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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Disco Dumplings, Disco Ball

The Disco Dumplings can now stand on the plates proudly for more than guaranteeing complete satisfaction, they now own the disco ball they were named in honor of.

In 2001, while I was creating my menu, before child and club hopping was the scene, I named my Disco Dumplings after a dear friend, Lee Ellis, aka Disco. Lee, the owner of the hot spot Tonic in downtown Houston, the only guy with balls big and brave enough to hang a grand disco ball right in front of his business. When Tonic moved on, the disco ball retired.

I am thrilled to have this iconic disco ball come out of retirement and boldly suspend from our ceiling at Post Oak. If and until we bring back Feather Boa Fridays, the disco ball will grace us all from calmly above or twinkle during private events. Stay tuned in to see if Feather Boa Fridays returns.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Durian in Nha Trang Vietnam

As we were walking in Mui Ne, Vietnam, brave Mr. Scotty Steak boldly says, "Wanna have a durian eating contest?" Sure, why not: I do love durian. I knew this will be an easy win for me since whitey here has never had fresh durian before. Durian is not called the king of fruit for any easy feat. It is called the king of fruit for the very reason that few warriors (such as myself) can devour its flesh while savoring the delicious-ness of the entire experience.

On Friday night, February 5, Mr. Scotty Steak conquered the durian flesh without the gag as I had imagined. He ate a whopping tablespoon leaving me to finish off the entire fruit. I ate 8 pods, thank you very much! As I enjoyed every bit of the fruit, I noticed Mr. Scotty Steak kept drinking water to wash down the itty bitty amount he consumed. As I turned, he says, "Man, it smells like ass and tastes like wet baby diaper!" Wow, I cannot imagine how someone can describe my durian this way. As I tried to smell the ass, all I could smell was an airy aroma I can only describe as perfection to the palate. The sweetness, delicacy of the fruit melts me.I will surely miss this creamy texture and stunning aroma when I leave Vietnam.

As I ate the durian, I looked out to the Nha Trang beach envisioning this was where my mother loved to swim as a little girl. This is the city of my birth. This experience will be treasured as I share this king of fruit in this amazing city with my Logan and Mr. Scotty Steak.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Eating through my homeland Vietnam

The very best Vietnamese food in the world is on the streets of Saigon. I've been eating my way through the Ben Thanh Market in District 1 the last few days. Street vendors here can serve up any meal you can imagine. Let's see what I can remember consuming the past 3 days; sweet rice with mung beans, rice ball/ coconut pudding, crepes, baguette with fresh sunny side up eggs, beef pho, chicken pho, pork filled rice cakes, vermicelli with grilled pork, fresh ramen with roasted pork, steam pressed vermicelly with shrimp wrapped on sugar cane all served with the aromatic chilies. The chilies are unbelievably spicy and just perfect for me. I cannot name all the fruits I have snacked along the way...fresh coconut juice, mangoes, mangosteen, lychees, longans, watermelons, guava are just a FEW. Entire kitchens are set up every morning and hauled home every night. Vietnam, the people and way of life amazes me every time I visit. The roots that run through this country is deep within its cuisine. Each dish is crafted to be enjoyed the day of, if not within the hour. The people pour heart and soul into making every task is quite zen.

Die hard noodle fans I wish one thing; a trip down the streets of Southern Vietnam some point in their lifetime to witness the foods you have grown to love in the States in its raw and purest form. We are heading to the coastal regions of central and Northern Vietnam over the next couple of weeks. Check back for more noodle pics and updates.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hospitality Business Golden Globes

I love talking to peers in the industry. After a hard week, I went into Catalan for a late lunch ... exhausted with Scotty. Feeling pooped and fiesty with work, I vented to Chris Shepherd about the business. Granted he just ended his hard lunch shift, who cares right? it's all about Jenni. Talking to Chris satisfied me for the rest of the day. This was over two weeks ago and I still have a feeling of satisfaction from that conversation. Thank you Chris for putting things in perspective for me. I learned that day that sucessful people in this industry take it to heart the very meaning of hospitality: the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers. Ofcourse I am not a trained chef nor attended any hospitality program, however, I will say, some days I can pass as one: Other days, don't try me.

I just wanted to share my thoughts to the noodle fans and show credit where credit is due...this time to Chris Shepherd at Catalan (on Washington) for being such a champ in the business!

The most late lunch pow wows go to Keith at Benjy's. Keith has heard it all from me. Never leaked a syllable. True FB friend.

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Teddy's Not Gay!

Here is a story of a boy who just wanted to eat healthier...
It all started at Shepherd. A regular noodle fan makes his frequent visit to the Shepherd location always in style. What we call a, "pretty boy with meticulous threads" who always orders the same off the menu personally customized dish. One day as Mr. Scotty Steak was ringing in the order in his usual way [Rockin' Veggies but instead of the vermicelli, sub soba noodles, add tofu, the fresh ones] for the umpteenth time, he made the remark; "Only a gay man can order something like this." Unbeknownst to Scott, the lady on the other side of the counter ordering for Teddy on this visit says out loud, "Teddy's not gay, he's marrying my sister!"
From that day on, the personalized dish was called "Teddy's Not Gay." Teddy is a good sport and takes such pride when someone orders his creation.
Teddy is an avid JNH fan and we miss him dearly. Teddy moved with his gorgeous wife to beautiful Paris, France. Baby Ansel arrived in Paris looking like her stud Daddy.
Teddy's Not Gay is the 2nd most popular dish at Post Oak, next to our Gingery Chicken Vermicelli. Thank you Teddy for your energy and creation!

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Recycle and Reuse our Containers!

With all the take out you have surely done this year, you have managed to acquire a share of nice containers from JNH. There are a number of other fine establishments just like your neighborhood JNH that spend a good penny on their packaging. Don't feel guilty of the footprint. Simply reuse all those containers. There are many ways to put them to good use:
  1. store ornaments
  2. use as gift packaging
  3. organize pens, markers, pencils
  4. organize child's toys in their toy area
  5. store batteries
  6. organzie nuts, bolts, screws
  7. reuse to pack picnic snacks
  8. great to separate hair accessories
  9. use in drawers to organzie nic nacs
  10. tons of ways to use in garage

What do you use yours for?

We want to know.

The world needs to know.

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