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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.

A Taste of Tsukiji Market at Tobiuo

On September 26, I visited Tobiuo Sushi & Bar for the first time and it instantly ranked #1 on my top sushi restaurants of Houston. Tobiuo hosts a Fish Box experience which is a special omakase held every once in awhile when they receive a new shipment from the renowned Tsukiji Fish Market; though now if you attend, the fish would be sourced from Toyosu Market since Tsukiji Market closed. Omakase is a special dining experience where you leave everything in the hands of the chef. I love surprises and will eat just about anything, so omakase is perfect for me, but maybe not for a picky eater.

The price of this 3 hour experience was $150 per person and it was completely worth it even though I ended up being 45 minutes late. We were served 17 courses including dessert. Chef Mike Lim works his knife beautifully and each dish was crafted so beautifully.

When the galbi came out as the final dish, it was a surprise for me. It turns out Chef Lim is Korean, so he wanted to add his personal touch. After all was done, the last course was dessert, of course. One platter is meant to be shared by 2+ people, but since I was solo dining, I got one all for myself!

I have some additional photos of the nigiri because one angle can not contain how beautiful these pieces were. That night I brought my AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens. Though I’ve owned this lens for awhile, I had not used it very much and had never taken it outside my house. It’s advertised as a macro lens, so sushi was the perfect subject to practice on. Unlucky me was seated at the darkest part of the bar, but I think I did pretty well considering I didn’t bring a tripod to counter the ambient lighting.

Was the experience worth it? Yes. Would I attend again? Absolutely. Watching the craftsmanship of a sushi chef is mesmerizing. The service is impeccable. The flavors were more complex than the time I actually went to one of the sushiya at Tsukiji Market. The gentleman sitting next to me that this is the most generous, in terms of amount of fish to dollars ratio, omakasase dinner in Houston and they have a killer happy hour menu. The only thing stopping me from being a regular customer is that I live on the complete opposite side of Houston. I will definitely be back though and I highly recommend Tobiuo if you find yourself in the Katy area in the future.


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Tobiuo Sushi & Bar
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd Suite H130
Katy, TX 77494

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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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