Get ready to cook with Bangkok Blend, Sunny Paris, Singapore Seasoning and at least eight different curry powders from around the world, thanks to Penzeys Spices on 19th Street in Houston. Need a flavor boost for your homemade sausage? This strip mall storefront in the Heights carries roughly half-a-dozen varieties of sausage spice, as well as pre-mixed dressing blends for the perfect Country French Vinaigrette. Just step into Penzeys well-stocked space to begin navigating hundreds of bottles of spices, herbs and seasoning blends, each organized by category and use. Saunter over to the retro kitchen display in the back to pick up more varieties of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla than you thought possible. Then head home with a small jar of any spice, or buy that unique sausage spice blend in bulk for big cooking jobs.
For Brandie, owner of Sassy Steps Stiletto Fitness, there’s nothing more seductive than getting into shape. Plus, she says, “laughter, smiles, giggles, and lots of blushing” doesn’t hurt either. In her private studio, she leads a master class in the finer points of flirtation. Her introductory stiletto fitness classes teach women to draw out feminine wiles through dance moves that often incorporate props, such as chairs, canes, and, of course, high-heel shoes. All the while, students shed calories, tone their leg and abs, and, most importantly, build up confidence with every sashay. The classes are almost tailor-made to ensure a memorable bachelorette party or girls’ night out, and Brandie also takes students under her wing in one-on-one private sessions.
Walk into Revival Market on Heights Boulevard at White Oak and feast your eyes on local goodies. During busy times, the line will be long; but really, the waiting throngs of eaters are just a testament to how good the food is here. Part grocery and part café, Revival Market offers locally-sourced meats and cheeses alongside artisanal breads and housemade jams and pickles, all from an open and airy space that feels a bit like a butcher shop, but with way more cookies in jars. The menu of sandwiches and seasonal breakfast and lunch dishes are made from fresh, local ingredients with occasional special menu features– intrepid sportsmen can even bring their own fresh meats to be butchered, cured and turned into delicious sausage. How’s that for local?
Ali Bahramian wanted to combine the casual atmosphere and quick service of a coffee shop, a diner, and a fast-food eatery, so he decided to start his own from scratch. He developed his own menu built on sandwich, salad, and soup recipes he created himself, enlisted the help of his architect wife Mariam to design a space, and selected soothing jazz and blues music as a backdrop for his eatery.
Within the fully realized Orange Lunch Box, Ali and his staff bake fresh sandwich bread in-house each day and chocolate-chip cookies each hour to pair with cups of coffee. The culinary crew serves salads and sandwiches topped with a range of meats and cheeses, Italian-inspired spreads, and local produce. Orange Lunch Box's interior eschews the presence of television and instead captures diners' attention with a color palette of warm orange, cool green, and room-temperature purple.
Tucked away under a flight of stairs lies a family-owned eatery where meaty sandwiches and wraps reign supreme. Yorktown Deli's chefs layer grilled chicken, fresh avocado, lettuce, tomato, and pesto in the italian chicken sandwich, which arrives fresh from the kitchen in the shape of Italy. Other sandwiches include tuna melts and the Avocado Heaven, a colorful portrait of avocado, lettuce, tomato, red pepper, and cheese. To create each of the deli's eight wraps, chefs roll meats such as grilled chicken, turkey, and salami with veggies, condiments, and cheese, and diners can wash down meals with iced coffee, lattes, and espresso.