The Houston Open

The PGA Tour is back in H-Town! The Houston Open, presented by the Astros Golf Foundation, returns to Memorial Park this week. Some of the best golfers in the world will be in the heart of Houston and you can catch all the action!

There is a lot to be excited for this year – no capacity restrictions, a 15th hole set up for close up action and fun inspired by the iconic par 3 at the Waste Management, and of course near and dear to our hearts – plenty of food options!

Located off Memorial Loop Drive, the Houston Open will take place at Memorial Park from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14. Not only can you catch world class golf, the event will feature fun activities for the entire family.

The “Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Zone” is an exciting tent that will have activities for families to experience together. The Tailgate Zone is another attraction on the course that features brands like Lexus, Tito’s, and Maestro Dobel. 

Before traveling to the event, make sure to purchase a parking pass! All parking passes for the Houston Open must be purchased in advance. Tee times will vary depending on rounds, so make sure to visit their website to stay up to date with events.

Known as the Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the PGA tour event donates to local charities. Last year, the Enterprise launched “Birdies for Charity,” a fundraising program that allows local charities to contribute through the Enterprise. In addition to this charity, “THINK Neurology for Kids” joins the Houston Open as a sponsor this year.

See y’all there!

77 Degrees Rooftop Bar Review

The perfect time to get some great drinks and food on a patio is when the weather hovers right around 77˚F. That’s the inspirations behind Houston’s new roof-top cocktail bar 77 Degree, the optimal patio experience.

Spanning four levels, this stylish new modern island-themed spot is serving up eight different unique craft cocktails that are full of tropic inspiration. Pair these with one of their signature pineapple bowls or tacos and you’ll be in paradise. 77˚ sits right above Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub at 2416 Brazos in Midtown.

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77 Degrees Menu

77 Degrees Houston menu consists of three categories, bites, tacos, and pineapples. Their bites are traditional appetizers like chips & guacamole and ceviche. Their tacos are amazing and are each individually unique. The Red Snapper taco comes filled with red snapper tempura, citrus slaw, Mexican tzatziki, and pickled radish. Each ingredient in their tacos complement each other astoundingly.

The El Loco pineapple bowl at 77 Degrees.

However, what I think is special is the pineapples. The Poppers Pineapple is their savory option with a hollowed-out pineapple filled with prosciutto-wrapped pineapple pieces and jalapeno.

For those that love spice, the El Loco Pineapple is filled with pineapple, seasonal fruit, tahin, chamoy, flaming hot Cheetos, and assorted candies. Finally, the Standard Pineapple is filled with pineapple, seasonal fruit, and a yogurt dipping sauce. The menu is all very affordable, with all the options ranging from $7-$14. 

77 Degrees Rooftop Review

There isn’t a better spot to enjoy 77 Degrees rooftop bar great food and drinks than on their beautiful patio. The ambiance is that of an upscale lounge on a tropical island, with beautiful views of the city.

There are four levels to the patio each adorned with a variety of couches, tables, and seats. There is even individual ‘cabana’ style seating to enjoy your time with friends. Once the sun goes down, the ambiance turns into a neon-lit beach club, with live DJs on select days.

77 Degrees Rooftop Age Limit

The party does not stop at 77 Degrees either, they are open from 4 pm-2 am every day. There is a 21-year age limit for entry, but you can order their food online through Grub Hub or Postmates. 

Does 77 Degrees Offer Delivery?

This joint does offer delivery though GrubHub or Postmates! 77˚ originally started in Austin, Texas in 2015, but in 2019 they brought the party to Houston. Whether you order their fun food offerings to-go, stay for cocktails and food with friends, or dance the night away with the live DJ, 77˚ offers something for everyone.

This rooftop bar is the perfect place to escape the busy city and sit back and relax in a contemporary tropical paradise.

The Vegan Sushi Spot brings innovation to HTX

The Vegan Sushi Spot is a staple for Houston Vegans who still want to experience sushi that fits their dietary needs. A refreshing twist on sushi, The Vegan Sushi Spot has a wide selection of rolls that will make you think twice whether or not you’re eating “vegan sushi.”

As the menu mentions, this pop-up shop is 100% vegan and will satisfy your sushi cravings; the menu also has gluten-free and soy-free options. 

Currently based in Houston, TX, Chef Chris is making a name for The Vegan Sushi Spot with some fantastic flavors in the sushi rolls on the menu. It’s nice to know that vegan sushi exists. It doesn’t have to be “basic” for people to identify with some of their favorite sushi experiences.

The Food

From spicy to crunchy, I recommend trying a little bit of everything if this is a first-time experience. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or neither, The Vegan Sushi Spot is a universal place for anyone to enjoy.

One of my favorite sushi rolls on the menu is the “Tropical Roll.” With a lighter taste on the palate, the filling of this tropical roll is vegan spicy “tuna,” cucumber, topped with avocado, mango, bell pepper, and then drizzled with spicy mayo and sweet sauce. The uniqueness of every roll is impressive, and each sushi roll has a distinctive taste.

The presentation of the sushi rolls is another fun detail that stands out to me. Chef Chris does an outstanding job putting so much thought into the sushi rolls on the menu. It’s a plus that the sushi rolls are so pretty to look at while you’re devouring them. 

The “Spicy Dragon” is another favorite of mine. I appreciate the “kick” of flavor it has from the spicy mayo. The filling consists of vegan spicy tuna and cucumber, topped with avocado, chili powder and a drizzle of spicy mayo and sweet sauce. Similar to the “Tropical Roll,” The Spicy Dragon roll is a perfect choice for those who enjoy some heat in their food.

The Vegan Sushi spot is open weekly, but the hours of operation change depending on the day! The pop-up location also changes, so stay on the lookout to try some of the best sushi in H-town! Follow The Vegan Sushi Spot on Facebook and Instagram @thevegansushsispot to stay updated with new items on the menu.

Cascabel: Authentic Mexican Vegan Cuisine

Cascabel Vegan is celebrating its second anniversary! This restaurant is a popular favorite amongst the vegan community and my go-to place for authentic, Mexican, vegan cuisine. One detail that stands out to me about Cascabel is the inviting atmosphere that guests can experience.

Fun fact about the restaurant: Cascabel is Houston’s first full-service Mexican Vegan restaurant with a full bar. Events like karaoke and live music keep the restaurant’s energy as fresh as the food. Cascabel is the perfect place to enjoy quality time with family and friends.

Cheers, It’s Margarita Time.

There’s nothing more satisfying than a refreshing margarita. Cascabel offers an excellent variety of cocktails that blend well with the restaurant’s Mexican cuisine. The House Margarita is a staple and comes in fruity variations like classic lime, watermelon, and blueberry coconut, depending on the special that day! This drink is a perfect match for those who enjoy a sweet drink that still packs a punch. 

Try them all on Happy Hour!

Let’s Eat!

Vegan Birria Tacos 

The tacos at Cascabel Vegan are unmatched! I recommend trying the “Vegan Birria Tacos.” Three corn tortillas stuffed with vegan mozzarella served with a side of barbacoa and consommé; the tacos come with a side of Spanish or cilantro rice. 

I appreciate how well the flavors in these tacos complement each other. The vegan mozzarella stuffed into the birria tacos is super gooey and fulfills that “cheesy taste” for vegans who still want to experience their cheesy cravings. 

Vegan Bistec Tacos

One of my favorite vegan meat substitutes, the bistec, is quite filling and savory. The marinated chopped soy grilled bistec with onions and peppers is an excellent choice to fill any taco or burrito of your choice. However, don’t forget the peppers and salsas; I always love to add some grilled onions on top. 

Vegan Poblano Quesadilla

I visit Cascabel frequently, and their quesadillas are never a disappointment. As the menu mentions, the poblano quesadillas combine cheesy and creamy goodness! The inside has vegan mozzarella, crema, poblano peppers, grilled onions, and corn in between a handmade flour tortilla; it also comes with a side of your favorite rice and a side salad. 

As a vegan individual, I will say that I have yet to taste any quesadillas that have the same intensity of flavors as Cascabels quesadillas. I have non-vegan friends who also enjoy their quesadillas and will say to me, ” I really can’t taste the difference.” It’s a win, everyone!

Something sweet? Yes, dessert, please!

Vegan Flan

Finally, this tasty flan pairs wonderfully with a drizzle of chocolate and vegan whipped cream (coconut milk-based). In addition, the vegan flan is gluten-free and a nut-free dessert. The menu also has other tasty desserts that the restaurant makes from scratch.

If your mouth isn’t watering yet, follow Cascabel on Instagram “@cascabelvegan” to keep up with their specials and events. The restaurant is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.- 10p.m.; Saturdays, from 10 a.m.-10p.m. and Sundays, from 10a.m.-3p.m. Happy eating, this is the best of vegan eats!

Highway Vodka Brings Hemp-Based Vodka to HTX

Highway Vodka is changing the game by being the first black-owned hemp-based distillery in Houston, Texas.

The History

The history behind the creation of Highway Vodka originates eight years ago with the Vodka Co-founders, Ben Williams and Wendell Robins. Two friends whose love for distilling started out as nothing more than entertainment. Fast-forward to now; Highway Vodka is creating a name for itself by sharing its unique strain of hemp that’s in its vodka! The company prides itself by ensuring that the ingredients of this enticing vodka are all “cooked up from scratch, by hand.”

“I started to become interested in the ins- and-outs of distilling by watching my dad make batches with his friend,” Highway Vodka’s lead distiller Codi Alan said. She is one of the first female black distillers in the country. I recently spoke with Codi, and she mentioned how her interest turned into her joining her family business.

“I think it’s so much fun to be a part of this business,” Alan said. “The best part about doing this is that I get to work with my family every day.”

The Visit

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Highway Vodka on #NationalVodkaDay! Codi took guests behind the scenes and elaborated on the process behind making the vodka. Hemp, locally sourced corn and water from their “artesian aquifer” is the foundation of their “mash.” The mash is transferred to the fermentation stage and sits for one to two weeks.

The hemp activates as a binder to the yeast during the fermentation stage while converting the sugars to alcohol. During this period, a dense layer of hemp oil forms at the top of the fermenter. A six-time distilled vodka, highway vodka is smooth and has a distinguished taste!

After the tour we got to bottle our own vodka and eat tasty bites that were infused with Highway Vodka!

For more information, follow the distillery @highwayvodka on Instagram, or visit their website.

Revelry on Richmond: A Fun Sports Bar in Houston

Welcome to Revelry on Richmond! Located in Montrose, Revelry is a popular spot amongst Houston sports fans. It’s the place to visit if you’re looking for some great food, local craft beers, and cocktails.

The outdoor space is also a fun element of the sports bar.  Check out the bar’s life-size “Connect Four” games and “Jenga” on their patio. The sports bar is also pet-friendly and assures guests that their furry friends are welcome as “Very Important Pups.”  

Revelry’s atmosphere is chill, and the staff does a fantastic job of making you feel right at home.

Appetizers to Share

We all love a great appetizer, but it’s also refreshing to see some bar favorites when ordering for the table. I recommend trying the “Fried Pickle Slices.” As the menu mentions, “breaded and fried pickle slices served with a Horseradish Dill sauce.”

If the fried pickles aren’t for you, check out their “Giant Pretzel.” A “huge pretzel from Cake and Bacon served with house-made Shiner mustard, Chinese five-spice butter, and three-cheese queso.”

Don’t forget to share!

Draft Beer Menu

Revelry has a variety of beers on its menu. From IPA to hard ciders, the menu has something for everyone’s taste buds. The staff recommendations are on the menu, so check those out before ordering!  The sports bar also has “beer of the week” specials, so don’t miss out; maybe you can catch your favorite beer on the list.

Courtesy of Revelry on Richmond

“Sandos”

 Revelry has two sandwich options on their menu, “The Classic Chicken Sandwich” or their “Smash Burger.” The smash burger is a crowd favorite! The burger comes with “American cheese on a Cake and Bacon milk bun and smeared with Morita chile sauce.  Don’t forget to add some delicious toppings! Lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles. The burger also comes with fries.

There’s nothing like a good burger while you’re watching a game at the bar! Revelry is open Sunday -Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m., and Thursday- Saturday, 11 a.m.- 2. a.m.