Here’s The Austin Startup That Wants You To Eat Crickets

Aketta crickets

So eating crickets is a thing now.  We’ve heard of John The Baptist eating locust and wild honey, but we were never under the impression that he did it to be hip. Aketta is the new Austin, Texas startup that wants you to eat crickets too. And they come in many familiar flavors including Texas BBQ, Southwest Chili, Sour Cream … Read More

Recipe: Caramel Cake with Hazelnut Praline Topping

Recipes

My parents recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary and I was determined to create a special treat in celebration of it. Between their very differing tastes and dietary restrictions it was a challenging task. I finally ended up combining several different recipes and modifying them to simplify suit my needs. The results were more than satisfactory. This is a heavy … Read More

Top 10 Best Irish Pubs in Houston for St. Patrick’s Day Week!

Best Irish Pubs Houston

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re looking for a hole-in-the-wall Irish dive or an elegant Irish bistro and pub, you found the right article. We polled our readers, scoured reviews, drank some beer, and created this fine list of The Best Irish Pubs & Restaurants in Northwest Houston. There are a few honorable mentions closer to downtown too, but most … Read More

Houston’s First Mac & Cheese Festival Happens in April!

Houstonians have been deprived of a Mac & Cheese Festival for far too long. Thankfully, Janie Enloe of Silver Street Studios has set out to change that. After visiting Chicago with a friend and experiencing another Mac & Cheese Festival first hand, she decided that Houston must have this thing. On Saturday, April 15, she’s making it happen. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman … Read More

Mexican Style Ice Cream Parlor, El Kiosko, Comes To Tomball

We love Mexican food. I mean, we REALLY love Mexican food. We also love ice cream. And margaritas. But I digress. A brand new Mexican restaurant has opened in Tomball and it’s not your typical cocina. It’s El Kiosko, and it’s a Mexican ice cream shop serving up Mangonadas (a spiced mango fruit drink), Troles (fruit ice), Elotes (cheesy grilled corn on … Read More

Leading Up To The Super Bowl, Cy-Fair ISD Collects For Souper Bowl of Caring

Cypress, Texas — Campuses throughout the Cy-Fair ISD school district are serving as drop-off sites for Souper Bowl of Caring, a national effort to encourage community groups to collect items for people in need. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, … Read More

22nd Cy-Fair ISD Livestock Show & Sale, Feb 4-6

Cypress, Texas — This Thursday at 8AM the 22nd Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Livestock Show & Sale kicks off! During its 2016 even, the community gave students a whopping $905,562 in purchases at the events premium sale, freezer sale, and by way of donations. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to … Read More

Chuck Norris Unleashes Never Ending Source Of Power: Bottled Water

Chuck Norris has ventured into the industry of bottled water with his new brand, CFORCE. The water is sourced from a sustainable, natural aquifer deep beneath Chuck Norris’ Lone Wolf Ranch in Navasota. According to the company website, “CFORCE doesn’t flow from the ground; it bursts from an artesian spring with the same unharnessed power and intensity you’d expect from Chuck Norris’ … Read More

DQ The Woodlands Make A Miracle Treat Day! #MiracleTreatDay

Come join Dairy Queen in The Woodlands on Thursday, July 28, for a day of fun, festivites, giveaways, and miracles! There will be a moonwalk, dunking booth, bouncey house, spinning wheel, auction, and much more. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her … Read More

Fishing Industry Pros Worry About NOAA Expanding Subsea Flower Garden

Gulf Coast Coral Reef, photo by NOAA

In the early 2000s, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began exploring options for expansion of The Flower Garden, a 56-square-mile  national marine sanctuary. It has proposed five alternatives for expansion. Staffers recommend adding 15 reefs, including one basalt sphere — a geological feature. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys … Read More

Café Marrese: Best Coffee House in Northwest Houston!

Café Marrese

If you want to enjoy the best coffee, breakfast, and pastries in Northwest Houston, Café Marrese is a very safe bet. The little family owned cafe is poshly decorated and serves up a delicious assortment of breakfast favorites including steel cut oatmeal, hearty omelets, savory breakfast wraps, and of course combination plates including ever-popular items like bacon, eggs, waffles, and sausage. Jennifer Grassman … Read More

Tomball Farmer’s Market Announces New Vendors

Nestled right in the heart of downtown, the Tomball Farmer’s Market is a fun and unique outing for the whole family. Open every Saturday, you’ll enjoy strolling through stands of fresh locally grown vegetables and fruit, locally raised organic meats, raw honey, and home made jellies, jams, salsas, and other specialty creations. You’ll even find handcrafted pottery, carpentry, gorgeous floral arrangements, and vivacious … Read More

11 Year Old Texas Girl Takes Her Lemonade Business To Whole Foods

Mikaila Ulmer is a cute little girl from Austin, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a business guru or entrepreneurial genius. In fact, little Mikaila is the founder and creator of Me & The Bees Lemonade (originally Bee Sweet Lemonade). Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, … Read More

Have Some Listeria With Your Latte? Starbucks Recalls Breakfast Sandwiches

Thankfully no illness have been reported so far, but YIKES. Sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches that were sold at 250 Starbucks stores throughout Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, have been recalled due to potentially deadly Listeria bacteria contamination. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing … Read More

Coco Crepes Announces New Crepe-Of-The-Month: Savory Chicken Spinach Crepe With Creamy Pesto Sauce

Happy National Crepe Day!  Today Coco Crepes, Waffles & Coffee has announced their new Crepe Of The Month! It’s the creamy and savory Chicken and Spinach Crepe. The delicate pastries are stuffed with grilled chicken, spinach, mozzarella cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and topped with wild mushroom pesto sauce. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She … Read More

Texas Chef Recreates ZZ Top’s “Tres Hombres” Album Mexican Dinner & Eats It Too

by Andy Langer, Texas Monthly || Last year, Texas Monthly described the inside cover of ZZ Top’s 1973 LP Tres Hombres as “perhaps the most famous and salivating example of Tex-Mex food porn of all-time.” Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from … Read More

Recipe: Chocolate Coffee Cake with Blackberry Filling & Nutmeg Frosting

The following is a recipe I adapted from a chocolate cake recipe at Add A Pinch. The dark brown sugar and hot coffee result in a very moist, not-too-sweet chocolate cake that’s TO DIE FOR: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working … Read More

Trader Joe’s Recalls Exploding Ginger Brew

Pregnant mommas beware! Trader Joe’s — including The Woodlands, Katy, and Houston area locations — has recalled all their Triple Ginger Brew (SKU 51857) sold between 11/9/15 & 12/14/15 because the $2.99-per-bottle sodas have a tendency to explode, rather like herbal-infused grenades. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing … Read More

Tomball & Magnolia Christmas Events Kick Off This Weekend!

by Wendy Cawthon, Community Impact As the countdown grows shorter, the cities of Tomball and Magnolia are getting in the holiday spirit with several family-friendly events this weekend. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo. … Read More

GoGo Squeez Issues Recall On Kid’s Applesauce Pouches Due To Mold Contamination

Popular kid’s snack brand, GoGo SqueeZ, has announced a voluntary recall of their applesauce pouches due to the development of mold in some products. The type of mold found often grows on fruit, and is not considered a health risk. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, … Read More

Recall Alert: There Might Be Salmonella In Your Coriander

No illness has as yet been reported, but Texans will want to check their pantries for Coriander Powder that’s tested positive for Salmonella bacteria. It’s not the sort of thing you’d expect to be the culprit behind food poisoning, so please be sure and share this alert with your friends! Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based … Read More

Cheerios Recalls Gluten Free Cereal Contaminated With Wheat: Here’s What You Need To Know

General Mills has recalled 1.8 million boxes of  Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereals due to the fact that wheat flour may have accidentally been introduced into products labeled as gluten-free. Those with a wheat allergy, celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, are warned not to eat cereal from boxes marked with the following “Better If Used By” dates: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations … Read More

URGENT Peanut Allergy Alert: These Caramel Apples Don’t Have Peanuts Listed In The Ingredients

The family owned brand, Tastee Apple, has issued an allergy alert on undeclared peanuts in 3-ounce packages of Plain Caramel Apples. While it doesn’t mention peanuts in the ingredient list on the packaging, there may be peanuts present in the treat. People with peanut allergies run the risk of serious and life-threatening allergic reactions if they eat these apples. Jennifer Grassman … Read More

Texas Recall Alerts For Cucumbers, HEB Bottled Water, & Johnsonville Sausage

Yesterday – on top of the massive cucumber recall on account of salmonella contamination – two very popular products were recalled. Here’s what you need to know to keep your family safe: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and … Read More

Cucumber Recall Expanded: Texas Woman Dies From Salmonella, Over 300 Sick Including Many Children

UPDATE: This recall has been expanded to include Fat Boy brand cucumbers, which may also be contaminated with salmonella, and which were also sold locally in the Greater Houston Area and throughout Texas. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, … Read More

BLUE BELL IS COMING BACK AUGUST 31!!!! Here’s Where To Buy, & Some Of Our Favorite Memes

Y’all we’re about ready to cry we’re so happy! Blue Bell Ice Cream has announced that they’ll be delivering their Texas original, home style ice cream to the following counties in Texas: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, … Read More

WHATAPATRIOTISM! Whataburger Posts “One Nation Under God” in Restaurant Windows

This is not exactly a new story, but it’s been making the rounds on social media again lately, and is super relevant. Whataburger, the Texas original burger joint that’s been a family favorite since 1950, has the following message posted in their restaurant windows: Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys … Read More

HEB Says Blue Bell Ice Cream Will Be Back In September!

HEB says that they anticipate welcoming Blue Bell Ice Cream back on their shelves mid-September. On Tuesday, Blue Bell announced that they had resumed ice cream shipments. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo. http://www.JenniferGrassman.com

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Opens In Tomball, Donates Over $500 To Tomball High School Project Prom

Potbelly Sandwich Shop is known for their great sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes and live local music. Their original location was founded as an antique store in Chicago in 1977. Now, the popular franchise has branched out, and Ralph Baig, owner, said Tomball was his first choice for the new location. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based … Read More

Blue Bell Ice Cream: Texas Businessman Sid Bass Invests, Speeding Brand’s Recovery After Recall

Prominent Texas business investor, Sid Bass, has become a partner with Blue Bell Ice Cream. The philanthropist – who also notably donated $25 million to the Metropolitan Opera in 2006 – may be just the answer to many Texan’s prayers for their favorite ice cream brand to get out of the lurch. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based … Read More

Missing Blue Bell Ice Cream? Here’s a New Texas Brand to Try!

If you’re like me, you’ve been mourning the lack of Blue Bell Ice Cream in your freezer. I’ve tried every possible brand in the stores in an attempt to tide us over until Blue Bell returns. Mostly I’ve just been very disappointed until I tried this brand new ice cream. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based … Read More

CorkScrew BBQ Comes to Old Town Spring!

After being named by Time Out New York as one of the 23 Best Barbecue Restaurants in American – #7 in the list in fact – Corkscrew BBQ announces some exciting news. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The … Read More

4th of July American Flag Cookie-Cake with Berries & Cream Cheese Frosting

Looking for a patriotic and easy treat for your 4th of July party? Check this out. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo. http://www.JenniferGrassman.com

We Got The Best Burger in the USA? Heck Yes! Daily Meal Names Beck’s Prime in Top 101

Daily Meal has named “Bill’s Burger” of Beck’s Prime as #54 out of 101 Best Burgers in America. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo. http://www.JenniferGrassman.com

Blue Bell Ice Cream is COMING BACK! The CDC Investigation is Concluded

The Centers for Disease Control has announced that their investigation into the Listeria outbreak that caused Blue Bell Creameries to halt production, and necessitated the layoff hundreds of employees, is now over! Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, … Read More

Hero Alert! Norman Faust, of Taste of Texas Restaurant, Rescues Woman From Deadly Houston Flood

“There’s heroes everywhere. All the responders, they’re heroes to me. I don’t feel like I’m a hero. I got strength from God to do that.” Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo. http://www.JenniferGrassman.com

Review: Wacky Mongolian Grill in Vintage Park, “A Bold Twist On Asian Cuisine”

Wacky Mongolian Grill is a new go-to restaurant in our home. It’s a bold twist on Asian cuisine, and it’s not the typical restaurant model you’re used to either. How’s it so different? Let me count the ways … Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing … Read More

Blue Bell Sadly Announces They Must Lay Off 1,450 Employees, Says It’s “An Agonizing Decision”

It’s a sad day for Blue Bell. In order to ensure that Texas’ favorite ice cream company can recover and return in the future, the leadership has made “an agonizing decision” to downsize their work force and take other cost-cutting measures, including furloughs and salary reductions. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to … Read More

May 23: 4th Annual Tomball Chili Challenge & Margarita Pour-Off!

On Saturday, May 23, Tomball’s 4th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Chili Challenge is taking place at the historic downtown Depot. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo. http://www.JenniferGrassman.com

FREE Event! Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival in Downtown Tomball, May 2 & 3

Are you a Bayou Belly Buster Boudin Ball Eatin’ Champ? Don’t laugh, that’s a serious question. Jennifer Grassman Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo. http://www.JenniferGrassman.com

Sad News: Blue Bell Ice Cream Issues Total Recall of ALL Products

Blue Bell Creameries has now recalled all Blue Bell brand products made at all of production facilities. While health concerns take priority, it is tragic to see such an iconic business, with all the families it employs, go through such a difficult time. The CDC recommends, “Do not eat, serve or sell any Blue Bell products.” Blue Bell’s official recall press release … Read More