Houston Restaurant Review: Armando’s

Nestled in a nice spot in River Oaks, Armandos is “fashioned after 1920s’ Mexico City; it features classic Mexican fare with a nod to La Buenda Vida.” A style like that makes you know you’re living the good life whenever you dine at Armandos. 

dallas: R+D kitchen

R+D Kitchen lies right across a personal favorite of mine - Hillstone. These upscale restaurants are not only in the same relaxing, homey environment, but they also share the same nice and expansive parking lot. So you and your homies can come whenever and valet won’t be necessary here.

Houston Restaurant Review: Local Foods

I admittedly haven’t ever put much thought into the food called sandwich. To me, a sandwich is something that’s quick to fix up and great for only when I’m in a hurry; it really has never been something for me to focus on. Now that sounded blasphemous probably, didn’t it? But let me tell you --Local Foods has opened my eyes, broadened my horizons, and most of all, deepened my appreciation for anything placed between two slices of bread. Oh and Local Foods has just amazing sandwiches, salads, and even a lovely artisan market. 

austin: lin’s asian bar + dim sum

Dim sum is a huge part of Chinese (especially Southwest Chinese) culture -- there's early morning dim sum, afternoon dim sum, late night dim sum, so growing up, we were always on the lookout for good dim sum in the area. Here in Austin, there aren't that many places that have good, authentic dim sum, but fortunately, Lin's is one of those few.

Recipe: The HMHS Breakfast Smoothie

Welcome to another HMHS installment of high-speed breakfast foods. If you’re new here, quick but nutritious breakfast items are a favorite of ours. Because for the person who just doesn't have time for morning sustenance, they can finally get it. So without further ado, we have the one and only HMHS Breakfast Smoothie!

recipe: zongzi (chinese rice dumplings)

Happy Dragon Boat Festival! As the occasion calls for, today we celebrate with zongzi! Zongzi (also called Chinese sticky rice dumplings) are a traditional Chinese dish, consisting of various fillings wrapped in glutinous rice and cooked in bamboo leaves. As a native Texan, here's my best analogy: think tamales, except the Chinese version.