Vol. 9, No. 3 | Houstatlanta
I was in Houston earlier this week for a market visit and it just reminded me that the South has some of the best food in the country. I realize that Texas might not actually be considered the South, but it’s in the Southern part of the country so I think it should be. (I was going to leave this alone, but ended up Googling and came across this article that mentioned that Texas being part of the South is a big debate. I’m only mentioning this because they’ve also decided that Atlanta is not part of the South and that’s just insane. I’m annoyed I read this.)
Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to:
I had an amazing meal at Little’s in Houston. It was so good that the guy next to me ordering fruit punch at the bar of a seafood restaurant couldn’t even throw me off. (I’ve spent countless days sitting at bars and I have never heard someone order fruit punch.) This meal was so good that I didn’t eat for the rest of the day because I wanted to hold onto the memory as long as possible.
After dinner, I ended up at Anvil, one of Houston’s most notable cocktail bars and it was so empty. Then I remembered it was the last day of Dry January. But I find this strange because all month I’ve seen very full bars. Were people just trying to stick to it for one day? Was this you? Should this be renamed to Dry January 31? I’m an advocate for Damp January. A little moderation goes a long way.
Speaking of moderation, I will not rest until half cocktails become a thing. I had some delicious tiny tipples at different bars across Houston (the one I had I had at Anvil was my favorite) and it just made me all the more dedicated to this cause. The reality is that I like to taste cocktails, but I don’t want to finish them all. I think all bars should offer half cocktails. I order these everywhere anyway, but Houston was well-equipped to fulfill the request. Most bars had the cutest tiny glassware, perfect for a half cocktail.
I spent a lot of time in Houston talking about the French Blonde cocktail. If you missed it, Taylor Swift had this drink at a bar in Kansas City and it’s going crazy on the Internet. It has St~Germain so it’s become a big part of my daily life over the past few weeks. I’ve said Tayor Swift more times in one week than I have in my entire life. I didn’t see it on any Houston bar menus, but one way or another it came up. If you see this on menus during the Superbowl, now you’ll know why.
Now that I’m back in Atlanta, I have some exciting news! I’m hosting a dinner in Atlanta on February 29th. I host dinner parties all the time but I think this will be the first one that is officially available to the public and I’m very excited. I’ll be partnering with Chef Demetrius, the new owner of Bread and Butterfly. More details coming soon, but I’ve you’d like to snag a ticket early, you can purchase it here. Tickets are limited.
I hope you’re all doing well!