Blu Water snatches piscine fare fresh from the water before transforming it into the dishes that populate its swiftly served menu. Veggie-centric selections star the grilled-salmon salad, in which strips of succulent salmon, surrounded by grape tomatoes and sweet peppers, lay upon field greens and spot familiar shapes in the clouds above. Pairs swap nibbles from a duet of tacos, made from grilled or panko-breaded fish or shrimp resting in the curves of corn and flour tortillas made in-house daily. Punch dishes with extra flavor from 14 scratch-made sauces, spanning the gamut of spiciness with flavors from mild southwest pesto to fiery mango habanero. A triumvirate of rice bowls blends salmon, cod, shrimp, or chicken into Asian or Cajun flavors. Any taco or sandwich selection, including the shrimp po boy, can transform into a combo meal by stepping into a phone booth, tearing off its business suit, and emerging with a drink and a side. Finally, triangular desserts such as lemon cheesecake play a sugary coda to the aquatic meal.
Yum! Yum! Gourmet Popcorn Company dresses the beloved popped kernel in delicious toppings, such as real cheese, fresh butter, and rich chocolate, to create more than 60 flavors. To satisfy savory cravings, staffers offer everything from white-cheddar-dusted popcorn to popcorn dressed in dill vinegar and garlic. For the sweet tooth, they coat popcorn in sugary candy shells in flavors such as cherry, strawberry daiquiri, or sweet and simple vanilla.
Armed with real butter, eggs, and cream, the bakers at Dream Cakes by Carolyn sate sweet teeth with scrumptious cupcakes and custom cakes. Frosted red velvet, double-chocolate, butter-cake, and marble cupcakes incubate behind glass displays as they dream of growing into full-size confections. Before designing custom cakes ($90–$250), customers can browse the online gallery for ideas and select their favorite flavors and designs. Tasty red bows accent white stuccoed frosting on round layer cakes, whose compatriots go undercover as realistic handbags, old-fashioned turntables, or colorful Gucci purses. Towering cowboy hats perch on square confections that proclaim "happy birthday" as playful animals pose on tiered frosted habitats. Popular custom flavors include butter cake slathered with butter-cream or chocolate frosting, italian amaretto cake, and a combo cake of chocolate, strawberry, and red velvet, which struggles to forge a coherent culinary identity.
When the owners of Just Poppin Gourmet Popcorn moved from Chicago to Texas, they loved everything about their new home, even the hot weather. But there was just one aspect of the Windy City they couldn't bear to leave behind: the popcorn. The family decided that Houston might actually enjoy the sweet and salty snack and decided to take matters into their own hands and got poppin'. Today, staff at Just Poppin air pops kernels in small batches––a technique that doesn't rely on heavy oils–-and eschews powdered cheese for real cheese sauce, which they use to coat the kernels in their Pleasy Cheesy mix. Other flavors include popcorn coated in a blend of pecans and caramel, chocolate drizzle, or butter, as well as a Crazy-Pleasy mix featuring a classic Chicago-style blend of cheese and caramel corn. Custom tins are also available for customers who want to surprise someone with their three favorite popcorn mixes or a snack that doubles as an industrial-chic footstool.
At Teacake Factory, ogling is accepted—so long as it's limited to the delicious-looking pastries in the display case. The baker's take the attention as a compliment, since they make an effort to craft pastries that are not only tasty, but beautiful. They specialize in tea cakes, into which they incorporate cherries, chocolate chips, and M&Ms to create crumbly cake-cookie hybrids that pair perfectly with a glass of tea. But they don't limit their baking skills to just tea time. They're well known for their cupcakes, which serve as individual desserts, pies, mini pies, cakes, cake balls, and individual cake slices. Different tea brews can accompany any order.
Serenitea invites you to enjoy lunch and Afternoon Tea in an elegant and relaxed setting. Its serene atmosphere entices enjoyable conversation or pleasant solitude. Have a tête-à-tête with a friend or meet in groups - perfect for meetings and special gatherings.