The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Open for both breakfast and lunch, Cuban Cafe serves up everything from hearty three-egg omelets to traditional platters piled with chicken, plantains, and yellow rice. But the shop's specialty is its Cuban sandwich?a time-honored staple stuffed with salami, ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, and pickles, and pressed until it's edges are perfectly grilled. For an added touch of authenticity, Cuban Cafe's Cuban sandwiches are served on pillowy Cuban bread baked fresh daily at La Segunda, unlike American-style sandwiches, which are served on two cinnamon rolls.
Since opening in 2003, The Tasting Room has morphed from a wine bar to a full-service restaurant with four locations—all while retaining its wine-bar charm and racking up numerous awards and accolades. Diners can select libations from a list that boasts more than 200 wines, pairing them with contemporary dishes whipped up by executive chef Jonathan LeBlanc. TTR offerings run the gamut from small plates of mini grilled sandwiches and classic bruschetta to entrees including creole-spiced quail and Jamaican jerk chicken breast, which diners can savor at windowside tables or on the plant-ensconced patio and garden area.
The eatery doesn't just sate hunger for eclectic classics and thirst for fermented grapes. It also hosts live music, meetings, and events such as 2011's Grapes vs. Grains, which pitted beer against wine in a liquid wrestling match. The owners have their hands in other culinary enterprises, too. There's the Houston Cellar Classic, for example, an annual celebration of food and wine. Also popular is MAX's Wine Dive, a destination for gourmet comfort food best defined by its slogan—"Fried chicken and champagne? ... Why the hell not?"
Himalayan pink salt, almond marzipan, Mexican chipotle, Moroccan mint tea?these are just a few of the exotic ingredients that the chocolatiers at Araya Artisan Chocolate cull from around the world so that they can infuse their Venezuelan chocolates with complex and surprising flavors. They strive to emulate French and Belgian styles, complementing the cocoa bean's naturally bitter taste with honey instead of sugar. They make each chocolate by hand in Katy, using only natural ingredients devoid of preservatives, artificial flavors, or glowing red serums pilfered from mad scientists. They even make vegan options. These experts decorate each of the chocolates with colorful designs, adorning peanut butter?berry with bright stripes and adding an enticing dollop of green atop the margarita option. Due to their insistence on hand crafting unique bites, they've earned attention from foodies at My Table and the River Oaks Examiner. They offer authentic French macarons, and have a wide variety of flavors that are imported from France, with gift boxes available as well. Just recently, Araya Artisan Chocolate opened its newest location at the Uptown Park Mall.
Head to Bohemeo's for a steaming cup of joe. Can't eat gluten? Avoiding fatty foods? Vegan? No problem — Bohemeo's offers plenty of options for you as well. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Bohemeo's offers a variety of drink options. Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Bohemeo's just as much as their parents do. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Bohemeo's has all the room you'll need to be comfortable. Be sure to check out Bohemeo's' outdoor seating when the climate is right. Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Bohemeo's' wifi. Live music is often featured for guests' enjoyment.
Crowds tend to pack the place on weekends, so call ahead to reserve a table. No need to dress up for a trip to Bohemeo's — the casual coffee shop encourages laid-back attire. Catering is also available if you'd like serve Bohemeo's' tasty dishes at your next party. If you need to get somewhere fast, the coffee shop also serves up grub to go.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15.
Houston's Te House of Tea serves wonderfully aromatic teas and more. None of the fare at Te House of Tea is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Take the kids along too — Te House of Tea is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love. Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at Te House of Tea. Access the internet free of charge via Te House of Tea's complimentary wifi. The patio tables outside of Te House of Tea are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Keep it casual at Te House of Tea — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Te House of Tea offers catering. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
With prices generally staying under $15, you can easily afford to treat a pal or a data at Te House of Tea. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Te House of Tea since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.