  Imagine this as a deconstructed sweet potato pie or kind of like a banana pudding.  [...]

By |2020-08-30T02:23:10-05:00August 30th, 2020|Categories: Recipes|0 Comments