We have a new site and two new blogs!

•August 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hey Hungry in Houston fans!

We have a new site and two new blogs posted today:

Cooking Fresh : Shop the Perimeter of the Grocery Store
A Restaurant Review of Strata’s Spring Wine Dinner

You are already registered for updates on the new site. However the two new blog posts did not get sent in the transition.

Thank you for your following and support.
We would love to hear any tips or ideas you would like to see on the blog.

-Hungry in Houston


Roasting goodness!

•July 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment


Pickling Envy

•July 20, 2010 • 3 Comments

Ok, I’ve loved pickles since before I can remember. There are pictures of me when I was 4 or 5 and I’m just chomping on some pickles on the merry-go-round in my neighborhood.

I just love em’. So I’m off to make my own pickles!

I get some pickling cucumbers and do what makes sense: add some seasonings, here’s what I get:

– garlic
– peppers (1 lg habanero de-seeded, 3 chopped serano, several dried red chilies)
– onion
– dill
– whole peppercorn

I research a quick pickling process. Boil water, vinegar, salt, sugar til all are dissolved. Add this to jar with cukes and above mentioned seasonings.

tap jar on the counter until all the bubble rise to the surface (get as much air out as possible)

Seal jar tightly.

Pickling “process”: boil a large pot of water. Place sealed jar in for 15 minutes.

This must start the process of breaking down ingredients and letting the flavors mix.

Sit and WAIT 3 weeks!!! Ah the anticipation is killing me. Come on august 9th!!!

smoked chicken for perfect flavor

•June 26, 2010 • 4 Comments

i like chicken, but unless you are cooking a dark meat like thighs and legs its hard to get a really good flavor. grilled chicken breast are just OK to me – nothing special…until now. i have discovered the very best way to cook a chicken and good news, its very simple!

and the taste is absolutely delicious – rich, smoky, juicy, full of flavor. there is nothing better than a smoked chicken.

smoked chicken on the grill

all you need is:

  • a whole chicken (which is a very affordable way to buy poultry – $1.00/lb or cheaper)
  • a charcoal grill (like an old smokey)
  • marinating spices/sauces (i’ve been using fresh lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, salt & pepper – but you can use whatever sounds good to you)

and here are the easy steps:

  • butterfly the chicken: i could decribe it, but i think this :30 second video explains it much better:
  • get the marinade ready

lemon olive oil thyme marinade

  • cover the chicken with the marinade, let it sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours

chicken marinating

  • GRILL: on a charcoal grill or smoker, build the coals up on one side – this will be “hot” side. place the chicken SKIN DOWN on the hot side for 15 – 20 minutes, until the skin is nice and crispy. then, flip the chicken over and put it skin-side UP on the opposite side of the grill – off of the direct heat. cook the chicken on this side for about 20 minutes and you’re done.

a very simple technique for some amazing tasting chicken. i like to eat it alone, but my favorite way to eat smoked chicken is an a homemade chicken salad. incredible flavors – and a great twist on a simple recipe.



we love food, but we’re also geeks – check out the i30 project

•June 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

don’t worry, hungry in houston is still in full force, but i did want to let our followers know about a new project adam started june 1st.



ipad iphone i30 project

Starting June 1, 2010, Adam Brower, an Account Manager at IDEA, will be 100% mobile. Brower will solely use an iPhone and an iPad to handle all of his digital interactions at work and home for 30 days. The i30 Project will be a glimpse into the lifestyle of being completely mobile, including its positives and negatives. With no access to laptops, desktops, tvs, or any other gadget, Brower will manage his work and personal responsibilities, as well as his leisure activities.

“I’ve been watching the change in technology and how that change has impacted society for a while, and I wanted to try this experiment to see firsthand where our digital selves could be in the coming years (or months),” confesses Adam Brower. “If our agency can harvest some interesting insight on predicted consumer behavior and limitations in technology and mobile software, our clients can reap the rewards,” continues Brower.

As an agency, we want to know and document what our society’s future could look like in the coming years as mobile devices take the lead in personal electronic sales. We also want to pinpoint the current limitations with mobile technologies to fulfill all our lifestyle and professional needs. The other finding we want to capture is how being 100% mobile will impact our human behaviors. During the project, Brower will be blogging about his experience at The i30 Project and posting updates to the Facebook Like page, as well.

About IDEA
IDEA is a nationally recognized, full-service digital creative agency serving some of the biggest brands in the world, like HP, Sony, Microsoft and Intel. As trusted partners to our clients, we carefully weave creativity and technology together to help our clients build their brands and connect with their audiences in the digital space

authentic grub at ruby’s

•May 27, 2010 • 3 Comments

craving some late afternoon bites on the northwest side of town I remembered a little shack I saw at huffmeister & 290. I’d never checked it out until now, but the tarps advertising “24 hour tacos” seemed to permanently etch themselves in my mind. I was on my way.

walking up to Ruby’s, I’m impressed at how much I actually feel like I’m in small town Mexico. Tacky Catholic art, some caged parakeets and miscellanous fake plants.

we ordered some tacos and a gordita from the very sweet lady behind the counter.

the food was spot on!! Barbacoa taco was flavored perfect, so authentic and so tender! Pastor, fajita and lengua were as equally impressive. They had my beloved green sauce, they get major props for that.

i of course had to wash it down with a refreshing snowcone, made with real pineapple and cocnut juice! Mouthwatering!

definitely will be returning to this gem!

stay hungry houston,

bacon & egg breakfast pho

•May 22, 2010 • 1 Comment

reminiscing of my trip to japan, i miss being able to wake up, walk a block and order a japanese soup breakfast. i woke up this morning knowing exactly what i wanted – an asian style soup! having not done a substantial grocery shopping trip since march, i was limited to what i had available in the kitchen.

first i check on what noodles i have, nothing. i quickly rummage through the fridge and find a package of wonton skins, hmm, i can chop these up and use as noodles. i do have some bacon leftover from last week’s bacon takedown, and a container of homemade chicken stock made earlier this week. i think i have enough to start, let’s jam.

breakfast pho with bacon egg and asian flavoring soup

in a 3 qrt saucepan, i filled about 1/2 way with water. added chicken stock, salt, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, ground cayenne pepper. i then added hoisin sauce, beef flavor pho paste, garlic teriyaki, sesame seed oil & fish sauce. bring to a boil.

while the soup came to a boil, i fried 6 pcs of bacon, cook to al dente, not crispy.

i took 2 eggs and separated white from yolk (adding a pinch of salt to each). stir the boiling soup pot and while spinning, slowly pour the eggs in, whites then yolks. this way you get a nice color separation and can taste the 2 different parts of the egg.

rough chopped the bacon & add to soup. reduce the heat to medium.

then add 8 wonton skins, cut into strips, a sliced fresh jalapeno & simmer.


  • 5 – 6 c. water
  • 1 and 1/2  c. chicken stock
  • tsp of salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • heaping tsp hoisin sauce
  • heaping tsp beef pho paste
  • 1 tsp garlic teriyaki
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 8 wonton skins
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 fresh jalapeno

this is not a science, i literally grabbed items from my pantry and ‘splashed’ ingredients as i saw fit. this is as close as i can get to a recipe. use what you want and what sounds good to you. have fun!

i was surprised at how great this turned out, amazing flavor. awesome pick-me-up for breakfast and i still got in my bacon & eggs. next time i’ll try with a little tamarind and definitely would have liked lime.

stay hungry houston,