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Back in 2001, Houston's most dedicated coffee addicts initiated a movement to bring the world’s best beans to their city. They petitioned the New York Board of Trade to certify the Port of Houston as a green coffee-bean port—a designation that would virtually guarantee quality shipments from foreign countries. It took two years and an amendment to the state's constitution to receive the certification, but the port was eventually approved. Houston’s coffee culture has since boomed, even stealing a bit of thunder from established coffee hotspots like New Orleans.Read More
It’s not uncommon for crazed fans to camp out for concert tickets, or Black Friday shoppers to park themselves outside stores hours before they open. But patrons of Flying Saucer Pie Company—the self-proclaimed oldest pie shop in Houston—take fanaticism to a new level. Every year before Thanksgiving, the customers form a line that stretches for blocks. In 2011, ABC News reported that the crowd began to assemble around 2 p.m. Tuesday, meaning some customers camped out overnight for the legendary pies. Flying Saucer isn't the only spot with a loyal following—Houston is full of delicious bakeries, many of which have been honing their craft for generations.Read More
Any pho aficionado worth their salt will tell you that the broth—not the noodles, meat, or herbs—is key to the dish's success. Hours of simmering are typically required to produce an ideal broth that is both savory and clear. _Viet World Kitchen_ specifies that even the bones chefs choose to simmer are important: "Avoid neck bones. Look for knuckle bones and leg bones that contain marrow." Charred onion, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, and other seasonings then give the soup its nuanced taste, but what you add to the mix from there, whether it's beef tendon or tofu, is entirely up to you.Read More