DESSERTS

Powered by Rice HTX: At Home with a Japanese Chef

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The jiggly pancakes that took social media by storm are here; Japanese souffle pancakes have finally arrived in Houston! Powered by Rice HTX is a private chef service that started serving the fluffy dessert in June 2019 as part of a dining experience. At the beginning, it all started at his own home.

About Powered by Rice

Powered by Rice consists of two members: Owner-Chef Yusuke Motozawa and Chef-Consultant Ryota Matano. Owner-Chef Motozawa was born in Sanuki City, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. As an adult, he spent 10 years working in Japanese restaurants in Houston and Dallas. Chef-Consultant Ryota Matano consults the joint project remotely while running his own izakaya restaurants in Japan. Together, they develop recipes for this project. To them, Japanese food is so much more than just sushi; their desire is to share the diversity of Japanese cuisine with the multicultural city of Houston!

The Menu

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Powered by Rice serves authentic savory Japanese dishes you won’t find in your everyday Japanese restaurant such as okonomiyaki, omurice curry, hamburg steak, and authentic Sanuki udon. They are planning to add classic izakaya dishes to the menu in the future. 

The standard pancake course comes with 2 pancakes topped with homemade whipped cream, original hazelnut cream and berries. Chef Motozawa says that now that the base is perfected, they have room to experiment with different toppings. 

Powered by Rice has quickly attracted the eyes of Instagrammers by being one of the first to serve souffle pancakes permanently on their menu. Chef Motozawa spent the last 6 months developing his original recipe for the pancakes. He states he spent countless nights tweaking, cooking, and eating the pancakes himself. “I thought they would be easy to make; I was wrong. I’m embarrassed to even show you what the first batch looked like. It makes me appreciate the craft even more now.” The process was tough, but it drove him even further to be able to produce the quality of the food that he is happy with.  

How to get a Taste

Powered by Rice will post an Instagram story announcing time slots and menus. If you are interested you, send him a message on Instagram or fill out the application form on his website. After confirming, chef will send you the location which will be in Houston.  Carpooling will be recommended since he only hosts the event at a private residence with limited parking.

Customers have the option of selecting a brunch, lunch, or dinner when the option is available. Chef Motozawa has planned menus from friends wanting to try souffle pancakes to anniversary dinners and is also available to bring the dining experience to your home or venue as a private chef. Powered by Rice will work with you to accommodate the needs of your party.

Book your party today! Whether it's a casual get together with friends, birthday, or anniversary, Powered by Rice is waiting to serve you. Currently, openings are only available on the weekends, but they are aiming to accommodate more guests. Business has taken off much faster than expected and was surprised to have people reserving a month in advance. Follow their Instagram for the latest updates and availability.


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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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