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Celebrate Pride at Some of Houston's LGBTQ+ Owned Eateries

Heads up, Houston! Celebrate Pride this month with these local LGBTQ+ owned eateries! Houston is known for its diverse population and is home to the largest Pride Celebration in the southern United States. This year’s Pride takes place June 22, 2019, but you don’t have to wait until then to celebrate; celebrate now. We Texans are known for our pride and what better way to spread the love is there than to support our local queer-owned businesses. This list focuses on highlighting eateries other than bars to be inclusive of all age groups.

1. La Sicilia Italian Bakery and Cafe

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La Sicilia Bakery and Cafe is located in the heart of Montrose the epicenter of Houston’s LGBT community. La Sicilia is owned and operated by the couple of general manager Antonio Rios and pastry chef Diego Chiarello. When you walk in, you’re greeted by a display filled with beautiful pastries. Their breakfast and lunch items are equally beautiful as the dessert. This year’s Pride month limited treat include a rainbow-shaped shortbread cookie and box of rainbow colored macarons. Both are available now to purchase.

La Sicilia Italian Bakery and Cafe
515 Westheimer Rd. Suite C
Houston, TX 77006

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2. The DoughCone

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Founded in 2016, The DoughCone serves up a sweet vanilla bean ice cream inside a cinnamon sugar dough cone also known as a chimney cake. Owner Avi Oberoi strives to train the staff to be welcoming and inclusive to all customers. You can find the truck at Buffalo Bayou Cistern on most days, but make sure to check their social media for the most accurate business hours and location. At last year’s Pride Festival, they created a special rainbow cone to celebrate.

The DoughCone
105 Sabine St.
Houston, TX 77007

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3. Michael’s Cookie Jar

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Started in 2006, Michael’s Cookie Jar serves hand-crafted cookies made from scratch with real ingredients and natural flavors. The bakery has 3 locations around town with the main location located at West University Place. The other locations are located in downtown and Tanglewood. Cookies can be ordered online and shipped anywhere in the U.S. They can also make custom cookies for any special occasion.The Pride themed cookies will be available starting June 13 through the end of Pride.

Michael’s Cookie Jar
5330 Weslayan St.
Houston, TX 77005

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If you are an LGBTQ+ owned restaurant interested in being added to the list, please contact me.

Eight Turn Crepe Rolls into Katy Asian Town

Eight Turn Crepe has rolled into the ever developing Katy Asian Town plaza. The concept originated in Ginza, Japan and made its way to the U.S. in 2013 with a location in New York.

The crepe stands in Harajuku always have long lines, but despite visiting Tokyo twice, I didn’t eat a crepe there. I was excited to finally try a Japanese style crepe for the first time. Eight Turn Crepe TX’s soft opening was held on the weekend of March 9-10. I met Jennifer, one of the owners, while I was there and she invited me to come back for grand opening on March 23.

Faux food display just like in Japan!

Faux food display just like in Japan!

The crepe batter is what makes a Japanese crepe unique; it is made out of rice flour making them gluten free. The texture is a little lighter than the traditional French crepe. These crepes are served rolled to be eaten without utensils instead of plated. The Japanese designed them to be handheld they can be easily transported (even though Japanese people never walk and eat at the same time).

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The name “eight turn” is derived from how many times they fold the crepe. A selection of both savory and sweet crepes is sold in-store. My recommendation is to order one savory and one sweet crepe! Though if you have a big appetite like me, you can easily fit three inside your stomach.

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Eight Turn Crepe also serves locally sourced gelato. The seven flavors are honeycomb, stracciatella, mango, chocolate, vanilla. strawberry, and matcha. You can order a scoop on top of your crepe or in a cup. There is also a small selection of coffee available.

Eight Turn Lox savory crepe: sliced lox, cream cheese, spinach, sliced red onion, capers

Eight Turn Lox savory crepe: sliced lox, cream cheese, spinach, sliced red onion, capers

Harajuku Fruit Cocktail dessert crepe: strawberry. blueberry, raspberry, mango, banana, sliced almonds, custard cream,whipped yogurt

Harajuku Fruit Cocktail dessert crepe: strawberry. blueberry, raspberry, mango, banana, sliced almonds, custard cream,whipped yogurt

My favorite two that I’ve had so far are definitely the Eight Turn Lox crepe and Harajuku Fruit cocktail crepe. The lox one in particular is not to be missed. Featured below are the Truffle Egg White Omelet crepe and Lychee Valentine crepe which were also delicious. I also ordered the specialty latte. This time it was hazelnut, but it will change throughout the year. The barista designed latte art of a stingray for me!

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If you’re ever in the Katy area, I recommend trying Eight Turn! There is plenty of seating and the space is well-lit. There is free wi-fi as well making it a great potential study spot. Overall, I love the fresh ingredients and how easy the flavors are on the palate. Now is your chance to get a taste of Japan right here in Houston. Thank you Eight Turn Crepe for hosting me!


 

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Eight Turn Crepe
23119 Colonial Pkwy Suite C-8
Katy, TX 77449

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Chocolate Heroes Month with Common Bond

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Chocolate Heroes Month is a collaboration between Houston Food Finder, Callebaut Chocolate, and eight Houston dessert shops. For one month, these shops created special desserts using a number of Callebaut’s products. The event runs through January 7 to February 10.

Houston Food Finder announced Common Bond’s dessert would be a Sesame Cake Tart created by executive pastry chef Rakesh Nayak. Since I’ve been on a black sesame binge, I just had to experience it.

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The Sesame Cake Tart is composed of sesame cake, whipped sesame cream, earl grey ganache, earl grey white chocolate mousse, and chai caramel. The tart has a great mix of textures. When you cut into it, from the top, you start with the soft sesame macaron, then hit the crunchy chocolate disc, return to airy mousse, hit crunchy crisps, reach creamy ganache, and the crumbles of the tart. Each forkful brought a different mouthfeel with the alternating textures; it kept me wanting more. The combination of chocolate and tea flavors paired seamlessly together. I enjoyed the strength of the earl grey elements.

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Since we visited on the event day, my friends and I each received the free box of macarons. This promo is no longer active. While we were already at the cafe, I tried Common Bond’s savory food for the first time as well. The brunch menu was being offered at the time, so I ordered the Tamales Benedict because it sounded like a very interesting combination. I do love tamales and benedict, so why not? The dish consists of several ancho pork tamales, avocado slices, two soft yolk eggs, ranchero sauce, and chipotle hollandaise.

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It was a good choice. I highly recommend trying it. The tamales are moist and filled with the right amount of meat. The runny egg yolk combined with the two sauces and avocado blends together as a super creamy compliment. I would definitely order it again.

I also got to meet Phaedra Cook, the founder, writer, and editor of Houston Food Finder. She gave me some restaurant recommendations that I must try soon. I enjoy reading her articles, so I recommend reading her work.

If you’d like to get a taste of this tart, time is running out. This tart is only available until February 10, the last day of Chocolate Heroes Month. You won’t want to miss it!


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Common Bond Cafe and Bakery
1706 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006

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