Houston Bites: Slices & Ices

Back to another post of Houston Bites!

Today’s special is a pizzeria that just recently opened in the Clear Lake community of Houston, Slices & Ices. Offering specialty pizza flavors by the slice is what makes this unique foodie find stand out. The “Ices” that they serve as well include an array of Italian Ice flavors such as strawberry lemonade, cappuccino, and even classics like cherry and vanilla. One of the nice features is that they also conveniently deliver throughout the League City and Clear Lake, TX areas making delivery a nice option for people who work nearby and don’t want to leave the office.

For those wondering about the atmosphere, Slices & Ices has family-friendly seating. It has a very modern and sleek design and even has the menu displayed on large flat screen TVs. There are also TVs for sports fanatics and individuals who like to keep up with the current news.

big white pizza

Pictured above is a normal slice of the White pizza. It is larger than your average slice from the usual pizza store, so I was really excited when I saw this. The first bite was heavenly and I quickly finished it off (secretly wanting another slice haha so I will be back). If you love alfredo pizza then this pizza is definitely for you! For a light lunch, one slice would do, otherwise I would have gotten two. Other interesting pizza flavors they offer include taco pizza, grilled chicken caesar salad pizza, and chicken marsala pizza amongst other dizzying choices.

italian ice

Do not let the small size of the Italian Ice cup fool you. You will find it quite satisfying after a meal or even alone for a tasty and simple dessert. Pictured above is the Cotton Candy flavor on the left and Mint Chocolate Chip on the right. It is not dense, but rather light and fluffy making for a dessert that you won’t forget. They were very patient with me as I sampled multiple flavors until I found the perfect one for me, so no worries if it takes you three or more samples to find your favorite!

Slices & Ices

Location:

300 w. Bay Area Blvd.

Suite 800

Webster, TX 77598

832-932-5747

http://www.slicesandices.net/

Liebster Award

Today’s special news:

Kat & Kloh from StateEats nominated Simply Delicious for a Liebster Award!

liebster

This award is given from bloggers to bloggers to help promote their blog and get their names out there!

Once you are nominated, you have to meet the following criteria:

  • Answer the 10 Liebster questions give to you by the blogger who nominated you
  • Select 10 blogs with a small following to nominate for the award
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees
  • Link back to your nominator
  • Inform each of your nominees of your nomination

Thanks StateEats for the nomination! If you love traveling and food, be sure to check out their blog for a variety of mouthwatering recipes from their travels to all 50 states.

Here are Kat & Kloh’s Questions

1. What’s your favorite comfort food?

A large bowl of cheesy broccoli cheddar soup with a loaf of soft French bread on the side

2. Where would you like to travel that you’ve never been?

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania- the challenge of climbing one of the Seven Summits is something I’ve always wanted to do

3.  What is a killer-good dish that you make that impresses everyone?  

Cheesecake. New York Style. Caramel Pecan. Chocolate Hazelnut. Any flavor is to die for.

cheesecake      hazelnut cheesecake

4. What song whisks you right back to high school when you hear it?

I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas

5. What is a food or dish you never eat?  

Not a picky eater but mustard is one condiment that I’m not very fond of

6. Who has served as a role model for you?

My mother, she always turns to be right regarding her advice and everything

7. Name one ingredient you cannot live without.

Butter. Somehow it always manages to find its way in every recipe…

8. What have you discovered about blogging that you didn’t know when you started?

There are so many ways you can customize your blog, one of my favorite is including a printable recipe link

9. What is a weird food combination that you love that doesn’t sound appealing but is really delicious?

Red Velvet Cake with Beets. You don’t even taste the beets in it and the best thing is that the color is 100% natural

10. What is the last book you read and loved?

Divergent by Veronica Roth

My deelish food blogger nominations:

A Dash Of Razan- words of wisdom in the arts of cooking, fashion, and everyday life

Thirsty for Tea- A blog dedicated to tea, tea foods, and modernizing a time-honored tradition

A Distinguished Palate- Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, you name it

Ocean View Kitchen- Real Food Recipes

That Damned CanAsian-Tips and tricks, recipes, along with travel tidbits

Delicious Delicious Bagel- Baking and delicious bites to share

Miss Wu Kitchen- Food makes me smile. I’m on a “seafood” diet. I see food & I eat it

HappyLife.HealthyLife – Keeping You Happy & Healthy In Today’s Crazy World

Leni & Viv- Recipes, Cooking Tips, & Food Inspiration from Our House to Yours

Food 4 Your Mood- A Journey to the Gastronomy Universe

Here are my Liebster Questions:

  1. What is your favorite, easy to make dessert for parties?
  2. What is the weirdest drink flavor or combo you have ever had?
  3. What dessert flavor do you always end up ordering?
  4. Describe one of your biggest cooking/baking fails.
  5. Which Food Network show is your favorite?
  6. Have you ever been to a Man vs. Food restaurant or bakery?
  7. Do you prefer baking solo or with other people?
  8. Who/what inspired you to start your food blog?
  9. What is a dish that you’ve always wanted to make.
  10. What is your favorite fried food?

 

Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake

pecan cheesecake

Cheesecake. A delightful and creamy dessert, that has the ability to turn your day into the perfect one. Although, many are horrified at the task of making one, it is actually pretty simple. The wait can be quite painful though, as you have to leave it in the fridge overnight. Patience is definitely one of the top lessons learned after baking one of these. There’s just something special though about making mini versions of anything, especially cheesecake. They are best shared by two after a meal or can be eaten alone for a filling dessert. Pecan flavored desserts are a classic so I ventured to make a mini cheesecake in this flavor and it was a success!

Printable Recipe here

Chocolate Cookie Crust

Length of Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 18 Oreos, without the creme filling
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, melted (1/2 stick)

Directions

  1. Crush the chocolate cookies in a food processor until they are fine crumbs
  2. Add the crumbs to a small bowl along with the melted butter
  3. Mix well and press the crumb mixture in your spring form pan evenly
  4. Refrigerate the crumb lined springform pan while you make the cheesecake mixture

Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Filling

Length of Time: 20 min preparing, 1 hr 35 min in oven, 1 hr cooling, & overnight in fridge

Ingredients

  • 32 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese until smooth
  2. Stir in the brown sugar, corn starch, and corn syrup
  3. Add the eggs, one egg a time, mixing well after each addition
  4. Stir in the sour cream and vanilla extract
  5. Lastly, mix in the melted chocolate and chopped pecans
  6. Pour the filling into the chocolate crust
  7. Fill a large baking dish with an inch of water
  8. Cover the outside of the springform pan with aluminum foil so water can’t enter and place in the water bath
  9. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees
  10. Reduce the heat to 250 and bake for an hour and 20 minutes (or until the center is almost set but jiggles slightly when you shake it)
  11. Wait for it to cool and refrigerate overnight before serving

Toppings

Sprinkle chopped pecans and drizzle melted chocolate over the finished cheesecake

Tips

  • For the crust, any type of cookie will do. Sometimes when I run out of Oreos, I will make half of the crumbs from graham cookies or even animal crackers!
  • If you are not a fan of chocolate, simply do not mix in the melted chocolate chips
  • You can make a marbled version of this cheesecake (pictured below is one that I made- I split the cheesecake filling in half and flavored half with chocolate and left half of it vanilla flavored, and then I filled the mini springform pan with both mixes)
  • For other combinations, you can try making a Nutella flavored cheesecake but subbing Nutella for the melted chocolate chips
  • You can order the mini springform pans from Amazon or get them from a local store like Target

pecan cheesecake

pecan cheesecake

What’s your favorite kind of cheesecake? What are some unique variations that you have tried?

Feel free to share any tips you have learned along the way while making cheesecake :)

Houston Bites: Shaved Ice Finds

For the next Houston Bites focus, check out my article on Sidedish for Houston’s Dining Magazine MyTable here for the top 5 places to find the perfect shaved ice to satisfy your summer cravings! This was a very exciting piece to do and in the process of site searching I found many noteworthy locations to share with you all. While each focuses on a different aspect of shaved ice, together they contribute to the rich food culture of Houston.

My_Table

 

What’s your favorite shaved ice location and what makes it special for you?

 

 

Pharmacy Themed Fondant Cake

Pharmacy Cake

So I have a photo album waiting for me full of fondant cakes, multi-colored panna cotta, green tea swirl cookies, and even a red velvet cake that I made with beets… That’s not all. There are more pictures than I can keep up with posts haha. So definitely stay posted to witness these beautiful recipes and try them out yourself too! Also make sure that you LIKE the facebook page here so you don’t miss a single post :)

I’m going to try to keep this post short and simple. Up above is a pharmacy fondant cake that I made last year for a close family friend’s mom who got her Ph.D. in Pharmacy. This cake is one of my favorites from the fondant cakes that I have made so far. The best part of making it, other than sampling it, was getting to use the edible food markers! While I was making it, my little sister wanted to help out, so I let her make the cupcakes. We had an edible pink mist spray that she used to color the fondant for those.

For cakes like this, I feel like a general description of how I made it will be much more beneficial than my actual writing out each and every step. This pharmacy cake is a four layered cake; the flavor that you choose for the cake is all up to you. I used the traditional Wilton buttercream recipe and I could have done a better job of sealing the cake, because it did not turn out as smooth as I would have liked. I added orange and yellow food coloring to the buttercream to color it around the typical pharmacy bottle look. As for the fondant pieces, it is basically as you see it. I measured the cake and cut the fondant with scissors for the circle. For the edging, I used a toothpick to make the grooves for the cap. Lastly, for the label, it was a square that I cut out and just wrote on with the edible food markers. It would be helpful, if you are recreating the Walgreens logo, to have an actual medicine bottle out. That way, you can get every curve and swirl of the letters correctly. If not, you can also print out a large copy of the Walgreens logo to have a better template. Feel free to comment below if you have any additional questions and I will try my best to help :)

 

 

Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes

 

Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes

Got a pack of raspberries laying around with no idea what to do with all of them? Don’t worry, SimplyDelicious can help you with this dilemma. It just so happened when I opened the fridge on a fine Sunday afternoon, that I was greeted with a stack of three raspberry packs. Just the previous day, I had discovered this amazing vanilla cupcake recipe. Seriously, it legit made the best vanilla cupcakes that I have ever tasted. So… I thought, why not make this delicious recipe raspberry flavored too? Now, I easily could have eaten all the raspberries too, rather than make cupcakes. I had to control myself though and think of the end product that was so close. That’s what’s so awesome about cupcakes. You make them quick, eat them quick. Done deal. Other desserts, like cheesecakes, make you wait overnight (way to0 long if you want instant pleasure).

Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes

Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes

Printable Recipe here

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack (6 oz) raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (or yogurt)
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Mix together all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt)
  2. Add in the butter until the mixture resembles wet and crumbly sand
  3. Beat in the eggs until they are well incorporated and you can no longer see the yellow
  4. Put in the remaining wet ingredients (milk, sour cream, butter, vanilla extract) and mix until the texture of your mixture is smooth and fully combined
  5. Hand mix the raspberries into your batter until they are evenly distributed
  6. Fill the cupcake liners half way with the mixture
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes or golden brown

Raspberry Buttercream

Printable Recipe here 

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Puree the raspberries in a food processor
  2. Pour the processed raspberries through a sieve with small holes to keep the seeds from getting in your frosting
  3. Use a spoon to help you get all the raspberry pulp out and set it aside in a small bowl (throw the seeds away)
  4. Cream the butter with a mixer for about a minute and then add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time
  5. Add in the vanilla extract, salt, and pureed raspberries
  6. If the buttercream is too runny, add in more powdered sugar until it is to your liking. If too thick, add a teaspoon of milk at a time.

Recipes adapted from: Tide & Thyme and Baking a Moment

Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes    Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes

Houston Bites: Ca Phe Phin- Vietnamese Coffee House

Cà Phê Phin. The name has a catchy sound to it. Cà phê is actually the Vietnamese word for coffee and phin is the drip by drip brewing process that they use to make the coffee. Me and my friends were looking for a cafe that we hadn’t been to before in Houston, and so this place seemed like the perfect find. You may have driven by this place numerous times not knowing what quenching drinks lay inside (If you are a Houstonian, that is). This coffee house lays tucked away in the middle of a shopping center on Nasa Rd 1. It is right next to Akimi Sushi & Stir Fry, which is a great landmark to have to find this place. Located in Houston, this cafè has quite the prime location as it is a minute’s drive from Nasa Space Center. If you are looking for a laid-back, calm atmosphere to talk to your friends, do some homework, or just get a drink, then this is a place that you should put down on your to-do list. I, myself, will be coming back for sure to try some of their different drinks.

Right when we walked in, we instantly felt the inviting and cozy atmosphere. The sunlight, shining in from the large windows, lit up the whole interior and gave it a very nice and natural feel. The funky cultural artifacts around gave additional character to the small space.

Ca Phe PhinCa Phe Phin

Here is the menu that we spent forever looking at. I personally am a big green tea and thai tea person, but I decided to try something different while here. The Ca Phe Sua was described as a translucent, rich smooth drink with light condensed milk and so I tried that one out in frappe form!

Menu

The delicious Ca Phe Sua frappe! It had a strong coffee taste but was creamy and satisfying. If you love coffee, but want a cold drink for the day then I would suggest you try out the Ca Phe Sua.

Ca Phe Sua Frappe

One of my friends got the Banana Japanese Green Tea Frappe, but without the bananas. This drink did not have a bitter after-taste as some green tea frappes do, so this is one you will enjoy!

Green Tea Frappe

And finally, pictured on the left is the pineapple slush. Even though this a coffee house and you would think that the only good products would be the coffee, the pineapple slush did not disappoint. For those people who prefer fruity over coffee drinks, this is a go-to! On the right is the salted caramel frappe, which again tasted just as one would expect, with a hint of salted caramel. All of us finished our drinks and left with the intention of returning to try the other delights that we did not get a chance to. I really wanted to get the toasted sesame frappe. I am curious as to how that one will taste, but we will have to wait till the next visit.

pineapple slush