A lovely decorated venue, delicious food, local Texas ingredients, and Kosher all describe the several wonderful meals that we have enjoyed at the Genesis Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. We have eaten dinner, brunch and even ordered take-out. All were fantastic. Our group has tried a variety of dishes including the tabouli, matbucha, babaganoush, hummus platter with homemade pita bread, the Asian salad, blackened salmon, Long Island Duckling, free range organic chicken kebab, potato hash with pastrami, breakfast tacos, and the lox Benedict. The most unique food item that we tried were the challah tacos! They were fantastic, as was everything else!
The table service and the the saxophonist playing at dinner were superb! Genesis Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is a perfect spot for a date night, as well as for entertaining friends and family for brunch. The take-out was packaged in neat sturdy taped containers. We are looking forward to returning for Russian night on August 22nd!
Genesis Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
5420 Bissonnet, Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77081
I just informed my husband of where I would like to have dinner in December to celebrate our thirty-first wedding anniversary – Cafe Rabelais! It is located in Rice Village at 2442 Times Blvd in Houston. I even know exactly what I will order – Steak & Frites made with Black Truffle and Cognac Cream. And, for dessert, Profiteroles which are Puff Pastries served with Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Warm Chocolate Sauce and Nuts. Their portions were very generous! And, how do I know this? I just enjoyed this wonderful meal there with my daughter, Nina! Cafe Rabelais offers an extensive menu of French cuisine as well as wines including Escargots, Lemon Sole Meunière and Margret de Canard.
What is equally interesting is the name of this establishment, “Cafe Rabelais.” Francois Rabelais (c. 1483 – 1553), was a French writer, priest and medical doctor. He went by the pseudonym, Alcofribas Nasier, and published “Gargantua,” a series of satirical books. The first of these books was entitled, “Pantagruel,” in which he coined the expression, “parce que rire est le propre de l’homme” translated “because laughter is the characteristic of man.” This has also been interpreted to mean, “eat, drink and be merry.” In addition, in his book he wrote this inscription on the gate of Rabelais’ “Abbey of Theleme,” “Fay ce que vouldras” which means “Do what thou wilt.” Cafe Rabelais is the perfect setting to do just that!
2442 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
This restaurant is located a little out of the way at 2150 Highway 6 South in Houston, Texas, however it may be worth the trip if you seek authentic Cuban cuisine. It is a small place located in a shopping center that serves fresh, homemade style food. We tried the ropa vieja and the vaca frita. Both were very good, as were their platanos maduros and the black beans and rice. I happen to cook Cuban food extremely well and I would say that my home cooking is superior, however, this is a close second. The menu is extensive and Rincon Criollo serves as a great alternative for those days when you need a break!
Week 2 of Human Trafficking Awareness Month includes the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition 4th Annual Shop Smart: A Fair Trade Shopping Market. Simply shopping fair trade will give you an opportunity to learn more about human trafficking and ways to combat it through conscientious purchases. The event will highlight the importance that shopping fair trade has on eliminating human trafficking.
This year’s event features a larger space with lots of great vendors and door prizes. Join HRRC to learn more about conscious consumerism, make a difference in the fight against slavery, and get a head start on your holiday shopping!
Please stop by anytime between 10 am – 2 pm; however, prizes will be announced at 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30 pm.
A partial list of vendors includes:
Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition Fair Trade Bake Sale
The LoVE Project
Paul Devine Photography
Ten Thousand Villages
Women Craft Social Enterprise
Butterfly Project Jewelry
Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)
Night Light International
Fe y Justicia Workers Justice
Colores del Pueblo
Audrey Omenson, Artist
A 2nd Cup
The Mom EXPO and Health Fair is returning to Houston on April 26 and 27, 2013. Events will be held at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker-Cypress Road. Featured are conferences focused on the Work at Home Mom and the Balancing Mom. In addition, there will be a large number of exhibitors and fun activities for children. For more details or to sign up as an exhibitor, check out www.houstonmomexpo.com.
This summer, I took a class at the University of Houston Law Center on Human Trafficking. Each week, different speakers would present their area of work as part of the fight against modern-day slavery. The course opened my eyes to these crimes against humanity as well as to the large network of organizations all working together to fight this growing problem.
This September is Houston’s 6th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Month, during which the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition, along with many community partners, is hosting a variety of events. These events serve as a way to spread awareness and to inform the community on how it can help take a stand against human trafficking globally, and in our area.
Take a few minutes to inform yourself by looking around the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition website, or attend an event. For more information, visit: http://www.houstonrr.org/htam-events/
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